KitchenAid Grain Mill Attachment Review

In theory, it should be very easy to make beer at home. It requires only a handful of ingredients that are very easy to find all over the world. After all, people have been making beer for millennia, so how hard can it be. Say this to any beer brewing aficionado, including me, and they will laugh.

Making beer is a complex process with multiple variables. Even the slightest variation in quality or procedure can spell the difference between a robust beer and an awful one. For years I have been working on the process and ingredients in order to be able to create great beer. Through my journey, I have come to realise the importance of using the right ingredients. From using the right type of grains with the right crushed size to using hops sourced from the right farm, everything can and will affect the end result.

One of the areas I have been focusing on lately is the grain I use. After using several pre-crushed grain mixes in my early days, another brewer was kind enough to tell me to crush my own grains, and I haven’t looked back since. When I crush my own grain, I get to pick and choose exactly which grains and in what proportion in order to achieve the right balance. A good grain mill should be heavy duty and should have a decent capacity.

There are many grain mills marketed towards brewers, but I recently heard of people using the grain mill attachment in their KitchenAid stand to do this job. If the KitchenAid grain mill works well, then a kitchen appliance that most homes have will suddenly make crushing grains for brewing beer accessible to many people.

Features of KitchenAid Grain Mill Attachment 

The grain mill attachment fits easily into the KitchenAid and comes with a handy set of instructions and care manual along with the appropriate warnings.

  • The attachment is all metal which means that it is sturdy.
  • It is meant for crushing and milling wheat, oats, rice, barley, millets, and other non-oily grains.
  • It comes with an adjustable knob which controls the coarseness of the grind.
  • Has a wide hopper to hold and guide the grain towards the grinding burr.
  • Comes in separate parts and can be assembled easily at home.
KitchenAid KGM All Metal Grain Mill Attachment

My Experience


Why the attachment is Worth Your Money ?

Simply put, the grain mill attachment for the KitchenAid stand is worth it mainly for milling small amounts of grain. It is all metal and is hence really sturdy. The adjustable knob is very handy to control the coarseness of the grind. The wide hopper that holds the grain is very convenient. It is incredibly easy to assemble and use.

Spike Brewing Kettle Review (2019). READ before buying?

Having rigged up a few DIY brewing setups over the years, I was always under the impression that all brewing kettles were more or less similar and did the same job despite their differences in material and build. Upgrading to Spike’s brewing kettles; I was pleasantly surprised to be proven wrong. Spike’s 15-gallon kettle replaces my current one, and they offer their brewing systems as Spike and Spike Plus models with the Plus model featuring some smart upgrades.

Features of  Spike Brewing Kettle

  • The one feature that stands out is that the kettles are modular; they can be used as the Boil Kettle (BK), Mash Tun (MT) or the Hot Liquor Tank (HLT).
  • High quality, sanitary TIG-welded kettles are NSF (National Sanitation Foundation) listed and complied with their high standards.
  • Heavy duty 1.2mm thick 304 stainless steel walls gives the kettles a robust build making it last for years.
  • Front to back handles helps save about 12 inches of set up space on a 3-kettle single tier system. The handles also function as a lid holder.
  • Partially rolled top lip along with offering stiffness to the kettle is also easy to clean and maintain, unlike fully rolled lip that collects liquid and gunk.
  • Tri-clad bottom with an aluminium core sandwiched between layers of stainless steel gives a uniform temperature distribution.
Spike Brewing Kettle

My Experience


Why this kettle is Worth Your Money ?

Although it is slightly on the pricey end compared to most other kettles on the market, Spike’s adherence to quality and innovative design is worth paying for. Great design often equates to great looks, and this is true in case of Spike’s gorgeous looking kettles.

I’ve been able to brew over 10 batches of beer with consistent taste and quality thanks to their smart features that allow precise process control. Other than a few tweaks to make their valve’s profile and to add a hook to the lid, there are no changes I’d want to be done on these kettles.

