When to Dump a Bad Batch of Beer

When is my homebrew ruined beyond repair? There are a lot of things that can go wrong with a batch of beer. From under carbonation to bacterial contamination, there are many things that can steer your beer from its intended course. However, just because your course changes along the way does … [Read more...]

How to Make Better Beer by Keeping Logs

Keeping a Brewer’s Log: The Key to Making Better Beer? Every brewer wants to make better beer. Whether you are a casual brewer or someone who hopes to go pro, you want your beer to be the best it can be every time you brew it. One of the most important things a brewer can do in order to become a … [Read more...]

What I’ve Learned From a Lifetime of Homebrewing

Fourteen years ago, I was recovering from major surgery and had some time to reflect on what I had not accomplished in my life. I decided to work on financial planning, to develop a list of places I wanted to travel to with my wife, to stop drinking cheap scotch and find out what single malts I … [Read more...]

6 Ways to Speed up Your Homebrew Process

Let’s face it; everyone’s time is precious. Like me, many people use brew days as a way to escape and unwind. Because of my other commitments (kid, work, life, etc), finding a 4-5 hour free time period to brew was becoming more and more troublesome. My options were to start brewing at 8pm and … [Read more...]

Spicing Up Your Holidays: Brown Ale Homebrew Recipe

As the holidays approach, many home brewers are looking for a great recipe to share with their friends and families as a holiday ale. Unfortunately, it’s already November, which means that it is most likely too late to brew the high-gravity “winter warmer” that you were considering. With under … [Read more...]

How to Create Your Own Homebrew Recipe

When I started homebrewing, I was like the vast majority of people getting into the hobby: I learned as much as I could about cleaning and sanitizing, made sure to follow directions on the proper boil time and hop additions, and learned how to be patient by allowing the beer to ferment out … [Read more...]

Pellet Hops vs Whole Hops: Comparing the Pros & Cons

A brewer walks into a homebrew shop … ok this isn’t the start of a joke, though I have to admit to trying long and hard to come up with one. So, instead of a joke let’s talk about this moment. You walk into the local homebrew shop or maybe you’re at home perusing online homebrew stores, either … [Read more...]

How to Evaluate Your Beer

Sometimes, it just feels good to crack open a beer, pour it in a glass, and drink it. Just enjoy it for enjoyment’s sake. Other times, though, it’s important to get the full sensory experience of the beer, which takes a bit more attention and a bit of knowledge on how to get the most out of a … [Read more...]

INFOGRAPHIC: A Beginner’s Guide to Homebrewing

Click on Infographic to view larger version. Embed Code: Infographic via: Kegerator.com So You Want to Brew Your Own Beer, But Not Sure How to Start? We receive a lot of questions here at Kegerator.com. From troubleshooting a kegerator to brewing your own beer, we've heard just … [Read more...]

All-Grain Brewing vs. Extract Brewing: Pros & Cons

As discussed in the article, “How to Brew Beer”, there are three main methods for brewing beer: extract, partial mash and all-grain. While there are a number of differences between the three, the main difference really comes down to how the base of the beer is created. Extract and partial mash … [Read more...]

Homebrew Kits: How to Choose the Right Kit for You

Having the right equipment is crucial to a successful home brewing. Rather than attempting to search for all of the necessary components individually, choosing to get a comprehensive Equipment Kit is the best place to start. That way, you know you’ll have everything you need right there and won’t be … [Read more...]

How to Brew Beer

Home brewing beer has been said to be part science and part art. There is a precise and calculated aspect to the process but at the same time the “rules” and any possible confines can be hazy, presenting grounds for personal interpretation and the creation of a truly unique beer. Sounds like it … [Read more...]

How to Use a Hydrometer in 4 Easy Steps

What is a Hydrometer? A hydrometer is a basic tool that is used to measure the ratio of a sample liquid’s density to the density of water. In home brewing, it is a necessary tool that will show you the degree to which the yeast is converting sugar into ethanol, ultimately helping you gauge the … [Read more...]