Grain to Glass Oktoberfest (Märzen) in Under a Month

The end of Summer was fast approaching and I had not yet brewed an Oktoberfest beer. What was I to do? The answer: Make it in three weeks using the quick lager method; a combination of pressure fermentation and gelatin fining. A ten gallon batch was split in half to ferment under pressure; half in […]

Grain to Glass Lager in 11 Days! Wow! I’m doing this again!

I brewed a “quick lager” in a fraction of the time it takes to make a typical lager. I used the Spike Flex+ fermenter to ferment a lager under pressure at room temperature without the need for cold temperature control and “lagered” it by fining the finished beer with gelatin instead of spending weeks in […]

English Brown Ale #2: Recipe and Tasting

Another English brown ale is kegged, tapped, and ready to drink! Brewed on the Grainfather and fermented under pressure in the new Spike Brewing Flex+ fermenter, this beer turned out great. There were some changes from the original Brother’s Brown recipe including substituting Briess Special Roast for Victory biscuit malt, Challenger hops for Fuggles, and […]