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  • The Ultimate Guide to Homebrewing Hard Seltzer
    April 17, 2020

    The Ultimate Guide to Homebrewing Hard Seltzer

    Ok, Ok, Ok, I know there are some purists out there who think this whole Hard Seltzer fad is ridiculous.  I know you’re out there because until very recently, I was with you! Don’t get me wrong, something light and refreshing to take to the beach is always a good thing, so I was never a hater, just not a total believer.  But now that everybody has a hard seltzer, including some of our favorite craft breweries like Imbib and Heretic, I thought we should at least try this whole thing out.

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  • Troubleshooting Your Robobrew
    February 21, 2020

    Troubleshooting Your Robobrew

    These days, whether you’re just getting into homebrewing or you’ve been brewing for years, it’s no secret that one of the best and most cost effective ways to brew is with an all in one electric system.  There are quite a few out there, now, and they all work in a very similar way.  Whether you’ve got a Grainfather, Robobrew / Brewzilla, Mash & Boil or another brand, we’ve noticed many similarities in how they operate, and figured out some tips and tricks to help you have a smoother brew day and nail the beer that you’re trying to make!  This week we’ll talk water volumes, un-sticking the mash and/or sparge, and throw out some other fun tips we’ve learned!
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  • West Coast IPA Dry Hop Homebrew
    January 10, 2020

    Brewing Your Best West Coast IPA - Tips and Tricks

    No matter what kind of IPA you’re into right now, it’s no secret that this hoppy revolution started with our very own West Coast, and now that there are so many different IPA’s, there are some hard and fast rules that make the classic what it is.  This week we’ll talk about what makes a West Coast IPA what it is and go over some of our favorite tips and tricks so you can make your favorite one yet!
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  • BrewChatter BrewCranium Liquid Malt Extract Homebrew
    December 6, 2019

    Homebrewing with Extract: A Complete Guide

    Extract brewing is a fast and easy way to get your favorite beer brewed, and some people think that it’s not as good as All Grain brewing.  The fact of the matter is, it’s just different. The part where you extract the sugars from the grain has already been done for you, on a large scale, most likely by companies that have perfected the process and can put out tons of high quality malt extracts to consistent specs.  This week on BrewCranium we’ll answer some of the common questions and issues that we get from extract brewers, and explain how to make award winning beer by combining your favorite specialty grains and high quality malt extracts!
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  • Hop Resins:  Alpha and Beta Acids
    November 8, 2019

    Hop Resins: Alpha and Beta Acids

    We all know that when we design a beer, we try to hit a certain level of Alpha Acid Units (AAU’s) or International Bittering Units (IBU’s), depending on how we calculate recipes.  We also know that Alpha Acids are the main components of that bitterness, but how does that work? This week, we’ll be talking all about hop resins, how they work, and what they actually contribute to bitterness and our beer.
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  • Whole Cone Hops vs. Pellet Hops
    September 20, 2019

    Whole Cone Hops vs. Pellet Hops

    Everybody has their preference when it comes to using hops.  Sometimes it’s your system and how you hop, and sometimes it’s just a preference for using the best possible ingredients that you can get in your beer.  This week we’ll talk a little more about the difference between whole leaf, fresh hops, and pellets, and the pros and cons of using each for your homebrew.
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  • IPAs From History to Today
    August 30, 2019

    IPAs From History to Today

    The India Pale Ale was born a long time ago at the height of the British Empire, but since the mid 2000’s, they’ve REALLY evolved.  We’ve got new and exciting types, different ways to use the hops, and have come up with a whole new beer phenomenon that anyone drinking IPA’s from Burton on Trent in the late 19th century would be hard pressed to recognize.  Today’s IPA’s are a credit to craft brewers, good science, and a whole lot of experimentation by homebrewers and craft brewers alike! This week, we’ll explore IPA’s a little deeper, get hopped up on a little history, and maybe even speculate (drunkenly, of course!) on what’s next
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  • Alternative Fermentations:  Homemade Fermented Hot Sauce
    August 9, 2019

    Alternative Fermentations: Homemade Fermented Hot Sauce

    We’ve all got a bottle of Tapatio in the fridge at home, and probably a bottle of Tobasco as well.  We use them in our wing sauce, slather them on our pork chops and use them in our marinades when we’re brining meat for the grill.  I don’t know about you, but I’ve always wanted to see if I could change some of those around a bit, maybe add some heat or a fresher flavor.  This week, we’re going to do just that! We’ll give your our BrewSauce Recipe with step by step instructions on how to make your own and how to customize it to your own personal flavor preferences.  Making your own Fermented Hot Sauce has the added benefits of home fermented foods like prebiotics and probiotics that science says can improve health with all of the natural lactobacilli that we harness to ferment it!

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  • Homebrewing a Raw, Hibiscus Gose
    August 2, 2019

    Homebrewing a Raw, Hibiscus Gose

    Summer is in full swing, and what better way to enjoy it than with a tart, citrusy, fruity gose! This months recipe is a modern spin on a classic (and very old) style. So before we jump into the gritty details, let’s check out the history of gose, and touch upon some of the other ingredients present in this month’s beer kit.
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