Does Alcohol in Beer Kill Bacteria?

| January 10, 2014

It takes a lot of alcohol to kill germs, and there is just not enough alcohol in beer or wine to do the trick. Hops may help, but microorganisms can thrive, even excel in beer or wine. Best to thoroughly sanitize.

Making Spiced Pumpkin Ales

| November 8, 2013

Brewing a spiced pumpkin holiday beer for your friends and family is easier than you think. Here are some tips on making spiced pumpkin ales.

Yeast, Fermentation and Flavor

| November 1, 2012

In this article we’ll look at the differences between ales and lagers, top fermenting yeast, sometimes referred to as “top cropping,” and bottom fermenting yeast, aka “bottom cropping,” as well as fermentation temperatures, aging and lagering, and which beer style might actually be healthier than the other.

Stovetop Partial Mash Brewing with Steamer

| August 23, 2012

How to do a stovetop partial mash with an 8 quart pot and steamer insert. Monitor mash temp with a 12 inch stainless steel thermometer and sparge through steamer basket into the brew kettle.

Hops Essentials – Oils, Resins and Tannins

| July 27, 2012

Photograph by Scott Hall Hops, the beloved herb of brewers everywhere. With so many varieties creating such a wide range of flavor, aroma and bittering qualities, hops is both an intriguing and mysterious aspect of the brewing process. But it wasn’t always that way. Before hops came into widespread use, the magic and mystery of […]

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