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Dan has a new interest in home brewing. He suggests the video series from Drunk Rhino. Thanks to resources like their Tips section, Home Brew doesn’t have to become Lost Knowledge.

Are you into home brew? Where are the best resources for information? Where do you get your supplies? Have you made a wort chiller. What are your greatest successes? Any tales of homebrew tragedy? Join the conversation in the comments and add your photos and video the MAKE Flickr pool.

14 thoughts on “Great home brewing resources

  1. howtobrew.com – good info and plans for equipment in the appendix.

    Realbeer.com – makes you thirsty for a good beer

    northernbrewer.com – buy supplies you might need

    local brewery – talk to the brewmaster, get help with a good recipe, buy grains/hops locally (from the brewery if possible) and save money on shipping 50# of grain cross country.

  2. There are message boards out there with over 30,000 members that are about Home brew ing.

    Try homebrewtalk.com and read some of the stickies on that board and you’ll be all set, most questions you’d have on your first brew have already been asked and answered. They also have a DIY section for making home brew accessories.

    Additionally Home Brew Network has a lot of podcasts.

  3. The best resource is a local homebrewing club. Most have some sort of mentoring program where you can get hands on experience. Most clubs belong to the national organization American Homebrewing Association. You can find a complete list of clubs at their website: http://www.beertown.org.

    The two books I always suggest are “How to Brew” by John Palmer and “Brewing Classic Styles” by Jamil Zainasheff and John Palmer.

  4. While Papazian is the godfather of the current homebrewing scene and must be given his props, “The Complete Joy of Homebrewing” is out of date with modern homebrewing techniques IMHO.

  5. I got into brewing during its mid-90s revival. Coincidentally or not, that’s also when the World Wide Web started coming online. Ever since, I’ve considered zymurgy discussion to be the web’s first killer app.

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