Friday, September 23, 2016

Kosher yeast Certifications

Over the last few months, I have been asked frequently about kosher yeast certifications. The best way to find the leading manufacturers LOC's (Letters of Certification) can be found here:


White Labs

Danstar Nottingham Lallemand[pdf]
check their website for additional information on "kosher" status

Wyeast Labs Yeast: LOC from the OU can be found below. Courtesy of Kyle B. [Thank you].

As I find more, I will gladly post. Please feel free to email me, if you find any updates.

Happy Brewing.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Java (Coffee) Stout

I am trying a new style hombrew this time to kick off the post Pesach homebrewing. I tried the Samuel Adams "Black and Brew" and couple of years back and was inspired. So I am giving a Coffee Stout recipe a shot. Right off the bat, even before adding the coffee (will be a Starbucks specialty bean) to secondary the brew is super dark, as it should  be being a stout. Straight out of the brew kettle it looks like coffee and smells very toasty. Right now its fermenting nicely in primary and once it's done in about a week, I'll transfer to secondary and add about a pot (48 oz) of strong brewed coffee. Stay tuned..if it works out nicely, I will be submitting this one to the annual Samuel Adams Longshot Homebrew contest.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Calypso Single-Hop IPA

This is the recipe kit that I have in secondary as of right now that I ordered from Midwest Supplies. I love the description that they provide and hope that I can get the same flavor and aroma profiles from my batch as they are describing.

"Unlike any other IPA that has come before it, new-age Calypso hops offer brilliant flavor and aroma from lemons, cherry blossoms, black pepper, bitter orange and mint to hints of tropical fruit and sappy, pronounced pear. Versatile, evolving hop character and markedly smooth bittering make for a complex IPA balanced by clean, slightly sweet and bready malt. Capturing fantastic reviews from IPA lovers and light-beer-drinkers alike, Calypso is a flavor odyssey with a serene, unforgettable finish."

Monday, February 8, 2016

Jelly Belly-Draft Beer Jelly Beans

As a beer lover I was excited to give this Jelly Belly jelly bean flavor a shot. Unfortunately, they are a super size dissapointment. They taste like skunky beer, granted some beer is skunky and that is a bad thing, but why would we want to be reminder of that in a jelly bean??

Back to the drawing board Jelly Belly creators.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Sam Adams Chocolate Bock (2015)

While I do not usually post this type of thing on my blog, I am sure that it is relevant to many followers. I just bought the Sam Adams Winter Classics mix. Mixes like this give homebrewers inspiration and ideas for homebrews they would like to create or copy. I happen to think that a chocolate beer and a coffee beer are very cool ideas and will at some point give them a shot, homebrew style of course. The issue is that the SA Chocolate Bock does not have a kosher certification on the bottle. The good news is that I followed up with the Star-K who certifies all of the Boston Beer (including Sam Adams), and their reply was: The reason why we do not list it is because it is dairy and they use lactose which is not cholov Yisroel it is cholov stam and we did not want to get involved with Star-D. Therefore, if you are ok with the above reasonings, sip away.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Does Beer need a Hashgacha?

In a recent article in the Kosher Spirit Magazine put out by the OK Kosher, they answer this questions. I agree with them completely as the beer industry continues to expand and brewmaster in the US are always trying to find the new latest and greatest brewing craze in addition to the traditional beers. You really need to be on guard when it comes to beers and kashrus, the old adage of all beer is fine (in the US) is not necessarily true anymore.

Friday, September 25, 2015

My 2015 Samuel Adams Longshot Homebrew contest entry scores

These are my score sheets from my annual Samuel Adams Longshot Homebrew contest entries. The top Three pages are for my Pumpkin Ale 2014 (brewed last fall) [category 21B]. The second set are from my Some Like It Hot [category 21A] brew that was made with my homegrown Thai peppers.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Citral Pale Ale

This months homebrew is called Citral Pale Ale. It's a recipe that has an abundance of floral hops in it. I am also putting my new Father's day gift to use with this batch. My loving wife bought me a conical fermenter, I can't imagine where she got the idea from. But so far it's working pretty nice. The recipe has Centennial hops for bittering and lots of Citra and Cascade hops for Aroma. I can't wait to try this hop bomb!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

India Pale Ale

I just brewed my last batch before Pesach (Passover). I chose to make some good use out of my homegrown Galena hops and an IPA was the way to go. This brew should be nice and hoppy but well balanced at the same time. Stay tuned.

UPDATE: 4/15/15

Transferred to secondary fermenter and added another 1oz of my homegrown Galena hops to dry hop. As soon as I have enough empties ready, its off to bottling.