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Sulfur and Rotten Egg Aromas in Beer – Off Flavors in Home Brewing

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Sulfur or Rotten Egg-Aromas in Beer A sulfur or rotten-egg aroma is common for fermenting beer with many yeast strains, particularly lagers. The most significant source of rotten egg smells is hydrogen sulfide gas which is often produced during active fermentation as a byproduct of the yeast processing sulfur. Sulfur itself comes from several sources including kilned malts, as some sulfur is produced when the malts are kilned or roasted. Hops also often contains some sulfur compounds and aromatics, and certain water profiles are high… Read More »
Brewing books advised by the Beeradvocate

Brewing books advised by the Beeradvocate

True Beer: Inside the Small, Neighborhood Nanobreweries Changing the World of Craft Beer Author Timothy Sprinkle takes readers behind the scenes of Colorado nanobreweries to reveal the realities, with a nuanced perspective on this narrow but growing segment. Hoptopia: A World of Agriculture and Beer in Oregon’s Willamette Valley Author Peter Kopp traces the hop’s history from its oldest ancestor,…
Editors’ Picks: Beer Books

Editors’ Picks: Beer Books

  The Beer Geek Handbook by Patrick Dawson Storey Publishing | Paperback $14.95 | 192 pages We’re such fans of Dawson’s writing that we feature him frequently in Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine®, so it’s no surprise that his second book—a humorous guide to the intricacies of craft-beer culture—is a must-read. The book’s exhaustive yet entertaining approach to critical subjects…
The Homebrew Recipe Bible: Book Review

The Homebrew Recipe Bible: Book Review

  “If you’ve ever wanted to learn to brew beer from an expert, look no further. Award-winning homebrewer Chris Colby of Beer & Wine Journal offers recipes for every major style of beer to teach novice, intermediate and advanced brewers more about the craft and science of brewing. From classic styles like pale ales, IPAs, stouts and porters, to experimental…

Like Mexican-Style Lagers? Here are 11 Craft Beers You Should Try

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Chances are, you’ve occasionally thrown back a few bottles of a popular Mexican amber lager. Maybe you drank them before you got into craft beer and now they make you nostalgic, or maybe you harbor dreams of being the Most Interesting Man  — or Woman — in the World. Whatever the reason, the popularity of Mexican-style lagers persists even among seasoned craft beer drinkers. But what is a Mexican-style lager in the first place? The category does not explicitly appear in the Beer Judge Certification Program… Read More »

Boise Beer Travel: The Quiet Ascent of a Rich Beer Culture

  It’s been said that if Portland, Oregon, and Bend, Oregon, had a baby, it would be Boise, Idaho. There’s merit to this claim. Boise residents are an outdoor-loving lot. The area’s warm, dry climate is conducive to exploring nearly 200 miles of hiking and biking trails minutes from downtown. The Bogus Basin ski area is a short drive from the city. Trout fishing is as close as the Boise River, which runs through downtown. A 25-mile multi-use path meanders along the river’s edge.  … Read More »

Beer styles overview

Always confused about all the beer styles, not anymore. Please do click on the link below to get a nice overview http://www.craftbeer.com/beer-styles

Brewing books advised by the Beeradvocate

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True Beer: Inside the Small, Neighborhood Nanobreweries Changing the World of Craft Beer Author Timothy Sprinkle takes readers behind the scenes of Colorado nanobreweries to reveal the realities, with a nuanced perspective on this narrow but growing segment. Hoptopia: A World of Agriculture and Beer in Oregon’s Willamette Valley Author Peter Kopp traces the hop’s history from its oldest ancestor, which grew in Asia, to the first hop arriving in America millions of years later, probably in a bottle of English ale. My Beer Year:… Read More »

Craft Beer Newbie? 5 Activities to Take You from Beer Beginner to In-the-Know

You’ve been dabbling in beer for a while now, but you still consider yourself a craft beer newbie — you’ve visited some breweries, you’ve hit some beer festivals, and you’ve wandered the aisles of your better beer retailer looking for something interesting. Chances are, up until now, your beer experience has been somewhat reactionary—you’ve tried beers based on recommendations from friends, interesting sounding beer names, or cool label art. Maybe you’ve even sought out a beer based on an article you’ve read. It’s a great… Read More »

