If I were to describe a Rauchbier to ten beer drinkers and offer them a pour, I feel fairly confident that most would reject the pour. Portrayed as a beer with a “campfire-like” aroma and taste, I can see how some are put off by such a descriptor. … [Read more...] about How to Brew Smoke Beer (Rauchbier) | Homebrew Challenge
We all have studied the process of alcoholic fermentation in our high school chemistry classes. Just to refresh your memory, fermentation is simply the conversion of sugars, be it glucose, sucrose, or fructose, into alcohol and carbon … [Read more...] about Specific Gravity to Brix: All You Need to Know
You might have realized or not, but you do judge the beer every time you drink it without knowing. The evaluation of beer is an art, and there lies science behind it. So, this art is something that can be learned by acknowledging its description … [Read more...] about How to Become a Professional Beer Judge?
Dunkles Bock or Traditional Bock, as it is known, has a story that takes us back to Einbeck, Germany around the 14th century. The town of Einbeck had a couple of huge advantages going for them. It was part of a federated trading group, The Hanseatic … [Read more...] about How to Brew Dunkles Bock | Homebrew Challenge
The Beer that You Bought – When Does it Expire? Did you know that in 2018, U.S. beer industry saw sales of over 202.2 million barrels of beer? Beer’s popular the world over – however, how do you store it? All of us, at some point, have wondered … [Read more...] about Does Beer Expire? What You Should Know & Do About It
After going through the rigorous processes of malting, lautering, fermenting, filtering, and conditioning, there are times when you are still not satisfied with your brew. In a situation like this, we often find ourselves indulged in various … [Read more...] about How to Cold Crash Your Beer?
When exploring the history of the Vienna Lager, we first learn about the history of kilning malt. However, before we dive into this newly discovered kilning process, we run into some people that were pretty insurmountable to this beer. In 1820, … [Read more...] about How to Brew Vienna Lager | Homebrew Challenge
Quarantine IPA is a homebrew beer for those wanting to make beer at home. This recipe is easy to make and ready quickly - two weeks from grain to glass. Quarantine IPA Recipe: 10 lbs - 2-row American Pale Malt (Briess) 1 lbs - Caramel 40 (40.0 … [Read more...] about Quarantine IPA | Quick and Easy Homebrewed Beer
It’s no secret that the Germans love their beer. If you were to walk into a local establishment in Dusseldorf, Germany and say “give me a beer,” you would indeed receive an Altbier. The Germans have been consuming Altbiers for approximately 3,000 … [Read more...] about How to Brew Altbier | Homebrew Challenge
There are certain beer styles that homebrewers obsess over for long periods of time. I know I do. Eisbock certainly is one of those white whales that homebrewer, Martin Keen has been trying to wrap his heads around for quite some time now. He … [Read more...] about How to Brew an Eisbock – The Frozen Secrets Explained
One of the many important aspects of brewing is pitching healthy yeast to your wort. Pithing enough healthy cells can be the best insurance for a homebrewer. Even though homebrewers know the importance of making a starter for their batch of beer, … [Read more...] about How to Brew Pale Kellerbier | Homebrew Challenge
A brewmaster should always have his priorities right. These priorities would enable him to brew the most excellent hand-crafted beers for himself and for the others he wants to serve. Brewing is an art, and all those who take an active interest in … [Read more...] about Digital Wireless Hydrometer and Thermometer
Kellerbier literally translates to “celler beer” in German. It brings us back to Franconia, Bavaria in the latter half of the Middle Ages. This was a time when brewers would lager their beers in caves because the refrigeration we take for granted … [Read more...] about How to Brew Amber Kellerbier | Homebrew Challenge
All beers are an amalgamation of numerous different flavors, each brewed and formulated in different ways. Beer is pretty similar to music, as one man' gold can be another man' garbage. You may find a particular beer to absolutely delicious, and your … [Read more...] about Off Flavors and How to Avoid it
What color do you want your beer in? You may not notice it as much – simply because you’re either buying beers in cans or bottles that make it hard to identify the colors inside, but every drink looks a bit different. You could love your favorite … [Read more...] about SRM Beer Color: What You Need to know
Are you looking at trying out something new, like a beer to spend your evenings in? We aren’t talking about run of the mill beer here, but something you would love to try, time and again. Beer, in its very basic terms, constitutes of four … [Read more...] about Gruit Beer: Beer Without Hops?
All right. So today we are brewing a London Porter and we're going to do it in two different beer systems. We've got, what do you call this? This system homemade road show with gas and doing it outside. And then we're going to compare that to … [Read more...] about Blichmann BrewEasy Vs. DIY Homebrew Setup
Often overlooked by the newer styles that contain more hops or sweet adjuncts, the Munich Dunkel is not given the respect that it rightfully deserves. Often looked at as the German version of a dark mild, this style is a good example of an … [Read more...] about How to Brew Munich Dunkel | Homebrew Challenge
As history has proven time and time again, dark beers have been around for a really long time, Porters and Stouts usually take the price when novice beer drinkers begin to think about the wide color spectrum of beers. The one that hardly is ever … [Read more...] about How to Brew Schwarzbier | Homebrew Challenge
Coming from the same family lineage of the rest of the Bock styles, the Doppelbock means “double bock.” A double bock is not really twice the bock. However, the name was well received by patrons and so the name stuck, much like the … [Read more...] about How to Brew a Dopplebock | Homebrew Challenge