How to Save Money Homebrewing: Hops

Time for another post about saving some money while homebrewing some delicious beer! This time we’re going to discuss hops – the cool plant that imparts a great deal of flavour to our beer, but also comes with quite a hefty price tag. Depending on the kind of beers you make hops might be your…

Homebrewing a Modified Homebrew Supply Mosaic Pilsner

Sometimes you search out a recipe by style or search to find one with some specific character you want in your beer. Other times you look for an existing, highly rated, recipe that happens to fit the ingredients you have on hand. This is a case of the later but one where more substitutions and…

How to Save Money Homebrewing: Water

Continuing where we left off with my series on finding various ways for the average homebrewer to save money on their favourite hobby… it’s now time to turn our focus to that often overlooked ingredient: water. Water makes up the largest portion of the final product and as such it’s a vital part of not…

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…