I’m very new to the beer blogging scene, so if this idea is to go anywhere I’ll need to trust the more long-standing beer bloggers to promote the idea if it is to fly. But I think it is a good idea, so it just might.
Fermentation Friday is fun because it helps us homebrewers connect and it makes us write about topics we might not have thought of on our own. I think we can do better.
While writing yesterday’s Scottish Ale Massacre, where I tried one of my beers next to some commercial beers of a similar style, I started thinking that it might be fun if all of us beer bloggers tried making the same style at once and then posting our results together, along with a recipe and a comparison with a common commercial beer.
So here is what I propose:
- We brew a similar beer 4 times a year
- Once a month is too often because brewing is a big commitment and we’ll want to brew according to our own desires too.
- A couple of months ahead of time, the host chooses a benchmark beer and style.
- We don’t need to make a beer in the same style, only something that makes an interesting comparison.
- On the prescribed date, we all post our recipes and compare them with the baseline beer.
- You don’t even need to have your own blog to do this. Post your recipe and comparison on the comments or on one of the homebrewing communities and provide a link.
The goal of this project is to learn more about brewing from each other. If enough of us try a clone of the baseline beer, there is probably a good chance that someone will brew something pretty close to the baseline beer. Those of us who try something a little different should still be able to show some instructive results. Hopefully, we all become better brewers.
What do you think? If you like the idea and think it might be fun let me know and, if you have your own blog, re-post the idea and see what your readers think.