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Adventures in beer bottling, part 2

We purchased our bottles for the saison from Brooklyn Homebrew on Saturday (which you saw) and waited until Sunday morning to bottle the beer.  Bottling is a very easy process.  The main concern is not to invite any contamination into … Continue reading

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The real rustic tart test

This week I had my first real test as to whether I improved my baking skills during my time at the San Francisco Baking Institute.  I tried to reproduce both the rustic tarts and a modified fresh fruit tart at … Continue reading

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Adventures in beer bottling, part 1

We could not put off bottling our saison any longer.  It has been fermenting in the carboys for 4 weeks now.  At this point, we are risking the inactive yeast cultures and hops, which have settled at the bottom of … Continue reading

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Beer gardening at Bohemian Hall

October means Oktoberfest, which means that enjoying a few beers in a NYC beer garden is an absolute must (for market research….yeah, market research). And… a beer garden means a very happy Jeff  : )  (whose first date to this … Continue reading

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Black Forest Cake with Cherry Cream and Cherry Compote

Remember this photo?  I promised that I would get to the other two cakes : )  First, let me share with you the process of making and assembling the beautiful black forest cake on the left.  The cake is layered … Continue reading

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