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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

How to Make SMASH Beer at Home - A Beginner's Guide

April 24, 2021
Homebrewing is one of the most rewarding hobbies out there that also gives you a great reason to hang out with your friends. The best part? It’s easy and affordable. You may be intimidated by the wealth of information on the internet, but we encourage you to look no further. This is the complete guide... Read more

Extract Brewing: The Beginner's Guide To Brewing Beer

May 23, 2020
Brewing 101 > Extract Brewing > Partial Mash > All Grain Brewing In this article, we explore both 1-gallon and 5-gallon extract brewing methods. Brewing beer can be done in many ways. But, most people who make beer, whether they do it for a job or just for fun, typically use one of three different... Read more
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