Synergy’s Pro-Pilot 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.
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.
After a few goes at the local homebrew shop’s recipe bank, most of us start building our own recipes. And because we’re homebrewers it’s natural to want to recreate another brewery’s beer, both as homage and to avoid paying retail. Sometimes it’s easy to find a clone recipe, and other times the brewer’s lips are sealed. That reaction is a bit strange, as it’s highly unlikely that your rendition of a brewery’s beer will taste exactly like the original.
Growing your own food, whether it’s for environment or organic purposes, is becoming more and more popular. Homebrewers are taking that one step further and growing their own ingredients for beer recipes. Eugene’s Agrarian Ales has surely set the tone for “farm to glass” style of beer, using estate-grown hops and other ingredients grown on site to brew their tasty beers. Us homebrewers are the DIY type, so why not grow our own hops? It’s fun and easier than you might think! Especially in the fertile climate of the Willamette valley. Here’s the latest Synergy Brewing Systems blog, how to grow your own hops.