Experimental Hop Series #9: Jarrylo Saison (Recipe #39, Batch #2015.09)

Been falling behind on the blog lately but things have been....busy. But two posts in two day? For real? I'm now a double dad, two sons. Being a dad is one of if not the most important aspect of my personality. They will always take priority and that is unfortunate for this blog and my … Continue reading Experimental Hop Series #9: Jarrylo Saison (Recipe #39, Batch #2015.09)

Recipe #38: Bavarian Helles: “Helles Other People” (Batch #2015.08)

I'm very excited about this beer for a few reasons. First, this is my first lager (properly done), and second, I get to utilize a new piece of equipment, my brew jacket. I am a lager FIEND. I love love love lagers and this is starting off a hopefully continuous line of lagers stretching off … Continue reading Recipe #38: Bavarian Helles: “Helles Other People” (Batch #2015.08)

Beer Pedantry #3: Beer Flavor Pairings (science based rant)

In the ever increasing trend to treat beer more like wine, there are now dozens of suggestions online for beer / food pairings. There are some serious and useful (don't get me wrong, I like the food pairing stuff) graphics from places like craftbeer.com to help with this. As far as I can tell, the way to … Continue reading Beer Pedantry #3: Beer Flavor Pairings (science based rant)

Experimental Hop Series #8: ADHA 527 Saison (Recipe #37, Batch #2015.06)

I'm going to get this out of the way. I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. Got my Ph.D. in Gainesville, FL. When I took my job in the DC metro area, I was under the impression that the winters here were mild. Maybe I'm just a warm weather wimp but the windchill hit -28 F … Continue reading Experimental Hop Series #8: ADHA 527 Saison (Recipe #37, Batch #2015.06)

Physiology of Flavors in Beer – Lactobacillus Species

Happy Spring everyone, it is finally spring and the long winter is over. Of course on the first day of spring here in D.C. we got some snow. Go figure. I've had a lot going on lately with home life and work life and sort of let this blog go to seed for more than … Continue reading Physiology of Flavors in Beer – Lactobacillus Species

Experimental Hop Series #7: Nuggetzilla Saison (Recipe #36, Batch #2015.04)

I was just looking at the blog and realized that I have three recipe posts in a row. I normally try to keep them only back-to-back and not post too many recipes, mostly because I don't view my blog as a place people go to get saison recipes. I have a really great post that … Continue reading Experimental Hop Series #7: Nuggetzilla Saison (Recipe #36, Batch #2015.04)

Recipe #35: Falconer’s Flight Saison (Batch # 2015.02)

In 2015, I'm continuing my tradition of hoppy saisons. This year we are going to touch on a bunch of hops that I haven't utilized yet (as well as a bunch of experimental hops). To name a few upcoming hops: Equinox, NZ Sticklebract, Calypso, Waimea, and several others. Going to be fun. This is the … Continue reading Recipe #35: Falconer’s Flight Saison (Batch # 2015.02)

Recipe #34: Chinook Wet Hop Saison (Batch #2014.30)

Rounding out the end of the year with a brewing marathon. No empty fermenter for the New Year! At least that's the goal. I have 4 empties right now so we'll see if I can squeeze in 4 brewdays in the next week and a half...hard to do but not impossible. I'm trying to squeeze … Continue reading Recipe #34: Chinook Wet Hop Saison (Batch #2014.30)

Beer Microbiology – What is a pellicle?

I am a microbiologist by trade, I have a Ph.D. and have been brewing for over 10 years at this point. A large portion of this blog is dedicated to my own homebrew efforts but sprinkled throughout are articles like this one, where I isolate a biological or chemical aspect of the beer and explain … Continue reading Beer Microbiology – What is a pellicle?

Stout with Brettanomyces

Note: This was published in an incomplete form, that will stop happening now. Sorry about that. I have a few left over beers from the 10 years I was brewing but not maintaining this meager blog space. When I come across these old beer, or decide to check on them, I'll throw up a post … Continue reading Stout with Brettanomyces