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...]

How to Calculate Brewhouse Efficiency

Brewhouse efficiency is an important concept to understand. The efficiency of an individual’s brewing practices and system is ultimately responsible for their original gravity and how much grain will be required to brew a given recipe. What is Brewhouse Efficiency? Brewhouse efficiency is a … [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...]

When to Dump a Bad Batch of Beer

When is my homebrew ruined beyond repair? There are a lot of things that can go wrong with a batch of beer. From under carbonation to bacterial contamination, there are many things that can steer your beer from its intended course. However, just because your course changes along the way does … [Read more...]

Respect Your Beer: The Importance of a Clean Glass

You’ve had a rough day at work, and nothing sounds half as good to you as opening the first bottle of your newest batch of IPA. You get home, open your fridge, and pull out your treasured treat. As you open the bottle, you hear the satisfying hiss of a perfectly carbonated beer. You hold the … [Read more...]

How to Make Better Beer by Keeping Logs

Keeping a Brewer’s Log: The Key to Making Better Beer? Every brewer wants to make better beer. Whether you are a casual brewer or someone who hopes to go pro, you want your beer to be the best it can be every time you brew it. One of the most important things a brewer can do in order to become a … [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...]

6 Ways to Speed up Your Homebrew Process

Let’s face it; everyone’s time is precious. Like me, many people use brew days as a way to escape and unwind. Because of my other commitments (kid, work, life, etc), finding a 4-5 hour free time period to brew was becoming more and more troublesome. My options were to start brewing at 8pm and … [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...]

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...]

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...]