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  

Mead Glorious Mead: A Class Talkthrough

Mead Glorious Mead: A Class Talkthrough

Mead making is one of the most fun things to teach. This class handout on how to make mead is very chatty, but covers pretty much all the basics.  It’s copyrighted, folks. Elspeth Payne Class Handout A plug for varietals (different kinds of honey), or meads that are just mead […]

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 […]