lundi 2 avril 2018

How to be a brewmaster ?


Please find below some ways in order to be a brewmaster :

1) The first option is to do an internship in a brewery without any background at school. You can become an operator/brewing assistant and maybe later a brewmaster.

2) The second way is to study 3 years in food industry school. You can entry directly as brewer in a brewery but not directly as a brewmaster.... (not for a big brewery).

3) There is several school allowing you to be directly a brewer after 1 or 2 years of study. Sometimes a other background is mandatary in order to be allowed to do this school (as engineer degree, biologist, chemical science...).

The most famous one is the VBL in berlin :

It is existing other school depending the language as :

GERM Technischen Universität München :

FR  Nancy unversity in France :

4) To open your own brewery but this is maybe the more risky way... good luck! ;)

Article en version française.

Top ten of the best american breweries !

N°1. Dogfish Head
Location : Milton, Delaware

In the brewery business for almost two decades, Dogfish Head is one of the most popular breweries in the country. It was Delaware’s first brewpub, and when it opened in 1995, was the smallest commercial brewery in America. But, this small brewery now packs a giant punch, as they now operate out of a 100,000-square-foot converted cannery and sell their beer, including their original 60 Minute IPA, to more than 25 states. Under the direction of  Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head will continue to be the gamechanger — and leader — when it comes to the world of craft beer. "When I think of 'craft beer,' Dogfish Head is the first brewery that pops into my head," says Jason Morgan, the founding partner of Craft Beer Business. "Their creativity and dedication to the craft beer tradition is inspiring."

N°2. Stone Brewing Company
Location : Escondido, California

 There are more than enough accolades and recognition for this Californian brewery. "No brewery in San Diego — and perhaps the world — pushes more envelopes or thinks outside so many boxes," says Peter Lowe of UT San Diego. If topping the 2008 list of All-Time Top Breweries on Planet Earth by Beer Advocate isn’t enough for you, perhaps a bit more information will convince you that Stone Brewing Company is one of the best craft breweries in America. Stone Brewing Company is the 10th largest brewery in the United States, with 55,000 square feet. The 99-rating on Beer Advocate calls this brewery "World Class." And it’s beloved for much more than the beer. "I love Stone's attitude as much as I love their beer," says Jason Morgan of Craft Beer Business. "Big and bold, their craft beer always sticks with you long after the six-pack is gone."

N°3. Boulevard Brewing Company
Location : Kansas City, Missouri

  Boulevard Brewing Company is not only the second largest brewery in Missouri, but also one of the largest specialty brewers in the Midwest. Founded in 1989, Boulevard’s mission consists of producing fresh and flavorful beers, by using the finest traditional ingredients. The company uses old and new techniques, but is always known by their full flavors and high quality. "What really sets Boulevard apart for me is the Smokestack Series," says Tom Rotunno, of CNBC. "I haven’t had one I haven’t liked. They constantly surprise with a great variety of styles and each is as good as the last with releases like Love Child, Saison-Brett, Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale and Coffee Ale.  The consistency in which the Smokestack Series delivers amazing results is impressive."

N°4. Founders Brewing Company
Location : Grand Rapids, Michigan

 Founders set out to make "complex, in-your-face ales, with huge aromatics, bigger body, and tons of flavor" — and they’ve just about done it. The founders, Mike Stevens and Dave Engbers, say their beer is for the renegades and the rebels (because that’s how they describe themselves). And boy, does Founders have some pretty big fans of their brews. "I've probably have drank gallons of Red's Rye PA and Centennial IPA," says Mike Sweeney of St. Louis Hops. "And don't even get me started on Breakfast Stout and its bigger brother KBS. While KBS may not be the best bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout in America (that goes to Goose Island's Bourbon County Stout), it's damned close. Oh, and Founders Porter is easily the best porter made in the world."

