Types of Priming Sugar for Bottle Carbonation

The process of priming is critical within homebrewing and is necessary for natural carbonation within bottles. People sometimes overlook the importance of carbonation, but it is one of the most significant aspects of beer, affecting its appearance and how it feels in the mouth. You’ll need to know about priming sugar, especially if you’re a […]

The Best Real Ale Pubs In The UK

A real ale is all about real flavor. No preservatives. Just the unadulterated taste of beer. And, it is quite something. A real ale is made of traditional and natural ingredients like barley, yeast, hops, and water, just like any other beer. What’s notable about it is that it does not use any external source […]

Rare Beer Club Review: Will I Keep My Membership?

Club Name: Rare Beer Club Monthly Cost:  $34.95 per month plus $14 S&H Rating: 98/100 Quick Summary: Of all the beer clubs I’ve tried to do reviews for my blog, the Rare Beer Club is probably the only one that I will stay with long term. They deliver high quality, hard to find beers that […]

Craft Beer Kings Review: Is Buying Craft Beer Online Worth It?

So far I’ve ordered two full boxes of beers from Craft Beer Kings, so it’s pretty obvious I’m happy with what they’ve got going on. I’ll include details of what I got and some other cool features of their website in this review. But they aren’t the only game in town, and there are some […]

Tavour Beer Review: My Personal Experience

Tavour popped onto my radar a few months ago after untapping a beer on the Untappd app. It’s pretty hard to ignore $10 in free beer, so I went to their site to check out what kind of selections they have. Things got off to a rocky start. I originally wrote a somewhat negative review of […]

How I Built A 6 Tap Keezer In My Garage

I know a lot of the DIY posts of how to build your own keezer involve things like welding, sawing, and general planning. However, I’m not really a DIY guy, so I wanted to do something a bit easier. I started out with just 3 taps, but as I brewed more, I realized I had more room […]

Heretic Brewing Taproom Review

Brewery Name: Heretic Brewing Location: Fairfield, CA Famous Beers: Evil Twin, Evil Cousin, Shallow Grave, Bovine Intervention   Overall Impression Amazing versions of some “standard” beers, served at a place with an easy-going atmosphere. The running theme of all these beers is “well balanced”, and the the brewer/owner is a real magician with the recipes […]

The Rare Barrel Taproom Review

Brewery Name: The Rare Barrel Location: Berkley, CA Famous Beers: Egregious, Map of the Sun, Cosmic Dust, Sourtooth Tiger (and more)   Overall Impression These guys make some amazing beers. They are practically impossible to get a hold of, so if you want to taste one, you’ve got to go to the taproom. It’s a […]

How To Reuse Yeast In Your Homebrew

For the first year of brewing, I always bought yeast packets every time brewed a new batch. But I recently brewed 4 beers in the same month and realized that they were all using Wyeast 1056 and decided to look into how to reuse yeast in my homebrew. I was a little scared at first […]

Off Flavor Taste Test #3: Benzaldehyde

Today is the off flavor taste test for benzaldehyde, colloquially known as “almond”, although I don’t really think that’s a good descriptor of it. The almost I know is a earthy, crunchy, dry, and nutty flavor. Although I understand now that they mean more of a ‘candied almond paste’ effect, like marzipan, calling it almost […]