HOW TO USE A WORT CHILLER AND WHICH TYPE IS BEST FOR YOU

How to use a wort chiller that's right for you

Unless your first home brewing kit came with a wort chiller, you probably initially used an ice bath to cool down your kettle just as I did when I started. As you’re becoming a more experienced brewer, you understand that you need to efficiently chill your wort. In this post we’ll discuss how to use a wort chiller the right way, what elements impact its performance, what is the best type of equipment and configuration for you. Mastering the cooling process will make a huge difference in the quality of your finished beer, and make your brew day more enjoyable too.

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SUSTAINABLE HOMEBREWING – AN ALL ORGANIC APPROACH TO CRAFTING GREAT BEER

Sustainable Homebrewing

Title: Sustainable Homebrewing – An All-Organic Approach to Crafting Great Beer

Author: Amelia Slayton Loftus

369 pages

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My rating: 4 out of 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the author

Amelia Slayton lives what she preaches. She has been a fervent (“obsessed”, as she says) home brewer since 1994, and has founded the country’s first and only certified organic brewing supply store, in Santa Cruz, California, Seven Bridges Cooperative in 1997, which she managed until 2011. She grew up in rural Vermont in a family who grew most of the food they would need. Amelia is creative, passionate, militant for the environment and a sustainable lifestyle, she worked for Greenpeace for seven years. Today she continues to express her talent for crafting quality home made beers, as well as cooking from her farm fresh ingredients and roasting artisan coffee. The book’s graphic design is the author’s work.

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IS KÖLSCH AN ALE OR A LAGER – WHY IS THIS STYLE UNIQUE?

As the craft beer world is increasingly dominated by hoppy monsters and crazy fruit fermented styles, I find it refreshing to just enjoy a pure, subtle, perfectly balanced brew. I have to admit I have a soft spot for Kölsch. By the way, Kölsch is pronounced [“culsh”/ kœːɫʃ], not [“colsh”], because of its umlaut, you know the funny “¨” on the o that changes the sound.  This beer is outstanding for several reasons. Is Kölsch an Ale or a Lager?

To the beer drinker, Kölsch has more characteristics in common with a Lager: low level of hoppiness, clean, refreshing profile, smooth body, low ABV, noticeable even if subdued sweetness from the malt, in two words – highly drinkable.

To the brewer, Kölsch is an Ale, the softest, palest, cleanest kind there is, fermented at low temperature for an extended period of time, then lagered at an even lower temperature. Technically you may say it’s a hybrid.

In this article we will also look at the facts and background that make Ko truly a great, unique beer style.

Is Kolsh an Ale or a Lager, the City of Cologne
The City of Cologne, Germany

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HOW TO BREW – JOHN PALMER, THE REFERENCE FOR HOME BREWING

How to Brew – Everything You Need to Know to Brew Great Beer Every Time

Title: How to Brew – Fourth Edition

Author: John J. Palmer

582 pages

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My rating: 5 out of 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the author

John Palmer was born in Michigan, graduated with a degree in metallurgical engineering in 1987 from Michigan Tech. He also worked at a lab involved in aerospace R&D. John Palmer is currently one of the most recognized authority in home brewing. Co-author of two other essential books on beer making: “Brewing classic styles” – with Jamil Zainasheff and “Water: a Comprehensive Guide for Brewers”. John Palmer founded in 2011 Palmer Brewing Solutions, Inc., a consulting company specialized in product development for the beer industry, and is today the director of publications for the Master Brewers Association of the Americas.

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ALL GRAIN BREWING FOR BEGINNERS – WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE GETTING STARTED

For a beginner, complicated brewing techniques can be intimidating, and when it comes to all grain brewing, the whole process can seem a bit mysterious and scientific. This is why it is actually recommended getting STARTED WITH BREWING USING EXTRACTS. This way you will learn the basics of making beer in 6 easy steps – sanitation, boiling, chilling the wort, transferring the wort into the fermentation vessel, pitching the yeast, priming for conditioning and bottling. If you follow the instructions, use common sense and care, you will end up with good beer.

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