Thursday, October 14, 2010

name that brew

Hey everyone! Tonight I am brewing my first ever two gallons of beer, a pale ale I plan on fermenting with some Cold Antler Farm honey. I'm using a Mr. Beer kit (it's in my budget at 39.95) and in a few weeks it will be ready to bottle and rack. I'm already saving old beer bottles, and bought a bag of new caps (a whopping 3.75 for 150!). I'm excited to start this simple kit beer, and will eventually move into more refined types of homebrewing, but for this first adventure let's think up a good name for this honey pale ale I'll be making right here on the farm.


photo by tim bronson


Blogger Dancing shepherdess said...

How about witch's brew (or brewskie, as many NJ/NYers would term beer... In honor of Halloween. Or, Jena's brew...

October 14, 2010 at 6:52 PM  
Blogger jen said...

Mad Maude IPA

October 14, 2010 at 7:02 PM  
Blogger aerogramme said...


October 14, 2010 at 7:05 PM  
Blogger Christine Crocker said...

"Cold Antler" sounds good to me.

October 14, 2010 at 7:06 PM  
Blogger EAG said...

Homestead Honey Ale, Farmbrew Honey Ale, Harvest Honey Ale ...Mad Maude is an excellent name for an IPA. Definitely keep that one in mind! I can imagine the logos for that one being fantastic!

October 14, 2010 at 7:28 PM  
Blogger m said...

Cold Antler's Honey Finn Ale.

October 14, 2010 at 7:32 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

Keep 'em coming! I just added the yeast after moving the wort into the keg. this is so exciting! in ten days or so I'll move it to bottles, and then move them into hiding a few weeks. Easily be ready by thanksgiving!

I like adding bees and honey to the name of the Pale Ale (I don't think it's Indian? but maybe) and I think Mad Maude sounds great. Is she mad cause she was stung? !

October 14, 2010 at 7:33 PM  
Blogger JerK said...

I love Mad Maude, but that sounds like an excellent name for a bitter beer. I'll put in a vote for Homestead Honey IPA.

October 14, 2010 at 7:37 PM  
Blogger Chestnut Farm said...

Jenna's We Bee Jammin' Pale Ale

October 14, 2010 at 8:06 PM  
Blogger SouthernHeart said...

"honey pale ale" actually sounded good to me...

October 14, 2010 at 8:06 PM  
Blogger Karen Sue said...

Im for First Frost...Crunchy Leaf Pale Ale...Autumn Honey Bee....Gotta put a Pumpkin Beer on your brew list. My friends make some that is realllllyy good!!

October 14, 2010 at 8:07 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

This is so exciting. I posted the video to show you this super basic kit. It's pretty foolproof.

I think I want to work on some christmas spice beer too.

Tomorrow night I'm making an irish stout!

October 14, 2010 at 8:10 PM  
Blogger RabbleRoost said...

Why, October Ale of course! ;)

October 14, 2010 at 8:24 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

Gibson's Golden Pale Ale.

October 14, 2010 at 8:32 PM  
Blogger M said...

Jenna's Woginrich-n-tasty Ale

Gibson Grog

Ewe Brew

Cold Antler Bumble-Bier (with byline: THIS is what the bees had in mind when they made their honey)

Frosty October Foggy Lager

5H - Heuristic Homesteader Happy Hops Honey Ale... "Bartender, 5H Please!"

Crafted All Morn' Honey Ale
Old Central Farm Honey Ale
(Both of these are anagrams for Cold Antler Farm)

Anagrams are cool....before you bottle the beer it could be:

Calm Loner Draft

October 14, 2010 at 9:09 PM  
Blogger Vermonster said...

What do you think about *Gibson's Gold*?

October 14, 2010 at 9:16 PM  
Blogger Stargazer 2 said...


October 14, 2010 at 9:37 PM  
Blogger Stargazer 2 said...


October 14, 2010 at 9:44 PM  
Blogger Floridagirl said...

Annie's Honey Ale, June Carter's Jammin' Ale, Finn's Fine Ale, Winthrop and Co. IPA, Grumpy Maude's Mead. This is fun!

October 14, 2010 at 9:58 PM  
Blogger jugtownjane said...

I don't pay nearly as much attention when my husband brews his (our) beers as I probably should, but something occurs to me about adding honey - I think you're supposed to use it when you bottle (as you'd use malt sugar) and not for primary fermentation? Can someone help me out here?

