Steven’s Homebrewing Adventure 2 – Brew Day Complete

Just a quick post to say the brew day is done. Mike and I got through the process using only the equipment and instructions from the kit. It seemed to go pretty well, we learned a lot and in a month we’ll know if this worked or not.

A proper review of our day will be up soon.

Wish us luck ūüôā

Steven’s Homebrewing Adventure

Hi Beer Enthusiasts,

Steve here. 

I will be starting a new series of posts starting late January or early February called Steven‚Äôs Homebrewing Adventure. 
My wife got me a Brooklyn Brew Shop kit (available at Chapters for those of us in Canada) for Christmas and 4 pre-packaged malt/hop/yeast combos from the same company (White IPA, Chestnut Brown Ale, Rye PA and Oatmeal Stout). The new posts will follow my experiences as a first time homebrewer including a review of the kit and packages from a newbies perspective and, once the initial packages are complete, my move into brewing recipes and eventually creating my own recipes.

Right now I am reading Randy Mosher’s book Mastering Homebrew: The Complete Guide to Brewing Delicious Beer (Chapters, Barnes & Noble) to get a better idea of what goes into brewing at home and things to think about as I move from pre-packaged recipes to following existing ones to making my own.

The posts will be tagged the same as this one along with the beer style being brewed.

Mike and I will start brewing 2016/01/16. 



S.F. Brew vs. brUBC Home Brew Showdown 2013 (Hops Connect Cup) – October 26th, 2013

S.F. Brew vs. brUBC Home Brew Showdown

On October 26th, 2013 there was a friendly competition held between Simon Fraser University’s brewing club S.F. Brew and University of British Columbia’s brUBC.¬† The competition was held at Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers.¬† This was the first Annual University Home Brew Awards Party and the winning club won the Hops Connect Cup.¬† Let me start by saying that both clubs made some amazing beer, with every beer poured at this event actually being an ale (from what I saw).

Deep Cove Brewers - 01

All beer was judged at a separate location on a different day by outside judges.  I am not sure the details on the judging but I am sure it followed the proper rules of judging for beer.  Below is a list of the beer entered by both brewing clubs.

brUBC Entries
Cranboyant Wheat Ale
Irish Red Ale
Earl Grey Ale
Honey Basil Ale
Salted Caramel Ale
Midnight Pumpkin Ale
Quakers Blood Dark Ale
Dark Wing Dark Ale
Irish Porter
Gentlemen’s Clout IPA
River Run Rye IPA

S.F.Brew Entires
Scared Witless Wheat AleApprentice ESB
Nutty Professor Nut Brown Ale
Corey’s Fist Brown Ale
Twisted Pumpkin Ale
Swamp Thing Pumpkin Ale
Pirate Pete’s Pumpkin Ale
Baristas Respite Dark Ale
A Tun of Whit IPA
Hop-A-Rella IPA
Vikings Beard Brown Ale
Mighty Brazos IPA

Before the winners were announced Daniel Collins the Managing director of Hops Connect talked about how the event came around and talked about the sponsors of the event who will be mentioned shortly.  Kevin Emms the Brewmaster at Deep Cove then talked to the entire crowd about craft beer and home brewing.  The last person to talk before the awards were handed out was Adam Chatburn the President of Camra Vancouver.  He talked on what Camra was about including what they do such as advocating for craft beer or real ale.  He also talked on the benefits of being a member such as discounts at restaurants and liquor stores that specialize in craft beer.  The last thing he talked on was cask ales.  The loosing team of this competition won a small pin cask with the promise that that club would be given a class on how to brew using a cask and how to use them.  The best thing about this event was that we were able to sample all the beer that was judged in this event!  There were so many great beer and I wish that I kept a list of what I was drinking and what I loved.  After everyone had had a good sampling of all the beer in the competition and people had listened to all the speakers it was time for the awards themselves.  Lets build some suspense and post the photos before the results!

Full Sized Photos can be found here.