Craft Beer and Cheese Style Guide

  The Craft Beer and Cheese Style Guide are provided by the American Cheese Society (ACS). ACS provides the cheese community with educational resources and networking opportunities, while encouraging the highest standards of cheesemaking focused on safety and sustainability. Fresh Cheeses | Wheat and Lambic-style Beers The term “fresh” is used to describe cheeses that have not been aged, or are very slightly cured. These cheeses have a high moisture content, are usually mild, and have a very creamy taste and soft texture. Examples include Italian-style… Read More »

Beer and Food Chart

The CraftBeer.com Beer & Food Pairing Chart approaches pairing by first looking at common individual food components and comparing them to the six main beer flavor categories (Crisp & Clean, Malty & Sweet, Dark & Roasty, Hoppy & Bitter, Fruity & Spicy and Sour, Tart & Funky). The potential interactions between the food and beer are outlined and an approachable dish is recommended. Download Craft Beer & Food Chart

Myths and Surprises in Homebrewing

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It has been a year since I started brewing my own beer. In that time, I went from extract to all-grain, learned how to keg my beer, built a keezer, bought and used a fermentation chamber, installed an RO filter for water, and learned how to manage water additions, along with a host of other things. I’ve done 24 batches to this point which gives me some measure of experience, but I also remember, vividly, what it was like to be a new brewer. In… Read More »
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Your Father’s Mustache Pre-Prohibition Lager Recipe

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Jeff Renner, a founding member of the Ann Arbor Brewers Guild, began a successful campaign in the 1990s to get Classic American Pilsner recognized as a style in homebrewing competitions. In 2015, the new BJCP Style Guidelines recategorized it as a Historic Beer and a Pre-Prohibition Lager. Renner first brewed “Your Father’s Mustache” when he began his own investigation into what is now called pre-Prohibition lager. We’ve scaled it for a 5-gallon (19-liter) batch. ALL-GRAIN Batch size: 5 gallons (19 liters) Brewhouse efficiency: 80% OG:… Read More »
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DIY: Hops Dryer

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Brewing with homegrown hops is as satisfying as cooking with food from your own garden. But while zucchini and tomatoes can go straight from harvest to kitchen, hops need to take a quick detour to be dried first. It’s true that you can skip the drying process if you’re making a wet-hopped beer, but once your hops take off and you have a big crop, you’ll likely surpass what you can use in a short time. Fresh hops start out with a water content of… Read More »

Grassy Off Flavors in Residence Brewed Beer

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Grassy off flavors in beer can break an in any other case glorious brew. This week we check out the reason for grassy flavors in beer and what you are able to do about it! Grassy Flavors and Aroma Grassy flavors embrace vegetal, plant-like, hay, contemporary leaves or aromas paying homage to contemporary lower grass. These flavors are typically extra pronounced in gentle flavored beers like wheat beer, Koelsch, Pilsners, Helles, gentle lagers and Cream Ale. The BJCP describes it as a inexperienced leaf or… Read More »

6 Instruments to Unstick Your Fermentation

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A caught fermentation is one which falls far wanting reaching the anticipated ultimate gravity, and as with many issues brewing, the time period is relative. A 1.050 pale ale that hits 1.012 as an alternative of 1.010 most likely suffers extra from poor instrumentation calibration and repeatability points than it does from caught yeast. A 1.100 barleywine that stops at 1.045, although, nonetheless has a option to go and wishes some assist. Listed below are a number of methods to revive a caught fermentation. Ensure… Read More »

Bitter Beer Do’s and Dont’s

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Few issues get a beer geek prepared to speak your ear off than name-dropping a bitter beer or two. Bitter beers are extra of a definite continent on Planet Beer than a mode as there are a lot of types of bitter and/or wild ales.  It’s a world numerous homebrewers need to dive into, but additionally one they might discover a bit of intimidating. Between unusual microbes, prolonged fermentation occasions, the chance of contaminating your tools you’d be forgiven for pondering that brewing sours is… Read More »

Utilizing Hop Extracts for Beer Brewing

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Hop extracts have the potential to revolutionize many elements of each industrial and residential brewing. Whereas bittering extracts have been used for a few years by giant industrial brewers, we at the moment are seeing a brand new era of hop extracts coming into the craft and residential brewing markets. Varieties of Hop Extracts Hop extract sometimes consists of concentrated hop oils. The primary hop extracts centered round concentrating and preserving alpha acids – as these present the majority of the bitterness in beer. By… Read More »
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Hacker’s Delight Pale Ale Recipe

