Wednesday, May 22, 2013
You know.. that twisted bread; soft on the inside, sweet, fluffy and delicious! This fun bread is easier to make than it looks and quite rewarding. A couple rises are needed so give your self some time to make this yummy treat. No fancy materials required, just a bowl and a good old baking sheet.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Don't hate on plastics, they've come a long way and this Better Bottle sure takes the cake for advanced brewing plastic. Many nano-breweries use plastic fermenters to make amazing beer, so why can't you?! These significantly cheaper, safer and lighter options for fermenting beer are perfect for the budding homebrewer. I love to use mine to make cider or anytime I want a nice view of what's going on inside my fermenter! Grab a couple today, you won't regret it - but do make sure to not clean them with your old carboy brush, get something a little more gentle so you don't scratch the plastic.
tags: gear of the week
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
A good boil is often described in text but until you actually see one you'll never know what one should look like! So here's a video of what I consider to be a good boil. Remember, if you aren't achieving a good boil you could end up with poor hop extraction, inconvenient evaporation rates or even DMS and other off-flavors.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
It may be a small investment up front but using your own freshly ground grain is not only much more delicious and satisfying it will also save you loads on a la carte prices and allow you to buy your grain in bulk. This is the mill that I have been relying on for years; I love it tenderly and it treats me well. I'd recommend one to everyone looking to really step up their all grain setup!
tags: gear of the week
Friday, May 10, 2013
There isn't much better than a light bodied blonde on a hot summer day, glistening in the sun with condensation dripping down... Ok, you get the point - a blonde is a great beer to pass around, share and enjoy - woah there... I'm talking about beer! Chill.
Anyway, this was a recipe I found a while back, modified to get rid of some hops I am not a fan of and then spontaneously added juniper berries to. The combo of a light, crisp beer and the floral and slightly bitter aroma of juniper makes for a perfect summer drink. If a gin and tonic had a baby with a maibock, this would be it. Enjoy this with some hot blonde friends.. I mean drink this blonde ale when it's hot, with friends.