Tips to Make Brewing Day a Success

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Brewing day has come and it is important that everything goes according to plan. One simple mistake and you may end up producing a bad batch.

Brewing involves a long process. In fact, preparation usually starts on the day before. In an attempt to help you prepare for this most awaited day, we have developed a list of things that you should prepare in order to make your brewing day a success. Here are some of the tasks that you should do in preparation for brewing day. Follow the tips below, produce better beer and a shorter brew day.

Prepare ice

It is important to quickly chill the wort after boiling. So, if you are after perfection, you’ll have to cool the beer as quickly as possible. So, before you start brewing, make sure that you have enough ice on hand.

Check ingredients

Before you start, check that you have all the ingredients. This might be quite obvious, but some people tend to forget this one important step. Finding out that you forgot to buy the bittering hops after you’ve got 20 liters of wort on the boil could be quite frustrating. Also, make sure that you have lots of sanitiser.

Draw water

If the water in your area is heavily chlorinated, it would be best to prepare your brew water in advance so as to allow the chlorine to evaporate. This way, you can be sure that you’ll be producing cleaner beer and without chlorine flavor.

First-time brewers may not notice the difference, but every little aspect could affect the quality of the beer.

Check equipment

Check if your equipment is ready for use. This is especially true if it has been a while since you brewed. Check to see if the equipment is clean and if anything is broken. Also, inspect fragile items like the hydrometers and glass thermometers as they can easily break without you knowing.

If you have been careful during your last brewing session and have cleaned the apparatus before storing it, then it should be fine.

Common Mistakes Home Brewers Make

Beer brewing is a great hobby that involves endless learning and growth possibilities. With every batch, we guarantee that you’ll learn a lesson or two. We also believe that committing mistakes is one of the best ways of learning.

In this article, we’ll give you a rundown of some of the most common mistakes home brewers make. If you are just starting out or have produced a few bad batches in the past, then this is for you. Read on, learn how to solve these problems and be on your way to producing great tasting beer.

Lack of proper sanitation

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This is probably one of the biggest mistakes most brewers make. While purchasing an introductory kit is recommended, it does come with a big flaw. The cleanser that comes with these kits is not enough to clean the equipment. You’ll have to use household dishwashing soap along with boiling water to clean it. After which, you can use the kit’s cleanser. Sanitizing may be tedious, but please keep in mind that an immaculate brew barrel will help you produce better tasting beer.

Taking shortcuts

This is the part where most brewers have trouble with. Brewing is a long process and may take the better part of the day. So, you have to make sure that you allot enough time so you won’t be tempted to take any shortcuts.

Lack of patience

Yeast needs time to do its job. If you take it out too early or move on to the 2nd stage too quickly, you may end up producing bad tasting beer. Worse, the carbonation and yeast may build up in the bottle and pop the tops. To avoid this, we suggest keeping the beer in the fridge for about 2 weeks so as to avoid the beers to carbonate.

Using bad water

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When brewing, you should never use tap water. There may be a whole mess of things floating in the water and it can’t be seen by the naked eye.

Using the cleanest and freshest water will greatly improve the quality of your beer. If you can afford it, we suggest using bottled water. If not, boil the water in order to kill all the microorganisms. Allow the water to cool down before you move forward.

 

Homebrewing: Gadgets to Make Brewing Easier

When it comes to brewing, ingenuity saves a lot of time and money. Homebrew gadgets are available in different shapes and sizes. Most of these gadgets may not be necessary, but a lot of brewers prefer to have them on hand as they make the brewing process a whole lot easier.

In an attempt to make the brewing process easier, we made a list of the most common homebrew gadgets that have helped brewers in their operation. Read on and see if these gadgets would benefit you too.

Wort chiller

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Most beginning brewers think that if they have enough patience, they don’t need to invest on a wort chiller. However, leaving the wort overnight and allowing it to cool down on its own mostly leads to contamination.

In order to minimize the risk of bacterial contamination, it would be best to use a wort chiller and chill the beer as quickly as possible.

Hydrometer

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If you want to know how strong your beer is, a hydrometer will allow you to calculate this. This tool can help you hone and perfect the craft while allowing you to make beer with exacting accuracy.

