Brewing Articles and Info

Welcome to the fascinating world of home brewing. The oldest known recipe in the world is for beer and it dates back 5,000 years. We pride ourselves in helping home brewers achieve success in their fermentations. Beginning brewing is simple and fun and we have designed this website to help you find the information you need as well as the products you need so you can get started.

Once you have brewed one or two batches of our starter kits you will become familiar with the basic process and will be ready to move past kits in no time. You can then begin designing your own recipes or have us find you one in our database of over 300 recipes. Once you begin brewing and become comfortable with this hobby, the more fascinating it will become. Brewing is relatively easy to do right away, but you can spend the rest of your life refining the process.

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BEER RECIPES

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Brew Your Own Pliny-like Triple IPA - The Beverage People (PDF, 328 KB)

Buckwheat Chocolate Brown Ale (Gluten Free - EX5) - The Beverage People (PDF, 98 KB)

“True Brew” Hibiscus Wheat Ale - The Beverage People (PDF, 360KB)


BREWING ARTICLES

Brewing Instructions - The Beverage People (HTML)

Once you have the right equipment and ingredients, you're ready to make delicious, handcrafted beer using the following time-honored process!


Cleaning and Sanitizing 101 - The Beverage People (PDF, 60 KB)

One of the most important aspects of any fermentation is keeping your equipment sanitary. This article outlines the basic steps and products for keeping it clean.


Bottling Instructions - The Beverage People (HTML)

With six easy steps, your beer will be all set for carbonating in the bottle.


Beer Recipe Worksheet - The Beverage People (HTML)

Use this chart to prepare for a brew.


Brewing Malt Guide - Author: Byron Burch (PDF, 117 KB)

A reference guide for brewing malts including base malts, specialty malts, as well as non-barley malts


Ales and Lagers: An interview with author/brewmaster, Greg Noonan - Author: Byron Burch (HTML)

Greg Noonan has been brewing for a number of years, but he really burst on the national homebrew scene in 1986 with the publication of his book, Brewing Lager Beer. This book discussed such topics as water treatment and decoction mashing in ways home brewing literature had not yet experienced.


Use of Water Salts in Brewing - Author: Byron Burch (HTML)

Most brewers don't worry about the fine points of water treatment until they become somewhat advanced. However, those who do venture into this area often find the rewards significant.


How to Approach Home Brewing - Author: Byron Burch (HTML)

It's a temptation to lump all beginning home brewers together as a single entity, the 'beginning brewer', but experience tells me no such stereotype exists.


Simplified Kegging - Author: Byron Burch & Robyn Burch (PDF, 209 KB)

Home brewers sometimes show an aversion to the practice of bottling. Over the years, we've been able to codify that into something we like to call Burch's Third Law: “The tendency of a home brewer to look favorably on the idea of kegging homebrew is directly proportional to the number of bottles washed during the course of one's home brewing career.”


Carbonating Stone Instructions - Author: Byron Burch & Gabe Jackson (PDF, 60 KB)

A better solution for speeding up carbonation would be to use a Carbonating Stone. This is a piece of stainless steel, perforated throughout with a huge number 0.5 - 2 micron holes.


Two Beers From One Boil - Author: Bob Peak (PDF, 33 KB)

We wanted two beers that would fully qualify as distinct under the 2004 style guidelines of the Beer Judge Certification Program-www.BJCP.org-from the combined runnings all boiled together. How to do it?


Is Beer Harder to Make Than Wine? - Author: Bob Peak (PDF, 41 KB)

My answer is a resounding, “Yes, but…”


Brew Your Own Pliny-like Triple IPA - The Beverage People (PDF, 328 KB)

Vinnie Cilurzo brewer and co-owner, with wife Natalie, of Russian River Brewing Company, was very generous in sharing information with me about this year’s Pliny the Younger. With Vinnie’s help I was able to formulate my own homebrew version of this beer.


That's Not An IPA, THIS is an IPA - The Beverage People (PDF, 426 KB)

Learn to brew an "IPA" in any color. Includes instructions on recipe design for American IPA, Black IPA, Wheat IPA, and Rye IPA.


Moving From Extract To All-Grain - The Beverage People (PDF, 262 KB)

While many brewers are happy with extract brewing for a long time, many others get the urge to exercise more control and creativity over their homebrews. If that’s the way you feel, you may be ready to move on up to all-grain brewing. Three main areas are impacted by a decision to go all-grain: processes, equipment, and ingredients.


Gluten Free Brewing - The Beverage People (PDF, 655 KB)

If you’ve tried a light sorghum beer—or even if you haven’t—you may want to take your own voyage on the beer I call Black Pearl Buckwheat Chocolate Brown! We have a discussion article as well as the recipe alone.


Brewery Quick Disconnects with Cam and Groove - The Beverage People (PDF, 1.2 MB)

Engineer your system to operate with ease by incorporating stainless steel cam and groove quick disconnect fittings.


Brewing With Barrels - The Beverage People (PDF, 295 KB)

The use of barrels in brewing is not a new idea. They have been used historically as fermentors, such as the Burton Union systems popular a century ago in Burton-upon-Trent; they have transported beer to the far flung corners of the British Empire, as India Pale Ales were shipped from England around the world in wooden casks; also they have been used to impart oak and aged flavors in many beers out of Belgium such as Flanders Red Ale, Lambic, and Geuze.


Brewing With Flowers - The Beverage People (PDF, 360KB)

This article is a discussion of ideas on brewing with flowers. The recipe for “True Brew” Hibiscus Wheat Ale is printed here for the adventurous brewer to try, too.