Fermentation Guidelines for Homebrewing Beer

Fermentation Guidelines for Homebrewing Beer

The following is a guest post by Jeffrey Michael on the topic of homebrewing.  Learn more about him at the end of the post!

As the old saying goes, “Men don’t make beer. Men make wort. Yeast make beer.” Wort (pronounced vurt) is the boiled and hopped pre-beer liquid that requires the most human effort (you can read more about this in the 10-Step Brewing Guide). This is as far as an individual can go in actively “making” a beer. The next step is allowing fermentation to take control. Though less “hands on” than the brewing process, the fermentation stage is equally important in determining the final flavor of the finished product. Following the guidelines below will ensure that you help your yeast “make” the best homebrew possible…. 

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How to Dilute Essential Oils

essential oils

Essential oils are concentrated natural oils distilled directly from fresh herbs and other plants. Because of their high concentration, essential oils should always be diluted with a carrier oil prior to topical application. Safely diluting essential oils not only protects you from adverse effects, such as irritation, phototoxicity, and sensitization, it also makes your little… 

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Deodorant Making Part 1: Testing Two Kinds

Clay vs. Baking Soda Deodorant

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A Closer Look: Mild Flavor Yogurt Starter

Raspberry Yogurt

“This is the perfect-tasting culture for my taste buds. I eat yogurt with no sweeteners and I like a mild taste. This is it. Much like European yogurt. I also let it mellow in the machine a bit longer than required, then strain it through a coffee filter for Greek yogurt.” -Q Today we are… 

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Weekly Recap – October 3rd Edition

blog gathering

It’s time for the weekly recap.  Leave your favorite links or ideas in the comments below!