One year ago I published the first Home Brew Manual post. It’s hard to believe, it’s gone so quickly.
As a bit of fun to mark this historic occasion, I thought I’d look into what have emerged as the most popular posts.
Using the number of times each post has been viewed, I’ve identified the ten most popular ones.
There are other ways of measuring popularity but this seems as good a way as any.
Obviously the older posts have had longer to been seen, but the newer ones stand more chance of someone reading them simply because more people visit the blog now.
I hope that makes the list more or less balanced, without a skew towards old or new stuff.
So without any more messing around, let’s get started.
Popular Home Brew Manual Posts
10. Dry Hopping : Why Adding Dry Pellets Directly To The Fermenter Gets More Hop Flavour
This was a guide I put together explaining how to dry hop.
That’s where you add hops to the beer while it’s fermenting, to get more flavour and aroma.
I’m surprised it’s made it to the list, but there you go!
9. A Visual Guide To Beer Bitterness : IBUs By Style
One of the things I really enjoy about this blog is preparing the diagrams and illustrations.
I’m pleased to find that some of you find them useful too.
This one’s about beer bitterness.
8. How To Siphon Beer Into Bottles
This is another self-explanatory guide.
As with dry hopping, I’m surprised it’s proved so popular. It just goes to show that helping someone do something is a good way to find new readers.
7. Brewing Beer At Home : An Illustrated Guide To Your Options
This was a drawing I put together fairly early on explaining various home brewing methods.
It describes the main differences in process between all grain, extract and kit brewing.
A good place for beginner brewers to start.
6. Bottling Beer : An Illustrated Guide to Bottling Day
Another how-to guide that’s made it into the top ten.
Despite being one of the less fun parts of home brewing, knowing how to bottle beer is of course extremely useful.
5. A Visual Guide To Beer Gravity : Original and Final Gravities By Style
Another beer style chart.
This one compares the original and final gravities of beers from the BJCP style guide.
A handy reference when planning brews.
4. Why Is My Beer Flat?
This really is an unexpected outsider, a simple post that appears to answer a popular question!
It’s got some tips for carbonating beer and troubleshooting when it doesn’t work out as planned.
3. A Visual Guide To Beer Colour : SRM By Style
The most popular of the beer style charts is the guide to colour.
I’m not sure if that’s because it’s a more interesting topic than gravity and bitterness, or because there are less colour charts out there.
In any case, you can see it here:
2. Home Brew Recipe: Honey Beer
The only recipe to make it into the top ten is this one, for a honey beer.
While not my favourite recipe on the site, that beer was tasty and I’m happy that other’s may be trying it for themselves.
1. Brew In A Bag : A Simple and Complete Illustrated Guide
Far and away the most visited page is the guide to Brew In A Bag.
It’s a simple way to brew great beer and it looks to be getting more popular by the day.
And the booby prize for least popular post goes to:
A Homebrewed Recipe For Beef Stew With Stout
This has been looked at 6 times, compared with 8003 for Brew in a Bag!
In it’s defence, it hasn’t been there very long. But perhaps I should take that as advice to stick to home brewing.
Thanks for reading this blog!
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But whether you’re a regular reader or just stopping by, your visit is really appreciated.
I’ve learnt a lot about brewing this last year. I hope I’ve managed to share it with you.