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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…

Your Homebrew Sucks - Part 3

Your Homebrew SUCKS – Part 3

So after reading Part 1 about why it is essential to do an evaluation and Part 2 about some resources that can help you out, Part 3 of Your Homebrew Sucks is all about how to actually evaluate a beer.  There’s a lot of ways to go about evaluating a homebrew, this approach is on the more critical side of things because we need to really know what this beer…

Your Homebrew Sucks - Part 2

Your Homebrew SUCKS – Part 2

So this is the second part of the series on Your Homebrew Sucks.  If you haven’t read the first article yet, you should check it out first.  Assuming that you’ve read the first part, let’s get into Your Homebrew Sucks – Part 2. How do we actually evaluate a beer?  This is something that a lot of people actually struggle with and the people who claim that they do this…

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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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Your Homebrew SUCKS – Part 1

Your homebrew sucks.  Ok so it may not actually suck, but it can always be better.  A lot of people make good homebrew, very few people make truly great homebrew.  The difference between those two groups of people is not the ingredients they are using, the recipe that they’ve crafted or the cost of their brewhouse.  The difference between those two people: the good homebrewer drinks while the great homebrewer…

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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…

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Pukwudgie Pale Ale

American Pale Ales (BJCP 2015 – Style 18B) are a huge category of beers these days.  They are the precursor for IPAs and all of the other super hoppy beers out there.  A pale ale can be a gateway into the world of craft beer for a lot of people, for some it may be a touch too bitter but for most it’s not.  This recipe is a proven winner,…

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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Behind the Beer – Coachella Valley Brewing’s Chris Anderson

Chris Anderson has been behind the beer from Coachella Valley Brewing since the beginning.  Starting in 2006 he was working on a business plan for a brewery, at that time expecting it to be a brew pub and not solely a brewery.  After seven years, his dream became a reality when he teamed with a group of investors to form Coachella Valley Brewing Company. Anderson started his career in brewing…

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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…