Topic: Homebrew Stories

Icelandic Brew

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The history of beer in Iceland is interesting, not least for the effect of the prohibition, that in the case of the beer, was surprisingly long. The prohibition started in Iceland in 1915, when a total ban on alcohol was instituted. The ban for wine was lifted in 1928 and for spirits in 1935. For

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When in Barbados, Brew Local: Brewing a Cassava Ale

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Working as a chemical engineer and Assistant Brewer for AB InBev, I get to make some of the world’s finest beers using high-tech equipment. But I often wondered how my engineering skills would cope without the fancy brewhouse, brewing in a place where equipment and ingredients still need to be improvised. I got the courage

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Erin Go Brew: Homebrewing & Craft Beer in Ireland

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Matt Dick, the Founder of Boundary Brewing in Belfast, was one of the first brewers to sit for a Beer Judge Certification exam in Ireland in 2013. Since then, he and others in attendence have opened craft breweries and organized the homebrewing scene. It’s the latter part of 2013 and a group of aspiring homebrewers

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Italian Homebrewing

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As we homebrewers know, brewing your own beer has enjoyed a huge growth of interest over the past few decades. Homebrewing clubs have formed in every corner of America, and home-brewing supplies are available from coast to coast and all over the Internet. Though this hobby was traditionally practiced a half century ago as an

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Beer . . . At School?

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It started as a joke. In June 2013, at the end of school party at Istituto Maria Immacolata (an Italian Catholic school in Gorgonzola, near Milan, Italy) I said to a teacher, “I see that here beer is sold to kids over 18 (the legal drinking age), why don’t you make some as a science

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Big Club Brew

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Every February, the PA Alers Homebrew Club based in Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna Valley, holds its annual Big Brew. This is our club’s marquee event — a gathering to brew a single recipe and celebrate the fellowship of homebrewing. We’ve held the Big Brew for a dozen years, which predates our club’s existence. In that time, we

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Homegrown Grain to Glass: An All-Michigan Beer

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It seems as though there are a few things you learn early on as a homebrewer, including where your ingredients come from. Your hops come from the Yakima Valley, Germany or more recently New Zealand and Australia. Your barley was probably grown in the Pacific Northwest, Great Plains, Canada or Europe. But what if that

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Homebrewing in Nicaragua

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  How can a person justify spending a dollar for a can of beer they don’t even like? I can’t. And here starts my search for brewing on a budget in a developing country. I am living in Nicaragua, regretting every penny spent on the national beers. I do the math. Here, a six-pack runs

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Retirement Home(brewing)

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  How old is too old to learn to brew? Well, if you live at the Aspen Ridge Retirement Community (the Ridge) in Bend, Oregon there is no such thing as too old. Aspen Ridge Life Engagement Coordinator Sandie Nowell was challenged to “think outside the box” to provide residents with lifelong learning opportunities to

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Historical Homebrew – HammerSmith Ales

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The history of the city of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania is inextricably linked with brewing. At some city festivals, for instance, you might witness the resurrection of 19th-century Moravian city brewer-turned-mayor Johann Sebastian Goundie. In reality, the man behind the kettle is Christopher Bowen, a modern day brewing Renaissance man. A prodigious homebrewer, Bowen has become a

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Tips for a Successful Homebrew Club

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Brewing beer is fun whether you like to brew alone or with friends. Getting involved with a dedicated group of homebrewers, however, can have some real advantages beyond better beer. For starters, it’s a good excuse to have a set time each month for getting together with like-minded people and geeking out about beer. Meetings

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Annie Johnson: Homebrewer of the Year

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The 2013 Homebrewer of the Year is unique in a lot of ways. For starters, Sacramento, California’s Annie Johnson is the first woman to win the American Homebrewing Association’s coveted award since 1983. She’s also African American — the first to ever win in the history of the competition. And she won with a light

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