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Ensuring Success With Your First Lagers

Friday, March 20th, 2020

By Old Standby Brewing You’ve been homebrewing for a while now and have pumped out some pretty tasty ales, impressing the hell out of friends and family; probably some IPAs, stouts, maybe even a porter or an ESB. Now you’re thinking you might want to try your skills at a crispy ...

6 Hops That Can Make an Impact Next Brew Day

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020

By: Ryan Celia Hops are 1 of 4 ingredients required to brew beer according to traditional German Reinheitsgebot. They impart bitterness, flavor, and aroma to beer when used during specific times before, during, and after the boil. Hops come in several forms, the most common being whole leaf hops, pellet hops, ...

Import your Brewtoad files into Brewer’s Friend- Quickly and Easily!

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019

Exporting recipes from Brewtoad, or any type of *.xml file, and into Brewer's Friend is simple and straightforward.   When you are on the Brewtoad website, you can export the recipes one at a time easily.   However, that could be very tedious,  so you could try using this technique for exporting ...

Migrating Your Recipes from Beersmith To Brewer’s Friend

Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

Exporting recipes from Beersmith and into Brewer's Friend is simple and straightforward.   When you are in the Beersmith program, you will have two options for exporting your recipe files.    The “Export All” command exports all of the items in the current view or folder to a file which you can ...

A Brief History and Look at Future Trends in US Craft Beer

Saturday, February 17th, 2018

“Beer is more important than armies when it comes to understanding people.” – Alexei Vranich An Early History of Craft Beer Early American beer started with ales from the British settlers; porters, stouts, and pale ales (once kilning took hold as general practice in 1703). It is common knowledge that most of ...

Brewing Water Basics – Putting it All Together

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

We've covered some of the basics of water chemistry in the last two articles, and now we are ready to put it all together. The first step is to start with chlorine-free water of suitable quality for brewing and reducing the alkalinity if needed. Once you have an understanding of targeting an ...

Brewing Water Basics Part 2

Sunday, November 19th, 2017

This article is a continuation of a three-part series. Check out part one here. You may have heard that you have “hard” water, or “soft” water. Hardness in water is mostly due to the calcium and magnesium ions in the water. A low concentration of these is said to provide soft ...

Brewing Water Basics – Part 1

Sunday, November 19th, 2017

For many brewers, water chemistry is treated as the last frontier of homebrewing. Oftentimes, it is ignored or at least not something homebrewers want to think about. The old adage “if your water tastes good, it’s fine to brew with” may be repeated, and believed. The brewer may work on ...

Aspects of Brewing a Wheat Beer

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

Hefeweizen, weissbier, witbier, white ale… Whatever your preference; wheat beers are abundant, effervescent, and different. They can be served with a slice of orange or lemon, with all the yeast “mit hefe” style, with raspberry syrup, or filtered crystal clear. They vary in color from the light witbier to copper-brown ...

Brewer’s Friend Recipe of the Week!

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

We're starting a new feature here at Brewer's Friend, Recipe of the Week! This is going to be based on views so only public recipes will be considered. If your recipe is selected as the week's top recipe you will receive 1 year of supporting membership here on Brewer's Friend! We’re ...

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