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May 2024

The Brown Ale I thought I was making color wise is a deep ruby red and it fermented to 7.7%ABV!  So, I made an Imperial/Double Red Ale.  I used Nottingham Yeast and CBC-1 for bottle conditioning.  For grains I used Marris Otter, Victory, C60, Chocolate malt, and a smidge of melanoidin.  Hops were Willamette and Chinook.  I was very heavy handed with the Victory malt and almost biscuited myself out of the “it’s tasty” realm.  All in all take notes and try to repeat some nuances but not all next time.

NLS Hops 2024

February 2024

English Strong Bitter is ready, measuring in at 6%ABV.  I used Pilsen, Marris Otter, Vienna grains, and some flaked oats for the grain bill, Zappa (Neo Mexicanus), Idaho-7, Amarillo Cryo hops and Mangrove Jack’s Liberty Bell yeast.  Bottle conditioned as usual

January 2024

I got some recognition in the latest American Homebrewers Association’s magazine Zymurgy.  They do an annual send us your gadgets competition and I got printed in this year’s edition.

Slater's Brew

Fall 2023, Kveik Ale

November 2023 thru September 2023, I harvested 18 ounces of homegrown Centennial hops and used them to make a Kveik Ale.  Ingredients included Weyerman’s Pilsen Malt, Munich Light, White Wheat, melanoidin, Willamette hops for bittering  Mangrove Jack’s Kveik yeast, and CBC-1 bottling yeast for, well bottling. I used the Brew In A Bag method, It came out perfect this time.  Nice robust beer foam a lightly sweet malt taste and an even keeled bitterness and flavor from the hops.  Not much hop aroma this time.  ABV6.5%.

April 2023, Hoppy Golden Ale, Grain bill was Weyerman’s Vienna, Bohemian Pilsen, Golden Promise, melanoidin and flaked wheat the Hops were Cashmere, Medusa and Ahtanum Cryo, Mangrove Jack’s Liberty Bell Ale yeast and Lallemand’s CBC-1 yeast for bottle conditioning. ABV was 6.8%.  I made a huge mistake during transfer for bottling and ruined the whole 5Gal batch.  I pulled a sample for my Final Gravity reading before that mishap, and I did get to taste it….Alll I can say is, ” Oh man it was so delicious.  Sweet tarts and bubblegum.  Needless to say, I have changed some steps in the bottling process to ensure that won’t happen again.  I also need to re-brew this one!

September 2022,  First time doing a Kveik strain!  Kveikalicious, ingredients are as followed; Wyerman Pilsen, melanoidin, flaked oats, golden promise.  The hops were pelletized UK Fuggless, homegrown cones of Fenway Feral and Centennial.  Yeast was Imperial organics Kveiking A44.  ABV 6.9%.  I was still getting used to the CBC-1 yeast and consequently didn’t use enough during the bottling process.  While the beer tasted fine it was very flat.  It had maybe half of the volume or less of beer foam that I calculated for.

February 2022, Bay Common attempt #2, ingredients are as followed; grains Pilsen Stone Path, Flaked wheat, C40, Brown, Vienna and melanoidin, hops included Willamette, Chinook and Nugget, yeast was WLP810 (White Labs) and CBC-1.  Long story short the grain wasn’t gristed properly at the now permanently closed  local Hombrew shop and my mash was pathetic.  I soldiered on just going with the steps and even giving it a long ferment time because I was dealing with a Cali.Common yeast and in the end the color was totally wrong and it was only at an ABV of 2.8%,  I was aiming for at least the high 4’s.  Sufficed to say Bottling day was cut short.  Yes, I used a Hydrometer and refractometer to help my be somewhat precise when I brew nevertheless live and learn….Again.

Late Winter Early Spring 2021, Bay Common attempt #1, I have brewed a clone of Anchor steam the color is spot on and I am waiting patiently for the bubbles to form in my bottles ( I practice the bottle conditioning method). I used the remaining 2 pounds of last year’s hop harvest of the Fenway Feral.  I also very recently got to finally meet up with my homebrew (Braukline Home brew Club) alum via Google. I’ll keep you posted as to how the Bay Common turns out. Take care and drink like a toad in a pond over the full blue moon. UPDATE!! This turned out very well! I’ll have to brew this one again very soon.!!

Fall 2020

The hops harvest went well for me in the Fenway and Brookline this year. I harvested all of the Feral and froze those. Then my friend in Brookline called me last minute and said come and get your hops. So I did, I made a Wet Hop with his Nugget and Cascade cones. The ABV on this one ended up being 6.17%; that is Boston’s are code 617. Sufficed to say I am pleased with that number and the overall taste of this Ale. I used Lallemand’s NEIPA yeast, nearly all New England malted grains; except for a smidge of Vienna. The color is great and the beer finished pretty bright in clarity if you leave out the sediment from the bottom of the bottle.

