Styles of Beer
Many have said the taste of beer must be "acquired".
That may be true. Although factors such as the brewing
process and various spices, fruits, etc. play a role, the
taste of beer chiefly comes from the malt and water
used, esters (or lack of) from the yeast, and the hops.
And, it's the hops that people are inherently tasting when
we say beer is an acquired taste...
Home Brew Supply Store
If you live in Western
North Carolina, we highly recommend you visit the guys over
Asheville Brewers Supply!
Do you still drink your
beer out of the bottle? Yes?
Well, shame on you! If you really want
to enjoy a real beer you must drink from the
glass. And, not just any beer glass.
It should be the correct one for the style
of beer you are drinking.
a fine Belgium Triple must be drank from a
goblet or sniffer so as to permit you the
ability of taking in all the aromas. A
pilsner should be drank from a pint glass.
Kolsch beers are typically enjoyed from a "stange",
a straight, cylindrical glass that holds no
more than 8 or 10 ounces...
Favorite Commercial Beers
Any of the Belgian Monk beers brewed within the
walls of the Trappist Monastery and controlled by
the International Trappist Association. World
renowned beers that are considered by us among the
Great beer, brewed in a fashion familiar to any of
us who have served with the Army/Air Force in
Germany during the Cold War. Love the new Pint
Glass they sent me recently. Ummmmmm!
While stationed in The Netherlands, this was the
more popular beer, after Heineken. In our
opinion, it is a far better brew than the big "H"
beer! Unfortunately, Brand beer is not
available in the United States.
Beer at Home is Fun and Rewarding!
Why We Home Brew
Like many Americans, I'm guessing you're
tired of drinking sub-quality beer, and are ready to do
something about it! Perhaps you
traveled the world - and in particular, Europe - during your
military days and discovered quality beer. Now that
you are back in the good ole USA, it's difficult to find
certain beers you enjoyed outside of the States.
Perhaps you live in Australia and want to discover German
maybe you're just a typical person who knows someone who
knows someone who brews beer at home. You probably have
wondered what you have been missing. What with all the
people who are brewing beer at home these days, you feel
it's time you gave it a go.
If patience is your
and you have a desire for 100% pure and natural beer, as well as a
couple hundred dollars to really get started, then you're
at the right place!
In the spring of 2013, we started our first hops
micro-farm. Well, it really isn't a "farm" per sey.
But, it's 24 plants from 10 different varieties of hops.
We are jumping into the hops growing arena because we have a
desire to further our knowledge of brewing beer. And,
as you know, hops are a main ingredient in beer.
Follow along as we learn how to
hops for our home brew.
Beer styles is a term used to loosely characterize beer
according to color, flavor, alcohol content, origin,
history, etc. of beer...
always a good time to learn about the different beer types. From
lagers and ales to wheat and steam beers, each country - and
district - has its own
type of beer.
The equipment needed to brew a basic batch of beer at home is actually
quite minimal. As mentioned above, you'll need a 4 or
5-gallon brew kettle, or pot to
cook the brew. You'll need a fermenting bucket or
glass carboy. And, you'll need an air-lock, or device
used to allow the CO2 to escape during fermentation while
keeping bad stuff (bacteria) out. Other than that, only a few
minor and inexpensive tools are required. Fortunately,
nowadays you can walk into your
local brew shop and purchase
a beer brew kit (usually the
6-gallon bucket type) for about 100 - 150 dollars. It
will contain everything you need to brew your first batch of
beer, including the ingredients for your favorite
Belgium Trippel, etc. Learn more about
all the varying
equipment and beer brew supplies.
beer is brewed using four basic ingredients:
hops, and yeast. Of course, just about
anything from fruit to spices can be added, but these are
your typical four ingredients. Learn more about the
various types of
in beer, as all will produce varying
types, flavors and styles of beers.
So, I just cook some items in a brew pot on the stove and
toss that into a fermentation bucket, right? Well,
that's the crude jest of it. But, the brewing process
is an elaborate task... mostly technical and partially artistic.
Learn about the
The method virtually everyone new to the hobby uses in
brewing the initial batches of beer typically involves
brewing from kits. From
Belgian Trippels to
Wheat Beer to
Dark Beer or Light Beer... we here at Two Monks Brewing are brewing all of them. As we
do, we'll post those recipes on this web site, at the top
left of all pages. You can, of course find plenty of
beer recipes at your local
store, and online.
Taking the Next Step: Crafting the Perfect Home Brew
Once you get good at brewing your own beer, you'll likely
want to experiment. That's what we plan to do.
Two-row or six-row malt? Rye? What spices can I add to my brew?
What temperature ranges can I try? This yeast or that? Fruit? And,
what's all this noise about "mashing" and
Clearly, brewing beer at home can quickly become science.
In that we started brewing in January 2012, we have since brewed at least a
few dozen extract/partial mash "kits" and we
are ready to immerse ourselves into being more creative with this.
After all, it's just a hobby at the present time!
When you feel comfortable, jump into experimenting with
your own judgment. You'll likely create a family label
one day! Our first attempt at swaying from a basic
recipe kit was our
Kolsch, a Mexican style of Germany's popular