Thursday, July 15, 2010

NHC 2011

Official 2011 NHC San Diego video

Wednesday, June 02, 2010


NHC 11' is coming to....San Diego! Yes, THE National Homebrew Competition from the AHA. It's not so much the competition that I'm excited about its the festivities. i've never been to one but from what I have heard, the event is amazing. Pro night, club night...and so on.

Also, QUAFF my himebrew club is one of the parties responsible for organizing this event. They always have awesome events so I know it will be amazing.

I will keep you updated on what is happening. There has already been a meeting to start organizing the event. So, I most definantely urge you to make the trip!

Afterall, it's San heaven w/beaches, warm weather, the brewers guild, awesome beer specials, and.......

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Big Brew Day 2010

Last weekend my homebrew club participated in the big brew day event.
Here is the video of that day: Big Brew Day 2010

Friday, April 30, 2010

The letter "A"

Apparently, the letter A is quite expensive. In short, a person visited a local brewery in San Diego and felt the sampling (beer) he was consuming might poison him. Now, ALL breweries in San Diego and I'm sure the rest of California are now having to answer to the Department of Environmental Health. You can read Port Brewing/Lost Abbey's Tomme Arthurs blog on this subject here --> Lost Abbey blog.

Thursday, April 29, 2010


The National Homebrew Competition 1st round just published there results and it looks like my homebrew club did well, by winning a combined 25 medals. Pretty good showing and by far the best club showing in the region. Good luck in the second round guys.

For complete results check here: NHC 1st round results

Sunday, April 11, 2010


What can I say,

School is sucking the life out of me! Ok, enough of that.

Ever wonder what it would be like to sell your homebrew? Well, tonight (5pm pdt) The Brewing Network will be interviewing 3 nano scale breweries. Should be interesting story to see how/where they run their business. Click here --> for link to the BN!

Go Rockies!

Sunday, February 07, 2010


I remember that year well. My family had just moved us kids into a new house in the city and us kids were adjusting to new schools. I also remember that year due to an unfortunate event, the Challenger rocket exploding shortly after takeoff. I was very young, but I do remember that my school made this event a big deal and ushered us into the cafeteria to watch the replays.

As the video states, laptops were just introduced into the marketplace, email had its first definition and I'm sure that beer existed in america....

Thus began my fascination with building & flying model rockets!

Do you remember 1986?...

Friday, February 05, 2010

SB time....

...yeah, not so much.

Well, it seems that the American holiday known as Super Bowl Sunday is upon us. Unfortunately, for me I will be hiding out at a local public library studying for four (yes 4) PT exams next week. I don't have time for silly games, although I do hope to fit in a beer or two... :)

My prediction: boring game, great half time show, even better commercials!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Beer a day...that's alot of beer.

He did it! Well, actually his liver* did it. His goal was to drink a beer each day for a year, well he succeeded, amazing. I'm happy for his liver. Read about it here: Beer-a-Day project**

*I'm still amazed at his liver's performance, bravo...bravo...
**Yeah, I know this may be old news, but I just found it!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Bavarian Braukaiser

If you like German beers and like brewing them, then you may be interested in this site I randomly came across Bavarian Brewing Museum.

It was an old german brewing book translated into different languages, plus some photos of old german brewing equipment.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Homebrewing gone big

A fellow Quaff member over the past year has put together a 3bbl system (~90gallons) over the past 8 months. Most of the equipment he got for free! The big mash tun/fermentation vessel he purchased for $100. Very impressive.

Bob mashing in

his son tending to the mash
w/view of entire system
his sage honey sorgum beer
(steam is from hot liquor tank)

mash tun/fermenter

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A Nuevo Holiday...II

Pics from a run in the foothills of the Sandia Mts. (elevation: ~6000ft)

view from start of run

A decorated tree in the
middle of the mts.

view of Albuquerque, NM
from our turn around point

Sunday, January 17, 2010

A Nuevo Holiday

Beers we enjoyed during the holidays

Santa Fe State Pen Porter
(Gold - 2008 World Beer Cup,
my fav)
Marble IPA
(almost...a hoppy west coast IPA)

Marble Red
(hoppy/caramel ale, delicious)

Sam Adams Noble Pils
(lots of noble hops & a delicious surprise)

Alesmith Speedway Stout
(aged 3 years,
still delicious & beautiful)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

What is the best deal/oz?

Recently, I was sitting at a local brewery sipping on a pint when I saw many people in line purchasing pints & growlers of the same beer. This got me thinking, what is the best deal/oz? Is it a pint, growler, 22oz, or 6 packs? Below is the break down. Sure, there are many variables to consider other than price/oz, bust I'm trying to keep is simple. I'm using prices & packing that are fairly common nationwide.

6 packs (total 72oz's):
  • @ $7.00/6pack = .097 cents/oz
  • $8.00 = .111/oz
  • $9.00 = .125/oz
  • $10.00 = .138/oz
  • $12.00 = .166/oz

Growler (total 64oz's/half gallon):
  • @ $7.50/growler = .117 cents/oz
  • $8.00 = .125/oz
  • $9.00 = .140/oz
  • $10.00 = .156/oz
  • $12.00 = .187/oz

22oz bottle:
  • @ $3.50/22oz = .159 cents/oz
  • $4.00 = .181/oz
  • $5.00 = ..227/oz
  • $7.00 = .318/oz
  • $10.00 = .454/oz

Draft Pints (16oz):
6 packs seem to be the best deal when talking about purchasing the same beer in different packages. This was an exercise in numbers and what really is the best deal. Cheers!