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Category: how-to

October 14, 2015

Not Just Another Homebrew Book

by LouieMacGoo
Categories: beer tasting, Brewing, easy, how-to, Partial Grain, Review, subjective
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It seem like every time I look there is another home brew book available explaining how to brew beer. Many of these books are simply a re-hash of the many brewing styles and methods that home brewers can use to create our favorite alcoholic beverages. Granted it’s hard to really find new content to write a home brew book about and keep it fresh when the basic process for brewing has remained the same for centuries.



February 1, 2013

simple guide to brewing

by Yankeedag
Categories: Brewing, easy, guide, how-to
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Beer Nong Fermentation: Making “Rot” a good thing Beer, the fermenting frontier. These are the voyages of  Beer Brewers, its 2+ gallon mission to explore strange new brews, to seek out new flavors and new combinations and to boldly go where many have gone before. Welcome to the BeerBorg Information Center, you will be assimilated. Resistance is quite Futile: We have Beer. Now a few words from THE NONG. Some simple guidelines and suggestions for making tasty Beer. 1. Sanitize everything you are going to use. The last thing you want is a “goobie” attack on your beer. 2. Prep your work area and preset […]



January 11, 2013

How to build an electric heatstick

by russki
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Have you thought about switching to 5 gallon full-boil batches and have concerns about your kitchen stove’s inability to boil large volumes of liquid? Well, I’ve got a solution for you – it’s called a HEATSTICK! It’s really easy to build, and costs under $50. It works together with your kitchen stove to easily boil 7-8 gallons of wort! Here’s a list of parts: 120V screw-in water heater element. I bought a 1500 watt element at Lowes – this requires 14 gauge wires, and can run on any 15A GFCI outlet. If you want a bit more power, Home Depot […]



January 10, 2013

Easy guide to wort chilling without faucet attachments

by russki
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How does one use an immersion chiller with a pull-out faucet (that’s what I have), or in a situation when there’s no running water source reasonably close to brewing location? You can also use this method if your tap water is too warm and you have trouble getting your wort to pitching temps. Parts needed: Immersion chiller (super easy and cheap to make from a 20-ft roll of soft 3/8″ copper – about $15 from a home improvement store, but that’s another article). Fountain pump (200+ gph works best) – this one from Amazon would work great Vinyl tubing and […]



January 4, 2013

Quick brew.

by Yankeedag
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Ever been in a hurry to fill a 2.5 gallon keg? But not sure what to do? Well, it’s cold in this part of the world. And it won’t be long before your wanting to grab an nice amber to sip on. A while back, while at the local home brew store (LHBS), I was trying to figure out what to brew. I was doing a lot of Irish Stouts then, and if it was dark, I was into it. While looking at the options, I noticed a Munton’s 3.3 pound can of Hopped Amber Malt Extract. THAT got the […]



January 2, 2013

Harvesting that expensive yeast

by Yankeedag
Categories: guide, how-to, Yeast
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Have you noticed how expensive yeast has gotten? I did. Ouch. So I got into harvesting that gold in a tube. There are a few things you need for this. 1: Nerve Wait, no, that’s not it. It’s easy. I stressed more then hot yeast over this until I pulled the trigger and gave it a go. What you need is a container for the unwashed yeast. (I could insert a baptismal joke here about the unwashed, but won’t) You’ll need to do a wee bit of pre-planning though. You’ll need the container. I got a few quart plastic containers […]



October 13, 2012

Beer Tasting – A quick guide!

by LouieMacGoo
Categories: flavor, guide, how-to
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For a lot of new homebrewers making their own beer is really the first time that they have ever really thought about the actual taste of beer. When I started I had very little idea where the different flavors were coming from. What is a hoppy taste? What is a malty taste? Why do some beer have the  flavor and smell of pine needles while others were fruity, flowery or citrusy tasting? It really was an eye opener to me when I discovered that different hops, malts and yeasts could impact the flavor of a beer so much and that […]