Brewing Water Analysis and Treatment Simplified.

Brewing Water Analysis and Treatment Purchase all your brewing water modifiers at Since your brewing water constitutes the majority of your homebrew, it makes a difference in the final taste of your beer. The minerals present can affect the starch conversion of your grains. For extract brewers, you don’t have to worry about this. … Read more

Interview with Michael Tonsmeire, the Mad Fermentationist.

Michael Tonsmeire, the author of American Sour Beers-Innovative Techniques for Mixed Fermentations (Brewers Publications, 2014), is an award-winning homebrewer, certified beer judge, beer blogger (, and writes the Brew Your Own Advanced Brewing column.  Tonsmeire has consulted and collaborated with a dozen of America’s best craft breweries including Modern Times Beer Co. ( in San Diego where … Read more

The Beer Chicks Interview

The Beer Chicks are two ladies that know more about beer than most guys I know, even more than most of the guys in our beer club. I recently asked them some questions about craft beer and their new book, The Naked Pint: An Unadulterated Guide to Craft Beer, and what follows are their answers. … Read more

Coffee Beer-Adding Java to Your Homebrew

In the US, adults drink an average of 587 million cups of coffee per day.  It’s a big part of our morning, and many people would drink coffee all day long if not for the effects of the caffeine. Recent research reveals that drinking coffee may give you more than just an energy boost.  Studies … Read more

Is secondary fermentation worth the effort?

Secondary Fermentation, is it Worth the Effort? Do I transfer my green beer for a secondary fermentation or not?  Apparently there is a controversy among homebrewers regarding this question.  I’ve never worried too much about it to tell you the truth.   Part of the controversy is more about semantics than actual mechanics.  The way I … Read more

Brew Room – My DIY Project

Above is a picture of my new brew room. It’s actually a brew “house” since it is 60’x14′ with an 8′ front porch.  I bought the building special order from a friend.  He delivered it and did a great job setting it up.  He is truly one of those “old school craftsmen”.  What you can’t … Read more

High Gravity Brewing Problems and Solutions for Brewing Big Beers

High gravity brewing is definitely an advanced brewing techniqueand it can be notoriously difficult.   A high gravity beer is normally defined as onewith an original gravity OG of > 1.075. The term high gravity brewing may be somewhat confusing to afew home brewers when doing an online search.The term is also used to describe how … Read more

MCAB – Masters Chamionship of Amateur Brewing

Written by John Peed,Former MCAB Organizer/Director: The Masters Championship of Amateur Brewing ( MCAB) is “that other” annual national championship of homebrewing. The big daddy, of course, is the American Homebrewers Association’s National Homebrew Competition. There’s plenty of room for both, and the two complement each other well. MCAB kicked off in1998, spearheaded by Louis … Read more