April 2020, The Alt Viking Ale has been a favorite for everyone that has tasted it but in my mind and preference I didn’t get enough carbonation out this one with the bottle conditioning. Live, learn and take great notes as to not repeat it again I try to say as often as possible.

February 2020 I made my first English Strong Bitter Double. I used the recipe from Gabriale#1 to make this batch #2. This turned out great! I used Willamette for the bittering and UK EKG and Fuggles for the hops flavor and aroma. I used one of my personal favorites for the yeast; Lallemand’s Nottingham strain. The grain bill was classic ESB but I fermented it to about 7.5% ABV.? The ethel vapor was non existent and drank really nice!

I made an American Pale Ale; named, “Feral Fenway” with my hops harvest from Summer 2019. I used just over a pound of hops (flower) that I or my friend grew right here in Boston, MA. The color edged into brown but was just light enough in color to be Pale. The hops bitterness was firm and not too assertive. Aroma and taste was deep green and piney with a slight fruitiness from the Liberty bell yeast strain. The beerfoam on the pour in the glass was perfect and the taste was, sweet, white bread crust and very slightly nutty. It clocked in at 6.8% ABV

In Summer 2019 I made the Saison and it turned out being 8.5% ABV and very different than the classic style I was aiming for.? It bridged more into Belgian specialty Ale. It’s color was more deep copper and the beerfoam gushed out as the beer was exposed to fresh air. I had to poor quickly once the cap was off. I named it Ball’s on Saison even though it’s wasn’t so on the mark.  Summer 2019 to bring you up to speed here.  After Sierra Brookline batch #1 I performed acts worthy of alchemical distinction.  I became a Certified Cicerone!! Go check out my beer educator tab on this site to know more.  A hoppy wheat ale with ElDorado, Galaxy and Lemon Drop hops. This was 6.3% abv..  Sierra Brookline batch #2 with Cascade, wild hops cones from Boston’s Fenway and Nugget. This was 7.3% abv.  American Pale Ale with Willamette, Summer and Idaho-7 hops. This was almost another Sierra Nevada clone but it’s SRM was deeper almost red. It was because of the Vienna and Cara Vienna I used in this batch. This was 5.2%abv..  American Pale Ale with Willammette, Medusa and Cashmere hops. I used all European grains and paired them with American yeast and hops. This was 5.4% abv..  A Belle Saison with French Strisselspalt hops is on the schedule for the Summer of 2019!

Okay, now you are all caught up to Summer 2019.

Spring 2018, Sierra Brookline has 90% Brookline, MA. grown hops hand picked by moi (Centennial, Cascade and Nugget). This is a slight clone of Sierra Nevada’s pale ale recipe. I used the yeast and some of the grain bill.  The rest is magic.

Fall 2017, Farms’on Farmhouse ale is on the ferment. I used Target (bitter), El Dorado (Flavor), Idaho-7 Mosaic Crypto (flavor) and on flame out Idaho-7 and Mosaic (aroma).? Pilsen, wheat and Red X malts ABV to be determined.  By Halloween it should be ready.

Spring 2017, it rains today and the flowers are not far away.

An experimental beer has been brewed and? bottle conditioned (on a full moon) and is ready for a “club” competition that I am and other liquid alchemists are members of.? 5 teams of 4; each group has 2 grains and 2 hops to use as a base recipe the yeast strain and other extras are up to the individual.

Here is the artwork for mine. It consisted of Vienna, Coffee and Pale German grains, Galena and Tettnang hops some K-97 saccharomyces and some extra magic sprinkles, it is 9.7% ABV

artwork Natural Line studio

OPB Full Moon Havoc

My final beer for brew season 2015-2016 is a Single Malt Single Hop ale. I used some American 2 row grain, a native hop from the N. American Southwest named NeoMexicanus and the Nottingham strain of saccharomyces. This one has a very unique light tan color and a stone juicy pineapple bouquet with a nice assertive bitterness. 7.1%ABV.

Nott2Neo Mark W. Slater

Artwork for SMASH ale beer Nott2Neo

Winter nearly Spring 2017, I have three concoctions that have come out of the Magical Alchemical Closet (M.A.C.) in the last few moon cycles. The first one is an Imperial Brown Ale; dubbed Charlie’s Brown this one fermented much better than calculated and ended up being 8.4% ABV, French Strisselspalt is the hop in this, the second is a classical take on the Belgian Wit style also with French Strisselspalt, clocking in at a very sessionable 3.5% ABV and lastly is my first Mead, this took months to ferment and was worth the wait. It came in at 12.6% ABV and is in the categories of Semi-Sweet, standard and still as per BJCP mead and cider 2015 guidelines.

On the ferment right now is a mystery elixir that is for a competition in my local Alchemists’ club.Vienna, Pilsner, coffee malt, Galena and Tettnang hops with some German ale yest.

