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Jon Shari of Little Cottage, just east of Atlanta, was an avoid homebrewer who built a reputation for his big, dessert-focused imperial stouts. He built on that momentum to launch his small, taproom-focused brewery in 2021. However, brewing for the taproom remains a small affair, with a very manual 3.5-barrel brewhouse that makes some difficult-to-brew beers even more of a challenge.
In this episode, he discusses the process behind his stouts, from recipe to flavor-adjunct additions, including:
- dealing with difficult high-gravity fermentations
- selecting flavorful base malts and specialty malts
- dialing in finishing gravity to accentuate ingredient flavors
- taking an ingredient-specific approach to additions
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