Racking cane

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Most first-time brewers start brewing on bare bones system for a few months and eventually decide to invest on this tool. A racking cane is very useful as it allows liquid to be siphoned while filtering out undesirable solids from the fermentation vessel; thus, allowing you to save a lot of time.

Hop filter

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If you’re like most brewers, you prefer to put a lot of loose leaf hops into the beer as it boils. By doing so, you may have a hard time straining the beer as you put it in the carboy. A hop filter can help you with this.

By using a hop filter, you can be sure that the beer will be clear and beautiful. However, you first have to remove the big chunks with the use of a strainer.

 

Excuses to Start Day Drinking

As a responsible adult, we make sure to drink in moderation and start drinking only after working hours. There is nothing wrong with drinking at night. But as the spring season officially kicks off, there’s nothing more relaxing than sitting under the sun and cracking up a bottle of beer at noon. Unfortunately, people may find it weird if you start drinking early. Luckily, there are a few exceptions. Read on as we give you a rundown of a few good excuses to start day drinking.

Barbecue party

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Most people tend to associate barbecues with alcohol. So, people will totally understand even if you start drinking at noon and consume alcohol while cooking.

Brew day

This is a special excuse for most brewers. Beer brewing is not an easy task. Here, you’ll start by dragging out the equipment, sterilize it, set it up, and then later on, you’ll have to tear it down, clean it up and put it back in. This activity may eat up your entire day. So, feel free to start your brew day by taking a drink from your last batch. This will give you an inspiration and remind you why you have to do all these instead of just buying commercial beer.

Game day

Whether it’s a Sunday game on TV at home or you’re watching a local game at the stadium, everyone is given a pass for drinking while watching the game. If you’re serving pizza, chili dog, cold cuts or hot wings at home, don’t be ashamed to drink as these foods practically require beer.

Fishing

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Fishing is another activity where it’s totally accepted to drink beer. Even if you’re not interested in the activity at all, you meet up with friends in the morning and gather some crates of beer prior to your fishing activity. Then, you throw a line in the water and the drinking commences.

Vacation

It may not be socially accepted to drink early, but nobody knows you here anyway. Since you’re on vacation, it means that you are out to relax and enjoy; thus, making it a good excuse.

 

 

Key Concepts Brewers Should Consider at Beer Events

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You may be producing great beer, but so do other breweries. Beer events provide the fastest and easiest ways for brewers to market their beer and showcase their brands. So, you have to make sure that you stand out with a professionally branded beer booth.

Listed below are a few concepts that you should consider at beer events. Read on and follow these tips.

Go out there

When choosing the right event for your brewery, there are 2 simple questions that you need to answer: What do you want to gain from this event? How established is your brewery?

If you are looking to launch your brand and gain a few followers, then it would be a good idea to go out there and infiltrate as many craft events as you can. Here, you can get a ridiculous amount of people to try your beer without exerting too much effort.

If you have a well-established brewery and wanted to maintain your market share, you have to be selective on the events that you wish to participate in. Make a list of the top 25 beer events throughout the year, then go out there and bring in your A game.

Marketing your brand

In a crowd of thousands of people and several other breweries, make sure that you keep up with the competition. Your goal is to get them to like your beer and make them remember who you are. By doing so, you can be sure that they’ll be buying your products later on.

Also, take note of what the popular breweries are doing to market themselves. Now, take a look at what you’re doing and see how you measure up to them.

Choose the right style of beer

Choosing the right beer is one of the most important elements of running a successful beer event. This is especially true if you have several styles under your belt. If you have been around for a few years, you might want to keep the crowd interested by bringing one of your special releases.

If you decide to skip the specialty beer, you may send a lesser known style that needs a little boost on the market. Most people may not be familiar with the other styles you brew since they are only purchasing the most popular style that everyone else is drinking.

Home Brewing History

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Back then, home brewing was popular among Mesopotamians, Egyptians and Chinese. The recipes they used where then shared with the Romans and Greeks. However, it was the Sumerians who made an effort to write down these recipes. Since very little among the Sumerians were able to read and write, they would sing these recipes to Ninkasi, the beer goddess.

Ancient times

Nothing stays the same during the early civilization. While other rise into power, some were killed or assimilated. Because of this, changes among the laws were also made.

