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Taste – Bitter to Sweet- Back to Bitter and How We Can Change It With Beer

In the olden days all ate plants that were bland, tasty, sweet and/or bitter Grazing, gathering or dispatching whatever just to survive Salt was at a premium and used for the palate and health Societies relied on what was around, so that’s what you were stuck with Natural nutrition kept people alive naturally The taste [...]

Brew A Belgium Quad

Summer is still in full swing and that means brewing a beer that loves the warm weather. Belgium ales and Saisons come to mind as the temperature rises. Brewing these ales are a specialty and quite a treat to the palate that has been used to running on Blonde, Pales, Amber and Stout. Why not [...]

Esteem of the Beer World

Beer appreciation can be described as an empathy that exists between the ever growing numbers of craft brew enthusiasts.  Picture this as a sudsy world of serendipity where we hold an apparent aptitude for making accidental fortunate discoveries with strangers all in the pursuit of a satisfying goblet or pint. With that in mind, daily [...]

OUTDOOR BRR – REWING

As winter is approaching, the weather here in northwestern NJ has already turned cold. Brewing beer outdoors means we are dependent on fair weather. That means no precipitation or blustery wind gusts. We can deal with the cold. The frigid temperatures don’t have to stop the carboys from being filled, it just creates a new [...]

What’s in Your Water?

Brewing water chemistry has a direct effect on the quality of beer you produce. There are many articles and even books on the subject and it seems surprising that some brewers pay little attention to it. By following some guidelines your homebrews will tend to improve as you tune in on the subtle differences that [...]

A Curious History – Can brewing be traced to childhood ?

Each homebrewer has his reasons for homebrewing, but what he might not realize is that his hobby may have something to do with his past. No, I don’t mean reincarnation or hypnosis. I’m talking about something in the psyche that can slowly develop or be triggered by an ordinary event. I grew up in Newark, [...]

Korny Keggin’

After bottling about 100 batches, I finally made the leap to kegging. Cornelius kegs ( aka korny ) offer the homebrewer a convenient and fast way of cooperage. You’ll need to get a kegerator or convert the old fridge with a wall mounted faucet or two as well as gas distribution lines. The process of [...]

Ferment and Cellaring

Here we are at the final stage of our beer in production. You boiled, cooled, aerated the wort and pitched the yeast, fermentation started and is cranking – now you wait, RIGHT?

New Hops For Your New Beer

We’ve all made tons of beers with tried and true hops that have been available throughout the years, but lately some new varieties have emerged in the U.S. markets. These newcomers are actually clones of old stock that have been developed to accent the most desirable qualities of cultivation, utilization and shelf life. Herein lies [...]