Beer Microbiology – Lactobacillus pH experiment

A few months back a friend of mine, Mike (you may know him as the mad fermentationist), asked if I wanted to assist him in writing an article for Brew Your Own magazine (BYO) about homebrewing with Lactobacillus (here is the table of contents for that issue). After going back and forth a few times, we … Continue reading Beer Microbiology – Lactobacillus pH experiment

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)

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?

2014 Blog Review and Upcoming in 2015

I was going to post in late October to review the blog at one year but I figured that if I was going to post something completely self-referential I might as well do a year-in-review instead, so this is a review of the blog up until now (the last 14 months) and looking ahead into … Continue reading 2014 Blog Review and Upcoming in 2015

Beer Pedantry #2: Trappist Breweries and Beer

I don't do beer tastings, mostly because my tasting group dissolved, but also I sort of outgrew the desire to drink the craziest, hardest to get whales ever. It really is just beer. It was fun while it lasted, I just don't have the time or energy (or money) to keep it up. Good for … Continue reading Beer Pedantry #2: Trappist Breweries and Beer

Beer Pedantry #1: What is “lambic”?

I love lambic. I love gueuze. I love Cantillon, Girardin, Drie Fonteinen, Tilquin, Boon....I love these breweries and their beers. If I had more money, I would have more than the few dozen bottles of these amazing beers in my possession, alas. I love these beers so much, when I'm drinking them I don't even care … Continue reading Beer Pedantry #1: What is “lambic”?