More Dandelion Delights: Refreshing Herbal Beer

The bumper crop of dandelions on the farm has inspired me to look for new ways to use these delicious and nutritious gems. My most recent find was a recipe from Mother Earth News (by Roger Phillips, April 2015) for dandelion beer. In his article, the author provides some interesting history behind the drink: it was apparently a very popular brew among iron foundry and pottery workers in England. No tiny paper umbrella with this one!

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It Was A Dark And Stormy…Porter

img_1261Our first homebrewed beer is finally done! It’s dark and syrupy, with hints of vanilla and bourbon, and seems to be improving with age. This is chewy, almost syrupy beer that comes in at about 7% ABV. We’re pleased with the first brew and are already planning our next.

With brew #2, we’ll likely make a smaller batch (1 gallon versus the 5 gallon) of all-grain, rather than using malt extracts. The malt extracts seem to lack the depth of flavor of all-grain brews. With smaller batches, we can also be more creative, without the risk of making a large batch of bad beer. Continue reading “It Was A Dark And Stormy…Porter”