Beer Brewing Articles

  • 12 Tips to Making Amazing Session Beers

    Beer enthusiasts seek out and enjoy a lot of stronger styles, and with good reason. The richness, complexity, and depth of flavor we find in a stronger beer like a DIPA, an Imperial Stout, or a Wee Heavy just can’t be beat. The market keeps fulfilling the demand for these beers, and homebrewers make their own on top of that. But we can’t always drink big beers, no matter how much we want to. Sometimes, we want to have a fe...

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  • All Grain Brew Day: Crush to Pitch

    OK, so you want to try all grain. But what goes into an all grain brew day? There are two basic methods of mashing grain, with branches off of those. Using a mash tun or using the Brew-In-A-Bag (BIAB) method. I’m going to focus on the more traditional mash tun, but rest assured that BIAB will produce equally excellent all-grain beer as well. Make Sure Everything Is Accounted For Figure out what beer you want to brew, then ma...

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  • Maintaining Mash Temperature

    When I did my first all-grain batch, I had no end of issues with keeping the mash temperature where I wanted it. It seemed simply impossible to get it even close to stable for a whole hour; I’d overshoot, then see the temperature drop too far, and I was always correcting by adding boiling or cold water. I had a few batches there where the results were just completely unpredictable, and it caused me a lot of frustration until...

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  • Quick Hits: Homebrewing Questions Answered 04

    Featured Product Recipe Kits Extract brewing cuts down the time it takes to finish a batch down considerable, allowing the brewer to skip the "mashing" process altogether and go straight to the boil. It also requiring less equipment than all-grain brewing. $25.95 - 72.95 Order Now In the last Quick Hits, we answered homebrewing questions about yeast, dunk sparging, and oxygenation issues. We're going to continue the yeast ...

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  • How Common Are Bugs in Craft Beer?

    Did you know there are roughly 10 Quintilian insects alive at any given time on the planet? That's a lot of bugs. Thankfully the FDA won't let any sort of insect infestations find their way into our craft beer right? Wrong. In fact, if you just opened up a beer, I'd bet my mortgage that you're drinking bugs along with it! A Bit of Interesting History On Bugs and Beer Brewing We know that yeast is one of the most resilient org...

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  • Creating Consistently Successful Kettle Sours

    Featured Product Lactobacillus Wyeast Lactobacillus 5335 is found in a lot of different beers including lambics, sour brown ales, gueuze, and Berliner Weisse. You'll always use in conjunction with S. cerevisae and often a variety of different wild yeasts. We recommend using in your beer or wort below 10 IBUs due to it's sensitivity to hop compounds. $13.95 Order Now Souring beers is an ancient practice that has been around...

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  • Brewing Malt Comparison Chart

    There are so many types of brewing malt available to us homebrewers that making a unique recipe actually isn't that hard despite there being over 4,000 breweries in the United States alone. The table below is a list of each arranged by Lovibond (color). Show the Base Malts only Show the Steeping malts only Grains Arranged By Lovibond Value Name Potential SRM Mash Required? Max Grain Bill % Flavors & Characteristics Sub...

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  • Barleywine Basics and A Recipe

    Featured Product Barleywine Recipe Kit Our American Barleywine is a big, bold, and strong version of the American classic. Complex in flavor and aroma, this sipper only gets better with age. $55.95 Order Now The term Barleywine (also known as “Barley Wine” in the U.K.) is somewhat of a misnomer. Containing no fruit, it is actually a very strong all-barley beer. Ranging in strength from 8% ABV to as high as 25%...

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  • Quick Hits 03: Homebrewing Questions Answered

    In the last Quick Hits, we answered homebrewing questions about hops and hop spiders, secondaries, head retention, and more. This time around we're answering homebrewing questions regarding yeast, oxidation, dunk sparging, and more; • What's so Great About Liquid Yeast? • How Long Does Saved Yeast Last? • Problems Caused by High Fermentation Temperature • What is a Dunk Sparge? • Preventing Oxygen Exposure at B...

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