1. Homebrew Basics: Know Your Hops

    Homebrew Basics: Know Your Hops

    It’s part 3 of our 4 part blog series about the basic ingredients of beer. This month, we’re taking a closer look at hops.

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  2. Homebrew Basics: Water and Your Beer

    Homebrew Basics: Water and Your Beer

    This month, we’re continuing our series of blogs taking a closer look at the four main ingredients in beer. Make sure to check out our last blog about malted grains and stay tuned for our upcoming blogs about hops and yeast. But for now, we’re talking water, the role it plays in brewing, and some common misconceptions.

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  3. Homebrew Basics: All About Malted Grains

    Homebrew Basics: All About Malted Grains

    This month, we’re kicking off a series of blog posts that take a closer look at each of the four main ingredients in beer: malted grains, water, hops, and yeast. Each of these four ingredients plays an important role in beer and can greatly affect the final outcome of a batch. As a homebrewer, the better you understand the science behind each ingredient, the better you will be able to make informed decisions when tweaking or troubleshooting a recipe.

    Let’s take a closer look at malted grains.

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  4. Introduction to Our Recipe Section

    Introduction and Explanation of Recipe Section

     

    Welcome to the beginning of any great brew day: the recipe! Recipe formulation can be daunting at first so we’ve assembled a collection of some of our favorites to try out or adapt. For many, creating and tasting recipes is one of the more rewarding experiences from homebrewing, like mixing the spices for your own curry instead of buying the premade mix. For others, it’s the process and following a recipe can keep ingredient purchases easy and the brew day relaxing. Let’s not forget those free-wheeling brewers who throw recipes to the wind and are guided by their senses and what is available creating the ‘recipe’ on the fly while getting ingredients and during the brew day. One thing they can all agree upon is that the enjoyment of the final product, whether by design, circumstance, or plain good luck, is rewarding. Soon enough, we will convert others to the Synergy Brew-side: where the best beer is the beer you brew.

     

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  5. Beginner Homebrewing Tips - 5 Easy Mistakes to Avoid

    Beginner Homebrewing Tips - 5 Easy Mistakes to Avoid

    If you’re a new homebrewer or considering taking up the hobby, Synergy Brewing Systems would like to welcome you to the wonderful world of homebrewing! You are joining a great community of people who are passionate about perfecting and enjoying beer. Before you get started with your first batch, there are a few common mistakes made by newcomers that you’ll want to avoid.

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  6. Homebrew Technique: Making a Yeast Starter

    Homebrew Technique: Making a Yeast Starter

    Synergy’s Pro-Pilot 15 gallon and 26 gallon Brewing Systems can accommodate brewing batches that are larger than the average homebrew size of 5 gallons. When brewing larger batches, more yeast is required to achieve full fermentation. If you use dry yeast, you can simply make enough to accommodate your large batch. But if you use liquid yeast, a yeast starter is probably needed as it will accelerate the fermentation process ensuring that you don’t end up with a stuck fermentation. Knowing how to make a yeast starter is a good skill to have as they can help make your beers taste better and allow fermentation to occur quicker and at cooler temperatures than suggested by your yeast’s manufacturer. 

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  7. Tips for Brewing Lagers

    Tips for Brewing Lagers

    Many new homebrewers start out by making ales as they are currently very fashionable and relatively straightforward to make. Brewing a lager presents a nice challenge for the beginner to intermediate level homebrewer and offers the opportunity to further refine and hone your homebrewing skills. Here are some helpful tips for those looking to brew lagers for the first time or those looking to improve upon their lager homebrew process.

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  8. The Benefits of Small Batch Brewing

    The Benefits of Small Batch Brewing

    At Synergy Brewing Systems, our Pro Pilot Brewing Systems are the best available. Our 15 gallon and 26 gallon systems are great for intermediate to advanced homebrewers, but not every run needs to capitalize on the full capabilities of these systems. In fact, there are quite a few benefits to doing small batch runs every once in a while.   

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  9. 4 Sustainable Uses for Brewer's Spent Grain

    4 Sustainable Uses for Brewer's Spent Grain

    At Synergy Brewing Systems, we love homemade, hand-crafted homebrews, but one of the main issues facing homebrewers is what to do with all the spent material left over from a run. Understanding the importance of sustainability and the value that spent grain still has after use in homebrewing, we compiled this list of better ways to use your grain than just simply throwing it out.   

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  10. 4 Things to Remember for Your Next Homebrew

    4 Things to Remember for Your Next Homebrew

    What makes a great homebrew? A lot of it has to do with attention to detail. Although there may not be one “right” way to brew, here are some crucial aspects of the brewing process to keep in mind for your next homebrew.

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