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Lessons from Britain
Originally Written by Steve Parkes (Published in Brewing Techniques, Volume 6, Number 5)
When the Campaign for Real Ale resuscitated the market for cask-conditioned ales in the United Kingdom, many brewers had to make significant adjustments to their brewing processes. As real ale becomes increasingly popular in the United States American brewers are well served to take note of the lessons learned by our fellow brewers across the sea.
There are many reasons why people are drinking gluten free beer ranging from personal health choices to significant medical conditions such as Celiac disease. Gluten Free Home Brewing was started as a Facebook page in 2010 in an effort to help centralize information about brewing gluten free beer. Part of the issue at that time was there was not the availability of ingredients as there is today. If we wanted malt it meant we had to malt our own grains. There are the same limited extracts today as there was in 2010. That means extract and partial mash brewers face some of the same challenges achieving the wide range of beers styles. However, there are now numerous buckwheat, corn, millet and rice malts that are all naturally gluten free. These malts allow the all-grain brewer the opportunity to brew beer which is very comparable to conventional beers. And it provides the partial mash brewer with malts to diversify the flavor profile while increasing body and head retention.
The only bad thing about home brewing: to pour your heart and soul into a batch, only to discover that there are weird flavors in your beer. Let’s take a look at some of the culprits that cause these strange flavors, and ways to stop them from wreaking havoc on your beer.
1. Acetaldehyde – The green apple flavor.
Cause: Acetaldehyde is a naturally occurring compound during the fermentation o...Read More …
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!
The Christmas season is a special time of the year in Norway filled with many activities, events and traditions.
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Gløgg (Mulled wine)
Gløgg is a hot drink which was originally alcoholic but is now available in alcohol-free varieties. This drink is the Scandinavian version of mulled wine (English) or ‘Glühwein‘ (German hot spiced wine) and is widel...
Beer is loved the world over for a good reason. It’s been part of the culture of countries in all four corners of the Earth for the better part of 10,000 years. Lately, we’ve seen an explosion of beer styles and flavours burst onto the market, produced using techniques ranging from modern scientific processes, to alternative ingredients that were used by our ancestors before law or governments even existed!
To fully appreciate the skill and patience required to brew the perfect beer, it’s important to have some understanding of the journey beer has gone through. Beer brewing is a constantly evolving beast, with the porridge-like beer of our forefathers nothing like the refreshing bottles of liquid we drink today.
Gruit is a drink from olden times, a drink much like beer, but made without the use of hops. Instead of hops, bittering herbs of different varieties were used, and there is evidence to support the idea that beer without hops is a different and livelier experience on many levels. Gruit was swept under the rug when beer purity laws ravaged the brewers of Europe in the 1500s, but is now making a r...Read More …
Even a mild interest in homebrewing has a habit of growing into a full on passion for the hobby. Beer and ale enthusiasts turn to homebrewing to save money, craft their own unique drinks, and in general be a part of a practice that dates back to the earliest human civilizations. The excitement and enthusiasm associated with this hobby can cause newcomers to get a bit ahead of themselves.
Throughout the journey of learning to brew, everybody will make mistakes. It’s inevitable, and it happens to the best of us. That’s why learning as much as possible about homebrewing is essential for every beginner. Not just to ensure that you’re making the best tasting product, but so you don’t waste too much of your time and money along the way.
The following are some of the common mistakes that beginner homebrewers make. If you’ve done any of these, don’t worry… we all have. But, here’s what you need to know, so you know how to avoid them.
Want more hop aroma in your beer? Then try dry hopping and transport yourself to hop heaven.
Hops play a number of roles in the brewing process. Depending on when they are added, they contribute bitterness, flavor, aroma or something of all three. The bitterness comes from alpha acids contained in hops, while flavor and aroma come mostly from volatile oils. The term volatile refers to the f...Read More …
Here is a great list of off flavors you might come across and avoid when making home brew.
This list comes from MoreBeer.com
Green apples, rotten-apples, freshly cut pumpkin
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Before any aspiring home brewer can get into the process of brewing, he needs to know what equipment is essential to get started. Initial cost varies from $20 to $100 depending on how much detail you want to cover. A wise option is to make do with materials you already have at home and only purchase those that are not on hand. To help you get started, the next section will be devoted to listi...Read More …
This summer ale beer bread has hints of lemon and pepper. No kneading required, ready in under an hour! Get this easy-to-follow recipe from…
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