Cleaning the Brew Kettle

The brew kettle is possibly the most critical piece of equipment in the brewhouse. The wort boiling process is where intense heating will condense the wort, drive off unwanted volatiles like DMS, develop malt flavors, isomerize and solubilize hop acids, and effectively sterilize the wort prior to subsequent cooling and yeast pitch. In order for the brew kettle to perform its job successfully its heating surfaces must be clean enough to efficiently transfer heat to the wort.



  • Aging of whole hops

    ​Q:  In Volume I of the MBAA Practical Handbook for the Specialty Brewer, in the hops section, it was stated that freshly harvested hops should be aged for a minimum of 6-12 months before using.  This caught me by surprise.  I would have figured fresher the better.  Really?

    A:  For some hops, particularly low alpha aroma varieties, the slow oxidation that occurs in baled whole hops kept at freezing storage tem Read More...



District Cincinnati is Now District Midwest!

After a journey nearly two years long, District Cincinnati was renamed District Midwest as of April 4, 2014. Congratulations to District Midwest! Click here to read more about this change.

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