Category Archives: Home Brewing

How To Use A Hydrometer in Home Brewing

In this video we explain the proper usage of a hydrometer. A hydrometer is a tool that measures the density of a liquid as compared to water and is an important part of home brewing. Calculations made using a hydrometer can tell you the alcohol by weight and the alcohol by volume of your beer. Hydrometers are easy to use and read and take only a minimal amount of practice. The math for calculating the alcohol of your beer is aso included in this video. Check us out online at for all your home brew needs. We offer the lowest prices in America on home brew supplies and ship anywhere in the world!

Rye Homebrews – Basic Brewing Video – October 17, 2013

James and Steve revisit two low alcohol session beers brewed with rye to make them satisfying and tasty.

How to Calculate Water Volumes for Brewing

Whether you're BIAB or Regular All-Grain, Ben Cull shows you how to calculate how much water you'll need and when. Put down that online water calculator and take a look at how easy it is to figure out on your own.

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Reclamation Brewing Company – Craft Beer Brewers

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Reclamation Brewing Company is a small team of American craft brewers from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania trying to fund their dream of opening a craft beer brewery / brewpub. Beer can be more than just an excuse to get drunk. When crafted correctly, beer can actually be a pleasure to drink. Fortunately, craft brewers exist to offer an alternative to the watered down, tasteless experience that we've become accustomed to. Since forming their company, the goal of Reclamation Brewing has been to craft great beers and educate people about beer and its history. If you know anything about RBC, you may know that I've been following Ben Smith, John Smith and Ben Duncan since the beginning, filming a three-part documentary series about their journey from beer lovers to beer brewers as they learn how to brew beer and how to start a brewery. However, this project was different. Instead of just following their journey, I needed to help them continue their journey through Indiegogo. You can learn more about Reclamation Brewing Company at and visit their brewpub in Butler, PA.

The Reclamation Brewing Indiegogo video with filmed with the Canon EOS Rebel T3i DSLR running Magic Lantern with a Sigma 17-50MM F/2.8 lens. The Davis & Sanford Provista 7518 Tripod with FM18 Head and Glide Gear DEV 235 video camera track slider were used for support. Audio was captured with the Rode NTG2 condenser shotgun microphone and recorded using the TASCAM DR-60D linear PCM recorder. Two Qualite 300 V-2012 focusing flood lights were used along with two Impact LB-QL300 Luxbanx Duo softboxes to light the scene. The video was edited using Adobe Premiere and After Effects CS5.5 and color graded with Davinci Resolve 10 on an Apple Macbook Pro. If you're curious about what other equipment was used, you can view my entire equipment list at

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Created : March 21, 2014

How To Brew: All Natural, All Grain Ginger Beer

In response to a viewer request: Shiloh Branigan, owner of Amarillo Brewing Supply, brings you her All-Grain, ginger beer & non-alcoholic ginger soda recipe.

2 Gallon Batch:
2.5 lb pilsen
3 oz honey malt
2 oz caramel 20 malt
.25 oz Motueka Hop @ 30 min
1 oz fresh grated ginger @ 5 min
zest of one lime @ 5 min
zest of one lemon @ 5 min
1 oz fresh grated ginger @ 0 min
Juice of 1/2 lemon & 1/2 lime @ 0 min
1 oz fresh grated ginger in secondary fermenter
(Can add more ginger if you want your ginger beer more on the spicy side)

If needing a different size batch recipe, just ask in the comments section. I can scale to fit any brew system.

IPA: Brewing Techniques, Recipes and the Evolution of India Pale Ale by Mitch Steele Review

Looking for that last minute gift for the beer geek in your life? Well look no further. This indepth look at the style we all know and love by Mitch Steele of Stone Brewing is a must have for anyone interested in homebrewing or craft beer.

Explore the evolution of one of craft beer's most popular styles, India pale ale. Equipped with brewing tips from some of the country's best brewers, IPA covers techniques from water treatment to hopping procedures. Included are 48 recipes ranging from historical brews to recipes for the most popular contemporary IPAs made by craft brewers such as Pizza Port, Dogfish Head, Stone, Firestone Walker, Russian River, and Deschutes.

English Barleywine with Brew Day Chicken – Basic Brewing Video – February 16, 2015

We sample the first-runnings beer from our partigyle brewing session, along with a quick and delicious chicken dish that you can cook while brewing.

Brewing a craft beer empire

Sierra Nevada is the largest privately owned craft brewery in the U.S. Founder Ken Grossman is determined to keep it that way, by expanding eastward from California. Vicente Arenas reports.

How to Brew: All Grain Kolsch With Decoction

Brewchick Shiloh Branigan brings you a Kölsch brewday demo, all-grain style, complete with double decoction temperature control. Kölsch bier is a pale, brilliantly clear, easy drinking, low hopped, any-time beer from the Cologne region of Germany.

10 gallon recipe:
86% pilsner malt
8.3% vienna malt
5.7% victory malt
2X decoction mash
90 minute boil
1 oz hersbrucker & 1 oz mittelfruh @60
1 oz mittelfruh & 1 oz saaz @30
2 whirlfloc tablets @ 10 minutes
Wyeast 1010 American wheat ale yeast
ferment cool (55-58 degrees Fahrenheit) 2 weeks
dycetal rest 48 hours at 62 degrees Fahrenheit
after d-rest, transfer to 2ndary, lower temp 3 deg. Per day until 34F.
lager 30 – 60 days prior to kegging
carbonate keg, store additional 2 – 4 weeks prior to serving

Fermentation Science at Oregon State University

Oregon State University knows the science of beer. Students, graduate researchers, faculty and graduates contribute to the brewing industry on a global scale. Located in one of the great hop growing regions of the world, and in the cradle of the ongoing craft brewing revolution, OSU's strength in fermentation science is a perfect fit for the region.

Find out some of the stories of our students, faculty and graduates and learn why we take the art and science beer so seriously.

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