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Homebrewing with Yeast Starters:  How and Why

Homebrewing with Yeast Starters: How and Why

Yeast is one of THE most important components in our beer.  It decides the overall balance of the finished beer, which qualities will be enhanced and suppressed, and easily accounts for 80% of the overall flavor profile of your beer.  The question is, why wouldn’t we want to make sure that these guys are being pampered?! This week, we will talk about what’s happening in your yeast starter, how to properly calculate cells like the pros, go over how easy this extra step is, and how much it adds to each of your beers!
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Kegging Your Homebrew:  The Complete Guide

Kegging Your Homebrew: The Complete Guide

Kegging may very well be the best thing EVER for us homebrewers, and I’m pretty sure that it’s at least part of the reason that homebrewing is still a thing.  As fun as bottling can be, the boxes full of glass bottles that are waiting to be filled, the extra wait time while nature carbonates your bottle for you, and the extra time and process it takes to actually do it can all get really old, really fast.  Luckily, kegs are here and they negate all of that! This week we’ll talk about how to keg, carbonate and pour your favorite home brews!
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Homebrewing a Cream Ale:  S & M Cream Ale Recipe Kit and Process

Homebrewing a Cream Ale: S & M Cream Ale Recipe Kit and Process

Cream Ale is a very fun, very light beer style that must have been made with BBQ’s and summer’s in mind.  This beer has a lightly sweet grain characteristic that plays so well with the mild spice and fleeting lemon characteristics of late addition Liberty hops.  Quite frankly, if you want something light and easy to drink, as well as something that you can have a few of without behind the drunk guy at your buddy’s BBQ, this is the perfect choice!  This week, we’ll talk about our home brew kit, what’s in a cream ale, where we strayed from the traditional Cream Ale ingredients, and how you can make your own incredible summer favorite!
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Kombucha, science, homebrew, booch, how to make kombucha

The Science Behind Kombucha

Kombucha is very fun and very easy to make, but what’s REALLY happening under that creepy looking SCOBY?  This week we we talk about making your own kombucha, adding fruit and flavors, and the science behind what is happening during this ancient fermentation process!
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Theory of Distilling Volume 1:  Basic Ingredients and Process

Theory of Distilling Volume 1: Basic Ingredients and Process

Distillation, and the theory of home distillation, is a widely known and narrowly understood process.  For us homebrewers, it seems like it’s more magic than science, even though it’s just one extra step above and beyond the brewing process.  This week, we’ll go over some of the basic distillation processes, what your base ingredients add, and hit some of the high notes of wood aging and making a clean product!
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Homebrewing with Flavoring Extracts

Homebrewing with Flavoring Extracts

One of the best parts of making beer at home is brewing outside of the box.  Being a homebrewer, or even a cider or mead maker nowadays, is kind of cool because we have such great access to exotic fruits, flavor concentrates and even extracts, as well as being able to make them ourselves.  This week, we wanted to really focus on the available flavor extracts, and how you can use them in your beer, wine, mead or cider, to nail the flavor profile you want, whether it’s a campfire stout or a pineapple-coconut cider.
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Going Pro:  The Road from Homebrew To Craftbrew

Going Pro: The Road from Homebrew To Craftbrew

Ever wonder what it takes to get big and go pro with your homebrew?  This week we talk about some of the differences and similarities over homebrewing and probrewing, what it takes to start a craft brewery, and some of the hurdles!
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