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Is My Beer Infected?

May 16, 2018
beer infection

For new brewers, the fermentation process can look quite alien at times, especially when different batches of beer may behave differently due to different ingredients, fermentation temps, etc. Some people will dump perfectly good beer thinking it may be infected, when it actually isn’t. So before you decide whether your beer is a dumper, you will want to visually inspect and possibly even taste it to make sure it’s still worth keeping or not. Foamy bubbles on top of the…

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Brewing Hard Cider

May 9, 2018
Brewing Hard Cider

Hard Cider is one of the fastest growing markets in the beverage industry. Domestic cider production rose by 264% between 2005 and 2012. Industry revenue has grown by the hundreds of millions, and Americans, who were once skeptical of cider, are now drinking it up by the gallons. How to “Hack” Your Mr. Beer Cider Kit Our Hard Cider Kit makes crisp, dry cider that is incredibly tasty, but if it’s time for a change, there are many ways to…

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Using Wood Chips in Your Beer

May 2, 2018
Using Wood in Beer

This blog aims to teach you all about wood chips, cubes, spirals, staves, and barrels when it comes to beer brewing. If you are the type who hunts out the barrel-aged brews at your local beer spot, but aren’t sure how to implement wood into your homebrewing, this blog is for you. Forms of Wood To start, there are different forms that wood comes in for brewing: Chips: These are the most common and least expensive. Best for short-term aging,…

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How to Make Your Own Beer Recipe

April 25, 2018
How to Make Your Own Beer Recipe

We’re proud to boast a large selection of recipes, built to cater to the diverse tastes of our brewers. Still, customization is a large part of what makes homebrewing so gratifying, so it only makes sense to teach folks how to build recipes of their own. Our extracts make the recipe design process simple and the brewing process rapid. Beer Style First, you’ll decide what kind of beer you’re making. If you just have a style in mind, start with…

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Carbonating Your Beer with Priming Sugar

April 2, 2018
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Carbonation is more than just adding fizz to your beer; carbonation also carries volatile aroma compounds in your beer up to your nose, giving beers a discernable smell. Carbonation also activates the trigeminal nerve in your mouth, and different levels of carbonation feel differently when they hit this nerve. There are two main ways you can go about carbonating your homebrew: priming sugar and force carbonation. For more detail on force carbonation, be sure to visit our force carbonation blog,…

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Choosing Yeast for Brewing

March 9, 2018
Choosing Yeast for Brewing

When you’re considering ways to get creative with your own beer recipe, yeast choice is important for fine-tuning flavor, aroma, and body. Style is a great place to start. Many yeasts are pedigreed for certain beer styles, so simply knowing which style you are brewing will help you easily choose the yeast you will need. With that said, don’t be afraid to experiment. Some brewers even blend yeasts to get the qualities of more than 1 strain. There are many…

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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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