You Can Make Award-Winning Homebrew at Home

" deep and suck out all the marrow of life..."    then wash it down with a homebrew!       (Henry David Thoreau and Mob Barley)

Do you want to learn how to brew beer at home? Do you want to learn how to brew really great, award-winning beer? Then you have come to the right place. Whether you are new to home brewing and just want some basic information, or you are an seasoned home brewer looking for advanced topics in brewing science, you will find all that and more right here.

There is a lot of information on this website about the the equipment, supplies and ingredients you will need, as well as the basics on how to brew your first beer the right way. 

For those just beginning, don't worry, every home brewer started right where you are, with hopes of brewing really great beer at home. You will find page after page of information to help you make great beer on your first batch. Before you buy a home brew beer kit and brew your first batch, spend a little time researching the basics to learn the fundamentals, and it will pay huge dividends in the quality of your beer. By applying what you learn here, you will avoid many of the mistakes most homebrewers make and many are still making.  Learn some tips to help you decide what to brew. 

My Advice for Beginners: Don't jump in and purchase an expensive brewing setup right away.  

Before you begin brewing, join your local homebrew club and ask a lot of questions. Soak in all the enthusiasm veteran home brewers have for the hobby.  

Purchase a bottle of StarSan sanitizer and sanitize everything, then sanitize it again.

Make a couple of extract kits and bottle your home made beer. ENJOY THE EXPERIENCE!  Give some of your home brew to family and friends, learn from their feedback.  

Read everything you can find about home brewing (Winning-Homebrew is a great place to start) and gather a good fundamental knowledge of the science and processes (this is one hobby where you will really use all the information you learn).

Then, when you are ready, move up to all-grain brewing.  Brew a few batches with friends and fellow club members and begin gathering your equipment.  

Making your own equipment has always been a big part of homebrewing, but it's not absolutely necessary.  You could purchase a starting all-grain brewing system and start brewing with everything you need. ( has some really great ones) I still use 10-gallon Igloo coolers to brew with and I've made some really great award-winning beers with

When you finally feel like you are an accomplished brewer, then purchase an advanced homebrew system, one that will make consistently great beer for many years to come.  And, don't forget to pay it forward by teaching a beginner to brew.

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For those who are already brewing great beer, there are many articles on brewing science for the advanced brewer too. These range from adjusting your brewing water, evaluating your beer, to building your own RIMS brewing system. You'll find information on temperature control, fermentability of your wort, basic and advanced topics on kegging, a really good section on troubleshooting, formulating award-winning beer and mead recipes... you name it, it's all here.

I've been brewing since 2005 and making wine since 1988 and I've been lucky enough to have won some national awards along the way. I've read just about every book on brewing science, and I'm constantly looking to add new ideas as well as advanced brewing topics that will be of interest to all homebrewers.  When I first wrote this website back in 2009, there wasn't much information about homebrewing on the internet.  My mission and main reason for writing this site was to find the best sources of technical information on the internet, brewing literature, and my own brewing experience and compile that information in one location in an engaging and entertaining format.

Home brewing your own beer is rewarding on so many levels. What other hobby allows you to use math, chemistry and biology to make something you are passionate about, beer, and have fun while doing it? Before long, crafting your own beer will become an all-consuming passion, just like it has for me and most others in the hobby.

Take a look at my beer interviews with craft beer celebrities.  My latest beer interview is with Michael Tonsmeire, The Mad Fermentationist and author of American Sour Beers.

I've included pages in the DIY section on my RIMS build. I wrote about each step in the process.  Not only will you find the links to where I purchased my equipment, I'll tell you all about the problems I faced, the lessons I learned, and the solutions I came up with along the way.  You can go directly to the first page of My RIMS Build by Clicking Here.


If you need a little inspiration about homebrewing, check out this video...

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