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In “Hot-Rod Your Beer-Making Kit,” I talk about how one can brew glorious beer utilizing a beer package. This recipe makes 2 gallons (7.5 liters) of beer, appropriate for fermentation in a 2.1-gallon package. The substances are available out of your native homebrew provide retailer or from Web-based retailers. We’ve particularly chosen the hops portions with the intention to buy in 1-ounce increments with out leftovers, and the amount of liquid malt extract corresponds to small quart-sized jugs of extract. Simply keep in mind—BUY FRESH!… Read More »

Tea for Brew: Utilizing Hops Tea Submit-Fermentation

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Hops are a key aspect to the speculation that the universe desires us to have beer: their bitterness enhances and balances the sweetness of the malt, they add a world of fragrant complexity, and so they even have antibiotic qualities that defend the beer from spoiling. Hops could also be fairly versatile, however much more spectacular is the myriad methods individuals have built-in them into the brewing course of, all within the curiosity of teasing out the nuances of that key ingredient. Each starting brewer… Read More »

Be a part of the Tradition Membership: Brew With Yeast From Industrial Beer!

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Certainly one of my largest surprises as a homebrew newbie was studying simply how a lot affect yeast exerts on the flavour and aroma of beer. Malt, hops, and water are clearly merchandise of the land, however yeast is only a microbe. However, as so usually occurs, massive issues are available small packages, and it seems that always yeast is the defining characteristic of a brewery’s signature beer. Whereas industrial yeast labs akin to Wyeast, White Labs, GigaYeast, East Coast Yeast, and The Yeast Bay… Read More »

An Introduction to Doing a Cereal Mash

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  Many all-grain brewers appear to be delay when something past a single infusion comes up in a recipe. Phrases like “triple decoction” conjure up pictures of steampunk laboratories, mad scientists, and hump-backed henchman. Cereal mashing appears to get the identical response, which is comprehensible as nearly each article on the topic is stuffed with diastatic calculations, gelatinization temps, and so on. which nobody having a beer on brew day desires to remotely cope with. At this level, I ought to inform you that the good thing about… Read More »
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SMaSH Citra IPA Recipe

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SMaSH (Single Malt and Single Hops) beers provide a great opportunity to understand the characteristics of your ingredients. In this case, we’ve included the addition of gluten-reducing enzymes, if you want a gluten-reduced beer. You’ll be able to see (and taste) how the Clarity Ferm affects Maris Otter malt. Note that without testing a finished batch, we can make no guarantees of the amount of gluten that will remain in the beer you brew, so test before you drink if you or your friends are… Read More »

Hopeless Homebrew Options

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Let’s face it—homebrewers generally craft batches that simply aren’t drinkable, particularly once they’re new to brewing or utilizing new tools or components. So what do you do with a multi-gallon batch of oops? Listed here are 4 considerably tastier options, in addition to solutions for avoiding the identical drawback in your subsequent batch. If the batch is simply too yeasty or too husky, make beer biscuits. End up with a yeast bomb or an astringent, grainy homebrew? These yeasty, overly husky flavors are hardly fascinating… Read More »

Hazy Train American Wheat Ale Recipe

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Style: 06D American Wheat or Rye Beer ALL-GRAIN Batch size: 5.25 gallons (19.9 liters) Brewhouse efficiency: 72% OG (est): 1.054 FG (est): 1.011 IBUs (est): 28 ABV (est): 5.5% MALT/GRAIN BILL 5 lb (2.27 kg) German Pilsner 4 lb (1.8 kg) Malted Wheat 1.2 lb (544 g) Vienna 0.375 lb (170 g) Acidulated Malt HOPS & ADDITIONS SCHEDULE 1 oz (28 g) Centennial at 30 minutes 0.5 oz (14 g) orange peel at 10 minutes 1 oz (28 g) Centennial at 0 minutes YEAST American… Read More »

Step Mash Your Solution to a Dry End

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One of many foremost causes numerous homebrewers make the leap from extract to all-grain brewing is to have extra management over the wort sugar profile. After we start making our personal wort, there are a handful of grain-native enzymes we are able to manipulate to affect the completed beer, however with as we speak’s fashionable malts, we are able to put most of our consideration on the “saccharifying” enzymes, alpha and beta amylase. These two enzymes break down (hydrolyze) our grist’s amylopectin and amylose starches… Read More »