Experimental Hop Series #10: ADHA529 Saison (Recipe #41, Batch #2015.20)

Happy New Year Internet People. I thought I'd start out the year with a nice recipe post in my favorite series of posts I do on this blog, experimental hops. This is the 10th experimental hop in this series, follow the link to see all of them. So, in the past few months, the number of … Continue reading Experimental Hop Series #10: ADHA529 Saison (Recipe #41, Batch #2015.20)

Recipe #42: Wakatu Saison with WLP644 “Trois” (Batch #2015.03)

So the infamous WLP644, the "brett" / "sacch" strain that had everyone confused for a while. Fortunately, as with most things, some thoughtful science cleared it up. Thanks to Omega Yeast for doing some much needed sequencing on this strain to disabuse everyone of the notion that this was a Brettanomyces species, it is in … Continue reading Recipe #42: Wakatu Saison with WLP644 “Trois” (Batch #2015.03)

Off Beat Yeasts #1: Kluyveromyces lactis

Forward This post represents yet another direction I want to push this blog...into the huge world of yeast and bacterial species you probably have never heard of. I think everyone that is serious about homebrewing eventually comes across a non-Saccharomyces species of yeast but 99% of the time, we are talking about Brettanomyces and now even … Continue reading Off Beat Yeasts #1: Kluyveromyces lactis

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)

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)

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)

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?

Physiology of Flavors in Beer – Saccharomyces Species

As a working scientist, I really want to get deep into the science of brewing, especially the microbiology of brewing. Throughout the life of this blog, who knows how long that will be, I want to sprinkle in articles with high resolution details about the organisms that we, as brewers, work with on a daily … Continue reading Physiology of Flavors in Beer – Saccharomyces Species