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The World's Darkest Beer

February 19, 2024
We have a special treat for you today. We're attempting to brew the world's darkest beer and we're joined by dark artist, Rob Czar. Rob had a brush with death several years back. While in recovery he learned to paint and dealt with his traumatic experience by painting in his basement. As you might imagine, the art,... Read more

Why is Beer So Expensive

February 9, 2024
There is no question that the price of beer has increased over the last 5 years. In fact, beer prices peaked near the end of 2022 at nearly 10% up from 2019 prices. However, it's not as bad as it could be. The raw inputs for the beer making process are up 20 to 40%.... Read more

A Guide to Different Beer Types

November 15, 2023
Beer is one of the most popular alcoholic beverages in the world. Over 10,000 breweries operate in the United States alone, producing more than 150 million barrels of beer per year. With so many options to choose from, it helps to understand the major categories and styles of beer. This guide walks through the different beer types, their flavor profiles, and origins. There are two overarching categories that most beers fall into: ales and lagers. The category depends on the type of yeast and fermentation process used. From these two families stem a wide range of unique beer types. Let’s dive in. Ales Ales are super popular due to their fruity, complex flavors that come from the ale yeast's preference... Read more

Beer Making Methods

October 30, 2023
Although there are 4 primary steps to the beer-making process, there are actually three primary ways to make beer using those steps. The The three primary methods used to make beer are as follows: Extract brewing method Partial mash brewing method All-grain brewing method Making beer using the extract brewing method is generally considered the easiest. Partial mash brewing is often used by intermediate brewer. Making all-grain beer is considered the most difficult and is where the experts generally find themselves. However, there is nothing wrong with beginners attempting all-grain batches and even the experts brew using the extract method from time to time. Extract Brewing Extract brewing is a simplified method of brewing beer. It's considered to be a... Read more

A Step-by-Step Guide to Bottling Beer & Cider

October 28, 2023
Bottling beer and cider is an essential skill for those diving into the art of home brewing. Proper bottling ensures your beer maintains its taste, is adequately carbonated and won’t spoil. Here’s a step-by-step guide on what we’ve found is the EASIEST to way to bottle beer and cider with best practices and pro tips.... Read more

How to Brew an Imperial Oatmeal Stout: Homebrew Beer Recipe

October 19, 2023
Imperial Oatmeal Stout RECIPE KIT The recipe kit makes brewing this beer at home simple. Follow along with the steps in this article and enjoy an amazing beer in a few weeks. Click here to buy our ingredient kit Imperial Oatmeal Stout Ingredients 64.7% Pale Malt 10.8% Flaked Oats 8.6% Chocolate Malt 8.6% Crystal 60 5.4% Roasted... Read more

The Best Hard Cider Recipe of All Time

October 16, 2023
Making hard cider from scratch may not be as difficult as you'd think! At first, it might seem a little tricky, but it's actually fun and not too expensive. In fact, we made nearly 50 gallons of hard cider with only $100 dollars of apples. Here's the entire process from start to finish and as... Read more

How to Hook Up Brewing System Hoses

September 27, 2023
Making beer isn't rocket science, but it does require a bit of knowledge about the brewing process as well as a bit of familiarity with specialized equipment. A question we sometimes receive from our customers is, "how are hoses hooked up for mashing, whirlpooling, and chilling?" We've covered this in a ton of our videos... Read more

What Are Hops? Brewing 101

September 27, 2023
Hops are truly the heart and soul of so many beer recipes. But, what are hops? And what’s their role in the homebrewing process? They're cone-shaped flowers that flavor our beer and keep it fresh, so every sip is as crisp and tasty as the brewer intended. Read on to learn about the history of... Read more

How to Make All Grain Beer

August 26, 2023
Brewing 101 > Extract Brewing > Partial Mash > All Grain Brewing We've discussed beginner beer making methods such as extract brewing and partial mash brewing in other articles. In this article we move on to the more advanced method of all grain brewing. Brewing all grain beer can be daunting at first, but it's... Read more