• Brewing Terms

    The following terms will be used throughout these instructions. Many of the terms come from German and appropriate pronunciations are given. On the other hand, German pronunciation is optional.

    Ale
: A beer brewed from a top-fermenting yeast with a relatively short, warm fermentation.

    Alpha Acid Units (AAU)
 A homebrewing measurement of Hops. Equal to the weight in […]

  • Basic Brewing Instructions

    BEGINNING THE BOIL:
    Bring 2 1/2 gallons water to a boil in a large pot. Meanwhile, re-hydrate the dry yeast. When the water is boiling, remove from the heat. Add all the malt syrup to the hot water and stir until dissolved. Make sure there is no syrup stuck to the bottom of the pot by […]

  • Recommended Reading

    Periodicals:

    Zymurgy
 The magazine for the Homebrewer. They also publish Special Issues which provide in-depth information on various subjects, including Hops, Malts, Styles, Equipment, etc.

    Brewing Techniques
 A magazine for more advanced home and microbrewing. It explores the science of Brewing.

    The HomeBrew Digest
 The computer zine available online by sending the word SUBSCRIBE to homebrew-request@hpfcmi.fc.hp.com It is […]

  • Basic Ingredients

    The following is a basic beer recipe:
    5-7 pounds of Hopped Pale Malt Extract syrup. (OG of 1.038 – 1.053)
5 gallons of water.
 1-2 ounces of Hops (if desired for more hop character) 
1 packet of dry Ale yeast, plus 1 packet for back-up. 
3/4 cup corn sugar for Priming.
 This is a basic Ale beer […]

  • Brewing Basics

    These instructions are designed for the first-time Brewer. What follows can be considered an annotated recipe for a fool-proof Ale beer. Why an Ale beer? Because Ales are the simplest to brew. Brewing Beer is simple and complicated, easy and hard. Compare it to fishing – Sit on the end of the dock with a […]

  • Ball vs Pin locks

    As a person with hands on experience with both types of beverage tanks for over 25 years, I will try to dispel various rumors and incorrect information that have become common online.

    A little history will help in the understanding of these two types of “beverage transfer tanks” as they were originally called. The earliest versions go back to the Firestone and […]

  • Customer Comment 10/21/15

    Thanks Tom.
    Btw, keep up the great work with the store! I drive 30 min to your store (passing a few different home brew shops on the way) because your store is truly a one-stop-shop for quality (a good grain mill crush is a big importance to me), service (I really appreciate how you measure and […]