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...]

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...]

How to Install Kegbot on Your Kegerator

The second best perk of working for Kegerator.com is being able to experiment with new beer related gadgets. The best perk is, of course, all the free beer. I recently had a chance to combine both in a nirvana-like moment when the folks at Kegbot graciously sent me a sample of their … [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...]