Calculations, Measurements, and Tools Articles

  • Testing Wine Musts For Sugar, pH, and TA

    Making wine is a fun and rewarding area of homebrewing. While you can make it simply by mixing the components to a kit together, setting, and forgetting; you can increase the quality of your wine by testing and adjusting your wines gravity, pH, and TA accordingly. Testing Sugar in Wine The testing of sugar in must is simple and needs only 2 pieces of equipment. First, a wine hydrometer and second a tall test flask. The test fl...

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  • How Much Priming Sugar Should I Use

    Priming sugar, for those who bottle their homebrew, is the sugar you add at bottling time to carbonate (prime) the beer. A given beer's level of carbonation is measured in "Volumes of CO2", which are defined by the style it is. Each style has it's own ideal level of carbonation, and in a competition, a properly carbonated beer can be the difference between winning and falling a few points short. Besides that, having a prop...

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  • How to Calculate Brewhouse Efficiency

    At some point in your homebrewing career, you are likely to take a gravity reading during a brew session, and think, "what the heck went wrong?" If you can be bothered, you search through the vast halls of the university of homebrewing that lives on the Internet. Then you land upon the term “brewhouse efficiency”. This may appear in an article, blog post, recipe, or even your favorite brewing software that is offering to c...

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  • Homebrew Keg Carbonation Chart

    Enjoy a handy carbonation chart telling you which level of PSI to use when force carbonating your hombrew! Find the temperature you're carbonating at, the style of beer in the keg, and voila! You now have a perfect range of PSI to finish the last leg of your next award winning homebrew. Whether you are taking the slow route or shaking your keg to a quick carb, this carbonation chart will help you choose the appropriate amount ...

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  • Homebrewing Pitch Rates

    In my opinion, one of the simplest things you can do to improve your homebrew is to pitch the proper amount of yeast. Most beginner homebrew kits come with a small packet of dry yeast which the instructions tell new brewers to sprinkle over their cooled wort with no explanation or justification. As such, when brewers take the next step they grab a packet of dry yeast, or a pack/vial of liquid yeast, and call it good. After all...

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  • Keeping Records of Your Homebrew

    Making beer takes time. I don’t mean brew day, I mean the part between first pitching the yeast and drinking the final product. This, of course, refers to the fermentation and aging period. Depending on the style, starting gravity, fermentation temperature, yeast strain, and countless other factors, it’s not out of the question to wait up to two months between pitching yeast and consuming the first beer from a batch. This ...

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  • How to Use an Auto-Siphon

    One of the most essential pieces of equipment in a homebrewer's arsenal is an auto-siphon. Besting the alternative methods, like sucking on a rubber tube, the auto-siphon allows you to transfer your homebrew from one vessel to another with limited oxygen exposure. In this article we cover how to use an auto-siphon, and how to maintain it. Auto-Siphon Components There are 4 components to most auto-siphons, which are all removab...

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  • How to Read a Hydrometer

    When brewing beer gravity readings are typically done just before sealing the fermenter and again after fermentation has completed.  These are called the original gravity and final gravity respectively.  As the yeast converts the relatively high density sugar to lower density alcohol and carbon dioxide the solution density will drop.  The change in solution density can be used to estimate the alcohol content of the beer, an...

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  • Brewelements - The Periodic Table of Brewing Ingredients

    There’s a lot to brewing. Although it’s relatively simple to learn, it can take a lifetime to master, and with all the different yeast, malts, hops, and specialty versions of each it can get more than a little complicated. This infographic is to help you understand the ingredients of brewing, brewing elements if you will, along with their unique characteristics and how they work together to make you a better brewer. It is ...

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