Thermoworks Thermapen MK4 Thermometer Review

In the process of brewing my beer, and one of the issues I was facing so far as controlling the temperature of the fermenting wort. I knew that I had to control the temperature to an optimal level. Any high temperature would end up hampering the final flavour by making the brew harsher or make it exhibit a fruitier characteristic.

I did not want to wait till winter to control my fermentation temperature, and that’s why I got myself the Thermoworks Thermapen MK4 thermometer. I’ve used Thermapen for a couple of months, and there’s no doubt that it’s one of the best investments I’ve made as a brewer.

Features of Thermapen MK4 

The Thermoworks Thermapen is extremely simple to use and has a digital display that makes it simpler to read the temperature. Here are the more salient features of the temperature:

  • The auto-rotating display that the thermometer comes with ensures that the thermometer flips to the right side intuitively, no matter what the position.
  • The thermometer also comes with a water-proof level of IP67 which means that it stays safe from immersion that’s between 15 cm to 1 meter, for at least up to 30 minutes.
  • The intelligent sensor within the thermometer instinctively shuts down when its kept down and is always on when it is in use.
  • There is also an option for personalisation within the battery department where I was able to disable the sleep mode, lock whatever display position was available, set the temperature to Celsius or Fahrenheit, along with 1° or 1.0° resolution.
  • The patented Super-Fast Technology is still good with this version of the thermometer, giving me the same performance and speed as its predecessor. The longer battery life gives up to 3,000 hours with an AAA battery setup.
  • The thermometer comes with different colour options, including orange and black, allowing you to use separate thermometers for different brews.
Thermoworks Thermapen MK4

My Experience


Why this Thermometer is Worth Your Money ?

The thermometer is an excellent investment, as the pros speak for themselves. It is great for anyone who’s serious about brewing beer at home, and its intuitive display allows you to read in a different setting, including Celsius and Fahrenheit. The backlight feature is an added bonus, and considering that it gives at least a year’s worth of readings on a single AAA battery, purchasing this is almost a no-brainer.

Yeti Rambler 64 Oz Review (Yeti Beer Growler)

have been a great fan of the Yeti Rambler Beer Growler since the time I have owned it. I have always wanted to own a growler that could help me store all types of beverages, and this seems to be the one. Read on to get a better insight into this product.

Features of  Yeti Rambler

A unique offering from an exclusive brand, the Yeti Rambler growler is one of the best ways to store your beer and keep it fresh at the same time. It features a minimalistic, yet efficient design for consistent and reliable performance. The strong and resistant materials used have contributed immensely in making this beer storage growler a durable and long-lasting product.

  • One of the main features of the Yeti Rambler is the fact that comes with a powder-coated finish to make sure that you have a sleek companion with you at all times.
  • The design features a wide mouth that makes this growler one of the best choices to have a swig of your beer as well.
  • It comes with a well though handle on the cap that allows you to carry it along with ease.
  • It is constructed from premium quality stainless steel that fuels its rugged and durable nature.
  • It is built with two walls. The wall on the interior surface helps in preserving the flavor of the stored beverage so that you can enjoy a fresh taste without the nagging metallic aftertaste that one gets from most bottles of this kind.
  • The cap has been enhanced by a triple hauling design that allows added insulation and prevents any spills. The three finger grip, fitted with the cap, makes it very easy to carry the growler anywhere.
YETI Rambler 64oz

My Journey with the Beer Growler


Why this Growler is Worth Your Money ?

The Yeti Rambler Growler brings the classic features of flasks and thermoses together in a more enhanced and compact form to give you a storage option for most of your brews.

  • It comes with superior functionality as compared to many other of its compatriots.
  • The sleek and elegant design also uplifts the appearance and gives it an enhanced look.
  • It has a generously spacious interior, of 64 oz capacity, making sure you can store beverages for ages.
  • The greatest selling point of this growler is the amazing insulation protection provided by its dual stainless steel walls that lock freshness, flavor and temperature as well.

I have been having a smooth run with this growler and haven’t faced any functionality issues to date. It has been a constant companion in storing my beer and coffee on the go.

PicoBrew Pico Model C Review (2019). READ before buying?

