Category Archives: homebrewing

Reviewed: Homebrew All-Stars

Homebrew All-Stars By Drew Beechum and Denny Conn Voyageur Press (2016) New to the beer canon on May 1 of this year, Homebrew All-Stars from well-regarded homebrewers Drew Beechum and Denny Conn brings together a wide swath of beer recipes … Continue reading

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Reviewed: Craft Brew

Craft Brew: 50 Homebrew Recipes from the World’s Best Craft Breweries By Euan Ferguson Frances Lincoln (2016) For those homebrewers eager to duplicate notable beers from some of the best breweries around the globe, London beer writer Euan Ferguson serves up Craft … Continue reading

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Reviewed: The Umami Factor

The Umami Factor: Full-Spectrum Fermentation for the 21st Century By Robert Rivelle George Schiffer Publishing After many years of viewing adjuncts (and lagers) with disdain, many modern American craft brewers are turning to sugars long used by Belgian brewers in … Continue reading

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Reviewed: Speed Brewing

Speed Brewing: Techniques and Recipes for Fast-Fermenting Beers, Ciders, Meads, and More By Mary Izett Voyageur Press Appropriately, I started reading Speed Brewing by Mary Izett with the Introduction. Right away, I found myself wanting to interrupt, to argue, to … Continue reading

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Illuminator IV (and I) to hit Des Moines and Minneapolis

Well, it’s that time of year again—doppelbock time. Some brewvana readers will recall my 2011 historical investigation into the origins of doppelbock, which later became the book, Diary of a Part-Time Monk. For that Lenten study, I collaborated with my … Continue reading

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A conversation with AHA Director Gary Glass

I recently had the opportunity to engage American Homebrewers Association Director Gary Glass in a telephone interview. I scrapped a small handful of moderately unknowable questions that were based on the off chance that the BA possessed any idea of … Continue reading

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I call it Dunkel Kyle

My brother-in-law Kyle is not dark, but he is a pretty good unkel to my kids, so to commemorate his good unkelness, I decided to name my well-massaged Munich Dunkel after him. I call it Dunkel Kyle. Here’s how you … Continue reading

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Ye Olde Ale

I have been fortunate in the last few years to have several opportunities to brew my homebrew recipes on a commercial scale, and last week, my second beer hit the tap lines at Wynkoop Brewing Company in Denver, Colorado. The … Continue reading

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Derek’s first time

I was Derek’s Christmas present. His lovely and thoughtful girlfriend bought me (and my brother-in-law Kyle) at a good price. This weekend, he cashed in his gift certificate, and I stopped by to help him brew his first batch of … Continue reading

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Honey Score!

For my day job recently, I wrote a feature about a local beekeeper, Dray Walter of Back 40 Bees. Dray (pictured right) liked the idea of mead so much that he tossed some honey my way so I could get … Continue reading

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