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Home Vs. Pro Brewery

February 27, 2023
We took our $1000 homebrew system to an actual $1,000,000 and made the same beer on each system. Can we brew a beer that matches the quality of a professional brewery? That's what we aim to answer with this experiment. The kind folks down at the DSSOLVR brewery in Asheville, North Carolina were kind enough... Read more

The Best Gluten Free Beer Recipe

February 19, 2023
Gluten impacts a lot of people, myself included. My food allergies got so bad a few years ago that I actually visited a food allergist and was diagnosed with “leaky gut syndrome.” Sounds gross, right!? Not gonna lie, it kind of is. When I eat things they literally leak out of my gut into my... Read more

Beer Ingredients: The 4 Main Ingredients in Beer

February 17, 2023
Beer flavor and aroma can be quite complex, so it’s a bit of a surprise that there are only 4 main ingredients in beer. These beer ingredients are also quite simple. Whether you're making beer at home or it’s being brewed at a commercial brewery, the most common ingredients used to make beer are; water, grain,... Read more

Cold IPA Recipe

February 2, 2023
Why buy cold IPA at a store when you can make your own beer at home? Here's our take on this style in the form of a Cold IPA recipe that's sure to be a winner. Read more

Beer and Food Pairing Guide

January 30, 2023
Selecting the right type of beer to pair with food is often a matter of personal preference and oftentimes it's not given a lot of thought. Though, what if one were to create a very intentional beer and food pairing? How would the matches be made? It might seem obvious to pair light beers like... Read more

Here's How Long it Takes to Make Beer

December 4, 2022
One of the first questions people usually ask when exploring the idea of making beer at home is "how long does it take to make beer?" Well, there is an easy answer and a long answer. We'll provide the easy answer first, but we highly suggest reading (or at least skimming) this entire article to understand... Read more

Heavily Fruited Sour Beer Recipe

October 4, 2022
Sour beers have been around since the beginning of beer brewing, thousands of years ago. This is because sour beer is made by naturally occurring organisms which are quite prevalent in nature. In the absence of hops (which prevent the growth of many souring bacteria) beer can naturally turn sour. However, there are ways to intentionally... Read more

Midwestern IPA Recipe

August 15, 2022
Does the "Midwestern IPA" even exist? Well, if you ask the handful of commercial breweries in the middle of America who claim to brew the style, yes, it does. However, a Midwest IPA isn't listed in the BJCP or the Craft Brewers Association style guidelines. That being the case, we check out the commercial versions,... Read more

How to Make a Beer Mash

March 25, 2022
Beer mash is a mixture of water and malted grain (typically barley) which is heated to roughly 150 degrees Fahrenheit (65.5 degrees Celsius). The purpose of making a beer mash is to convert grain starch into sugars that can be fermented by yeast.  Enzymes found within the malted barley are activated between 140 and 160... Read more