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.

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.

 

Things You Should Consider Before Starting a Brewery

Brewing beer is fun, but owning a brewery involves a tremendous amount of work. With all the excitement surrounding opening a brewery, please keep in mind that there are also a number of things an aspiring brewer should consider to make this dream come true.

Today, we’d like to focus on the business aspect of the brewery and give you 5 points to think over while planning your future brewery.

Plan

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Aside from the traditional business plan, you should also have an actual plan like 3-5 years strategic plan, brewery layout, expansion plan etc.

In the beginning, planning can be as simple as tasting room, production goals and revenue goals. But as time goes by, planning should also mature. Well, we are not capable of predicting the future, but we can always plan.

Capital

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If you are planning to start a brewery, then we are assuming that you have enough money to start a business. We’ve seen a lot of undercapitalized businesses out there and it just doesn’t work.

In order to determine if adequate funds are present, you should have at least 30% on top of your total brewery startup cost. This means that if equipment and build-out cost you $1 million, you should prepare an additional $300,000 to get you through the first few months. This may seem like a huge amount, but you also have to understand that marketing and figure salaries alone may eat up most of it.

Distribution

Self-distribution is a great option as you start your business but you’ll have to pass it off to the professionals eventually. When this time comes, make it a point to have as much opportunities to interact with the people who’ll be taking care of your business. You wouldn’t want to hand off the promotion and transport of your products to a complete stranger, right?

Back office

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We know that you are capable of operating those tanks and valves, but can you balance your checkbooks? When you’re ready, it would be best to hire someone knows the industry. This way, you can be sure that your bookkeeper or CPA can speak your language and is capable of solving problems in your behalf.

Keeping a back office is also beneficial as it will help you keep record of your business. This is important as it will help you determine if your brewery is profitable. Most importantly, it will keep the TTB out of your hair.

How to Make a Beer Box Hat

There is no denying that a huge percentage of the adult population is considered as avid beer drinkers. Though some people prefer to do away from alcoholic beverages, a party will never be as fun and as exciting without our favorite beverage.

For the love of beer, we would like to share with you an amazing accessory that would definitely appeal to every beer lovers out there – the beer box hat. Turning a beer box into a hat requires a certain level of creativity. So, you don’t have to spend a fortune in order to look cool and own your very own beer box hat. Read on as we give you a step-by-step procedure in making the coolest accessory you ever laid eyes on.

Things you’ll need:

3 Beer boxes

Transparent tape

Scissors

Marker

Stapler

Instructions

  1. Unfold the beer boxes and lay them on a flat surface.
  2. Measure your head and draw an oval on one of the boxes, making sure that the circumference is the same size as your head. Cut it out.
  3. Mark a strip the width of your head on the second box. Make sure it’s about 8 inches tall. Add 1 inch so you can make it into a tube.
  4. Wrap the strip into the tube and secure it with a stapler.
  5. Cut 1 inch slits on the top and bottom edges of the tube. Fold the top slits inward and the ones at the bottom, outward.
  6. Place the top of the hat over the 3rd box and trace around it. Draw a bigger circle, measuring at least 6 inches from the first one.
  7. Cut the inner and the outer circle, leaving only a halo shape. Position it carefully on the bottom slits and secure it again with a stapler.
  8. Finally, roll the side of the brim of the hat towards the center.

 

 

6 Things You Should Know About Beer

If you are looking forward to grabbing a bottle of beer to relax after a tiring day at work or whenever you get the excuse, it may help to know a few facts about your favorite beverage just to show off.

Quench your thirst for knowledge with these facts about beer. Take down notes as there will be an exam in the pub this Friday.

  1. History

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The first to brew beer were the ancient Babylonians. They took their beer very seriously. As a matter of fact, you’ll be drowned in it if you brewed a bad batch.

  1. Get wasted

If you drink on an empty stomach, you’ll get drunk faster. This is because the alcohol will be absorbed more quickly.

Your body is only capable of breaking down one drink per hour. If you drink more alcohol than your body can process, then you’ll get drunk.

