Advent Calendar 2015

 It was with great trepidation that I signed up for the GTA Brews Advent Calendar. Even though I am in the brewmaster program, most of these people have way better homebrew game than I do. Dedicated space, keezers, fermentation fridges – most of them have way better toys.   But I decided what the hell, and did it anyway. I needed to do a second trial of the chai winter warmer, so bought bottles and supplies, and bit the bullet. Everything went well, until time for fermentation. My fermentation chamber is a space under a kitchen counter…no temperature control there. …

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Prud’homme Beer Specialist, session 2

Tuesday night is becoming my favourite night of the week. That’s when I have beer school. Tonight’s class covered the last ingredient, water, and the effect that different levels of hardness and minerals can have. Now I understand why Dad’s home brew never tasted as good as he’d hoped it would. Our well water was extremely hard, giving the beer an unpleasant metallic taste. Fermentation was the next, my favourite part of the process, where the magic happens. I like that the creation of alcohol was seen as “God’s work” before science revealed what yeast was. I would love to …

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