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...]

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...]

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 I Prefer Them Over 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...]