Beer Maverick

Potential Infection Points During Home Brewing

Lately I had a rash of infections plaguing a couple of my home brews. At first, it wasn’t obvious that I was dealing with infections because the off-flavors were minor. I couldn’t tell if...

6 Types of Wort Chillers Available

As a home brewer, how you’ve chilled your wort has probably gone through a few iterations over the years. If you were anything like me, you started with an ice bath, then quickly upgraded to an immersion or plate...

What are Experimental Hops?

Experimental hops are hops that are still working their way through the viability phase of their breeding program. We as brewers are taking advantage of the end result of what is typically a multi-year process. Before...

What are Hop Shoots?

Hop shoots are the new asparagus. They look similar, and have a similar taste, but they come from very different plants. Hop shoots are the green tips of the hop plant, which are harvested from the parts of the plant...

The Beginners Guide to Brewing Sour Beers

So you’ve decided to make your first sour beer. There are a few ways to properly sour your beer, but it all depends on your timeframe, the amount of sourness needed and the subtle flavors you are trying to capture...

The Most Popular Hops in Use Today

We are often asked “What are the most popular hops to use?“, and while it is a loaded question that needs qualifiers on beer style, location and personal preference, it is one that can be answered...

The Best Hop Varieties To Grow Yourself

Hops are the flowers that are grown on the female plant’s bines. They resemble little green pine cones and can be dried or used fresh in brewing beer. In order to grow hops yourself, you will need to purchase or...