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Advice on being in the Business of Making Beer

Monday, October 7th, 2019

In a recent Facebook post on a local independent craft brewery website there was content about a certain beer style that I really love. A style they produce and sell in bottles. So I commented and asked for information about where to buy their bottles. Two weeks later you can still hear the crickets.

Yes, it made my expensive fancy MBA sigh. Businesses often disappoint me for getting the easy things completely wrong.

The sad truth, whatever the product or service, is that running a business is entirely unlike what the business does for a living. Being a great beer maker doesn’t mean you’re a great business person. It doesn’t make you a financial wizard, a marketing magician or a strategy guru. You make great beer. Nothing more, nothing less.

And in a fair and just universe that would be enough. Right? You make the greatest beer of anybody and the people come to pay you for the privilege of imbibing the nectar from your fermentation tanks.

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Altbier (Book Review)

Wednesday, September 11th, 2019

Cover of Altbier: History, Brewing, Techniques, Recipes by Horst D. Dornbusch

Lagering in my basement is 25 litres of Dusseldorf Altbier – to be precise it’s an Enderlein’s Alt from pages 105-106 of Altbier: History, Brewing Techniques, Recipes by Horst D. Dornbusch (1998). Herbert Enderlein was “technical editor of the book and also the brewmaster at Brauerei Ferdinand Schumacher, the oldest altbier brewery in Dusseldorf”. That brewery opened in 1838. Needless to say I’m looking forward to my second attempt at making one of these lovely German ales fermented at low temperature and lagered for two months. There is a reason another book on this subject has not appeared since 1998 and that is simply that this one covers everything you really need to know.

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Water: A Comprehensive Guide for Brewers (Book Review)

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

Cover of Water by John Palmer and Colin Kaminski

As a home brewer with a couple of University degrees (BComp MBAS) and neither of them in chemistry my first comment about this book is “Holy fuck!”. This book being Water: A Comprehensive Guide for Brewers by John Palmer and Colin Kaminski. No, seriously, this actually is as advertised… a comprehensive guide to the chemistry of water at all stages of the brewing process from the tap to the disposal of waste. It’s also a book that you can take from stage one of your brewing career through to building and running your own brewery on a commercial scale. So, I’m impressed. And I learned a lot… but it’s a tough read for the non-chemist.

So, from a home brewer’s perspective, I’m not sure exactly if you have to take the time to read Palmer’s book about water. But at the same time I know you’ll get a lot out of it if you can only wade through the highly complex explanations. I’d love to read another version – an edited university text book with side notes and diagrams. Not quite the Dummies Guide… but a graduates step into the concepts that build into the knowledge that makes water chemistry make sense.

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My name is Steven Clark and I live in the Derwent Valley in Southern Tasmania. I have an MBA (Specialisation) and a Bachelor of Computing from the University of Tasmania. I'm a mazer & a yeast farmer (making beer, fruit wine and mead as by-products of continuous improvement in my farming practices). I'm a photographer, although my film cameras are currently silent. I do not tolerate idiots. I do not tolerate bigotry. I do not tolerate excuses. Let's be clear, if you sit with my enemies you my are my enemy for life.

Blogger. Thinker. Brewer. Drinker. Life partner to the amazing and incredible Megan.

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