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Freeze Fruit Before Adding It to Your Beer

I’ve made a few beers with fruits and vegetables now with some pretty good results, including a Belgian Pumpkin Ale, Blueberry Amber Ale and a Raspberry Jalapeno Wheat. While there are many philosophies out there on the proper way to add fruit in your beer, I prefer to freeze mine then puree in the food processor. Freezing fruit or vegetables… Read more →

yeast starter

How To Make A Yeast Starter

I recently had an epiphany that I was under pitching. By creating a yeast starter, I seemed to have fixed that problem. Here’s a quick guide on how to make a yeast starter. Ideal Pitching Rates Ales – you want to pitch around 750K cells of viable yeast, for every ML of wort, for every degree plato. Lagers – you want… Read more →

blueberry amber ale

Blueberry Amber Ale Recipe

While I’m not a huge fruit beer fan, I was in MI last summer and we went blueberry picking. Ended up with about 13 lbs worth. After making all the blueberry flavored baking goods you could think of, decided to make a beer. Started with a  basic amber ale recipe, tweaked slightly and added 3 lbs of fresh blueberries to… Read more →

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How-to Properly Taste Beer

Ok, before you start pointing fingers and saying I’m a beer snob, let me explain. As a brewer your ability to taste beer –  properly taste beer – is one of the strongest tools you have at your disposal. Not being familiar with flavor, what works and what doesn’t, is like a chef who’s only eaten oatmeal. You have no perception… Read more →