Submitted by Sasha.

I get very excited with changes in technology when it comes to the art of home brewing. When I first started, there weren’t too many options available that were dedicated to perfecting beer brewing. Fortunately, the landscape has changed irrevocably with more and more people trying to brew their own beer in their homes. After hearing many good things about the PicoBrew Pico Model C, I decided to check it out for myself.

Features of  Pico C

The Pico Model C is an offering from Pico Master dedicated to the home brewer. Pico is compact enough to fit into any home kitchen and can brew up to 5L of beer in under 2 hours. Other features of this system include:

  • The Pico Model C is designed to work harmoniously with the PicoPak pre-measured grains and hops. The Pico Model C can read each PicoPak and access its corresponding recipe through its RFID tag.
  • The Pico Model C boasts of precision and control for each step of the brewing process that produces reliable results every single time.
  • The Pico Model C cab process up to four different hops which allow the brewing of a wide range of beers.
  • It uses steam heat at a specific temperature for a more controlled brewing process.
  • It comes with the ability to connect to the internet via Wi-fi in order to make monitoring easy.
  • It allows for the use of additional kegs to brew multiple batches on the same day.
  • The system allows you to personalise each recipe by adjusting the bitterness or alcohol percentage.
PicoBrew PICO Model C Beer Brewing Appliance

My Experience


Why Pico Model C is Worth Your Money ?

For a first-time brewer, the brewing and cleaning process might prove difficult especially if you are not aware of how you can infect your beer. This system isn’t even for those looking to learn how to brew their beer. Since the machine takes care of the entire brewing process, including the recipe formulation, there isn’t much to see and learn other than how to clean your equipment thoroughly. 

I think this system is perfect for those who love craft beer and want the ability to taste different beers from all over the world. While the beer might not be the perfect replica, with some practice, you can get it to taste close to the original.

As for me, I will continue to experiment with this system and definitely try out the different beer recipes available.

Grainfather Connect Review (2019). Go through this before your purchase!

As someone who enjoys brewing his own beer, I am always on the lookout for quality products. My own brewing journey has taught me the fine nuances of making beer, from ensuring the quality of the malt to experimenting with the hops to equipment capabilities, have a deep impact on the beer. Sometimes, even the water I use can affect the final taste of the beer. I like to be on the look-out for new brewing kits and the different equipment they come with. No two types of equipment provide the same features, and the journey to finding the perfect equipment can be a long one

Features of Grainfather Connect

The Minibrew kit is a great device because it’s pretty much reduced the process of brewing beer to a couple of buttons. It’s a neat little machine that simplifies the whole process and creates brews on-the-go.

  • It has a 30-litre capacity and produces up to 21 litres of beer in one brewing session. It is essentially a boiler that comes equipped with a pump, temperature control, and a removable steel basket.
  • It is an electrical system meant to be stored indoors with an inbuilt controlled heating element which provides the right heat at the right stage of the brewing process.
  • With this system, you will have more control over the sparging process as you will have to do it manually.
  • It comes with a counter-flow wort chiller which reduces the chance of contamination and cools 23L of wort in just 20 minutes.
  • The system also has a control box where you can pre-add recipes which you can then control through your smartphone via their app.
  • You can program step mashing with the control box with precise results.
  • The app comes with pre-installed recipes though you can easily import new ones.
  • The stainless steel grain basket allows you to brew between 4.5 to 9kg of grain.
Grainfather Connect Complete All In One Home Beer Brewing System

Brewing Journey 


The Grainfather Connect system is a great all-in-one system for home brewing.

  • It is one of the most competitively priced systems available in the market which makes it ideal for those just beginning to experiment.
  • The instructions provided plus the video instruction available on their website make the whole process a no-brainer.
  • A wide selection of grain kits and recipes allows for a fun experience.
  • The control box allows for customised recipes that can be saved onto the system for later use.
  • The counterflow wort chiller reduces the chances of contamination and allows for a better product.
  • The system is ideal for those who have very little space but want to make quality home-brewed beer.
  • Some of the other recipes on the app are for a red IPA, dry stout, pale ales, pilsners, lager, and single malt.

