Review: Grainfather Brewing System

An All-In-One Brewing System Several all-in-one home brewing systems have hit the market in recent years, notably the Speidel Braumeister, PicoBrew Zymatic, Breweasy and of course, the Grainfather Brewing System. These systems offer easy all-grain brewing, featuring compact designs with electronic temperature controls, and in some cases will automate much of the brewing process. Each […]

Home Brewing Software Reviews: BeerSmith

BeerSmith Software is a very widely used tool for both home brewers and professionals. While reading through various home brewing software reviews, BeerSmith is consistently highly rated, with very little criticism. Now that BeerSmith software is finally available for Mac, I’m able to download it for myself! Click here to get BeerSmith. BeerSmith is more […]

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 […]

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 […]

Grassy India Pale Ale Review

Ise Kadoya A Japanese craft brewery from Ise presents the Grassy India Pale Ale. The short brown bottle and high-gloss (and shiny!) label are instantly eye catching. The name is immediately evocative of European noble hops added late in the process. Beer Specs Alcohol Content: 6% ABV IBU: Not Given Style: India Pale Ale Presentation […]

Punk IPA Review

Brewdog PUNK IPA in a Can The classic in-your-face blue Punk IPA label now surrounds an entire can in a very appealing visual effect. At first glance, the canned version appears to be a ‘straight to export’ product, with Japanese and several European languages directly on the can itself. But is it the same winning […]

Online Homebrew Supplies: Review of HOMEBREWING.ORG

  If you can’t use a local brewing equipment supplier, you will most likely turn to an online home brew supplies. Adventures in Homebrewing, located at www.homebrewing.org, has a good range at good prices. But how do they compare to other online homebrew shops? Range: 4/5 Price: 3/5 Service: 4/5 Shipping: 4/5 Security: 5/5 Pros: International delivery Cheaper […]

Brew in a Bag Equipment Comparison

If you don’t already have your fermentation kit, please check out this page. The Super-Minimal BIAB Setup It is essentially a bag in a pot. This is the most labor-intensive of the all grain brewing setup options, but also the cheapest. Pros: Easy to put together Low cost Cons: Highly manual process Very difficult to […]