Category Archives: A few Useful Tips

Tips from our personal experiences of brewing in our home.

Sanitize those Bottles and caps

It is very important to make sure your bottles are cleaned properly. We like to use the sanitizer injector that we have previously talked about, but you can use your dishwasher. Do not use any detergent or sanitizing agent, just … Continue reading

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More about temperature

Sensory scientist Sue Langstaff, who researches how we interpret and process the taste of food and drink, recently told Slate that the reason glacial cold covers up a beer’s flavors is that “key aromatic compounds cannot volatilize at lower temperatures.” … Continue reading

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Get your entry in

Do you have a brew that you think is awesome? It’s time to get your entry in to the  American Homebrewer’s  Association (AHA) National Homebrew competition (NHC). Each of the 10 city locations are taking 750 entries, some are already … Continue reading

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Let that beer rest!

Nov. 20 we brewed Northern brewers”Fixed gear American Red Ale”. We bottled it Dec 10. A week later we anxiously opened one. It was good, but tasted too young. We let it alone a couple more weeks, it had improved … Continue reading

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Keep your Airlock clean

You can use vodka in your airlock instead of water. Vodka does not allow bacteria to grow.

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Dry Malt VS Liquid Malt

We use High quality malt that has no adjuncts or additives. Dry malt extract is more concentrated than the syrup. A 3 lb bag of DME is equivalent  to about 4 lbs of LME. Syrup goes to the bottom of … Continue reading

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Get with the flow

For an easier pour, try putting the LME syrup in hot water, before adding it to the brew kettle.

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Room Temperature Glass

We have decided that we like room temperature glasses for beer tasting. If the glass is frosted  or even chilled,  it reduces the ability  to smell and taste. If the glass is room temperature, it allows the full aroma and … Continue reading

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Keeping a notebook

When we started brewing, I put each recipe in a clear sleeve and put it in a notebook. It makes referencing easy. For example, we open a bottle, and it tastes terrific, we go to the recipe, we see when … Continue reading

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Sanitizer Injector -12/31/11 Tip

We have found the use of a sanitizer injector for our bottles invaluable! This is not a high priced item in our brewery equipment, ($15.95 from More Beer) the time it saves us in our bottling process is huge! Easy … Continue reading

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Colored Labels

We bottle all our beer in 22 oz brown bottles, then store on shelves, in a rotating system, being careful to archive a case on another shelf. Since we reuse our bottles, we don’t label them, unless we are giving … Continue reading

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12-17-2011 Tip of the week

I think we make excellent beer. One of the reasons for this is we are always looking for ways to improve. We recently discovered that we like the results of adding DME & LME at the last 10 min of … Continue reading

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Your tip: Enter our Contest!!

We hope you have entered by now, but if not do so today! Entry is easy! Go to https://www.facebook.com/BrewingReport and click “like” on our page from now until December 24 @ 11:59pm PST and you are automatically entered in. A … Continue reading

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A word about Yeast

We give our yeast a head start. We get active fermentation within 6 hours after brewing. Boil 2000 ml water with 1/2 cup DME. Cool the water to 80 F. Add a vial of yeast and cover with sterilized foil. … Continue reading

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Strainer use – 11/11/11

We have found that to keep trube (sediment at the bottom of the fermenter) and floating particles out of our finished, bottled product; the use of a strainer comes in handy. The syphoning tube has a cap on it that … Continue reading

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