Weissbier aka “The Fritz”

This beer started a while back when I had some of Urban Chestnut’s Schnickelfritz, which is a tasty example of a Bavarian Weissbier.  I liked it so much I cultured the yeast from it and set about to make my own.  Weissbier is a refreshing, pale, concoction consisting of mainly barley and wheat malt.  It’s more »

Plates and Slants

The last couple weeks I’ve been busy managing my yeast supply.  I have six strains in my yeast bank: Wyeast 3711 French Saison Wyeast 1098 English Ale Oberon (isolated from Bell’s Oberon) Birra (isolated from Prairie Artisan’s Birra) Fritz (isolated from Urban Chestnut’s Schnickelfritz) White Labs 530 Abbey Ale From time to time they need more »

Tale of Two Saison

I had a jug of Pilner LME on hand from a recipe kit that I didn’t use and I’ve been tossing around ideas about what to do with it.  A few things culminated in helping me decide.  First I drew inspiration from this kit from Brooklyn Brew Shop.  It didn’t hurt that I had a couple more »

Build a Dual Stir Plate

What’s better than a single stir plate?  A dual stir plate!  As someone that likes to tinker I’ve built several versions of stir plates over the last several years.  As I’ve been experimenting and doing different things with yeast, I’ve found that at times a second stir plate would come in handy.  Instead of just building more »

AWS Gram Scale

An important part of equipment for any home brewer is a scale.  You need to weigh grains, hops, spices, water additives, etc.  If you are brewing small batches of beer it is often a necessity to have two scales: one to weigh larger amounts (such as for grains) and one to weigh more precise smaller more »