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Beer Hawk | Beer Zone by Maggie C. - 10M ago

<h1>Week 31: What the ingredients bring to the beer</h1> <p><strong>Now that we're prepped for homebrewing, we should take some time to discuss the individual ingredients in our recipe. This week at Beer Hawk University, we're going to cover the flavours and qualities that our chosen ingredients will bring to the glass. <br /></strong></p> <p><strong><img style="max-width: 100%; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://beerhawk.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/article-image/cache/35982e00487f99711bf5a751470a0fa3-bg.jpeg" /></strong></p> <p>Each ingredient, from the malt to the yeast strain, is responsible for a certain quality that will end up in our final product. Each step of the brewing process is finely tuned so that the character of every ingredient is maximised. We'll get into the timings and temperatures of each step at a later date, but, for now, let's look at what our ingredients are bringing to the bottle. That is, if the Homebrew Gods are smiling upon us.</p> <h2>Malts</h2> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="../../../blog/beer-hawk-university-week-29-perfecting-your-homebrewing-recipe">Looking back at our recipe</a></span>, you'll notice that we've got five different malts. The largest quantity--our lager malt--is called our base malt. It, well, forms the foundation of our grist. The rest of the malts are there for style, pizzaz and support.</p> <h3>Lager Malt</h3> <p>Our basic lager malt is a 2-row barley from the European continent. This malt gives our final beer a clean, elegant character with a soft maltiness. No fuss here, it's simplicity we're going for in our golden ale. Lightly kilned, this malt ensures that the colour remains light.</p> <h3>2 Row Pilsner Bel</h3> <p>This malt, is another 2-Row barley from Belgium. As another base malt, it's useful for continental lagers and clean Golden Ales (like ours!) because it's clean, simple and adds a delicately sweet maltiness. Again, it will add very little in terms of colour.</p> <h3>Pale Malt (Maris Otter)</h3> <p>A classic British malt, it's near impossible to find an English-style beer that doesn't use the Maris Otter. This fine base malt adds an orange-tinged golden colour and has a unique rich, slightly nutty flavor.</p> <h3>Munich Malt</h3> <p>Munich Malt is a more highly kilned lager malt which results in a richly flavoured&nbsp; malty sweetness while still bringing the clean character we're looking for in our Golden Ale. The smaller percentage used in our recipe will merely bring about an enhanced malt character with an amber orange color.</p> <h3>CaraPils</h3> <p>CaraPils is a trademarked dextrin malt which contributes unfermentable sugars. Adding a little bit to our recipe adds foam stability and a fuller mouthfeel. It improves body and significantly enhances head retention without adding flavor or color to our beer.&nbsp;</p> <p><img style="max-width: 100%; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://beerhawk.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/article-image/cache/341386f0f5a13f516af4af7ebd5908c3-smsq.jpeg" width="100" height="100" data-image-selector="1521715596682" /></p> <h2>Hops</h2> <p>One of our favourite ingredients in beer (well, hey, there's only four so...), the hops bring the part-ay. We've decided to make our Golden Ale a single-hop version using Mosaic hops. So, what kind of flavours are these hops bringing to our recipe?</p> <h3>Mosaic Hops</h3> <p>A dual-purpose hop (which means that it adds both aroma and bitterness), the Mosaic hop was bred from Simcoe&reg;. Its characterful flavours and aromas of everything from citrus, pine, earth, blueberry, tangerine, papaya, rose, blossoms, grass and bubble gum are well-suited for our Golden Ale.&nbsp;</p> <p>An above-average Alpha acid quantity (the acids responsible for bitterness) means that the Mosaic is suitable for adding early in the boil to extract bitterness. Use them for late boil addition and for dry-hopping as well, and we'll have ourselves a nice single hop brew.</p> <p><img style="max-width: 100%; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://beerhawk.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/article-image/cache/341386f0f5a13f516af4af7ebd5908c3-smsq.jpeg" width="100" height="100" data-image-selector="1521715593086" /></p> <h2>Yeast</h2> <p>Ahh, yeast. The ingredient that keeps this all from being hoppy malty water. As we know, the yeast is responsible for converting the malt's sugars into alcohol. But our yeastie friends are also in charge of bringing their own sense of character to our homebrew. What does ours bring?</p> <h3>Safale S-04 Ale Yeast</h3> <p>A well-known English ale yeast, we picked this strain for its fast fermentation character and its ability to improve beer clarity (which is very important for a Golden Ale!) This yeast is recommended for English-style Golden Ales because it brings about a clean, crisp character.</p> <p><img style="max-width: 100%; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://beerhawk.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/article-image/cache/341386f0f5a13f516af4af7ebd5908c3-smsq.jpeg" width="100" height="100" /></p> <h2>Finings</h2> <p>We've included an additive in our beer to help us get our Golden Ale just the way we want it: finings. Finings are used to help get more clarity in beer as it collects any suspended proteins and helps them drop out.</p> <h3>Irish Moss</h3> <p>We chose to use Irish Moss as our finings. A bit of this with about 10 minutes left in the boil makes sure that our Golden Ale is sparkling clear--the way it should be. And, since Irish Moss is derived from seaweed, it's suitable for vegetarians and vegans!</p> <p><img style="max-width: 100%; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://beerhawk.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/article-image/cache/341386f0f5a13f516af4af7ebd5908c3-smsq.jpeg" width="200" height="200" /></p> <p>Ok, sounds delicious doesn't it?! We're looking forward to cracking on with our brew day. We'll see you next time at BHU when we look a bit more into the science of a brew day and tell you what temperatures and timings we're brewing with. 