Off-Flavor Taste Test #1 : Acetyldehyde

About two weeks ago I decided to bite the bullet and purchase Siebel Institute’s Comprehensive Sensory Training Kit to improve my craft beer tasting skills. It was pricey at $250, but because I’ll be using it myself I can get a few tests out of each flavor. Each vial is enough to dose 1L of […]

Beer Run March 16, 2015

So I spent a boat load of money at Craft Beer Kings last weekend and had the package delivered to my home. If you order about $150 worth of beer, they give you free shipping. So I figured rather than order it bottle by bottle and pay more, why not just get a bunch and pace myself.

A Tale of Two Saisons

After searching for styles that would fit grapes (I found none), I decided that a saison would be a light tasting beer that could benefit from some extra simple sugar. I figured it would just dry out any regular saison recipe, and since I would be using white grapes, I might also get some white wine influence on the beer.

A Primer On Priming Sugar + Bottle Conditioning

Unless you’ve got a good idea that you want to be a brewer for life, your first couple batches of homebrew will be carbonated using priming sugar and “bottle conditioned”. Even if you are an expert with a badass kegging system, there are still styles that lend themselves to bottle conditioning, including high gravity beers that need to be aged, or Belgian beers brewed in the traditional style (some of which prefer having some yeast sediment in the bottle and ask you to swirl before serving).

How to Keg Homebrew For Newbies

If you’ve been bottling for a while then you know what a pain in the butt it is and are ready to learn how to keg your homebrew. Probably the hardest thing when starting to keg is knowing what equipment you need to buy, especially if you’ve never kegged before! Luckily, setting everything up is pretty easy once you have the right gear, and after that, you just need to learn how to start serving your beer like a true cicerone.

What’s The Best Magazine For Homebewers?

I went a bit nuts in the past few months and subscribed to 5 different beer mags. I honestly had no idea which one was going to be the best magazine for homebrewers, and I needed some content ideas for my blog, so got a 3 year subscription to all of them. I’ve been receiving them for about 4 months now, and it’s pretty obvious to me which ones I prefer, although each has its own merits.

Belgian Beer Glasses – A Collectors Heaven Or Hell?

It seems to me that there are just as many types of Belgian beer glasses as there are Belgian beers. I sat down to write this post I thought I bought a Belgian tulip I was psyched about, and thought I could write a quite post about a few of the styles of glasses I had seen over the years. I was wrong.

Whole Cone Hops + Hop Pellets + Hop Extract…What’s The Difference?

One of the choices that a homebrewer must make is whether they choose to use fresh hops or hop pellets. Both approaches are effective for brewing beer, but they have some key differences that you should understand before using one or the other.

Do You Really Need A 5000 ml Erlenmeyer Flask?

With Black Friday just behind us, I’ve got a lot of new brewing toys that I want to write about. One of the things I purchased online this year was a 5000 ml Erlenmeyer Flask. The funny thing is, when I bought my first yeast starter kit, they included a 500 (two zeros) ml flask. What the big difference? Does anyone really need to make a 5 liter yeast starter?

Rare And Forgotten Beer Styles – Are Any Coming Back?

The list of beer styles continues to grow over time, particularly as people experiment with new approaches and types of beer. As brewing has progresses, certain styles of beer have become more popular and prevalent within the mainstream.