Author Archives: etripp

My DIY Barrel Steamer

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 […]

Lambic brewing year 3, plus Lambic blending year 2 and Framboise

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 […]

Lambic brew day, year 2, plus year 1 Lambic blending and bottling, and year 1 Kriek

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 […]

Brouwerij Den Toetëlèr, Hoeselt, Belgium

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 […]

So much history in one image

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

My Pressure Racking Cane

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, […]

Lambic Project 6 Month Tasting

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 […]