Winter Beers, GABS and Bluestone Yeast Challenge

Top Reasons to Book a Chat with Your Bluestone Yeast Expert

Hey Brewers!

I hope you’re all doing great and brewing up some fantastic beers! As a yeast expert, I’d love to have a friendly chat with you about how I can help you manage your yeast better. Here’s why a relaxed, no-commitment meeting with me could be super beneficial for you and your brewery:

  1. Optimize Fermentation Processes: Let’s talk about how you can fine-tune your fermentation to get those perfect flavours and consistency. I have some tips that might just make your life a lot easier! We can discuss your current practices and see if there are any tweaks we can implement.
  2. Troubleshooting and Problem-Solving: Ever had yeast issues or off-flavours? I’ve seen it all and can offer some quick fixes and long-term solutions to keep your brews top-notch.
  3. Improve Yeast Viability and Vitality: We can discuss simple techniques to keep your yeast healthy and productive, ensuring every batch is as good as the last. Looking after your yeast will save you money.
  4. House Yeast Strains services: Curious about house yeast strains and how it works? I can explain how tailored yeast can enhance your brew’s unique character and set your brand apart.
  5. Cost Savings: Let’s explore ways to make the most of your yeast, reduce waste, and save some money in the process.
  6. Quality Control: We can chat about setting up or improving quality control measures to ensure your beer always meets the highest standards.

Why Book a 30+ Minute Chat with Me?

  1. Personalized Consultation: It’s all about you! Let’s dive into your specific challenges and find tailored solutions that fit your brewery’s needs.
  2. In-Depth Analysis: A longer chat gives us time to really get into your current yeast practices and come up with a comprehensive action plan.
  3. Immediate Feedback: Got questions? You’ll get instant answers and actionable advice to implement right away.
  4. Customized Solutions: We can discuss house yeast strains and solutions that give your brewery a unique edge.
  5. Exclusive Access to Expertise: Benefit from my extensive experience and specialized knowledge in yeast management.
  6. Build a Strong Foundation: Establish a solid foundation for ongoing yeast management support, ensuring your brewery thrives.
  7. Enhanced Productivity: Efficient yeast management leads to increased productivity, higher yields, and better resource utilization.
  8. Peace of Mind: Know that you have a yeast expert in your corner, ready to assist with any issues that may arise.

So, why not book a chat with me? There’s no commitment to purchase—just a friendly conversation about how we can make your brewing process even better. Looking forward to connecting and helping you take your brewery to the next level!

Winter Brewing Challenge: Embrace the Season with Bluestone Yeast

Winter is a fantastic time for brewing beers that are hearty, warming, and perfectly suited for the colder months. Here are five beer styles that are particularly well-suited for brewing in winter (June, July, August in Australia):

  1. Stout: Rich, dark, and full-bodied, stouts provide a comforting and robust experience during winter. With flavours of roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee, stouts are perfect for chilly evenings by the fireplace. Whether it’s an Irish Dry Stout, a Milk Stout, or an Imperial Stout, brewing a stout in winter is a classic choice. Suggested Bluestone Yeast (BSY-A010 San Diego or BSY-A029 London)
  2. Porter: Similar to stouts, porters are dark beers with flavours of roasted malt, chocolate, and caramel. Porters offer a slightly lighter body compared to stouts, making them a versatile option for winter brewing. Experiment with variations such as Baltic Porter or Robust Porter to explore different flavour profiles. (BSY-A010 San Diego or BSY-A011 New England or BSY-A029 London)
  3. Belgian Dubbel: Belgian Dubbels are rich, malty beers with notes of dark fruits, caramel, and spices. They have a warming quality that makes them an ideal choice for winter brewing. The yeast strains used in Belgian Dubbels can produce complex flavours and aromas, adding an extra layer of depth to the beer. (BSY-A005 Brussels or BSY-A006 Antwerp)
  4. Winter Warmer: As the name suggests, Winter Warmers are specifically brewed for the colder months. These beers are typically strong, malty, and often feature spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, or cloves. Winter Warmers provide a comforting warmth and are perfect for festive occasions and gatherings during the winter season. (BSY-A010 San Diego or BSY-A011 New England or BSY-A012 Michigan)
  5. Barleywine: Barleywines are bold, high-alcohol beers with rich malt flavours and a significant hop presence. They often have a full body, complex malt profile, and can age gracefully over time. Barleywines are excellent choices for long winter evenings when you can savour their depth and complexity. (BSY-A010 San Diego or BSY-A012 Michigan)

It’s worth noting that brewing these styles requires attention to fermentation temperature control, as the colder ambient temperatures in winter can impact yeast activity. Ensure you have the means to maintain proper fermentation conditions to achieve the desired flavours and aromas.

Bluestone Yeast Challenge

We have an exciting challenge for all the homebrewers out there! We want to see how our Bluestone yeast strains can transform your winter brews. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Pick a Style: Choose one of the winter beer styles mentioned above. (but not limited to these)
  2. Brew Twice or Team up: Brew the same beer style twice, each time using a different Bluestone yeast strain. This will help you discover how yeast imparts flavour. Or grab a mate and have them brew the same style but with a different yeast strain. This way, you can compare and contrast the results.
  3. Share Your Brew: Post a picture of your brew on social media and a picture of which yeast strains you used. Don’t forget to tag us and use the hashtag #bsywinterbeerchallenge!
  4. Win a Prize: Every month, we’ll randomly select one post to win a special prize. It’s our way of saying thank you for being a part of the Bluestone brewing community.

Remember to keep all posts respectful and appropriate. Let’s keep the community friendly and fun for everyone! 

Not sure your brewing system is up to the job. Don’t stress grab a fresh wort kit, such as the ones from Grain and Grape. Yes, John Preston has retired but Will and the team from Keg King have kept the wort kits flowing. https://www.kegking.com.au/fresh-wort-kits.html

Embrace the Winter Spirit

Brewing these beer styles in winter allows you to embrace the season’s cozy atmosphere and enjoy the rewarding process of crafting beers that are well-suited for the colder months. So, grab your brewing equipment, embrace the winter spirit, and create beers that will warm both body and soul. And remember to share your beer with friends and family, as everyone loves free beer!!

Happy brewing!

Winter is here!

Colder weather definitely sends out in search of darker beers. This weekend, we went for one last time to enjoy the wonderful selection of beers crafted by Mitch and his team up at Newstead!

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