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Greeting from Cascades Brewer and welcome to Cascades Homebrew. It is March 2021 and I am kicking off this new site so I can capture some of my thoughts, ideas, processes, and thoughts on brewing beer. The overall slant of the sight will be towards intermediate to advanced homebrewers that are interested in understanding how to build better beers with simple equipment and simple processes.

The Future of Cascades Brewer

Some ideas that I have kicking around:

  • Investigative Brewing – focused brewing to test out ingredients, processes and ingredients
    • Equipment: the equipment needed
    • Process: how to integrate Investigative Brewing into your flow
    • Ideas: ideas and different “variables” to investigate
    • Results
      • Yeast Experiments
      • Grain Experiments
      • Hop Evaluation
      • Grain Evaluation
      • etc.
  • Stovetop BIAB Brewing (2.5 gallon all-grain brewing)
  • 5 Gal BIAB: A great step up or introduction to all-grain brewing
  • Other brewing processes and tips like
    • Understanding Water Chemistry
    • Harvesting and Reusing Yeast
    • Making Yeast Starters
    • Closed Transfers/Closed Side Oxidation
  • Building Styles: An alternative to published recipes. Steps to understand your target beer style with ideas how to build a recipe that matches your tastes, system and process

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2 thoughts on “Welcome to Cascades Homebrew!

  1. I like your idea for 2 1/2 gal batch size. I run this size mainly because I can no longer throw around 5 gal. carboys. You do mention many more reasons why this batch size makes sense. Don’t forget to include something for us extract users. We are brewers to.

    1. Thanks for the comment Dennis. Extract brewing adds a lot of flexibility on batch size. I can whip out a 1 gallon extract brew (with a short boil) in maybe an hour. Extract with a concentrated boiling makes 5 gallon batches easier. While I am an all-grain brewer at heart, I respect anybody making beer from 1 gal extract to 20 barrel all grain.

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