Your First Brew Part 3: The Bottling

Okay, it’s been two weeks. You’ve been watching the airlock on your bucket or carboy bubbling away with a certain hunger in your eye and an anticipation in your liver. You’ve been marking your calendar every day waiting for the moment when the beer is finally done and you can sample the goodness that barley hops and yeast making sweet love has brought forth. And the day has finally arrived. The churning yeast has stopped…

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Historical Brews The American Lager Part 2

The Saga Continues… So when we last left the story of the American Lager. It was the mid-1800’s. The German population was exploding and with it, interest in a new style of beer. The Americanized version of a German lager was light, crisp, highly drinkable and so flavorless that people assumed it was  non-alcoholic. Seriously, there were questions at the time about whether or not American lagers were actually intoxicating. In upstate New York in…

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Historical Brews: The American Lager Part 1

Coming To America It easy to forget as we ride the wave of the American Craft Beer Revolution, that the most popular beer in the country is still the American Lager and the American Light Lager.  Against all our craft beer sensibilities, big bold IPA’s, malty sweet stouts, balanced ambers and browns have yet to unseat bland, fizzy yellow beer as the most widely consumed style in the United States.  In fact, craft brewers have…

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Your First Brew Part 2: Extract Brewing

Okay, so you’ve gone to your local home-brew store, online retailer or bat-shit cray-cray guy in the neighborhood and secured all the required equipment that I talked about last week.  You might, at this point, be looking at the pile of buckets, carboys, tubing, brushes and other bits and pieces that you cannot even identify and The Fear might be creeping inside. Don’t worry. Grab a beer, we will get through this. First you need…

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Your First Brew Part 1:

The Gathering Okay, so you’re fired up. You’re ready to embark on the journey to turn your humble abode into a fully functioning brewery. You’ve got a six pack in the fridge and dreams swirling in your noggin. So how exactly does one begin? Well, first, you need all the ‘Stuff. A basic beginner kit is available at most homebrew stores and is fairly inexpensive. It’s also possible to locate pieces and parts from folks…

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