Gift Guide: Brewing Spices

Malt and spice and everything nice! That’s what great beers are made of, right? Well that’s how I remember it, at least…

If you’re looking to “spice up” brew day for the homebrewer in your life, look no further than our spice selection at Bull City Homebrew. We have almost every kind of spice that a homebrewer might need for a recipe, and they’re made by Brewer’s Best so you know that they are the highest quality. While you’re checking out the spices, check out the recipes we’ve got online, some of which require spices from that selection. Batches like the Pumpkin Spiced Ale and the Winter Warmer both call for some of the spices we carry.

Brewing spices

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Some of these spices are extremely difficult to find at your local grocery store, but since they’re staples of homebrewing, we’ve got them. We don’t want you to have to make multiple stops to get the things you need. If you’re buying some brewing spices for someone, you will need to find out what beer recipes they’re brewing on the horizon, and secretly check out the recipe. You may also want to find out what spices they already have left over from previous batches.

What level of homebrewer would use it?

Homebrewers of all levels would use this.

How much are they?

They are all different prices. You can see a list of prices here.

What do I say when I give this gift to make me look super-knowledgeable?

“I remember you said you were going to make a Blue Moon clone next. I got you the Bitter Orange Peel and Coriander Seed you need to add to the boil for that recipe.” (* see important note)

* Important note: In order to sound super-knowledgable, you’ll need to modify this quote to substitute the spices and recipe of the person you are giving them to.

Why will the person I give it to think I’m awesome for giving it?

The awesomeness of brewing spices as a gift isn’t the spices themselves (although they are pretty awesome). It’s the fact that you care enough about your gift recipient to learn something about their next batch of beer and get something for them specifically for that batch. It means you care, and that’s what’s awesome.

Check out other ideas in our Bull City Homebrew Holiday Gift Guide. New stuff added every day!

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