It is named after my 3-year-old son who helped brew and bottle this one. My son, Zach, earned the nickname “Zachzilla” from his older sister because he likes to knock down blocks way more than build with them. Recently Zach has become more interested in building, so we decided to pass on the “zilla” name. Since this is an easy beer to knock down, at a mere 3.5% ABV, it now has the Zackzilla name. Continue reading →
I mentioned earlier that I ordered a Mr. Beer homebrew kit. Well, it showed up last week and today was brew day.
It was simple as can be:
10 minutes to sanitize
Dissolve the “booster” in 4 cups water (booster is basically corn syrup solids)
Bring to boil, remove from heat
Add extract, stir to create wort.
Pour wort into fermenter
Add cold water to make 8.5 qts
Pitch yeast, stir, store in cool dark place
Now we wait. I followed the Pale Ale recipe exactly as described in the packaging. I want to see how it turns out before tweaking the Mr. Beer recipes. All in all it was a very simple process with little to no mess. First impression… this is pretty awesome. I’ll report back on bottle day. Until then I’ll be emptying bottles. Cheers!
It is said that to prevent rabies you should take the hair of the dog that bit you and rub it into the bite wound. Is there any truth to that? I don’t know. However, based on that saying it’s also said that to cure a hangover, in the morning you should drink whatever you were drinking the night before.
Hair of the Dog brewing company in Portland, Oregon makes great bottle-conditioned beer. But, I don’t see it as the kind of stuff that I’d get a hangover from. For me, they make sipping brews. These are fine crafted beers that I like take my time with and savor the flavors. I’ve already spoken my mind on Hair of the Dog – Adam. So this time I am taking a peek at Ruth. Continue reading →