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For the First Time Since Prohibition, Homebrewing is Legal Across America

Today is July 1st, and besides being the first day of a short work week we’re all riding out to get to the fireworks, barbecue and beer, it also marks a significant milestone for homebrewers. Today, a law legalizing homebrewing goes into effect in Mississippi, which was the last bastion of backwards brewing bans.  That […]

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Sell Homebrew for $1,200 a Bottle in Three Easy Steps!

Do YOU want to make $64,000 for a batch of home brewed beer?  Sure, we all do! But HOW, you ask, will I become WEALTHY and ATTRACTIVE by brewing beer in my spare time? Well, you’ve come to the right place for the answer! For the low-low price of $19.99, Jimco Industries will reveal the […]

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Buffalo Wild Wings Hates On Homebrewers

I was watching the Jets game last night (because suffering is a big part of being a Jets fan), when a commercial came on for Buffalo Wild Wings. They’ve been running a series of ads during football games, all showing people having a great time watching “the game” at theis fried chicken parts emporium, while […]

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Homebrew Question: What’s the Most Important Batch You’ve Ever Brewed?

Homebrewing for special occasions is more common than I thought.  I realized this as I started doing research (which should be a four letter word) for this week’s Today Show article, which is all about guys who homebrewed for their own weddings (you can find it here). I stayed on the topic of brewing for […]

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Q&A With Sam Adams 2011 LongShot Winners

For this week’s Today post, I explore whether or not Sam Adams kept intact the home brewed essence of the winning LongShot recipes when they ramped them up to an industrial scale. As part of preparing that article, I did email interviews with this year’s winners, but only used a few snippets in the actual […]

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Sam Adams Homebrew Contest Shows “Big” Doesn’t Have to Equal “Evil”

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the Boston Beer Company does an excellent job of providing a road map for up-and-coming craft breweries.  They got started brewing craft beer for the masses more than a decade earlier than the big names that caught the brewing bug in the late 90’s, and they’ve […]

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Northern Brewer’s Holiday Gift Guide Video is Reading my Mind

. Every once in a while you see something that makes you feel totally transparent, like someone is looking right through your skull into the inner working of your feeble little mind.  That’s just what happened to me when I watched this video from homebrew supply mecca Northern Brewer.  It’s just a marketing video full […]

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We Have a (Home)Brew Named After Us!

If you’re a regular in these parts, you know who John King is.  When he’s not sending me pictures of bears (obsess much?) or deriding me here on the blog for being a fancyman, he’s an avid homebrewer, runner, blogger and all around troublemaker. John just posted over on Kentucky Brew Review about his quest […]

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Home Brewing: What Lurks Behind the Shower Curtain of Shame?

Yesterday I posted the five things I hate about craft beer, and number five on that list was homebrewing.  While I love the IDEA of homebrewing, I tend to slack off when it comes to actually doing the work, which leads to guilt, which leads to stress, which leads to me saying I hate homebrewing […]

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Colorado Home Brew Mistaken for Meth Lab

It seems like you can’t throw a can of Old Chub in Colorado without hitting a beer geek, but an incident in Colorado Springs on Monday shows us just how small the world of craft beer nerditry really is.

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Northern Brewer Starter Kits 40% Off: Now Might Be the Time to Start Homebrewing

I just received an email from Northern Brewer saying they are having a 40% off sale on their Deluxe Home Brewer Starter Kit from now until August 22nd.  The kit is the same one I bought to get started and I’m very happy with it – it has everything you need and nothing you don’t.  […]

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Homebrew Questions: Skipping Secondary and Tinfoil Airlocks

Lately, I’ve been too “busy” (a nice way of saying “lazy”) to keep up with the beers I have in primary fermentation.  I also broke a plastic airlock trying to pry it free from a stubborn bung, leaving me short this key piece of equipment.  This remarkable combination of laziness and manual inadequacy has led […]

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The Problem with Having a Beer Tap in the House

I enjoy brewing beer, but I detest bottling it, so for my latest batch of home brew I tried something new.  Instead of filling dozens of bottles of beer, I purchased a Tap-A-Draft system from Northern Brewer and filled two 6 liter plastic bottles instead.  It was simple, but now I have a problem – […]

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Homebrew Question: Extract Kits Versus All-Grain?

I cracked into my latest homebrew last night, a clone of Bells Two Hearted Ale, and I have to say it kind of sucks.  It’s not awful like the Wheat I brewed last year, but it’s deeply mediocre.  It has me questioning why I bother brewing beer at all – why put so much time […]

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Homebrew Question: How Many Boils Per Tank?

I’m hoping to NOT find this out the hard way.  I homebrew with a standard 20 pound propane tank fueling a Bayou Burner Classic (sexy, I know!) and I’m trying to figure out when I should refill the tank. 

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