Fermentation Guidelines for Homebrewing Beer

Fermentation Guidelines for Homebrewing Beer

The following is a guest post by Jeffrey Michael on the topic of homebrewing.  Learn more about him at the end of the post!

As the old saying goes, “Men don’t make beer. Men make wort. Yeast make beer.” Wort (pronounced vurt) is the boiled and hopped pre-beer liquid that requires the most human effort (you can read more about this in the 10-Step Brewing Guide). This is as far as an individual can go in actively “making” a beer. The next step is allowing fermentation to take control. Though less “hands on” than the brewing process, the fermentation stage is equally important in determining the final flavor of the finished product. Following the guidelines below will ensure that you help your yeast “make” the best homebrew possible…. 

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Sprouting Sunflower Seeds

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I love seeds of all kinds sprinkled here and there in our meals – chia in oatmeal, pumpkin for snacking, and sunflower seeds in well, just about anything. Sunflower seeds are so diverse, tasty, and nutritious but, like all seeds, in their raw form they can be a little tough on the digestion. So, like… 

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100% Rye Sourdough Pseudo English Muffins

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The original English muffin is made with wheat, but it does not require additional leavening in the form of the baking soda mentioned in this recipe. This recipe uses rye sourdough starter, which is why these are called “pseudo” English muffins. The final texture of these is just a bit different from the usual English muffin,… 

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Cultured Vegetable Care and Maintenance

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Sometimes people regard lacto-fermentation as a very scientifically precise process. Beginners often get stuck on certain details and become frustrated when their batch doesn’t work out just like the steps and pictures. People frequently will ask, “How long will this batch of sauerkraut take to culture at x temperature?” assuming we have a secret mathematical… 

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A Closer Look: Organic Lavender Essential Oil

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Lavender is a common shrub grown in many gardens, but some may not realize its potential as a relaxing ingredient in massage oils, skin care products, deodorants, and more. Add a few drops of Organic Lavender Essential Oil to Unscented Massage Cream after a stressful day.