star san home brewing sanitiser

Around six months ago I made an experimental batch of home brew without using any sanitiser.

The time’s come to open it.

Find out more about homebrew sanitising

novelty beer cock ale

Every once in a while it’s good to let your hair down, go out on a limb and try something new.

Which is why I brewed this interesting and unusual historic beer.

Find out more about this novelty beer

Make beer at home: homebrew equipment you need

There are as many different ways to brew as there are brewers. So many, in fact, that you may be wondering how to start.

For the benefit of any brewing newcomers, this post shares the way I brew at the moment. If I were to start over, this is what I’d do.

Discover how to make your own beer

Brewing a saison

Of all the types of beer in the world, perhaps the one you hear about most in home brewing is saison.

Here’s a guide to this popular brew that includes a bit of history and ideas for formulating your own recipes.

Find out more about brewing a saison

starting your own blog

These days it’s common for brewers to use the internet to find information and recipes.

There’s a lot out there. Here are a few of the websites I refer to most often.

More about online home brew resources

oatmeal stout malt tasting

As you’ll know if you’re a regular follower of this blog, I recently designed an oatmeal stout recipe using the BJCP style guide. I wanted to see where pure numerical analysis of ingredients would get me.

While the beer came out fine, there was plenty of room for improvement. Here’s my updated recipe, which works much better.

Take a look at the oatmeal stout recipe

john palmer residual alkalinity talk at buenos aires craft beer festival

I don’t usually include news and reviews, but having got back from the International Craft Beer Festival in Buenos Aires I thought it was worth sharing the highlights here on the blog.

Water is a key element of brewing and, after John Palmer’s talk at the event, I’m now inspired to find out more about it.
Find out more about brewing water

making yeaster starter jar yeast

Yeast starters are often mentioned by advanced home brewers as the one thing they wish they’d starting doing earlier. When I finally got round to trying I realised why.

Here I’ll show you how to start. It’s not as difficult as you may think.

Find out about making yeast starters >>

how to brew john palmer front cover

How To Brew is a classic brewing book that many of us used to get started.

Covering everything from planning recipes to cleaning, it’s an essential addition to your library.

Read more about How to Brew by John Palmer

oatmeal stout to rule them all session 66

Is there one beer you enjoy more than any other? Is it possible to have a favourite?

Let’s find out.

What is the one beer to rule them all?

single infusion mash temperatures for home brew

Sometimes it seems that the more you learn about brewing the less you know. There are so many variables that you can’t possibly manage all of them at once.

However, there’s one thing that’s easily controlled and can alter the profile of your beer significantly: mash temperatures.

Find out how mash temperatures give you control over your home brew

beer bitterness ratios

The balance between sweet malt and bitter hop flavours is a defining characteristic of most beer. It’s essential you think about this if you want to control the taste of your home brew.

But how can you measure this balance?

Have a look at the beer bitterness ratios