A cornucopia of updates!

It has been a while since I updated anyone on anything so here ya go.

The Drunken Emu Hard cider is gone. It turned out pretty good but I have other cider recipes I prefer far more and wouldn’t have lasted nearly as long. Oh well, that is part of the process.

The Dry-Hopped Cider is gone. Hallertau was an okay hop. I know how much I enjoy cascade hops but in the spirit of exploration, next time I will try centennial hops.

The Transfiguration IPA is nearly gone. I really enjoyed this brew. I like IPAs and I think IPAs are the easiest beer to brew in the gluten free style. The malt isn’t what matters; the hop is and in this beer man do the hops stand out and taste delicious!

The 1st Date Dunkel 2.0 is nearly gone as well. It is still a popular drink with “regular” beer drinkers. I will definitely make it again but I will most definitely not use oak chips again.


Palmerston’s Solution is starting to mature and tasting better every time I sample it. My only fear is I have given too much of it away. How is that for selfishness? As Paul said, “Oh wretched man that I am!”

Black Jack Pershing is bubbling away as happy as a clam. I forgot to sample this one so I have no idea what it tastes like! I’m rethinking my classification of this, I think it may be more along the lines of a graff. Whatever.

Finally, my Fall Harvest Mind Crusher is….forgotten. I need to work harder at being intentional with my meads. It is still in the jug. Lord willing and the creek don’t rise, I’ll bottle this when I bottle the Black Jack.


Now on to my book shelf…

I am still working through D.A. Carson’s Call to Spiritual Reformation. I like it so much I’m thinking about starting over and taking better notes! I cannot recommend this one enough to someone who values prayer.

I am nearly finished with Andrew Murray’s Abide in Christ. It is an odd mixture of Arminianism and South African (Dutch) Reformed Calvinism but it has its merits.

I finished James S.A. Corey’s Abaddon’s Gate and it was awesome! I’m excited for the sequel which will be released in a few days.

I read Elizabeth Moon’s Trading in Danger in the hopes that I might have found something to satisfy the void that Lois McMaster’s Bujold’s Vorkosigan Saga left. While the book had its good points and I will definitely read the next one…the main protagonist is no Mile’s Vorkosigan. But then again…who is? <sigh>

I am about 1/3 of the way through The Presbyterian Conflict by Edwin Rian. I feel a bit like Dr. Zoidberg, “Fellas, fellas…why didn’t anybody tell me about this stuff?” The Auburn Affirmation really explains why the PC(USA) (and other mainline Reformed denominations) are where they are theologically. Oh well. Praying the Lord opens a door to a more, eh hem, Orthodox denomination.

I put aside Jame’s Jordan’s commentary on Judges. I didn’t do that because it was bad–it was excellent. But mainly because I have some pressing subjects (see the book immediately above) which I need to master ASAP.


I think that is it for updates.





Black Jack Pershing (The Great War Series)

For my second beer of the Great War Series I bring you an unusual beer named after the commander of the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) General John “Black Jack” Pershing. But first, a story.

For this beer I had planned on brewing a French Saison which I was going to call Marshall Foch after the infamous French general during the Great War. It was going to be a simple beer, with few ingredients and a simple hop schedule using French Striselspalt hops. When I went to purchase the ingredients, the hops were sold out! So, after some research I bought Mt. Hood hops because it was, so far as I could determine, the closest to the French hops out there. But by the time the hops arrived, I had buyers remorse and decided I didn’t want to make the Saison if I couldn’t do it with the ingredients I wanted to use.

So there I was, with 2 oz of Mt. Hood hops and no idea what to do with them. Then one day I saw a post on one of the Gluten Free Homebrew forums I frequent and it was about Harvester Brewing Apple IPA. Now, as a fan of IPA’s and Dry-Hopped Cider I must say this beer sounds like something I’d really enjoy. I’ve never had it; I’ve never had any of their beers, but I can imagine what it tastes like. I decided to make my own version of it and base it off of some sort of part of the American involvement in the Great War.


When I had finished brewing it, it was a lot darker than I had anticipated and since it is 50% cider, I thought of “Black Jack.” Black because of the color and Jack because of Apple Jack (which I haven’t yet made but do plan on attempting one day). With that in mind, I introduce to you my own Apple Pale Ale, named after General John “Black Jack” Pershing. Along with George Washington, the only American general to achieve the highest possible rank in the military and the only one to do so while alive. He mentored Generals George Marshall, Dwight Eisenhower, Omar Bradley and George Patton. If that isn’t enough, the American participation in the 2nd Battle of the Marne is considered a key turning point in the Great War. This guy deserves a beer.

My brother-in-law was in town. Thankfully, he is already saved, so I can concentrate all of my effort into trying to convert him to the joy of homebrewing. I think he enjoyed it.

Black Jack Pershing 

5 Gallon Batch


  • 1lb 5oz Brown Rice Syrup (Full boil)
  • 2lbs Candi Syrup (D-45) (Flame out)

Hop Schedule

  • 1oz of Columbus hops at 30 minutes
  • 1oz of Mt. Hood hops at 10 minutes
  • 1oz of Mt. Hood hops dry-hopped for the first seven days


  • 8oz maltodextrine (Full boil)
  • 2 1/2 gallons of apple juice poured into the primary
  • S-05 yeast

This was an easy brew. So easy that I made black cherry chocolate ice cream while I brewed this. In a few weeks I will bottle it and we’ll see how it tastes.

Deuteronomy 14.24-26:But if the distance is too great for you to carry it, since the place where Yahweh your God chooses to put His name is too far away from you and since the Lord your God has blessed you, then exchange it for money, take the money in your hand, and go to the place the Lord your God chooses. You may spend the money on anything you want: cattle, sheep, wine, beer, or anything you desire. You are to feast there in the presence of the Lord your God and rejoice with your family.”