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Solera - Wikipedia
Fascinating stuff -- from Felix Cohen's excellent twitter thread.
Solera is a process for aging liquids such as wine, beer, vinegar, and brandy, by fractional blending in such a way that the finished product is a mixture of ages, with the average age gradually increasing as the process continues over many years. The purpose of this labor-intensive process is the maintenance of a reliable style and quality of the beverage over time. Solera means literally "on the ground" in Spanish, and it refers to the lower level of the set of barrels or other containers used in the process; the liquid (traditionally transferred from barrel to barrel, top to bottom, the oldest mixtures being in the barrel right "on the ground"), although the containers in today's process are not necessarily stacked physically in the way that this implies, but merely carefully labeled. Products which are often solera aged include Sherry, Madeira, Lillet, Port wine, Marsala, Mavrodafni, Muscat, and Muscadelle wines; Balsamic, Commandaria, some Vins doux naturels, and Sherry vinegars; Brandy de Jerez; beer; rums; and whiskies. Since the origin of this process is undoubtedly out of the Iberian peninsula, most of the traditional terminology was in Spanish, Portuguese, or Catalan.
wine  aging  solera  sherry  muscat  vinegar  brandy  beer  rum  whiskey  whisky  brewing  spain 
7 weeks ago by jm
Legendary aquarium "piscamel" thread from the GotMead forums
I thought I had detected a studied disinterest for my March 28 questions
about raising fish and making mead in the same aquarium --- now I realize
that you mazers probably thought I was drunk. My hypothesis was that fish
manures would provide valuable fertilizer to the yeast, the aquarium
bubbler would keep O2 levels high, and the fish would get a nice honey
drink. The result, instead, was 3 "piscamels" flavored by rotting fish.


This sounds utterly revolting. Mead made with biohazard waste. Those poor fish!
(via John Looney)
via:johnlooney  biohazard  mead  fish  aquarium  gotmead  forums  brewing  disgusting 
11 weeks ago by jm
Could crafty beer giants crush small breweries before they take off? - Independent.ie
Grainne says:
“We’re getting feedback from publicans that says: ‘Look, I’m gonna take out your tap, I’d love to leave it in but I’m getting a cheque for €50,000’.
metalman  brewing  craft-beer  ireland  beer-wars  pubs  publicans  competition 
june 2017 by jm
DIY DOG
BrewDog releases their beer recipes for free. so cool!

'So here it is. The keys to our kingdom. Every single BrewDog recipe, ever. So copy them, tear them to pieces, bastardise them, adapt them, but most of all, enjoy them. They are well travelled but with plenty of miles still left on the clock. Just remember to share your brews, and share your results. Sharing is caring.'
brewing  homebrew  beer  brewdog  open-source  free  sharing 
february 2016 by jm
The Guinness Brewer Who Revolutionized Statistics
William S. Gosset, discoverer of the Student's T-Test. Amazon should have taken note of this trick:
Upon completing his work on the t-distribution, Gosset was eager to make his work public. It was an important finding, and one he wanted to share with the wider world. The managers of Guinness were not so keen on this. They realized they had an advantage over the competition by using this method, and were not excited about relinquishing that leg up. If Gosset were to publish the paper, other breweries would be on to them. So they came to a compromise. Guinness agreed to allow Gosset to publish the finding, as long as he used a pseudonym. This way, competitors would not be able to realize that someone on Guinness’s payroll was doing such research, and figure out that the company’s scientifically enlightened approach was key to their success.
statistics  william-gosset  history  guinness  brewing  t-test  pseudonyms  dublin 
january 2016 by jm
Metalwoman beer recipe
via the Dublin Ladies Beer Society ;)
metalman  metalwoman  recipes  beer  brewing  hops  dlbs 
may 2015 by jm
The Mottly Brew - Dublin's Only Home Brew Shop
right down the road from my house! how convenient
homebrewing  brewing  beer  hobbies  dublin 
october 2014 by jm
Diageo Screw BrewDog
Giant booze multinational screws tiny Scottish microbrewery. "Diageo (the main sponsor) approached us at the start of the meal and said under no circumstances could the award be given to BrewDog. They said if this happened they would pull their sponsorship from all future BII events and their representatives would not present any of the awards on the evening. We were as gobsmacked as you by Diageo’s behaviour. We made the wrong decision under extreme pressure. We were blackmailed and bullied by Diageo. We should have stuck to our guns and gave the award to BrewDog."
brewdog  diageo  bii  awards  beer  brewing  dirty-tricks 
may 2012 by jm

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