Topic: Ingredients

Brewing with Nuts: Tips from the Pros

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They don’t get the attention that some non-traditional ingredients may receive (like fruit beers), but nuts of all kind make for fun brewing ingredients. Get tips on the types of nuts (and their various forms from chopped to extracts) to use, as well as when and how to use them from three pros who aren’t afraid to go a little nuts.

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Brewing with Corn

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Since the late 1970s the craft beer movement has been growing among both brewers and consumers based on the desire to drink something besides mass-market macro-brewed lagers. These light, flavorless beers often

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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

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Brewing with Coconut

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It pours a clear, dark cola brown with ruby red highlights (when held to the light) and a creamy tan head. Smells milky sweet with fudge, dark chocolate, roasted malts, and toasted

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Brewing with Dehusked Dark Malt

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Whether it was bread or beer that convinced our ancestors to trade in their nomadic wandering to tend fields of grass; grain and human culture are as linked as hops and IPA.

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Brewing with Apples

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Just as cooking with fresh seasonal produce enhances the flavors in food, the same is true of beer. Freshly harvested plants, from peaches to pecans, are leaps and bounds more flavorful and

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3 Ways to Wheat

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It’s easy to spot the wheat beer among the ambers and stouts on any taproom table: just look for the one with the soft, hazy glow in the palest shade of gold

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Candi Sugars & Syrups

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Caramelization is overstated in both brewing and cooking because it requires exceptionally high temperatures. The far more common non-enzymatic browning process is the Maillard reaction. Despite the names, caramel candies made with

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Brewing with Citrus Fruit

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As the craft beer and homebrewing movement continues to grow around the world so does the variety of fermented beverages and the ingredients that go into them. Some of the unusual ingredients

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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

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Adding Herbs and Spices to your Beers

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A spice is typically defined as a dried part of a plant used to flavor, color, or provide preservative properties to food (or drink). In that regard, every beer you drink is

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Brewing with Hemp Seeds

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As a longtime homebrewer and a professional brewer at Madison Brewing Company in Bennington, Vermont, I’m always looking for new ingredients to brew with. A while back, I was approached by the

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