Tagged: yeast

Making a Pseudo Lager

What is a Pseudo Lager? For the purposes of this article it will refer to the creation of a lager-like beer with greater flexibility by using an ale yeast. Defining a Pseudo Lager beyond this can get tricky; technically ‘lager’ simply refers to an extended aging of the beer at cooler temperatures, which any beer… Read more »

Maintaining A Healthy Yeast Bank Long Term

One of the most important things you can do to brew great beer is ensure you have a healthy, unstressed yeast population. From pitching rates, fermentation temperature, avoiding contamination by competitive organisms, all the way through bottle conditioning; an unhappy yeast culture will kill a batch faster than you can drop a 5 gallon glass… Read more »

Brewing With The Seasons

A few years ago in the last golden days of a late English summer I brewed up a clone of the Dark Star Brewery‘s lovely Festival Ale. Everything went well on the day and I collected a good amount of beautiful wort. Unfortunately, after fermentation in the midst of a searing (and unusual) heat wave… Read more »

Winter Ale Recipes

The last of the Jack-O-Lanterns have been carved, lit, admired, left out to go soft, and been discarded like so many before. Halloween costumes go back in the box, the box goes back in the attic, and our minds turn to the cozier side of Autumn – baked goods, sweaters, hot cocoa, and best of… Read more »

Heads Up: Yeast Bent on World Domination

When you make beer, you may think you’re the boss of your ingredients. But have you stopped to think about how seemingly innocent Yeast may have the upper hand over humans, at least when it comes to world domination (are you paying attention, gamers)? To investigate Yeast’s grand strategy for taking over Mother Earth, we… Read more »

Preparing A Yeast Starter Using Canned Wort

In my previous article Wort Canning To Save Time, one commenter questioned where the time savings were. Well, ask and ye shall receive! In this article, I’ll show you how I use pre-canned starter wort to make preparing a yeast starter an extremely quick process. As I mentioned in the previous article, the problem with… Read more »

10 Questions For A Homebrewer

1. How did you start brewing? I’ve been a beer “nerd” and owned a kegerator for many years before I started brewing. I remember one night looking up the reviews on a beer I had purchased at my local bottle store and stumbled across a recipe for this beer on line. It was like a… Read more »

My RIMS System Brewday

I have been brewing on my Recirculating Infusion Mashing System (RIMS) for a little over a year now, and am loving every minute of it. When I first started all-grain brewing, I could never quite get my mash temperatures right. It would always be too high or too low after adding the grains to the… Read more »

For Starters. Flatulence, Flasks and Fermcap

There are many benefits to making a yeast starter, and a plethora of threads on this forum discussing their merits and the techniques used to make them. It was through my involvement in one such thread I discovered that some people consider making a starter in an Erlenmeyer to be potentially dangerous. I hold the… Read more »

How to Design a Homebrew Recipe

How to Design a Homebrew Recipe So, you’ve brewed a kit or two, and it came out pretty well. Or perhaps you’ve followed a few recipes from books or websites, and have been pretty happy with the results. Now, though, you are ready to create a beer that is your very own. But where do… Read more »