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.

Some Partial Mash Beer Kits Worth Buying

For many people, the process of starting off in brewing can seem overly complicated and very difficult to understand. One of the problems is that there is so much jargon within the field, that reading advice or forums is much like trying to translate a foreign language. For some people, the answer to this problem is to get a kit, like the partial mash beer kits that are available.