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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From Garden to Ferment Jar: Turnips and Beets


In early spring we declared that we would grow beets and turnips for some quick root crops. They would be tasty, provide good nourishment, and be ready to harvest before the triple digits of Texas summer came. Well, there is only one lone beet survivor; the entire thirty foot row was wiped out shortly after… 

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Cold Cucumber Dill Yogurt Soup

Cucumber Dill

This refreshing soup is wonderful on a hot summer afternoon and pairs well with thick ham sandwiches.

How to Grow Barley Grass in Soil

How to Grow Barley Grass

Growing barley grass at home is as simple and inexpensive as growing wheat grass, and some people find they prefer the taste of barley grass juice to wheat grass juice, for its milder flavor. Follow the steps below to begin growing your own barley grass at home and make homemade barley grass juice!

A Closer Look: Organic Cotton Bag


Today we are going to take a closer look at an Organic Cotton Bag used for straining kefir, yogurt, or soft cheese varieties