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. Your base malts Continue Reading

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 Continue Reading

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 Continue Reading

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. Most beginner Continue Reading

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 could Continue Reading