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<h1>Belgian food pairing: Steak tartare</h1> <p><strong>Known as a Filet Am&eacute;ricain in Belgium, the steak tartare is one of the great dishes. But what to pair with it? Our Beer Sommelier Maggie Cubbler picks out a classic</strong></p> <p><img style="max-width: 100%;" src="https://beerhawk.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/article-image/cache/a78abff38b0c643294558b56ce09ca2e-bg.jpeg" /></p> <p><em>Photo: Jez Timms / Unsplash</em></p> <p>Affectionately known as Toast Cannibal, the Filet Am&eacute;ricain is a staple of casual Belgian dining. Raw beef, &agrave; la steak tartare, is seasoned with raw onions, capers, Tabasco and even Worcestershire sauce. An explosion of flavour dances on the tongue and it&rsquo;s a favourite of all leading zombies.</p> <p><strong>PAIR IT WITH</strong></p> <p><a href="../../../vedett-blonde" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><strong>Vedett / Extra Blond / 5.2%</strong></a></p> <p><a href="../../../vedett-blonde" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img style="max-width: 100%;" src="https://beerhawk.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/article-image/cache/c81a48dcaa8d517125d1be41f5bfee35-bg.jpeg" /></a><br />Salty and savoury, a Filet Am&eacute;ricain wants something zesty, refreshing and palate cleansing. The Vedett Extra Blond has a firm bitterness and tongue-tingling carbonation which cuts through the rich fat from the meat while the lager&rsquo;s sweet citrus note pulls at the briny capers. Plus it&rsquo;s superbly drinkable.</p>
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<h1>PerfectDraft Con 2018 tickets are NOW LIVE!</h1> <p><img style="max-width: 100%;" src="https://beerhawk.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/article-image/cache/8e3fced7f657e5dce778370e4ca4df2a-bg.jpeg" /></p> <p style="text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #333333; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: -webkit-left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-wrap: break-word; word-break: break-word; margin: 0px; font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif;"><strong style="text-size-adjust: 100%;"><span class="" style="text-size-adjust: 100%; word-wrap: break-word; word-break: break-word; text-decoration: underline;">PD Co</span><span class="" style="text-size-adjust: 100%; word-wrap: break-word; word-break: break-word; text-decoration: underline;">n 2018 - 14th April 2018</span><br style="text-size-adjust: 100%;" /></strong></p> <p style="text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #333333; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: -webkit-left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-wrap: break-word; word-break: break-word; margin: 0px; font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif;"><br style="text-size-adjust: 100%;" /><span class="" style="text-size-adjust: 100%; word-wrap: break-word; word-break: break-word; text-decoration: underline;">Ticket Price<br style="text-size-adjust: 100%;" /></span><br style="text-size-adjust: 100%;" />Single: &pound;69.99 (includes small double room)</p> <p style="text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #333333; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: -webkit-left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-wrap: break-word; word-break: break-word; margin: 0px; font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif;">Joint: &pound;119.99 (includes twin/regular double room)</p> <p style="text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #333333; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: -webkit-left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-wrap: break-word; word-break: break-word; margin: 0px; font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #333333; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: -webkit-left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-wrap: break-word; word-break: break-word; margin: 0px; font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif;"><span class="" style="text-size-adjust: 100%; word-wrap: break-word; word-break: break-word; text-decoration: underline;">What's included in the ticket price</span></p> <p style="text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #333333; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: -webkit-left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-wrap: break-word; word-break: break-word; margin: 0px; font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</p> <ul style="text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: -webkit-left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%; margin: 0px; word-wrap: break-word; word-break: break-word; font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">Accommodation</li> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%; margin: 0px; word-wrap: break-word; word-break: break-word; font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">Shuttle between the hotel and Beer Hawk HQ on the day</li> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%; margin: 0px; word-wrap: break-word; word-break: break-word; font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">PerfectDraft beer on the day (multiple machines, multiple kegs!)