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  • Sours Galore

    The first time you try a sour beer can be intense, but once you start acquiring the taste you will notice much greater complexity. The traditional ...
  • 2015 Year in Review

    What a fun year for beer 2015 was. So many cool events happened, it makes my head spin. Bitter & Esters is proud to have organized and/or parti...
  • Consider the Apple

    Cider season is upon us, and while I’m normally a staunch partisan when it comes to beer as the one true drink of the people* I’ve taken the opport...
  • You Make Your Community

    Recently there have been some high profile business closures in the Brooklyn beer scene. Most notably Bierkraft closing a few weeks back and the re...
  • The Mad Fermentationist at Bitter & Esters

    If you have ever read the blog The Mad Fermentationist (and I know you have) you know how knowledgeable and concise Michael Tonsmeire is. He is ope...
  • Ryes of the Brewminaries at Rockaway Brewing Company

    This past Wednesday Bitter & Esters had the good fortune to brew five barrels of Rye Pale Ale with the fine folks at Rockaway Brewing Company ...
  • Re-pitching Yeast

    You’ve fermented your beer, it’s tasting great, and now it is time to bottle or keg. At the bottom of your fermenter is a whole lot of goop called ...
  • Splitting your batches

    Johnathan Hagen is the resident Certified Cicerone® at Bitter & Esters. He originally hails from a small town outside of Milwaukee (Algonquin f...
  • pH meters and Automatic Temperature Compensating

    Recently I have been doing a lot of research for my upcoming water chemistry class with the goal of making a comprehensive, practical class for the...
  • Low Life: The Night Train of Beers

    For those who haven't heard I have been challenged to brew a clone of Miller High Life. You may ask why I would agree to such a task, which would b...
  • A look back at 2014

    Happy New Year everyone! I thought it would be a nice to post a wrap up of the events at Bitter & Esters. As I went over everything that we did...
  • Recipe Formulation

    If George Washington can write his own beer recipes, so can you.[/caption] I have been brewing beer since 1992. At first I brewed other peoples re...
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