Correctly Rehydrating Dry Yeast

Advantages of using dry yeast has a lot of advantages over liquid yeast for fermentation. It is cheap and readily available. If stored cool and dry, after 2 years the cells still have a viability over 90%. The form factor is small and one packet contains around 230 Billion cells. Learn how to correctly rehydrate your dry yeast before pitching in your cooled wort.

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Cheap DIY Option for a Motorized Grain Mill

If there is one thing that can be said about homebrewers, it is that we are a DIY-type crowd. In fact, the very act of homebrewing is DIY, in that you are brewing it yourself, instead of buying in from the store. It is no wonder, therefore, that homebrewers tend to fabricate or re-purpose items to perform a variety of the tasks involved in homebrewing. Whether a homebuilt stir plate made from a computer fan and hard drive batteries (I’ve made two), re-purposing kegs as brew kettles, or converting freezers into fermentation chambers, there is no limit to the ingenuity of homebrewers to accomplish a task or simplify a process. Oftentimes the goal is also to save money.

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The Science of Suds: Interview with Neva Parker from White Labs

We recently had an opportunity to catch up with Neva Parker, White Labs’ VP of Operations, to talk about her unusual road into the world of brewing, how science and brewing intersect, and how homebrewers can get the most out of their experimentation.

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Yuba Gold #2

The club members enjoyed another great brewing session today, this time to recreate one of their favorite recipes, Yuba Gold, a light and refreshing American Pale Ale using only American 2-Row Pale and light Crystal malted barley (no sugar adjuncts other than for bottle carbonation). Amarillo Gold and Centennial hops give a citrusy, floral taste and aroma for this well balanced beer. Something like a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but with more alcohol and body!. The first batch brewed earlier this year…

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Oak Tree – First Revision

Oak Tree has become one of RSB’s most popular brews. It is destined to be our flagship brew for summer enjoyment! This American Amber Ale style recipe is based on an award-winning Red Nectar Ale (Nectar Ales, SLO, CA) clone. Beautiful red/amber color with balanced malt and hops. American Pale (2-Row) and medium Crystal (40 and 80) provide the malty flavor and fermentables. A little flaked wheat imparts a slight wheat flavor and extra body.…

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