Yeast

When I first started brewing, the first yeast I used was WLP 005 (British Ale) from White Labs.  That was my first attempt at an English style ESB (extra special bitter).  I had no idea what I was doing.  I didn’t do a yeast starter, just pitched straight in from the tube.  Amazingly, the beer…

Charcuterie

When you mention bar food or pizza most people tend to think of mass produced lager.  This is more because of this is all we had known for most of our lives, not because it is a perfect choice.  On the other hand if I were to begin to talk about a Bavaria and bier…

Tasting Beer

If you are planning to do Cicerone ceritfication and possibly even work on the BJCP certification there are a few good books out there to help you on your way.  In my last book tour we talked about Beer for Dummies.  Continuing along the same line, the next book to pick up for study is…

Beer For Dummies

At the risk of sounding like I think a bit much of myself, you would think that I don’t need to read a book like Beer for Dummies.  But here’s the thing, you never really know where you might get that next bit of knowledge, that next morsel that unlocks a bit of your brain. …

Handbook of Basic Brewing Calculations

As you move through the reading lists of brewing books available (it is pretty big if you haven’t noticed) you will run into a few books that fall into the category of referrence, which can be useful for both homebrewers and pro brewers alike.  A Handbook of Basic Brewing Calculations is such a book.  The…

Brewer’s Apprentice

I have been reading The Brewer’s Apprentice (Greg Koch from Stone Brewing and Matt Allyn).  (I’m actually trying to think of something profound and wise to say here but its just not coming).  But then, the book is actually pretty good.  It is a brewing book but they dispensed with the usual rigamoral of most of…

He Said Beer, She Said Wine

I have been reading He Said Beer, She Said Wine.  From what I have seen so far, it is pretty informative.  It has been a while since I have gone through any formal wine training, so the information that Marnie Old has put in the book has been a good brush up.  Although the book…

Rereading stuff…

Recently I have been rereading John Palmer’s “How to Brew.”  I find that now that I have been brewing for a while, there is a bit that makes more sense now than it did the first time I read it.  Granted a good deal is based on the practical application of ideas presented, but ya…

Current readings and other thoughts…

There is a couple books that I have taken up at this time. The first is “Radical Brewing” by Randy Mosher. I love this book, this is my second time through. The brewing knowledge that Mosher brings to the table is phenominal. When you are looking to expand upon your brewing skills this is a…

Contests, Summer wheat, and other stuffs…

I dropped off 3 beers (Irish Rye, Magic 8 Ball Stout, and the Dopplebock) for the Michigan Beer Cup contest yesterday. One thing I will say about this contest, they did a fantastic job with the online registration. It really was amazing at how easy it was to register. Not only did they give style…