Mar 092013
 
Bottle-Conditioning

Bottle-conditioning is the most common way for homebrewers to carbonate their beer.  Even for those of us who keg, we bottle-condition beers meant for competition and ageing (more on this later). The concept behind bottle-conditioning is to take your fully-fermented beer, add priming sugar to it, and then bottle.  Yeast Read More...

Mar 092013
 
Blichmann BeerGun

We like to keg our beer.  It has proven to be a great time-saver.  We also like to bottle some beers from each keg to see how it ages, and to submit into competitions.  When bottling from a keg, we use the Blichmann BeerGun, and we (mostly) love it. Blichmann Read More...

Mar 082013
 
Hogsback Brewing Company - Hogsback Vintage Lager

Brewery: Hogsback Brewing Company (Ottawa, Ontario) Style: Lager ABV: 5.2%             COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION “Our inaugural and flagship style is a European-inspired lager with superior flavour derived from using only premium ingredients combining three malt types (2-Row, Munich and Vienna), unique Saaz hops and German lager Read More...

Mar 062013
 
Apfelwein

Brew Date: Fall 2012 (~4 months prior to writing this article) Apfelwein – Honey Cider Difficulty to Brew: Very Easy Ingredients: Cider, Honey, Water, Yeast, Yeast Nutrient ABV: 10%         Brewing beer takes a long time.  There’s the long hours of heating your strike water, mashing, sparging, Read More...

Mar 062013
 

Note: While this chart is good for showing what hops are typically related in style, each hop is unique, and therefor this chart will only steer you in the direction of general substitutions and not exact clones.  For example, substituting Amarillo Gold for Cascade or Centennial will give you vastly Read More...

Mar 052013
 

Grains and Adjuncts Chart Key: L = Degrees Lovibond, G = Gravity Malt L G Decription American Grains       Crystal Malt 10° 1.033-35 Sweet, mild caramel flavor and a golden color. Use in light lagers and light ales. Crystal Malt 20° 1.033-35 Sweet, mild caramel flavor and a golden Read More...

Mar 052013
 
Brew-In-A-Bag

Often a hot topic for debate, the Brew-In-A-Bag (BIAB) technique is one that claims roots in Australian homebrewing, and is gaining a lot of ground worldwide.  We often use this technique while brewing indoors, and feel that it’s a great way for homebrewers to transition to all-grain brewing.  All it Read More...

Mar 022013
 
Howe Sound Brewing - Pothole Filler Imperial Stout

Brewery: Howe Sound (Squamish, British Columbia) Style: Russian Imperial Stout ABV: 9%                 COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION “A dark rich black stout utilizing humongous amounts of roasted barley, black malt, flatted barley and Warrior, Green Bullet and Willamette hops. Thick enough to fill potholes!” Howe Read More...