I’m always on the hunt for solid, scientific, vocational info as a reference point for articles we pull together. I found myself surfing the Brewers Supply Group website this morning, better known as BSG, a wholly owned subsidiary of Rahr Corp. (that famous malt supplier). I mean, what were you doing with your morning?
BSG actually has six divisions — BSG CraftBrewing, BSG Wine, BSG Distilling, BSG HandCraft, BSG Hops and BSG Canada. We worked with BSG Hops on a hop harvest story a few weeks ago, but BSG CraftBrewing as a whole is just a great resource for brewers.
Under its Brewing Processes and Techniques page, webslingers can find awesome articles for public consumption with titles like: “The Nature, Formation and Prevention of Beer Hazes,” “Getting the Most Out of Your Hemocytometer” or “Malt Specifications for the Practical Brewer.” A lot of these pieces are in easy-to-read PowerPoint slides — like “Improvements in Hop Pellet Quality for the Small Brewery.” Others, like “Gluten Content of Some Commercial American Silica-Stabilized Beers,” are thorough scientific-caliber papers.
The BSG site also has downloadable SDS sheets (essential documents to have on hand in the brewhouse), agricultural reports and tons of other free info you can access here. Just remember to also occasionally hit the BSG CraftBrewing Blog, which is always full of great features on everything from beer collaborations to trade show recaps.