• Hosting A Very Homebrew Halloween Party

    It's October, and that means Halloween just might be on your brain. If you're one to dive into the festivities every October the 31st, you may host a gathering with friends to drink and have fun. A homebrew driven Halloween bash can be a lot of fun and it gives you an excuse to brew more beer. Here are a few ideas to get you inspired about hosting a homebrew Halloween party of your own. Serve Homebrew From a Pumpkin A uniq...

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  • Serving Beer From a Pumpkin: 2 Methods

    It's officially Fall. And that means pumpkin season is here. You can hate pumpkin beer all you want, and that's fine because this article isn't about that. It's about serving beer from one!  There are two ways to approach this (both of which are really for show). One is a lot cleaner and the other is a bit more unorthodox, but both methods are used regularly for serving beer out of a pumpkin at a party. Method 1: The Jockey S...

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  • Mashing and Sparging Methods

    Mashing is a tool that all grain brewers use to convert the starches in grain into fermentable sugars. If you're new to all-grain brewing or are ready to take the leap from extract, this is a great article to get your feet wet. If you're contemplating between extract vs all grain brewing, one difference is that you will need to mash in order to brew all grain beer. What is Mashing? What is Sparging? Mashing and sparging are tw...

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  • How to Use Oak in Homebrewing

    Oak is a truly remarkable wood - and that isn't the carpenter in me speaking although it’s pretty good for that too. Oak’s gentle influence in alcohol from spirits to wine to beer that makes it desirable. While oak barrels are well known for their use in wine-making, distilling, and beer brewing, the plucky homebrewer doesn’t need to have giant barrels scattered around the yard to enjoy oak’s wonderful nature. Utilizin...

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  • The Fermentation Chamber : Building and Components Overview

    If you want to get your brewing career off to a flying start, your number one aim should really  be a fermentation chamber after your starting equipment of course. A fermentation chamber can provide optimum temperature of your fermentation, which helps control ester profiles and reduce fusel alcohols. I live in Ireland where the temperatures are usually too low for homebrew fermentation except for three months in the Summer w...

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  • How and When to Harvest Hops

    Featured Product Hop Rhizomes Growing your own hops can be a fun and rewarding process, and it adds a fresh twist to your beer! Don't wait to order, as rhizomes are only harvested once per year and sell fast. $4.25 Order Now Summer is on the wane. The weather is starting to cool. That means it’s almost hop harvesting time, and that means a lot of new hop growers are probably starting to see the cones filling up their bin...

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  • Cloudy with a Chance of Hops: Discussing the "Haze Craze"

    Featured Product New England IPA An original take on the Northeastern IPA craze, this Crazy Hazy IPA has a strong citrus aroma with notes of grapefruit, mandarin orange and tangerine and just a hint of blueberry. $42.95 Order Now Not too long ago the discussion was East coast IPAs versus West coast IPAs, and apart from Heady Topper, the West coast had it in the bag. However, New England has risen up and defined a new way...

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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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  • 3 Famous Craft Beers You can Clone

    Featured Product Dogfish Head 60 Minute A tribute to one of the most popular IPAs in the business, this clone recipe kit features classic American hops and malt that make a great year round IPA. $46.95 Order Now One of many advantages of being a homebrewer is the ability to reproduce (or attempt to anyway) a commercially available beer. This is even more attractive for a beer that is difficult to find or in high demand. E...

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