Blending Beers Print
Learn - Tips & Tricks
Written by Mark Emiley   
Tuesday, 15 July 2008 19:34
Why should winemakers be the only people allowed to mix two batches of fermented goodness to make a product better than the sum of its parts?  I recently brewed a Belgian Ale that was good and Belgian, but, you know, I don't like the Belgian character all that much.  I tried mixing some scaled quantities with other batches I had going.  Just trying different proportions together, just like winemakers.  So, I ended up blending it with a gallon or two of an American Amber that I had fermenting at the time.  A little more hop character and some nice malt profiles.  The resulting beer: a good Belgian that was a little softer on the palate with a little more hop profile than normal.  I entered it in the National Homebrewing Competition and it took second place in our region for Belgian Specialty Ale and went on to the finals.  Just a little tinkering with a style by blending some of your batches can result in a better net product.