Leave a Comment · Posted on March 7, 2016
Ahhh. The big question. Should I make a yeast starter? Yes! Of course you should! In order to understand why, we first need to go back to the basics. Grab a beer, sit down, and relax. You’re about to learn how to take your beer to the next level by using a yeast starter.
What is a yeast starter? It’s basically a mini, unhopped beer that is fermented with oxygen exposure for the purpose of making healthy, happy yeast, and more of it.
Have you ever tasted hopped wort at the end of the boil? It generally tastes pretty awful – both sweet and bitter at the same time. Have you ever tasted beer? Of course you have! What does this have to do with why you should make a yeast starter? Yeast is the single ingredient responsible for the remarkable flavor change from nasty hopped wort to delicious beer. Don’t get me wrong, some hopped wort does taste pretty good, and unhopped wort is generally awesome, but this means three very important things for beer brewing:
What does yeast do during fermentation? Yeast eats sugars in your wort and gives off:
Note that I put flavor at the top of the list. Most home brewers will say Keep reading…
Leave a Comment · Posted on March 5, 2016
We have a very important topic on our hands – how to put your batch of home brew into a keg. Kegging is a beautiful thing indeed. If you are a hop-head like me, kegging is the only way to go!
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2 Comments · Posted on March 5, 2016
I frequent the Whole Foods that had this beer. Over the course of about 2 weeks prior to a bottle share that I hosted, I was at Whole Foods about 5 times getting groceries and looking for rare new beer releases. Each time I was there, I went to the beer section, stopped in front of Goose Island’s Halia, looked at the $23.99 price tag, read the description on the bottle, and felt the internal struggle. The bottle read “Tart wild ale fermented in wine barrels on fresh white peaches, with bright tropical aromas and a dry finish.” The last trip to Whole Foods that I made before the bottle share, I couldn’t hold back; I bought a bottle.
I love a sour golden ale. I love peaches. I love wine. I love a beer on oak. I love a beer on brettanomyces. How could I not buy this beer? My justification for doing so was my usual justification: if I like this beer, I will take careful tasting notes and try to clone it.
Did the $24 risk pay off? Oh yeah it did! To this day, this is the most intriguing, refined, delicious beer I have ever tasted. Keep reading…