After waiting a year for my first sour beer, I have run into some trouble, mainly that my beer is not at all sour! This post enumerates the problems, and a follow up post will detail the possible fixes.
It may come as a surprise that as I have been brewing since 2009 and lived most of that time in San Diego, but I have never made a hoppy beer*. Living in San Diego, I had access to plethora of amazing IPAs, all as fresh as could be, so why would I need to make my … [Read more…]
For the second year in a row I was fortunate to be able to attend the AABG private apple pressing at the Grainger’s Orchard. I was a little more conservative with how much cider I brought home this year (8 gal vs 15 last year). I had originally signed up to bring home 6 gals with the … [Read more…]
Since pitching my sour culture into a lambic for the first time and yielding good, albeit early, results I have begun to think about my long terms plans for making sour beer. I also started to consider how I might keep my culture going without allowing it to succumb to selective pressures that might reduce … [Read more…]
After I restarted home brewing last year, I decided I wanted to start experimenting with things a little more. Up until then I had focused more on the process and getting good, basic recipes figured out for house staples like my Mild or my Special Bitter, and I still do mainly make these staples, but why not start … [Read more…]
A few months ago I came across an old English style of beer, the Burton Ale, that seems to be all but forgotten these days, excepting a few blogs, such as Martyn Cornell’s Zythophile and a 2011 article in Zymugry (co-written by the Martyn Cornell and the late Antony Hayes). While details are scarce about this style, everything … [Read more…]