A Beginner’s Guide to Lagering

Eventually in every home brewer’s career, they hit a point when they grow tired of brewing only ales and want to try their hand at brewing lager. Unfortunately, challenges with temperature control can make this difficult, but the key to successfully brewing lager is simply knowing when it is okay … [Read more...]

RECIPE: Summer Kölsch

The classic “Hybrid” beer, Kölsch is a German beer style which, to be called Kölsch, must be brewed in one of the 20 or so designated breweries around the Cologne (Köln) area. So, you’re technically going to be brewing a Kölsch-style beer. This beer is called a hybrid beer because it utilizes an … [Read more...]

4 Tips To Choosing the Right Brew Kettle

Other than a beginner equipment kit, the first significant investment most homebrewers make when they take up brewing is their brew kettle. Choosing the right brew kettle is incredibly important. If you choose wisely and maintain the equipment well, your brew kettle can be with you for … [Read more...]

Tips for Brewing Gluten-Free Beer

Gluten-free diets are becoming far more commonplace these days, and for a lot of beer drinkers, that can be very bad news. The selection of gluten-free beer available in the market is very limited, and, unless you happen to have a sympathetic craft brewer in your town, not particularly … [Read more...]

How Do You Evaluate a New Hop? SMaSH It!

Every brewer I know loves to experiment. Most brewers I know revel in trying new processes, ingredients, and flavors in their beer, so whenever we get a new hop variety, we can get a little excited. When I am evaluating a new hop variety, I often make hop tea, brew a SMaSH beer with the hops, … [Read more...]