A gueuze is a beer made from blending “old” lambics, up to three years old, with a “new” lambic that has just finished its main fermentation. The traditional mash program for a lambic is a turbid mash, involving both infusions and decoctions to step the mash through a variety of temperatures. The mash in the all-grain version is a simplified version of this.
American Pilsners have little malt flavor, hop character or body. But, these elements are balanced and there are no faults. To make a good American Pilsner, you need to make a highly fermentable, high-adjunct wort, pitch plenty of yeast and hold the fermentation temperature constant.
The biggest challenge to making a Berliner weisse is making a light, clean base beer, then rapidly souring it with bacteria. You need to sour the beer fairly rapidly since it’s a low gravity beer and doesn’t have a lot of alcohol to act as a preservative.
You may have been told that it is one of the easiest beers styles to make. In reality, there are several difficulties to making even a passable dry stout. The first is that there is a narrow window of acceptable roast flavors in a stout. The second difficulty is getting a dry beer. The third difficulty is that the large amount of dark roasted grains can make for an overly acidic beer.
A good recipe (that uses the dark, ~500 °L, version of roasted barley and some adjunct to dry out the beer) is a start, but you’ll have to muck with your water chemistry a bit on your own to deal with the acidity of the dark malt. A couple teaspoons of calcium carbonate per 5 gallons (19 L) of soft water is a good place to start. A small yeast starter is all you need because of the low original gravity, but you do need to make the starter to get the dry stout properly attenuated (i.e. dry).
As members of the Bock(bier) family, Eisbocks have all the characteristics
of a typical strong beer, only more so. They are much maltier and smoother
even than the Dopplebocks. Essentially, Eisbocks are "iced strong beers," becuase they are frozen at the end of their maturation period (which separates out water in the form of crystals that can be removed).
The biggest trick to making a good rauchbier is getting a clean smoke character, one in which chlorine compounds from your water don’t react with the smoky phenols to make odd flavors and aromas. To avoid this, carbon filter your water and — because carbon filtration may not remove all the chlorine compounds in your water — treat your brewing liquor with one crushed Campden tablet per 20 gallons (76 L).
A schwarzbier is like a good bluff in poker — it looks like one thing, but is another. Schwartz-biers look like dark roasty beers, but taste similar to Pilsners.
Light colors and dry finishes don’t go along with most big beers, but that’s exactly what makes a Belgian tripel great. The road to homebrew heaven is littered with failed tripel attempts, but here’s your path to salvation — use only light base malts and about 25% clear adjunct (sugar); pitch a big yeast starter and add some yeast nutrients in the boil to supply nitrogen to the yeast.
Wee heavies are malty/sweet big ales, but don’t smell fruity as most big ales do. You need to use a yeast strain that won’t overattenuate the beer, pitch a large yeast starter and hold the fermentation temperature lower than with most ales. A Golden Promise malt for your base malt is a good choice.
Belgian wit (white) beers are very pale, turbid beers with a balanced spiced character and a crisp “zing.” These traits make for an appealing and refreshing beer, but each of these characters also makes it potentially hard to replicate at home.
Frozen beer yields some cold comments at the Upper Mississippi Mash Out.
Give your yeast some breathing room and say goodbye to sluggish fermentations with proper aeration.
Build an aeration system that you can see right through.
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Our Style Profile columnist sat on a panel in Germany and tasted four Pilsner beers made from four different barley varieties. Are all Pilsner malts the same, regardless of the variety of barley malted? Find out.
The Pacific Northwest has grown to be one of the most storied brewing regions in North America. As one of the foremost hop regions in the world, beers from this area have a unique fingerprint. While beers with citrusy hop notes are produced in vast quantities, maltier brews like porter and stout are also produced with that original Pacific northwest touch.
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Dark as winter night in Siberia and big as Mother Russia, Russian Imperial Stout is a real challenge for homebrewers. Find out how to make this classic big beer.