How-To Guides

Informational articles providing information on how to do a specific brewing-related task.

The Best Way to Order Base Malts Online

Have you been looking for the best way to order base malts online but haven't ordered because of the high freight shipping charges? Here's how to order base malts online without paying for shipping!

How to Build Your Own Keg and Carboy Washer

Don't want to spend hours tearing apart and scrubbing your kegs inside and out? Here's how to build your own keg and carboy washer!

How to Use a Hydrometer

The use of a hydrometer to calculate gravity throughout the brewing process is an important step in brewing consistent beer, especially if brewing the same recipe multiple times.

How to Calculate ABV with Specific Gravity Readings

ABV can be estimated fairly accurately with two gravity readings and some very simple math. Here's how to calculate ABV with specific gravity readings!

How to Increase ABV Using Non-Malt Adjuncts

Have you ever found the perfect recipe, but just wanted a little more kick in the final product? Consider using a fermentable non-malt adjunct to increase the ABV with minimal impacts on you beer!

How to Ship Homebrew

Whether it's to a competition, or sending a few bottles to friends, shipping homebrew has its challenges. Luckily, our friends at Crafty Shipping are here to teach you how to ship homebrew!

How to Acquire, Grow, and Harvest Your Own Homegrown Hops

Using your own homegrown hops is an incredibly rewarding process that adds another level of pride and self-sufficiency to your homebrew. Hops are easy to grow and produce an attractive plant that grows quickly.

Back to Basics: SMaSH Brewing + Recipes

Let's get back to basics and brew a SMaSH with these sample SMaSH recipes!

Infographic: How to Make a Yeast Starter

A yeast starter is something anyone can do to improve their homebrewing process! Yeast starters provide your beer with a higher number of yeast cells, which helps to avoid problems like stuck fermentations, stressed yeast producing off flavors, or increased lag time where bacteria can take over the wort.

How to Clean a Corny Keg Step-By-Step

Keeping your kegs clean and properly sanitizing them prior to filling them is an incredibly important practice for homebrewers.

Removing Bottle Labels for Homebrew

Are you one of those crazy people who pays for new bottles to fill with homebrew? No? Me neither!

Basic All-Grain Brewing Instructions for Beginners

Extract brewing, which is how most homebrewers get started, can be likened to baking a cake from a cake mix. All-grain brewing, which is how breweries make beer, is like baking a cake from scratch. All-grain brewing is more time-consuming and requires additional equipment, but allows you more control over both the ingredients and the brewing process.