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Week 169: Decoction Mashing
Comments | Posted in Weekly Mash | By Sam Loader - Resident Brewer
05/10/2018 10:18
  We often get asked if you can do a decoction mash with the Grainfather, the good news is that it can be done, is it easy? Yes... but it requires much more planning and attention....
Week 168: Experimental Lagers - Part 4
Comments | Posted in Weekly Mash | By Sam Loader - Resident Brewer
28/09/2018 12:01
  This week we have our last chapter on experimenting with lagers. The high alcohol lagers are lagers greater than 6% ABV, these range in colour, malts and hop flavour and aroma. This family include Helles Bock, Dunkles Bock, Doppel Bock, Eisbock and even though it is not a recognised...
Week 167: Experimental Lagers - Part 3
Comments | Posted in Weekly Mash | By Sam Loader - Resident Brewer
21/09/2018 12:50
This week we delve further into experimenting with lagers, as we now move into the darker styles, the range of malts used becomes much broader the inclusion of malts like crystal/caramel/toffee, biscuit, red malts and small amounts of chocolate and add to this the German technique of...
Week 166: Experimental Lagers - Part 2
Comments | Posted in Weekly Mash | By Sam Loader - Resident Brewer
14/09/2018 12:09
This week we delve further into experimenting with lagers, with the pale lager family which are the big brother of light lager we looked at last week. This family includes German & Czech Pilsner, Helles, American Lager, Hybrid lagers like Kölsch and some German export and Fest...
Week 165: Experimental Lagers - Part 1
Comments | Posted in Weekly Mash | By Sam Loader - Resident Brewer
07/09/2018 09:53
Lagers are still the most popular type of beer in the world, though many in the craft beer world consider them a tad boring. However, this doesn’t need to be the case. Now don’t get me wrong, I love a good lager, and traditional examples are flavoursome and complex, but can we get...