Hot Rocks and Amazing Beer Techniques

If you’re a beer geek, you’ve heard of but probably never tasted Steinbeer – beer made by tossing super-heated rocks into a kettle. The rocks heat the wort (pre-fermentation beer juice) beyond the boiling point, and caramelize, even burn, the sugars so that the resulting beer has flavors that simply cannot be created by normal brewing techniques. It’s dangerous, unknown territory for modern brewers – a lot of rocks when super-heated will explode into sharp shards, and others will simply crumble. It’s not an experiment I’ll be trying in my back yard.

Go here, though, and watch this video about the brewers at Six Point taking the challenge and making it work. It’s beer geek porn.

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