Steve had invited me to the HomeBrewers Ball at the Candy Factory in Lancaster and told me his friend Bob and him were going to be making wood-fired pizzas at that event with Bob’s mobile wood-fired oven. I sure was excited to go because I love HomeBrewed beer and also wood-fired pizzas. http://www.candyissweet.com/homebrewers-ball-2012/
The weather was calling from rain and maybe some thunderstorms. The rain and thunderstorm held off for awhile when the oven was heating, but after Steve and Bob started making the pizzas it really started raining. Even though there was protection, when it started raining, the pizza pans, peels, and everything else inside got wet. The pies were coming out of the oven very fast and Steve and Bob decided to stop making pizzas until the rain slowed down some. Everything was still getting wet from the rain, but the pizzas resumed. So many people at the Homebrewers Ball really loved the pizzas Steve and Bob made. Steve made an Ischia starter dough that was bulk, then room temperature fermented. I really liked Steve ingenious way of making sure his dough balls didn’t run together as the pictures show. The dough balls sure came of those contraptions easy.
Steve was brewing his beer for the HomeBrewers Ball when I went to his home at http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,18735.0.html
I cut the pies and topped each slice with basil after the bake. Baby Arugula also was put on and drizzled with Bob’s unique dressing after some of the bakes. I didn’t get pictures of those pizzas. I also kept mopping up all the water that was on everything.
Steve’s homebrewed beer and Bob’s different homebrewed beers were great! Bob built his WFO.
If anyone is interesting these were the home brewed beers that were served. The Devil’s Right Hand, Homemade Applesauce Cider, Rye IPA, “Ticket to Rye” Saison, Erma’s Disco Elixir, Hoperbole Rye, The Bird and Baby Brown Ale, Brown Recluse, Amarillo Brown, Pooh Bear Honey Brown, Me So Happy, Aletimate Warrior IPA, Chinook IPA, Bigler Blast IPA, Oak Aged Vanilla Sthout, Brownie Points, Imperial Smoked Porter, Gringo Breakfast Stout, Cherrywood Smoked Wheatwine, Baby Got Bock, Molasses Cookie, American Standard Strong Ale, Hobbit Winter Ale, Black Cherry Braggot, Trip O’Mango, Big Island IPA.
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Adventure in Pizza Making
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