Time to let go! Remove the ball and chain from your leg, brewers! German beer purity laws date from the 16th century, and were needed to stop the worst abuses by brewers, who added everything in the garden and beyond, in order to get the drinkers happy, but it came with a price to drinkers’Continue reading “Are German beer purity laws a hindrance?”
Lift the fog of deception This is quite a controversial title, but I don’t expect to get sued. I’ve just seen an advert on Instagram for an IPA (India pale ale), which showed a picture of a brown beer. I’ve seen a stout with an OG of 1040. I have bought a porter, so sweetContinue reading “Breweries, Supermarket Shelves and Marketing Deception?”
‘History is more or less, bunk,’ claimed Henry Ford. ‘We don’t want tradition. We want to live in the present.’ We all have an agenda, and Henry Ford’s was not to go back to the horse and cart. As brewers, we might want to see things differently. The best beers ever were brewed 200 yearsContinue reading “Malt like an Egyptian. Get a craftbrew buzz.”
Why call it a macrobrewery? Large commercial breweries give their annual production figures in millions of hectolitres, microbreweries probably talk in thousands and I don’t quite manage 4 hectolitres or 90 gallons per year. But that serves me and the immediate family and friends.
I’m going to tell you how to become a lockdown brewer, with a small space at your disposal and a hardware or DIY store in your town.
For the unique Christmas present, brew them a unique beer. Fully revised, no more soggy pages and a fraction of the price of the old paper version from 1990.
Waiting for Woodruff Maibowle is a German speciality, once common in the UK, too. With that heritage, it must be (or once have been) present in the US. I pick woodruff in April and tie it in bundles, which are hung in a shady space to dry. As they dry, they give off an adorableContinue reading “Beer, Wine – Woodruff and Maibowle”