The idea behind some of this blog is to pass on what I have learnt, sometimes the hard way, whilst making beer. Therefore I will be creating a series of ‘How To Guides’, which hopefully will provide you with some tips or additional confidence to try something new.
They are not definitive methods but they work and produce great results, many are similar to those on other sites and in books. Importantly they are based on my experience so if you have any questions then please ask away.
1. How To Add More Hop Aroma
If like me you enjoy a well hopped beer then this guide should help you impart that into key stages of your process. My personal preference is for balanced hop aroma not huge hop bombs, but the principle is the same whichever way you like it. You can download it here.
2. Making A Yeast Starter
I have made yeast starters for my beers for just over the last year and I have to say it has made an improvement to the overall taste and performance of the yeasts. It was always something I had thought not worth it and also complicated, in fact nothing could be further from the truth. It is very easy. This simple step by step guide should help you get it right first time or check your process if you feel the need. You can download it here.
3. Washing & Reusing Fresh Yeast
If you use fresh yeast or want to use fresh yeast but are concerned about the cost of each packet, then save money by reusing the same slope or pack brew after brew. There are many guides around about how to do this but I wanted to document my own process and illustrate the steps to show you how I go about reusing fresh yeast. It is relatively easy to do as long as you keep everything well sterilised and clean. You can download it here.