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...]

How to Upgrade Your Blowoff System

The three-piece airlock features a very simple yet ingenious design. It was created as a one-way airflow system that allows CO2 to exit the fermentation vessel without allowing outside air to enter. It’s always done a more-than-satisfactory job at what it was designed to do but things have changed. … [Read more...]

Carboys: Why They’re Better Than Fermenting Buckets

Pre-packaged homebrewing kits are created to include everything you need to get started on your path to brewing your own beer. However, some are also compiled for the purpose of affordability. In order to keep price down, the first component that these types of kits elect to omit is the carboy, … [Read more...]

Hops & Homebrew: How to Use Them When Brewing

Hops add bitterness, flavor and aroma to your beer while acting as a natural preservative. They come in a wide variety of types that originate from regions all over the world. Some are used predominantly for bittering while others are prized for the flavors and aromas that they impart. Regardless of … [Read more...]

Why Every Homebrewer Should Own a Faucet Adapter

A faucet adapter is a very small and simple piece of equipment that can make a huge difference in homebrewing. It is designed for one purpose, which is to allow the attachment of garden hose threads (GHT) to a standard kitchen faucet. Most homebrewing equipment that is designed to attach to … [Read more...]

How to Force Carbonate Your Beer

You’ve got your homebrew in the keg but there’s just one more step before you can pull the tap handle—carbonation. Though, unlike carbonating beer in bottles, you can carbonate beer that’s in a keg at a much faster rate. Instead of feeding the leftover yeast additional sugars to naturally create CO2 … [Read more...]

Raising the ABV of Your Homebrew

Alcohol is a byproduct of the fermentation process, which takes place when the yeast converts the sugars derived from the grain. Knowing that, you can increase the alcohol by volume (ABV) by increasing the size of the grain bill or increasing the amount of malt extract used. Though, this … [Read more...]

5 Beginner-Friendly Homebrew Styles

When first beginning your homebrewing journey it may be very tempting to rush your rise to brewing glory by jumping right into some impressive-sounding double IPA, Russian imperial stout or perhaps a barleywine. Well, not to discourage you, but brewing complex beers such as these can leave tons of … [Read more...]