Glenn's Beer Page
Last Updated 25 March 2001
Here's the "House Label" for my homebrew. My wife and
neighbors got together and surprised me on my birthday with this
label. I have been homebrewing since January 1994. Believe
me, that if I can learn how to brew, then you can learn too.
Hopefully, this homepage will help you get started in brewing
your own beer.
Here is some information I have prepared to assist in
Homebrewing. Feel free to copy and distribute any of my
- Brewing for Beginners: This is a
document I prepared to assist the first time brewer with his
first batch. It is not intended to be a technical
description, but rather a general overview to assist a new brewer
(or just an interested by-stander) on the brewing process.
- Bottling for Beginners: This is
another easy to read document to get you started in the
- Sample Brewing Recipe Sheet: This
is a form I prepared to record my brewing session. Print it out,
make some copies, and put them in a three-ring binder. You can
see a filled out Recipe sheet below in my "Recipes" section.
- Sample Home Brew Explaination
Sheet: I include a copy of this document with the beer the
first time I give someone a few bottles of homebrew.
There is a LOT of brewing information on the net.
Here are a few sites to get you started.
Palmer's How to Brew your First Beer: John does an excellent
job explaining all the details of brewing beer. This is one of
the most often referenced documents on the "brew-net".
Beer Page: There is a wealth of knowledge here. Recipes,
Beer Web Sites, Brewery Sites and much, much more. Reserve
some time to explore it.
- The Brewery: Another
great site for beer/brewing information. This is the home of
The Cat's Meow; an extensive list of beer recipes.
There is also an extensive library here with various articles and
links for other net sources. This is the source for brewing
- CMU Beer Page: Here is a series of beer links.
- Eric's Beer and
Homebrewing Page: Eric Wooten is your host. Look here for
Beer Reviews, Brewpubs around the world, tastings, beer links, homebrew labels,
recipe exchange, and more. The brewpub map is really unique - check it out!
- Celebrator Beer
News: this is the beer newspaper you'll find in many brew
- On UseNet News Groups: Subscribe to rec.crafts.brewing
for a helpful inter-active brewing forum. The Home Brew Digest
(HBD) is another
excellent source of information. HBD is e-mail based, but might
on rcb also.
- Brewer's Heritage:
your source for special beer glassware: Belgian,
German, English, and US styles/shapes/logos.
Here are some specific brewery sites and personal beer pages
- Red Hook
Brewery: This Seattle-based brewery has a slick web site, and
their beer is excellent. Meet their beers, take a tour, and
visit their merchandise shop.
- Mendicino Brewing Company:
They are the makers of Red Tail Ale. Not only am I a consumer,
I'm also an investor! Company
- Penn Brewery in
Pittsburgh, PA: They produce a wonderful crisp pilsner and
several other German-style lagers. I have enjoyed my
lunch-time visits there since June 1995.
- Beer in Pittsburgh:
You should know from my other pages that I am a Pirates
fan, so I had to include this page as a link (host - Jim Mann).
- Brew on Premises
(BOP): BOPs are gaining popularity. They provide all the
hardware, ingredients, and some assistance, but you make the
beer. BOP is popular for people who want to try the homebrew
scene, but don't want to invest any money in hardware yet (or you
don't have the space).
- The Real Beer Page:
There is a lot of info here.
Take a Brew Tour, look for Brew News, and Beer Events. It is all here.
Here are some of my own beers with recipe links:
- House Favorites/Regulars:
- Peninsula Pale Ale:
A rich, golden colored, light-flavored ale that I use to introduce friends to homebrew.
- Dirty Sammy: A
copper-colored, medium body, Sam Adams-like ale.
- Pacific Porter: A
dark, rich, full-bodied ale. I
have taste tested it against Anchor Porter, Mendicino's Yuletide
Porter, and Sam Adams' Honey Porter; my beer held up very well
(Well, what else would you expect me to say???)
- House Specialties:
- Glenn's Best Bitter: I was enjoying one of these as
I prepared this page, so blame any typos on the Bitter!
- Monterey Marzen/Full Moon Oktoberfest: I have made
this recipe several times now and I am very pleased with the results.
- Run and Shout, Oatmeal Stout
- Nut Brown Ale: My 2 year old niece helped brew one
time, so the house name was "Diaper Brown Ale".
- Straits of Malacca India Pale Ale: I have spent
some time afloat as a Marine. Any time I
went by India on my journies, I went via the Straits near
Singapore - thus the name.
- With my move to The Washington DC area, I had to change "Peninsula Pale Ale" to
"Potomac...."; "Monterey Marzen" is now "Monumental..."; "Pacific Porter" is now "Presidential...".
- Other Beers produced by the Gearhard Home Brewery:
- Educator Dopplebock: The dopplebocks traditionally
have a name that ends is "ator" (such as Aviator, Celebrator);
since I was in grad school at the time, I named mine Educator.
- Son of Sam: I used some different hops in my Dirty
Sammy recipe, so I had to call it something else.
- Irish Sunset/Kiss me, I'm Irish Ale:
- Carmel Bitter:
- Deep Dark Secret: This was my second batch; if I
made it again, I would make some modifications.
- I've added a Belgian White Ale and a Holiday Spiced Ale to the brewing line also.
Is there something here you like, that needs to be changed,
or would you like to see something that is not included?
Send me an
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