In this Learning Lab column, Jester Goldman gives his full attention to dark malt. Settle in as he helps you understand how these grains differ and what they can bring to your beer.
To avoid being overwhelmed by all the options, try focusing on a manageable subset of grain—crystal (aka caramel) malts. Using the mini-batch (1 gallon/3.8 liters) method, we demonstrate how you can learn to distinguish among the types of crystal malt.
Learn how to work with mini- batches to supercharge your progress toward becoming a better brewer. This column examines how you can use 1 gallon (3.8 liter) mini-batches to explore hops aroma and flavor.
Growing your own hops isn’t always as simple as planting, harvesting, and brewing. For those who want to get deeper into the science, leading to a more fulfilling brewing experience, here are the steps you need to estimate alpha-acid percentage.
Want to pour your own cold brew coffee at home? If you already have a normal CO2 keg setup, you can level up by adding nitrogen to the mix. That one-time cost will let you satisfy your craving and still be able to put your stout on tap once in a while.
There are rewards in brewing for the popular palate. Seeing how quickly your keg empties at a summer barbecue can be every bit as satisfying as nailing that lambic that impresses the three or four other sour beer heads you know.
Growing your own hops is relatively easy. The bines grow quickly through the season, and it won’t take long before it’s time to harvest.
Our homebrewing columnist talks about what it would be like to have his dream system, and if it would truly make him happy.
With more control over our brewing session, we’re better prepared to deal with the unexpected. That control comes from planning and organization.
Rain? Wind? If you do face down the adversity of nature’s challenges on an outdoor homebrew day, remember to reward yourself for your efforts. Jester Goldman recommends a refreshing homebrew.