Community Feed

Below is an aggregate of blog posts in the homebrewing community. It is updated regularly during the day. These blogs are a great place to learn about homebrewing and most have recipes of their own. If you write a blog about homebrewing and would like for it to be included please let us know.

Whirlpool Hopping Techniques

Recently John experimented with some hop bursting for an IPA he did. This week we ask the question ‘What is the fundamental difference between hop bursting and whirlpool hopping?’. Both techniques are all about maximizing hop flavor and aroma from hops, but each takes a slightly different approach to get ...

Cellared Cranberry Cider

We recently tasted a couple fresh ciders that we had made towards the end of 2014. Fermenting freshly pressed apple juice is how many generations before us preserved that valuable food item. Fortifying the beverage certain must have made for some good times in back in colonial times. Packed with ...

Correcting Low Original Gravity in All Grain Brewing

Have you ever missed your original gravity (OG) target when brewing all grain beer? Its not an uncommon problem for beer brewers, particularly when you start all grain brewing or change you equipment setup. This week we’re going to examine some of the possible causes of low OG and ...

Vienna Lager Brew Session

It has snowed here in Massachusetts. And snowed. And snowed. In fact yes, it is even snowing now. It’s tough to brew with so much snow. Are you snowed in? Do you brew in the cold? Well if not and you are looking for a fix we have recorded ...

Mastering Homebrew with Randy Mosher – BeerSmith Podcast #98

Randy Mosher just published his new book Mastering Homebrew which I believe will soon become a home brewing classic. This week I join Randy to talk about his new book which covers a huge number of beer brewing techniques, ingredients, and focuses on the flavor of beer instead of just ...

Lake Erie Metropark and Beer History

Take it from someone who has been married for over ten years. Nothing will make your wife happier this Valentine’s Day than to take her to a beer event on love’s biggest day. It sounds like I’m joking but I have taken Sarah to this event before ...

2015 Cider Tasting

John and I both made a couple batches of cider in the fall of 2014. He has his method. I have mine. We taste them side by side and discuss our choices of pressed juice, fortifications, yeast and bottle conditioning. Nothing better than crisp refreshing cider to mix it up ...

Carbonation Options for Your Home Brewed Beer

This week I take a look at different ways to carbonate your home brewed beer. Carbonation is an important feature of beer – it adds moutfeel, perceived body, and heavily influences the way that hop and malt aromas are delivered to your nose. It is also critical to the beer’s ...

Toasted-Coconut Vanilla Milk Stout... On Nitro!

This coconut-vanilla milk stout is my first beer carbonated and served with beer gas through a stout faucet. A "normal" tap essentially gives the beer a clear path from keg to glass. As a result, most of the carbonation stays in solution, ideally with just enough agitation to cause the ...

The Remains of a Brewery?

Wahl Brewery stood on the banks of the River Raisin in Monroe, MI for about 50 years. Most of the pictures I have found in the public record are drawings. Two of these drawings contradict the location and layout of the brewery. I’ve walked around the site where the ...