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 Rocky Mountain

The next District Rocky Mountain Technical Meeting will be at Fort Collins Brewery on Monday, February 2, 2015. The meeting will include a presentation from Troy Casey of Casey Brewing and Blending titled, "Brewing with Colorado Ingredients all Year." The abstract is available here. Space is limited and preregistration required, so register now

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Don't Miss your Chance to Apply for the 2015 MBAA Brewery Award of Excellence

Has your brewery implemented an innovative sustainability project? Apply for the 2015 MBAA Brewery Award of Excellence in Sustainability now! This award recognizes outstanding achievements by a single brewery in the development and implementation of an innovative process (or processes) that supports sustainability in brewing. Applications will be accepted through March 1, 2015.

Apply for the Brewery Packaging Technology Course Scholarship

Are you attending the Brewery Packaging Technology Course April 26–May 7? Apply for the course scholarship and let MBAA cover the cost of your tuition! Applications will be accepted until February 1. Read the scholarship provisions for details.




Beer Steward Seminar

April 13, 2015
Portland, Oregon

Brewery Packaging Technology Course

Scholarship applications due February 1st!
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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