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Judging Beer - A Short Primer

This is a small primer about judging beer. It's an entry level practical guide. For the pdf, click below.

Aroma

When you smell a beer, just like smelling a wine, you are searching for the essence of the beverage. Do you smell malts, hops, nothing? Sometimes you may smell something and not really know what it is. Therefore, one of the main things you need to develop is relating an aroma to a property in the beer.

Using Spent Brewing Grains for Cooking - Part 1

Submitted by tresero on Fri, 06/13/2014 - 18:24

By Jon Griffin

One of the questions I am asked most often is, "What can I do with my spent grains?" Well, depending where you live, the answer can be anything from, not much, to, many different things. This article will focus on using your spent brewing grain for cooking, specifically making cookies and bread. Almost everyone can utilize this technique and if you don't bake (and you really should), you probably know someone who does.

New beer dispenser cuts costs 90%

Submitted by tresero on Sat, 05/17/2014 - 22:04

Is this a "magic" beer dispenser?

Heineken has created a system that they claim cuts a pubs energy use by up to 90%.

The new dispensing system dubbed SmartDispense was developed by Heineken as part of their green brewing initiative.

No more lines to clean weekly

One of the big complaints besides cooling beer is having to keep lines cleaned at least weekly. With the new system Heineken claims that the average bar can save 75% of the water and chemicals as well as beer that have been traditionally used during the cleaning process.

History of beer redux

Submitted by tresero on Wed, 01/15/2014 - 08:40

The history of beer is long and storied, and no one can say with certainty how it came to be. Most historians think that beer came about as an accident, and I agree with this. Unlike mead, or even wine, making beer is not really a straight forward process. It makes sense that it just “sorta happened.”

Vegan stew with beer

Submitted by tresero on Sun, 08/11/2013 - 09:05

I decided to do some vegetarian cooking with beer and since my friend David Fox is a vegan, I decided to dedicate this post to his insanity, errr, dedication!

This is very simple and great for a weeknight. I have mentioned before that I love slow cookers and this vegan recipe takes advantage of that.

You can modify this as you see fit, but don't take out the beer! That would be alcohol abuse.

Home brewing now legal in all 50 states

Submitted by tresero on Tue, 05/14/2013 - 09:10

There's nothing like a cold beer!

Jon Griffin here, your professor at AskTheBeerGuy.com, with another quick beer update.

As some of you may know, home brewing beer has not been legal in the United States forever. In fact, there are still some states, up until recently, which is what this podcast is about, that actually prohibited home brewing. It wasn't until the Jimmy Carter administration legalized home brewing beer at the federal level, February 1st 1979, that home brewing became legal at all.

Stella Artois beer review

Submitted by tresero on Sun, 05/05/2013 - 09:15

I should start calling this the “Green Bottle Review Session,” but here we are. We’re going to review a Stella Artois that I happened to find without the case punctured—no holes in it, so there should be no light that has gotten to it. As you can see, it pours fairly nice, as you would expect; nice carbonation with the bubbles; head retention’s moderate—went away fairly quickly, but it does leave a little white tiny head on the top.