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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

How To Make Mead

August 8, 2023
Making mead is an exciting journey into the world of ancient brewing. This guide is designed to equip you with the essential knowledge and step-by-step instructions to create your own batch of this honey-based beverage at home. We cover everything from the selection of quality ingredients and understanding the fermentation process, to troubleshooting common issues. ... Read more

Partial Mash Brewing: The Next Step

July 26, 2023
Brewing 101 > Extract Brewing > Partial Mash Brewing > All Grain Brewing When the beer turns out well, brewing is a rewarding process. But what happens when it doesn't? And when does that happen? One issue that can send a brew day sideways is incorrect mash temperature. Mashing is the process where starch is... Read more
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