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Begin my project on how to brew beer. I have been wanting to do this for years.

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efrain1122 has written 16 entries about this goal


I believe the blog is a very effective tool for sharing information. I know that it is not the most original tool but there is reason as to why it is so common, it works. The information I created for the blog is smile to understand. My intent is to create an inviting environment people who have never tried brewing before. I am open about mistakes and feel like I have kept instructions simple, even for someone who has never thought about brewing before.

Overall, I feel I did a good job on this project. I lost track as to how many hours I spent watching videos, reading blogs, looking at books, and getting information from forums. Video and audio editing take a long time to produce and I hope this is appreciated. I loved the fact that I could work on the project a little each day. In the end, I spent an a day putting it all together and publishing it for the world to see.

I very much enjoyed the class. I thank you for allowing us the freedom to make learning relevant. It is through relevancy that we learn best. When you get excited about something, you are much more willing to work hard and push yourself. This is what happened with my brewing project. I worked hard because I was very interested in learning all I could about the subject.

I did not experience any barriers in the process. As I stated in the VoiceThread. The only wish I have, is to create a database of creative common images, and other useful media.

I had never heard of VoiceThread. I love it, and it’s application in a second language classroom is evident. I will certainly use it next year. This will be a great way to have conversations in Spanish and to evaluate student’s pronunciation.

Thank you again for your instruction and openness to allow us to make learning relevant. I thought I would have to wait a couple more years before I could start to experiment with brewing and I am glad I got the chance to dedicate so much time and energy to the project, while at the same time learning more about information literacy.

New Research

All my new research and post are now on my blog. I will copy some of it here just in case you do not get a chance to visit.

I have been learning a lot from the experiments of the Basic Brewing Podcast and from my personal experimentation. First piece of information is the fact that I made a mistake or two on my first beer. It still turned out great, but I should have never added tap water at the end of the boil to make it so it equaled 1 gallon. What I needed to do was boil 5.5 quarts of water and expect to loose 1.5 quarts during the boil. Adding tap water can contaminate your beer because it has not been sterilized.

On another note, you do not need to measure the yeast so precisely. In the Brooklyn Brewshop recipes they always recommend to add half the package of yeast and according to Basic Brewing, the yeast are going to make a bunch of new baby yeast as soon as you get things going with the sugars.

One last thing, you do not need to boil dry malt extract for 45 minutes, just 15 in order to sterilize it. This means that if you are making a beer like my amber ale, with only dry malt extra and hops, you only need to boil the hops and malt extract for 15 minutes and you are done. This is going to make things much quicker next time I make that recipe. Well, that is all for now.

I am continuing to learn a lot about the process and having a great time. I will keep you up to date on what I learn.

Here Is My Blog

Here is a link to my Blog. I think I still need to do some work on it, I am open to suggestions. I will be editing a bit more and adding some new recipes, which I am working on and brewing.

Second Batch of Beer

I started my second batch of beer today. This one will be a porter. I used the dry malt extract and added some black patent malt along with another dark malt for flavor. My only concern is that I still used the amarillo hops and the dry ale yeast. I hope this does not affect the flavor. I wanted to continue brewing with ingredients I could get at my small local wine supplier. I was told today that they are trying to keep up with demand, which is growing. Their goal is to some day have half the store be a brewing supplier.

The complete recipe, along with steps, is on my evernotes.

Thank You Garageband

I have been working on putting together my background music for my videos and thanks to garageband it does not sound too bad. I was thinking about it and realized that I could not really go out and find an artist to get permission from so I decided why not try and see if I can put something together myself.

I am also excited to finally be getting the opportunity to work on editing film. I teach a film editing class and rarely get to edit any video on my own. I am posting them to youtube so I can include them on my blog. I was going to do a website but I would need to publish it and the school pays for my domain. They would not be very excited about paying for my brewing website. Thank you bloodspot for keeping things simple.

