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How to Harvest Yeast from Beer for Homebrewing

It turns out you can acquire that unique Belgian strain used by your favorite brewery, even if there isn't a viable substitute at your local homebrew shop. Commercial breweries rely on yeast just like homebrewers do, and if they are bottle-conditioning their beers, there are likely some living yeast cells in the bottle, just waiting to ferment your next batch of beer. More

Gift Guide: For Beer Lovers

Holiday shopping for the discriminating beer lover can be a stressful prospect. Which beers should I buy? Which homebrewing supplies does she need? How many times can I get away with buying novelty beer-themed boxer shorts? (Answer: none.) But don't worry, we're here to help. Here are 9 useful gifts for the beer-obsessed person on your list. More

We Test the White House Honey Ale and Porter Recipes

I brewed the Presidential homewbrews, following the recipes exactly, and the result was not as thrilling as I'd hoped, especially in light of Garrett Oliver's evaluation of the beer as being "perfectly balanced." If you follow the original recipe word for word, you might be disappointed. If you want to brew the President's beer yourself, read on for some advice. More

How to Brew Your Own Belgian Dark Strong Ale

Big, deep, and rich, Belgian dark strong ales are perhaps the most complex beers Belgium has to offer. Brewing this style isn't cheap—I generally expect to spend an extra $10 to $15 per 5 gallon batch once I've bought the extra grains and sugars. However, considering commercial domestic and imported versions start at about $6 per 12-ounce bottle where I live, it's a relative steal to make your own. Here are a few tips to help you get started. More

Homebrewing: 3-Vessel Brewing

Using 3 stainless kettles to brew all grain beer offers more flexibility in mash temperature and recipe design. If you chose to go with a 3 vessel system, here is the setup and process you'll go through when you brew. More

Homebrewing: How To Brew an Imperial IPA

Citrusy, resiny, and bitter, the American Imperial IPA is an aggressive beer—and a rich one. This style grew out of the demand for hoppier beers at the start of the American craft beer revolution. As IPAs were brewed with more and more hops, the amount of grain needed to balance out the bitterness increased. The results were IPAs that were so extreme that they took on the moniker Imperial, which was previously reserved for only the biggest stouts. Here's how to brew one of your own. More

What We Learned at the 2012 National Homebrewers Conference

Homebrewers from around the country gathered in Seattle recently for the 34th Annual National Homebrewers Conference, which featured a range of expert panelists, the latest homebrewing equipment, and more beer than a couple thousand participants could drink over five days. Throughout the conference, we were struck by some trends that are emerging in the world of homebrewing and in beer in general. More

Highlights from the 2012 National Homebrewers Conference

Continuing education by day, beer fest by night, the National Homebrewers Conference is like a homebrewer's Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Halloween crammed into a long weekend. This year 1,850 homebrew dabblers, tinkerers, geeks, and aspiring pro brewers descended on Bellevue, Washington for three days of seminars, inspiration, competition, and exhibition. Click through for 17 of my favorite sips. More

Homebrewing Protips: Shortcuts to Make Brewing Easier

Beginning homebrewing recipes all start with simple steps. A first- or second-time homebrewer has enough to think about without an overly complicated list of instructions. But after brewing a few batches, it's pretty common to figure out a few tweaks and adjustments to the process that help you brew beer on your specific setup. Here are a few tips that we hope will help to simplify your brew day. More

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