November 2016, English and American Pale and Bitter styles collide for GabriAle; with UK Target and El Dorado hops, UK Golden promise and German Pale malts with a little bit of Hudson valley honey to help the fermentation and Nottingham yeast. 5% ABV


OPB GabriAle

Brew Season 2016-2017 has officially started for OPB! Saison Pumpkin batch #2 has been bottled and is now waiting for two weeks to let nature to take its course on the conditioning (that means making bubbles and “beer head”) of this custom concoction. Liberty and El Dorado hops with some Hudson Valley wildflowers honey was fermented to an ABV of 6.66%.

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May 20th 2016, Dubbel Trubel won 1st place for the Trappist style category in the Rhode Island Ocean State home brew competition in April! Woooohooooo

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Dubbel Trubel screen shot

The last beer of my brew season Dampf Marzen will be ready to drink in a few weeks. I used Bavaria Mandarina hops and the commonly known as yeast “California Common” for this beer.

A classic beer with an American yeast.

April 11, 2016;? Please welcome Belgian Donker Blonde Ale to the OPB family made with Spalt and Hersbrucker hops.

master Donker

Our newest addition!!!

The TBD caramel colored beer falls into the SRM (standard reference method) wheel color range of 10-17 for an American Amber So I dub thee, AmAm batch #2! This one clocks in at an ABV% of 6.5. Polaris and Chinook hops are in this beer!! I have entered this and the Tripel Dipel (that is now named Dubbel Trubel) into the Ocean State Home Brew competition. Dubbel Trubel has also been entered into the AHA 2016 competition as well. Judging results should be in by late April 2016. Fingers crossed for some positive outcomes on both of the competitions..

March 2nd,

Lots of things going on other than mystical brews and brewing. An as of yet TBD caramel colored beer is on the 2nd ferment right now and will be ready to drink on March 17th. I used the new German Polaris hop and a good standard PacNorWest grown Chinook for the hops on this one. So yeah I have that going for me.

February 2016

American Amber coming up

January 2016

Please welcome two new Ale styles to the OPB fam.

Golden Apollo SMASH ale and the Belgian strong ale Tripel Dipel.

The Tripel will be bottled in about 9 days and then will be ready for consumption on the January 28th (@7pm)

Braukline Homebrew club meeting at Boston Homebrew Supply.

The SMASH will be ready on February 6th or so. Until then keep thinking of fermented thoughts.

Tripel apollo labelsThe others in the family:

Family of beers

December 9th, 2015. COE3 Imp. Porter is bottled and 7 more days until drink date. Op262719 taste good but not blow your mind! Next batch is going to be a Belgian Triple and that will be brewed in a few days it should be ready in January. WEIRD fact…Op was 7%, COE3 was 8% and Belg Triple should be 9%…see a pattern here 7,8,9. Take care and have a great holidays!

November 3rd, Competition results for “Bye-Bye” cream ale were a 29.5 out of 50, three categories are above and two below the “good” level, I’ll take good. NEW BEER UPDATE!! Hoppy Ale “Operation:262719” is on the first ferment as of today and will be second fermented tomorrow. This one should be a strong one 7% or so Simcoe, Rakau, and Amarillo hops mmm mmm good.! As well my Session Saison Pumpkin is now being drunk. Belle Saison yeast, Massachusetts grown in Watertown Chinook hops, inverted sugar, molasses and some 2 row NY malt. It is very subtle considering it has 12 lbs. of pumpkin meat in the 4.5 gal batch that I made. This beer was dry-oaked for the last two weeks of conditioning, ABV% 4.2

September 24th, 2015, I have entered the Bye-Bye into a beer contest held on October 9th. I’ll let you know what happened when I do.

September 2015, “Bye-bye” Cream Ale will be ready for drinking on the 15th. It is not your ordinary cream Ale.

June 2015

This month I collaborated with a larger facility to make my Father’s Day Flight Oktoberfest Ale. I will be bottling this one in a week. Here is the label art for your enticement.


May 2015

The Kalesch is exquisite.? The late addition of the Utah Centennial hops gives it this nice and spicy aroma as the beer warms up from fridge temperatures.? The color is nice and golden clear!

21 on 21 looks nothing like a Heffy and tastes just barely like it too.? It has more of a brown look to it.? The saving German grace is that I used the Munich yeast variety and the Tettnang hops helps hold onto its German roots. Other than that drink it down my Faerie and Gnome friends and have another on the house.

February-April 2015

Jailboyd Kalesch batch #3 bottled, two more weeks…21 it quite a subtle sip on the tongue…Munchin’ Comets is going to a contest on Thursday!
21 on 21 bottled, Jailboyd Kalesch on the ferment and now enjoying Munchin’comets, which is exactly that!
21 on 21 hefeweizen is in fermentation
Munchin’ Comets SMASH almost ready to be bottled.
Drinking Nor’EasterOcalypse IPA mmmm mmmm good. Quite a head on this one.