Topic: Ingredients

Homebrewing with Chocolate

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I believe it was Fred Eckhardt who first put the idea into my mind that chocolate could go well with beer. My reaction was that this was nonsense and that adding chocolate

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Crafting Coffee Beers

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Coffee and beer are two of the most popular beverages in the world. Both have complex flavors and aromas and can be found in a wide variety of styles. Even better, coffee

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Foraging for Wild Brewing Ingredients

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There was a long time when nature was humanity’s supermarket, pharmacy, and even homebrewing store. When our ancestors wanted a beer they first had to gather and process grain to provide sugar,

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Brewing Sweet Stout with Lactose

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Unlike many beer styles sweet stout has a quite specific origin, and for the better part of the 20th century only one version from one English brewer almost completely dominated the market

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Brewing with Peppers: Tips from the Pros

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When it comes to chili beer, the options are endless. What base beer style do you want as the backbone? What chili varieties will you use? When should you add them, and

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Experimental Brewing with Veggies, Pork & Chicken

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To say homebrewers are a creative group is an understatement. We’ve all seen posts like this on brewing forums: “I want to brew a Dijon mustard red wine celery beer. How much

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Brewing with Spruce Tips: Tips from Pros

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Spruce tips were common in Nordic and Scandinavian beers, and were used by colonists when hops could not be sourced (they also helped prevent scurvy). Over the past decade, Craft Brewers have

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Pumpkin Beer Tips & Clone Recipes

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“Drip…drip…drip.” I only had 2 ounces (57 g) of rice hulls in my grain bag while brewing my second-ever pumpkin beer. In hindsight, I should have ditched the plan, but at 10

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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

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Fruit Beer Brewing Techniques

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I drank my first fruit beer around 1980. It was a Belgian kriek (that is cherry flavored), which I came across in South Africa. The fruit flavor was somewhat muted, but the

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Brewing With Honey

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Honey has been used in brewing for thousands of years. As far back as 700 BC, honey was used by at least one Iron Age tribe in a mixed beverage that might

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Brewing with Honey: Tips from Pros

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Mead may get all the press when it comes to fermenting beverages with honey, but there are many craft beers with a taste of honey out there. In this issue, two honey-friendly

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