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Why beginner brewers should start with five-gallon batches!

New homebrewers often like to dip their toes in the water.  It’s not too difficult to get ahold of a one-gallon glass jug – apple juice and cider are regularly packaged in them these days.  Airlocks are cheap.  Little auto-siphons are pretty easy to pick up as well.  However, over time, you can sink a lot of money into a setup specifically catered to brewing micro-batches.  But there are some…

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Homebrew Starter Pack – Everything you need to brew

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If you’re brand-new to homebrewing, the vocabulary and gear list can feel daunting. There are so many new terms and best practices to keep in your brain. Then you hop on Amazon to browse for supplies, and it is all so overwhelming. We’ve all been there.  When I started brewing ten years ago, I had no clue what to look for or what things are called.  And in those days, web…

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Why we switched to silicone bungs and never looked back

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Like most homebrewers, I started my brewventure with bubbler airlocks – liquid valves filled with sanitizer or vodka.  I had a few one-gallon glass jugs, a lot of six-gallon brew buckets, and eventually a couple of five-gallon glass carboys. I capped all of them with three-piece bubblers.  This type of airlock contains a loose inner column and a cap that keeps it from bubbling up and out.  Most popular these…

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Must-brew recipes you need to add to your to-do list

I’ve been homebrewing for nearly a decade.  And while I’ve hit my stride –brewing the things I love over and over again– I’ve also brewed quite a few recipes and variations over the years.  In all that time, I’ve come to believe there are a few recipes that any homebrewer should try at least once.  So whether you’re a beginner or have decades of experience, these are four must-brew recipes…

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Why the Beginner Brewer Should Use EC-1118 Yeast

You’ve just waded into the shallow end of the homebrewing pool.  You’ve got your carboy, racking equipment, sanitizer, and airlocks.  Now you need something to ferment. Many first-time brewers start with something simple, like a wine kit, fruit wine, or mead.  These ventures typically involve higher alcohol contents, avoiding some of the risks that come with sanitization and brewing beer.  Sanitization is still necessary, but when the alcohol and CO2…

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The Top Six Reasons to Age Mead

Homebrewing of mead has begun to gain traction in the last few years.  Is mead the new trendy beverage? Is honey water more bougie than fruit- or malt-based worts? Whatever the reason, it seems like mead might be here to stay.  So many YouTube channels and internet forums advocate for various methods of making meads that are fast ferments and quick to hit the table. But hold on there a…

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