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Beer Adjuncts, Their Role and Brewing Variety

The standard definition of adjunct is "something joined or added to another thing but not essentially a part of it." So, to understand what an …

The Secret of Hops is Malt

Mark Hastings of Überbrew argues that the selection and combination of hops varieties isn't the end-all, be-all of brewing hoppy styles. The real …

Beer

What Effects do Different Types of Grain Have on Beer?

Barley has always been a staple ingredient in beer. Now brewers are setting themselves apart by experimenting with alternative grains, from oats to …

How to Do Draught Beer Right at Home

I love draught beer. A rare beer in a bottle is a delight; that same rare beer on draught can be momentous. Draught beer is both accessibly simple …

Four Steps to Better Extract Brewing

Here are some tips to move you forward along the path to better beer.

Craft Beer

Brewing the Perfect Pumpkin Ale

Pumpkin beer predates the founding of the United States. Brewed with an indigenous fruit unknown to most Europeans until the sixteenth century, it …

Spices

Ask The Experts: Oxygenating Wort, Fruit Beers, Dark Malts

Do I really need to aerate/oxygenate my wort before pitching yeast when brewing? If so, what’s the best way to do it?<p>The short answer is “Yes, you …

Beer

Two Brothers Brewing: Built on a Stubborn Streak and a Dream

February 23, 2017<p>Twenty years ago, Two Brothers Brewing didn’t operate four establishments, nor could it boast countless domestic and international …

Guinness Extra Stout

Guinness: It’s the classic Dry Irish Stout. Not that strong, and, well, dry. A beer characterized by the use of roasted barley for color and flavor. …

Alcohol

Awaken Your Senses with Single Origin Coffee Stouts

Brewing beer is an art form. Controlling the fermentation of cereal grain and plant matter among the other additions to this ethereal elixir takes …

Coffee

12 Single-Hop Beers to Test Your Palate

June 8, 2016<p>Hops are the backbone of American craft beer. For the most part, your favorite beers contain a mixture of hop varieties (some IPAs use as …

The 5 Best Sites for Free Homebrewing Recipes • Hop Culture

A Pint With Stan Hieronymous<p>One of craft beer’s smartest nerds. READ NOW.<p>In the craft beer industry, camaraderie triumphs rivalry, collaboration …

Tweaking Your Hop Schedule

We’ve all been there. You’re all set to brew your favorite IPA, hoppy porter, or other hoppy beer, but you can’t get your hands on the hop varieties …

Extracted

Münchener Dunkel

Lager to most means the ubiquitous pale golden brew that arose from the original pilsners of the 1840s. But by that time, the Bavarians had likely …

Beer

Stanford Students Took a Crack at Brewing That 5000 Year Old Chinese Beer Recipe

Last spring, archaeologist made a surprising discovery in China: a 5,000 year old recipe for beer. It’s no secret that humans have a longstanding …

Decoction Mashing Techniques - Brew Your Own

As we all know, mashing is the process in which crushed malts are soaked in hot water, resulting in the conversion of the starch in the malt to …

Beer

How to Spot a Cow

Iowa residents are known to drive for hours to buy it. In Illinois, a friend isn’t a friend if they return from a weekend Up North without a six-pack …

Beer

Stanford Students Brewed Beer from a 5000-Year-Old Recipe

The beer recipe is one of the oldest known.<p>Students at Stanford University used a 5000-year-old beer recipe from China to brew their own beer, recreating one of the world's oldest known alcoholic beverages.<p>The beer recipe was uncovered by a team of archeologists including Stanford professor Li Liu, …

Stanford University

Bombers Away: Why brewers are abandoning big bottles

Included in Firestone Walker Brewing Company’s January announcement about the release of its bourbon-aged imperial brown ale, Bravo, was this little …

Beer

8 Things We Learned Inside Sam Adams’ Top-Secret Test Brewery

Welcome to beer lovers' paradise.<p>143<p>SHARES<p>In a small windowless room tucked inside a quaint brick building on the outskirts of Boston exists a …

How brewing beer changed a lifeform for good

Brewers domesticated wild yeasts hundreds of years ago – and changed this microscopic life form forever.<p>Brewers tend to hawk their wares on the purity of their ingredients and the provenance of their hops. But the yeast that helps turn their efforts into beer seldom gets a mention. After decades …

Beer

Beers Made with Barrel-Aged Coffee Beans are ‘Blowing People’s Minds’

When we think of barrel-aged beer, we usually think of beer that’s been brewed and then left to age in whiskey or wine barrels. But a few brewers are …

Beer

What Makes a Lager a Lager, Anyway?

Although ales reign supreme for craft brewers, lagers still remain the world's most popular style of beer.<p>All beers in this great sudsy world trickle down from two streams: ales and lagers. Ales, as in India pale ale, is the beer family of choice for craft brewers. Meanwhile, lagers—by far the …

What, Exactly, Is the Difference Between Stout and Porter?

Historical precedent for beer styles matters less than common usage, and brewers today are more concerned with creative exploration than slavishly …

The 25 Most Important American Craft Beers Ever Brewed

With more than 5,000 breweries, some of which produce dozens of different beers every year, America is home to the largest and most diverse beer …

Beer

5 Tips for Homebrewing Lager

In case you haven’t been paying attention, lager is back. Homebrewers and commercial craft brewers who had initially focused on ale have rediscovered …

Homebrewing

What the heck is a turbid mash?

Photo courtesy of Jester King BreweryWhile brewers in the U.S. have gleefully adopted the names of site-specific beer styles like Baltic porter, …

New Hampshire

The Domestication of Beer Yeast

Farmers know that if they want to increase crop yields, they need to breed their best-performing plants. The same goes for cattle ranchers who breed …

Beer

Malt Conditioning

Saturday, January 16th, 2010<p>I find that the longer I brew, the more involved I become in the process and the mechanics of every detail. Learning new …

Giving up the growler

This is my growler collection. Impressive, isn’t it? Such a varied array of ceramic, metal and glass, gathered through giveaways, birthday gifts and …