When Formulas Don't Brew Good Beer

Belgian brewers don’t like the “S” word… style… they like the idea of creating something out of nothing…

Most brewers I talk to are like the alchemists from the middle ages, looking for a formula to turn grain into gold… drinking gold…

The problem?

They rely on software to brew their beer…

If you pay attention at brewing forums, you’ll read more often than not the words “I plugged in the recipe into my brewing software, but (insert failure)”

Brewing software has its place in brewing and it can be useful, but…

As much as we want formulas and precise measurements, brewing at its best involves art… involves alchemy…

Belgian brewers are more like Intel and Microsoft…

Intel turns desert sand into pentium chips… sand into gold… valuable out of worthless…

Microsoft turns strings of 1’s and 0’s into software… software out of thin air…

That is alchemy… creating something out of nothing…

If there is one thing alchemists from the middle ages were right about it’s that wealth is all about the reinvention of existing resources… transforming useless things into useful things…

… an example of that, collecting wort during boiling and re-purpose it to prime beers, make yeast starters, etc.

That’s what Mash Control is all about… I’ll be teaching this type of thinking in my newly formatted Mash Control training program

4 Comments

  • David

    Reply Reply May 31, 2013

    I’m looking forward to seeing your reformatted Mash Control.

    • Jorge

      Reply Reply June 1, 2013

      Awesome… always looking to improve so I think everyone will like the new interactive, 1-on-1 type of format… Cheers!

  • Dan (Sorryass) McLean

    Reply Reply January 31, 2015

    Terrific Jorge. I enjoy the newsletters and videos, I love the simplified explanations and I pick up good ideas from you to try out. I’m going to brew a Saison today and use my boil kettle as mash tun door the first time.

    • jorgitoz

      Reply Reply February 1, 2015

      Awesome Dan! Thank you…

      Cheers!

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