First Dovetails

Letztes Wochenende war ich bie Jochen Lichtenberg in der Tischlerakademie und durfte am Grundkurs Klassische Handerwerkstechniken teilnehmen. Das Format des Kurses umfasste zwei mal sechs Stunden, jeweils Samstag und Sonntag. Die Atmosphähre war entspannt, in der Werkstatt haben wir uns geduzt. Das Publikum war gemischt, aber der Anteil der Leute die einen Ausgleich zu ihrem Bürojob haben wollten hat deutlich überwogen. Und Ausgleich war das ganze. Abgesehen davon, das meine Füsse das ganze stehen nicht gewöhnt waren, war das Erlebnis großartig. Nach dem Kurs waren wir alle Stolz auf das…

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Buddelship - Great Escape

I had some mixed experiences with Buddelship. 'Bügge' is served at the galopper and I didn't like that one. This is an IPA. It pours a slightly amber color, minimal haze. Long lasting, large head. Big, fresh hop smell. Taste of mango and orange. Slight sweet light caramel. The bitterness is there, but it doesn't overpower you. Hopped with Citra and Mosaic. Not really outstanding, but something I would serve a friend, who is just getting started in craft beer. In fact I gave a bottle to a good friend,…

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Crunchy pizza dough

A colleage asked me, how do you get rustique, nicely browned pizza? It's simple. You need sugar in the dough, because sugar browns. How do you get sugar? It's easy. Enzymes convert starch to sugar (brewers know this). How do you get enzymes? Easy. Yeast produces them or you could add them artificially. So you have multiple choices. The first is to use a poolish, that is rich in enzymes. The second is to use active baking malt to add these enzymes artificially. In Germany active baking malt may be…

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Sierra Nevada - Nooner Pilsener

The first that came to mind, when I thought about American Pilsener was: nah, no way. This ought to be boring. I remember tasting at least one different beer by Sierra Nevada, but wasn't blown away. Nooner however is different. Very lightly carbonated, thin temporary head. Golden colour. Mostly bitter hops, but a hint of floral aromas. Bitter and very tart aftertaste. From a hop perspective this is comparable to a northern german pilsener, or to what the northern german pilsener has been some years ago. I'm certainly not blown…

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Ale Mania - Gose

This weeks visit to the local bottle shop brought a german Gose into my fridge. The label reads, among the usual suspects, coriander, sea salt and lactic acid. It doesn't however list wheat as an ingredient. The bottle overcarbonated. Great head. Smells like coriander. Very funky taste, slight clove aroma. Tart but mild sourness overall. Characteristically hopped at 14 IBU. Compared to some belgians (oude geuze specifically) the aroma components could be more varied. Ale Manias Gose is bright and floral, I like more complex sour beers. Let's hope we…

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