How to Ferment Beer

Recently, a friend came to watch me brew in Japan on my tiny minimalist BIAB (Brew in a Bag) system. She was instantly hooked and has since been asking me for more information on the brewing basics. In this article I will cover the process that every brewer learns first and yet remains one of the […]

How to Roast Grains At Home

AUTHOR’S NOTE: This guide contains technical brewing jargon which may be unfamiliar to some home brewers and also to people who speak English as a second language. If you need assistance with a particular term, please leave a comment below the article and I will be glad to help. If you want to try out […]

How to Filter Beer

Producing a clear beer has been the goal of brewers for eons, despite several examples which call for intentional haze. For the homebrewer this is particularly difficult without the use of a commercial beer filter and packaging line. However, beer filtering equipment is out there and can make a huge difference. Before I go into […]

Beer Yeast Starter Recipe for Homebrewers

A good fermentation plays a major part in the quality of your finished product, and a healthy, active yeast is key to a good fermentation. You want as little lag-time as possible between adding (‘pitching’) the yeast and the yeast becoming active. Using the right beer yeast starter recipe gets your yeast active and hungry, […]

How to Bottle Beer

Bottling beer is one of the most tedious and labor-intensive aspects of brewing, both for home brewers and professional bottling lines. In the case of home brew, bottle conditioning is the most common method of carbonating beer. For those who may not know, bottle conditioning homebrew is the process of adding sugar to a bottle […]

Plastic Conical Fermenters: Are They Worth It?

What’s the Difference? The traditional, flat-bottomed fermenters used by home brewers are rarely temperature-controlled, and many home brewers will skip the secondary fermentation. However, using plastic conical fermenters allows home brewers to replicate the accuracy and precision of a commercial brewery with far greater ease. While the basic principles of fermentation are the same, the […]

How to Chill Beer Fast

We Were Serving Warm Glasses of Foam Several of my friends and I are known for throwing big home brew parties that last several days. We all provide as much home brew as we can for our guests, a combined effort that usually comes to around 1,000 liters over a weekend. IIt’s not uncommon for […]

Using the Igloo Cooler Mash Tun

Upping Your Game If you’ve been brewing with kit beers or extracts, or even all grain mashing using a Brew In A Bag system, you will soon be thinking about taking the step up to making your own all-grain brew house. While you can go for a large, multi-vessel brew house, a simple cooler can […]