The beer we know today as “bitter” has a long, low-profile history as the everyday drink of the common jamoke. While there is an ancient tradition of making weaker “small beer,” hopped beer didn’t make its mark in England until about 1500, with waves of Flemish immigrants. With the introduction of hops—an effective preservative—beers could... View Article
Brewing Instructions - Full Pints July 1, 2001 - aab
Brewing Instructions - Full Pints May 1, 2001 - aab
One of the great pleasures of homebrewing is its social aspect. Like a magic magnet, it attracts interesting, passionate people. If you’ve been brewing for some time, you probably know what I mean. If you’re new to the hobby, I urge you to get in touch with other brewers through your local homebrew shop, through... View Article
Brewing Instructions - Full Pints March 1, 2001 - Randy Mosher
Of the myriad seasonings used in beers over the millennia, few have such a prized role as the orange. From the subtlest nuances to the brightest starring role, oranges have been used to enliven countless mugs of ale through the ages.
Brewing Instructions - Full Pints The Schwarzbier of Köstritz January 1, 2001 - aab
The stereotype of Germany is that of a country with everything fitting into scrupulously neat compartments, thoroughly regulated, and suiting the tastes of the residents like a pair of custom-fitted lederhosen. I’ve heard brewers there bemoan the situation that brewing a beer outside of well-established styles is not only frowned upon but, in some cases,... View Article
Brewing Instructions - Full Pints November 1, 2000 - Randy Mosher
It is my deeply held belief that brewing at home is not only pleasurable and rewarding, but is really the best way to enhance your understanding of beer. Wine is all about agriculture; getting out there and seeing which side of the hill gets the sunshine is the true path to enlightenment. Beer is about... View Article
Brewing Instructions - Full Pints - Recipes September 1, 2000 - Randy Mosher
I recently had the pleasure of acquiring what was described to me as a “300 year-old beer bottle,” unearthed from beneath a 17th century cottage in Cerne Abbas, Dorset, England. It is thick and heavy, holding somewhere between a pint and a quart, off-round, and with a lopsided neck.