My Journey from Home Brewer to Home Distiller (and how you can do it too)

November 16,2015 by 11 Comments

The following is a guest post from Homebrew Academy reader David from New Orleans. David is a true DIY’er, making beer, spirits, wine, cheese, kombucha, and many more homemade treats. Most craft beer lovers and scotch whisky aficionados are unaware of how similar their beloved beverages are, both in composition and in production. In its simplest […]

Barrel Tips from the Pros at Firestone Walker Barrelworks

November 6,2015 by 10 Comments

Welcome to part two of my conversation with Jeffers Richardson and Jim Crooks of Firestone-Walker Barrelworks (Read Part 1 here). In this post we discuss picking the right barrel and how to prepare it for use. As you will read, the barrel is just as important (and maybe more) as the wort or beer going […]

Brew It: Extra-Chocolatey Coffee Stout

October 21,2015 by 14 Comments

I’m not one of these people that have a favorite season. Rather there’s something about each season that’s uniquely pleasant. With fall officially upon us brings cooler evenings (in the Midwest anyway), bonfires, and an opportunity to open and share a stout or porter without getting odd looks from your beer friends. Ahh the trusty […]

Craft Beer Lovers Split Over the Influence of Big Beer

October 16,2015 by 5 Comments

Last week I ran a poll that asked this question: How do you feel about Big Beer buying craft breweries? Here’s how Homebrew Academy readers responded:

Poll: How do you feel about Big Beer buying craft breweries?

October 9,2015 by 16 Comments

Have you heard the news? AB-InBev bought L.A.’s Golden Road Brewing. As expected, some GRB customers are OK with, and even happy about the deal. From the GRB Facebook page: And even more people (or just a vocal minority) are pissssssed: This is the 5th brewery that AB has purchased. The others being Goose Island, […]

My Wife’s Pumpkin Ale

September 30,2015 by 10 Comments

One of the two beer-drinking adults in my household really loves pumpkin spice beers. I mean she is really over-the-top, embarrassingly-excited, can’t-say-enough-about-them, spend-multiple-GABF-sessions-finding-them in love with pumpkin spice beers. Perhaps you know someone like this. Perhaps you are someone like this. Perhaps you should brew a pumpkin spice beer of your own.

I’ll Take My Father’s Root Beer, Actually

September 17,2015 by 14 Comments

Not Your Fathers Root Beer exploded onto the beer scene earlier this year. To me the whole thing seemed very strange. Here was this little brewery (Small Town Brewery, Illinois) I had never heard of, and suddenly their Root Beer is popping up everywhere. Knowing the distribution challenges that craft brewers face, something seemed off. […]

Firestone Walker – Barrelworks Q & A: The Origins

August 25,2015 by No Comment

As a long time homebrewer, I sometimes think this whole brewing thing is pretty easy.  That’s until you run into guys as passionate and knowledgable as Firestone Walker’s Jeffers Richardson, Barrelmeister & Barrelworks Director and Jim Crooks (AKA Sour Jim) Master Blender. It’s truly humbling talking beer with these guys. They are knowledgable, without a […]

Review: Stainless Steel Brew Bucket and FTSs Temp Control

July 28,2015 by 17 Comments

Check out the video above to see my full review of these two items from Ss Brewing Technologies: The Brew Bucket and the FTSs Fermentation Temperature Control System.

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