Want that Special Bottle for Your Special Homebrew?

An offering from a company on the Panhandle of Florida…

My name is Karin Schmidt and I live and work in Navarre, Florida.  My husband and I are in the business of providing quality glass custom-engraving in an affordable way to people who will appreciate it!   I know that homebrewers take a special pride in their craft, and in creating batches of brew that showcase their talents.  I imagine owning their own “house label” is important as well.  That’s why I am writing you.

I’d like to talk with you about offering our services to create high-quality, rich-looking labels carved into your bottles–something that would give you an extra measure of uniqueness to your work.  Something that sets you apart and makes the work stand out as truly your own.   And of course, “tradeable” for collection if that’s what you and your fellow brew-crafters want to do.  Since the bottles are re-usable and recycleable, you wouldn’t need large orders to accomplish your “look.”  The labels don’t wash off and don’t have to be replaced as they are used!   We have no minimum order requirements, making this a reasonable option for creating small, unique collections for special occasions and seasonal brews as well. 

If you have already designed your personal “house” label, we can translate that into carving the glass.  If you want a label designed, it’s not a problem.  All we would need is your input, your ideas, give us something to go on.  When it’s done, we will make a sample bottle for your approval.  You are not obligated to anything.  We simply would like the opportunity to work with you, and we work on a strong ethic of trust and integrity. Most likely, you’d prefer the bottles in brown glass, which could give them the look of a Stella-Artois!)

We must tell you, though, that the price listed for customized bottles on our website is not the correct price for you — We wanted to offer something special for the homebrewer’s clubs.   If someone wants their label engraved in the glass, that first custom bottle would be $35.  After that, any with that same design would be just $10. for the engraving.  Even if you order those duplicates at a later time, they would still be just the $10. (The cost of the bottles themselves would have to be extra, but since you probably already get your plain bottles from a wholesale supplier, we can use the ones you buy yourself, or we can order them for you, and pass them on to you at cost.  Your choice.)

Anyway, I appreciate you taking the time to read this, and taking the time to think it over.  Talk to your fellow craft-brewers, see what they think.  Let’s have a conversation, and come up with a plan for you.  Your hobby is important, gourmet creations deserve respect.  We’d like to help put your personal stamp on your work.  We look forward to hearing from you


From their site…

Glass Distinctions defines itself with contemporary elegance and artistic design. All of our work is custom-designed and created by hand, reflecting both our love of art as well as our dedication to quality. As an innovative concept-to-completion design service, we specialize in creating original art-glass décor items, gifts, and awards. Superior craftsmanship and attention to detail are the hallmarks of our work, setting Glass Distinctions apart as anything but ordinary


An example of their fine work.

A Recipe for Yarrow Ale

Garden varieties of yellow yarrow are super as a hop substitute in beer. Photo
by Charlie Papazian

Written by Charlie Papazian for Examiner.com

Here’s a recipe for champagne-like, floral beer brewed with yarrow.  Excerpted from The Complete Joy of Homebrewing. 

Yarrow Ale

Yarrow Ale is a traditional ale brewed by brewers throughout Europe before hops were popularized.  Read Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers by Stephen Buhner and learn about the properties of yarrow.  Use fresh flowers and greens for best results.  And no there isn’t a mistake in this recipe – there are no hops. 

Ingredients for 3 gallons (11.5 l)

  • 3 lbs. (1.4 kg) extra light dried malt extract
  • 5 oz. (140 gm) fresh yarrow flowers and leaves
  • 0.8 gm sweet gale (myrica) (available at homebrew shops)
  • American ale type yeast
  • 1/2 c. (140 ml) corn sugar (for bottling)

Add the malt extract, sweet gale and 3 oz. (85 gm) of yarrow to 1 1/2 gallons of water and boil for 60 minutes.  Add 2 oz. (56 gm) yarrow during the final 5 minutes of boiling. Sparge immediately into your fermenter and 1 gallon (4 l) cold water.  Add water to make 3 gallons (11.5 l). Pitch the yeast when cool. Bottle when fermentation is complete.

The Spicest Beer in the World?

Written by Jonathan Shikes for blogs.westword.com

I’ve cooked in chili cook-offs, competed in a hot wings eating contest and eaten my fair share — and then some — of jalapeno poppers, New Mexico and Colorado green chile.

And I’ve sampled at least four kinds of chili beer. Hell, my boss even has one named for her at the Wynkoop Brewing Company.

But I’ve never tasted anything quite like Ghost Face Killah — a beer that Boulder’s Twisted Pine Brewing Company hopes will end up in the Guinness Book of World Records as the spiciest beer on earth.

To make it, brewer Jeff Brumley made a batch of a wheat beer, then added six kinds of dried chilies: Anaheim, Fresno, jalapeno, Serrano, habanero and the famed ghost pepper, commonly recognized as the hottest pepper in the world (about 200 times more pungent than a jalapeno). Then he let the chilies soak in the beer for a couple of weeks.

The results are a beer that made my lips and mouth burn and seared the back of my throat for a good two hours. And while this brew was certainly spicy, it also had a nice, rich, warming flavor that would have gone even better in a plate of enchiladas.

I tried it on May 5, when Twisted Pine tapped a keg for its Cinco de Mayo party, and while the beer — which was served only in four-ounce glasses — was gone after about three days, the brewery will bring it back for the Snowmass Chili Pepper & Brew Fest (June 4-5); it will also likely have a keg at its Boulder taphouse at the same time.

“It was going pretty quick,” says Twisted Pine’s Mike Burns. “Everyone who usually drinks Billy’s Chilies [Twisted Pine’s bottled chili beer] was happy to be drinking it.”

Burns adds that a couple who actually grow ghost peppers in their Boulder garden each had about two pints and offered to supply the brewery with fresh peppers.

Sounds hot.


Ye Olde Scribe’s Too DAMN Bitter Beer Report’

“Well that bites.”

ABV – 5.9%
OG – 15°P
SRM – 10.5
IBU – 59???

YOS was a hophead long before most and actually likes IBUs that go way above 100. But sometimes there’s just no point in being so damn bitter.

Scribe was shipped a bottle of French Broad’s Rye Hopper Ale. In the interest of being fair he had to drink it warm since Mrs. Scribe dropped the bottle after unpackaging and the cap popped. Maybe it was because it was too damn warm, though Scribe finds the warmer nature of beer from the country of bad teeth tends to mellow the hops. But this had little rye, low sense of malts and bitter, bitter, bitter.

Did your brewer leave you for a “better” beer? Poor Rye Hopper. No wonder you’re so damn bitter.

The aroma was hops: maybe Cascade but taste couldn’t tell, a bit rye. The color: golden. The taste was bitter: period. The problem here is that 59 IBUS usually doesn’t do this unless high alpha acid hops are used or someone dumped the hops in the beginning of the boil and astringency takes over. Scribe is guessing the latter. There’s a talent required when brewing hoppy beers: especially if you want the character of, oh say, RYE, to arrive on the palette as well as hops. Additions at just the right time, in the right way, and not just a long, hard, boil.

Hey, French Broad! Don’t you Asheville, NC guys know that hard boiled is for eggs, not hops?