GUEST POST: JAKE METZLER LOOKS AT FIRST TIME BREWING MISTAKES

Guest poster Jake Metzler discusses some novice homebrewing mistakes.

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THE ALEHEADS PODCAST: SOUR BEER EXTRAVAGANZA W/ BRANDON JONES OF “EMBRACE THE FUNK”

Slouch sits down for a chat about sour and wild beers with Brandon Jones from the blog Embrace the Funk. The guys tackle a number of subjects from a homebrewer and commercial beer fan’s perspective, including: how to get started brewing beers with wild yeast, common fears and misconceptions regarding contamination, some exciting upcoming offerings that look to push sour beers further into the mainstream, and Brandon’s excellent interviews with legends Jean Van Roy and Vinnie Cilurzo and pioneering newcomers like Crooked Stave’s Chad Yakobson.

If you have already “embraced the funk” or just want to learn more about this exciting branch of the craft beer movement, check out this great conversation with a brewer and writer that is passionate and knowledgeable about these beers.

SIGHT FOR SORE EYES

In the past, I’ve written about the flavor and scent of beer: what the bitter principles are, what off flavors are, or even what will make your beer smell bad.  Something that hasn’t yet come up is the color.  Most beers are some shade of yellow/brown, with tints of other colors occasionally coming in – […]

SKUNKED

Have you ever taken that first sip of a beer and had to put the bottle down because it was skunked? You liar. You drank it anyway, didn’t you. In between some of the poop jokes on the very exclusive Aleheads email list someone mentioned skunked beer, and it got me thinking as it’s something […]

A SPOONFUL OF SUGAR

As part of my interest in the science of brewing, I thought it might be interesting to write a little bit about sugar and the role it plays in beer.  Beer is composed of roughly four or five ingredients:  malted grain, hops, yeast, water, and occasionally an adjunct (spices, fruit extract, etc.) that adds some […]