Author: Elspeth

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Semper Fi. Why isn’t the Tun Tavern in this year’s Homebrewer conference?

First thing, let me put in a plug for the American Homebrewers Association conference June 27-29 in Philadelphia this summer.  The theme is “Brewing Up a Revolution.”   Just ’cause [..]

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Before the Reinheitsgebot, the Statuta Thaberna

Contrary to what you may believe, the Reinheitsgebot, the famous German beer purity law, was no trailblazer.  Almost thirty years earlier there was the Statuta Thaberna in Thuringia (see map).  [..]

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Malt: Everything a Homebrewer Wants To Know

In my BJCP class the teacher, Les White, assigned a presentation on malt and malting to me.  We each signed up for our preferred topics, then Les assigned one topic to each student [..]

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Make Your Malt

Ever think of making your malt to homebrew with?  Uncertain you can do it?  Sure you can.  You can make your malt and thus have complete control over its roastiness, diastatic power, everything. [..]

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Starting the BJCP class!

Sometimes fate just calls your bluff.  I’ve been saying for a while now I’d like to take the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) certification – for mead, and maybe beer – [..]

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Chicks and Beer: Pint Glasses Are A Problem

Pint glasses suck.  They don’t bring out the best in beer, they hold more than I want at one sitting, and they’re uncomfortable to hold, particularly in a stand-up-all-night kind [..]

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How would you pair a chocolate dessert with a beer?

Let us think for a moment about how to pair a chocolate dessert with a beer – or for that matter, any chocolate anything with a beer, though there aren’t [..]