This is my previous blog, which I worked on for a while until I got busy with all my masters classes.


I have learned to love youtube even more after starting my beer brewing and fermenting process. I am very much a visual learner and no matter how much I read about a subject, I still need to see it in action. When typing “brewing beer” on to youtube you get about 47,000 results.

These are two of my favorite channels:

These are not professional, but they are really simple to understand and informational.

All of this research and experimentation has made me more adventurous. Today I started a batch of hard apple cider using organic apple juice, white sugar, brown sugar, yeast energizer, and dry champagne yeast. It is great to know at least why I am doing what I am doing and I can’t wait to see the results I get so I can enjoy and modify. I am using all the materials I used to make my beer as I wait for it to get carbonated.

I am using evernote to keep track of my research and recipes. This will make it simple to adjust the things that go wrong.

More Important Research

Turns out youtube is a mine of knowledge just wanting to be excavated. Specially for someone who really needs to see the process and not just read about it.

I had no idea how to use the sanitizing stuff, even after ready the very unclear directions. Luckily this video came to the rescue.

I am also looking at other videos to find when I need to bottle and what different stages of fermentation look like.

I also fund a couple of forums which where very informative. It was like meeting a bunch of people who are all doing the thing you want to do and you don’t need to worry about seeming stupid because they cannot really see your face.

How much yeast do you really need?

There were books online. This one is basically a book disguised as a website. This one is my favorite.

I kept all these links on evernote just ready to pull and post.

Week 6

I am truly brewing my first beer. Well, I guess it is too early to tell. I filmed the whole thing in order to perhaps make a blog with video post on my experience of my first brewing. It has been a culmination of a lot of research and work. I had to brew this early, because it takes three to four week in order to finally taste your product and I really want to be able to do that by the end of this class.

On another note, I have loved evernote. I am certainly going to use it for other research. I am always researching things and this is a great tool to keep all that I find in one spot. You find a lot of different pieces of software in these classes and this is a keeper.

Week 5

First, let me just say that podcast are the most underrated form of digital information readily available for free to anyone who owns an ipod or to anyone who simply downloads iTunes on to their computer. I am always trying to get my students to subscribe to podcast, but many of them seem unsure about the unfamiliarity of this publishing format.

When it comes to podcast which I simply enjoy, I recommend; Tedtalks, NPR Tiny Desk Concerts, Freakonomics, The Moth Podcast, WNYC’s Radiolab, and Stuff You Should Know. Although I probably subscribe to about 50 different ones.

As for my project, my favorite podcast is Basic Brewing Video. This podcast is created by James Spencer and Steve Wikes. I love this guys, they get together have a homebrew and talk about making beer. Their podcast is very laid back and it gives you the sense of confidence need to brew your first batch and become an expert if you wish. They also have an audio podcast, but I am such a visual person, I need to see processes in order to better understand them.

As for blogs, I like Ted’s Homebrew Journal

I also like Jamian Hegeman’s blog. I love this blog because it uses the same kit I love.

Please let me know what your favorite podcast and blogs are.

Week 4

I have done it, I ordered my kit. The kit I ordered is from and it is an all grain brew. My kit should be here by the end of this week or early next week. Turn out that it takes about 3 weeks to be able to taste your creating and I really want to be able to do just that by the end of the class.

Also, I am part way through The Complete Joy of Homebrewing by Charles Papazian, a great book into the history and making of home brews. I will be getting my second book by Brooklyn Brew Shop, the book is about brewing in small batches, one gallon at a time.

I am excited to see where all this leads. In addition, I went to my local wine maker shop, and as it turns out, they are stocked with beer making supplies. This is very exciting because I might not need to travel further than four blocks to get my supplies once I get going.

The Complete Joy of Homebrewing wants beginning brewers to start with a beer made just from just the malt extract, but I am going to start with a full-grain beer. It seems like this will still work just fine because the supplier does a great job of providing interactions and pre-measured ingredients.

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