The Grist: Shut up about Barclay Perkins, Elstons Beer Blog, Brulosophy, The Screwy Brewer

The Grist

Welcome to the first edition of The Grist.

The Grist: the top 4 home brewing blog posts

I know how hard it can be to keep up on all the latest, best posts from around the home brewing community. So each week (on Sundays), I’ll publish my favourite, top 4 home brewing blog posts for your reading pleasure.

Hopefully you’ll find them as interesting as I did.

Here’s the top 4:

1) Beer below the (U.S.) border

Ron Pattinson from Shut up about Barclay Perkins:

I’ve been to a lot of breweries in the last few years. In all sorts of buildings. But never one assembled from containers. As Aquamala is.

This ones a first. Yep, shipping containers are useful – but for housing a fully operational brewery? Check.

Maybe I should reconsider my brewery plan…

2) An exposé on Citra 

Chris Elson from Elstons Beer Blog:

The Citra hop, aka HBC 394, has been developed by the Hop Breeding Company and promises to impart ‘interesting citrus and tropical fruit characters to beer’. The hops parentage lay in Hallertau Mittelfrüh, US Tettnang, Brewer’s Gold and East Kent Golding. That may go some way in explaining the varieties of flavours you can expect to receive from the hop, but just what are those flavours?

Covering 6 Citra-hopped beers from the UK, Chris provides exceptional tasting notes and insider information on the breweries.

Too bad I’m not much of a Citra guy…

How ’bout you?

3) The first wort hop effect

Brulosopher on first wort hopping:

It’s a fairly old method that began to regain popularity over the last decade, particularly among homebrewers, due to claims it imparts a smoother bitterness than traditional 60 minute bittering additions while also improving the aromatic hop character of the beer.

In another fascinating ExBEERiment, Brulosopher investigates the worthiness (worthwhileness?) of this technique.

Now I’m really curious as to how my Backward’s Blonde‘s gonna turn out.

Have you ever first wort hopped?

4) Bottling under pressure

The Screwy Brewer on the Blichmann BeerGun™:

I started to appreciate the benefits of filling bottles with carbonated beer right away. Having the same level of carbonation in your bottled beer as you have in your draft beer is definitely a huge plus. For one thing you no longer have to wait weeks for natural carbonation to occur then hope the beer had carbonated the way you planned.

Have I ever mentioned how much I hate bottling? I. Just. Hate it. But having one of these things would be damn useful when bottling a few before heading out to homebrew club…

Well, that’s it for this week.

Do you have a favourite home brew blog post that I didn’t mention? See you in the comments!

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  1. vera says

    You’ve got some great blogs. Glad I found you. I am German, and I love to brew a good Koelsch. Looking forward to reading more. For now, I love your Koelsch fermentation schedule, and I am enjoying The Grist.

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