I Tried It: Calculating My Malt Bill By Hand

Like most people, I rarely rely on my own knowledge to recall anything and I almost exclusively rely on various software, apps, and algorithms to determine how I move through my daily life. This reliance naturally extends to my homebrewing.

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I Tried It: BJCP Beer Judging Exam

I held out on becoming a BJCP judge for a surprisingly long time for someone who is obsessed with getting points and advancing ranks. There are plenty of times, even for me, when I want to just. drink. a. beer. Not evaluate it.

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I Tried It: Backwoods Bastard Vertical

There are a lot worse things you can do on a Tuesday night than drink a four year vertical of Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company. Like anything else, because four bottles of this delicious barrel aged Scotch Ale is a pretty sweet Tuesday night. 

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I Tried It: (Americanized) Belgian Wild Ales

One thing I realized very quickly when searching out different types of Belgian wild ales for my studies is that traditional wild Belgian beers, such as gueuze, faro, and fruit lambic, would be extremely hard to find stateside. Most of what is available, particularly fruit lambic, is heavily sweetened with fruit puree and syrups and is not reflective of the funky, tart, and complex wild ales for which Belgium is famous. A lot of what we think of as fruit lambic in the United States has more in common with fruit juice than with traditional fruit lambic. 

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I Tried It: Strong Belgian Ales Blind Tasting

How did I find the difference between Belgian Blond Ales, Belgian Golden Strong Ales, and Belgian Tripels?

Pretty much like the difference between Queen's "Under Pressure" and Vanilla Ice's "Ice, Ice, Baby," as described by Vanilla Ice.

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