Review: The Big and Easy Bottle Brew

Review: The Big and Easy Bottle Brew

NOTE: This product doesn’t seem to be available anymore. If you know where to find it, let me know! A month ago I noticed something new at my local homebrew shop.  It’s called the Big and Easy bottle brew.  The Big and Easy is a two liter “no brew”...

Should you put olive oil in your homebrew?

Why use olive oil in your homebrew? Your yeast need oxygen for a happy and healthy fermentation. Yeast use oxygen during the lag phase to synthesize sterols and unsaturated fatty acids for its cell walls. If there is not enough oxygen, the yeast can not grow and die...
What does sugar do to your beer?

What does sugar do to your beer?

Sugar will carbonate your beer If you bottle your homebrew, you know how sugar is used for carbonation.  The reason we use sugar is to use something neutral in flavor.  You don’t want to change the flavor of your beer at this point.  Usually corn sugar, table sugar,...
Why does my beer taste bad?

Why does my beer taste bad?

There are several ways your beer can go wrong.  When you have a bad beer you can cry in it, or you can learn from it.  In the next few articles, we’ll look at what bad flavors your beer can get and what causes the particular off-flavor. My beer tastes like green...
Shorten your brew day with overnight mashing

Shorten your brew day with overnight mashing

You’ll often hear all-grain brewing takes around four hours minimum, but I’ve seen bad brew days extend as much as 7 hours (it was cold, and many, many things went wrong).  I’ve found breaking the brew day into two days helps improve brewing enjoyment and keeps me...
How to make Hefeweizen beer

How to make Hefeweizen beer

One of the best summer beers you can make is Hefeweizen.  This Southern German (Bavarian) wheat ale is incredibly simple to make, but has great complex flavors.  The beer can have strong banana flavors or strong clove flavors, and everything in-between.  There can...