Bill Wesselink

Dovetail Brewery

Video Tip: Managing Sulfur Dioxide and Diacetyl During Lager Fermentation

In this clip from their video course, Dovetail cofounder Hagen Dost explains how they keep sulfur dioxide (SO2) under control, and how they use attenuation to determine when to do a diacetyl rest and when to transfer to lagering tanks.

Video Tip: Using Decoction as a “Throttle on the Maltiness” of Your Lagers

Why bother with decoction? In this clip, Hagen Dost of Dovetail in Chicago explains the mash process for their Franconian-inspired Lager—as well as how to adjust a decoction regime to get the Maillard reactions and intensity of malt flavor you want in your own lagers.

Video Tip: Water Adjustment for True-to-Style, Old-Fashioned Lager and Weissbier

Hagen Dost and Bill Wesselink, owner-brewers at Dovetail in Chicago, go into detail on how they adjust their local water and rebuild it for brewing, with divergent approaches to lager and hefeweizen.

Video Course: Brewing Traditional Lagers with Dovetail

From design to decoction to coolship to cellar, Dovetail owners and master brewers Hagen Dost and Bill Wesselink dig into the details of how they produce their acclaimed lager, Kölsch, and weissbier.

Video Tip: Using a Coolship for Lager Brewing

Dovetail cofounders and master brewers Bill Wesselink and Hagen Dost explain the benefits of using a coolship for an initial cooling stage before chilling—solids drop out, DMS precursors waft away, and hops can add a burst of aroma.