Topic: Brewing Tips

Pairing Hops and Fruit: Tips from the Pros

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You should always take into account the intensity of fruit aroma and flavor when deciding how to hop your beer. Brewer: Adam Bailey,  Bonfire Brewing in Eagle, CO Whether you call them fruit IPAs or hoppy fruit beers, one thing we can all agree to call them is delicious when done well. But, pairing two

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Best of Show: 5 Award-Winning Brewers Share Tips & Recipes

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There’s no thrill for a competitive homebrewer that compares to hearing your name announced as the Best of Show (BOS) winner of a competition, and it’s even more impressive when that competition is large. For this survey, I screened the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) database for competitions with over 300 entries in the last

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Crafting Pilsner: Tips from the Pros

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Pilsner —be it the Czech or German variety — is a classic style that some will say needs not be messed with. However, craft and homebrewers alike are a creative bunch and experimentation is part of the fun. Use this advice from two pros who aren’t afraid to put a twist on the style to

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Brewing with Smoked Malt: Tips from the Pros

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Brewer: Scott Smith, East End Brewing Company in Pittsburgh, PA Beers with smoked malts aren’t for everyone. Or, possibly, not everyone has had the right style of smoked beer? As with any ingredient, the style and amount used can result in an array of flavors and as the brewer you get to dictate that to

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Brewing Irish Dry Stout: Tips from the Pros

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Don’t judge a beer by its color. Not all dark beers are heavy and high in alcohol. Dry stout (also known as Irish stout) is usually 4–5% ABV, has a light body and, as the name implies, finishes dry. Those characteristics don’t mean it lacks any flavor, though. Two pros who have been brewing some

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Small Batch BIAB Experimenting

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Some homebrewers love to brew a recipe until it’s perfected, making it their go-to batch. Others never brew the same thing twice. I write a lot of recipes, some of which can be found on those recipe cards in this very magazine. Although most of my equipment is best suited to brew 5 gallons (19

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Make Award-Winning Session Beers

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One of the trends of the past few years that I’ve welcomed is the rediscovery of lower-alcohol craft beers. Perhaps it’s a reaction to the “imperial everything” trend or just consumers becoming confident enough in their opinions that they can drink beer for personal enjoyment not to impress others. Don’t get me wrong, the craft

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Splitting Homebrew Batches

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It’s an old tale. You met at the local homebrew shop. You’ve been together for a long time, and you’ve been through a lot together. At the start it was like being run through a mill, and the air just smelled better. A warm feeling comes over you, and you’re changed, converted. Then it went

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Brewing with Maple: Tips from the Pros

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Nothing says spring in the Northeast, Upper Midwest, and Canada like the sight of smoke and steam rising from sugar shacks. Many automatically envision drizzling the sweet maple syrup being boiled down on pancakes, but it doesn’t all have to be destined for your breakfast plate. How about using it to brew? No matter where

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Homebrewing Experiments

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There is a lot of conventional wisdom in the world of homebrewing. Some of it is good and obvious (always keep things clean and sanitized), while some of it is a little murkier (can you leave beer on the trub for a few weeks instead of transferring to a secondary fermenter)? Many a debate has

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Recipe Development: Tips from the Pros

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Finding a homebrew recipe isn’t difficult — we have printed hundreds in BYO over the years, for instance— but there is something about developing your own homebrew recipe that is always appealing. Learn how the pros approach recipe development and use their advice the next time you set out to create a masterpiece. Brewer: Luke

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Firestone Walker Award-Winning Brewing Tips & Clone Recipes

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This September a brewer and his team walked the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) stage in Denver, Colorado to collect an unprecedented fifth Mid-size Brewery and Brewer of the Year award. No other brewer has earned that recognition as many times, which is akin to the Ninkasi Award for craft brewers as it requires winning

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