Brew Blog

October 8, 2014
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Is All Grain Brewing Really Better?

The holy grail of the homebrewing community is the all-grain batch. From the start, when folks get their first 2-gallon Mr. Beer or 5-gallon beer kit, making it to all-grain brewing is a goal. Plenty of amateur brewers look forward to the day they can ditch the cans of liquid malt extracts (LMEs) or bags of dry malt extracts (DMEs) […]
October 2, 2014
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It Wasn’t Always Hops

Today, hops are king.  They make up one of the 4 key ingredients (water, malted barley, yeast and hops) of what we consider beer.  There are over 120 hop varieties in use today and the list is growing constanty.  Hops can create flavors ranging from stuff you wouldn’t probably wouldn’t eat like grass to fruity flavors like grapefruit and pineapple. […]
October 1, 2014
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Beyond Grain, Hops and Yeast, Create New Flavors

With the growth of home brewing, along with the development of peoples’ taste buds, there has been a push towards introducing new flavors into beers. Some of these flavors have come from new techniques, the breeding of different hops, or new ideas in blending malts. Other flavors come from the addition of flavorings, ranging from herbs and spices, to fruits, […]
September 30, 2014
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Designing the Perfect Pumpkin Beer Recipe

As the leaves change from green to red and hints of winter’s frost appear, homebrewers and beer drinkers have pumpkin beers on the mind.Utilizing the indigenous orange gourds is nothing new to homebrewing. Pumpkins have been used as a beer ingredient since before America was…well, America. Colonists who couldn’t obtain affordable malt turned to other fermentable sources to make beer, […]
September 30, 2014
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Recipe: Mashing Pumpkins Spice Saison

Mark Cherney’s pumpkin spiced saison earned a gold medal in the 2009 National Homebrew Competition.  This one is a great twist on the typical Pumpkin Beer and the saison yeast will add some nice spice notes to the beer.    For 5 gallons (18.93 L) 10.5 lb (4.76 kg) two row pale malt 0.5 lb (227 g) wheat malt 0.5 […]
September 30, 2014
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There’s no October without Oktoberfest Beers

Before we visit a little history and the style, we need to know what kind of beers Oktoberfestbiers really are. There are two main types of beer — lagers and ales. Lagers are bottom fermented at colder temperatures and ales are top fermented at warmer temperatures. Oktoberfests are the former, ranging in color from amber to dark, remaining slightly opaque. […]
September 30, 2014

Wet Hopping for Amazing Beer

September 30, 2014

How to Taste Off Flavors

September 30, 2014

Brew Age: Brew Like a Pro

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