Homebrewing

Homebrew Kit Review: Midwest Supplies Harriet’s West Side IPA

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I don’t talk a lot about homebrewing on the blog all that much, but it’s a hobby I’m passionate about and plan on focusing on a little more at Blog About Beer. If you’re not a homebrewer but enjoy beer, I’d definitely recommend that you look into getting started brewing. Not only can you save money and brew beer a …

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4 Reasons To Start Home Brewing in the New Year

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There is a possibility this post may change your life for the better in the coming New Year. If you have never brewed your own beer before then consider some of the reasons I make in this post it might just make you pursue one of the most satisfying pastimes you can begin. The Best Beer You Can Get There’s …

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A Quick History Of Home Brewing

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Note: This is a guest post from Tom Holmes. Home brewing alcohol was popular among the Chinese, Egyptians and Mesopotamians. These recipes they had were eventually shared with the Greeks and Romans. It was the Sumerians, however, that first wrote these recipes and instructions down. They would also sing a recipe to the beer goddess Ninkasi because very few Sumerians …

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Get Started Brewing At Home With A Beer Brewing Kit

Brewing beer is by far the best and most satisfying hobby that I’ve run across. How great is it to spend a few hours brewing beer while drinking a few beers, then a week or two later bottle your brew while drinking a few beers, and then a few weeks later get to taste the beer you created? When I …

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High Country and Homebrew

Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post by Geoff Spakes. Geoff is a longtime homebrewer trying to balance his love of craft beer with his passion for distance running and CrossFit. If you would like to contribute a guest post to BlogAboutBeer.com, please contact me. Nothing goes together quite like a tasty brew and the great outdoors, even better if it’s …

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Submit Your Homebrewing Recipes

Are you a home brewer with some good recipes that you want to share with the brewing community? I’m currently in the process of putting together a beer recipe guide and would love to include your recipes. If you feel that you have a good recipe, please submit it via the contact form and I’ll include it in the guide, …

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Homebrewing Beer Now Legal in Oklahoma

Homebrewing beer has been legal in the eyes of the federal government since 1979. Little did I know, however, thatthere are still a few states which consider homebrewing to be illegal. I know — weird, right? But as of this week, the states which outlaw homebrewing is down by one (now only two states remain; Alabama and Mississippi). House Bill …

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A Different Kind of Homebrewing: Fermenting My Own Kombucha

As any long-time BlogAboutBeer.com reader knows, I’ve been dabbling in homebrewing beer for years. I still stick to extract brewing (for lack of equipment, space, time, attention span, etc.) but I brew pretty regularly and like to think I’ve gotten pretty good at it. Therefore I’m personally surprised it took as long as it did for me to try my …

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New Free Open-Source Homebrewers Tools

A new open-source application has hit the Interwebs designed specifically for the homebrewers among us. The application, entitled Brewtarget, is designed to help homebrew enthusiasts create and organize their beer recipes. Apparently, it’s a free, open-source version of Beer Tools. From the Brewtarget homepage, I was fed up with the lack of good open source beer software, so I thought …

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A Homebrewer’s Rambles

This is a guest post from my friend Jake. Jake is an aspiring home brewer that loves beer, sports, and the state of Maine. Born and raised here in Maine and now living in the suburbs of Portland, he brews his own beers and loves to try any new brew. He is co-editor of incessantrambling.com along with fellow BlogAboutBeer.com guest …

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Brooklyn Brew Shop Introduces Apartment-Size Homebrew Kits

Saw this little tidbit yesterday in the New York Times and thought it was too good of an idea not to pass along. Two Gen Y-ers like myself, Stephen Valand, 23, and Erica Shea, 25 of Brooklyn have quit their respective day jobs to start theirown homebrew supply shop, of sorts. Their new venture, the Brooklyn Brew Shop, makes one …

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Homebrew in Random Places: The Twitter Offices

I saw this photo on Mashable.com late last night and couldn’t help but pass it along. Looks like Mashable author Ben Parr was invited on an unofficial tour of the Twitter offices in San Fransisco, CA. The post of the tour features lots of neat photos and insights into what goes into the day-to-day operations of one of the Web’s …

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How to Build a Great Home Bar

The following is a guest post from the good folks at AllBarStools.com. If you would like to submit a guest post to BlogAboutBeer.com, please visit the Write for BAB page. Anyone who has the space has to agree that having a home bar would be an ideal situation. After all, who could complain about having a space to entertain friend …

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My First All-Grain Adventure

This past weekend I had the distinct pleasure of brewing my first batch of all-grain beer. The brewing took place in the basement homebrew setup — complete with exhaust hood, temperature controlled refrigeration units, a warm room and much more… yeah, it’s that awesome — of a good friend and professional brewer, Ben. Ben was nice enough to put together …

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Lessons in Homebrewing: Temperature

When it comes to homebrewing, you learn something new with every batch. And that’s just what happened to me the last few days. This past Saturday I brewed the Bourbon Barrel Porter extract kit from NorthernBrewer.com and everything seemed to go just fine with the brew. I used dry yeast but re-hydrated it before pitching (and had done so according …

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Beer on the Discovery Channel This Week

