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Mark Taylor
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How long have you been brewing?
10 years
What is your favorite beer to brew?
Pale, IPA, Stout, Hefe, Dunkelweizen, Belgian Golden, Roggenbier
www.backyardbrewer.blogspot.com

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Pulque, Pulque, Pulque

 

Going to the tianguis or outdoor market every week becomes a regular routine for me while living in San Miguel. I can get the best selection and least expensive produce there, not to mention be entertainment by the plethora of interesting, varied and sometimes bizarre articles for sale, like a boat load of springs for instance, (go here to read more about that). But that's not all,…

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Posted on December 25, 2011 at 3:51pm — 1 Comment

Boulder Creek Brewing Co.

Fellow Zymurgeek and assistant brewer at Boulder Creek Brewing Company Joe Yuhas was kind enough to invite me up to the brewery to sample some beer and talk to the head brewer Matt Heber about what it's like to brew beer deep in the redwoods of the San Lorenzo Valley. …

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Posted on April 25, 2011 at 11:26am

Cooking With Beer

From Beer Diary...  www.backyardbrewer.blogspot.com

Using homebrew to cook with is a great way to make some delicious dishes and additionally you can proudly say that the 'secret ingredient' is beer I brewed myself. It highlights the creative process and gives me just one more way of saying to my wife "Hey, look at me, I'm like a modern day renaissance man!…

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Posted on April 8, 2011 at 1:43pm

The Passion Of The Beer

Midway through conducting a beer appreciation class with a room full of eager and half drunk students, I was confident of their enthrallment with my even paced delivery as I led them through a profound and inspiring flight of ales with anecdotal stories and the historical origins that brought the beers to life. Right in the middle of giving a moving oration of the advances that yeast brought to the development of modern civilization, a student in the audience said,

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Posted on September 4, 2009 at 6:58pm — 3 Comments

Santa Cruz Sentinel news interview

My interview with the local Santa Cruz paper the Sentinel was just published today and includes a short video of me explaining the minimum equipment required to brew a batch of beer. Check it out.



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Posted on May 29, 2009 at 7:49pm

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At 9:31am on February 27, 2009, Brett Begani said…
it absolutely is a walk in. or a climb in, whichever way you look at it. the space under my stairs is open to the garage and completely insulated, so I built a door and stuck an air conditioner in it. now it stays a nice 66 degrees in there constantly.
next step for me is a chest freezer for aging, 45 degrees would be very nice to have.
At 5:31pm on February 26, 2009, Brett Begani said…
the cooler was an upgrade from "bag in a 5gal cooler" mashing. the ball valve kinda leaks a touch though around the edges. and I had to modify the bulkhead I got from morebeer to fit since the sidewall is 2" deep.
I only got to make about 5 batches with the new thermo before KashmirGR brought over his Brutus 10. now the cooler is mothballed. :)
At 9:26am on February 23, 2009, Brett Begani said…
I'll try and remember to get some video of the beer gun in action with the next bottling project so you can see how it works and how simple it is.
At 9:07pm on February 20, 2009, Wicked Schmitts said…
Your blogs are especially inciteful, most of the things discussed there are, for the most part common sense, but sometimes those are the easiest overlooked.
At 1:42pm on January 4, 2009, IrishKevin said…
Hello Mark,
When I read your post Beer Diary I thought that it was great that you were teaching a course at your local JC. When I saw that you live in Aptos I was even happier to think that you might be teaching at the mighty mighty Cabrillo. I loved my time there and I think that homebrewing fits in great with the local scene.
Good luck to you and the teaching.
- Kevin
At 11:59am on December 31, 2008, olin schultz said…
Hi Mark,

Thanks for joining and welcome to the site! I loved your blog post, especially your top 6 reasons to get into the hobby. We feature new blogs on Friday - so your blog will go to the front page then. If you need supplies for teaching your class just let us know we love to support you there - you can contact Robin Wada or Ryan Barto and they can help you.

Thanks for your support for the last 10 years - that is fantastic. Let us know what we can do better!

Cheers,
Olin Schultz


Cheers,
Olin Schultz
 
 
 

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