Home Brew Basics

30qt Polarware Brew Kettle w/ Valve & Thermometer
Polarware Brew Kettle

Polarware Stainless Steel Kettle 30qt size is perfect for full wort boil of 5 gallon batches! All fittings are SS weld-less with 1/2″ threads and high temp silicone gaskets. 30 Quart Capacity 20 gauge Stainless Steel 1/2″ NPT Weld-less Compact valve with 3/8″ flow port Weld-less thermometer These economy Polarware stainless steel kettles give you […]



What Is A Carboy?
Carboy

In brewing a carboy is a glass or plastic container used for fermenting beverages such as wine, mead, and beer. It is fitted with a rubber stopper and a fermentation lock in the neck to prevent bacteria and oxygen from entering during the fermentation process. During a small scale homebrew, it is recommended to use […]



International Bitterness Units
International Bitterness Unit Equation

An International Bitterness Unit (IBU) is the measurement of the bitterness in beer. One IBU is equal to one milligram of isomerized alpha acid per liter of beer. Isomerized alpha acids are the main bittering compound derived from hops. One IBU is measured directly using a formula with a spectrophotometer and solvent extraction. There are […]



What Is Fermentation?
Wine Fermentation

The process of fermentation is the action that creates wine out of grape juice. Fermentation is when yeast interacts with the sugars in grape juice to create ethanol, commonly known as ethyl alcohol, and carbon dioxide. When making wine the temperature, speed of fermentation, and level of oxygen present is important. The primary stage …



What Is Hops?

Hops are the flowering buds of the female hop plant. The hop plant is actually a vine that is grown in gardens or fields using poles and strings to make them climb vertically. The number one reason for the commercial farming of hops is for its use in beer. Commercial hop yards can be found […]



What Is Home Brew?
Home Brew

Home Brew is the process of brewing your own beer from home :0) Here is a picture of a home brew station.





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