Boring? Yes. Essential? 'Fraid so. Cleaning and sanitising are the two most important things you can do to make your beer taste good. It just doesn't make for catchy headlines
Yeast is king. It’s what is making your beer. We love it, and we want it to be happy. We don’t want to upset it in any way. We don’t want anything to compete with it, and nothing can stop it. Yeast is our master, and we shall obey it. If we don’t follow its orders, it’ll either give up fermenting or let something take over, like bacteria. We don’t want that. So we clean, vigorously, and sanitise, often.
You must clean well everything that your beer may come in contact with, and just before use, you must sanitise this equipment as well (except the brew kettle). A surface cannot be sanitised until it is clean. If something does not look or smell clean, it probably isn’t.
Cleaning chemicals are very potent, often alkaline chemicals which remove organic deposits. These cleaners need to be thoroughly rinsed after use (unless noted otherwise). Powdered Brewery Wash (PBW) is our favourite.
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Father’s Day, 19th June 2022, is the special date in the calendar when we celebrate and give a nod to the Dads in our lives. It’s an excuse to spoil them with a little something to say thank you for being awesome. If you’re looking for inspiration for a craft beer-loving Dad, then check out our top 7 Father’s Day beer gifts.
Every year, Beer Hawk releases a lineup of limited edition craft beer mixed cases for the holiday season. This year's lineup of festive Christmas beer gifts is guaranteed to put a smile on everyone’s face.
Remember the childhood excitement of opening a new door on your advent calendar every day in the run up to Christmas? It gave each day a little sparkle of festive magic, even though those tiny chocolates behind the doors were always a bit rubbish. How would you like to recapture that childhood magic, but with bottles of delicious beer instead of powdery chocolate? Sounds amazing, right? In that case, you need to get your hands on our Craft Beer Advent Calendar.
Pairing beer and food together isn’t all rules and science. That would make for a terribly boring dinner party! Instead, it’s the art of taking a good beer, some good food and partnering them together to make something even better. It’s the adventure of discovering what works, what doesn’t and what you like. It’s you taking a bite, taking a sip and then declaring your undying love for that imperial stout and chocolate cake.
Barrel-ageing beers is not a new thing, but it is getting more and more popular, and has probably never been as inventive. Adrian Tierney-Jones explores the new wave of ageing beer in wood
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