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|| Homebrewers Quick Guide to Mash
Article posted 09-12-2012
There is something about full grain mashing that really makes you feel like a proper home brewer. No longer are you relying on liquid malt extract produced to somebody else’s recipe. You decide what you do and how you are going to do it, there are no restrictions on what raw materials you use and how you use them. It really is down to your skill as a home brewer and of course the equipment that you possess. For the home brewer moving from malt extract brewing to full grain mashing there is usually an initial investment required in mashing equipment and there is quite a choice available. To try and make the decision of what to buy a little less daunting, in this article, we will quickly review what is required and highlight the best available equipment on the market to match your budget.
Cleanliness is Next to Godliness - A Home Brewers Guide to Sanitisation and Sterilisation.
Article posted 15-11-2012
If cleanliness is next to Godliness then we as home brewers should be approaching the sanitising and sterilisation of our brewing equipment with saintly vigour. Although cleaning is not the most enjoyable part of the hobby its importance to the brewing of top quality beer cannot be understated. The last thing any brewer wants is to brew a batch of beer and then have it spoil due to an avoidable contamination.
The trouble I find with cleaning is where do you begin?Perhaps a good place to start is to define what we mean by the terms sanitised and sterilised. A vessel or piece of equipment that has been sanitised is something that has been subjected to a process where any and all surface soil has been removed. The vessel is clean or sanitised but this is not to say that the equipment or vessel is sterile as this requires some form of treatment to remove any microbiological contamination.
The Advantages of Liquid Malt Extract in Home Brewing.
Article posted 20-10-2012
For many home brewers the use of liquid malt extract to brew beer verges on the sacrilegious. For devotees to the art of brewing the only way to home brew is full grain mashing and by using extract you are compromising your values as a home brewer. But let’s face it extract brewing is where many of us cut our home brewing teeth so perhaps it is unwise to be too critical. On the face it of a well made extract does have some massive advantages over full grain mashing and that is what I would like to look at in this article.
What is malt extract?
The simplest answer is that liquid malt
extract is concentrated brewers wort.
Why does my fermentation stop?
Article posted 25-09-2012
For some fermentation is a bit like the dark arts, what really goes on in that churning barrel is a mystery, but when it has finally finished working its magic the results are fantastic. But whilst that magic is working its best left well alone. However, for others fermentation has to be constantly monitored and tweaked to ensure absolute quality in the final beer. For me, I sit somewhere in the middle of the two groups. I find that there is always a sense of reassurance gained from the gentle gurgling sound that emanates from the fermentation lock on my fermenter. As long as that sound starts and doesn’t finish too quickly I am happy that the fermentation is moving along quite happily and I don’t have to interfere risking potential contamination.
Can you really use olive oil in Home Brewing
Article posted 10-09-2012
It is an interesting and, for some, wacky concept but using olive oil instead of wort aeration has been utilised by both professional and home brewers for a number of years. However for many brewers, and this includes home brewers, using the olive oil method goes against the grain as it flies in the face of traditional brewing dogma. Therefore in the interests of brewing science and, just because we thought it would be fun, we have had a look at the brewing literature to identify the advantages and disadvantages of using olive oil.
Green Hops and How to use them to brew fantastic beers
Article Posted - 01-09-2012
At this time of year the brewers mind starts to mull over the likely impact of the hop harvest. With the cones maturing on the bine it won’t be long before harvest begins and, for some brewers, this means using green hops to brew a celebration beer. It was 20 years ago that Wadworths brewery in Wiltshire first brewed Malt and Hops a 4.5% abv beer made from green hops. They claim to be the first UK brewery to have brewed a beer from green hops and they have continued to brew it ever since. Other brewers have joined in the practice and this year the Ramsgate Brewery plan to brew their beer within 12 hours of the hops being picked. Eddie Gadd head brewer at Ramsgate has dubbed the beer Beer-jolais in a nod to the practice of vineyards competing to bottle the first Beaujolais.
What is the
Strike Temperature of your mashing liquor and why is
Article Posted - 26-08-2012
It is easily done, you mash
in expecting to hit your desired mashing temperature and
when you measure the actual temperature of your mash it
is either too cold or too hot. The question is
does this really matter and what can be done to achieve
the correct mashing temperature when mashing in?
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