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July 11, 2019

All Grain Brewing

In this video, we’ll give you a crash course of everything you need to know to get started all grain brewing.Read More

In this video, we’ll give you a crash course of everything you need to know to get started all grain brewing.Read More

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August 01, 2019

Why You Should Always Brew With a Yeast Starter

Yeast starters: the easiest way to drastically improve the quality of your beer. Anyone can do it, and everyone should do it.Read More

Yeast starters: the easiest way to drastically improve the quality of your beer. Anyone can do it, and everyone shoul...Read More

October 01, 2019

Yeast Starters and Secondary Fermentation

Yeast starters are easy; you just boil a small amount of water and malt extract, cool the mixture down, and combine with the yeast in a vessel with an airlock or foam stopper. Read More

Yeast starters are easy; you just boil a small amount of water and malt extract, cool the mixture down, and com...Read More

October 01, 2019

What's the Difference Between Ales & Lagers?

The main difference between an ale and a lager is the temperature they are fermented and stored at.Read More

The main difference between an ale and a lager is the temperature they are fermented and stored at.Read More

August 30, 2019

All-Grain Kits: Beer Recipes & Brewing Instructions

Northern Brewer has hundreds of recipe kits available for homebrewers. Here are the instructions for the beer kits offered online.Read More

Northern Brewer has hundreds of recipe kits available for homebrewers. Here are the instructions for the beer kits of...Read More

August 21, 2019

Why Should I Use a Conical Fermenter?

Conical fermenters are the gold standard of beer-making. You know those enormous metal tankards you see at professional breweries?Read More

Conical fermenters are the gold standard of beer-making. You know those enormous metal tankards you see at profession...Read More

August 19, 2019

Cold Crashing Beer for Crystal Clear Homebrew

Achieve crystal clear beer by using the method of cold crashing. Cold crashing is the process of lowering the temperature of the beer very quickly to near-freezing and holding it for about 24 hours.Read More

Achieve crystal clear beer by using the method of cold crashing. Cold crashing is the process of lowering the t...Read More

July 24, 2019

Glass Carboys vs. Plastic Carboys

Glass or carboy? What should you be using for your homebrewed creations? Learn the differences here.Read More

Glass or carboy? What should you be using for your homebrewed creations? Learn the differences here.Read More

July 02, 2019

How to Kettle Sour Beer

Kettle souring is a technique that allows brewers to rapidly sour unfermented wort in just a matter of days, often taking only a mere 24 hours.Read More

Kettle souring is a technique that allows brewers to rapidly sour unfermented wort in just a matter of days, often ta...Read More

June 18, 2019

How to Clean Brewing Equipment

Even if you follow every step of the brewing process to the letter, if you do it in dirty equipment, the resulting beer will be riddled with off flavors.Read More

Even if you follow every step of the brewing process to the letter, if you do it in dirty equipment, the result...Read More

June 07, 2019

Controlling Fermentation Temperature

Maintaining fermentation temperature within your yeast strain's preferred range will produce optimal beer.Read More

Maintaining fermentation temperature within your yeast strain's preferred range will produce optimal beer.Read More

May 14, 2019

How to Choose a Brew Kettle

Choosing the right brew kettle relies on brewing capacity. The kettle needs to be at least a few gallons larger than the volume of wort to be boiled.Read More

Choosing the right brew kettle relies on brewing capacity. The kettle needs to be at least a few gallons larger than ...Read More

April 01, 2019

How to Calculate the ABV of Your Homebrew

What's the ABV%? How strong is my homebrew? How can I increase the alcohol content of my batch?Read More

What's the ABV%? How strong is my homebrew? How can I increase the alcohol content of my batch?Read More

March 07, 2019

Cheat Sheet for Liquid Volume Conversions

How many ounces in one liter of homebrew? What about in 375 mL? Can you do 500 mL to oz? 16 oz to mL? How many ounces to 750 mL?Read More

How many ounces in one liter of homebrew? What about in 375 mL? Can you do 500 mL to oz? 16 oz to mL? How many ounces...Read More

January 18, 2019

How to Lager

Think: Pilsner, Oktoberfest, the coveted Bocks brewed by German monks for centuries. Mmmm.Read More