On December 18th at 8:00pm, The Discovery Channel’s “How Stuff Works” will air an hour-long feature on the essentials of beer making. The episode will feature footage of Charlie Papazian’s home hop garden, homebrew “garage” beer stash and sampling procedures. As well as Dogfish Head owner Sam Calagione and his perspectives on “how stuff works” for the small brewer. So …

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Homebrewing on Boing Boing

As I was finally sitting back down to my computer this afternoon, after a few much needed days off, to get re-acquainted with the Internet’s beer happenings, the last place I expected to come across anything Beer was Boing Boing but in fact, there it was – a great post on homebrewing and what makes it such a genuinely special …

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Homebrewer Invents Hugely Helpful Brew Hauler

Tom Raich, a 53-year-old pharmacist from Michigan, who is a longtime homebrewer has created a gadget called the Brew Hauler, which — thanks in no small part to the increasing popularity of homebrewing in general — seems to really be taking off. According to the Kalamazoo Gazette, Raich had struggled hauling his five-gallon carboy, a large glass container used to …

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Win a Free Kegerator from Kegerators.com

What’s one thing every homebrewer (or really, every beer enthusiast) wants? Their own kegerator, obviously. Well, thanks to Kegerators.com, soon that will be a reality for one lucky homebrewer. All you need to do to win is “Make a funny, shocking, cool, stupid or impressive video showing what you would do for a free kegerator”. Then submit your video to …

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National Homebrew Day is This Saturday!

In 1979 the American Homebrewers Association originally claimed National Homebrew Day to be the first Saturday in May. On May 7, 1988, Congress officially recognized National Homebrew Day. So, if my calculations are correct, this Saturday (May 3rd) is the 29th annual National Homebrew Day! Here’s what it’s all about: Every year on this day, thousands of homebrewers the world …

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Maine homegrown Hops Rhizomes Available Soon

Any Maine homebrewers wanting to grow their own hops (not a bad thought, in light of recent world hops shortages): I just received an email from Rick at Paris View Farm in Paris, ME (near Oxford Hills, for those that don’t know) letting me know that he’ll be digging and cutting hops rhizomes (the roots of the hops plants which …

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Which Beer Mag is the Best Beer Mag?

I spent some time in Borders this afternoon checking out 2008 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guides and happened across the beer section of the magazine department. To my amazement, there were six different beer-related magazines in stock (and that didn’t include either Beer Advocate Magazine or Celebrator). The magazines I saw before me included All About Beer, Draft Magazine, Beer (a …

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The Hops Shortage is Realized

The media has been flooded in the past 3 months or so with stories about the world-wide hops shortage – if you don’t know about it by now, you’ve been living under a rock; beer drinker or not – so I don’t want to beat a dead horse but I think this afternoon was the first time it’s really hit …

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BrewersSpot.com: Social Networking for Home Brewers

I recieved the following press release this afternoon and was too intriqued not to share it: BrewersSpot.com, a new social networking and resource site for home brewers and beer lovers, has announced the launch of their website, allowing users to gain access to this revolutionary social networking site. BrewersSpot will serve as a unique networking resource to home brewers by …

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Maine Brewing Supply Opens its Doors

Mainers throughout the Portland Metro rejoice – after years of having to travel to Gray or the internet to locate homebrewing supplies, we finally have a shop right here in our own backyard. Rob Zimmerman, a homebrewer of 10 years, was tired of facing the same problem so, to remedy this situation, he decided, along with his wife, Gaylin, to open …

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My Results at New England Regional Homebrew Competition

The results from the 2nd annual New England Regional Homebrewers Competition, which took place on November 3rd, 2007 at Milly’s Tavern in Manchester, NH are in. The competition was hosted by New Hampshire homebrew club Brew Free or Die & the Maine homebrew club Southern Maine Homebrewers and the competition was sponsored by Portland’s own Gritty McDuff’s. The most exciting part about the …

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Brew Day (a Photo Parade)

It was brew day in the Livingston household. My dad I got to work in a 5 gallon Autumn Maple Wheat (brewed with 64oz of pure organic dark amber maple syrup, added at the boil at flame-out). We named the beer “World Series Wheat” due to the timing of the brew. Below are some pictures from the brewing process. If you don’t …

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Blog About Beer Celebrates Our 100th Post

That’s right, you read correctly – this right here, these words you’re currently reading, is Blog About Beer’s 100th post. In less than a month, we’ve covered everything from the apparent health benefits of Guinness, to Paris Hilton being banned from this year’s Oktoberfest Celebrations, to the environmentally friendly steps being taken by breweries like Alaskan Brewing Co., Peaks Organic, …

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The Chemistry of Making Beer

Most people know that Yeast is one of the 4 key ingredients in a beer (along with water, hops & malted barley), but do you know exactly what that yeast is doing? Unless you’re an avid brewer yourself, and you’ve done your homework (or were lucky enough to get to write a report on the topic for your college chemistry …

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Ann Arbor Brewery Gives Homebrewers a Taste of the Big Time

Ever wanted to take your homebrew out of the basement for a slightly more mainstream audience? The Ann Arbor Michigan Corner Brewery Co.’s  “Rat Pad Project” is giving you that chance. Selected local home brewers can use a 10-gallon pilot brewing system at The Corner to create a small batch of their best homebrew, which will then be offered up on a Wednesday …

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