I would like to now throw a shout out to all the sponsors of the event without them this event never would have happened!¬† The sponsors were as follows:¬† Hops Connect, Camra Vancouver, Dan’s Homebrewing Supplies, Bottle Jockey, Blue Smoke BBQ and Deep Cove Brewers & Distillers.¬† I may not have been involved with event personally but I would like to thank all of the sponsors personally for helping nurture the future craft brewers of BC!¬† Well its time to get onto the winners of this amazing event.¬† The team with the most wins overall won the Hops Connect Cup and the best beer of the event won the Best in Show award.

Best Wheat – Cranboyant Wheat (UBC)
Best Ale – Apprentice ESB (SFU)
Best Dark – Shared by: Barista’s Respite (SFU) & Dark Wing Dark Ale (UBC)
Best IPA – Hop-a-Rella IPA (SFU)
Best Open – Pirate Pete’s Pumpkin Ale (SFU)
Best in Show – Hop-a-Rella IPA (SFU)
Hops Connect Cup – SFBrew (SFU)

There were some very deserving honorable mentions as well including:

Best Wheat Category – Scared Witless (SFU)
Best Ale Category – Nutty Professor Nut Brown Ale (SFU) & Earl Grey Ale (UBC)
Best Dark Category – Irish Porter (UBC)
Best IPA Category – River Run IPA (UBC) & A Tun of Wit IPA (SFU)

A big shout out to all the home brewers at this event as they have crafted some great brews.  Keep up the great work and I hope to come to the event again next year and try your beer once again with one more year of polish!  Congratulations to S.F.Brew for winning the fist annual Hops Connect Cup.  Better keep working hard to try and defend your win!  A surprise for the winner of Best In Show was to be able to brew a small batch of their beer with the Brewmaster of Deep Cove Brewing for a commercial release!  I would like to congratulate Natasha(Co Brewed by Jill) of S.F.Brews for winning the Best in Show for the Hop-A-Rella IPA.  I hope to be able to cover the brewing of this batch of beer and its release.  Hint Hint Deep Cove and Natasha!


Click here to read story written by Student Newspaper by UBC

Eric Jourdan‚Äôs Northwest Amber Ale – Phillips Brewing Company

Limited Release

Phillips Brewing out of Victoria has started a new Homebrew competition named the ‘King of the carboy’.¬† The winning brew is then mass produced¬†in a one off¬†limited release.¬† This years winner was Eric Jourdan.¬† Eric’s brew was called “Eric Jourdan‚Äôs Northwest Amber Ale”.¬† The beer pours a deep amber colour with an off white head.¬† The aroma consists of pine, floral hops and some citrus hidden in there.¬† The flavour is of pine, citrus and a good hit of floral hops.¬† The alcohol content of this brew is 6.2%.¬† I would be proud to call this brew my own if I actually home brewed!

Commercial Description:  Who says you need a brewery to make great beer? Eric  Jourdan is one of the winners of CAMRA Victoria’s Home Brew Competition,  and won the opportunity to come into Phillips and brew his creation in  our brewhouse! His home brewed Northwest Amber Ale is a testament to  brewing skill whether your brewhouse is in a brewery or a basement.




Russian Imperial Stout – Rick August (Russell Brewing)

Russell Brewing out of Surrey BC has begun holding a home brewers content¬†annually¬†called the “Golden Stag Home Brewing Contest”.¬† In 2011 Rick August won the grand prize¬†which intitled him to have his beer¬†brewed as a single batch beer and sold in stores locally.¬† The name of the winning beer was the “Rick August: Russian Imperial Stout”.¬† The beer pours a black opaque colour with a brown head.¬† The scent of the beer is of sweet malts and coffee.¬† The flavor of the beer is more complex with coffee, sweet malts and some peat flavoring with a bitter hops finish.¬† This beer uses 10¬†types of malts, 2 types of Hops and a special yeast strain, juniper berries and¬†licorice root.¬† Not being a huge fan of peat in my beer this was not high on my list of beer.¬† The beer has an alcohol content of 10.8% well into the range of Imperial beer.

Congrats to Rick August though!  It would be a huge honor to win a contest like this!