</li> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%; margin: 0px; word-wrap: break-word; word-break: break-word; font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">One-off PDCon 2018 merch</li> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%; margin: 0px; word-wrap: break-word; word-break: break-word; font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">Entertainment and guided beer tastings on the day</li> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%; margin: 0px; word-wrap: break-word; word-break: break-word; font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">Opportunity to feed back to Beer Hawk on the future of PD</li> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%; margin: 0px; word-wrap: break-word; word-break: break-word; font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">Free keg per attendee</li> </ul> <p style="text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #333333; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: -webkit-left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-wrap: break-word; word-break: break-word; margin: 0px; font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif;"><span style="text-size-adjust: 100%; word-wrap: break-word; word-break: break-word; font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #333333; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: -webkit-left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-wrap: break-word; word-break: break-word; margin: 0px; font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif;">On the day we'll have a food van selling tasty treats, as well as bottled beers and soft drinks at our paid beer bar.</p> <p style="text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #333333; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: -webkit-left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-wrap: break-word; word-break: break-word; margin: 0px; font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #333333; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: -webkit-left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-wrap: break-word; word-break: break-word; margin: 0px; font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif;">If you are interested please email <a href="mailto:info@beerhawk.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="noopener">info@beerhawk.co.uk</a></p>
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<h1>Beer Hawk to launch taproom and bottle shop in London</h1> <p><strong>We're all set to open a new bar in the heart of London. We're excited. Very. <br /></strong></p> <p><strong><img style="max-width: 100%;" src="https://beerhawk.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/article-image/cache/173dee95b34465ab7aef4c92f1b2a085-bg.jpeg" /></strong></p> <p><em>Image by Fred Mouniguet/Unsplash</em></p> <p>Beer Hawk's co-founder Chris France writes: "The concept of our new London bar will be a taproom and bottle shop hybrid bringing over 80 of the world&rsquo;s finest beers on draft and in bottles from our online shop, allowing people to browse, discover, take away or simply enjoy a drink in.</p> <p>"The bar isn&rsquo;t just for people who already love craft and speciality beer it&rsquo;s for anyone, we want to make it the kind of place you&rsquo;d come to on a Saturday night with some friends or the place you&rsquo;d go for after work drinks and you know that the staff will try their utmost to make sure you&rsquo;re drinking something you genuinely enjoy. </p> <p>"People will also be able to order beer from the bar to be delivered to their home address through the Beer Hawk website, which means if there&rsquo;s a particular beer or style they&rsquo;re enjoying they can simply go on to one of the iPads, order what they&rsquo;d like, and it will be delivered to their home address in just a couple of days."</p> <p>The taproom also hops to stand out because customers can spend their Beer Tokens. "We&rsquo;re a bit unique in that we&rsquo;ve already got a very active reward scheme (Beer Tokens) already built in to our online shop &ndash; and we&rsquo;re planning on extending to the bar. That&rsquo;ll mean customers who shop with us online can spend their Beer Tokens to get money off their bill, or access to exclusive events, and vice versa. It&rsquo;s early days, but we&rsquo;re really excited about the possibilities!"</p> <p>Stay tuned for the first concept images on the Journal soon.</p>
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Beer Hawk | Beer Zone by Daniel N. - 11M ago

<h1>Crossing borders</h1> <p><strong>English vs US IPAs, Bohemian Pilsner vs German Pils, Belgian Witbier vs German Weissbier. How exactly do the same beer styles differ in different countries?</strong></p> <p><strong><img style="max-width: 100%;" src="https://beerhawk.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/article-image/cache/a70859f37d124bbf932dd5b4905aee7f-bg.jpeg" /></strong></p> <p><em>Photo by Gareth Dobson</em></p> <p>Beer is fascinating for so many reasons not least of which is how beer styles have come to be and how they have adapted and evolved. Take the famed IPA for example. Arguably the most-loved beer style in the world (if we&rsquo;re not counting lagers) the India pale ale is single-handedly responsible for our current infatuation with all things hops. This style came to be in the late 1700s by adding more hops to a classic pale ale partly to endure the journey from the UK to the British colony in India.&nbsp;The style was eventually adopted by American brewers in the 1970s who used American ingredients and hops.&nbsp;And, as Americans are wont to do, they started chucking more and more hops into their brews and the American IPA was born. As well as the IPA, we&rsquo;ve also looked at the classic Pilsner, and Belgian and German wheat beers.</p> <p><strong>English IPA vs American IPA</strong><br /><strong>Hops</strong>: Spicy and earthy English hops <em>vs</em> Resin, pine, citrus and floral aromas <br /><strong>Flavour</strong>: Malty but well-balanced <em>vs</em> Assertively bitter, but balanced <br /><strong>Yeast</strong>: Fruity esters from English strain <em>vs</em> Clean yeast notes</p> <p><strong>Bohemian Pilsner vs German Pils</strong><br /><strong>History</strong>: Czechs created the Pilsner <em>vs</em> Germans followed with their version <br /><strong>Body</strong>: Complex caramel malt profile <em>vs</em> Lighter-bodied and drier <br /><strong>Hops</strong>: Floral and spicy character <em>vs</em> Bit more bitter and characterful</p> <p><strong>Belgian Witbier vs German Weissbier</strong><br /><strong>Flavour</strong>: Spicy, citrusy with fruity notes <em>vs</em> Classic clove and banana flavours <br /><strong>Ingredients</strong>: Coriander and orange peel <em>vs</em> Aromas from yeast only <br /><strong>Colour</strong>: Pale straw and hazy <em>vs</em> A dark orange and very hazy</p> <p>------</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
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