N°5. Cigar City Brewing Company
Location : Tampa, Florida

 This brewery started with two things in mind, according to its website: to "make world's best beer" and "to share with people near and far the fascinating culture and heritage of the Cigar City of Tampa." The self-proclaimed "world’s best beer" is made in a 6,600-square-foot warehouse, which includes a tasting room open to the public. But Cigar City, a Florida favorite, has fans from far outside the Panhandle state for their unique lineup of beers. Gerard Walen, of Roadtrips for Beer and Beer in Florida, notes that his hometown favorite is a notch above the rest. "[Cigar City Brewing is] currently making some of the best beer out there, many of which you can't find outside of the tasting room," he says.

N°6. New Belgium Brewing Company
Location : Fort Collins, Colorado

 Started in 1989 with the founder delivering beers on his bike, New Belgium quickly turned into a microbrewery and then surpassed the microbrewery mark to become one of the most respected and loved full breweries in the country. They now offer free tours of their facility, which produces "Fat Tires," the very brew that was transported on bikes more than 20 years ago. While Fat Tire is the solid flagship beer of New Belgium, the brewery still takes risks with its seasonals. "New Belgium has a huge lineup of beers and [is] best known for their Fat Tire Amber Ale," says Dave Butler, Colorado beer blogger for Fermentedly Challenged. "In particular I love their Lips of Faith series of beers, and one of my favorites there is their La Folie Sour Brown Ale." New Belgium takes the Colorado lifestyle and transposes it to a larger audience, and many agree that the brewery doesn’t just make great craft beer — it makes a eco-friendly and community-friendly impact. "When it comes to the melding of craft beer, the arts, lifestyle, eco-consciousness, and community, this Fort Collins, Colo., brewery has few peers," says Tom Bobak of American Craft Beer. "I like what New Belgium 'does' almost as much as I enjoy what they brew."

N°7. Lagunitas Brewing Company
Location : Petaluma, California

Founded in 1993, Lagunitas Brewing Company has a core of supportive beer lovers who want to nurture the creation of consistently good beer. The brewery is willing to do anything, "capable of making beer out of goat’s milk, brambles, and asphalt on the surface of the moon, if need be," according to its Facebook page. And it’s the brewery’s dedication to experimentation that has won over beer lovers across the company. "Tony Magee's vision and 'the glass is always half full' attitude toward life is reflected in his beer," says Liz Garibay of the blog Tales, Taverns, & Towns. "I don't think I've ever had a Lagunitas beer I didn't like." The California-based company recently made an announcement that it would be opening a 250,000-barrel-a-year facility in Chicago in order to cater to the Eastern U.S. With creative brews, passionate employees, and a commitment to serve, Lagunitas is definitely one of the best.

N°8. Bell's Brewery
Location : Kalamazoo, Michigan

What started with merely a thirst for better beer and a gallon soup kettle in 1985 has turned into a regionally known craft brewery. Bell’s Brewery is a dedicated company that believes in brewing flavorful, unfiltered, quality, and small-batch craft beers. Bell’s currently has more than 20 brews for distribution, as well as some select options served at their pub. "Far fewer [breweries] have a roster [of beer] as deep and consistently excellent as Bell's," says Chris Van Orden, co-founder of DC Beer. "No matter what style you're in the mood for, Bell's has a great take on it." Bill DeBaun, the other co-founder of DC Beer, agreed that its variety is unlike any other brewery. "I normally have breweries I trust for stouts, some I trust for wild ales, and some I trust for hoppy beers," he says. "The intersection of all three being in one brewery; Bell's, is a real rarity." The Bell’s pub, The Eccentric Café, was founded in 1993 and was the first brewery in Michigan to serve beer by the glass. The brewery also has a general store with beer-to-go, and home brewing supplies to help you on your own beer endeavor.

