How to Calculate Your Next Grain Bill from Scratch

How to Calculate the Grain Bill

Lately I’ve been using brewing software less and less. Sure, it makes recipe formulation ‘simple’. But you tend to forget (or perhaps your never knew?) how to calculate a grain bill from scratch.

Remember when you were in elementary school math class?

Did your teacher allow you to use a calculator before you could do the calculations by hand? I bet she didn’t…

The reason for this is simple: a calculator can do a calculation for you, but you’ll never really understand why it took 2, added 2 and came out with 4.

Brewing software is exactly the same.

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2 Kölsch Fermentation Profiles and How to Perfect Them

2 Kölsch Fermentation Profiles and How to Perfect Them

Kölsch yeast is often referred to as being hybrid: a top fermenting ale yeast that can be fermented at lower temperatures. Just like a lager.

Because of this interesting characteristic, brewers have adopted specific Kölsch fermentation profiles unique to the style.

In this post I’ll discuss two Kölsch fermentation profiles and how you can perfect them using testable hypotheses.

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6 Essential Things You Need to Know before the Boil

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Sometimes, the boil can come as a relief.

It’s a time when you can kick back, crack a home brew and maybe, just maybe get some cleaning done.

After all, the boil isn’t as complicated as the mash. Hell, all you have to do is crank up the heat and let’er get on with things … right?

Not so fast!

Here are 6 essential things you need to know before the boil.

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Dial in Your Mash for a Crisp, Dry Kölsch

Dial in Your Mash For a Crisp, Dry KölschKölsch isn’t all about the ingredients.

Sure, the ingredients are extremely important, and you’ll need good quality malt, hops, yeast and water to lay the foundation for an excellent Kölsch recipe.

But a good recipe doesn’t brew good beer. You brew a good beer.

And it’s how you brew that determines the outcome of your beer. 

Your processes, techniques, and the music you listen to when you’re brewing all play a role. Ok, the last one’s contestable, but I’m pretty sure my recipes would take a beating if I swapped Motley Crue or some Bieber!

Brulosopher called this phenomenon the brewer’s thumbprint: give the same recipe to a thousand home brewers and you end up with a thousand different beers.

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The Secret to Excellent Kölsch Recipes

The Secret to Excellent Kölsch Recipes

So, you’ve read countless Kölsch recipes. You’ve pondered numerous critiques. Perhaps you’ve even tried to clone a few commercial Kölsch examples. Some recipes turn out good, some poor. But you’re still missing something.

Guess what? You’re not missing a thing.

In fact, you’re overcomplicating your recipe; muddling with something that should be basic, pure.

This post lays out the ingredients needed to brew an excellent Kölsch. By the end of it, you’ll be one step closer to a winner.

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