Topic: Fermentation

All About Brett

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A glass of a saison brewed with “The Mad Fermentationist” house Brett/Saison blend hopped with Hallertau Blanc and Huell Melon, and blended with a bottle of Alsatian Gewürztraminer. In 2012 Chad Yakobson

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Choosing a Fermenter

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When it comes to your homebrew, most people will say the most crucial element is taking care of your fermentation, and reasonably so. Although everything involved in making your wort is important,

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High Gravity Fermentations

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Our bodies can tolerate quite a lot of things in small doses that would be harmful, even deadly in larger doses. That’s true of many medications we take and of course, it’s

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Brewing With Lactobacillus

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Why does Brettanomyces get all of the attention when it isn’t even responsible for making sour beers sour? Lactobacillus can do in a week what takes Pediococcus a year! Lactobacillus needs a


Blending Sour Beers with the Solera Method

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Rather than blending to taste at bottling, a solera relies on mixing beers of multiple ages together during aging. When a portion is removed for packaging, the volume is replaced with younger beer. The younger beer can be unfermented, fermented, or even soured. In this way, the solera slowly evolves.

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Beer-Wine Hybrids

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Beer and wine hybrids are bridging the gap between breweries and wineries

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Brewer’s Yeast & Brett Fermentation Flavors

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Yeast cultures have flavor. Ever tried one? An unfiltered beer with yeast in it therefore will have yeast flavor. But what about filtered beers? Yes, those beers have yeast-derived flavors too. Yeasts

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Lager Fermentations: Tips from Pros

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We all love to drink tasty, cool-fermented lagers, but when it comes to fermenting them it is sometimes easier said than done. in this issue, two lager experts discuss some advice for running your best lager fermentation.

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Running Wild Fermentations at Home

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“I remember several years ago Jean Van Roy at Cantillon telling me, ‘You can spontaneously ferment in the United States, but, keep in mind that it probably won’t be the same way

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Fermentation Temperature Control

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Fermentation temperature is a critical brewing variable. Temperature directly influences the metabolic rate of the yeast and the rate of the biochemical reactions associated with fermentation. Fermentation temperature has a significant impact

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Oxygenation of Wort

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Availability of dissolved oxygen to yeast during the initial stage of fermentation is very important. Yeast use oxygen to build cell membrane components that are essential to replication. Unsaturated fatty acids, sterols

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Airlock Blowout

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In the commercial world of brewing, one of the biggest fears is a fermentation that is slow to start or one that lacks vigor when it does come to life. These traits

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