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Week 124: Sugar and Brewing
Comments | Posted in Weekly Mash | By Grainfather - All Grain Brewing
10/08/2017 11:40
In order to make alcohol, the yeast needs sugar to convert. However, sugar extracted in the mash is not the only sugar that is available to us as brewers, there are actually many different forms and all with various uses....
Week 123: Pairing Food and Beer
Comments | Posted in Weekly Mash | By Grainfather - All Grain Brewing
04/08/2017 11:38
For every flavour in food beer can offer a counterpoint, a match or a contrasting flavour – sometimes even all three in the same beer and that’s why beer is such a versatile drink for pairing. How do you go about pairing beer with food though? What are the rules and how do you know...
Week 122: Reading a Water Report
2 Comments | Posted in Weekly Mash | By Grainfather - All Grain Brewing
28/07/2017 09:27
While there is a great deal of science involved in the entire brewing process, none of it seems to frighten new brewers as much as the science of water chemistry. Something about adjusting water ions using various salts just seems to be tough to grasp for a lot of people new to the hobby....
Week 121: Yeast Pitching Rates
1 Comments | Posted in Weekly Mash | By Grainfather - All Grain Brewing
21/07/2017 12:47
If you are looking to improve the consistency of your beers from batch to batch and avoid the negative off flavours that can be created during fermentation, it might be time to look in to your pitching rates....
Week 120: Brewing a Barleywine
1 Comments | Posted in Weekly Mash | By Grainfather - All Grain Brewing
14/07/2017 11:55
Although they seem to have dropped in popularity recently (with the rise of craft brewers making ‘Imperial’ or ‘Double’ versions of almost every style now), for us barleywines are still one of the kings of beers.  They are the beer world’s equivalent of the...