So in my last post, I wrote about a saison I made with my normal house saison yeast, the Saison Dupont strain (Galaxy Saison with Dupont Yeast). I have been talking with people about their saison yeast preferences and people do not like the Dupont strain for a variety of reasons. People complain about it … Continue reading Recipe #19: Galaxy Saison with Brasserie de Blaugies Yeast (Batch #2014.14)
I am auditioning additional saison yeasts for my house blend. I've been trying different home brews by people I trust with different blends and harvesting yeast, or getting yeast, from different brewers in order to expand my options. I have a few promising leads for future beers but the first two I wanted to check … Continue reading Recipe #18: Galaxy Saison with Dupont Yeast (Batch #2014.15)
I'm past the half way mark with these beers and they have all turned out well so far. The first two were my favorites (the Azacca and the Expeirmental Pine Fruit saison). The last one, the Lemon Zest, was pretty underwhelming but still made for a good beer. Next year when I plan out this … Continue reading Experimental Hop Series #4: Experimental Grapefruit Saison (Recipe #15, Batch #2014.12)
This post is about beer, but in addition, this post is about the microbiology of beer, specifically the microbiology of the genus Saccharomyces. I am a microbiologist by trade, so there will be several posts throughout this blog concerning the organisms responsible for the production of beer and other fermentation products. This is the first … Continue reading Saccharomyces species experiment #1: Paradoxus Ale (Recipe #14, Batch #2014.07)
One of the more popular style of beer these days is anything "wild" or "sour". But these beers are not new, in fact they are some of the oldest styles of beers still in production. Before the days of microbiology and sanitation, and pure culture, likely all beers were "wild" or at least contaminated. I'm … Continue reading Sour Program — Part 1: Unblended Lambic #1 (Cantillon dregs)
What a horrid winter, but we are powering through. I finally made it to the first brew day of the year, February 1st!. I was really hoping to get something done in January but the polar vortex and a trip to Phoenix, it wasn’t going to get squeezed in. We’ve been hunkered down. But fortunately, February, … Continue reading Recipe #7: Mosaic Saison (Batch #2014.01)
I wanted to take this year-end opportunity, near the perihelion where the Earth is the closest to the sun, to talk about my brewing and blog goals for the upcoming year. I have two big brewing experiments coming up in 2014. The first experiment is focused on different yeasts. I am currently fermenting a test … Continue reading Happy Winter Apsis! Brewing Goals for 2014.