Brewing Better Beer March 11, 2015 16:20
Have you taken time to repeatedly brew several beers within the same style? It could be the single most important characteristic of a solid brewer. I know of no better way to become a better brewer than to forget (at least for a little while) the craziest flavor combination you can possibly make and choose one single style to brew for just a couple of months. Make as many examples of that style as you can - and include your own twist on a couple. Doing so allows you to maximize learning while gaining appreciation of the seemingly infinite range of characteristics within a particular style.
"Anyone looking to master the craft of brewing should first work to get the fundamentals right. Before you can begin improvising and truly being creative and inventive, you should take the time to understand the proper way of doing things. This involves understanding essential brewing techniques, knowing how you equipment works, and being able to make intelligent decisions about ingredient selection. Once you understand these essential elements, you can start making smart choices to achieve your desired results" - Gordon Strong
Gordon Strong discusses this and other methods of mastering brewing in the book, Brewing Better Beer. I've been reading it for a few days now - you shold be too! We have plenty of copies in stock. Come pick one up (or order online) for your brewing library.
White Labs Adding New East Coast Facility in Asheville, NC February 5, 2015 11:54
This new facility will allow lower prices and greater availability of White Labs yeast strains right here at Fairview Homebrew! (And, man, I wish I lived in Asheville.)
Click here for the official announcement.
Fairview Homebrew makes AHA website! December 29, 2014 15:37
Check out Will Lewis brewing his first batch of homebrew at Fairview Homebrew. This photo was featured on the cover page of the American Homebrewers Association website for the 2014 National Learn To Homebrew Day event!
Word is they're using more of our event photos for the January/February issue of Zymurgy. Pick up your copy in the shop soon!
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Love Beer but Hate Gluten? December 4, 2014 23:00
Have a look at this stuff!
Aspergillus niger. Image courtesy of Wikipedia
Make your own gluten-free beer!
You don't have to seek out special "Gluten-Free" beer at specialty stores anymore! There's fungus among us!
White Labs, makers of some of our favorite brewing and winemaking yeast strains, produced Clarity Ferm, which contains a highly specific endo-protease derived from Aspergillus niger (that's it growing on the agar plate pictured above), to reduce chill haze in beer. But it also significantly reduces gluten in beers made from traditional barley and wheat. Previously, gluten-free beers were created with fermentables such as sorghum syrup.
From White Labs: "In addition to eliminating chill haze, Clarity Ferm significantly reduces the gluten content in beers made with barley and wheat. A Clarity-Ferm treated beer made from barley or wheat usually tests below 20 ppm of gluten, the current international standard for gluten free."
Read more at our store link here. One vial treats 5-6 gallons and is priced at $3.69.
If you really want to do your homework click here for a in-depth article on Aspergillus niger, the fungus used in Clarity Ferm.