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.



  • Hop varieties for dry hopping

    ​Q:  I'm brewing a blonde ale, all grain. I used Crystal hops for the 40 min, 20 min, and the last 5 min boil. Should I continue using Crystal hops for dry hopping? Or should I use Cascade hops, or a mix of both?

    A:  For dry hopping, any of the three options are acceptable depending on what aroma/flavor attributes you desire in the beer. Crystal will contribute a spicy, flowery, slightly citrus aroma. Cascade will contribut Read More...




District Northwest

District Northwest will hold its Spring Meeting in Hood River, Oregon, the weekend of May 1–2, 2015. Brewers from across the region will gather to hear presentations on the theme of "Take Your Brewery to the Next Level." Registration and itinerary information will be posted on the District Northwest page once details are confirmed.

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Beer Steward Seminar

April 13, 2015
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