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A Discussion With John Compton – Highway Manor Brewing

Tuesday, September 29th, 2020

By Udit Minocha Do you remember how you got into homebrewing? John Compton III of Highway Manor Brewing, in Camp Hill, PA, remembers it all. One of his favorite beers was Franziskaner Dunkelweizen. How John Got Started in Brewing John started brewing in 2001. His parents, who were quite religious, were were ...

Priming Sugar 101: How To, How Much, and When To Use?

Thursday, September 24th, 2020

by Chris Cook Congratulations. You nailed your brew day, you’ve made it through what probably felt like several long weeks of fermentation, and your precious wort is now precious beer. Now just one step remains between you and a cold, bubbly glass of homebrew: Priming. What is Priming? Without priming, the beer a ...

10 Beginner-Friendly Beer Recipes

Friday, August 28th, 2020

By Troy Stouffer When I tasted my first homebrewed beer, I was proud of my creation and it sparked a desire within me to brew more and to create my own recipe. I dove headfirst into websites, forums, and podcasts to learn as much as I possibly could so I could ...

Gose Beer – History, Style, And Recipes

Thursday, June 18th, 2020

By: Ricardo J. Corbella – Brewmaster – Certified Beer Server Cicerone Editor's Note: This article was translated from Spanish. Every attempt was made to ensure proper meaning and grammar is true to the source. Gose-style beer was first brewed more than a thousand years ago in a small town called Goslar in ...

Fermentation Temperature Controllers

Thursday, May 14th, 2020

Article and Photos By Mike Dalecki   Most experienced brewers will tell you that their beer took a major leap forward when they began to do Fermentation Temperature Control (FTC). This article shows the range of methods to control fermentation temperature, from the simple and inexpensive to the complicated and pricey. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

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