brewers and drinkers

Last week, hosting this month’s Session, I asked what knowing about brewing does to your enjoyment of beer.

Here’s the round-up.

Find out what everyone thought

home brewing log sheets

Most home brewers eventually start taking notes. They’re pretty much essential if you want to repeat a good batch, or troubleshoot a bad one.

The type of notes I take has changed with my brew process. Here’s my current record sheet, not quite featuring the kitchen sink but getting there.

Take a look at the home brewing log sheet

wort gravity

Being able to achieve your target original gravity on brew day gives you a fighting chance when planning recipes.

To do it you need to take a close look at how your brewing set-up works.

Find out more about wort gravity

wort volume in home brewing brew pot

My obsession with knowing more about my brew process continues. This time I’m looking closely at wort volumes.

This article explains why and how to measure the changing volumes of liquid on brew day, and how that makes recipe planning more effective.

More about measuring and predicting wort volume

brewers and drinkers

Next month I’m pleased to be hosting The Session, the monthly exchange of ideas by beer bloggers. Here’s the announcement post!

More about brewers and drinkers

session 70

I often wonder if my home brew actually tastes any good.

To me it does and it usually gets good reviews from friends and family, but is it really good beer or does it’s reputation precede it?

Does Home Brew Taste Better?

home brew manual birthday

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.

Popular Home Brew Manual posts

home brewing malt profiles

Malt’s such an important part of brewing beer that it’s a good idea to know what it tastes like.

Here’s a simple way to develop your own malt flavour profiles and really understand how each malt influences your beer.

Find out how to develop your own home brewing malt profiles

measure beer gravity wort

Gravity’s a measure of how much sugar is in your beer. It has a big impact on the character of your brews so it’s important to know how to measure it.

Here’s an illustrated guide explaining how it all works.

Learn how to use a hydrometer measure beer gravity

designing a beer recipe

Single hop beers are a great way to test and explore the flavours of different hop varieties.

Here are some ideas for developing a base recipe.

Find out more about designing a beer recipe

beef stew with stout

As a bit of light relief from home brewing, here’s a recipe for a tasty beef stew with stout.

Take a look at my recipe for beef stew with stout

getting better at home brewing (glass of saison)

After two years of home brewing, I’ve decided it’s time to really get to the bottom of how to make great beer.

Here’s what I’ve got in mind.

See how I plan to improve my home brew