The company also has an effective customer support team. After the success of this initial experiment, I am definitely curious about the system’s abilities and how far I can test its accurate temperature control.

Minibrew Review (2019). Should you buy it?

Submitted by Ryan.

I think Minibrew is may be one of the best investments an avid beer brewer could make. For someone who loves brewing at home, the Minibrew is quite a good purchase as it’ll help you create craft beers pretty much on-the-go. The machine is a home-brewing device that can be carried around the home. Kudos to the Dutch entrepreneurs who came up with this portable beer brewing machine, because it is quite a convenient tool to have.

Features of Minibrew

The Minibrew kit is a great device because it’s pretty much reduced the process of brewing beer to a couple of buttons. It’s a neat little machine that simplifies the whole process and creates brews on-the-go.

  • The Minibrew machine makes beer in a matter of just three and a half hours. This cuts down the process that other beer fermenting machines generally take, making this a useful device to have if you’re looking to have a party in the evening.
  • There are over fifty recipes that can be chosen. I’m personally a fan of the stout, and the easy availability of coffee made it a simple process for me to get myself a pleasant brew every other day.
  • The ingredients can easily be procured from Minibrew’s online store. These ingredients can be easily added into the mix, and the process can begin.
  • The machine’s also iPhone compatible (no kidding!). I just need to push a button on my phone, and it automatically begins the process. I get an alert on my phone when the process requires me to add hops and yeast.
  • It’s only a matter of time to wait out the initial fermentation process, which takes around 5 to 15 days based on the amount I want to brew.
  • The ergonomic design of the machine makes it a really good addition to any household. It can also give a fairly decent 5 litres of homebrew. While this isn’t much for party animals like me, it’s still enough to give me that happy buzz after a long, hard day at work.
  • The app also requires me to add my taste preferences on it so that it can predict the type of flavour I’m looking for. This makes the process more personal and easier to implement.
Minibrew

Brewing Journey 


Why Minibrew is Worth Your Money ?

  • This kit is awesome for anybody who just loves the experience of brewing their own beer and sipping it. It’s great because it comes connected to the iPhone, making it easier to see any important update or make changes in the process.
  • Also, there is no need to take the beer out of the keg and pour it again, which could make it lose some fizz. You can drink directly of the container itself, fresh and cold.

Spike Brewing System Review. READ this be before you buy

Your love for beer will make you practically try all varieties that you could get your hands on during the first couple of years trying home brewing. You would start with extract brewing and eventually get into all-grain brewing to have complete control over what you made. My first set up was a total DIY 5, gallon rig with which I brewed some great batches. There were many difficulties associated with my DIY setup, especially with temperature control and the struggle to carry the hot wort to the bathtub for an ice bath. Going through some recommendations, and my experience, you can pick the Spike Brewing System by Spike Brewing. Their set up is robust and appealing, and will help you upgrade to larger batches with some incredible results.

Features of Spike + Brewing System

  • v4 kettles which are upgraded - use the industry-standard 304 stainless steel material with sanitary (NSF listed) TIG-welded fittings. The three brewing tanks for the Hot Liquor Tank (HLT), Mash Tun (MT) and Boiling Kettle (BK) feature front to back handle making it a space saver design. The changed handle position saves about 12 inches of spacing in between the tanks.
  • A slick PID board gives you control of the two heating elements (one at a time) and the pumps. An upgraded version is also available which controls both the kettles at the same time.
  • To maintain precise control of the wort temperature, a 304 stainless steel 50 ft, ½ inch HERMS (Heat Exchange Recirculating Mash System) is provided in the HLT. High Quality food grade pumps circulate the wart through the heat exchanger to maintain the mash temperature.
  • The counterflow wort chiller is a simple heat exchanger that cools the wort down to the required temperature before inlet into the fermenter.
  • Optional heavy duty stainless steel platform with a custom pump-mounting system.
SPIKE BREWING

My experience with the brewing system


Why Spike + Brewing System is Worth Your Money ?

