I read a lot of homebrewing material posted to the internet. Between blogs, twitter feeds, homebrewing forums, beer publications I spend a lot of time reading about making beer and how to make brew better. There is a lot of great material being put out there by a lot of homebrew bloggers so I decided I’d make a habit of listing my favorite posts. If nothing else so I can have a personal reference when I want to go back and read that one post about building a stir plate or something. So without further ado here they are in no particular order:
My Favorite Posts of the Week (2/7-2/13)
Regular Guy Brewing is 3 guys who like to brew beer and are considering the jump to becoming professionals with their beer. I stumbled upon them through Twitter and have been following their production of a Bourbon Barrel Aged Chocolate Milk Stout. Well it’s done now and it looks and sounds delicious! I’m particularly interested in the process of barrel aging since it’s something I’d like to try in the coming months.
Bear Flavored, first off what an awesome name for a blog. As for the post, he made a 15% ABV Maple Imperial Stout that he aged on oak chips for a barrel aged flavor. As someone who was born and raised in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, maple flavor always holds a special place in my heart. I have yet to use it while brewing simply because of the massive amount you need to use in homebrew to impart maple flavor (1 gallon for a 5 gallon batch) and the price tagassociated with that huge amount. After reading this though, I really need to give it a try.
The Mad Fermentationalist brewed a nice twist on the traditional pumpkin seasonal beer. Instead of the usual amber ale base, he added pumpkin (well in this case butternut squash since apparently the grocer was out of pumpkin) to a porter and served it on nitro. Sounds delicious. I usually make a Pumpkin Marzen for the fall but this sounds like a combination I should try. While this post wasn’t posted this week, it was updated this week with new information about what he did with the second half of this batch.
I first have to start by saying the Brulosopher blog is one of my favorite reads. The experiments (or exbeeriments) they run testing different variables of the brewing process and in some cases completely debunking brewing myths altogether are just awesome. Which is why this post is so interesting. I’ve said it here and you’ll see it said in almost any literature, forum or post about homebrewing beer: fermentation temperature is one of the most important things that will determine how good a beer is. Except, is it? Brulosopher has featured a series of experiments testing this theory and it seems like that theory might not be holding up. This most recent one is a lager yeast they fermented at 50°F and 70°F and the results are interesting. Take a look!
Finally, there’s this blog post talking about homebrewers and people who adhere to rules and assumptions without questioning them. It’s a bit more philosophy than brewing but it does a good job mixing the two by explaining why holding to strict beliefs about beer production (long fermentation times, fly sparging is better than batch sparging, etc.) may hold homebrewers back. Personally, if there was no need for certain steps of the brewing process that we’ve “always done” I’d be all for omitting them. Overall, it’s a good read and carries some great takeaways.
So that’s it, those were my favorite homebrewing blog posts I read this week. If you liked any others that I missed feel free to post them in the comments.