Every year at Great Fermentations, we do an event called Big Brew Day on National Homebrew Day. It is basically a big brewing party in the parking lot, with classes and sessions going on inside. This year (2017) was a big success, with lots of beer brewed and good times had by all! Read the rest of this entry »
Category: Beer Making
Summer is ending, and as we transition into fall, it is an exciting time for us brewers: the time when fresh hops, full on the bine, are ready for harvest and use! We have many customers who grow their own hops, from rhizomes that we sell by pre-order at the beginning of each year. It usually takes two years to get a usable quantity of hops from rhizomes, but once they start coming in, a little knowledge can go a long way. Our own resident hop master, Brady Smith, has come up with a few tips on harvesting and using fresh hops that are helpful for every homebrewer wanting to brew with fresh hops. Read the rest of this entry »
Chilling your wort is an important step in making beer. Whether you realize it or not, quickly getting your wort down to pitching temperature and adding your yeast culture is an indispensable step in making the best beer possible. In the next few paragraphs, I’ll explore the reasons why quick chilling is so important in making great beer. Read the rest of this entry »
While the art of brewing beer has been around for centuries, homebrewing is a relatively new phenomenon. For us in the USA, it all began in 1979 when President Jimmy Carter signed the bill that made homebrewing legal for the first time ever. (Side note: we’re really glad that happened).
Today, with the craft beer industry growing at an exponential rate and thousands of new folks jumping onto the homebrewing wagon every year, getting started in brewing your own beer has NEVER been easier.
Whether you’ve long been dreaming of whipping up your own IPA, or you’re a seasoned homebrew vet, here are 10 reasons you should brew your own beer. Read the rest of this entry »
Since the summer of 2014, the Blichmann BrewEasy all-grain brewing system has taken the homebrewing world by storm. With its elegant design, small footprint, technological components, and great price (compared to similar systems), the BrewEasy has raised the bar in homebrew turnkey system design. With a new system though, comes some new challenges with the brewing process. Thankfully, the homebrew community is all about giving back, and that’s exactly what our customer, Dana (@danam404), has done with his writeup below. In the writeup, Dana provides what tricks work for him to get the most out the BrewEasy system. He also included a really awesome video as well! Enjoy :) Read the rest of this entry »
2013 Best of Show at the Indiana State Fair Brewers Cup
As part of the prize package for winning Best of Show at the Brewers Cup, the winner is invited to brew their award-winning beer at the Broad Ripple Brewpub. Tim Palmer’s winning German Pils will be tapped on Wednesday, April 30th at 6 PM. Be sure to stop by and celebrate a great beer and great brewers.
Here is a recap of a recent conversation I had with Tim about all things brewing, and even his thoughts on brewing at the professional level. The conversation (fittingly) took place over beers at the Brew Pub :)
Back in 2009 I was looking for a hobby and thought, I love beer. Why not try to make beer? My first beer was an Irish Red that I scorched the heck out of it and had to scour the burned sugar from the bottom of my pot. I was discouraged, but I tried again. The second try was much better and fueled my passion for the hobby. Brewing appealed to me because Read the rest of this entry »