3 Improvements to My Beer Brewing Process

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These improvements cut my brew day by about 3 hours and made my beer brewing process much more enjoyable. I've been on a bit of a brewing kick lately. I've brewed 3 beers in the 2 months, which is a really good rate given my work schedule and travel. Check my homebrew recipes out here Since I've been brewing a lot lately, I made a number of improvements to my beer brewing … [Read more...]


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This is an easy, homebrew recipe perfect for hot summer days or enjoyed with your favorite spaetzle recipe. This one has been a favorite for many non-craft beer drinkers as well. A great way to get someone introduced to homebrewing! … [Read more...]

Failure in Homebrewing


I am often on various homebrewing forums. In those periods where I am unable to brew, it's nice to be able to read about homebrewing to still feel connected to the hobby. I see a reoccuring theme on these forums, especially with new homebrewers. Before giving you the question that I see, I'll start with my answer: Don't be afraid to fail!   I even put it in bold, … [Read more...]

Better Bottle – Equipment Review

Better Bottle Review

When I started brewing, I thought Carboys was a nickname for a mechanically inclined child. (Get it? Get it? Ah, oh well.) All kidding aside, carboys are what you ferment your beer in. It can be glass, plastic (like Better Bottle) or even steel. Many breweries use stainless steel because it keeps light out and is also lighter than glass. For a brewery with a giant fermenter, … [Read more...]

How to Set Up BIAB on Beersmith


Do you BIAB? Want to learn how to set up your profile in Beersmith? This video comes from the talented Mr. Brulosophy. He has put together a walkthrough on how to set up Brew In A Bag (BIAB) with the popular brewing software Beersmith. … [Read more...]

Brewbarrel. Homebrewing Gimmick or Beer Revolution?


There has been a huge amount of homebrewing inventions in recent times. Some are the same old thing wrapped up in a pretty package (see HopBox). However, there's  a new kickstarter campaign for something a little different. Whether it turns out to be Mr. Beer on steroids or an actual revolution for homebrewers is yet to be seen. I give you: Brewbarrel. Brewbarrel is … [Read more...]

Cream Ale Recipe

Cream Ale

Style: Cream Ale TYPE: Partial Mash OG: 1.056        Estimated OG: 1.051 FG: 1.009        Estimated FG: 1.011 Recipe Specifications Boil Size: 3.57 gal Post Boil Volume: 3 gal Batch Size (fermenter): 5.5 gal Estimated Color: 5.5 SRM Estimated IBU: 14 IBUs Efficiency: Guessing around 77% but I'm not sure. Boil Time: 60 Minutes Primary: 5 weeks (1 week cold … [Read more...]

Organizing Tips for Homebrewing


When you begin homebrewing, it starts slow. I made one extract kit and I couldn't believe how easy it was. You start brewing more and more beers, trying out different styles and experimenting. You're doing it! You're making beer you crazy garage alchemist you! The point is, you begin to accumulate more and more different styles of beer at the same time. You now have a very … [Read more...]

Typical Brew Day in Pictures


I'm a very visual person so I decided to take pictures of a typical brewday. 1. Gotta have fuel to brew!   2. Grain in the paint strainer bag.    3. Heating the strike water.    4. Mash time.   4. Draining and sparging.   5. Pre-boil deliciousness.   6. After extract was … [Read more...]

How to Make Beer for Beginners


Do you want to learn how to make beer? Welcome! Some people think brewing beer is hard. Here's the big secret: it's not.  There are many ways to make craft beer and this is the simplest. From here, you can evolve to partial mash or all grain. It's your process so adapt it as you see fit. As long as you learn how to make beer, my job is accomplished! Follow the … [Read more...]

6 Hours of Fermentation in Pictures


This post comes to us from a reddit post by fellow homebrewer r/xumbi. Posted with permission. I am a frequent lurker to Reddit's homebrewing community. They have been an invaluable source of information as I continue on my brewing journey. I came across this post and thought it might be interesting to see how quickly fermentation can start. You can find the recipe here or … [Read more...]

Liberty Stout (Partial Mash)


Style: American Stout TYPE: Partial Mash OG: 1.051        Estimated OG: 1.056 FG: 1.013         Estimated FG: 1.013         Recipe Specifications Boil Size: 3.00 gal Post Boil Volume: 2.5 gal Batch Size (fermenter): 5 gal Estimated OG: 1.056 SG Estimated Color: 44.6 SRM Estimated IBU: 14.5 IBUs Efficiency: I'm not there yet, … [Read more...]

Top 15 Holiday Gifts for Homebrewers


Every year about this time, I see tons of family members asking for the best gifts for homebrewers in their family. It's a daunting task. For an outsider, it can seem like an assorted bunch of buckets, glass and tubing. Fear not! I'll recommend the best gifts that each homebrewer is sure to love. While some of these I know from my own experience, for others I did my best to … [Read more...]

4 Easy Steps to Remove Beer Labels


I'm pretty cheap and when it comes to homebrewing, I'm always looking for ways to save money. One way is to recycle beer bottles after use. But how do I remove those pesky labels? That glue is stickier than tar! Today I will show you how to remove beer labels. Many of these methods I learned from the great communities at Reddit (r/homebrewing) and homebrewtalk.com. … [Read more...]

Walzen Weizen


Ingredients Size: 2.5 gallon batch 1/2 lb Wheat 1/2 lb Flaked Wheat 1/2 lb 2 Row 2 lbs Dry Wheat Malt Extract WB-06 Wheat Dry Yeast … [Read more...]