1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. The Rise of Homebrewing

    The Rise of Homebrewing

    Whether it’s a hobby, an obsession or a way of life, homebrewing is important to a large group of people and its popularity has only increased with time. The reason why homebrewing is so satisfying is arguably because making something by hand and seeing others enjoy the fruits of your labor is of one the best feelings in the world. And if it turns out good, it’s that much better! For those as curious as us, here’s more about the rise of homebrewing.

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  5. Why Fall and Beer Go So Well Together

    Why Fall and Beer Go So Well Together

    At the first hint of crispness in the air, we all know that summer has come to an end and fall has arrived. May it be Oktoberfest, football season or for us homebrewers, hop harvest season, fall is associated with beer and it’s no surprise that fall beers are some of the most popular today. Here are some reasons why we feel fall and beer go so well together.

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  6. Make Sure Your Fermentations Beat The Heat!

    Make Sure Your Fermentations Beat The Heat!

    Now that summer is finally here it's the perfect time to brew up a Saison and to experiment around with some of the warmer temperature preferring yeast strains. One of my favorite summertime yeast strains is the French Saison Yeast strain. This is a very versatile yeast strain that can handle the summer heat. In fact it loves it!

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  7. The Importance of Fermentation Temperature Control

    The Importance of Fermentation Temperature Control

     By Aaron Brussat

     Have you ever wondered why you should control the temperature of your fermenting beer? Any humble brewer will tell you, “I don’t make beer; I make wort. Yeast makes beer.” While that is true, one of the final steps in brewing a batch is also the most vital to control: fermentation. Yeast health, pitch rate, and temperature will all affect the way your beer tastes; we’ll just focus on temperature here. While most commercial breweries have glycol-jacketed fermentors they can control to the degree, homebrewers are often left to their wits to finagle ways to keep temperature in check.


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  8. Are You Really Drinking A Craft Beer?

    Are You Really Drinking A Craft Beer?

    First things first, what constitutes a craft beer? Well, it depends on which group/association you adhere to, The Brewers Association or the Craft Brew Alliance. Both make concessions to different breweries, both have differing criteria and it can be tough to know who to listen to. The generally accepted rule for qualifying as a craft beer, is you can’t produce more than 2 million barrels of brew per year, which the Brewers Association recently increased to 6 million barrels. Here are a couple of articles that go much more into detail about these craft beer imposters.

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  9. Great Fall Homebrew Recipes

    Great Fall Homebrew Recipes

    1. Marzen/Oktoberfest:

    Back before we had refrigeration to help in the brewing and storing process of beer, there weren’t many summer ales being brewed. Most brewers ended their runs with the onset of spring, and began again in the fall. Most of those being brewed in March, which is where the term Marzen comes from. Marzen/Oktoberfest beer is rich, full-bodied and usually dark copper in color with a mid-high ABV%. The Munich Oktoberfest beer that most of us know and is served at the Munich Oktoberfest is typically 5.0-6.0% ABV with a mild hop profile.


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  10. Know Your Hops

    Know Your Hops

    Hop Pellets:

    Hop pellets are highly processed hops consisting of finely powdered hop cones compressed into small tablet forms. Even though they look commercialized you can use them in home and commercial brewing applications. One thing hop pellets have going for them is by weight they are 20%-30% stronger than the same type of hop in loose form. These concentrated little pellets are first processed to remove the non-resinous materials in the hops, thus reducing the weight and volume of the hops. Most hop pellets are made form a blend of hops to maintain consistent alpha acid levels.


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