Monster Mill MM-2 review

I’ve been meaning to write a short product review/endorsement for Monster Mill’s MM-2 since I’ve first used it. These are fantastic mills, and make lessor mills (i.e. mills with smaller diameter rollers) feel like toys in comparison! Grain mills are simple tools, and this one does its job quicker and more consistently than any other I’ve tried.

Orval: God’s homebrew

The first time I tried Orval, I was shocked. I distinctively remember thinking that it was like drinking a liquified leather boot. A lot has changed since then. For one, Orval has earned a place as one of my top 5 favourite beers. In my experience as a homebrewer, I’ve generally found pursuing clones unrewarding. However, with Ontario’s limited availability of Orval…

A shiny new triangle test calculator

The triangle test is a popular method in sensory evaluation. It is used to determine whether there is perceivable difference between two samples. Based on the total number of triangle test participants, and the amount of those participants which were correct, we are able to assign a level of statistical significance to the result. In a previous post I provided a triangle…

Brewing schedule 2016

I’ve had a busy couple months. Specifically I’ve been occupied with preparations for my PhD qualifying exam. Last week I passed! Now that it is out of the way, and I’ve gotten some rest, I’m glad to report that I’m back in a place where I can envision the odd weekend brewing rather than working. As my local homebrew club prepares for our annual…

5 reasons to brew helles

Munich helles is a low ABV, low IBU, low SRM German lager with delicate flavours and a sparkling appearance. I think it’s a decent style to drink, and an even better style to brew. In case you needed a reason to brew yourself some helles, here’s 5:

Hops in 3D!

After coming across Scott Janish’s exciting hop visualizations and tools yesterday, I needed to explore this Hopunion dataset for myself. I was excited to throw some statistical clustering and dimension reduction methods at the hop varieties on the basis of their oil composition. The oil composition of hops drive their distinct flavour and aroma contribution to beer… you can see why a…