March/April 2021

The March/April 2021 Zymurgy is now available! Check out featured stories including Brewing Clean Beers with Kveik Yeast, Fest Test, An Experiment with Barleywine, and Wood You Like Some Apples?

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Brewing Clean Beers with Kveik Yeast

By Ryan Pachmayer

Farmhouse brewers in Norway use kviek to make traditional beers using unique processes. However, some yeast labs have indentified and isolated several clean-fermenting kveik strains that brewers are using to turn out clean, lager-like beers.

Zymurgy: March/April 2021

Fest Test

Debates around using ale yeasts to brew lager-like beers usually center around a yeast’s ability to minimize phenol and ester character in the finished beer. In this experiment, two classic lager strains are pitted against two kveik yeasts.

Zymurgy: March/April 2021

An Experiment with Barleywine

Scottish ale yeast is a classic for barleywine, but how do others stack up? In this experiment, the authors compare the old standby to Nottingham, Thomas Hardy, saison, and even Trappist-style yeasts.

Zymurgy: March/April 2021

Wood You Like Some Apples?

It’s only natural to consider oak for adding tannins and vanillins to our homemade ciders. But is there a better choice of wood, or is oak really the standard for a reason? See how it stacks up against pecan and mesquite.

Recipes in this Issue

  • Scorched Earth
  • Sweet White Miso
  • Savory Red Miso
  • Lutroberfest Ale
  • A Kveiking We Will Go
  • Fjords to Valhalla
  • Hellya Blonde
  • Skarkey American Pilsner
  • Von Steuben Festbier
  • County Barleywine
  • Basic Cider
  • Imperial Cinnamon Spiced Cider
  • Yumm!

Meet the Editor-in-Chief

Dave Carpenter

Dave brewed his first batch in 2009 and started writing about beer soon thereafter. In addition to geeking out on beer and language, Dave enjoys hiking, traveling, and other gerunds as well. Email Dave