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Why London Ale III is the Quintessential NEIPA Yeast

I’ve tried a lot of yeasts over my time brewing. I’ve always been an IPA guy. I started out brewing west coast IPAs and stouts, but lately have been focusing primarily on New England...

Homebrewing

Learn helpful insights and tricks for brewing your best beer ever.

With the knowledge and tools we have available to us today, home brewing has gone from a purely commercial idea in the United States to something we can do on our stove top or porch. With the right knowledge and tools anyone can learn to create delicious beer at home while spending as little (or as much) as you want on equipment.

Brewing beer at home is not hard, but to make a truly great beer takes a little extra information and know-how, but this learning experience is what makes homebrewing a fun hobby.

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...

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...

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...

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...

How to Fix an Over Carbonated Beer

We’ve all been there. You spent hours brewing your next favorite batch, and mistakenly pumped it full of too much carbon dioxide (CO2). Overcarbonated beer makes it taste too sharp on the tongue, is wasteful due...

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 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...

Highest Alpha Acid (AA%) Hops

Alpha acids (α acids) are chemical compounds of the Humulus lupulus (or hop) plant. These acids are found in the resin glands of the flowers of the hop plant and are the source of hop bitterness. Alpha acids mostly...

Highest Cohumulone Hops

The primary bittering components of hops are the three alpha acids: Humulone, Ad-Humulone and Cohumulone. Combined, these three are collectively known as the alpha acid percentage (AA%) of the hop. Cohumulone levels are...

Should You Use a Hop Spider or Muslin Bag?

There are infinite ways to use hops in home brewing. No matter how you are using them right now, there is always one question that keeps popping up: Should you contain the hops using a bag or hopper, or just let them...

Hop Induced Off-Flavors

Off flavors can come from anywhere in the brewing process. DMS stems from an incomplete boil. Diacetyl or “Green Apple” off-flavors come from various infections that usually occur during fermentation...

Beer Blogging is a Labor of Love

A lot of people love homebrewing their own beer. Even more love drinking it. The craft beer boom over the last decade has brought a huge influx of people into the industry. Just look at the number of microbreweries that...

Understanding Protein Rests in Mashing

Mashing is a fairly straightforward process. You let your grains soak in hot water for about an hour to extract as much sugar from them as possible. There are ways to complicate the mashing process by adding decoction...

How to Fix Leaky Corny Kegs

Nothing is worse than emptying an entire CO2 tank with a leaky keg. I luckily noticed my keg’s leak when I attached a spunding valve which quickly got up to pressure during fermentation in my cornelius keg, but...

What to Expect When Mixing Beer Yeasts

Pitching two or more beer yeasts into the same batch is a great way to develop unique tastes in your home brews. By combining yeast, you can create a yeast profile that is not only your secret, but produces a unique...

Tips & Tricks to Extract Brewing

Extract brewing is the perfect way to get your feet wet with home brewing. This wonderful hobby will not only provide you with delicious beer that you can drink, but also deepen you understanding of the craft beer...

Why Does My Beer Taste Sour?

When a batch of beer comes out too sour when it shouldn’t be, it’s an extremely disappointing outcome. A batch that you had just spent $50 on ingredients, 3-5 hours brewing and two weeks waiting for it to...

Should You Buy a Grain Mill?

I wanted to do the math to see if getting my own quality grain mill would be worthwhile, and how long it would take for me to earn my money back on one. Right now, I order all my grain pre-crushed by either Northern...

What is Hop Water?

This summer new focus on a trend has emerged called ‘Hop Water’. This new drink is at its core water and hops, and is billed as “an IPA-inspired refreshment that’s zero-alcohol, zero...

Why is My Homebrewed Beer Too Dark?

One of the largest complaints from those homebrewers that try to clone their favorite beer is that the color just doesn’t seem right. Here we dig into why this happens and what you can do to ensure you have the...

Comparing All Stainless Steel Fermenters

When I started out homebrewing, I bought a kit that included everything I needed to make my first brew. There is nothing wrong with doing that, and in fact I would still recomend that be one’s first purchase when...

Controlling Diacetyl in Beer

When yeast ferments beer, it produces over 500 different compounds. Many of these compounds give beer its characteristic flavor and aroma. However, one of these compounds that is usually considered undesirable is...

Understanding Everything About Dry Hopping

Dry hopping refers to any hop addition after the wort has been cooled. These additions are usually done in the primary or secondary fermenters, or directly in a keg. These hop additions are done cold-side to prevent the...

All About Hop Additions in Homebrewing

Hops provide bitterness, flavor and aroma to beer. If you’ve viewed enough beer recipes you’ve without a doubt seen terms like Whirlpool, FWH, Flame Out, and Dry Hop thrown around. These hops go into your homebrew beer...

Caring for your BIAB Nylon Bag

Brew-in-a-Bag (BIAB) bags are meant to be reused. One way to get the most mileage out of your bag is to clean it properly.  BIAB Nylon bags are very thin and feel like they are one small scratch from ripping apart. When...

Building Your Own Immersion Wort Chiller

Building your own immersion wort chiller is a fun project that will take you a few hours, but will be worth it next time you try to get your hot wort down from 212 F to 70 quickly. This wort chiller will usually get my...

Brew-in-a-Bag Brewing on a Budget

I started my homebrewing using extract kits however I never really had any luck in getting beer that I would be happy to drink. I decided to give all grain brewing a try as it was mentioned that taking that as the next...