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Beer Brewing Information

  • 7 Flavors to Try in Your Next Homebrew

    7 Herbs & Spices to Try in Your Next Homebrew

    A Few Ideas to Ban the Dreaded “Brewer’s Block”

    While talking with a fellow homebrewer recently, we both agreed how easy it is to get into the rut of making the same old recipes, over and over. When you first start brewing, you feel adventurous and excited to try anything and everything you can get your hands on. Well, after a few years, and a couple batches that weren’t up to standard, you begin making your tried and true recipes only - rarely deviating from the handful of favorites that your friends ask for time and time again. You know the crowd pleasers, and it’s a risk to spend a lot of time and money experimenting with new flavors.

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  • Brewing is Better with a Buddy

    3028696-poster-p-two-beersHomebrewing is more than a mere hobby - it is a way of life. But it doesn't start out in this manner and is actually a life long journey. In the beginning, normally, you first became interested in homebrewing when a friend brought over a fancy looking beer and he "humbly" announced to everyone that it had cost $4 per bottle. You took a swig, and it was delicious, much better than what your father drank after a hard day's work. So you started visiting local breweries and began building up your beer palate. And then one evening, after sipping on a mild IPA, a kernel of an idea planted itself, "Why don't I try to make my own beer?"

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  • When Summer is Here, It's Time for beer!

    5 of Our Favorite Summer Brews
    (and 5 of Our Favorite Beer Kits to Try This Summer)

    Summer is just around the corner, and that means something a little different for everyone. Summer is letting your kids run through the sprinklers, catching a baseball game, watching fireworks in your back yard, chilling out by the pool - and sometimes - endless amounts of yard work. No matter what your plans are for the summer, every occasion - from catching lightning bugs to lounging on the beach - can be made better with an ice cold summer brew. But what makes a great summer beer?

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  • Craft And Home Brewing Facts Worth Remembering

    beer brewing kitsIt’s no secret that the number of craft and home brewers is at one of its highest levels in the history of the United States. More and more people every year are opting for a new beer in their glass every chance they get, hence the unofficial motto of the craft brewing industry: “People are loyal, but not faithful.” Continue reading

  • St. Patrick’s Day Beers And How To Dye Your Home Brew Green

    Oktoberfest is a month-long celebration of beer, but there’s no single day dedicated to beer in all its glory like March 17: St. Patrick’s Day. Along with wearing green and pretending you’re Irish no matter what your ancestry, as a home brewer you can whip up a special batch of your own brew to honor the St. Patrick’s Day traditions. Continue reading

  • Creative Beer Names

    Beer NamesWe’ve all had this experience before when browsing a liquor store: Scanning the vast array of beer options, you land on one that has set itself apart with a catchy name. The beer’s name stuck in your mind long enough for you to bring it up in conversation, and maybe it even inspired a new creative name for your own beer as well.

    Breweries know that names can go a long way towards word-of-mouth promotion of their beer, and why should things be any different for your home brew set-up? Naming your next beer creation can be very entertaining, especially if it gets a chuckle out of your friends.

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  • Busting The Five Biggest Beer Myths

    Beer brewing mythsThe myths surrounding beer are so plentiful that the Discovery Channel show MythBusters would have to dedicate a full week’s worth of programming to dispel each of them. Continue reading

  • Great Winter Beers for Your Beer Brewing Kit

    Holiday Beer BrewingWinter holidays consist of rich, flavorful foods complimented by equally rich, spiced beverages. Seasonal winter beers possess some of these same qualities, and are a great option for your beer brewing kit when you are craving a thicker, darker beer to warm you up on a cold, snowy night. Continue reading

  • Strange Beers of the World

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    Pizza, chili, steak, and oysters are just a few foods that taste great with a cold microbrew sitting slightly to the left of your plate. But have you ever had those foods fused into a beer?

    Believe it or not, the food and drink combinations listed above are just a few of the many strange, interesting, and downright insane flavors that have been molded into their own respective beers.

    You’re more than welcome to try one, two, or all of these wacky combinations in your beer making kit, provided you have the correct ingredients. But for now just read through the following list for a sample of ideas or a potential purchase the next time you recognize the beer at your local liquor store. If anything, you’re setting yourself up for an interesting conversation with a bartender at your favorite local pub.

     Strange Beers

     1. Mamma Mia! Pizza Beer

    Pizza and beer are equivalent to peanut butter and jelly, macaroni and cheese, and green eggs and ham, so it only makes sense that someone would try to combine the two into one delicious drink. Interestingly enough, this Chicago-brewed beer has garnered many positive reviews from beer connoisseurs and apparently is drinkable with a variety of foods.

    2. Cave Creek Chili Beer

    We’ve all heard of the worm in the tequila, and this brewery in Cave Creek, Arizona, has tweaked the concept with a chili in their aptly named chili beer. Most reviews will tell you to avoid this Tabasco sauce-tasting beer at all costs, but if anything it’s worth trying simply for its future benefit as a conversation starter.

    3. Tutankhamen Ale

    The only strange thing about this beer is its origins. The recipe for Tutankhamen Ale was discovered in the Sun Temple of Egypt, and Queen Nefertiti was its master brewer. The archaeologists also discovered 10 rooms complete with ancient beer brewing kits and rare ingredients that were used in making only 1,000 bottles of this historic ale. While the bottles average a price of $76, the first one sold for $7,686. For that price, it better be historically good.

    4. Shenandoah Chocolate Donut Beer

    When was the last time you had a beer with your morning donut? Perhaps a better question is when was the last time you had a donut with your evening beer? The Shenandoah Chocolate Donut Beer smells like a Krispy Kreme and tastes like a standard chocolate stout with a hint of vanilla and caramel at the back end.

    5. Exit 1 Bayshore Oyster Stout

    The Flying Fish Brewing Co. in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, is not the first brewer to merge oysters in the brewing process, as beer makers in the United Kingdom used to combine the two before the rise of pale ales and shortage of oysters. The oysters add a little creaminess to the already creamy dark stout beer, and surprisingly go perfect with a plate of oysters.

     

    If you ever happen to run across any of these odd beers, want to try making one with your beer making kit, or have a wacky beer idea of your own that just needs a few strange beer making supplies, don’t hesitate for a second. You just may be brewing the next popular novelty beer.

  • An Introduction To Home Brewing Terminology

    beer brewing terminologyEven if you’re a lifelong beer lover, you’ll quickly find that you’re in a whole new ballgame when you get a beer brewing kit and start learning how to make your own beer at home. There are a lot of different terms which are used by brewers which you may well have never heard before as well as some which you’ve heard, but may not be entirely clear on the meanings of. In order to help you get on your way towards success as a home brewer, here’s a brief glossary of some of the most common home brewing jargon you’re likely to come across. Continue reading

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