• Guide to Mashing and Sparging

    Mashing is a process used during all grain brewing to convert the starches in the grain to sugars. Depending mostly on the temperature and time of the mash a variety of sugar compositions can be produced. Brew in a bag (BIAB) is an easy way to go about mashing grain with very little special equipment. In fact, the only thing you’ll probably need to buy is a paint strainer bag. If the crushed grain mixture, or grist, is prima...

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  • Secondary Fermentation

    The term Secondary Fermentation typically refers to the period post-primary fermentation where beer is transferred from the primary fermentation vessel to a “secondary” vessel and given additional conditioning time. However, as the circumstances of brewing and materials available have changed, so have opinions on secondary. Transfer to a secondary vessel is largely considered unnecessary, and some brewers consider it risky...

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  • Dry Yeast vs. Liquid Yeast

    I know quite a few brewers who view liquid yeast as the “next step”. Their initial learn-to-brew kit, like many others, probably came with dry yeast of some sort and so, obviously, it is the inferior cost-effective product. This is, fortunately, not the case, and dry yeast is a viable option for many brewers that can produce a beer just as good as liquid yeast. Now, thanks to advancements in drying and packing yeast, brewe...

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  • Brewing Terms

    For new homebrewers it can be difficult to navigate the sea of brewing terms and acronyms that are used while discussing homebrewing. I’ve been brewing for a while now, and I regularly come across terms that I don’t understand or are used in a different context. Below is a list of some common terms used in brewing, and understanding them will help you enter the conversations being had and will help you identify some key el...

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