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Sanke vs. Corny Kegs – what are the differences? How do these kegs work? I answer these in the video above.

If you’re thinking about building a kegerator, make sure to check out my keezer build.

Leave a comment below if you found the video helpful. Cheers!

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Pilsner Blind Tasting

by Billy Broas

Let’s stop and take a second to appreciate the wave of great pilsners coming to market. Not too long ago a tasting of this caliber wouldn’t be possible. We’d have Pilsner Urquell, Bitburger..and..umm…some other others? We’ve come a long ways. In the picture below you can see a few classic German & Czech pilsners next […]

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How to Ship Beer

by Billy Broas

Click through to the post to watch the video on shipping beer.


Have you ever wanted to ship beer to someone? You might be surprised how common beer trading and beer shipping really is. To make sure your package arrives at its destination in one piece, however, you need to make sure you properly pack your beer to ship.

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Miracle Frooties Beer TastingI had a surprise for Chris and Jeremy at the end of our Old Crustacean Vertical Tasting.

They were going to join me in a “flavor tripping” party. That’s right – we were going to pop some Miracle Frooties.

No, we weren’t about to put on house music and break out the glow sticks. Miracle Frooties turn bitter & sour foods sweet. They are capsules made from Miracle Fruit (Synsepalum dulcificum) which is grown in West Africa.

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Rogue Old Crustacean Vertical Tasting
Every beer geek should do a vertical tasting at some point. A vertical tasting is when you try the same beer of different ages. It’s very popular in the wine world where different vintages are tasting in one sitting.

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Fruit used to be the red-headed stepchild of beer ingredients.

Poor fruit. On its own it’s beloved. Quick, choose! Strawberries or broccoli? Easy choice. Screw you broccoli.

But put fruit in beer and it suddenly becomes a lower valued product. Beer snobs look down their nose at it, like when people add an orange to their witbier (btw screw you too beer snobs). Your buddies tell you “it’s for girls.”

In the past few years though fruit has redeemed itself. The main reason? Sour beers. Finally fruit has a home in beer. In a “clean” beer fruit turns it into some sort of juice. Or so they say.

In a sour beer however, it adds complexity and intriguing new flavors as the wild yeast and bacteria get their hands on it. The Belgian lambic brewers have known this for eons, but it’s a relatively recent trend in the States.

In this post I’m not going to take the easy way out and name 5 sour beers that use fruit. Nope. I’m proud to say that I enjoy clean fruit beers. Sure some taste like juicy juice, but if you look hard enough you’ll find some excellent ones that are neither sour nor juice-like.

Here are 5 to try:

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I’m excited to announce a new book that I had a hand in writing: Craft Beer for the Homebrewer

Last spring I was approached to help out with a homebrewing book and leapt at the offer. I joined a great beer team of Michael Agnew, Denny Conn, Matthew Schaefer, and Jordan Wiklund. The book just came out and yes I’m pretty biased, but I’m sure everyone who buys it will agree that it’s fantastic.

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Westvleteren 12On October 24th, at approximately 8:30pm Mountain Time, I tasted the holy grail – Westvleteren 12.

“Westy 12″ as it’s known by most, is continually near the top of beer rankings, occupying the top seat the majority of the time. But how much of that is due to its scarcity?

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IPA blind tasting group
A blind tasting is the great equalizer.

Take away the hype, the label, the expectations, and you’re left with what matters most – the flavor. IPAs are perhaps the most hyped beers due to the popularity of the style and America’s “hop mania”.

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The results are in. I took the BJCP on March 2nd and my score was emailed on June 3rd.

The score: 80

Whew!

That’s a relief. I was really hoping for at least an 80 because that is the score needed to qualify for National ranking.

Now I’ll tell you all about the exam in case I can help some BJCP hopefuls out there prepare. First, here is the exam feedback sheet I received with my score:

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