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Off-Flavor – Diacetyl

Diacetyl [pronounced dahy-uh–seet-l] is a common off-flavor in homebrew that presents itself in the aroma and flavor as butter, butterscotch or liquid butter (think movie theater popcorn) or in the mouthfeel of the beer as slickness.  The threshold for diacetyl is extremely low at around 0.5 parts per million in lighter beers such as american and international lagers.  What is diacetyl, how is it produced, and how can we stop…

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Brewing Local – Book Review

Brewing Local: American-Grown Beer is one of those books that every homebrewer should have in their library. The concept behind the book is relatively simple but the inspiration that it provides can keep someone with “brewer’s block” going strong. Through 340 pages divided into four sections, Hieronymus provides a detailed history on American beer, gets in depth on possible ingredients and finishes with a list of 22 recipes that are sure…

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Homebrew All-Stars – Book Review

Homebrew All-Stars By Drew Beechum and Denny Conn All-stars are the best of the best, they are the elite in their particular fields.  So how do you find an all-star in the world of homebrewing? Denny Conn and Drew Beechum have scoured the nation looking for brewers who are stand outs in four different fields of homebrewing; The Old-School Masters, The Scientists (and Process Nerds), The Wild Ones, and The Recipe…

Gardening for the Homebrew

Gardening for the Homebrewer – Book Review

Gardening for the Homebrewer: Grow and Process Plants for Making Beer, Wine, Gruit, Cider Perry and More outlines an enormous variety of plants that can be grown at home for inclusion in your homebrew.  Wendy Tweton and Debbie Teashon discuss several categories of plants to allow you, the homebrewer and gardener, to become the best green thumb and brewer in the neighborhood! What we really like about this book is…

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The Beer Wench’s Guide to Beer – Book Review

The Beer Wench’s Guide to Beer, An Unpretentious Guide to Craft Beer lays out a solid foundation of knowledge for some of the most common beer styles while covering a breadth of interesting concepts for beer and food pairings, cooking with beer and even creating beer cocktails.  The author, Ashley Routson is an accomplished writer and true beer connoisseur whose innovative approach to enjoying beer leaves its imprint on The Beer…

The Craft Beer Bites Cookbook

The Craft Beer Bites Cookbook – Book Review

An executive chef who was also an avid homebrewer, once told us something that has guided the way we approach beer and food pairings. He said that beer should be used as a compliment to a dish and that only in very rare cases it is appropriate in the food itself. However, The Craft Beer Bites Cookbook by Jacquelyn Dodd turned this mantra on its head. The Craft Beer Bites…

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Bourbon Curious – Book Review

Why in the world would Educate.Beer read and review a book called Bourbon Curious that delves into the harder side of the fermented beverage world?  It’s actually fairly simple, bourbon barrels are being used in increasing quantities by craft brewers throughout the world to age beers, bringing in a distinct new style of beers. Bourbon Curious weaves an interesting tale from conception of bourbon all the way through the current…

The US of Craft Beer

The United States of Craft Beer – Book Review

The United States of Craft Beer takes you on a once in a lifetime journey across all 50 states to visit the best breweries.  Including generally three breweries on each state, Jess Lebow is able to highlight the larger, more successful craft breweries while still being able to highlight smaller microbreweries who are in their infancy still. This book is fantastic for anyone who loves craft beer and can be…

Proper Beer Glassware

The type of glass that a beer is served in has the potentially to significantly impact the way that you perceive that beer. Glasses come in all shapes, sizes and materials; each of which will impact the characteristics of the beer. Every glass has a number of features that will impact the flavor of the beer. The following include the typical features on most glasses, an understanding of these components…

Apples to Cider

Apples to Cider – Book Review

Apples to Cider: How to Make Cider at Home By April White with Stephen Wood of Farnum Hill Ciders Apples to Cider is an insightful narrative into the creation of hard apple cider. The book highlights the procedures followed by award-winning Farnum Hill Ciders from Lebanon, New Hampshire through a series of page breaks written by Stephen Wood. The full color book is comprised of 151 pages with beautiful photos…