Homebrewing a Crisis Response

Last year I brewed my first New England Northeastern IPA following a recipe by Kevin Quinn (via Brewer’s Friend) and it was probably the best beer I’ve made to date. Due to that success I’ve decided to use the recipe as my “base” and see what I can do by iterating on top of it….

Recipe: Kona Big Wave Golden Ale Clone

Big Wave is a lighter-bodied golden ale with a tropical hop aroma and flavor—smooth, easy drinking, and refreshing. The use of caramel malt contributes to the golden hue of this beer, and our special blend of hops provides a bright, quenching finish that makes it a struggle to not grab another one. Clone recipe courtesy…

How to Save Money Homebrewing: Grain

Beer is generally made from four simple ingredients: water, hops, yeast and of course some grain. If you’re a homebrewer and you’re looking to cut costs then focusing on these four major items can be your ticket to cheaper beer. While grain is generally one of the least expensive items required to make beer it…

How to Save Money Homebrewing: Mini-Mash Starter

In my previous post, How to Save Money Homebrewing: Yeast, I mentioned that overbuilding a starter is a great way to multiply your yeast so that you can keep some of it for a later brew day. Well today I wanted to mention one way to reduce the cost of that starter even more. Instead…

Brew Terminology: Dry Malt Extract

Dry Malt Extract, or DME for short, is a powdery substance made from real malt that has undergone a process to have most of the moisture evaporated out of it. You can get it in many different varieties and it can even be used on it’s own to make beer – for example during extract…

Homebrewing a European Select Merlot

I’ve been homebrewing beer for a couple of years now and it’s been a really fun hobby but it’s also the kind of hobby that makes you want to experiment and try new things. Like “what happens when I use this yeast instead of this one?” or “let me swap out these hops for those”….

Recipe: Crisis Response

Crisis Response is my attempt at starting to iterate on a recipe until I perfect it. In this, the first version, the base is largely the same as the Avg. Perfect Northeast IPA (NEIPA) recipe but with a different hop schedule. I look forward to seeing how this turns out and to iterate on the…

How to Save Money Homebrewing: Yeast

One of the nice things about brewing your own beer is that you have the ability to make really great craft beer in a relatively inexpensive way. In this series I’m going to go through a couple of different ways that you can brew smarter and save quite a bit of money along the way….

Homebrewing an OBK Dunkelweizen

In my quest to try brewing different beer styles I landed on a Dunkelweizen as my next experiment. Unfortunately this is really a part 2 of my previous post (Homebrewing a Northern Brewer Oatmeal Stout) and as such it suffers from the same problem… Recipe Source: Ontario Beer Kegs Beer Specifications Beer Name: OBK Dunkelweizen…

Homebrewing a Northern Brewer Oatmeal Stout

I’ve been wanting to brew an Oatmeal Stout for a while now and so when the opportunity to do so finally came around I jumped at the opportunity… unfortunately other things may have ruined it for me 🙁 Recipe Source: Northern Brewer Beer Specifications Beer Name: Oatmeal Stout Beer Style: Oatmeal Stout Recipe Type: All…