Think: Pilsner, Oktoberfest, the coveted Bocks brewed by German monks for centuries. Mmmm.Read More

October 23, 2018

Fermentation

Your beer will ferment best in a place that is warm, out of sunlight and not easily disturbedRead More

Your beer will ferment best in a place that is warm, out of sunlight and not easily disturbedRead More

October 23, 2018

Clean up/Store

 Clean up is fairly straightforward- simply use the cleaner to remove any deposits from your equipment and air dry. Read More

 Clean up is fairly straightforward- simply use the cleaner to remove any deposits from your equipment and air ...Read More

October 23, 2018

How to Ferment Beer

This article covers the basics of homebrew fermentation, as well as all the equipment you'll need for a successfully fermented beer.Read More

This article covers the basics of homebrew fermentation, as well as all the equipment you'll need for a successfully ...Read More

October 23, 2018

How to Steep Beer Grains

During the Grain Steeping process, you will inject more flavor, color and/or body to your brew. The process is much like steeping tea, but with a larger amount of ingredients and a longer steep.Read More

During the Grain Steeping process, you will inject more flavor, color and/or body to your brew. The process is much l...Read More

October 23, 2018

Farley's Feature - All Grain Myths

Here are some of the most common myths holding brewers back from making the plunge into all-grain brewing. Sound familiar?Read More

Here are some of the most common myths holding brewers back from making the plunge into all-grain brewing. Sound fami...Read More

October 23, 2018

Blichmann Breweasy

The BrewEasy™ is a revolutionary new ultra-compact and economical all-grain brewing system.Read More

The BrewEasy™ is a revolutionary new ultra-compact and economical all-grain brewing system.Read More

October 23, 2018

Home Brewing Equipment Videos

Take a look at the product videos below to see some of our own equipment, and how to use some other equipment that we sell. Read More

Take a look at the product videos below to see some of our own equipment, and how to use some other equipment t...Read More

October 23, 2018

Brewing How-To Videos

Advancing your home brewing knowledge can make a big difference in how your beer tastes. Learn something new or brush up on the brewing basics.Read More

Advancing your home brewing knowledge can make a big difference in how your beer tastes. Learn something new or...Read More

October 23, 2018

How to Chill Wort on Your Brew Day

Chilling the wort from boiling to yeast-pitching temperature as quickly as possible has a number of benefits, besides the time you’ll save.Read More

Chilling the wort from boiling to yeast-pitching temperature as quickly as possible has a number of benefits, b...Read More

October 23, 2018

Blichmann Engineering Products

From brewing stand to bottle filler, their sleek kettles, burners, fermentors, therminators and more are all top-of-the-line and make excellent gifts for the serious brewer. Read More

From brewing stand to bottle filler, their sleek kettles, burners, fermentors, therminators and more are all to...Read More

October 23, 2018

Partial Mash Walkthrough

By adding a "mini-mash" to standard malt extract brewing techniques, you can create a more complex malt profile and gain access to a wider palette of grains without a big investment in all-grain equipment. Read More

By adding a "mini-mash" to standard malt extract brewing techniques, you can create a more complex malt profile...Read More

October 23, 2018

Yep, I built a brewery in my basement…

The goal was to build a brewery the could be used even when it was -25°F outside, with minimal brew-day setup. Mission accomplished.Read More

The goal was to build a brewery the could be used even when it was -25°F outside, with minimal brew-day setup. ...Read More

October 23, 2018

Sanitize, Sanitize, Sanitize.

To all the brewers that are now using alkaline cleaners instead of dish soap, you made my day; your brew will thank you.Read More

To all the brewers that are now using alkaline cleaners instead of dish soap, you made my day; your brew will t...Read More

October 23, 2018

Short Pour- Don't Panic! Unsticking Stuck Fermentations

Beer is a remarkably resilient thing, so don’t panic! A little TLC, and your batch will be right back on track again.Read More

Beer is a remarkably resilient thing, so don’t panic! A little TLC, and your batch will be right back on track ...Read More

October 23, 2018

How to Use a Hydrometer for Beer Brewing, Wine Making, and Cider.

