Category: Tutorials

  • Make an amazing New England IPA

    Make an amazing New England IPA

    Hazy, Juicy, New England IPAs have been the most popular beers on many a craft brewery’s taproom in the last three years. Other than one notable holdout, just about every microbrewery in my neck of the woods has at least once NEIPA on the menu. And that’s no surprise—the style is very approachable for longtime craft beer lovers and newbies alike.

  • Tips for Bottle-Conditioning New England IPA

    Tips for Bottle-Conditioning New England IPA

    It would appear that time is our worst enemy when it comes to conditioning this beer. We need to drink it very quickly after bottling it if we want to avoid the purple/grey haze. If you’re going to brew this style, apply what I have learned through trial and error with these four simple tips.

  • Brewing with Fruits and Spices

    Brewing with Fruits and Spices

    Adding fruit beers to your arsenal at home often takes trial and error if you’re building a recipe from scratch. However, when used well, they can elevate your beer to a whole new level. I’m here to help you step it up a notch with this detailed tutorial on how to use fruit and spices when brewing beer.

  • Introduction to Hopping Methods

    Introduction to Hopping Methods

    Most homebrew recipes give us a clear indication of when to add the hops: the start of the boil for bittering, later in the boil for flavour and the end of the boil for aroma. But we can also add hops before the boil. Or after the boil, or after primary fermentation. Get to know all the hopping methods available to you.

  • How to correct low (or high) original gravity

    How to correct low (or high) original gravity

    I was inspired to write this guide after a reader wrote in to complain that despite following my recipe to a tee, his original gravity reading came in very low. As all-grain brewers, we have all had this problem eventually. It has happened to me on more than one occasion, and it is beyond frustrating to experience. But the good news is this: it’s pretty easy to fix your OG! Let me show you how.

  • Managing Fermentation

    Managing Fermentation

    While we often make a fuss about the importance of sanitization in brewing (it’s important!), there is a separate variable that almost single-handedly accounts for the quality of your beer: fermentation. In fact, most of what can go wrong with your beer happens during fermentation.

  • How to evaluate your beer

    How to evaluate your beer

    As the Godfather of homebrewing, Charlie Papazian once wrote, “the more you know about beer, the more you will appreciate beer flavors and discover what it is you prefer…” As a home brewer, you already know more about beer than most. Even if you just have one brew under your belt, you’re in a league of your own—one of a select few craftsmen or craftswomen who share in the knowledge that no matter how much time we spend studying or brewing beer, there’s always more to learn. An important part of that learning process is in the tasting of our final product. And let’s be honest, this is the best part!

  • How to Bottle Homebrew

    How to Bottle Homebrew

    This is a detailed and approachable guide to bottling your homebrew. I’ve included a checklist so you don’t miss a step, making sure you hit it out of the park every time.

  • No-Stress Brew Day Checklist

    No-Stress Brew Day Checklist

    I have been brewing for the better part of five years, to the tune of one beer per week. In that time, I have made many mistakes. Often those mistakes were basic. I’m talking about simple things like forgetting to mash out. Or setting the boil to 60 minutes when it should have been 90 […]

  • Understanding Water: Beer’s Body

    Understanding Water: Beer’s Body

    Water plays a huge role in the quality of your final product, from the very start of the brewing process, through to the final taste. The various minerals and salts we find in water can add desirable or undesirable flavours to your beer. Water plays a crucial role in helping us craft good beer, so we should take the time to better understand it.

  • Understanding Hops: Beer’s Spice Mix

    Understanding Hops: Beer’s Spice Mix

    Funny enough, hops are a (relatively) new addition to beer. While beer has been around for more than 5,000 years, hops date back only 500 years. Before Cascade and Citra were household names, brewers resorted to herbs, plants, and potions to counter the overbearing sweetness of malt. It took until the 1500s before hops caught fire. Now, we include hops as one of the four baseline ingredients needed to make beer. The reasons now seem so obvious.

  • Understanding Malt: The Soul of Your Beer

    Understanding Malt: The Soul of Your Beer

    It’s so obvious to say, but without malt, you can’t have beer. In a world obsessed with hops and funky yeast strains, it’s easy to forget how crucial this ingredient is. Malt is to beer what honey is to mead; what apple is to cider. Without malt, you can’t make beer. Get to know this most important of ingredients with my detailed but easy-to-follow explainer.

  • Small-Batch Brewing Equipment: A Complete List For Beginners

    Small-Batch Brewing Equipment: A Complete List For Beginners

    To make amazing beer, you’re going to need to boil and ferment your ingredients with some basic equipment. If you’re just starting out, and aren’t sure if you’re ready to commit to this hobby, I have good news for you: you don’t need an extensive collection of gear to get started.

  • The Complete Guide: How to clean and sanitize homebrew equipment

    The Complete Guide: How to clean and sanitize homebrew equipment

    Cleaning and sanitizing all you home brew equipment is the one thing you can do to guarantee your beer doesn’t spoil. If you fail to adequately clean and sanitize your equipment, you have a good chance of ruining your beer—which has been known to make grown men and women cry. Thankfully, cleaning and sanitizing is pretty damn easy. It just takes some attention to detail and a little common-sense. If you can wash and scrub dishes, you’ll have no problems keeping your equipment clean. It simply involves soaking, rinsing, or spraying your equipment before it touches the beer. So, let’s get to it!

  • Yeast Washing: How to reuse brewing yeast to save money

    Yeast Washing: How to reuse brewing yeast to save money

    Yes, you read that right. There’s such a thing as “yeast washing.” It goes by many names, including “yeast harvesting,” “yeast re-harvesting,” and “yeast rinsing.” Regardless of what you want to call it, one-gallon brewers can use this technique to brew with a wider variety of yeast strains, while saving money on liquid yeasts. I’ll walk you through how you can level-up your brewing skills with this technique. But first, let’s talk about why we’d want reuse that kind-of-gross-looking sludge at the bottom of our fermented wort.