My friend Taylor (@tbeseda) and I started a new site called BrewAdvice.com.
BrewAdvice is a knowledge sharing experiment. The focus is definitely on brewing, but questions of all beer-related nature are welcome. For example, I asked about pairing beer with mussels.
Check out the site. Ask questions. Answer questions. Participate.
You can follow the site on Twitter at @brewadvice, where questions are posted every two hours.
Here are some example questions, and the selected answer. Each question can have many answers.
Q: If you happen to be out of priming sugar, but really want to bottle your beer, what are the alternatives? Let’s assume a 5 gallon batch that’s fully fermented – call it 1.010-1.014.
- Corn syrup
- Regular olde sucrose
- Malt extract
- Brown sugar if you’re desperate
Q: What’s a good style or specific beer that would pair with mussels?
First off, mussels steamed in beer is FREAKING amazing.
Second off, the perfect pairing for mussels depends on the sauce in which they are prepared.
Mussels in white wine or wit beer sauce — Flavor of mussels is light and delicate and need not be overpowered with extreme beer. This style goes best with a Wit Bier, Hefeweizen or a Saison.
Mussel marinara — Tomato sauce is highly acidic and needs a beer with a higher hop content. I would go with a Pale Ale. If the marinara is spicy, I would go with an IPA.
Mussels in curry sauce — Usually prepared with a cream (coconut) base. The heaviness of the cream and the spice of the curry makes this an excellent pairing with lighter styles — such as a Czech Pilsners — as well as maltier styles — such as a Belgian Dubbel or Dobbelbach.
When in doubt, the saison style is my favorite pair with mussels.
Q: What characteristics do you look for in a yeast to pair with your recipe? Is there a common reference?
For me some styles showcase yeast like Belgians, Hefes, some English styles, etc. Others showcase malts or hops and yeast shouldn’t play much of a role. For me I generally stick with some clean ale yeast like 1056 or Pacman for IPA’s, Blondes, etc. And then obviously for something like a hefe I choose 3068.
As I reference, if you car about style guidelines, look at the BJCP style guidelines for whatever your making. They will usually mention what role yeast character should or should not play.
Why are you still here? Go to BrewAdvice.com and play!