How yeast works: A layperson’s guide to saccharomyces

Barley, wheat, rye, hop cones, and hop pellets all have immediately tangible, readily identifiable qualities. You can inspect a jar of these raw materials on a brewery tour and instantly get a good idea of what and how they contribute to your beer. Yeast, on the other hand, is mysterious and intangible. While the brewer … [ Read more]

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Yeast and Fermentation

By Dave Hoops In this edition of Deep Thoughts with Dave Hoops, we look at the most magical part of brewing beer: Yeast and fermentation. My name is Dave Hoops, Master Brewer at Fitger’s Brewhouse in Duluth, Minnesota. Webster’s defines fermentation as “a change brought about by a ferment, as yeast enzymes, which convert grain … [ Read more]

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Homebrew Recipe: Saison Classic

This recipe appears in Michael Dawson’s book, “Mashmaker: A Citizen-Brewer’s Guide to Making Great Beer at Home.” Learn more at mashmakerbook.com. Brewer, author, gastronome, and beer critic Garrett Oliver said, “[I]f I were forced to choose one style to drink with every meal for the rest of my life, saison would have to be it.” It’s one … [ Read more]