“Arctic Alchemy, discoveries of the Red Hand ……”, a discussion on the Homebrewers Association forum kicked off by Chris Bowen talking about a documentary project he’s embarked on.
In July 2010, I am departing from Bethlehem with two friends on a 3 week journey about 2000 miles north to the Canadian Arctic. The purpose is to recreate a historic and somewhat mysterious ale that was originally commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1851 to ensure health and nutritional value to a team of Arctic Explorers.
New Year, New Beer, New Hop
In BeerAdvocate magazine, Issue #35, Drew Beechum discusses a process of hop exploration by brewing not an IPA, but an Extra Pale Ale (a really-hopped-up pale ale). He argues it avoids the alcohol and malt complexities of the IPA you’d initially reach for, and allows the hop flavors and aromas to shine. In the article he’s focusing on the new, as he puts it, “it hop – Citra”. Great experimentation approach for those of us really focusing on hops in our recipe formulation right now.
10 Homebrew Gadgets
Every now and then someone parades out a new list of brewing equipment and process innovations from the homebrew community that have made the brew day easier. The new issue of Zymurgy has a new list, and it inspired me to go out and look for several cheap solutions for what I’m currently focused on (hopping, and improving my X Brew equipment).
- Hop Filter – a device for screening out hop debris while pulling wort from the kettle
- Sanitizer – a simple PVC pipe filled with sanitizer for racking canes and other long-stemmed items
- Mash Tun bulkhead – create hole and bulkhead for cooler mash tun (for my 1 gallon X Brew coolers)
What about you?