Also, I'm casting my vote with Vermonster, but it may just be that I have a soft spot in my heart for that particular dessert, hailing as I do from the Area-Near-Veryork-and-Ben-and-Jerry's (i.e., Saratoga)...

October 14, 2010 at 10:00 PM  
Blogger Steven_10 said...

Funny, I picked up a Mr Root Beer kit to try, didn't realize the time before it'd be ready to drink at the time of purchase so scratched it from the list as a project for Thanksgiving here, may do it so we can enjoy it between Christmas and New Years though, should be fun, and I do so want to try brewing my own, after seeing them do so on "Victorian Farm" they make it look easy and enjoyable so I wanna try it. Getting away from so many pre-packaged foods and being able to do it for myself... quite a feeling.

October 14, 2010 at 10:02 PM  
Blogger Chicky said...

Love all the names!!

My homebrew hubby wanted me to pass on the suggestion that you look at homebrew kits from a homebrew store. Better quality. As you get more into brewing, look into buying used 5 gallon soda kegs (my hubby purchased several through Ebay for cheap)...bottling beer can be time consuming (although it's nice to have bottled beers for gifts). Kegging the beer is easy, faster, & you can have fresh homebrew on tap! :)

October 14, 2010 at 10:35 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Honeybeeer (like blaack cheese!)
CAF Pale Ale
Honeycomb Gold

October 14, 2010 at 10:50 PM  
Blogger Gelfling said...

I like the "Mad Maude" honeyed ale idea, it rolls off the tongue easily :)
We homebrew on the regular... everything from grape and fruit wines, meads, ginger beers, IPAs... we almost always have a few carboys bubbling away. We just bottled 12 gallons of Moscato wine and started another 12 of concord and niagara wine from local grapes! I love Autumn, when there is actually time to start some new brews. If you ever need to trouble shoot feel free to send me a line :)

October 14, 2010 at 10:53 PM  
Blogger Sylvie said...

Cold Antler Pale Ale, it's honey, hopping good!

October 14, 2010 at 11:14 PM  
Blogger Sylvan said...

Cold Antler Pale Ale has a magical ring to it. After reading some of the comments I think Mad Maude is nice as well. It might be good to name this first brew after Finn as a way to say goodbye to him.

October 14, 2010 at 11:16 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

You need to save 'Mad Maude' for later, just in case the brew bug hits you hard and you decide to get serious. Mad Maude is such a great name that it needs to go with a great brew- it could be what makes your farm famous!

You probably should just call it Antler Ale, and maybe some day people will ask each other, "Hey- you want a cold Antler?"

October 15, 2010 at 2:09 AM  
Blogger Paula said...

..and save Barnheart for a bitter....Barnheart Bitter.

Mad Maude might be better for a mead...Mad Maude Mead. It's the alliteration....can't help myself. I love alliteration.

October 15, 2010 at 2:12 AM  
Blogger mush said...

Bumble beer or Buzz bait?

October 15, 2010 at 5:11 AM  
Blogger jenaye antonuccio said...

colder antler paler?

cold gold?


October 15, 2010 at 5:18 AM  
Blogger jenaye antonuccio said...

colder antler paler?

cold gold?


October 15, 2010 at 5:19 AM  
Blogger LordBaumy said...

Bee Bitten Ale, Carter's Last Stand, Woginbrew, Be-liscious, Maude's Sting IPA

October 15, 2010 at 6:23 AM  
Blogger LordBaumy said...

Oh, jen (it's kate) nevermind, I love love love ewe-brew!!!! And Winthrop and co.!

October 15, 2010 at 6:25 AM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

I still need a name for the pale ale, but leaning towards Antler Ale right now. But the stout I need to name something after sheepdogs and sheep doggin' something like "shepherds watch stout" or "Black Scott dog"

I agree moving to a better kit like the beginner kits Northern Brewing has would be best. That's next, this is just dipping my toes really. But I am having so much fun with it. I can't believe there are 4 gallons of beer brewing in my kitchen cupboard!

October 15, 2010 at 6:50 AM  
Blogger Jackie said...

Barnheart is great, but wants saving for a greater brew. Gibson's Gold ditto.
I like Mad Maude.
Or Blogale. CAF Blogger IPA.

October 15, 2010 at 7:15 AM  
Blogger Lilbitbrit said...

