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Barrel-Aging Beer: Stout and Saison

Thursday, September 30th, 2021

Advanced Brewing Series By Jim Vondracek In past centuries, all beers were fermented and sometimes aged in wood. Today, brewers seek to add complexity to beers, layering flavors and aromas, by aging beers in barrels. Some of these beers are the most sought-after commercial beers on the market - ‘whales’ - and ...

Leah Dienes of Apocalypse Brew Works

Friday, August 6th, 2021

Brewing a Smoked Hefeweizen Pro Brewer Series By JIm Vondracek Many homebrewers dream of turning their avocation into a vocation - becoming a professional brewer. This series on Pro Brewers will introduce a professional brewer, briefly exploring their path and journey. Then, each article will delve into their current brewery and situation, ...

Returning to Homebrew Competitions

Tuesday, July 6th, 2021

Homebrewing as a Hobby Series by Jim Vondracek In the last year-and-a-half, the pandemic and all its repercussions impacted all of us. For me, as a homebrewer and BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program) judge, the loss of competitions hit me unexpectedly hard. I aim to volunteer as a judge in about ...

Beer Styles Series: Belgian Golden Strong

Monday, June 14th, 2021

by Jim Vondracek One of my favorite beer styles is the Belgian Golden Strong - effervescent, pale, dry, and complex with aromas of fruit, herbs and flowers.  If you’ve had Duvel, Piraat, or Delirium Tremens, you know what I’m talking about.  This article looks at the colorful history of the style, ...

Homebrewing Your First Extract Batch

Saturday, May 29th, 2021

Beginning Brewing Series - Sweet Stout by Jim Vondracek Congratulations, you stand on the precipice of a remarkable hobby - brewing - one practiced by over one million homebrewers in the US! Making something by hand appeals to many of us - baking bread, building a bookshelf, growing a garden, cooking. ...

Ingredient Series: Gene-Edited Beer Yeast

Thursday, May 13th, 2021

by Jim Vondracek Homebrewers use their creativity, building recipes and brewing processes using new or novel ingredients, pushing the boundaries of new flavor profiles. Similarly, those who produce ingredients and products also innovate, using both cutting-edge science and brewing knowledge to create these new ingredients and products for homebrewers. A few months ...


Saturday, April 3rd, 2021

by Jim Vondracek This spring, the Brewer’s Friend blog is rebooting, to augment the resources and tools the site offers homebrewers.  We will be posting new content for brewers weekly.  Initially, our content will focus on six areas: Styles - an indepth look at a particular style, including one or two recipesIngredients - ...

Check out our New Features on our Changelog!

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019

April 2019 brings updates, new features, and support for more wireless hydrometers. https://docs.brewersfriend.com/changelog 2019-04-02Added Fermentation chart BPM for Plaato. Additional API stream fields for MyBrewBot and Fermentrack. 2019-04-01Fixed Recipe Builder pH prediction showing with no water profile selected. Recipe Builder, Inventory & Shopping custom brands now showing up prior to being approved. Recipe View can now show ...

New Brewing for Beginners Tutorial Available Now!

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

Have you wanted to homebrew, but never knew where to start?  Or have a friend who does? Designed for beginners, this illustrated article can help you, from choosing the equipment you will need as well as give you step-by-step directions through the brewing and fermenting process. Check it out now!

Beer Styles – Original Gravity and Final Gravity Chart – 2017 Update

Sunday, May 7th, 2017

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