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How to Make a Yeast Starter

Making a starter culture to increase the quantity of yeast pitched into a particular beer is a great way to assure consistent results. If you are brewing a high gravity beer (greater than 1.065 original gravity) or a lager that will be fermented cold then you need to increase your pitch rate by pitching more packages of yeast or making a starter culture.

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How to Grow Hops

Hops can be grown at almost anywhere or in any type of soil; however, they fair better in rich alluvial or sandy loam soil. They are very hardy plants but the hill they are planted in needs to be well cultivated to encourage proper drainage. They need plenty of water and food that will allow them to grow up to 1′ per day, although not typically the first year.

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Kegging 101

So, you have finally mastered the fermentation side of things and you have decided that instead of sanitizing fifty bottles and caps, you would much rather put your beer into a serving tank. Excellent! It’s easy… sort of.

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How to Lager

A lager is a beer that has been fermented and stored at cold temperatures. Lager styles range from highly drinkable and refreshing pilsners to filling and warming dopplebocks. This article will cover the processes involved in brewing a lager at home.

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In a hurry? Email us your recipe

We know that many of you have busy schedules. Some of our regular customers have been emailing us their recipes and setting up times to pick up their ingredients. It works great for both parties. Just let us know the grains (and if you need them milled), hops, yeast, and whatever else you need (muslin bags, priming sugar, bottle caps, etc) and we can get it together for you.

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Bad Beer Gone Sour…In a Good Way

This summer I had my eyes on brewing a huge Russian Imperial Stout that was to be aged in bourbon soaked oak chips. I was exploring a handful of new methods that I previously hadn’t dabbled in…

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5 Tips to Improve Your Home Brew

How many times have you heard, “This beer is great. It doesn’t taste like a home brew!”? Many people can make a good home brew by following simple directions and simple recipes. If you want to take your brew to the next level (that beer that could pass for a commercial brew), take a peak at this article about five ways to improve your beer.

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Pitch the Right Amount of Yeast or Pitch Your Beer

I truly believe that incorrect pitch rate is the fatal flaw of homebrewing. Even some brewpubs suffer from this mistake. Proper and complete sanitation is my motto, but even if you keep everything squeaky clean, infections are most definitely not the biggest cause of mediocre beer.

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