Beer Maverick

Top 5 Disasters that Threatened US Hop Production

The Pacific Northwest grows over 99% of all hops in the United States. The US is also the number one producer of hops in the world. This means that when disaster strikes the US hop growers, it...

Visualizing Differences in Yeast Strains

I do a lot with data on this site. Most of our data-themed articles are surrounding hops, and its for a couple of good reasons. Hops simply have more data around them, and it is usually scattered across multiple sites...

5 Best Types of Hop Spiders Available

A hop spider has become one of my most indispensable home brewing products. I use it for every home brew, and it has more than paid for itself in ease of cleanup time and wort savings. What is a Hop Spider? A hop spider...

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...

Why is My Homebrewed Beer Too Sweet?

When you mash your grain bill, you create sweet wort. You’ve probably tried this wort before adding beer yeast and noticed that it is extremely sweet, almost like a watered down syrup. These sugars are what the...