The hydrometer measures the amount of sugar that is dissolved in water. Generally, this is referred to as Specific Gravity.Read More

The hydrometer measures the amount of sugar that is dissolved in water. Generally, this is referred to as Specific Gr...Read More

October 23, 2018

Dry Hopping Your Homebrew

Have you ever wondered how some beers get that amazing hop punch in the flavor and aroma? Part of it could be from dry hopping. Read More

Have you ever wondered how some beers get that amazing hop punch in the flavor and aroma? Part of it could be f...Read More

October 23, 2018

Advanced Wort Chilling

There’s more than one way to cool wort, and they’re not all created equal.Read More

There’s more than one way to cool wort, and they’re not all created equal.Read More

October 23, 2018

Stovetop Brewing: The Texas Two-Step and Split Boil

Hopefully this will help some people keep brewing all-grain during the winter (or rainy days) and others who don't want to invest in a huge kettle for full volume boils.Read More

Hopefully this will help some people keep brewing all-grain during the winter (or rainy days) and others who do...Read More

October 23, 2018

How to Brew a Classic American Lager

Why did the American Lager come to be? By brewing with what our forefathers had on hand, of course, just like everyone else.Read More

Why did the American Lager come to be? By brewing with what our forefathers had on hand, of course, just like e...Read More

October 23, 2018

Jake's BIAB CDA

This is a simple Brew-In-A-Bag recipe; a sessionable CDA, nothing crazy.  Here is the recipe. Cheers!Read More

This is a simple Brew-In-A-Bag recipe; a sessionable CDA, nothing crazy.  Here is the recipe. Cheers!Read More

October 23, 2018

Vanilla Porter and More

Vanilla is used all over the place in baking, though, so I wonder if it wouldn't work well in other beers besides porters, stouts, and brown ales.Read More

Vanilla is used all over the place in baking, though, so I wonder if it wouldn't work well in other beers besid...Read More

October 23, 2018

How To Dry Hop Beer

Dry hopping extracts the essential oils from hops and gives beer its fresh aroma. This is often done during secondary fermentation.Read More

Dry hopping extracts the essential oils from hops and gives beer its fresh aroma. This is often done during secondary...Read More

October 23, 2018

Secondary Fermentation

The duration of a secondary fermentation or conditioning phase can vary from as little as a week to over 6 months. Read More

The duration of a secondary fermentation or conditioning phase can vary from as little as a week to over 6 mont...Read More

October 23, 2018

How to Ferment For Higher Alcohol Content

The best way to increase the ABV is to add more fermentable sugar for your yeast to snack on.Read More

The best way to increase the ABV is to add more fermentable sugar for your yeast to snack on.Read More

October 23, 2018

The Difference Between Full and Partial Wort Boil

Full Volume Boil - Starting with 6 or more gallons and boiling down to a 5 gallon batch sizeRead More

Full Volume Boil - Starting with 6 or more gallons and boiling down to a 5 gallon batch sizeRead More

October 23, 2018

What is a Yeast Starter?

A yeast starter is a solution that enables yeast cells to propagate (or reproduce). It resembles a mini batch of beer, but is not meant for drinking.Read More

A yeast starter is a solution that enables yeast cells to propagate (or reproduce). It resembles a mini batc...Read More

October 23, 2018

How to Use a Refractometer

A refractometer performs a similar task to the hydrometer, but is far more convenient to use. Most refractometers give a reading in Brix, and some in specific gravity.Read More

A refractometer performs a similar task to the hydrometer, but is far more convenient to use. Most refractometers giv...Read More

October 23, 2018

Blow Off Tubing Assemblies

A blow off assembly is a length of tubing which is attached to your primary fermentor to allow excess yeast and foam (krausen) to escaRead More

A blow off assembly is a length of tubing which is attached to your primary fermentor to allow excess yeast and...Read More

October 23, 2018

Wort Chillers

Cooling the wort from boiling to yeast-pitching temperature is important - pitching yeast either too warm or too cool can adversely affect fermentation. Read More

Cooling the wort from boiling to yeast-pitching temperature is important - pitching yeast either too warm or to...Read More

October 23, 2018

Induction Brewing

Brewing all grain, in a sub-600 Sq Ft apartment, without the use of a stove? Yes, it is possible.Read More

Brewing all grain, in a sub-600 Sq Ft apartment, without the use of a stove? Yes, it is possible.Read More

