When Good Beer Goes Bad (And Why It Does)

Often brewers are blamed when a customer has a less than stellar experience with one of their beers, but just as often this blame is unjustly placed. Brewing is a business. If there is something wrong with the brewing process, sanitation, or packaging, or whatever and a brewer doesn’t get a handle … [Read more...]

RECIPE: Hopped-Up Wheat

There are so many variations on American Wheat beer that the only qualification seems to be that you brewed it in America and it has wheat in it. For my money, though, I like to split the malt bill pretty much in half between wheat and barley and to use a nice, clean, yeast, such as White Labs’ WLP … [Read more...]

RECIPE: Belgian Tart Cherry Ale

Backstory of this Recipe As a homebrewer, you occasionally have a disappointing batch. An ingredient didn’t go well, or there is a flavor in there that you won't believe will ever go away. Sometimes, these accidents are just ruined batches of beer, but sometimes a brewer’s best friend is … [Read more...]

RECIPE: Gluten-Free Pale Ale (Extract with Grains)

This is a fantastic easy-to-brew recipe for new homebrewers that will help develop their skills, but still result in a delicious, gluten-free beer. If you are following a gluten-free diet, but still want to drink and brew your own beer, this is a great recipe to add to your routine. Like any … [Read more...]

How to Make Hop Tea

Hops are a brewer’s best friend. Whether added to the mash, boil, or fermenter, they impart distinctive flavors to beer which cannot be duplicated any other way. What a lot of brewer’s don’t know—or haven’t tried—is that their favorite hops can also be used in other ways. One of my … [Read more...]

How Do You Evaluate a New Hop? SMaSH It!

Every brewer I know loves to experiment. Most brewers I know revel in trying new processes, ingredients, and flavors in their beer, so whenever we get a new hop variety, we can get a little excited. When I am evaluating a new hop variety, I often make hop tea, brew a SMaSH beer with the hops, … [Read more...]

RECIPE: Mosaic Multi-Grain IPA

One of my favorite types of hops out there right now are Mosaic. They have a wonderful intriguing aroma that is hard to put a finger on. Some people say they smell fruit juice, some say they smell garlic, dill, onions, others say that they get a lot of floral characteristics. I get a bit of … [Read more...]