Many of the articles and videos I prepare are part of larger series on a specific brewing topic. A complete list of these series and all videos/articles in them, can be found below. A complete list of my videos can be found on my youtube page.
The Fifty Meter Beer Project
A vlog-style series on my attempt to produce a beer made from barley grown on my farm and malted in my brewery, hops from my hop yard, and of course, wild yeast. A full list of episodes can be found by clicking this link.
Drying Kveik Experiment Series
A 6-month series of posts assessing the viability of Kveik dried using a cheap food dehydrator.
- Drying the yeast and viability immediately after drying.
- Viability at 1 month.
- Viability at 2 months.
- Viability at 3 months.
- Viability at 4 months.
- Viability at 5 months.
- Bonus Entry: Viability at 965 days.
- Viability at 6 months and conclusion to the series.
Posts on Brewing Methods
Posts on a variety of brewing methods
- My quick (warm) lagering method
- Lactobacillus starters
- My sour worting (kettle souring) method
- Beer into Cheese into Mead
Making Belgian Candi Sugar
A series of posts on making your own candi sugar at home, with simple ingredients.
Fact or Fiction – Can Pathogens Survive in Beer?
A blog series on the pathogens that can make our beer their home, and an assessment of their risk
- Fact of Fiction – Can Pathogens Survive in Beer? Part I – Of Course They Can (focused on bacterial pathogens).
- Fact or Fiction – Can Pathogens Survive in Beer? Part II – Moulds.
- Fact or Fiction – Can Pathogens Survive in Beer? Part III – The RDWHAHB Edition.
- Factor or Fiction Part IV – Biogenic Amines in Beer.
- Fact or Fiction Part V – Botulism in Brewing.
- Fact or Fiction Part VI – Nitrosamines in Beer.
- Fact or Fiction Part VII – Safety and Health of Raw Milk
Beer on the Brain Video Series
Short (<5 minute) videos on brewing science, brewing processes and beer myths
- Intro to BotB
- Can Starsan Kill Yeast?
- Your Lyin’ Hydrometer
- Where do the Wild Yeast Roam?
- Sugar in Yeast Starters?
- What are Diastaticus Yeasts?
- Where do the Wild Brettanomyces Roam?
A playlist of interesting microorganisms I find during my microscopy exploration. Mostly non-brewing related.
Your Home Yeast Lab Made Easy
A series of videos on setting up a yeast lab in your home, and how to apply basic microbiological techniques to the collection, storage and handling of yeast & other brewery organisms.
- Setting up your workspace
- Building & using an alcohol lamp
- Aseptic Techniques
- Streak Plates
- Preparing Agar Plates
- Choosing a Microscope
- DIY Yeast Bank using Slants
- Storing Yeast by Refrigeration and Freezing
- Preparing a Yeast Starter from a Slant or Plate
Capturing Wild Yeasts
Video series on methods to capture and use wild yeasts.
- My method for capturing wild yeasts
- Isolating pure strains of wild yeast
- Identifying Yeast and Bacteria
Hunting Wild Yeasts
A series of blog posts about my attempts to capture elusive wild yeasts.
- Introduction – an overview of the project.
- Old School Identification of Wild Yeasts & Bacteria – A rough outline of how I will not be identifying the yeasts in this project – namely, morphological + biochemical identification
- Identifying Yeasts Using Ribosomal Sequencing – A high-tech way of identifying wild an domestic yeasts & bacteria.
- Yeast Identification Test – the first test (and somewhat of a failure using PCR & DNA sequencing to identify yeast.
- Yeast Identification Test Part Deux – the second test of my sequencing method to identify yeast. The method worked, with limitations…
- First Wild Yeast Hunt – my first hunt for wild yeast, using yeast captured from 2-row Canadian malt.
- Another Yeast Identification Test – this time a success.
- 2014 Wild Yeast Hunt – this time using fruit & vegetables from my wife’s garden as a yeast source.
- Youtube Video and Slides from a talk I gave to the Jersey City Brew Club on collecting wild yeasts.
- Youtube video of a talk I gave in 2020 to the Canadian Homebrewers Association.
Using PCR to Identify Contamination in Beer
A short series of posts on a method to detect the presence of bacteria and Saccharomyces cerevesia variant diastaticus.