Writer: Chris Colby

Counter-Pressure Bottling Techniques

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The technique (and tricks) to counter-pressure bottling

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Smoked Beer

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 Are you a fan of barbecue and beer? How about barbecued flavor in your beer? Find out how to brew a smoked beer and how to smoke your own malt.

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The Dark Side of Partial Mashing

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Partial mashing combines much of the flexibility of all-grain brewing with the convenience of brewing on your stovetop. But, there’s a dark side. Find out the problem of – and the solution to – low pH values in dark partial mashes. Plus: Seven roasty recipes to light the way.

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Low-Hop Homebrew Recipes 

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The hops crisis has reduced the amount of hops available to homebrewers, but hasn’t diminished our desire to brew. For the temporarily hop hampered, we present 10 low-hop homebrew recipes. These beers are low on hops, but big on flavor. Plus: tips for getting the most from your hops.

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Increasing Your Extract Efficiency

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Are you getting all you can get out of your malt? With malt prices on the rise, you may be wondering about this. Discover ways to get a better yield without sacrificing wort quality or expanding a brewday.

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Hop Substitutions

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Strategies to brew recipes using different hops.

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Practical Porter

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Porter is a popular and flavorful style of homebrew. In this practical guide to brewing porter, learn about the flavors – chocolate, coffee, caramel and potentially many more – of porter and how to get them in your pint glass.


Reiterated Mashing: Multiple Mashes for Massive Brews

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Want to brew a bigger beer, entirely from grains, without investing in a larger mash tun or kettle? Then try reiterated mashing. It’s mashing, then using the wort to mash again…and perhaps again.

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Cylindroconical Fermenters

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Learn how to get the most out of a stainless steel cylindroconical fermenter

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Brewing Experiments

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Learn how to replace the hot air of opinion with the cold, hard facts of science — by conducting an experiment. Put your favorite homebrew argument to rest with an appropriate test.

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Balanced Recipe Formulation

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Tired of brewing other people’s recipes? Learn the basics of recipe formulations, from making an ingredient list to choosing the right techniques. We’ll cover what you need and how to go about it, with discussions of all major brewing ingredients and what they add to beer. Plus, discussions of balance, complexity, harshness in dark grains, grains for body and cohumulone in hops. Plus: a recipe for "copper ale"

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Brewing American Pilsner

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Is there some style we haven’t covered yet in this column? Hmm….oh, yeah, there is that one that occupies 97% of the shelf space on the beer aisle — American Pilsner.

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