Tips & Techniques
EXTRACTS + ADJUNCTS
FLAKED MAIZE (CORN)
Dry Malt Extract (DME) is an extract made using a version of processing similar to All Grain Brewing. Mixing malted grains with water, this allows enzymes to break down starches in the malted seed. Once anything insoluble is removed the result is a sugary liquid, which then goes through an additional dehydration step to make a powder.
DME is something every homebrewer should have on hand, regardless of all grain brewing or not. It is great for the creation of yeast starters, gives you the ability to correct specific gravity errors, and can help achieve the correct quantity of malt needed for a recipe (just incase you did your math wrong). Dry malt extract is available in Wheat, Golden Light, Pale, Pilsen, Amber, and Dark. Extracts that are darker in color have had crystal/caramel malts added in during the processing stage.
Pilsen – Pilsners and Golden Ales
Light/Pale – Pales, IPA's, & Yeast Starters
Wheat – Wheat Beers
Amber – Ambers and Reds
Dark – Porter and Stout
Whirlfloc Tablets are a blend of Irish Moss & purified carrageenan that is used as a clarifying agent during the boil in homebrewing.
Adding one tablets per 5 gallon batch within the last 15 minutes of boil time will promote clarity by helping coagulate and settle haze producing proteins in your beer.
Coriander adds a lemony, spicy flavor and aroma to beers. It is commonly found in Belgian ales, especially Witbiers, but also can be found in Saisons, Goses, and even richer Belgian beers. Coriander is generally used in small portions, but can add large flavors. It should be treated similar to a late hops addition, less time in the boil results in a more pungent aroma.
For delicious results, use ½ to 1 oz. of coriander per 5 gallon batch, during the last 2-5 minuets of the boil. Don't forget to crack the seeds before adding! We do not recommend adding coriander as an addition in secondary fermentation because it will add an incredibly dominant coriander note that will overpower any other flavors.
If you're interested in experimenting more with coriander, we recommend toasting the seeds in a hot pan for several minutes, until aromatic. This will open up a lot more of the natural flavors in the seed. You can then gently crush and add to the boil.
SWEET ORANGE PEEL
Sweet Orange Peel is going to give you a more intense, sweet (obviously) candy like orange flavor. It's popular in holiday beers or Belgian wheat beers and pairs well with other spices like cloves, cinnamon, paradise seeds.
Add 1.0 ounce (14–28 grams) of dried orange peel 5 to 15 minutes before the end of the boil, will give you a rich orange aroma.
“Dry Hopping” Second Fermentation Flavoring:
Dry hopping is really up to the brewer. The intensity of anything you dry hop is going to increase the longer you leave it in there. The amount of orange flavor you're going for will decide how long to leave the sweet orange peel in there. We recommend sampling the beer to achieve that desired taste! Use a nylon bag or stainless steel hopper to “dry hop” these additives. You can steep in hot water for 10 minutes and add to your secondary.
Spent grain is the leftover malt and adjuncts after the mash has extracted most of the sugars, proteins, and nutrients.
Because of the different beer recipes you can get spent grain from, this makes for a different pizza almost every time you make it. The one thing we love about spent grain pizza is how malty it is in flavor. This recipe makes a textured spent grain pizza dough. We wanted to be able to really know this was spent grain pizza dough, so there is no breaking down of the spent grain, just add it in with the flour!
Spent Grain Pizza Dough:
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups spent grain
1 envelope active dry yeast
3/4 cup warm water
3/4 tsp salt
3 tbs olive oil
Start out by pouring warm water into small bowl or measuring cup & stir in yeast packet, this way it has time to get nice and bubbly while we get other things together. While this is happening we can mix flour, spent grain, sugar, and salt in a stand mixer, or with a fork. The yeast should only take about 5 minutes, so it can now be added to the dry ingredients along with the olive oil.
Mix to combine and then knead dough until smooth (mixture will be sticky - you can always add more flour while kneading if necessary). Once smooth (it will not be entirely smooth because of spent grain), coat a bowl with olive oil let it rise in a warm spot.
In about an hour you should have a dough that has doubled in size, and you can transfer to sheet pan and start pressing down dough, stretching to sides of pan. We like a really crunchy pizza crust so we put the dough in the oven first, before adding toppings. This just needs about 3 minutes or so. You can then add whatever toppings you'd like & pop back into oven for 10 minutes or so, until everything is bubbly and delicious looking!
Hop Rhizomes are small roots that are cut from the main root system of a mature female hop plant.
How To Plant:
As a rule of thumb, hops are not very difficult to plant or maintain. The two biggest factors to keep in mind are sunlights and drainage. The hop plant will want full sun exposure in order to thrive and grow to it's full potential. It can grow anywhere from 15-30 vertical feet – which means 6-8 hours of sun a day is prime. An area that is naturally sloped or has been manually sloped is ideal, because rhizomes like soil that remains moist but drains well.
Plant the rhizome vertically with the buds pointing upwards. If you cannot see any buds, plant your rhizome horizontally. You will need about 1 – 2 inches of soil above your rhizome, whichever way you plant it. Similar rhizomes can be planted 3ft apart, while different species should be planted between 5-7ft apart.
Once the hop plant reaches about 1ft in height, you will need to begin training the bines. We recommend using coir yarn, as it is sturdy and will not dry out and rot, causing your entire hop plant to crash to the ground & snap. Once you choose your healthy bines to train, you may cut away any other bines that come up.
PICKLED HOP SHOOTS
Did you know you can pickle hop shoots & they are delicious?!
Grab a pair of scissors and snip the smaller hop shoots that come up away from your coir yarn & get ready to pickle!
Here's a quick pickle recipe we like to use:
½ cup vinegar
1 Tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. kosher salt
2 cups water
Heat ingredients in a saucepan until sugar and salt are dissolved - while that's heating up rinse your hop shoots and pack into a jar along with any other herbs, garlic cloves, or spices you'd like!
Once sugar and salt is dissolved, pour into jar with hop shoots. Let sit at room temp or in the fridge for 2 days before tasting! They're delicious alongside a charcuterie board, on top of pizza, or even with scrambled eggs!
ANATOMY OF A STANDARD FAUCET
1.FAUCET KNOB: Handle that connects to and controls the lever.
2. LEVER COLLAR: Metal that holds the faucet lever assembly in place.
3. LEVER BONNET: Creates friction necessary to open and close beer faucet.
4. FRICTION WASHER: Creates friction to prevent lever from sliding loosely during use.
5. BALL WASHER: Seals faucet to prevent spray
6. LEVER: Metal piece that controls the opening and closing of the internal valve.
7. FAUCET BODY: Directs the flow of beer through the spout to your glass.
8. COUPLING WASHER: Seats the faucet to the shank for a leak-free connection.
9. SHAFT: Connects to lever and is pushed forward or back to control the flow of liquid.
10. SEATING WASHER: Seals the valve to stop the flow of beer.
11. SHAFT NUT: Metal fastener that secures the shaft seat to the shaft.
12. FAUCET SHAFT ASSEMBLY: The term used for the shaft, seat, and nut when one unit.