4 Homebrewing Tips to Become an Expert
There is a lot of science behind homebrewing, and becoming an expert at the craft takes a lot of time, patience, and knowledge. To help with the knowledge portion, we reached out to some of our advanced brewers that participate on the Mr. Beer Forum and asked them what tips they would give brewers looking to fine-tune their craft. Whether you are just starting out, or are an intermediate brewer looking to obtain more knowledge, these homebrewing tips are a great place to start!

4 Homebrewing Tips to Become an Expert

1. Chase flavor, not ABV:

This was the most commonly given advice from our advanced brewers. Many new brewers are looking to get "bang for their buck" and frequently look for ways to increase their brews ABV. After searching the web for ways to do so, many people think adding sugar to their batch will increase the ABV. While this is true, there are several other factors to keep in mind when homebrewing: different sugar types can introduce different flavors will affect your beers overall color, flavor, and body. That is why we recommend chasing flavor and not ABV. Find what flavors you enjoy drinking and go from there.

2. Different beers require different fermenting and conditioning times:

While the Mr. Beer instructions state fermentation takes around 2 weeks and carbonation takes around 2 weeks, it is important to remember that this is the minimum amount of time recommended when brewing. As you advance in the craft, you will begin to recognize which beers need more time. For example, a simple pale ale usually takes only 2 weeks to complete fermentation. On the other hand, an advanced dark lager recipe with adjuncts producing higher alcohol content can take 6 months to a whole year to ferment and condition properly! Do your research and keep brewing. With time, you will begin to learn how long you like your specific beers to ferment and condition.

3. Patience is a virtue:

Snowballing off of Tip #2, be patient when you begin brewing. You know the saying, "All good things come to those who wait?" This couldn't be more true when it comes to brewing. Not only do you need patience to wait for your brew to properly ferment and condition, you also need patience before you jump head first into your mad scientist experimentation. Start small, learn the basics, keep the homebrewing tips in mind, and find out what beers and flavors you like before you start to tweak and experiment. By rushing into your experiments without a solid foundation, you run the risk of creating some pretty awful beer, becoming frustrated, and giving up all together.

4. Seek out help:

We all stumble across a specific recipe or beer that stumps us. Don't ever get so caught up in your brewing issues that you forget that there are thousands of other brewers out there that have been exactly where you are today. Seek out brewing forums for advice and guidance. Many forums are full of brewers of all levels that are more than happy to share their experiences in order to help you. While we think the Mr. Beer forum is the best one out there, don't stop there. Dig around the interwebs and find different forums that house different brewers to give you a wide range of advice.

For more homebrewing tips and advice, visit our Mr. Beer Forum! The Mr. Beer community if full of brewers of all levels always ready to offer their advice and brewing stories.