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 Mid Atlantic

Don't miss the District Mid Atlantic Spring Meeting in Hillsborough, NC, March 27–28. Six speakers will present on topics including: finings and clarification without filtration, malting barley, and quality in the hop supply chain.

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."

District Rocky Mountain

On February 2, 2015, District Rocky Mountain held its Winter Meeting at Fort Collins Brewery. The next district meeting will be held at the Fort Collins Anheuser-Busch facility on May 13.

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2015 Annual Conference Call for Papers Now Open

Share your passion at the 2015 MBAA Annual Conference, October 7–10 in Jacksonville, Florida. Submit your research by May 6, 2015. The Annual Conference offers the latest technical brewing knowledge along with the opportunity to meet with top brewing experts from around the world. Registration opens mid-June. Be sure to mark your calendar!



Beer Steward Seminar

April 13, 2015
Portland, Oregon

Brewery Packaging Technology Course

April 26–May 7, 2015
Madison, Wisconsin

Brewery Engineering and Utilities Course

September 13–25, 2015
St. Paul, Minnesota

Beer Steward Seminar

October 6, 2015
Jacksonville, Florida

Brewing and Malting Science Course

October 25–November 5, 2015
Madison, Wisconsin



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