Some breweries are putting a lot of thought into what kinds of bottles they put their beer into nowadays. Yes, many use the typical 12oz. bottle, while others (many of the Italian breweries) are using very elaborate, almost decorative bottles to showcase their beer. Some bottles are so nice, you almost feel bad throwing them out, but placing them on a shelf as is, they’re still just a beer bottle on a shelf. Read more…
Fun with Beer
Nowadays, it’s pretty much routine that once you crack open a beer and take a few sips, the next step is to go online and let the world know what you’re drinking; whether it’s a check-in on Untapped to keep track of your beer drinking journeys, a picture on Facebook to show off your Instagram skills to your friends, or an in-depth review on Beer Advocate or RateBeer.
One of the classic traditions of Hanukkah is setting up the menorah and lighting candles each night to commemorate the eight days of celebration and remembrance. With hopes of taking this tradition to the next level and adding a bit of extra excitement, we bring you the beer bottle menorah. Inspired by the annual release of the He’brew Brewing Jewbelation series gift pack, the menorah is a fun with beer idea that you can put as much creativity into as you choose. With the consumption of your favorite beers, it is sure to make Hanukkah an even more memorable celebration.
Homebrewers can attempt to cultivate yeast strains using various bottle conditioned beers. By building up the weakened yeast, one can slowly grow the sample into a pitchable amount that can be used for a 5 gallon homebrew batch. This is an advanced technique and should not be attempted unless you are willing to experiment and risk a bad batch of homebrew.
The steroid induced equivalent of a kegerator.
Everybody loves kegerators, but the one downside of them is the lack of variety. Unless you have one that comes with a significantly large fridge, you are typically restrained to a half or about two 1/6 kegs, but this also depends on the tap system you have installed. This is where the keezer comes in. A keezer is the ingenious way to take a chest freezer, rather than a fridge, and turn it into a draft system.
Crafty backyard lighting that is fitting for any beer lover.
Cans are definitely the most crafty of beer containers. Already having your backyard decorated with the can planters we shared in Issue 12, we decided to provide another can-based craft to match. Can lanterns are the perfect addition to late night outdoor drinking. Choose your favorite can and watch it illuminate the evening. They are sure to take any late night BBQ to the next level of awesomeness.
Spring and summer are quickly approaching and good times enjoying a few cold beers outside is one of the best parts of the warmer weather. It’s time to start throwing get-togethers and tapping some kegs next to the picnic table or in the parking lot during a tailgate.
Start collecting those bottle caps!
Bingo is one of those fun games seemingly reserved for small children or the elderly. Perhaps the problem with the game is the limitation of being locked into B-I-N-G-O and a series of numbers.
Creating canned holiday lights.
I wish I could take credit for this idea. Falco and I saw these hanging in a pretty cool beer bar in Denver, CO, and I thought it would be a perfect fit for our holiday issue. If you have an old strand of lights with those obnoxiously large bulbs, this is an ideal way to give them new life. Hang these on the mantle for the holidays and come January, put them behind your bar or in your at-home beer hangout.If you happened to give our “Can Plants” a shot in the April/May issue (page 18), you’ll notice that the process and supplies are very similar. If you successfully did this in the spring, this project should be a breeze. Read more…
Getting man’s best friend involved in homebrewing.
Homebrewing is an awesome hobby and a great way to try and put your own creative twists into making beer. But, when you’re done, you’re stuck with a whole bunch of leftover spent grain. The spent grain is awesome for feeding cows and other barnyard animals, but the small amount you’re going to have probably isn’t worth driving out to a farm and definitely isn’t going to warrant a farmer driving out to pick it up. No need to waste it though, as chances are you either have a dog or know someone that does, and they seem to love spent grain just as much as cows. It only requires a few more steps, as they prefer it in the dog treat form. So, the next time you brew a batch of beer, here are a few easy steps you can follow to make some dog treats to share your love of making beer with your favorite canine companion (without getting them drunk). Read more…