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Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Link Roundup...

How 'Petrus Aged Pale' Come To Be - Belgian Smaak have an interesting article about how Brouwerij De Brabandere's Petrus Pale Ale came to be following a visit by the 'Beer Hunter' Michael Jackson.

Yeast Pitch Rates: Single Vial vs Yeast Starter - Performing experiments that you want to do but don't have the brew time, Brulosophy compare differences between pitching a fresh vial of yeast and a yeast starter.

Lactobacillus Starter Guide - Like your sours? Five Blades Brewing has posted a great guide on rustling up your own Lactobacillus starter.

An Introduction to Cask Conditioning Homebrew - The American Homebrewers Association have posted a guide on cask conditioning your own homebrew.

Under Pressure: The Impact of High(er) PSI Fermentations - Ever wondered if your beer would taste different if it were fermented under pressure? Well wonder no more, Brulosophy have it covered...

Monday, 20 April 2015

Link Roundup...

Relationship of ABV to Beer Scores - Scott Janish likes his infographics and charts. This week he looks how ABV influences the user ratings of various beer styles on Beeradvocate.

Lager Fermentation: Traditional Yeast vs Hybrid Yeast - Brulosophy looks at the differences between brewing a lager with a traditional lager yeast and a none-lager yeast.

A Guide to Saisons and Saison Yeasts - Drew Beechum, one of the authors of the excellent Experimental Homebrewing, has written a useful guide with some handy hints on brewing saisons, along with tasting notes of a handful of the most popular commercially available yeasts.

Intro to Sours and The Mad Fermentationist - In the latest Fermentation Nation podcast the guys speak with Michael Tonsmeire of The Mad Fermentationist fame.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Competition Season...

Spring is almost upon us, so it's time for this years bout of homebrew competitions to start crawling out of the woodwork. Most competitions don't interest me, usually because you have to pay for the privilege of entering, there's a couple announced this year that might be worth a punt, just for laughs.

Firstly there's Brewdog's The Great North West Homebrew Off, a culmination of the efforts of various North West based homebrew clubs to create a bit of club rivalry. Thanks to the involvement of Brewdog there's now some professional brewer types on the judging panel, along with Jim of Beers Manchester. Judging will take place at Brewdog's Manchester bar on Saturday 13th of June.

Following on from the success of last years competition, BrewUK, Thornbridge and Waitrose are again hosting this years Great British Homebrew Challenge, which was won last year by Graham Nelson from our very own Macclesfield Homebrew Club with his superb Vienna IPA. Lots of glory to be had with this one.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Link Roundup...

I've decided to drop the 'weekly' part of these posts, it seems that the internet doesn't churn out enough interesting articles to make it a weekly thing.

Beer Recipe Formulation for Prolonged Shelf Life - Port66 has written an in-depth article on possible ways to extend the shelf life of your beer using what is referred to as 'Hi-Dried' malt, basically any malt with colour. It's pretty science heavy, but it's well worth a read.

Water Chemistry PT.1: Mash Manipulation - Continuing to churn out science at a rate of knots, Brulosophy look into adjusting the water chemistry during the mashing process. We all know we should do this, but it's something that is given a lower priority compared to other brew processes. The results are pretty conclusive, we should all be doing this!

Old Garde - Mega brewery Cloudwater have updated their blog with a bit of background into their upcoming collab brew with Burning Sky.

Proper Beer Serving Temperatures - The American Homebrewers Association has posted some pointers on ideal serving temperatures for different beer styles.