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May 21, 2019

PicoBrew’s new kits let you homebrew beer with your ingredients

PicoBrew’s all-in-one homebrew appliances put a brewery on your countertop. They’re relatively easy to use, and give novice beer makers detailed steps to make their own suds — no previous experience required. There was one huge hindrance for the Pic…
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January 22, 2019

Want to keep that strong hoppy flavor? Store craft beer in cool place

Enlarge / Regional differences in the aromatic compounds found in hop varieties can significantly affect the taste of craft beers. (credit: DEA/G. Wright/Getty Images)

If you’re a fan of craft beer with a strong, hoppy flavor, heed the science that says to store your beer in a cool place and drink it within three months or so, lest it lose that rich aroma. That’s one of the key takeaways from a new study by German scientists published in the journal Brewing Science.

All beer contains hops, a key flavoring agent that also imparts useful antimicrobial properties with its rich aroma. (Without them, beer spoils [...]

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December 11, 2018

LG’s automated craft beer system could make homebrewing much easier

Given the phenomenal popularity of craft beers and ales sweeping bars across the globe, it’s surprising that homebrewing hasn’t yet taken off to the same levels. Sure, we’ve seen a number of systems touting the trend — Picobrew and Brewie are two th…
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November 22, 2018

Store-bought is not enough: My first hard cider homebrew

Homebrewing hard cider: The basics (video link)

Update: It’s Thanksgiving in the US, and Ars staffers are off experimenting in the kitchen rather than on the page. Actually, sometimes we experiment in the kitchen in order to put it on the page, too—like this 2013 series on home brewing some delightfully autumnal hard cider. While it’s too late to get the job done for today’s big meal, allow this guide to inspire you for your large winter gatherings. This piece originally ran on October 19, 2013, and it appears unchanged below.

My relationship with beer has grown too comfortable. We share an easy routine: I buy it at the store—a different kind [...]

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