Monthly Archives: January 2014

The 2014 Brewing Challenge

OK, it isn’t really a challenge but more of a goal or mission. Simply put, I want to brew all 80 recipes in John Palmer‘s and Jamil Zainasheff‘s book Brewing Classic Styles.

I don’t think I am going to start at the beginning of the book and go straight through. I will more than likely brew the beers according to seasons. I will be scaling down the recipes to 2 gallon batches to save on time, cut down on waste, and to be able to move through the beers rather quickly. For copyright reasons I will not be posting the recipes but will be using Beersmith to scale the recipes to size. 5 gallon batches might be a bit too much if I would like to finish this goal anytime before the next millennium. I will document the recipe, all brew day notes and any noteworthy items that may happen from the grain to glass process. My plan is to brew a batch ever two weeks.  All the beers will be force kegged then bottled using a beer gun and sent to a few brewing buddies at to assist with the judging/critique of the beers.

Wish me luck and we’ll see where we end up.