The name that popped into my mind is Antler Ale. Such fun. I just finished making wine from my grape vines. A lot of work but the rewards will be great in a year. Beer is nice because the results can be reaped sooner.

Lil Bit Brit

October 15, 2010 at 8:20 AM  
Blogger treehuggers kitchen said...

If I was more creative, I would suggest something really great..if only...
Anyhow, love reading all of the ideas. You definately have some choices for your next few brews. As a Gibson, I'm a bit partial to Gibson's brew. ;)

October 15, 2010 at 8:52 AM  
Blogger treehuggers kitchen said...

P.S. Sorry, off topic. Any sign of June Carter yet?

October 15, 2010 at 8:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yay for home brewing! I predict you'll be hooked. Homebrew can be delicious. Although I have to warn you kits never give results as good as bulk ingredients. Just watch out for contamination. Sterilize like you're canning and you'll be fine.

But you should really try and find a homebrew supply store in your area. My husband shops at the one in Winooski VT, and he can pick up ingredients for a 5 gallon batch of porter or stout for that price... And they have recipes and great customers service as well!

October 15, 2010 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger Patsy from Illinois said...

Sheep Spit
Wooly Water

October 15, 2010 at 10:10 AM  
Blogger Patsy from Illinois said...


Woolly has two l's.

October 15, 2010 at 10:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bought the Farm Brew

October 15, 2010 at 10:41 AM  
Blogger Meredith said...

All the names people are coming up with great!! You will now have to make a different brew for each of the names, in order to give them all their proper dues.
You are going to be one busy homesteader!
I am worried, however, about the 150 caps. If you use all of them and have a pantry filled with brews, you might never leave the farm. You will pass your days lounging in the pastures, sipping away the day, playing the fiddle, not posting the updates we look forawrd to, and all us readers will wonder "What ever happened to that farm girl Jenna? :)

October 15, 2010 at 11:01 AM  
Blogger yakermtn said...

If you find that you get into homebrewing...check out Extreme Homebrewing by Sam Calagione....founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. It's a great starter book with tons of sweet recipes.

October 15, 2010 at 11:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wog Nog. Or that might be for something more like a mulled spiced beer. Lots of great ideas have been submitted!

October 15, 2010 at 12:22 PM  
Blogger Paige said...

Cold Antler Ale, since it is the inaugural ale of the farm :)

October 15, 2010 at 1:31 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

FWIW, a 5-gal kit from a homebrew supply shop isn't that much more difficult than the Mr Brew. I recently made my first batch a couple weeks ago. Using a two can extract, it was about an hour or so of work to get the wort ready, then let it sit and wait fora couple weeks, bottle and wait a week. I'm currently in that last 'wait for a week' step after bottling on Monday.

5 gallons, btw, is a lot more beer than I thought it was!

October 15, 2010 at 1:47 PM  
Blogger Anny said...

My husband makes his own beer and loves it. He'd be happy to give you any tips or advice you'd like! (He'd really like to open his own microbrew one day)

October 15, 2010 at 2:40 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

How 'bout

"Antler Autumn Ale"
"Golden Autumn Ale"
"Honey Autumn Ale"

"Black Scott Brew"
"Black Scottish Stout"
"Scots Black Stout"


October 15, 2010 at 3:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would buy "Mad Maude" in fact, I want it in my fridge/paws right now :D

October 15, 2010 at 4:12 PM  
Blogger LordBaumy said...

Got it!!!! Pat's Sedation!!!

October 15, 2010 at 4:13 PM  
Blogger The MO Farmers Daughter said...

I am voteing for "Honey Dew"Coz you need a honey to do.carol

October 15, 2010 at 11:48 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I like mad Maude best, but maybe you want to wait until you taste it? Our first batch with Mr. Beer was not delightful. Drinkable, but not delightful. The lady at our local homebrew store told us that's to be expected, and that each successive batch will get better, so we're two weeks from drinking #2, and hopeful it will be deserving of a name...

October 17, 2010 at 2:09 PM  
Blogger The Beers said...

You'd think with a last name like mine I'd have a really good suggestion, but you all have entered so many awesome ones already!!!! LOL This is exciting! We toy with the idea of home brewing ourselves. I'm sure hubby will venture in one of these fine days. Elderberry wine is on our to-do list of concoctions to make. ;)

October 17, 2010 at 8:36 PM  

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