International Travel: Düsseldorf and Cologne

A brief memoir by Liam Anderson One of my favourite things to do this past year has been to remind friends (and any captive audience) about the beer-centric trip around parts of Europe my excellent wife took me on at the turn of 2019/2020.   I will spare you the details about our travels through Denmark, …

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Brussels to Berkeley

Taking a look at some lesser known IPA sub-styles with Tony Van Der Linden When you think of IPAs these days, where does your mind normally go? Is it hazies and the (these days) ever-present NEIPA, or the revival of “proper” West Coast IPAs? Perhaps you’re reminded of that one good Brut IPA you ever …

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How to Really Clean Glasses

By José Perez If you got served the two beers below, which one would you choose to drink? If you picked the one on the right, then you can already instinctively recognise a beer poured in a “beer-clean” glass compared to one poured in a not so beer-clean glass. But what is a “beer-clean” glass? …

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A Brief History of Barrel

A history of the club wild brew project by Stephen Wharton and Dion Clark The Backstory Back in early 2010 the then head brewer of Mount Tambourine Brewery and active BABBs member, Ian Watson, raised the idea of a solera style brewing project for the club. Members would brew a barrel’s worth of strong ale …

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Reaching Terminal Gravity

By Dion Clark Reaching your proper final gravity is something that newer brewers in particular worry about a lot. Here are some tips. Learn your tools Whatever tool you are using for your gravity readings, be sure that it is calibrated. Either a refractometer or hydrometer should read 1.000 when reading distilled water (the stuff …

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Beer Design: Improving Competition Results

By Nick Holt Are your beers scoring low 30’s and fault free, but your not getting those competition wins? Take heart, these scores are a sign you are really a good brewer. When a judge says a recipe needs some work or tweaking, this indicates that the beer does not meet all the style parameters …

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