If you want to stay in business, you've got to make the best product you can. That's what Kevin Baldus believes, and as a co-founder of a thriving craft brewery, he should know. With co-founders Charles St. Clair and Alex Stankus, he's producing beers to be proud of at Black Horizon Brewing.
He says that to make the best beer, you start with the best stuff—the best water, the best hops, the best malt and the best equipment. This is the stuff they use to brew the beer.
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The brewing process starts with four things: water, yeast, hops and malt. With different combinations, you can make whatever style of beer you want. It's a recipe, just like you'd have for cookies or bread.
When you formulate your recipe, you're thinking about what can give you characteristics you want in the beer. How bitter do you want it? How do you want the aromatics to come through? And what do you want to play with?