Nick Carr

About Nick Carr

Nicoli Carr has been tinkering with homebrewing for over 10 years and is currently enrolled in the American Brewers Guild (CBA). When he’s not studying or working, he is likely out foraging wild brewing options, writing, or hunting stillness in remote places.

Know Your Beer Styles: Irish Red Ale

History This is a beer style with limited history. Whether that limit is because some of it has been lost or because it is a relatively new style, not especially sought after in its own country, with a history half buried in that of English bitters, is hard to firmly nail down. There … [Read more...]

Know Your Beer Styles: Belgian Tripel

History With long held traditions rooted deep in the Middle Ages European monastic brewers have greatly influenced modern brewing culture and continue to craft some of the most defining and memorable ales. The Belgian Tripel is the youngest of the ale trilogy (dubbel, tripel, and quadruple) … [Read more...]

Know Your Beer Styles: Munich Dunkel

History The dark lagers of Bavaria, including the dunkel, were all brewed in much the same way and likely had a very murky, very dark common ancestor. But the dunkel, along with the schwarzbier and rauchbier are, in their own right, prestigious ancestors to the line of modern lagers. At one … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Chimay Red Cap / Premiére

Quick Characteristics Brewery: Bières de Chimay Location: Chimay, Belgium Style: Belgian Dubbel ABV: 7.0% IBUs: ? Appearance: Murky Brown With Hints of Amber & Orange Aroma: Noticeable Dark Fruit & … [Read more...]

Know Your Beer Styles: California Common / Steam

History California Common was historically known as Steam Beer, a name that is now trademarked by Anchor Brewing Company. It is one of maybe only three styles that have their origins firmly entrenched on American soil. Gold had been discovered in California and a mad rush was on to lay … [Read more...]

Know Your Beer Styles: Kölsch

Beginnings of the Style The city of Cologne is situated along the Rhine in Western Germany. It is an old city. Founded in the first century A.D., it has seen and played its part in much of history. Not the least of which is Colognes contributions to Germany’s beer history. Cologne’s … [Read more...]

How to Calculate Brewhouse Efficiency

Brewhouse efficiency is an important concept to understand. The efficiency of an individual’s brewing practices and system is ultimately responsible for their original gravity and how much grain will be required to brew a given recipe. What is Brewhouse Efficiency? Brewhouse efficiency is a … [Read more...]