When Good Beer Goes Bad (And Why It Does)

Often brewers are blamed when a customer has a less than stellar experience with one of their beers, but just as often this blame is unjustly placed. Brewing is a business. If there is something wrong with the brewing process, sanitation, or packaging, or whatever and a brewer doesn’t get a handle … [Read more...]

Canned For You Consideration: The Pros & Cons of Beer Cans

You’ve probably noticed a changing tide on your local beer shelves. Cans. Lots of them. The recent trend got its start in 2002 when Oskar Blues hand-canned Dale’s Pale Ale. The trend was slow to take off though, chugging along, adding another brewery every now and then, but it’s only really been … [Read more...]

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...]

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 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...]