My growing collection of barrels has gotten me acquainted with all kinds of various tools, treatments and techniques. One of the most useful, nearly indispensable, is the barrel steamer. Of course, I had to make my own, as the ones wineries use cost thousands of dollars. While I’m sure those professional models are well worth […]

It’d been far too long since I posted an update to this blog. Apologies for that, but I’m finally getting around to writing up some of the progress in the Lambic project. I can’t believe it’s been 3 years since the first brew. Lambic project activities have become one of my favorite traditions. What could be […]

I can hardly believe it’s been over a year since we committed our first batch of Lambic to the barrel. This time, things are a little more intense, as now we need to blend off 1 barrel the first batch of 1 year Lambic, brew Lambic for year two, AND rack off for Kriek to […]

I was browsing around some Lambic forum discussions, when for some reason someone linked to this article. (Perhaps the Kriek beer?) Anyway, It’s an awesome small brewery. I love what they’ve done with the tile work. The place has that sparkly clean look that a lot of older German breweries have. Great use of non-standard […]

A Pilsner Urquel barrel at a Gueuzerie, the old copper tap, married to a tri-clamp fitting…

There’s been interest from a few people in the design of my pressure racking cane, so I decided to post it so hopefully it can be of use to others. Like many of my DIY projects this one started with simple necessity. I had a couple situations where either racking under pressure for sanitation reasons, […]

When you are involved in long ongoing beer projects, the typical situation of beers seeming to take forever to complete (even though you’re waiting at most a month), get’s turned around and things move much faster than you’re prepared for. (Hence my ridiculously late Sour Brown bottling earlier in the year) The Lambic Project is […]