Food, Beer & Buffoonery - Hops

Reason, Law, and Beer

I just read this article on and thought I’d just plug it, since it made some really great points about reason, law and beer:

How Your Beer Bought John McCain’s $500 Loafers
Uncovering the government subsidies behind Cindy McCain’s family fortune

The article discusses the history of alcohol distribution and the “poor” economics of the forced three-tiered system in place in most states.

A German Stout?

I was perusing German maltster Weyermann’s website and found a recipe for a stout that they had posted.  It used Pilsner malt and Hallertauer hops.  Not very stout-like, in the traditional sense, but interesting. It’s almost like they took a Dunkel or maybe a Schwarzbier recipe and threw in an ale yeast. So, here’s my slightly modified version of their recipe, translated into English and scaled to a 5 gallon batch. I call it Ein Seltsames Gebräu Stout (German for “A Strange Brew Stout”).

The closest official BJCP style for this beer would be a Foreign Extra Stout, though it’s not quite dark enough – but close. The color range is in Oatmeal Stout territory however – though it’s too bitter for an Oatmeal Stout, and well there’s no oatmeal. Ok, on with the recipe!

Ein Seltsames Gebräu Stout

5 gallons
OG 1.058
IBU 42

9.8 lbs. Pilsner Malt
18 oz. Carafa II (use Carafa III for a darker color)
5.4 oz. Acidulated Malt

2.4 oz. Hallertau Hersbrucker for 60 minutes

Fermentis Safale S-04 English Ale Yeast
(or White Labs WLP002 English Ale or WLP004 Irish Ale Yeast should give similar results)

Make sure to get the rests in for the mash, as this calls for pilsener malt.