Top 10 Holiday Gifts For Homebrewers 2014

The holidays are coming up and homebrewers are already chomping at the bit ready to get some new toys. But what kind of gifts are going to make the homebrewer in your life smile widest? Even if it seems like they already have everything, or you just don’t know anything about the hobby, there are still some awesome gifts out there that any beer lover will enjoy.

Two New Recipes And A New Brewing Setup

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks trying to finally get brewing in my new house. I had a great time buying stuff, but it was also a bit stressful figuring out everything I needed to order again (having left it at my previous residence),move to a kegging system, gather information for recipes, and also figure out how to get my grandfather’s white concord grapes in there.

Libbey Craft Beer Glass Set Review

About 6 months ago I bought the Libbey craft beer glass set after I moved into my new house. I didn’t have any beer glasses at all except a pint glass I bought at Save Mart, and I wanted to get some glasses that were appropriate for a wider range of styles of beer. Libbey’s 6 piece set seemed a perfect fit!

Wild Yeast In Your Homebrew – It Can Be A Good Thing!

Traditionally, the yeast used in beer is yeast that is intentionally added and often referred to as domesticated yeast. But all kinds of wild yeast occur naturally! In fact, there is probably one or two hanging out in your back yard right now.

A Brief List of Specialty Malts & What They’re Used For

One thing I was very surprised to learn as a newbie homebrewer is that most beers are made up of very plain (and similar) base malts. So what makes a beer unique? Specialty malts have a lot of influence despite the small percentage of the grain bill they make up.

Yeast In Your Homebrew: What It All Means

One of the most important components of any alcohol, including beer, is the use of yeast. Yeast is the key component of the fermentation reaction and is essentially what takes beer from being a mixture of ingredients and makes it alcohol.

How to Grow Hops at Home: A Primer

With the continued increase in interest of homebrewing it is no wonder that more people are getting involved in growing their own hops. For a homebrewer, this is a relatively easy step towards sustainable homebrewing, and it gets you just one step closer to your beer. Cultivation of the humulus plant is relatively easy, and compared to growing and malting your own barley, it’s not even in the same ballpark! Even for extract brewers, this can be a fun way to put a personal touch on your own beers.

Lager Versus Ale Fermentation For The Homebrewer

One of the first decisions that a brewer must make about any given batch of beer is whether they are creating a batch of ale or lager. Although they are both styles of beer, lager and ale differ considerably from one another, and because of this, there are strong differences in fermentation approaches between the two types. Most beginner brewers are going to opt for an ale because the process is a lot simpler, you need less equipment, and the styles of beer often allow more elbow room for mistakes.

Stout Tasting #1: Samuel Smith’s, Rogue, Belhaven, Shipyard

A recent trip to my local Bevmo gave me some real insight into what people are drinking in the Central Valley – it’s certainly NOT stouts. I picked up one of every style of stout they had in the store (with the exception of Guinness). The total was 4 beers.

Is The Rogue + Left Hand Stout Glass Worth Your Money?

As part of my specialty beer glassware review series, I bought the official stout glass that Rogue and Left Hand did with Spiegelau recently. I was really excited to try this glass because dark beers have always been a favorite of mine, and I had such a good experience with the IPA glass that I wanted to try this one out!