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Brooklyn BrewShop Beer Making Book

Beer Making Book

If you’re looking to get into the hobby of homebrewing with a book that will walk you through the process from beginning to end, then check out the Beer Making Book from the Brooklyn BrewShop.

The book contains:

  • 52 Seasonal Beer Recipes, Including 4 Gluten-Free Recipes
  • Illustrated Step-by-Step Brewing and Bottling Instructions and Equipment Guide
  • 1 and 5 Gallon Variations for Any Kitchen
  • PLUS: Cooking with Beer, Food Pairings, How to Grow Hops, and More

The recipes are arranged according to the season, including Everyday IPA and Rose Cheeked & Blonde for spring; Grapefruit Honey Ale and S’More Beer for summer; Apple Crisp Ale and Peanut Butter Porter for fall; Chestnut Brown ale and Gingerbread Ale for winter.

According to the Brooklyn BrewShop, this book is for experienced and novice brewers, seasonally minded home cooks, DIY aficionados, and anyone who gets a kick out of saying “I made this!”, so if you find yourself in one of those categories, then maybe it’s time to give the Brew Making Book a shot.

[Brooklyn BrewShop – Beer Making Book]

Ale Sangaree Makes Warm Beer Enjoyable

It’s common knowledge that beers are best served cold, but back in the day, drinks like the “Bishop” (a pitcher of beer mulled with a clove-studded orange) the “Crabapple Lambswool” (beer mixed with sherry and a handful of apples) and even a warm, spiced beer with a pat of butter on top kept beer drinkers warm through the cold winter months.

Nowadays, brewers target the winter beer drinker by releasing special brews that are flavored with spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and clove, but these hearty variations are still intended to be enjoyed cold, and won’t do much to warm a cold body.

To find out if there are any modern beer drinks that involve warm beer and actually taste good, William Bostwick at BonAppetit.com tested out a few recipes. After trying (and being disappointed by) mulled beer (Anchor Porter simmered with sliced lemon, allspice, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom) and what’s called a ‘flip’ (mugs of beer boiled on the spot with a white-hot iron poker) he stumbled upon a drink that he actually liked: a flip variation called ‘ale sangaree’.

Ale Sangaree

To make an ale sangaree, just dissolve a spoonful of bar sugar in a little hot water in a mug, fill the mug with ale, grate nutmeg over the top and serve.

According to William,

It was delicious. The nutmeg added a sweet, cidery tingle; the warm porter, sugared and watered down, was soothing and rich, not bitter at all. A perfect winter drink, and easy to make with cold fingers.

Sounds good to me!

Next time you’re feeling the winter chill set it, maybe it’s time to give the ale sangaree a try…

[Bon Appetit – Ale Sangaree]

Beeri – Your New Personal Beer Assistant

One day, I’d like to imagine that we will simply pick up our cellphone, tell it we want a beer, and one will magically appear in front of us, ready to enjoy. Until that day, Beeri is about as close as we’re going to get to the automated beer dream.

Inspired by Apple’s new Siri assistant for the iPhone, the guys at redpepper decided to see what it would take to get their phone to pour them a beer on request.

The result is Beeri, a Twitter controlled RC truck that uses some clever hacking and a bit of imagination to turn your voice command into a freshly poured beer.

Beeri Truck

Beeri is activated by a Twitter account called @BeeriBot, which ‘listens’ for the word “pour” in any tweet sent its way. The account is updated via text message, which Siri can send when you connect Twitter with your phone’s SMS account.

Once the message has been sent and detected, the second part of Beeri comes into play: An RC truck with modified electronic controls.

An Arduino Uno with a WiFi shield is connected to the truck, and when it detects the word “pour”

she triggers the sequence of preprogrammed pour commands (go, stop, adjust) that interface with the truck’s circuit board to control her movement. Her route is preprogrammed (drive straight) until her two proximity detectors sense her moving away from the puncture wall after impact. This allows her to halt the driving sequence and adjust to a 6 inch depth in order to get the beer to enter the funnel.

Beeri Beer Smash

Sure, it doesn’t clean up after itself, and you have to manually reload the rig each time you want to use it, but those are small concessions to make in the name of beer fueled progress!

If you’re interested in the Beeri project, then be sure to check out the Making Of video below, and read the redpepper blog post for more details.

Opena Turns Your iPhone Into A Bottle Opener

Opena

The Opena is an iPhone 4 case that includes a slide out bottle opener, and while the concept isn’t new, the Opena is one of the best designed versions of the iPhone + bottle opener combo that I’ve seen.

The case itself is made of hard plastic, with a stainless steel bottle opener that slides out using a finger hole that also conveniently leaves the Apple logo viewable through the back.

Opena Colors

Plus, it was actually funded through Kickstarter, so it’s a community backed product that you can track the development of.

Check out the video for more details:

[Opena]