There’s nothing more disappointing to a home brewer than losing a batch of beer. All of that effort literally goes down the drain. Any seasoned brewer can relate a tale of the beer that got away, but fortunately most home brewing disasters are completely avoidable. Here is a golden opportunity to learn from the mistakes of others!
Brewing lagers at home can be a bit daunting. There’s lots of information out there about how challenging lager fermentation can be, and truth be told it may require some new skills and new equipment. Lagers can be seen as something of a mystery, but this article is here to explain the basics, and potentially give a head start to anyone considering brewing their first lager. Come, let us explore…
If you home brew for long enough, one question is inevitable: “Can you make (insert popular beer)?” If I had a dollar for every person who’s asked if I can make Corona I’d retire a rich man. A good answer to the question above is “yes, but have you tried (insert craft style)?” Home brewers are in a privileged position to offer new and interesting alternatives to the mass produced beers that dominate the marketplace. We have the power to convert beer drinkers to craft beer drinkers! I’ve compiled a list of 5 beer styles that every home brewer should master to properly introduce Joe Average to the world of craft brewing.
When it comes to home brewing, one of the most tedious jobs is chilling the wort after the boil. It can be time consuming, even with a wort chiller. A simple, but controversial, solution is at hand – the no chill method! Many brewers use the no chill method and claim it is very effective and easy, but others feel that the method may have a number of downfalls. Read on to learn all there is to know about the no chill brewing technique!
The mash is one of the least understood processes among brewers. Mashing is both a procedure and a scientific phenomenon – it’s possible to properly conduct a mash without any knowledge of chemistry. But the more you know the better your chances of squeezing every bit of sugary goodness out of your grain. To fully understand the mash a bit of background knowledge about malting is useful – check out my articles on malt and base malts for more information.
It’s important for new brewers to know that there are a few different methods for making beer at home. Some are dead simple and require very little equipment, some are more challenging and require a whole brewery! Never fear, this article is here to take the mystery out of the various methods that you can use to make beer at home. I recommend you first read this article for some background on how beer is made. For more beginner’s tips for brewing, check out this article. To hear more about the different methods of making home brew, read on!