Review: Coopers homebrew kit

The Coopers home brew kit Coopers is a home brew kit company in Australia, but you can find their kits pretty much anywhere.  MakeBeer.Net has all the Coopers kits available online too. This isn’t a extract brew kit in the traditional sense.  This kit...
Saving homebrew money with your yeast

Saving homebrew money with your yeast

There are several choices for reducing costs with your yeast.  You can reuse the yeast cake, harvest your yeast, create multiple starters from a single liquid yeast pack, or use dry yeast.  Each of these choices can save you money, but there are also trade-offs.  Here...
How to get a creamy feel in your homebrew beer

How to get a creamy feel in your homebrew beer

Nitrogen in the beer (beer gas) The main reason the above beers taste creamy is how they are carbonated.  Instead of using regular CO2, these beers use nitrogen for “carbonation” (carbonation isn’t really the right word since you’re adding mostly nitrogen, not CO2). ...
How to make an ESB (Extra Special/Strong Bitter)

How to make an ESB (Extra Special/Strong Bitter)

I remember travelling to England for the first time.  I landed in Gatwick about 7 am local time.  Completely jetlagged, I barely knew where I was, but to “adjust” to the European time zone I needed to stay awake for the rest of the day.  How do I stay up?  I headed...
Are you ready to fruit or spice your beer?

Are you ready to fruit or spice your beer?

Alabama House Bill 9  (HB9) is the current incarnation of legalizing homebrewing for Alabama home brewers. Since Mississippi passed a law legalizing homebrewing in March of this year (goes into effect July 1st), Alabama is now the only state in the entire...