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The Grainfather

It’s been a while since I last updated my blog…. Sadly, almost a year. Hopefully I will keep a better public record of my beer activities from here on out. I’ve upgrading my brewing equipment and moved on to all-grain brewing. I have been extract brewing for almost 7 years now and decided it’s time to step up my brewing game. As we all know, ultimately, every home-brewer wants to move to all-grain brewing if they do not start there.

So you know the story…. I went out and bought a few old half-kegs, cut the tops off, bought  hundreds of dollars in valves and steelhead pumps, built a frame for it all complete with burners….. If only there was an easier way! – Well there is. I actually never did any  of that. For less (read zero) work and about the same amount of money I sprang for a fairly new offering from our Aussie friends. I present to you the all-in-one brewing system; The Grainfather:

The Grainfather

The Grainfather

I actually got a great deal on it. I can not find it for less than $900 shipped online. My good friends down at Dogwood Growlers in Woodstock hooked me up with a Grainfather for a great price! If you are interesting in switching from extract to all-grain, from my research, this is the way to go. I’ll be brewing my first batch of beer on the Grainfather Friday and will update the blog with my experience!


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Sacred Cow Review – Red Brick

Red Brick Sacred Cow
Purchased at: Dogwood Growlers
Brewery: Red Brick
Beer: Sacred Cow
Style: Masala Chai Milk Stout
ABV: 6%
Rating: 4/5
Personal Review:
Namaste fellow beer connoisseurs. Whether you hold the Cow as sacred, or just delicious, this beer has something for everyone. At first sip you can taste the amalgam of spices that make up Masala (a tradition Hindi spice mix). The spice characteristics give way to a great milk stout flavor. The lactose sugars sweeten it just enough but it still finishes with a nice bitterness that compliments the style. If you like Chai tea and you like milk stouts this is the beer for you. Don’t be scared of the spices they are not over powering. You know what this beer would go great with? A burger.


Technical Review:
This beer pours a dark brown color. Slightly lighter than a typical milk stout.
The aroma hints at the Masala spices but is primarily comprised of strong roasted malt.
The mouthfeel is smooth and silky, though lighter than a traditional milk stout.
The taste is initially of Indian spices. This gives way to a well balanced milky stout with hints of toasted bread.
The finish is surprisingly bitter but not in a bad way. The bitter finish is a perfect compliment to the sweet taste.
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21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon – Review


Brewery: 21st Amendment
Beer: Hell or High Watermelon
ABV: 4.9%
Rating: 1/5


Personal Review:
If you’re looking for a beer that will come home hyperventilating, and cry on your shoulder while telling you that it got picked on all day, this is your beer. The recipe is no secret for this brew. Step One: Create a generic flavorless Hefeweizen. Step Two: Add a bag of watermelon Jolly Ranchers. There is no reason to separate your love of fruit candy and Hefeweizens, just grab one of these brews.


Technical Review:
On initial pour this brew is a very light yellow-brown. The head is very white and has no staying power. A testament to the light consistency.
The aroma is slightly bitter and reminiscent of a light lager. The slightly sour aroma is followed by a hint of watermelon perfume.
The mouthfeel is thin and watery.
The taste is weak at first. You hardly know your drinking a beer. This is followed by a slight bitterness from the bittering hops..

The finish has a very chemical watermelon taste.

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Dogwood Growlers! – New Growler Shop in Woodstock GA

32 oz Dogwood Growler

A 32 oz Growler from Dogwood Growlers

A new growler shop opened just down the road from me. I must admit, a small part of me is quite jealous. I have been dreaming about jumping on the craft brew bandwagon and either starting a micro brewery, or opening a growler shop myself. Regardless, I could not be happier to have a place to go to grab a fresh, craft brew.

The 32 oz growler of Finch’s Secret Stache Stout (above) cost me about 6 bucks. Prior to purchase, you can sample the taps for about 1$ each to make sure you like what you get. They also have specials.

The staff has been great. I have usually interacted with the owner Ernesto, but even when I haven’t, it is easy to tell he knows how to run a business. He is open to suggestions, easy to talk to, and is very personable. I have only visited 3 times since they have opened, and they already remember my name.

If you live in the Woodstock, Georgia area and like craft beer make sure to stop by Dogwood Growlers and get some beer from Ernesto. He runs a really great, local, family owned business with awesome, local craft beer.

Visit their site: www.dogwoodgrowlers.com

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