Chris Colby

Malt Conditioning: Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too

The industrial trick of moistening malt just before milling can allow finer grinds—and thus greater efficiency—without stuck mashes. Here’s how to do it at home.

Hop Breeding: Better Hops for a Bitter Tomorrow

There are more than 100 varieties available today, but brewers are always on the lookout for new hops with appealing traits. So are growers. Let’s take a closer look.