Eat the enemy! Invasive species pesto 

Step 1: Go on a slow walk through the woods with your friends and your club mascot. Bring along a plant connoisseur if you can (lucky us, we have Ross Whitehead!) and learn all about edible plants of the Mid Atlantic while you stroll. If you’re planning to forage, avoid places where there may be pollutants (like roadsides) – some contaminants could be taken up by plants.

Step 2: Pick some delicious invasive species for your pesto: mugwort (Artemesia vulgaris), garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata), and wild onion (Allium vineale).

Step 3: Pour yourselves some homebrews and blend your harvest with olive oil, toasted walnuts, and parmesan cheese (optional additions: lemon juice, salt and pepper).

Step 4: EAT THE ENEMY! Preferably on a sunny rooftop in very flattering light. Thanks to Ross for taking us through this journey!

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Cup o’ Joe: Founders Breakfast Stout Clone

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This brew was one of our favorites! We thought it would be great with savory waffles, but we drank it all before we got a chance to test our hypothesis.

Modified from this recipe.

Brew Method: Extract
Boil Time: 60 min
Batch Size: 5 gallons

STATS:
Original Gravity: 1.092
Final Gravity: 1.020
ABV: 9.45%

STEEPING GRAINS:
1 lb – Flaked oats
1 lb – Chocolate malt
12 oz – Roast barley malt
9 oz – Dibittered black malt
7 oz – Crystal malt (120)

FERMENTABLES:
6.6 lb – Liquid Malt Extract – Breiss light, unhopped
1.7 lb – Dry Malt Extract – Light

HOPS:
1 oz – Nugget Pellets
1 oz – Willamette Pellets

OTHER INGREDIENTS:
4 oz – Sumatran coffee
2.5 oz – semi-sweet chocolate chips
1.5 oz – unsweetened baking chocolate, chopped
1/2 tsp – Irish Moss

YEAST:
White Labs – American Ale #WLP001

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DIRECTIONS:

1. Steep grains @ 155-160 for 30 minutes in 3 gallons of water
2. Remove grains and rinse with hot water
3. Add LME and DME and bring to a boil. Set timer for 60 min
4. At start of boil, add 1 oz nugget hops and start timer for 60 min
5. With 30 min left on the boil, add 0.5 oz willamette hops
6. At 15 min, add irish moss and wort chiller
7. At 0 min (flameout), add 0.5 oz willamette hops, 2 oz coffee, and all chocolate
8. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature
9. Transfer wort to primary fermenter and top up with water to 5 gallons.
10. Add yeast and swirl to incorporate and aerate
11. Ferment in primary for 7-14 days
12. Rack to secondary fermenter and add 2 oz coffee
13. After 7-14 days, prime and bottle
14. Bottle condition 2-3 weeks and enjoy!

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Guava Belgian Pale Ale

IMG_20160330_192621Tonight we’re brewing our third batch of this beer, a favorite recipe created and led by Cesar.

Brew Method: Extract
Boil Time: 60 min
Batch Size: 5 gallons

STATS:
Original Gravity: 1.052
Final Gravity: 1.012
ABV: 5.25%

STEEPING GRAINS:
10 oz – Carapils
10 oz – Honey Malt

FERMENTABLES:
4 lb – Dry Malt Extract – Pilsen Light
1 lb – Dry Malt Extract – Wheat Breiss

HOPS:
1 oz – Belma Pellets
1 oz – Citra Pellets

OTHER INGREDIENTS:
1 oz – Bitter Orange Peel (dried)
1.5 g – Paradise Seeds
1 lb – Peeled Fresh Guava, in 1″ chunks
1 tsp – Irish Moss
2 lb – Frozen Guava Pulp (for secondary)

YEAST:
White Labs – Monastery Ale Yeast #WLP500

DIRECTIONS:

1. Steep grains @ 155-160 for 30 minutes in 3 gallons of water
2. Remove grains and add DME
3. Bring to boil and set timer for 60 minutes
4. With 15 minutes left, add irish moss and wort chiller
5. At 10 min, add fresh guava
6. At 7 min, add belma and citra hops
7. At 5 min, add seeds of paradise and orange peel
8. At 0 min, remove from heat and transfer wort to primary fermenter
9. Top up with water to 5 gallons.
10. Cool to pitching temp and add yeast
11. Ferment in primary for 7-14 days
12. Rack to secondary fermenter and add guava pulp
13. After 7-14 days, prime and bottle
14. Bottle condition 2-3 weeks and enjoy!

The easiest and most delicious bread recipe

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This bread has accompanied many a brew club gathering. It’s simple to make and delicious every time, and it has beer in it!

Almost No-Knead Bread

Modified from Cook’s Illustrated 2008.

Makes 1 large round loaf

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon instant or rapid-rise yeast
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons water, room temperature (I usually end up using a little less, or a little more flour to get the right dough consistency)
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons mild-flavored beer (Budweiser is fine and so is an IPA or pretty much anything)
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
  • Chopped herbs (optional)

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Instructions

1. Whisk flour, salt, and yeast together in large bowl (and herbs, if using). Mix water, lager, and vinegar together and add to the flour mixture. Using rubber spatula or wooden spoon, fold mixture, scraping up dry flour from bottom of bowl until shaggy ball forms. If it’s really sticky, add a little more flour (otherwise it will be still delicious but kind of flat). Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for at least 8 hours or up to 18 hours (or if you’re in a rush, you can let it rise in the oven with the light on for about 4 hours and it’ll still be tasty. Just make sure the oven doesn’t get too hot – you might want to turn the light off after an hour or so depending on how hot your oven light is).

2. Line a large bowl (about the size of your dutch oven or a little smaller) with parchment paper. Transfer dough to lightly floured counter and knead 10 to 15 times (or knead in the bowl). Shape dough into ball and place it into the parchment-lined bowl. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rise at room temperature until dough has doubled in size and does not readily spring back when poked with finger, about 2 hours.

3. About 30 min before the bread is done rising, put the empty dutch oven (lid on) into the oven and preheat to 500 degrees. When it’s preheated, turn the temp down to 425. Lightly flour top of dough and, using razor blade or sharp knife, make one or two slits along top of dough. Pick up the dough by lifting the parchment overhang and lower it into the Dutch oven. Put lid on and bake bread for 30 minutes.

4. Remove lid and continue to bake (still at 425) until loaf is deep brown and registers 210 degrees (15 minutes works for me, but it could be different with a different oven). Carefully remove bread from pot; transfer to wire rack and try to let cool for at least 15 minutes before cutting into loaf.

Enjoy!

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Behind the scenes: Harvard faculty search

Many of us in YCC work in academia and/or are on the hunt for jobs, and the selection process for these jobs can be mired in mystery. This article gives insight into the search for tenure-track faculty in science – what search committees are looking for, how they narrow down the huge pool of qualified candidates, and how they try to combat implicit biases against women and minorities in their application reviews. A great read that has sparked a lot of conversation in the scientific community!

Our faculty search so far