In this episode, we’re going to get into what we didn't discuss last week in our Haze Craze episode, the makings of a speedy brew day! Most of us love the time we spend working with our gear and ingredients, but most of would still prefer to use less of our valuable time doing it. We’re also going to discuss that “homebrew extract taste” that people often reference when tasting a beer that didn’t come out right by trying an older extract kit against an all grain version and we’ll judge a local customer’s beer on air.
In this episode, we invited the guys from the soon-to-be brewpub Turning Point Beer into the studio to talk about what they have in store and help us discuss what has been labeled The Haze Craze. It started with North Eastern breweries taking a new route by changing their blend of the East and West Coast IPA into the New England/North East/Vermont IPA: a hazy and often opaque version of an IPA that tones down the bitterness, focuses on hops with big flavor, and yet, leaves plenty of room for the malt and yeast to stand out on their own. So, love them or hate them, these “juicy” and “pulpy” beers have made a big splash in both the craft beer and homebrew world so we want to devote some time to them!
In this episode, we spend a little time discussing some of the recent industry happenings with the Big Beer Beast doing more to destroy the independence of craft brewing, talk about on-your-feet problem solving for brewdays, and then dive into a discussion on making cider. Including a call with friend of the show, author, Experimental Homebrew maestro, and all around good guy, Drew Beechum. Thanks for listening!
In this episode, we start off discussing what happens when you’re mashing in for an all grain batch. We had some listener questions about running through the whole process and we wanted to answer those questions and take a few more from one of our Patreon Patrons, Will Kimmins. There are several steps between when you make your water calculations through to the final steps of lautering and getting your wort boiling and we often find that people feel most explanations aren't as focused on all the details they want to hear and they end up with questions about the mash and getting the best results, so here we dive in.