Is Pilsner Urquell better in a can or a bottle?

Jeremy Short · April 3

This post is part of the Session. The MicroBrewr is hosting Session 98 and asks: cans or bottles?

Walking through the liquor store I noticed a selection of fancy pint sized cans of Pilsner Urquell. Pilsner Urquell in a can! Did God finally answer my prayers?! I snapped it off the shelf as fast as a kid ripping of the cookie jar. Then I stopped and wondered… does it really matter? Is a can any better than a bottle. Well as luck would have it ...

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Drinking Beer in Boston... an Express Tour

Jeremy Short · March 31

With a little time left over from a business trip, I squeezed in a quick tour of the Boston beer scene. Limited by time, and also transportation, I knew that I wouldn't get the best beer tour, but, hey, I had to give it a try. With six hours there is a lot one can accomplish (especially with a powerful thirst for beer). The other restriction in my beer journey: weather. I visited the last week of February and snow was still stacked several ...

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Hey, Pintwell is four years old!

Jeremy Short · February 27

I just realized that the month of February was about to go past without a single Pintwell post. The shame! I also realized that February is Pintwell's birthday. Double shame! So here is a short post to make sure something goes up this month before the calendar flips to March. Both Chris and I have been busy with our day jobs which has limited our posting lately. Don't fret, new posts will soon come. I have a few half written posts and a ...

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Recipe: Irish Cheddar Fondue

Chris Jensen · January 14

Irish fondue? You heard it correctly. OK, it's not really Irish; fondue is still and will always be at its core a product of the Swiss, but the incorporation of Irish cheese and beer will provide a fresh and delicious take on your fondue. This fondue is a bit more bold and robust than a Swiss/wine based version and makes a great compliment to a winter meal with a heavy meat (served afterwards, of course) and a hearty beer.

Makes 4-6 servings:

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I think I went too far with my homebrewing gear

Jeremy Short · January 2

I love to homebrew. And guess what? I haven’t homebrewed for the last four months. I have a long list of reason for that (work, children, school, etc), but that’s rarely stopped me before. What’s actually holding me back the most is that I’ve gone too far. My homebrewing gear and setup are weighing me down. It takes too long to setup. The brew day went from a couple hours to nearly six hours. Those are six great hours, but it ...

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Review: Cheap Scale for Homebrewing (Epica)

Chris Jensen · December 19

I can't believe I waited as long as I did to pick up a grain scale for weighing grains and hops. For years, I'd weigh all my grains at the HBS (even for a short time after I started buying my base grains in bulk) and I'd just eyeball my hops. For what it's worth, I still don't think that latter part is a big offense as you can probably get pretty close when working with 1 oz portions of ...

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Brewing up a Holiday Beer

Chris Jensen · December 12

I love holiday beers. More specifically, I love giving holiday beers. Nothing says "I appreciate you" more than a hand-made gift into which you put your passion, expertise and time. Except perhaps a hand-made gift that is damn good to boot.

I have been making holiday beers since 2007, when I produced an Anchor holiday clone called "Matt Holiday" to commemorate the Rockies' spectacular World Series run. Sure, by the time I actually passed out the beers, everyone was heart-broken by the events that unfolded ...
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Review: Black Box Fermentation Controller

Chris Jensen · December 3

I recently used the Black Box Fermentation Controller and my experience could not have been better.

The device shipped directly from Black Box via USPS and was ready to go out of the box. For my initial test, I used a heat wrap (as described in our Small Investments for a Big Impact post) to apply heat to a Dusseldorf Altbier fermentation. I programmed a specific fermentation temp profile by following the instructional videos on the Black Box website and found it to be incredibly ...

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Encore Post: Beer for Thanksgiving

Pintwell · November 26

Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and you should be thinking about what beers you are going to pair with the preparation and devouring of your Thanksgiving feast. Pintwell is here to help! Last year we prepared a  comprehensive list of the best brews for Thanksgiving, and, looking back, our opinions really haven't changed all that much. These are *still* great beers to bring to thanskgiving. So, without further ado, here is an encore of our post on the best beers for Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is just around ...

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Homebrewer Gift Ideas

Pintwell · November 19

One thing we have done consistently here at Pintwell is coming up with gift ideas for homebrewers every year. Just check out this list and this list (in case the new one here isn't enough). Why are we so good about doing this list every year? Because we want all this stuff, too! We just need to get our famlies to read our blog so they know what to buy us every Christmas. 

It's interesting to see how our list changes each year ...

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How to Cap Your Beer Without a Capper

Chris Jensen · November 15

Sometimes you gotta improvise.

I don't bottle frequently as, like most, I much prefer the convenience of kegging. But I do like to bottle my special beers or beers that do well with aging, which means I find myself bottling at least 2-3 batches a year.

Last weekend, I finally got around to bottling my holiday beer (a Trappist-style Belgian strong dark ale). I had a number of 29mm mouth bombers on hand that I'd been saving for a special brew such as ...

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