An Introduction to Doing a Cereal Mash

Many all-grain brewers seem to be put off when anything beyond a single infusion comes up in a recipe. Terms like “triple decoction” conjure up images of steampunk laboratories, mad scientists, and hump-backed henchman. Cereal mashing seems to get the same response, which is understandable as just about every article on the subject is filled with diastatic calculations,… Read more »

New or Used Fridge for a Fermentation Chamber?

I should probably begin with where I brew, as I believe this has played a huge role in my process. I live and brew in south Mississippi. Our 95 degree heat in the summer provides another challenge in the process of fermenting. I know what you are thinking, “Just put the fermenter in the cool… Read more »

Studying for the BJCP Exam

So you want to become a beer judge? Good for you! Not only will you be helping yourself by expanding your knowledge of beer, brewing and sensory evaluation but you’ll be helping others improve their brewing as well. An admirable goal! But how do you go about becoming a beer judge? You must first pass… Read more »

Homebrew Talk is Hiring : Back-End Developer

Homebrew Talk is seeking a back-end developer who is passionate about joining a team dedicated to all things homebrewing and winemaking. Responsibilities Develop, manage and execute a WIDE variety of complex PHP/MySQL/JS/CSS development projects. A wide variety is a key attribute here. Assist front-end developer in executing/implementing concepts and projects. Assist in the management of… Read more »

DIY Stir Plate Build

As many home brewers have no doubt experienced, yeast can be one of the more difficult variables to control in the brewing process. Much like an impressionable youngster, yeast requires just the right conditions in order to thrive and therefore become successful in its efforts to produce something of value. There are many environmental factors… Read more »

Enter the Spike Brewing Kettle Giveaway!

HomebrewSupply.com is running another awesome giveaway to the homebrewing community. This time, they’re giving away this bad boy. A Spike Brewing 10 Gallon Kettle with Ball Valve and Thermometer About the kettle, and Spike Brewing: Spike Brewing has revolutionized the world of brewing with their top-of-the-line brew kettles. Made from the best 304 stainless steel,… Read more »

Rise of the Gruit

Gruit…what is it? Well for those of you who are unfamiliar with this term, it represents an entire forgotten past of brewing. For thousands of years humans have been brewing with whatever they could get their hands on. Before the 14th-16th century that included an extremely wide variety of spices, herbs, and grains. I’m sure… Read more »

Single Vessel Brewing Systems Pt2 – Reviews

In part one, I gave an overview of all the brewing systems that are reviewed in this second part. Blichmann BrewEasy 5-Gallon 240V The BrewEasy system follows the “some assembly required” concept. Arriving in multiple boxes, it took several hours as I jumped back and forth between multiple instruction booklets to get it all together…. Read more »

Single Vessel Brewing Systems Pt1 – Overview

Homebrewing is a hobby that can be as complicated or as simple as you want it. And homebrewers are likewise varied in what aspects they enjoy most. There are those that are just out to do something different than the norm, those that love to build and create sophisticated custom brewing systems, and those that… Read more »

The Cider Making No Brainer

First off, if you aren’t already making hard cider, you should be. It really is a no brainer, which I will explain briefly here. Cider is cheap to make, easily sourced, hardly any work, and great for those friends who can’t do gluten! Your only materials are Apple cider/juice, yeast, and maybe a few optional… Read more »