Profile: Kip Barnes

Founder, Bierkast

Kip is the founder of Bierkast and co-founder of Los Angeles Ale Works. Kip picked up home brewing after college and has since become an accomplished award winning home brewer. He enjoys drinking and brewing all types of beers. He is graduate of the USC’s School of Cinema Television. Kip lives in Culver City, CA with his sciency wife Katie. Follow him @bierkast or #FollowTheLAAW @laaleworks

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White Labs: For the “Beer Geek” in All of Us

The tasting room at White Labs has been open for some time now, but I finally made it down to San Diego a few weeks ago and I made it a priority to stop by and see what the tasting room had to offer.

Category: Craft Beer

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New Brewery: Brouwerij West

Brouwerij West’s Brian Mercer has been making beer commercially since 2010, but it’s 2016 that hallmarks a new chapter in the gypsy brewers book of beer. On Saturday Feb, 27 2016, Brouwerij West celebrated its official grand opening at the port of Los Angeles nestled right next door to Crafted LA in San Pedro. The space is an immense portside warehouse brimming with potential and opportunity. As it stands now, Mercer, business partner David Holop, and brewer Jeremy Czuleger have put together a beautiful space showcasing a spectacular brewhouse.

Category: Craft Beer

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Brew Bucket Mini and Brewmaster

I recently procured a brew bucket mini and brewmaster Chronical from Ss Brew Tech, and while I haven’t had the chance to take the conical fermentor for a spin, I did make some cold brewed coffee in the mini. It’s rad. The following will be a review of the Brew Bucket Mini and a sort of sneak peak/first look at the brewmaster fermenter.

Category: Craft Beer

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Detour Seattle: The Beer Scene

I don’t get to travel back home very often, but when I do make the trek up to the Seattle area, I’m always very excited to see how the beer scene is doing. I didn’t really get a chance to enjoy or explore the Pacific Northwest’s microbreweries growing up, so beer didn’t enter my drinking vocabulary until later in college. I was a pretty responsible kid. I do remember the Red Hook and Pyramid brands; both threw work at my Dad’s sign shop and I can vividly recall our house filled with tap handles from these, as well as Samuel Adams, but that was way back when.

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Sake Making: Part III

Kip's final installment of a three part series chronicling a homebrewer's attempt at making sake.

Category: Craft Beer

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Sake Making: Part II

We are back with the second part of our sake special. We were about 20 days in at the end of the last post, just starting the main mash/ferment – The Moromi.
(To read part one, click here.

Category: Craft Beer

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Sake Making: Part I

Sake has a special place in my heart, but for as much as I love it, I know almost nothing about it’s production, history, and modern day iterations other that it’s Japanese and it’s good. I’m going to try it out myself and hopefully you can glean some information from me as I go through the sake brewing process.

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Wort Under Pressure

One of my least favorite aspects of brewing beer is making a starter a few days before. While not the hardest thing in the world to do, it can be a colossal pain in the ass to lose an entire night (and kitchen counter top) to DME. So how do you make a process so crucial to a healthy fermentation more convenient? Batch pressure canning!

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The ABC’s of Craft Brewing

It’s widely known that homebrewing can be incredibly rewarding, entertaining, and a creative outlet for self-expression. The same goes for sharing that home brewed beer with friends. But did you know that it’s actually not technically legal to do this? If you're thinking of opening your own brewery, you need to read this.

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The Almighty Kumquat And Beer

Chances are, if you’re a home brewer, you have a particular style and ingredient you enjoy most. For me, it’s the saison and a sour citrus fruit that I didn’t truly discover until I read Randy Mosher’s Radical Brewing. In his book, Mosher described a stand-in for the Seville Orange, a citrus which is traditionally used by Belgian brewers in Witbier and other spiced ales. Seville, or bitter oranges, are also the primary ingredient in Southern marmalade. As cool and traditional as these oranges are, they can be difficult to find in Southern California and so Mosher suggests the use of whole kumquats as a stand in. The kumquat mimics the sweet, bitter, and sour elements of a bitter orange very closely, but also adds flavors of its own, which I find irresistible.

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A Beer Quest in Thailand

Can a craft brewer find happiness in Thailand?

Category: Travel

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Home-Brewing Sake!

One of the greatest parts about home brewing is being able to experiment with drinks of any shape, size, flavor, and origin. From beer, to mead, to wine, as long as you have basic equipment, you have the potential to make a pretty good glass of whatever ails you. So what do you need to know about brewing Sake?

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Home-brewed Lambics and Sours

Simon Ford, a San Pedro native, is an attorney by day, and a master home brewer by night. Lambics and the funky stuff are Simon's specialties. He brews by himself in his garage and then moves everything down into his cellar temperature basement where the real magic happens. Come learn what happens next.

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Home-Brewed Craft Soda

Contrary to popular belief, it's okay to drink beverages other than beer, and it's also okay for them to be alcohol-free. As it turns out, making soda is fairly similar to making beer - but soda can be brewed and served in under 24 hours. Includes a recipe for Thai Tea Soda!

Category: Food

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Review: Stainless Steel Brew Bucket

If you’re like me, home brewing sanitation is one your top priorities. It’s this focus alone that causes stress when determining whether to ferment in plastic or glass. Glass is sanitary and easy to clean, but it’s also heavy and fragile. Plastic is cheaper, lighter weight, and doesn’t result in 13 stitches after unfortunate carboy accidents, but on the other hand it’s also porous and easily scratched. But what other option is there?!

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