  1. Antiseptic

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Ethanol, the intoxicant in beer is actually considered as a powerful antiseptic. The optimal blood alcohol content that is required to kill germs is 60%.

  1. Choose the right glass

The type of glass you drink from affects the taste of your beer. The shape of the glass affects how much your hands warm up the drink. This is important as the beer’s flavor is affected by its temperature. A glass with handle, on the other hand, will keep the beer cooler since it protects the beer from the heat of your hands.

  1. Health benefits

Researchers at the University of Western Ontario revealed that micronutrients like polyphenols, which is present in beer, is beneficial as it can prevent the development of heart diseases. However, drinking 3 bottles of beer a day may reverse these cardiovascular benefits.

  1. Bittering agent

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Hops, an ingredient that makes beer bitter, belong to the Cannabaceae family. That being said, hops are considered as a close cousin of marijuana.

 

Health Benefits of Drinking Beer

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For years, wine drinkers have been enjoying their drink without guilt thinking that this beverage brings about some health benefits. Recent studies revealed that beer is actually advantageous to our health, especially if taken in moderation. Heavy drinking, on the other, can increase the risk of heart problems, cancer and liver damage. Considering the amount of calories, it can also make you fat.

In honor of our favorite beverage, we have decided to give you a list of the surprising health benefits that you can get from this awesome drink.

Prevention of heart disease

Beer helps reduce the risk of heart diseases. Studies revealed that beer improves the heart condition of a drinker by making the blood less viscous; thus, reducing the risk of blood clotting. Aside from this, drinking a glass or two can increase the HDL (the good cholesterol) level that prevents the arteries from getting clogged.

Beer is also packed with beta-glucans, a type of soluble fiber that reduces the level of cholesterol; thereby, reducing the risk of heart problems that are associated with a high level of cholesterol like heart attack or heart failure.

Stronger bones

Consuming a large amount of beer may lead to weakened bones. However, when taken in moderation, it can help make your bones stronger. Beer contains a high level of silicon, an element that is crucial in the development of strong bones.

Reduces the risk of kidney problems

According to studies, beer reduces the risk of developing kidney stones as compared to other alcoholic beverages. This is because of its high water content and its diuretic properties. Additionally, it has a compound that slows down the release of calcium in the bones, which is usually the culprit in the formation of kidney stones.

Improves mental health

If taken in moderation, beer is believed to improve a person’s mental health. According to studies, moderate consumption of beer helps improve concentration, memory and reasoning ability.  Experts revealed that is also helps reduce the risk of developing Alzheimers.

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.

Craft Beer Social Media Marketing

One of the biggest challenges of being a craft brewer is marketing your brewery and getting the word out. Marketing might be tough during this stage since you’re already busy brewing beer while running the business. Whether you’re just starting out or looking to bring your social media marketing to the next level, this article will help you in getting your craft brewery up to speed on the most effective tactics and strategies.

Getting started 
A lot of business owners are talking about social media and how it provides them with unbelievable results. As a result, most business owners are jumping on the bandwagon despite having no clue on how to incorporate it in their marketing campaign.
Social media marketing may not provide you with amazing results overnight but if done properly, it may help you in all other aspects of running a brewery and may provide you with long-term effects without requiring you to invest a lot of upfront.
Social media is an incredibly valuable tool as it allows you to deliver the message to your potential custome rs and to thousands of people from different parts of the world. It also allows you to interact with people and introduce them to your business.

Tell your story 
Most people make the mistake of using social media as a promotional tool. These people fail to realize that social media’s real power is allowing its user to tell their story to their audiences. The increasing popularity of social media and blogging shows us how interested the online community is
in following people’s story. So, give them the privilege of seeing what’s going on behind your business and allow them to get involved.

Action speaks louder than words 
Feel free to participate in conversations that reflect your brand’s story. Just because you’re running a brewery doesn’t mean you have to talk about it all day. Get involved in other events and use this as an opportunity to infuse your marketing activities.

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.