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Three SIMPLE Tips to Improve Your Homebrew

May 10th, 2017 Posted by BetterBrewingBetterBeer, Uncategorized 2 comments

The purpose of this blog is to essentially help you get the most out of your beer experiences; From buying, drinking or brewing. After all, life is too short for bad beer.

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IMPROVE YOUR HOMEBREW WITH 3 SIMPLE STEPS

Homebrewing is a pretty labour intensive exercise. After cleaning your equipment, the brewing, bottling and of course waiting for your beer to be ready to drink, it’s more than disheartening if your beer doesn’t turn out well.

Here are three simple tips to help up your brew-game:

ONE: Filter your water.
Tap water in New Zealand usually has chlorine in it, which is not helpful for your homebrew. If you have a water filter, use it. If not, you could pre-boil your water to get rid of the chlorine out of the water. Like so many things with brewing, there is a real science behind water conditions and they part they play in brewing – we’ll tackle that subject later.

TWO: Use glass or stainless steel for fermentation.
This is a bit of an investment, but it’ll last forever and it will help. Glass and stainless are inert, whereas plastic is reactive.

THREE: Use liquid yeast!
It’s important to use a good liquid yeast, such as Wyeast. Why? Yeast is a living organism. Liquid yeast is happy yeast, dried yeast is stressed yeast. No one wants stressed yeast as it can give your brew some less than desirable flavours. Like water, there is a whole science behind yeast, we’ll get into that in another post.

We’d love to know if these tips help.

If you have some tips to add or there’s something else you’d like to know about, please ask in the comments below.

Happy brewing!

Better Brewing Better Beer

April 19th, 2017 Posted by BetterBrewingBetterBeer, Uncategorized 1 comment

The purpose of this blog is to essentially help you get the most out of your beer experiences; From buying, drinking or brewing. After all, life is too short for bad beer.

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WASH AND RINSE YOUR GLASS!

One thing that Luke is asked often is why some beer doesn’t seem to retain it’s head. This can easily be blamed on a issue in carbonation or a potential fault in your beer, however it could be as simple as the glass you’re drinking from hasn’t been washed and rinsed properly.

Beer foam is important – it influences how your beer tastes, smells and looks. There is a protein that exists in beer that occurs naturally in barley called Lipid Transfer Protein 1, or LTP1, which latches onto CO2 in the brewing and bottling/ kegging process. Allan Wolfe has written an awesome article on the science of foam – check it out.

We thought we’d show you the effects of trace detergent in a beer glass. We had 2 identical glasses that were filled with two Hop Zombies from the exact same batch. Both glasses were washed in hot water then dried, however one glass was rinsed well in hot water before being dried. Check out what happened:

As you can see, there is a clear difference in the head retention on the beer in the glass that wasn’t washed and rinsed properly. Even after Luke took a sip of his delicious foam-retained Hop Zombie, the un-rinsed glass’s foam was visibly struggling in comparison. Here’s the Luke’s eye view:

As you can see, the glass on the right has barely any foam retention. F**k you, detergent.

You could try this experiment yourself, but we don’t want you to waste any of your beer. Enjoy your beer!


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