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How to Pour A Beer: It's More Complicated Than You Think

Mike Reis 16 comments

When you're dealing with bottle conditioned or sediment-heavy beers, it is important to decant the taste-affecting uglies that live in the bottom of your beer bottle or can. More

How to Fix What's Wrong with Your Coffee

Coffee Liz Clayton 10 comments

First thing in the morning, it can be hard enough to find matching socks, much less troubleshoot what's awry in a cup of coffee gone south. While some problems can't be corrected with a simple re-brew, many can. More

Iced Coffee Troubleshooting: Maybe Your Ice is the Problem

Coffee Meister 11 comments

Ever pour yourself a nice, frosty glass of iced coffee only to discover it tastes a little...off? It might not be you, and it might not be the coffee—it might, in fact, be the ice itself. More

The Serious Eats Guide to Pourover Coffee

Coffee Liz Clayton 11 comments

Whether you call it by-the-cup, hand-brewed, or manually brewed coffee, anytime you're creating a fresh, single cup experience by pouring water over coffee into a cone, you're making a "pourover"—a flavorful, clean-tasting way to express the qualities of drip coffee (that can hold myriad subtle and fanciful flavors that can get lost in the concentration of espresso, or the sludge of a French press, or the uneven extraction of most automatic drip machines.) Today we offer you our definitive guide to pourover. More

You're in Hot Water: Does Coffee Brewing Temperature Matter?

Coffee Meister 4 comments

What's the right water temperature for brewing coffee at home? The team at Verve Coffee Roasters has an idea or two. More

What's Your Iced Coffee Method?

Coffee Maggie Hoffman 33 comments

As long as the sun is out (even if the wind is brisk), I'm game for a cool afternoon caffeine kick. But these days there's an entire menu of possible iced coffee brewing methods...even if you're just making yourself an iced coffee at home. Here's a rundown of a few different options. More

Why Doesn't the Coffee I Make at Home Taste As Good As Café Coffee?

Coffee Meister 18 comments

Ever wonder why the coffee your favorite barista makes you is always better than what you brew at home—even when you're using the same beans? Don't worry: You're not alone, and you're not necessarily doing it wrong. More

Cocktail 101: How to Cut Citrus Wedges

Cocktail 101 Michael Dietsch 13 comments

All you'll need for this simple cocktail garnish is a sharp knife, a cutting board, and well-washed citrus. A sharp knife is especially important here because a dull knife will squeeze the fruit into a misshapen lump, which will make your wedges look weird. No one likes weird wedges. More

7 Tips for Using the Homebrew Kit Santa Brought You

Homebrewing Jonathan Moxey 14 comments

Found a homebrewing kit under the tree this year? Awesome! But before you get started, allow me to share a few tips that will give you a leg up and improve the quality of your initial batches of beer. More

How to Make Moroccan Mint Tea

Liz Clayton 2 comments

Cooling down by surrounding yourself with green is a perfect summer antidote. Fresh, reviving Moroccan mint tea can be prepared to drink throughout the day, and tastes just swell over ice. More

Homebrewing: How to Keg Your Beer

Homebrewing Joe Postma 8 comments

Have you ever been washing your 45th homebrew bottle, elbow deep in sanitizer, and thought, "There's got to be a better way to do this"? Congratulations! You're ready to start kegging your homebrew. Here's an introduction to the basics of kegging. More

Homebrewing: Getting the Most Out of Hops

Homebrewing Peter Reed 7 comments

Hops are extremely versatile, but that versatility is underexploited by homebrewers, microbrewers, and—of course—macrobrewers. Many brewers have pushed our palates to the limit of our hops bitterness tolerance, simply by cramming more and more hops into each pint. Few have stretched our palates to appreciate the many nuances hops have to offer. Here are a few techniques that will help you get the most out of your hops. More

How to Brew Coffee in an AeroPress

Liz Clayton 13 comments

Is it an inefficient turkey baster? A giant syringe? Something less suitable for work? No, it's the AeroPress, a coffee brewer which uses nothing more than water, coffee, and a little of your own elbow grease to make a delicious cup. All the rage in Europe and mysteriously unsung on its own shores, the AeroPress is the sole non-athletic gadget manufactured by the team who brought us the Aerobie Flying Ring, and is one of the most versatile, portable ways to brew a delicious single cup of coffee. More

Cocktail 101: Selecting and Caring for Citrus

Cocktail 101 Michael Dietsch 10 comments

This week, we're going to look at how to select, store, and use citrus fruit. I work mainly with lemons, limes, and Meyer lemons (when they're in season) at home because my wife is allergic to oranges and grapefruits, but these tips apply equally to any citrus—lemons, grapefruits, whatever. More

Cocktail 101: More Fun with Citrus Garnishes

Cocktail 101 Michael Dietsch Post a comment

Here are few more ways to prepare a citrus peel garnish for your homemade cocktails. This week you'll master the rustic swath and the dainty spiral. More

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