Tagged: recipe

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 »

Growing Ingredients for Use in Your Homebrew

For most homebrewers, the process begins and ends in their brewing area, and whatever goes into their beer comes from their friendly neighborhood homebrew supply shop or their favorite online retailer. While there is nothing wrong with that– it’s a system that serves countless happy homebrewers every year -– it’s possible (and impossibly fun) to… 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 »

Getting Creative: 8 Steps to Designing a Unique Brew

In my evolution as a brewer, the most difficult thing for me to learn has been how to design a solid recipe. It is an ongoing process and probably will be for the rest of my life. The struggle came from a desire to create brews that I could truly call my own, while not… Read more »

10 Questions For A Homebrewer

1. How did you start brewing? I’ve been a beer “nerd” and owned a kegerator for many years before I started brewing. I remember one night looking up the reviews on a beer I had purchased at my local bottle store and stumbled across a recipe for this beer on line. It was like a… Read more »

5 Do’s And Don’ts For A New Brewer

1. Do: Sanitize Everything Ok perhaps that’s an exaggeration (http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/06/this-is-why-ill-never-be-adult.html) Sanitization is one of the most crucial parts of brewing a healthy beer. At best, an infection will cause some “interesting” sour flavors, and at worst will totally ruin your beer. It should be noted that there are no known harmful pathogens that can survive… Read more »

Craft The Perfect Draft – Hazy Daze Stout

As the Fall season approaches here in the Northeastern United States it brings with it the shorter days and cooler temperatures that signal the end of summer. In a few weeks the leaves of the deciduous trees in my neighborhood will start to change color. The same green leaves that provided cooling shade throughout the… Read more »

Craft The Perfect Draft – The 420 Special Wheat

When someone asks which style of beer is my absolute favorite I half-jokingly tell them that I like all styles of beer, which in fact I do. From the moment I take that first cold sip of beer I start to single out everything I like about it. Perfect color, good carbonation, a lingering head,… Read more »

Craft The Perfect Draft – What To Brew?

You just had a party, some friends came over and you shared your latest batch of homebrew with them. Suddenly someone lets you know the keg’s been kicked. You realize how busy your schedule is but you’re going to have to brew another batch of beer and soon. It’s happened to all of us at… Read more »

Recipe Numbers Not Adding Up: 5 Common Causes

Ever find a great looking recipe – on a website, in a book, or elsewhere plug it into your brewing software – and the numbers just don’t add up? I’m specifically talking about the IBUs and the specific gravity. It can be frustrating! Here are the main reasons why that happens: (Note: I’ve included screenshots… Read more »