If you start baking your own bread, you will instantly be amazed at your own awesomeness. Homemade bread is seriously one of the most satisfying things you can make; it’s easy and it looks beautiful. But beware, your spirits will fall, ever so slightly, when you bite into that first loaf. The problem: it’s bland.
Afterwards you may find yourself seeking flavor. ‘Perhaps if I substitute 1 cup of whole wheat flour’ or ‘Maybe some rosemary and bunch of olive oil would jazz it up.’ Those ideas are fine, but here I’m going to tell you the secret to free flavor. Ready? Sourdough. Continue reading How to Make a Sourdough Starter
I’m now going into my second year of homebrewing and it’s starting to get wild. Sometimes hobbies fade, but this one still seems to be picking up momentum. In the beginning I was brewing almost exclusively out of the essential Brewing Classic Styles recipe book, with a few clone recipes mixed in. I think this was a good start, because it helped me learn about malts, hops, and yeast; their varieties and peculiarities. I am by no means an expert on these things after 2 years, but I recently decided it’s time to grow up. Time to start making my own recipes. Orange-chocolate saison was one of the first.
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