Writer: Betsy Parks

Fermentation Temperature Control

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As you learn to homebrew, you will hear over and over again that you will need to maintain control over the temperature of your fermentation to maintain some control over the profile of your finished beer. This is because yeast behaves differently when it ferments at warmer or cooler temperatures. There are easy ways to

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Samuel Adams Dark Depths Baltic IPA clone

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While Samuel Adams calls this a Baltic IPA, they utilize a lager yeast in Dark Depths. Which means is lands somewhere between a Black IPA and a Baltic Porter. A blend of US, Australian, and English hops provide a rounded hop experience.

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Samuel Adams: Brewing Up a Revolution

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When making plans to visit Boston and the Samuel Adams brewery for this story, I discussed my itinerary with a friend living in the city’s South End, who seemed confused. “But isn’t Sam Adams, so – you know – big?” she asked me with one eyebrow cocked quizzically, implying what many of today’s well-rounded beer

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Samuel Adams Latitude 48 IPA clone

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According to Boston Beer Company’s website, “The distinct character of this IPA comes from its combination of hops. German, English, and American hops grown along the 48th latitude each add their own distinct flavors and aromas, creating layers of hoppiness, complexity, and personality.”

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Racking and Transferring

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One of the essential skills you will come across when homebrewing, especially if you brew a style that is high in gravity, is racking. This is when beer is moved from one container to another to separate it from the particles that settle at the bottom of the carboy, fermenter or bucket. Why Rack? To

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Stuck Fermentations

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Avoid a stuck fermentation with these simple tips.


Micro Maltsters Roundtable

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If you want to make a truly local beer, try sourcing locally-made malt. Four pros discuss craft malting.

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Samuel Adams Brewing Company: Noble Pils clone

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Noble hops are the showcase in this smooth and easy drinking pilsner, fashioned in the German-style. According to Boston Beer Co.’s website, “This unique pilsner showcases all 5 Noble hops from the world’s oldest growing regions for a distinct, complex hop character. The floral, citrusy aroma and flavors from the Noble hops are balanced by the honeyed malt notes of special Bohemian spring barley, for a crisp, fresh taste.”

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New Albion Brewing: New Albion Ale

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The very first microbrewed American Ale has a deep gold appearance and a subtle malt character. The Cascade hops give it a spicy pine hop profile.

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Making Malt Vinegar

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Homebrewers spend a fair amount of time and effort preventing beer from oxidizing. But the best-laid plans don’t always work out, and every brewer — and beer drinker for that matter — has dumped out a beer that was neglected and left aging past its prime. You don’t need to dump that oxidized beer out,

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Brooklyn Brewery: Brooklyn Lager clone

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Brooklyn Lager is Brooklyn Brewery’s flagship beer. It is loosely based on the old Vienna lager style, derivations of which were popular in parts of the United States in the late 1800s. Its bitterness is snappy, with a firm malt core, and the beer is dry hopped.


Brooklyn Brewery: Brooklyn Sorachi Ace

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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace marries the overall structure of the modern saison style with the unique lemony/herbal qualities of the Sorachi Ace hop. Sorachi Ace is used throughout, and very complete attenuation gives refreshing, flinty dryness.

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