As home brewing is coming into its own as a hobby and occupation, the number of available options for entrepreneurial brewers is skyrocketing. While basic ales and lagers are the standard, the market is now flooded with a variety of excellent home brewing recipes. It can be hard to keep track of, but learning a basic understanding of the flavors available can help you pick the right home brewing recipe for your next batch. These beers are some of the most popular choices in the American craft brewing scene today.
Another option for fall craft beers is the malty dark lagers (Marzens) that are characteristic of Oktoberfest celebrations. To create your own, start with a basic Helles recipe. Kick the base malt up to a gravity of 1.055-1.060. Just add some more bittering hops to make up for the added base malt boost.
Some Other Autumn Flavors Worth Considering
Maple is always a popular craft brew ingredient in the fall. The uniquely robust autumn flavor can be achieved by mixing maple syrup (fresh, if possible) with yams, molasses, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla with your yeast of choice. Light sour flavors and caramel are equally satisfying fall flavors that can make a tasty craft beer perfect for soothing a fall chill.
Has six months passed since you made wine using your starter kit from The Brewmeister? That means the home-made wine sitting in your basement is now finally ready for tasting. But wait; do you know how to properly assess your wine? Knowing the proper wine tasting techniques will give you the necessary skill to determine if your home brewing recipes are successful.
Here are pointers on how to properly taste and assess wine:
1. Pouring the Wine – Proper wine tasting starts at the pouring itself. In a restaurant, the waiter will do this for you, but at your own home, you need to do it yourself. When pouring, make sure that the bottle is about 6-10 inches from the bottom of the glass, to allow the liquid to aerate as you pour, thus improving the taste.
When you were still a novice home brewer, you might have been following the instructions laid out in recipe booklets by heart, afraid that if you change even one element of the whole process, you’d get a bad-tasting brew. Now that you’re quite adept at brewing your own beer, however, why not try tweaking and playing around with your home brewing recipes to get an interesting flavor?
Some people believe that to create a totally different brew, they have to start from scratch and find the right ingredients and factor in the necessary measurements, however you only need to make a few little tweaks on recipes you’ve already tried and tested. Fortunately, there are two ways you can drastically change your beer’s taste: either you change its ingredients or you don’t. First, you find a basic recipe that you can carry out perfectly, and then start experimenting.
Did you ever think you were being healthy by crafting and drinking beer? Red wine has long been touted as having a positive effect on your health (when drank in moderation of course). Beer seems to be skipped over for its potential health benefits. However, the grains, yeasts and hops used in making beer all have nutrients such as fiber, B-vitamins and antioxidants that fortify the body’s resistance. If you’d like to get started on making your own beer, read on for a look at the basic process.
Gather the Supplies
When looking for supplies, it’s best to look for vendors who observe the standards of the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) for guaranteed safety for local and international beer styles. Most beginner home brewing recipes come with easy-to-follow instructions which are found in supply stores like The Brewmeister. An extract-only beer generally consists of a malt extract, the hops, the yeast, priming sugar and at least a gallon of water.
For many Americans, beer has become more than just beer. It’s not a mere beverage anymore; it’s a craft that has garnered serious devotees and continues to attract more. Statistics show that the number of home brewers has increased year after year, with the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) estimating 1.2 million home brewers in the country as of 2014.
For the uninitiated, the appeal of home brewing may not be immediately clear. After all, who would want to go to the trouble of making beer from scratch when it’s readily available for purchase at the nearest store? While home brewing certainly takes some investment of time, effort, and resources, one of the qualities that draws enthusiasts to this hobby is the creative freedom that allows them to craft unique beers that are often leagues away from many commercially-available bottles.