Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Oktoberfest Beers 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.
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Home brewing in California has become an increasingly popular pastime. While many home brewers rely on extract brewing and beer kits to simplify the process, others are interested in the flexibility and creativity provided by all grain brewing. Learning the equipment you need can seem a daunting task at first, but retailers can help when looking for home brewing supplies in Sacramento. The overhead cost of purchasing equipment will ultimately pay off in the end. Vessel The heart of the brewing process is the vessel or vessels needed to hold your mixture through the various stages. If you have any interest in expanding your yield, consider buying vessels larger than what you need for preparation. A mash tun holds your grains and water during the mash and needs to be able to sustain temperatures of up to 175 degrees.