Category Archives: Beer Making

Everything about making home brewed beer

Hop AAUs, or “Homebrewing, why do you make me do math?”

I recently picked up a recipe from Brew Your Own for a SMaSH pale ale. In the ingredient list, it called for 12 AAU of Citra (1 oz @ 12% alpha acid), not a weight. This was new to me and … Continue reading

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Getting the Grain Into the Bag

There’s an old saying that you can’t put toothpaste back in the tube. Technically you can, but it’s not easy. Similarly, as easy as it sounds to put crushed grain in a muslin bag on brew day, it can seem just … Continue reading

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Dress Your Carboy for Success

A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog post with safety tips for working with your glass carboys. One of the things I mentioned you should always do is using a Brew Hauler when moving your glass carboys around. The … Continue reading

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Making Balanced Picnic Taps

When I originally made my keezer, I added two Perlick faucets to it, and dreamed about serving my homebrew with them. As it turns out, I actually really like just having a picnic tap (or cobra tap) on my kegs. I’m … Continue reading

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Holiday ale… to filter or not to filter?

This year, I made the Brewer’s Best Holiday Ale kit to bring for sampling to Brew School. When we teach that class, one of the things that we talk about is filtering your beer at different times during the brewing process. You … Continue reading

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PSA: Be Safe With Your Glass Carboys!

I recently read a discussion on Reddit’s homebrewing section, where someone had a carboy destruct in their hands and wound up having to go the other hospital to get stitches. Here’s the thread and here are the pictures [WARNING, blood]. … Continue reading

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Welcome Shock Top drinkers!

Tell me when it’s safe to come out from behind my couch. I can picture everyone out there lighting up their torches and sharpening their pitchforks. Yes, Shock Top and the craft beer industry have a rocky history at best. … Continue reading

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