RECIPE: Belgian Tart Cherry Ale

Backstory of this Recipe As a homebrewer, you occasionally have a disappointing batch. An ingredient didn’t go well, or there is a flavor in there that you won't believe will ever go away. Sometimes, these accidents are just ruined batches of beer, but sometimes a brewer’s best friend is … [Read more...]

RECIPE: Gluten-Free Pale Ale (Extract with Grains)

This is a fantastic easy-to-brew recipe for new homebrewers that will help develop their skills, but still result in a delicious, gluten-free beer. If you are following a gluten-free diet, but still want to drink and brew your own beer, this is a great recipe to add to your routine. Like any … [Read more...]

How to Make Hop Tea

Hops are a brewer’s best friend. Whether added to the mash, boil, or fermenter, they impart distinctive flavors to beer which cannot be duplicated any other way. What a lot of brewer’s don’t know—or haven’t tried—is that their favorite hops can also be used in other ways. One of my … [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...]

RECIPE: Mosaic Multi-Grain IPA

One of my favorite types of hops out there right now are Mosaic. They have a wonderful intriguing aroma that is hard to put a finger on. Some people say they smell fruit juice, some say they smell garlic, dill, onions, others say that they get a lot of floral characteristics. I get a bit of … [Read more...]

No Sparge Brewing: How to Save Time on Your Brew Day

One of the best things about being a homebrewer is the freedom that comes with the hobby. Homebrewers are free to experiment in many ways which would be considered impractical, expensive, and even crazy in a commercial setting. This freedom often creates some fantastic ingenuity at the homebrew … [Read more...]

4 Popular Methods of Dry-Hopping Your Beer

Dry hopping is a process in which, after the beer has completed primary fermentation, hops are added back to the beer to steep. This process is very much like making tea by steeping tea bags in room temperature water. It is a slow process, and it contributes huge amounts of aroma to your beer … [Read more...]

RECIPE: Dark Forest Black IPA (All-Grain & Extract)

I previously discussed my favorite tips on how to brew a Black IPA, and in that article I mentioned that I have a great recipe to start with. Because the final product is so delicious, I thought it deserved it's own article, specifically focusing on the recipe itself. No matter if your an … [Read more...]

How to Test & Calibrate Your Brewing Thermometer

No single tool can have as much of an effect on your home brew quality as your thermometer. Whether you are an extract brewer cooling wort to pitching temp or an all grain brewer trying to hit your mash temps, having a reliable and accurate thermometer is one of the primary keys to … [Read more...]

8 Must-Have Brewing Gadgets

Homebrewing is a hobby that offers a relatively low cost entry point for people who are thinking about making their own beer. Starter kits are a great way to start off. They're easy to find, and offer a range of products that include fermentation/bottling buckets, bottles/caps, cappers, siphons, … [Read more...]

Specific Gravity: How to Measure it When Brewing Beer

Most homebrewers measure the specific gravity of their beer at the beginning of fermentation and then at the end. They then use these numbers to calculate (usually using software) what the ABV of their batch of beer is. This can be very useful knowledge, especially when the brewer is asked the … [Read more...]

Homebrewing 101: Barrel Aging for Beginners

Barrel Aging for Beginners If you have been a part of the craft beer / homebrewing scene for a while, you would know that barrel aging is very much alive and well. Historically speaking, all beers were barrel aged, given that beers were served directly out of wooden barrels and even stored in … [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...]

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...]