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It's been awhile...

Posted by Ed Godek on August 20, 2012 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)

I hven't been keeping up with this site very much.  Really because I have been very busy at home, renovating the kitchen, and at work, travelling like crazy.  I finally taught another beer class yesterday.  I had 13 students!  The class went well and inspired me once again to write here and continue updating this site.  I love to see people go, "yeah...I can do this!"  I will sit down with Seana about offfering other classes, including tasting and intermediate an...

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The Latest

Posted by Ed Godek on January 24, 2012 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

I did 3 classes with the Green Growler this fall.  Taking a break for the winter and contemplating an intermediate all-grain class for the spring.  Problem is, it takes 4 - 6 hours to do an all-grain batch.  I was thinking of doing a "no-sparge" session beer with them to cut down on the time.

I have kegged the 2 Dine Around beers for next week.  I have a Porter, which will be served with a seared beef tenderloin with porter/brownsugar sauce, garlic mashed potatoes an...

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Enjoyed the Class

Posted by Ed Godek on October 1, 2011 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (0)

I did my first brew class last month and had a really great time.  We had 12 people...strangely enough 2 couples, and a family of 3 amongst the ranks.  One of the wonen was a Chemical Engineer.  Appaerently, I convinced her that her non-engineer husbad was right about the hobby:  It is more about the process, the science and the experimentation than about getting drunk in your basement on your own crappy brew you made for 1/2 the price of buying decent ...

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Brew Professor?

Posted by Ed Godek on September 8, 2011 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (0)

I have been asked by Seana and Bill of The Green Growler Grocer in Croton to conduct a Brew Clinic.  I am psyched!!!  I actually love training people, and really hope the attendees get enough information to fall in love with brewing!  Most people, and almost me, are turned off after their first batch.  If you don;t know what you are doing, you can make really bad beer.  Sometimes it is sour or just skunky.  Luckily I hung in there for a few batches and really emb...

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Hefe-Pils?

Posted by Ed Godek on April 25, 2011 at 12:08 PM Comments comments (0)

Went to do a quick extract batch last week.  It was supposed to be a Hefeweizen, except I forgot to buy wheat extract.  I already smacked the yeast pack, so I did a mini-mash of 6 lbs of Pilsner malt, and added Golden Malt extract instead.  I am interested how the yeast flavors will balance with the pilsner malt.  I still used 1 oz. of Tettnang as I was planning.  I'll let you know.

 

Next up is an American Wheat beer for my brother's bachelor party i...

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ERIK THE RED!!!

Posted by Ed Godek on March 26, 2011 at 9:56 PM Comments comments (0)

My new favorite beer guy from Michigan!  Erik the Red works at New Holland Breing in Holland, MI.  He hooked me up wiht the local beer scene, plus he know a lot about what New Holland brews.  I took his advice and went to Grand Haven to Odd Side Ales.  This place had a coffee house feel, and no food service, however, they let you bring in takeout from the local restaurants.  It was in a former piano factory, so it was brickwalled and industrial looking.  The...

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Some new friends

Posted by Ed Godek on June 27, 2010 at 12:44 PM Comments comments (1)

I met a few guys yesterday at a party that are original NYC Homebrewer Guild members.  They are brewers and judges. They know several commercial brewers including Garrett Oliver.  Caser, who threw the party, knew him from college, pre-brewing!.  I did bring my Saison to this party, but I was not in the frame of mind to ask for a formal judging from these guys.  A third guy, Casey did say it was at least true to the style.  The one NYCHG guy, John Naegele, brought...

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The Road to Lager

Posted by Ed Godek on April 7, 2010 at 10:09 PM Comments comments (0)

I really wanted to get into lagering, so I posted my desire for a large chest freezer on Westchester Freecycle.  Within minutes, I got a response from Grace in Croton.  Her mother owns the deli next to Honey's (aka The Tavern).  Thanks to Peter and his FOOD pickup truck, we were able to releive her of her 40 year old, 5 foot long chest freezer from the store.  Peter also gave me a full refrigerator.  I made room in my garage for both, and I am just awaiting my tempera...

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The Dinner Thing is Over

Posted by Ed Godek on February 2, 2010 at 8:49 PM Comments comments (3)

Kristi and I had a great time hosting a dinner at the CHEF Dine-A-Round.  We met some wonderful people, and the food turned out great, considering we never prepared any of the food on our menu before.  I sent one guy off with a growler of the Belgian Ale to bring to the dessert house.  It was returned empty on Sunday evening, so it must have went!  I still have some left, and need to make room in the kegerator for the Irish Red I am serving on Saturday.

 

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The Dine Around

Posted by Ed Godek on January 28, 2010 at 9:02 PM Comments comments (0)

This Saturday is the Dine Around, the school fundraiser event that I have been asking about.  The menu is set (thanks, Peter!).  I will be serving only one homebrew, a Belgian Pale Ale that tastes great, but I can't quite put my finger on what commercial beer it tastes like...Rare Vos?  It is a very American Belgian (if possible), in that it has the strong hoppy flavor very characteristic of American craft ales, but it also has that earthy Belgian funk, and ubdertones of candi ...

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