N°9. Russian River Brewing Company
Location : Santa Rosa, California

Russian River Brewing Company focuses on "traditional aggressively hopped California-style" ales, Belgians, and barrel-aged beers. Originally owned by Korbel Champagne Cellars, the brewery became its own entity in 2003. Founder and brewmaster Vinnie Cilurzo came from a winemaking family, but has established himself as a craft-brewer full of innovation and willingness to share his knowledge. Today, he and his wife Natalie serve the brews fresh at their brewpub in downtown Santa Rosa, Calif. "Many credit Russian River’s founder/brewer Vinnie Cilurzo with pioneering the 'hopped-out-of-its-mind' West Coast Imperial that went onto set the standard that so many other breweries (like Stone) would later build their reputations on," says Tom Brobak, of American Craft Beer. "And now he’s redefining the American Sour." And the list of not-to-miss Russian River brews is a mile long. "The Plinys, Elder and Younger, are stunning achievements, but don’t overlook Russian River’s superb lineup of barrel-aged sour ales," says Peter Rowe, blogger for the San Diego Union-Tribune. "One favorite: Consecration, an earthy, fruity, and dry sour red that’s aged in cabernet sauvignon barrels."

N°10. Sierra Nevada
Location : Chico, California

Sierra Nevada beers mimic the mountains for which they are named, "bold, wild, and unwavering as those storied granite peaks," according to their website. Sierra Nevada brews use only the best ingredients, are created by traditional techniques, and are made by brewers who pay close attention to detail. The "Hop Torpedo," a stainless steel device packed with whole, cone hops, is the brewery’s unique way of adding hop aroma to beer with no additional bitterness. Because of it, the Hop Tornado and Sierra Nevada get credit "for putting hoppy pale ale on the map for American craft beer drinkers," says Lucy Saunders, the author of five craft beer cookbooks. Sierra Nevada is a "big boy that stays true to classic products," says Peter LaFrance of Beer Basics, a food and beer blog.

Source : The Daily Meal

Article en version française. 

A brewing kit from 200 is possible !

A kit in order to brew your beer at home cost approximatively from 200 to 350 euros. Hereunder, we expose the best choice for price and quality. It will allow you to brew 20L of beer in 8 hours. Be carrefull with the kits "ready to use" on internet and the second-hand equipments. The first one are expensive and they provide unusefull tools. The second one are worn out and you have the risk to have a contamination in your beer.

You need :

1x Brewferm electric brew kettle SST 27L at 150 euros.  Attention : if you have already a kettle of 25L and a good heater, you do not need this. 150 euros saved ;)

1x MAsh thermometer + protective cover -10 / +110 °C at 15 euros.

1x Brewferm Premium maltmill cast iron at 60 euros. Attention: do not buy the one at 40 euros proposed by the site. You will have issue with that one.

1x Brewferm® lauter tun 30 l with SST filter bottom at 60 euros. Attention: do not buy the filter cloths on the website. It doesn't allow the removal of the lipids (normaly adsorbed on the cake). The lipids gives bad taste in the beer. 

2x  brewing/fermentation bucket Brewferm 30 l graduate at 13 euros per piece. 

1x brewferm Chill'in 20 SST wort chiller at 50 euros. Attention : this equipment is very important. If you do not use it, you have the risk to have a contamination in your beer. 

1x crown capper Greta 26 mm at 8,5 euros. Attention: it deserve only in order to close little bottles (25 cl or 33 cl... not for 75cl bottle). 

The total of costs is 356,5 euros (or 206,5 euros if you have already the kettle at home).

Attention, you need to foresee also a scale (weight), a long spoon, hand gloves, dosing glas and empty bottles. 

You need raw materials, hops, malt, yeast (as for example T58), sugar... (site brouwland). The costs will be around 20 euros per 20 liters of final beer.

The other parts are :

PS: you do not need oxy cleaning agent... you material is new and you will be able to clean correctly with caustic (with correct concentration and temperature of 80°C).

If you have question do not hesitate... Take your apron and join the brewer community! :)