what does a hops plant look like?

The hops plant, also known as Humulus lupulus, is a versatile and attractive plant. You may have heard the name already. It sounds familiar because it is the main ingredient for the brewing of ale.  When we talk about hops, what we’re referring to are the flowers of the hop plant. These flowers can embitter, … Read more

Can You Make Beer With Bread Yeast?

All you homebrewers out there know how rewarding it is to craft your very own homebrews. Sitting back and popping open a bottle of your creation is leagues above drinking a beer you bought at the supermarket.  Once the brewing bug bites you, it’s hard to focus on anything else. You may find yourself thinking … Read more

Fermentable Brewing Sugars-You Can’t Make Beer Without Them

Other Fermentable Brewing Sugars There are many other brewing sugars used in brewing beer besides barley. Any starch or sugar can be used as a fermentable adjunct in the making of beer. There are basically two classes used in brewing, those that require mashing and those that don’t. Natural starches such as potatoes, pumpkins, corn and rice … Read more

Beer Adjuncts, Unmalted Grains or Products to Supplement the Main Mash

Beer adjuncts are the unmalted grains, sugars, solids or syrups that are used in the brewing process to supplement the main mash. There is a technical definition, and a “common use” definition of this term.  The technical definition would not include sugars and syrups since they are not added during the mash and do not require the … Read more

Hops Reference Page, Everything You Need to Know

Beer Hops Reference Guide For The Homebrewer Hops (Humulus Lupulus), apart from balancing the sweetness of the malts and other sugars in your beer through bitterness, impart aroma and flavor and inhibit the growth of bacteria in wort and beer.  Hops is considered by many to be an herb.  Brewing is not the only thing … Read more

Yeast Selection Guide

Yeast selection is one tool you can use when designing your recipes. So what’s the purpose of yeast in homebrewing award winning beer and mead? Sounds like a silly question doesn’t it. “Yeast ferment sugars in the wort or must to make alcohol” seems to be the obvious answer. But when you gain some experience … Read more

Liquid and Dry Beer Yeast Guide For the Homebrewer.

Beer Yeast Reference Guide Deciding which beer yeast to use can sometimes be confusing. There is help though. First, take a look at other recipes online or in books. Much of the time they will use the same yeast, and for a good reason. It may have come from the same origin as the beer … Read more

Yeast Starter Procedures to Make Better Beer at Home

Yeast Starter Procedure and Equipment to Make Better Beer at Home A yeast starter will insure that your beer has the best possible chance of turning out well. You will need to build one: For beers with a original gravity above 1.045, For yeast that is of questionable quality, For every lager, For every high … Read more

Brewing Malts, Their Characteristics and Uses For The Homebrewer

Malts, A Homebrewer’s Reference: Click Here to Purchase your Malts at MoreBeer.com The variety of malts available to the homebrewer is greater now than ever before. For homebrewers wanting to use authentic ingredients and brew to style, they are indispensable.  Learning all about malted grain is part of the all grain brewing experience. This is … Read more

Other Fermentables

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