my year in beer 2018

St Andrews Brewing Co. Potterrow, Edinburgh

I like stats, so here’s one to start us off: For the first ten months of the year I averaged 20 new beers a month. That’s 2 new beers every 3 days! In total I had 236 different beers in the year.

Here’s a second stat: After Germany (133), where I live, the country whose beer I drank most was Scotland (31). Twenty of those were enjoyed in Edinburgh – that city is a wet dream for beer and pub enthusiasts, by the way.Read More »

homemade whisk(e)y

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 © Bell’s Whisky

[UPDATE] According to a new law as of 1/1/18, it’s not legal in Germany :(

A friend planted the idea in my head (right before we watched Inception together, coincidentally) that the ingredients for whisky are similar to beer – same minus hops. An evening of googling later and I’m convinced I can manage to make homemade whisky. I found out that it is…

  • Legal: It’s legal in Germany up to 500 mL
  • Safe: Home distilled liquor (commonly known as moonshine) is correctly infamous for making you go blind. This is due to methanol, which is poisonous. Methanol is produced from yeast fermentation of pectin, which is found in fruits. However, whisky is made from grains and, like beer, produces little to no methanol.
  • Easy: Freeze distillation is the same process used to make Eisbock, where the temperature of the wash (the whisky word for wort) is lowered until the water turns into a solid and can be scooped out. No need to mess around with vapours.
  • Cheap: No need to buy a still (the pipe thing you’d need to channel alcohol vapours up and get them to condense) because of freeze distillation. No need to buy an oak cask (pointless anyway at this tiny volume); can replicate effect with oak chips.

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beer oscars 2017

Braumanufaktur-Stange_BraumWhat were your favourite beers of yesteryear? Here’s a totally arbitrary list I spent the better half of December agonising over of fermented malt beverages I enjoyed (and didn’t) – drumroll please…

Best overall: Potsdamer Stange
Like a creamy breakfast cereal smoothie, this part-wheat organic Zwickel/Kellerbier was unlike any beer I’d hadRead More »