Monthly Archives: October 2004

Beer Site Rundown

Here’s a (non-comprehensive) rundown of some of the other beer websites out there. Real Beer: Probably the biggest and best-organized site around. Forums, e-commerce, events, brewery listings, news, etc. etc. However, I can’t find any RSS feeds anywhere on the site (lame), the events calendar pages are highly unwieldly, and the brewery search needs a major technological upgrade (most listings don’t even have links to their websites). Beer Advocate: I’m not a fan of the … Continue reading →

Imperial Beers

This thread on Usenet, while starting out as a review of an Oktoberfest beer, takes to task the trend of brewing "Imperial" style beers. For some background, "Imperial" originally referred to the Russian Imperial Stout style of beer, which is a highly-hopped, high gravity stout with alcohol typically in the range of 8 to 12 percent by volume. Then some innovative American brewers took the "Imperial" characteristics and applied them to the India Pale Ale … Continue reading →

Brewing on Good Eats

Alton Brown does beer! I caught the homebrewing episode of my favorite cooking show, Good Eats, this evening (which is kind of timely, I was wondering recently if there was one), and I thought it was pretty good, except for a couple of technical mistakes. First, he mashed the crystal malt. Er, well, except the crystal malt doesn’t need mashing; during the malting process, the grains are heated to mashing temperatures so the starches are … Continue reading →

Innovative brewing

Innovation in brewing: here’s an interesting article on CNN.com about a guy in Germany who has come up with a new way to brew beer. [The brewing] process is traditionally an uncontrolled one in which the yeast "free floats." "You throw the yeast into the vessel and say, ‘Now go and work. I have prepared some food for you and it is nice and sugary, so go and do your thing’," he says. His own … Continue reading →

Pumpkin Ale Recipe

Perfect for the season, this is a favorite beer of mine to brew this time of year, and it’s always good. This is mostly an extract-based recipe, though there is a short mash/rest with the pumpkin and malt. Use this recipe as-is, or as a basis for experimentation. For all-grain brewers, there is an all-grain pumpkin ale recipe here. Yield: 5 gallons of beer with an (approximate) alcohol by volume of 6 to 8% (depending … Continue reading →