Enter the Spike Brewing Kettle Giveaway!

HomebrewSupply.com is running another awesome giveaway to the homebrewing community. This time, they’re giving away this bad boy. A Spike Brewing 10 Gallon Kettle with Ball Valve and Thermometer About the kettle, and Spike Brewing: Spike Brewing has revolutionized the world of brewing with their top-of-the-line brew kettles. Made from the best 304 stainless steel,… Read more »

Rise of the Gruit

Gruit…what is it? Well for those of you who are unfamiliar with this term, it represents an entire forgotten past of brewing. For thousands of years humans have been brewing with whatever they could get their hands on. Before the 14th-16th century that included an extremely wide variety of spices, herbs, and grains. I’m sure… Read more »

Single Vessel Brewing Systems Pt2 – Reviews

In part one, I gave an overview of all the brewing systems that are reviewed in this second part. Blichmann BrewEasy 5-Gallon 240V The BrewEasy system follows the “some assembly required” concept. Arriving in multiple boxes, it took several hours as I jumped back and forth between multiple instruction booklets to get it all together…. Read more »

Single Vessel Brewing Systems Pt1 – Overview

Homebrewing is a hobby that can be as complicated or as simple as you want it. And homebrewers are likewise varied in what aspects they enjoy most. There are those that are just out to do something different than the norm, those that love to build and create sophisticated custom brewing systems, and those that… Read more »

The Cider Making No Brainer

First off, if you aren’t already making hard cider, you should be. It really is a no brainer, which I will explain briefly here. Cider is cheap to make, easily sourced, hardly any work, and great for those friends who can’t do gluten! Your only materials are Apple cider/juice, yeast, and maybe a few optional… Read more »

Brewing Entrepreneurs – Darin Danelski

When you hear the expression ‘Mad Scientist’, specific images come to mind. For me, it’s images from Disney movies – either in cartoon form or black & white movies. Although this image doesn’t match Darin Danelski’s appearance, as I toured around his work at U Brew U in Ocotomowoc, Wisconsin, that’s the idea that kept… Read more »

My Electric Brewery Build

The idea to upgrade to an all-electric brewery started 2 years ago after seeing some similar systems on several forums, including Homebrew Talk. I’ve been brewing for close to 10 years now, starting as most did: with extract in a single pot on a propane burner. When I moved to CT, brewing became a bit… Read more »

Made to be Broken: Style Bending and Thinking Outside the Box

Rules are made to be broken. Admittedly, I may be a little biased in that regard. I grew up in a household that leaned towards punk rock rather than Pat Boone, my teachers wondered when I was finally going to straighten out (answer:32), and speed limits were more suggestions than limits. That same slightly reckless… Read more »

Water Conservation When Brewing

It is no secret that the single most prevalent ingredient in beer is water. But there is also an equal if not larger amount of water involved in the making of beer that does not become beer. This would be the water we use for cleaning, sanitizing, and cooling. Like myself, there are many other… Read more »

Real Wort Starters Overview

As an entry level brewer I did little more than buy a Whitelabs vial, bring it to 70ish degrees, gave it a good shake and pitched it into a carboy full of cool wort. Voila! It worked. Eventually, curiosity, evolution, the desire for better beer, or whatever we are calling it today, took over and… Read more »