Brettanomyces clausseni Ale

I started this blog a few months ago but I've been brewing for about 10 years. I wanted to start the blog so I could keep better track of what beers I'm making and to force me to try more experiments...push my abilities and contact other brewers to refine my technique. This post isn't going … Continue reading Brettanomyces clausseni Ale

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Saccharomyces species experiment #1: Paradoxus Ale (Recipe #14, Batch #2014.07)

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)

Experimental Hop Series #3: Lemon Zest Saison (Recipe #13, Batch #2014.09)

I returned to the experimental hop series of beers and brewed this blankly named hop "Lemon Zest"...I wonder what it tastes like. So far, these beers have been great. I brewed the Azacca hop saison and the Experimental Pine Fruit (both amazing in my opinion) and this one brings me to my half way point … Continue reading Experimental Hop Series #3: Lemon Zest Saison (Recipe #13, Batch #2014.09)

Recipe #12: Mosaic and Simcoe Saison (Batch #2014.06)

Another hoppy saison recipe from a blog about hoppy saisons...at least they are good! This a slight departure and a sign of things to come: this is not a single hop saison (all right, none of them have been single hop saisons but they all showcased one particular hop). This beer has late additions of … Continue reading Recipe #12: Mosaic and Simcoe Saison (Batch #2014.06)

Recipe #11: Citra Saison – a rebrew, sort of (Bacth #2014.05)

This is one of those beers that straddles the line between saison and "Belgian IPA". I have a considerable amount of citra left so I have to a make a few beers, I'd hate to waste it, plus it is one of my favorite hops. I am not exactly sure which harvest these hops were … Continue reading Recipe #11: Citra Saison – a rebrew, sort of (Bacth #2014.05)

Sour Program — Part 1: Unblended Lambic #1 (Cantillon dregs)

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)

Experimental Hop Series #2: Experimental Pine Fruit Saison (Recipe #9, Batch #2014.03)

Making all those hoppy saisons, over and over again, was in preparation to make these experiment hoppy saisons with a six different varieties this year. I ordered the hops, 4 ounces each, from Yakima Valley Hops, if you aren't using them, get on it. About a week ago, I posted the first of these, the … Continue reading Experimental Hop Series #2: Experimental Pine Fruit Saison (Recipe #9, Batch #2014.03)

Recipe #7: Mosaic Saison (Batch #2014.01)

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)

Recipe #6: Moteuka Saison (Batch #2013.23)

Getting tired of these yet? I'm not but I promise there are several beers coming up that aren't just hoppy saisons. This one is another hoppy saison though, but uses an under-utilized hop in my opinon. It is quite difficult to find a commercial example that showcases this hop. The only one I've personally had … Continue reading Recipe #6: Moteuka Saison (Batch #2013.23)

Recipe #5: Snow Day IPA w/Nelson hops (Batch #2013.22)

2013 is coming to a close and I decided to brew several batches of "pale ales" with my saison blend that showcased either hops or the yeasts...or the combination I suppose. This is not the hoppiest beer in that series but this is a nice "pale ale" of sorts that utilizes one of my favorite … Continue reading Recipe #5: Snow Day IPA w/Nelson hops (Batch #2013.22)