Cooking Tips | 7 September 2016Quiz: What Brewer Type Are You? Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Drew Beechum has a passion for brewing and he’s going to teach you how to not just brew at home but do it so, so well. In Homebrew All-Stars: Top Homebrewers Share Their Best Techniques and Recipes, Beechum will welcome you into the close-knit community of home brewers with tips, techniques, recipes and lots of fun information about beer. As you begin your journey toward being an all-star home brewer, take this quiz from the book to find out what type of brewer you are at heart. Quiz: What Brewer Type Are You? We’d bet good money that right now you’re glancing through these lists and categorizing not only yourself, but your friends and fellow brewers! Now’s the time to take the almighty quiz! We hope you studied, because this test will determine your brewing fate for the next 200 or so pages. Grab a pen and paper and write down your answers. Rank the responses in terms of fit. Make sure to rank each answer (1 being the best match, 4 being the worst—don’t repeat ranks). Not sure about an answer? Go with your gut! Despite our earlier assertion, the fate of the world is not riding on your test-taking abilities. When you’re finished, see page 19 for the key. 1) It’s 2 a.m. on a sleepless night. To lull yourself to sleep, you begin to think about your next brew day. A. “That blot of mustard on my shirt from earlier tonight reminds me: a mustard beer would be interesting to try.” B. “Hm, which malt and hop should I use in my next SMaSH beer?” C. “I should brew an English barleywine so I’m ready for Christmas.” D. “When do the fruit orchards begin to bloom this year?” 2) For dinner, which would you prefer? A. Thai Tom Yum Guy soup with coconut milk B. Sous vide steak, seared C. A Sunday roast D. Sausage and limburger served on sourdough rye toast 3) Where are you when inspiration strikes you for your next batch of beer? A. At your local micro flour mill discovering they have Tibetan Purple Barley (or reading online about Neo-Mexicanus hops or wanting to now that you’ve heard the name) B. Flipping through the pages of Cynmar or AS&S’s latest catalog C. Your local English pub D. Watching a documentary on the bee men of Africa 4) In order of importance, rank these elements in terms of your brewing priorities (1 being the highest priority and 4 being the lowest): A. Developing a beer that makes people go “wha?” B. Dialing in on your process C. Using traditional techniques to make perfect beer D. Coaxing complex characters from multiple microorganisms 5) You’re at a bar or beer store and see a new beer that contains chocolate, red wine, and coffee. What is your first thought? A. “What if I swapped the coffee for tea?” B. “What kind of mash schedule and yeast did they use?“ C. “Good God, are they trying to kill me?” D. “Wonder if it’s sour . . .” 6) When you design a new recipe, what generally drives the development? A. An ingredient B. A question C. A tradition D. A bug 7) Where is the ideal place to have a beer? A. Someplace you’ve never been before B. Someplace not distracting, preferably familiar C. In the old part of the city where the beer is brewed D. Out in the woods or in a very small, dark café 8) When you sit down with a glass of beer, what are you looking for on the first sip? A. A flavor that makes you think, “How did they do this?” B. A beer that tastes just like the last one you had from this brewery C. A reassuring blend of familiar flavors D. Something so sour you make a scrunchy face 9) Imagine yourself in the plumbing department of a large home improvement store. As you peruse the aisles, what are you thinking? A. I don’t know what that thing is, but I need it! B. How would that affect my mash runoff? C. That’s just like the valve I saw in a picture of a German brewery. D. I could use that to make a separate fermenter for my wild beers. 10) What books are you reading? A. Experimental Homebrewing by two wellregarded gentlemen, Radical Brewing by Randy Mosher, Extreme Brewing by Sam Calagione B. How to Brew by John Palmer, Principles of Brewing Science by George Fix, Brewing by Dr. Michael Lewis C. The Brewer’s Publications Style Series D. American Sour Beers by Michael Tonsmeire, Wild Brews by Jeff Sparrow Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: Shake up your homebrewing routine with the masters.From the mad scientists who brought you Experimental Homebrewing comes an all-new type of brewing book. For the first time, drop by the garage – err, we mean brewery – of 25 of today’s most talented homebrewers. Pick their brains about ingredients and equipment, learn their techniques, and of course, try their recipes. Among the brewers in this book, you’ll find traditionalists and rule-breakers, gear nerds and the science-obsessed. Start a solera with Mike Tonsmeire, talk temperature control with John Palmer, or tweak your pH with Martin Brungard. Featured brewers also include: Fred Bonjour, Amanda Burkemper, Chris Colby, Kent Fletcher, Joe Formanek, Lars Marius Garshol, Jeff Gladish, Gary Glass, Janis Gross, Mary Izett, Annie Johnson, Brandon Jones, Mike Karnowski, Mike “Tasty” McDole, Marshall Schott, Nathan Smith, Curt Stock, Gordon Strong, Roxanne Westendorf, Keith Yager, and two guys named Denny and Drew. Brewers cover their favorite malts, hops, and yeasts, and recipes include a wide variety of styles, from IPAs and stouts to saisons and lagers. Whether you’re looking to become the best brewer ever or simply looking for a new recipe to try this weekend, this book is a home run. 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