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So what’s up?

I’ve had a lot of emails, Tweets and in person questions over the past few months about what’s up with this website? When are you going to update it again? Let me start by saying I appreciate those questions and everyone’s desire for more content! So what is going on with Embrace The Funk? Well…

BrettaNOmyces?

This is a tricky post for me to write, but being that I have a background in TV News I do think this is a story that professional brewers and home brewers need to be aware of. Is WLP644 Brettanomyces Trois actually Brettanoymces? This is a question that was raised in a discussion group I…

Barrel Filling Procedure and ETF Updates

I guess this is the longest lapse in updating the website I’ve had, but wow has there been a lot going on! I’ve had some questions on what pre-filling procedures we use at Yazoo and since wood barrels are readily available to home brewers nowadays I thought we would go over our techniques. But first…

Teaming Up With Vintage Barrels

In 2011 I wrote about a special beer I brewed called Lil Nugget. It is still one of my favorite homebrews and is holding up pretty well. Since I started at Yazoo it has always been in the back of my mind to brew this one on a commercial scale. Fast forward to January 2014 when…

If You Are Going To Brew Sour Beer

“Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight? ” – The Joker If you are going to brew sour beer then be prepared to dump some down the drain. — I didn’t quote that because I honestly don’t remember who I heard say it.  I can tell you that any sour/wild brewer…

Barrel Cleaning and Storage

In December I wrote about tips on barrel repairs and maintenance. I was happy to hear the tips in the article had helped a few of my fellow brewers! A few weeks ago I was scrolling through some posts on a forum and came across a thread on barrel cleaning. Chase Healey of Prairie Artisan Ales made…

The Funk. The New Chapter.

July 2011. I was sitting on the couch at my house waiting for the new season of Breaking Bad to begin. My wife was updating her Tea Blog she had started a few months earlier to help keep track of the unusual teas and blends she was doing. From time to time I thought about blogging or…

Bottle Waxing: What I’ve Learned and Funk Fest ’14

A few years ago (almost to the day) I wrote an entry on waxing bottles at home using crayons and hot glue sticks. Since then I’ve received some very nice emails thanking me for the advice and pics of some beautiful bottles you guys have done at home. Since January when we released the first…

ETF Deux Rouges Bottle Release Details

This post has been a long time coming. Honestly when I started this blog I never dreamed I would be writing about an Embrace The Funk bottle release, but holy cow it is happening. After over a year of aging in freshly emptied Merlot barrels the Flanders Red that Linus and I brewed is ready…

For The Love of The Barrel

As brewers and especially sour/wild brewers we love to age/ferment in different kinds of wood vessels. There is something beautiful and romantic about walking by large oak foudres or seeing rows of stacked barrels each living and breathing new life into a beer. Each different but striving for the same thing: to make incredible beer….