  • The spike system with its modular design, robust build and high-quality feature stack up competitively among the range of brewing systems in the market.
  • The process is sophisticated compared to simple DIY rigs, which gives you tight control over the quality of your beer while letting you get an efficiency of 80-90% in each batch.
  • Spike system’s reliable process control lets you brew batches with precise taste and consistency every time.
  • The Spike+ is definitely worth the investment although it is a bit higher priced compared to other rigs. You can draw great efficiency and productivity from the Tri-clamp connectors alone.

Other than a few glitches during the first brew with the assembled system, I have no complaints about it. I love the amount of thought and engineering that has gone into this product to make it intuitive and user-friendly!

Robobrew V3 Review, 2019. READ this before buying

Any homebrewer spends much time trying to compare a kit with other products, asking experts and discussing with fellow homebrewers before going ahead with the buy. You are right to be sceptical of the mechanism and usage as this system is different from any of your old brewing kit. However, its advanced features and solid design will definitely win you over. Here, I have discussed the same in details below so that you can get a better understanding of this product.

Features of Robobrew V3

An all-in-one solution to your brewing woes, the Robobrew version three is decked with all the necessary features to boil your own brew with your recipes and blends. It comes with an all-grain brewing system, with a capacity of nine gallons and a digitized controller that is built into the design and an attached pump that is perfect for recirculation.

  • One of the major features of the Robobrew V3 is the fact that it comes in a portable design and uses 110v of power for efficient functioning and can be used anywhere.
  • It's an electric brewing system that brings all the equipment required in brewing your own beer into one stainless steel body that is effectively priced as per your wish.
  • It has precise elements that help in heating and boiling your mash.
  • It also has an in-built pump for recirculation and a removable grain basket to keep your brew as smooth and grain-free as possible.
  • It has a digital monitor attached to its body, with a resistant control tab that allows you to regulate temperatures with ease and a spigot that facilitates easy transfer of the brewed liquid.
  • It stands out from other systems with its unique dual heating mechanism, of 1000Watts and 500Watts that is powered from a single plug point. You can easily control their use by means of individual switches or turn them both on every time you need to amp of the temperatures
Robobrew V3

Why Robobrew V3 is Worth Your Money ?

The Robobrew’s third version, V3 brings the classic features of the earlier versions together in a more enhanced and compact format at a very affordable price.

  • It comes with superior functionality as compared to many other home brewing machines that cost quite high.
  • One of the main reasons to try this system is the fact that you don’t have to spend a lot on add-on devices for better performance.
  • The construction and design are quite sturdy and solid as well for a great brew.

My friends have been having a smooth run with this system and haven’t faced any functionality issues to date.

Even I am looking forward to creating even better beer brews in the future and utilize this brewing system to brew some great-tasting batches of my favourite drink. 

Mr. Beer Brewing Kit Review 2019, Premium Gold Edition

It has been a full three months since I tried the Mr. Beer Brewing Kit. I happened to receive it as a birthday gift from a fellow beer lover. Having already owned another brewing system previously, and brewed several successful batches of beer, I wondered what I would make of this new and compact brewing kit. I was given the Premium gold edition which I have discussed below.

Features of Mr. Beer Brewing Kit

The Mr. Beer Kit comes with a lightweight fermenter, brewing extract, carbonation drops, reusable beer bottles, and a cleanser. They have a neat 2-gallon keg with a locking spigot for the easy bottling of the brewed beer.

  • The brewing extract is a hopped malt extract created by the master brewers of Cooper’s brewery, Australia. This hopped malt brings down an average brewing day from 8-9 hours down to just 30 minutes. 
  • The fermenter is a 2 gallon shatter-proof one with a wide mouth for easy filling and cleaning. The airlock is built-in to control the fermenting process and prevent contamination. It even has a vented top to enable release of carbon dioxide during fermentation. 
  • The keg has a locking spigot which is the easiest way to bottle your beer after fermentation. Additionally, the keg has a trough below to collect hop debris or trub which is a byproduct of hop fermentation.
  • The carbonation drops are simple tablets to carbonate your brew during the bottling process.
  • The kit also comes with shatter-proof, standard craft beer bottles for you to complete your brewing process.
  • The premium gold edition has the bonus of 2 refills, and I got the Bavarian wheat and the Aztec Cervaza.
Mr. Beer Premium Gold Edition Craft Making Kit

Believe Me! This Kit Is Worth Your Money

Mr Beers Premium Gold Edition Brewing Kit could be a super satisfying buy. I say so because I had the best time brewing my beer after several days. 

