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Malt Extract Explained

January 17, 2018
Malt Extract Explained

What is Malt Extract? Malt extract is created when malted grains are crushed and mashed, then wort is separated from the spent grains, concentrated, and dehydrated. Clearly, the benefit here is that you, the brewer, are avoiding the careful work of mashing grains yourself. No need to constantly control the right mash temperatures and volumes. Though malt extract does simplify the brewing process, it in no way diminishes the quality of the finished beer. Malt extracts for brewing are produced…

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Here’s How to Clarify Your Beer

January 4, 2018
Clarifying Beer

cold crash·ing /kōldˈkraSHiNG/ verb clarifying home brewed beer by cooling it to near-freezing temperatures before bottling, forcing remaining yeast to fall out of suspension where they settle at the bottom of the fermenter “nobody likes floaties in their beer, you should’ve cold crashed”   Having some residual floating stuff in your finished beer is totally normal. In fact, foreign beers often still have particles left in them (think Coopers’ beloved Sparkling and Pale Ales). However, the bright, clean look of…

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How to Brew with Chile Peppers

August 4, 2017
beer brewing with chile peppers

Bring something new to your homebrew by adding in a fresh, and potentially local, ingredient like chile peppers. If you cannot see yourself enjoying chile peppers in your beer, remember, this does not mean that your beer has to be spicy. You may just be interested in bringing that familiar flavor of pepper flesh to your brew. Mango and chile pepper, for example, is a popular flavor combination that does not require serious heat to be delicious. Adding a fresh…

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How to Keep Your Fermenter Cool in the Summer

May 11, 2017
keep beer fermenter cool

Summer is almost here! When it comes to fermenting, proper temperature control is one of the most important factors for maintaining happy yeast. This time of year, as the temperatures start rising, you will most likely be looking for ways to keep your yeast cool during fermentation. Here are a few tips and tricks for keeping your fermenter cool and your yeast happy: A makeshift evaporative cooler (swamp cooler). Place your fermenter in a pan of water deep enough to…

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The Best Hops to Boost Your Beer’s Aroma & Bitterness

February 13, 2017

Sure, you can identify that you like the hop flavor in your beer, but do you know which hop is doing the work? Craft breweries often list which hops were used on the beer’s packaging, but sometimes they leave it a mystery. Something smells like mangoes and papayas in there, and you know this isn’t a fruit beer. Maybe that piney taste really turns you off, and you want to know which hop is responsible. The 31 hop varieties I…

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The Best Beer Bottles for Every Type of Homebrewer

January 10, 2017
Choosing Beer Bottles

  Whether you are just starting to brew beer at home, or have a few batches of homebrew under your belt, it’s smart to assess/reassess your bottling options. Choose the right bottle and you’ll increase your enjoyment. If you love the snap of a bottle cap popping off, you’re more of a glass long-neck type. If you’re still getting a hold of homebrewing and want to eliminate room for oxidation or broken glass, you’ll want our Oxygen Barrier PET bottles.…

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5 Common Off Flavors in Beer for You to Identify Now

November 17, 2016
Pouring Beer

The thing to remember when researching off flavors in beer is that many of these flavors are desirable (to some extent) in particular beer styles. Their presence in a beer is not entirely negative. For example, a Hefeweizen that tastes banana-and-clove-ish is right on style, but a crisp Lager that suddenly tastes like an entire bunch of bananas – not good. In an effort to help out homebrewers who taste something not-quite-right with their beer and cannot put their finger…

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How to Prepare for Brewing Beer at Home

September 21, 2016

Mr. Beer has been producing home brewing kits since ’93. We’re very confident that the beer recipes and equipment you are working with will make the process fast, clean, simple, and very tasty. That being said, good beer is terribly hard to wait for. This is where many of the issues happen for new brewers – shortcuts get taken and their final beer tastes less than awesome. So, we’ve collected 7 points in an effort to curb that temptation. Choose…

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Steeping & Mashing Grains 101

September 16, 2015

Are you looking to step up your brewing game with some grains? It’s not too difficult and extra grains will add a lot more dimension and complexity to your brews. You will also have more creative control of your recipes which will truly make them your own. Here’s a short primer on how grains are used in what’s known as “partial mash” brewing. If you’re just getting into using grains, this should help you out. If you’ve been using grains…

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Comparing Different Types of Water for Homebrewing

June 6, 2015

Most often when mixing ingredients for either cooking or drinking, water is a fundamental element in the process. The type of water being used isn’t typically regarded as highly important; however, it can make a huge difference when embarking on the homebrewing process. Just think for a moment about the last beer you’ve tasted. Was it in a bar, restaurant or store? Can you think of the different brands you’ve tasted? Have you considered what makes the tastes different? Well,…

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