Most Common Yeast Strains

  We are in a great time in homebrewing history where there are a large range of yeast strains available to us all. For the longest time there wasn’t much more available than a standard dry yeast strain that came with extract beer kits. Times have definitely changed though and there is a large supply […]

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Overview of specialty malts used in homebrewing

  For a large majority of North America, the concept of specialty malts is a foreign concept. Most production made styles of beer are essentially 2-row malt barley with a handful of adjuncts to change the flavor.   Mainstream beer is basically a base malt. When homebrewers switch to more advanced extract or all grain brewing, […]

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What is the best temperature to ferment homebrew?

Through the entire brewing process, there is one specific point where your wort actually becomes beer. That specific process is fermentation. Prior to this step your beer is still wort (pronounced wert) and one key to a successful fermentation is the temperature of the wort. To understand why the beer fermentation temperature is key to […]

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Brewing from malt extract

  At some point in the home brewing hobby, everyone makes a simple batch of extract beer. Often the passion for home brewing starts as simply as a father’s day present the form of an extract beer kit. I imagine that very few new brewers have started by going straight to all grain. Extract brewing […]

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What Yeast does in the brewing process?

For most home brewers, selecting a recipe and ingredients is the most exciting part of the brewing process with the drinking part of the process being the reward. Although I do love the drinking part of the process, one of my favourite parts of brewing is still the fermentation of beer. What the yeast does […]

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What is Irish Moss?

I think that most people will agree that there truly isn’t anything better than a sparkling clear glass of ice cold beer on a hot day. While the quality of some of the mass produced beers there may be called into question, one thing big breweries do well is presenting a brew that is crystal […]

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How to read a homebrew beer recipe

There is a point in every homebrewers career when we realise that using the pre-hopped cans of malt extract just isn’t delivering the kind of beer that we are after. The taste is not quite there and the appreciation of our beers just doesn’t quite seem to match the amount of effort that goes into […]

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