Tagged: homebrew

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 »

Summer Beer Styles, Variations, and Recipes

Summer, the season of backyard barbecues and beer. Many people have their “go-to” summer beer, but with the rich history of summer beers and the plethora of options to choose from today, it can be a great time to try something new. It’s only fair to start off an article on summer beers with Germany,… Read more »

Making a Pseudo Lager

What is a Pseudo Lager? For the purposes of this article it will refer to the creation of a lager-like beer with greater flexibility by using an ale yeast. Defining a Pseudo Lager beyond this can get tricky; technically ‘lager’ simply refers to an extended aging of the beer at cooler temperatures, which any beer… Read more »

Making Balanced Fruit Beers

So often we’ve tasted beers that have been over powered by the one ingredient that ends up giving it the hollow single identity so advertised on the label. Whether it is a label illustrating a personified ninja blackberry performing a front snap kick to a pint glass, or strawberry that has been re-imagined as an… Read more »

Why Do You Homebrew?

The obvious answer, of course… With a little holiday gift money in my pocket and a few beginner questions answered, I energetically jumped into the wide world of homebrewing earlier this year. In the dozen or so extract batches I’ve made since, I’ve found the transformation amazing in my understanding of this hobby. It’s an… Read more »

5 Inspiring Brew Rigs!

Its inspiring to see how others are executing their vision of brewing. Brewing is unique in that there is no one way to brew, hence all the varying styles, regions, ingredients and recipes. Brewing is what you want it to be. Some of us a bucket brewers and will never have to move on. Through… Read more »

Where Is Your Place?

Over the past year my brewing experience has flourished to new heights. I went from a 2-year brewing hiatus to completely rebuilding my brewing system and process within a few months. I went from a minimally active brew club member to an Officer of Education in a new club. And I went from someone who… Read more »

Do We Really Care Who Makes Our Beer?

Today, choices abound for beer enthusiasts and plain old beer drinkers alike. Choice is generally a good thing, though it is getting tougher to keep up with all the new options. The craft beer segment is still ablaze and forging new territory. Brewers achieve rock star status among the craft beer faithful. Beer Snobs, Beer… Read more »

Brew with Shegogue

This is the first article in a series entitled ‘Brewing with Brett.’ The series will detail Brett’s approach and execution of brewing a batch of all-grain beer. Almost every aspect of crafting a brew can be dissected and discussed. In this series Brett will delve into some of that minutiae, starting with setting up his… Read more »

Home Brew For Heroes – An Introduction

Hello Homebrew Talk! Allow me to introduce to you an organization I have had the pleasure to start over the past year and a half. We are called Home Brew for Heroes; a group of homebrewers seeking to show our gratitude to local soldiers returning home from theaters of war in our own unique way…… Read more »