Making Mead is this week’s topic with Michael Fairbrother from Moonlight Meadery as my guest. He shares his thoughts on mead as both a professional and award winning mead maker. Download the MP3 File – Right Click and “Save As” to download this mp3 file [audio:] Topics in This Week’s Episode (42:10) Michael Fairbrother is […]

This week my guests are David Kidd and Nick Stephan from Midwest Homebrewing. Beginning home brewing for new beer brewers is the topic of this week’s show, and David and Nick give you some great tips on getting started with Extract and also answer some of the most common questions they get from beginning and […]

This week my guest is Michael Fairbrother from Moonlight Meadery. Michael is a national an international award winning mead maker who made the transition from making mead at home to professional only two years ago. Michael is going to share his tips on making great mead at home. Download the MP3 File – Right Click […]

This week Curt Stock is my guest and we talk about mead making. The leap from making beer to making mead is not a large one, and most brewers have the equipment they need already on hand. Curt was the 2005 AHA mead maker of the year and serving in his second term on the […]

Yeast Starters for Home Brewing Beer – Part 1

by Brad Smith on December 14, 2010 · 12 comments

Most brewers understand that yeast starters are important for making your beer. If you pitch the proper quantity of yeast, your beer will ferment fully and give you a clean finish. Some time back, I wrote an article on how to create a basic yeast starter, but that only touched briefly on the important topic […]


Today we present part three of our guide on making beer at home. In the last two articles we described steps one and two including the basic equipment required to make beer at home, and the brewing process. In the final article of the series, we will walk through bottling, aging and drinking your first homemade beer.

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In part two of our series on how to brew beer, we cover “brew day”, where you boil and ferment your first homebrewed beer. Join us for part two of this series on making beer at home.


Have you ever wanted to make beer at home? Home brewing for the first time? Start the new year with a three part guide that takes you through how to brew your first batch of beer.

Enjoy soft pretzels at home with your homebrewed beer! Today we present a recipe for making large soft German beer pretzels from the comfort of your kitchen.