Slideshow: Improve Your Homebrewing With These 7 Weekend Projects

Make Your Own Crystal Malt
Make Your Own Crystal Malt
Crystal malts are a staple in almost every beer recipe, but not every base grain is available commercially in crystal malt form. (We've never seen a commercial version of crystal Pilsner malt.) Making your own malt allows you to play with unique flavors you couldn't acquire another way.

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Do Your Annual Equipment Maintenance
Do Your Annual Equipment Maintenance
It may not be sexy, but deep cleaning and equipment maintenance are essential to keep your homemade beers tasting good. Replace clear tubing, inspect fermentation buckets, racking canes, and funnels for scratches in the plastic, and check the calibration of your thermometer and hydrometer.

Instructions and more here »

Get Set Up To Brew Outdoors
Get Set Up To Brew Outdoors
Brewing outdoors on a propane burner saves time, and might even save your relationship—not everyone wants their home to smell like a brewery all the time. An outdoor setup is also easier to clean at the end of your brew day.

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Switch to Kegging
Switch to Kegging
Never wash a bottle again! Switching to kegs requires a bit of money initially, but you'll be saving yourself a lot of bottle-washing; plus, you'll be able to offer samples of your beer to friends and family without committing to a whole bottle.

Read about the setup here and check out our troubleshooting tips here.

Build a Stir Plate
Build a Stir Plate
Making your own stir plate for yeast starters is easy, cheap, and quite a bit of geeky fun.

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Make Bulk Yeast Starter
Make Bulk Yeast Starter
You'll need a yeast starter for high-alcohol brews, but making one takes some extra time and advance planning. Why not get some made in advance, ready to whip out on brew day? Properly canned wort is even shelf-stable for six months!

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