Gordon Strong has judged at literally hundreds of homebrew competitions. In that time, he’s sampled every beer fault known to man. He takes us through the rising trend of faults tied to newer brewing methods, how to detect them, their causes, and, most importantly, how to avoid them in future batches.
While SMaSH (Single Malt and Single Hop) beers are relatively simple by nature, that doesn’t mean they can’t taste great. Two brewers with SMaSH beers in their regular rotation share pointers for crafting a great SMaSH brew and the benefits of doing so.
SMaSH (Single Malt and Single Hop) recipes are about as simple as they get. That doesn’t mean this technique is just for beginners, however. SMaSH beers are a great way for all homebrewers to evaluate new ingredients, while also having the benefits of an easier brew day and a way to use up ingredients that may be nearing expiration. Let’s look closer at why SMaSH brewing is such a great tool for homebrewers and how to get the most from it.
When yeast ferments beer, it produces more than 500 different compounds. Many of these compounds give beer its characteristic flavor and aroma. One of these compounds — one that is usually considered
Join the President Emeritus and highest ranking beer judge of the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP), as you learn the best ways to analyze and evaluate beer so you can improve your
When the weather gets cold homebrewers often turn to bigger beer styles that just so happen to pair perfectly with hearty meals ideal for the season. Explore techniques and examples of food pairings to serve with barleywine, wheatwine, and imperial stout this winter.
Thanks for the interesting question, Joe. I also enjoy all types of beer, so I went to the store and purchased a selection of beers in attempt to put a finger on
One important quality control tool a craft brewery of any size can put into place is an in-house sensory panel. Learn why your brewery should have one, how to properly structure it,
I like to troubleshoot off-flavors by thinking through the brewing process as a way of brainstorming. Plugging these thoughts into a visual aid like a fishbone diagram really helps to identify possible
Your beer evaluation skills can be one of a brewer’s best tools. Learn how to not only drink or taste beer, but how to evaluate beer like a professional brewer. Learn how
Triangle tests can be a valuable way to help better evaluate different beer when conducting experiments with ingredients and techniques. Brew Your Own Magazine’s Technical Editor Ashton Lewis shows you how to
This just goes to show that learning never stops. I can state with conviction that I have never heard or read about this method in decent circles. But I am choosing to