Scottish Export is a malt-focused beer like the other two Scottish ales in category 14 of the BJCP guidelines. It is a caramelly beer with some esters and sometimes contains a butterscotch … Read More →
What does the Homebrew Academy stand for?
We have all heard the common belief that if you want something done right, you should do two things. One, do it right the first time and two, do it yourself. This is what homebrewing is all about.
Home Brewing Art & Science
Here at The Homebrew Academy, the science and art of homebrewing merge into one. Homebrewing does not come easy. There is a learning curve that everyone experiences when beginning to brew their first batch of beer. It is inevitable that your first batch of beer, cider, or mead will have some flaws in it.
That learning curve is minimized with helpful content all throughout the site. With a strong sense of community, education & online courses, guides to brewing your first beer at home, homebrew recipes, reviews on homebrewing gear, homebrewing tips, and combining beer and food, the help is here for everyone.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines community as “the people with common interests living in a particular area.” The sense of community with homebrewers is what drew me to this hobby about six years ago. Strangers helping each other out and assisting with otherwise impossible tasks makes me know I have chosen my hobby well.
It is through this real-life community that Homebrew Academy thrives. The vision of a homebrewer sitting down to create his/her first homebrew recipe is pretty magical. It makes me think that in a day and age when many people do not see eye-to-eye with many topics, the communal sharing of ideas and techniques keeps me energized as a homebrewer. It is through what others may seeming consider to be “just beer” actually brings people together. It is through this togetherness that fosters great hope.
Homebrew Academy wishes to be a place where people can learn more about this great hobby. In return, then go out and express to others their findings about a particular beer or homebrewing technique. It is through this give-and-take that the message of community lives on with homebrewing.
Education & Online Courses
These online homebrewing courses are designed for people who want to learn more about this incredible hobby. There courses help homebrewers perfect their skills of brewing their best batch of beer possible. One course that is offered through Homebrew Academy is entitled “Beer Tasting Mastery.” In this 4-week course there are three objectives: improve your beer vocabulary, recognize the subtle flavors and aromas that beers offer, and identify off-flavors in beer.
The other course is “Call it Your Own.” This is a step-by-step course that allows homebrewers to create their very own recipes. Recipe development should not be overlooked. It is through recipe development that the beer can start the eventual process from being a grain to being a delicious brewed beer at home. Call it Your Own allows home brewers to learn the perfect combinations of malts, hops, and yeast that all contribute to that mouthwatering beer that you can craft in your own home.
Scottish Heavy is a heavier version of a Scottish Light. The Scottish Heavy is actually similar in character to a Wee Heavy, but much smaller in terms of alcohol content. The real irony is that a … Read More →
Scottish Light, or Scottish 60 Shilling as it was originally known as, originated in a land where brewing has existed for a really long time. There is evidence that brewing was taking place in … Read More →
Homebrewing has become a common hobby among beer fanatics. Over time, you may have asked yourself whether it can be a sustainable method to earn money. Most homebrewing experts will say it is not … Read More →
English porter in Britain is simply known as “Porter.” The use of the term “English porter” is used to differentiate between other porters in the BJCP guidelines. The history of beer can sometimes … Read More →
Do the words barnyard, sour, funky, and horse-blanket make your mouth water for a pint? They do for this beer geek. I'm not alone. The county's sour beer phenomenon has created an army of … Read More →
British Brown Ales have been around since the beginning of brewing history. It has been said that the malt is dried over open flames. This was prior to the kilning process that we know today. British … Read More →
Dark Mild as a beer is considered by some as the first session ale, which is a beer that is below the 5 percent alcohol by volume mark. The comparison of a dark mild to a stout starts and stops by … Read More →
English IPA is one beer that everyone looks to when they are talking about the history of a particular beer style. English IPA as a style came about due to the need to provide beer for those in the … Read More →
Australian Sparkling Ale is Australia’s very indigenous beer style. Much like America’s cream ale and California common, the Australian sparkling Ale has its roots deep in its own native … Read More →
There are a few ways to brew Guiness at home, and today we are going to look at a few of the most popular. Start with a recipe Hack a Clone Let's get started. Today, I'm brewing a clone … Read More →
You might have heard the word "lacing" before. As scientific as it may sound, it's not as complicated as hearing the word "Brettanomyces," a type of beer yeast. So what exactly is beer lacing? What … Read More →
I'm not sure this is a good idea. I've been brewing every week and I'm always looking at ways to shorten my brew day. And well, I just sort of had this thought and that was, would it be possible to … Read More →
British golden ale is a hop-forward, highly drinkable and quite refreshing beer. Thanks to numerous wars, government regulations, altered consumer palates, industry trends adjusting, and corporate … Read More →
Ordinary Bitter closes out our exploration of the BJCP category 11. While researching the style, I came across what Paul Jones of Cloudwater Brew Company in Manchester, England once said about English … Read More →
Just how important is your fermentation temperature in homebrewing? I came across a startling result from an experiment reported in the new homebrewing book Yeast, by Jamil Zainascheff and Chris … Read More →
I don't know about you, but a nice cold beer on a warm summer's day is one of the best things in life! Making great beer requires precise temperature control, which is made possible with a homebrew … Read More →