Brewbarrel. Homebrewing Gimmick or Beer Revolution?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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)

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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

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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

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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

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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...]

Beer from Concentrate: Is This The Camping Man’s Homebrew?

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An Alaskan entrepreneur, Patrick Tatera, has found a way to bring beer to new heights, such as mountains or various hiking altitudes. Pat's backcountry beverages has invented a "beer from concentrate" formula which aims to make transporting an enjoying a beer in the backwoods a much easier process. They are planning to launch in Mid-September with a 4-pack costing around $9.99. … [Read more...]

What is Beer Made Of?

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In order to brew your own beer, you must understand an important question: what is beer made of. Some of the roles that the ingredients play might surprise you. For instance, did you know that both hops and marijuana are members of the same hemp family of flowering plants named Cannabacea. How about the role that yeast plays in the beer making process? Strap on your learning … [Read more...]

The Cool Brewing Fermentation Cooler

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During my adventure into learning how to brew beer, I have to improvise...a lot. My apartment is small and space is coveted. I constantly test the patience of my fiance with the assortment of cabinets and closet space that my beloved beer brewing requires. I previously used a cabinet in my kitchen to store my fermenters. However, one night after cooking I checked my fermenter … [Read more...]

Why Synthetic Yeast Could Be Bad For Homebrewing

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British researchers have been given a $1 million euro grant to scientifically engineer yeast. This might possibly have an impact on the beer industry and homebrewing. Homebrewing could be cheaper, faster and produce less byproducts. As this innovation gains traction on the market, it would continue to drop in the price point until it is available to home brewers. The … [Read more...]

The Six-Pack Project: California

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I have the privilege , no wait...the honor, of representing California in this edition of the Six-Pack Project. It’s a new, collaborative effort between beer bloggers from around the country to highlight a six-pack of our state’s native brews that we believe best represent what the beer culture of our respective states offer. If someone is coming to visit, what bottles or cans … [Read more...]