Category: Methods

Oompa loompa brewing

Why do we….?

Have you ever asked yourself or been asked questions like “why do you mash your grains?” or “why do you aerate your wort?”. Me too. So I put together a short article that answers a few of these basic questions. This is not meant to be a chemistry tutorial. Just a few simple reasons for […]

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The Next Barrel Aging Project

Well, the next James River Homebrewers barrel project is well under way. Several weeks ago a handful of us that got together at Original Gravity during the Big Brew a few weeks ago to brew a robust porter. The porter was to go into the bourbon barrel won by JRHBer Alan Sepkowski (Shiny Head Brewer) […]

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Beer Gun Bottling

It’s time to send off your bottles to the National Homebrew Competition. So, I broke out the Blichmann Beer Gun and got to bottling.  If you keg your beer a beer gun is not an absolute necessity but its pretty damn close. It makes to process of transferring your beer from the keg to a […]

Beer Judge Certification Program

Learning the Art of Beer Tasting – Part 1

Have you ever wanted to learn the ins and outs of beer tasting? If you are reading this post I assume that answer is yes. Well, me too… I have been homebrewing for a while now but have never really picked up the art of being able to taste and describe beer accurately or consistently. […]

Cascade Hop Harvest

When Should You Harvest Hops?

This is my second season of growing hops and I have to say it’s been a strange growing season for sure. This year in addition to the Cascade and Nuggets vines we planted last year we also planted Chinook and Fuggles. I don’t use fuggles very often but my wife likes saying “fuggles” so we […]

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5 Tips To Improve Your Homebrew Without Breaking the Bank

We all want to brew better beer right? Well, there are plenty of gadgets and tools out there to help you accomplish this task and a lot of it will cost you a significant amount of dough. Now, while I would encourage you to always buy top quality equipment, it is not necessary to tap […]

Grain Station Set Up

An Easy and Inexpensive Way to Weigh Grains

I was reading through some other homebrew blogs and forums the other day and came across a cool little set up used by some friends over at BrewGeeks to weigh their grains. I have just recently started to buy my grains in bulk and mill them myself. I had been thinking about a way to […]

Mash-tun False Bottom Assembly

The Right Brewing Equipment Makes All The Difference

I broke down and bought a false bottom and spigot assembly that was made to go in the bottom of my mash-tun and when I mashed my grains today it went off without a hitch. It flowed without even a hint of a clog.

Home-Brew – Secondary Fermentation

There are several advantages to a two stage fermentation process. The first and arguably the most important advantage is that it separates the spent yeast cells from the beer that is being created.

Home-brew – Simple Clarifiers

So, I got the German pils bottled up a few days ago. I am super anxious about this batch. This is the first batch where I used gelatin to clear things up in the bottle.

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