October 23, 2018

A Guide to Cleaners and Sanitizers

No rinse? Sanitizer? Cleanser? What's the difference? Stop the insanity! There has to be an easier way, right?Read More

No rinse? Sanitizer? Cleanser? What's the difference? Stop the insanity! There has to be an easier way, right?<...Read More

October 23, 2018

Beware the Ides of Märzen

Amber lager is delicious, whether you call it Oktoberfest or Märzen .Read More

Amber lager is delicious, whether you call it Oktoberfest or Märzen .Read More

October 23, 2018

Yeast: The Practical Guide to Beer Fermentation

For those homebrewers who are more experienced or are looking for something read beyond How to Brew, though, Yeast is definitely worth the read.Read More

For those homebrewers who are more experienced or are looking for something read beyond How to Brew, though, Yeast is...Read More

October 23, 2018

The Worst Beer I Ever Made

The first beer I ever made...was also the first beer I ever made. Read More

The first beer I ever made...was also the first beer I ever made. Read More

October 23, 2018

Apologia for a TopTier

The TopTier brew stand is a completely modular design compatible with brewpots from all manufacturers, converted kegs, and round or rectangular coolers.Read More

The TopTier brew stand is a completely modular design compatible with brewpots from all manufacturers, converte...Read More

October 23, 2018

Should I Brew on the Stove, or a Burner?

Although I have a propane burner, it is less than ideal for brewing, since I live/ferment in an upper level apartment...Read More

Although I have a propane burner, it is less than ideal for brewing, since I live/ferment in an upper level apa...Read More

October 23, 2018

How To Properly Crush Brewing Grain at Home

Experimenting with crushing grain into smaller and smaller particles can only lead to a micro black hole... or possibly a stuck sparge.Read More

Experimenting with crushing grain into smaller and smaller particles can only lead to a micro black hole... or ...Read More

October 23, 2018

Pretty fly for a Weiss guy

"...open fermentation should only be considered in the brewing of fast-matured and quickly bottled ales."Read More

"...open fermentation should only be considered in the brewing of fast-matured and quickly bottled ales."Read More

October 23, 2018

The Importance of Being Hydrated: Dry Yeast Handling

Yeast is fragile, but it does so much for us, a little pampering here and there isn't too much to ask.Read More

Yeast is fragile, but it does so much for us, a little pampering here and there isn't too much to ask.Read More

October 23, 2018

Double drop fermentation

The theory of the drop fermentation is to by gravity drop the actively fermenting beer from one vessel to another. Read More

The theory of the drop fermentation is to by gravity drop the actively fermenting beer from one vessel to anoth...Read More

October 23, 2018

Yeast and Aerating your Wort

Aerobic respiration (or fermentation) is the first phase of active fermentation, and occurs after the lag time associated with pitching yeast into a new environment.Read More

Aerobic respiration (or fermentation) is the first phase of active fermentation, and occurs after the lag time ...Read More

October 23, 2018

Nutrient vs. Energizer: Which Should I Use and When?

What you need to know about nutrient vs. energizer.Read More

What you need to know about nutrient vs. energizer.Read More

October 23, 2018

All Grain Simplicity: Easy Batch Sparging

The graduated dipper or pitcher has the embossed markings to accurately mash in/out.Read More

The graduated dipper or pitcher has the embossed markings to accurately mash in/out.Read More

October 23, 2018

My Favorite Brewing Sites: Brewing Calculators

On-line brewing calculators can help you figure out questions as simple as what you should expect as a final gravity, or as complicated as what color beer you will get with which grains. Read More

On-line brewing calculators can help you figure out questions as simple as what you should expect as a final gr...Read More

October 23, 2018

In Defense of Dry Yeast

While dry yeast doesn't always have the best reputation, here are five reasons why many users prefer it to liquid yeast.Read More

While dry yeast doesn't always have the best reputation, here are five reasons why many users prefer it to liquid yeast.Read More

October 23, 2018

What Water Should You Use for Brewing Beer?

If your water is good enough to drink, it will work great for brewing with Extract Recipe kits.  Read More

If your water is good enough to drink, it will work great for brewing with Extract Recipe kits.  Read More

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