yeast

Every homebrewer has days like this

Every homebrewer has days like this

Every homebrewer has days like this. I started out to make a perfectly reasonable porter recipe.  English chocolate malt, English dark crystal malt, English black malt, a little wheat malt, Chinook bittering hops and US Goldings. One packet of Lallemand ale yeast with starter.  I was going to add oak cubes and […]

Feeding Yeast

Feeding Yeast

Proper yeast nutrition means your brew ferments faster and cleaner, leaving fewer off-flavors that have to age out.  We’ll call that a good thing.  Yeast is a pretty complex little organism, though, with a lot of nutrient requirements that change from life phase to life phase.  So how do we, […]

Starting Yeast

Starting Yeast

I’m getting to brew a recipe from last year’s American Homebrewer Association’s national competiton – the Underwood’s “Blasphemy at GobblersRoost” (you’ll need an AHA login to view their Homebrewopedia); it’s a sack with buckwheat honey, raisins and oak aged with whiskey.  In getting ready, I’ve been mulling over yeast starters and […]

Homebrew Clarifiers

Homebrew Clarifiers

This is a class handout, and rather chatty.  You’ve been warned. Clarifiers  

A Mead Talkthrough: How to Make Mead

A Mead Talkthrough: How to Make Mead

This is a couple of years old, and very chatty, but I apparently used it as a class handout some time ago.  I do a number of things differently now, but this might still be useful…it’s copyrighted, folks. Elspeth Payne Class Handout A plug for varietals (different kinds of honey), […]

The Fermentation Reaction

The Fermentation Reaction

N.B. This is not my work, it is a file I have kept for several years.l  do not know to whom to accredit it.  If you recognize it, please send me the details so I can accredit this properly.  Fermentation reaction The fermentation reaction C6H12O6 → 2 C2H5OH + 2 […]

Basic Mead Assembly

Basic Mead Assembly

 This is a basic mead recipe from a class I taught in 2009.  Now, I could not possibly break it down this simply, but thinking like this got me started and served me reasonably well for a lot of years.  Honey: 2.5 – 4 lbs per gallon of water. Water: […]

Brewing 101 Part 5: Beer

Brewing 101 Part 5: Beer

Class notes from a class I taught in the Fall of 2008. Beer There are three primary ingredients in a beer:  malted grain, hops, and water.  Yeast is used to ferment the beverage and carbonate it.  Ale (widely used in period) is beer without hops:  malted grain, water, yeast.  You […]