Every journey begins with the first step and for many aspiring homebrewers that first step is purchasing a one-gallon homebrew kit online. It is a cheap and effective way to get a feel for what it takes to be a homebrewer and can be a fun activity to do with friends and family. If you […]
The modern bottle cap was invented by William Painter in 1892. In addition to inventing the bottle cap, bottle opener, counterfeit money detector, and inspiring King C. Gillette to invent the disposable razor, Mr. Painter also invented the focus of our article today, the bottle capper. Bottles were originally designed with a rounded bottom so […]
When you brew a single gallon of beer, you can bottle it, or you can keg it. Especially for small batch brewers, most people just bottle it because that’s just how the kit comes. There are plenty of options 1-gallon kegs though, and it’s worth considering if you plan on continuing to brew. Bottling is […]
If you’ve been bottling for a while then you know what a pain in the butt it is and are ready to learn how to keg your homebrew. Probably the hardest thing when starting to keg is knowing what equipment you need to buy, especially if you’ve never kegged before! Luckily, setting everything up is pretty easy once you have the right gear, and after that, you just need to learn how to start serving your beer like a true cicerone.
With Black Friday just behind us, I’ve got a lot of new brewing toys that I want to write about. One of the things I purchased online this year was a 5000 ml Erlenmeyer Flask. The funny thing is, when I bought my first yeast starter kit, they included a 500 (two zeros) ml flask. What the big difference? Does anyone really need to make a 5 liter yeast starter?