During the ancient times, the Pilgrims agreed to build a brewery upon reaching the Plymouth Rock. This was done so it would be easier for them to make more alcohol when their supplies got low.

Mass production of alcoholic beverages wasn’t done until the age of the Industrial Revolution, which was in the 1700s. Here, thermometers and hydrometers were developed which aided with the brewing process. These tools allowed them to create quality beverages and made the process a lot easier.

The process of home brewing was brought to a whole new level thanks to Louis Pasteur, a French microbiologist who explained the effects of yeast in the fermentation process. Due to this new discovery, home brewers have started to come up with varying strains of yeast that yield wines and beers of different complexities.

Prohibition Act

Everything seems to be going well, but then times changed. The Prohibition Act was passed in the United States, making it illegal to brew and drink alcohol. Despite the implementation of this law, people continued to brew and drink alcohol at home. And since no one could buy alcohol outside, a group of brewers came up with the Moonshine and Bathtub Gin to address the people’s cravings.

Eventually, the need for grape juice became evident. Grape growers decided to acquire more fields in order to sustain with the growing demand.

In 1933, the act was repealed. However, this only legalized home brewing wine. Brewing beer remained illegal until 1979, when President Jimmy Carter signed the bill which lifted the ban.

Building a Beer Bar At Home

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Any home brewer would agree that having a beer bar at home is a great idea. After all, anyone would be interested to have a place where they could entertain their friends and stock up on their favorite beverages. While the cost and the effort you have to put together to run a bar might seem daunting, it may not be that difficult considering that you have all the tools ready.

If by any chance you become interested to build your own bar, the overall design will depend on your personal preference and building skills. Now, we’re here to help you out by giving you a few simple tips to help you turn your dreams into reality.

Function first
It is important to choose a design that combines simplicity and functionality. Go with a freestanding design that is easy to construct. Also, make sure to provide enough space for storage and socializing. Since this project may involve a huge amount of money, it is best to go with a simple layout that you can build on your own.

Create a theme


In order to add character to your bar, consider sticking to a consistent theme. Also, make sure that all the decors, accent pieces, signs and posters complement one another. Feel free to visit a few local bars for inspiration.

Make sure that your stools match the color and wood grain of the bar. Also, the distance between the stool and the top of the bar should be around 10-12 inches. This is to ensure that the person seated at the bar is adequately comfortable.

Proper storage and refrigeration
If you plan to stock up on beer, proper refrigeration is important. A mini-fridge can usually hold enough beer to satisfy the demands of most beer drinkers. If you are also planning to serve champagne and wines in the future, cold storage is also needed. These tips are intended to help you get started. Building your bar may not be as difficult as it seem.

Top Reasons Why You Should Start Home Brewing

Home brewing may seem like a tedious process for most people. However, once you see the advantages of home brewing, you might not go back to commercial beers that you usually buy. Also, it’s a great hobby that you can enjoy with your friends.
If you have never brewed your own beer before, read this post and consider some of the reasons why should start brewing.

Produce the best beer
There is no doubt that the beer you have produced is equally great tasting, if not better than the ones you’re currently buying. By sourcing the best ingredients and making time to boil your hops and steep your grains, you are actually putting your entire effort to produce the best tasting beer there is. As you wait for a few weeks for your batch to mature, the sense of
anticipation rises. As you crack the cap of the beer you have just brewed yourself, you then realize it’s something you haven’t tasted before.

Brew what you want
This is the best part of home brewing. Here, you have the ability to come up with something you want and add in a few ingredients to make your signature beer.
Also, you don’t have to settle for what’s available. If you wish to have a smooth and chocolaty beer, you are free to do so. Plus, some unique-tasting beers are not available year-round. Through home brewing, you can produce your own and enjoy
your beer anytime you want.

Save money
This is one of the main reasons why a lot of people start brewing beer at home. The cost of the ingredients you’ll need to make beer is only a fraction of the cost of the final product.
Despite being cheaper, this does not mean that it could not drain your finances. Keep in mind that this hobby would require you to invest on equipment. After you have successfully brewed at least 1 to 2 batches, that’s the only time that you can
save money on home-brewed beer.