I Brew – U Brew | A 13 year home brewer shares the current happenings of his favorite hobby

“Kill tray” revised

Much like Dexter, success or failure of an afternoon often hinges on the availability of the tools needed to complete the task at hand.  For Dexter, a worst case scenario might be his prey scampering away, leading to Dexter being caught and subsequently sodomized for 10 years while he waits on death row.  For the    […]

Daegu, Korea – Stout Smackdown 3/12/16

Daegu Brewers of South Korea are hosting their 2nd annual “Stout Smackdown” on March 12th, 2016.  While beers entered into this competition will be of the dark variety, conversation about beer in general will be light and lively.  Festivities begin at 4 p.m. ———————————————— My online courses: “Small Spaces, Limit Gear, Lotsa Beer” “Brew Like    […]

Snowshoeing uphill, both ways

Expensive supplies, inclement weather and no off-the-shelf gear to speak of, this guy’s plight in some ways reminds me of home brewing in Korea a while ago.  Even if you aren’t a homebrewer, some of the prices for everyday items quoted in the article are just jaw dropping.  A modern-day Ernest Shackleton if you will.    […]

daegu stout competition

“Stout Smackdown” in Daegu, South Korea

 For better or for worse, we’ve all judged something or someone to some degree; people, reality TV ‘stars’, ourselves.  Empirically, there have been those cases of the students (I’m a teacher) that I adore and beers that I want to like from XYZ home brewer or brewery simply based on reputation and past experiences.  It    […]

Daegu Stout Smack Down

Got nothing to do on 3/14?

Most folks in Korea will recognize 3/14 as “White Day”.  White day is when dudes give chicks gifts (as opposed to Valentine’s day when chicks give dudes gifts).  It just so happens that there is something way more exciting happening too.  The fine homebrewing brethren in Daegu is hosting its first competition and the focus    […]

I Brew - U Brew Recipes

“Hey, I’m a homebrewer in Korea. What can I make?”

Recipes are everywhere but many of them seemingly assume that you live within a block of a local homebrew store.  In Asia, many of us don’t have that luxury.  I’ve never been one to swim upstream so I’m starting a recipe database that focuses on malts that we can get easily and in bulk in    […]

New Beer’s Resolutions

Brew more SMASH beers:  In Korea, our access to base malts is fairly limited to one manufacturer of pale, vienna, munich, wheat and rye.  However, with few options comes creative opportunity to use alternative practices such as mash temperatures, hops selection/timing and yeast choice.  I made a SMASH inspired from a Northern Brewer recipe split    […]

Winter Meetup

I’ve never been a part of something, anything, early enough to consider myself a ‘grassroots’ adoptee until now.  Without hesitation, I can say beer in South Korea is making its way out of the shadow of its more famous brother soju and commanding a respect of its own. Yes, we may be ‘only’ homebrewers but    […]

Vertical goes chic

People brew for a variety of reasons: hobby, satisfaction, challenge, necessity etc.  People who continue in the craft often latch on to a particular facet of brewing that speaks to them most powerfully.  For some, it’s the science of yeast or the mash while others enjoy the freedom to play with recipes.  If you’ve taken    […]