You asked for a home hop progress report, Chop & Brew has one for you. With only a few weeks left in the hop-growing season – Chip, Dawson and Ted have late-summer updates on their home hop-growing efforts. (Well, Dawson and Ted do anyway.) We talk a bit about how to know when your hops are ready to pick, the easy way to dry the cones, and how to store them. Coming soon: a fresh-hop brew day episode. [Original postdate: August 23, 2013]
It’s summer in the city and we’re in need of a low-alcohol, yet high-flavor beer. Enter Wyeast Brand Manager Michael Dawson with the cure: Boat Bitter. Dawson has some great advice for crafting a superb session-strength British Bitter utilizing a limited edition yeast strain, Wyeast 1026 British Cask Ale. And if you know Dawson, you know you’ll want to grab a beer and a notepad for this episode. Brew Small! [Original postdate: August 8, 2013]
This Lagniappe video contains some of the stuff we felt made the actual final edited version of Episode 10 a bit too verbose. But the tips and techniques discussed here are worth checking out for any brewer, but especially all-grain brewers.