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Week 164: The Wonderful World of Mead - Part 3
Comments | Posted in Weekly Mash | By Sam Loader - Resident Brewer
30/08/2018 11:58
This week let's put together what we have learned about mead and brew a few recipes. Honey, while is high in fermentable sugars but is low in minerals and nutrients, coupled with the mild antiseptic properties makes honey solution tougher for the yeast to ferment than fruit juice and wort....
Week 163: The Wonderful World of Mead - Part 2
Comments | Posted in Weekly Mash | By Sam Loader - Resident Brewer
27/08/2018 10:21
This week we will be continuing our discussion on mead with further mead styles before teaching you how to brew the delicious golden elixir. In this article we will be covering off fruit meads, spiced meads and specialty meads including braggot. With these basic categories, we can go and...
Week 162: The Wonderful World of Mead - Part 1
Comments | Posted in Weekly Mash | By Sam Loader - Resident Brewer
17/08/2018 09:01
  Mead is most commonly thought of as the oldest form of alcoholic beverage and was most likely discovered by early humans coming across a broken beehive after rain. The honey was diluted by the rain and exposed to yeast, which resulted in the production of alcohol by fermentation. When...
Week 159: Everything IPA - Part 1
Comments | Posted in Weekly Mash | By Sam Loader - Resident Grainfather Brewer
13/07/2018 09:18
  The IPA is a good style for many brewers just starting out as producing a decent IPA is fairly easy. It can be done with a SMASH grain bill and the high hopping rates can cover a multitude of first time mistakes. However, to really produce a stand out IPA requires a good knowledge of...
Week 158: Hunt for the Wilder Barrel
Comments | Posted in Weekly Mash | By Sam Loader - Resident Grainfather Brewer
05/07/2018 09:25
On the 2nd of June, I was lucky enough to be on rare chance to be involved with the process of blending sour beer at 8 Wired brewing in Warkworth New Zealand. Head brewer and founder Søren Eriksen selected a number of beers from their vast collection barrels and foeders, and guided...