Lager Versus Ale Fermentation For The Homebrewer

One of the first decisions that a brewer must make about any given batch of beer is whether they are creating a batch of ale or lager. Although they are both styles of beer, lager and ale differ considerably from one another, and because of this, there are strong differences in fermentation approaches between the two types. Most beginner brewers are going to opt for an ale because the process is a lot simpler, you need less equipment, and the styles of beer often allow more elbow room for mistakes.

Blend Experiment #1: Orange Wit + Chocolate Doppelbock

After reading an article in the recent issue of Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine on blending beer, I was inspired to do some blends of my own of whatever I had on hand. From what off hand knowledge I have of blending beer it sounds like there are many points at which you can blend: Pre-fermentation, post-fermentation pre-aging, and simply in the glass.

I don’t have any brews fermenting at the moment, so today I’m going to blend two beers I have on hand: Chocolate doppelbock + orange clove wit

How to Roast Your Own Malt At Home

As a homebrewer, one good way to make your beer a little more personal is to roast your own malts. Roasting malts is a surprisingly easy process that doesn’t take more than an hour and can add a unique quality to your beer that you would not have otherwise. Home roasted malt lacks the consistency that is present within professionally roasted malts, but honestly, the unique nature of home roasted malt more than makes up for this.

Get Based: Typical Styles of Base Malts Explained

There are many factors that differentiate beers from one another and the grain used plays a strong role in beer. Choosing your base malt will decide the direction of your beer. They generally make up for the majority of your malt profile, and will produce the most of your sugars that will ultimately be converted into alcohol.

Some Simple Flavors to Add to Your Next Homebrew

One of the remarkable things about brewing your own beer is the sheer amount of variety. The overall flavor of a batch of beer is influenced by a large number of different elements. Hops, yeast, water, and the combination of malts used can all affect the flavor of a beer. But you can take things a step further and add non-traditional flavorings. Inspiration can be found anywhere. My next product is a rootbeer beer because I found a bottle of rootbeer extract laying around.