  • What also makes this kit totally worth it is the fact that the keg is the right size to keep you comfortable for a while. It has a trough at the bottom that collects the debris from fermentation.
  • The material for the fermenter and the bottles are shatter-proof and free from BPA.
  • I think if you buy your beer outside it might be cheaper, but the satisfaction of having made it by yourself surely has the edge over the pricing.
  • Mr Beer doesn’t disappoint because it is one of the few home brewing kits that is backed by actual brewers in Australia. Reviews about Mr Beers Cervaza recipe have got me all excited to try that out soon enough.
  • Other types of beer that you could try with Mr Beer are the Oktoberfest Lager, Canadian Blonde, and the Czech Pilsner. They also have Amber Ale, Diablo IPA, and St. Patrick’s Irish Stout refills that are not traditionally part of the gold edition kit, but sound equally exciting to a beer lover like me.

I haven’t had any complaints so far and have had no need to reach out to their customer service representatives, but I hear that they provide efficient post-sale services. 

This has been an exciting and satisfactory experience, and I see myself buying more refills in the future. 

Top 10 Brazilian Beers That You Must Try

A ‘chopp’ or cold draft beer is one of the most followed obsessions by people in Brazil. And when the word obsession comes into play, it means things are pretty serious. In Brazil, beer is referred to as ‘chilled blond’ and is primarily produced in the country!

The beers produced in Brazil are fine, light in color, and mostly pilsner-style lager. They are your best companion on a hot and humid day in Brazil. The best part about beers in Brazil is that they are available in a great variety ranging from homemade beers to mass-produced commercial beers.

If you’re a beer lover who has landed here looking for some information on the best Brazilian beers, here is a list of the top 10 Brazilian beers:

Brahma Chopp

BRAHMA Chopp

Produced by the brewery Inbev, Brahma Chopp is called chopp because it is served as a small glass of beer and not in large bottles. It is one of the most famous Brazilian beers that you must try!

Now, the reason why Brahma is served in small glasses is that this beer tastes the best when it is chilled. Given the temperature of Brazil, a pint is most likely to heat up pretty fast. This is why, to enjoy the Brahma Chopp at its prime, small glasses are preferred to serve it.

This is a pilsner-style beer with a clean, crystalline, and bright golden color. With 4.8% ABV, this beer is basically a light drink and is brewed with the traditional bottom fermentation method. The flavor and body of the beer are strong, and it has a neutral bitterness.

Nova Schin

Nova Schin

Brewed by the brewery named Schincariol, this is another famous beer in Brazil and is also a sponsor of the famous carnival. The beer holds a 13% share of the total Brazilian market. It is usually served in bottles of about 355ml. Brewed by South America’s largest brewery, Nova Schin is also one of the fastest growing beers in Brazil.

So, you can well imagine the reputation that Nova Schin enjoys in the lands of Brazil.

With 4.7% ABV, this is a light beer that you can enjoy anytime and anywhere. It has a clear amber color and gives a dry finish with a sweet and malty taste. It has a medium white head and leaves a metallic mouth feel.

Ithaca

ithaca

An award winner, Ithaca is another famous beer from Brazil. It contains the ingredients including hops, sugar, and malt, and gives amazing flavors with balanced bitterness and sweetness. The aroma of the beer is very stout and pleasurable.

This beer has 10.5% ABV and is a very strong companion of the others in this list. It has a very dark color and offers a thick head. Best served between the temperatures of 12-16ºC, the beer is a great drink to enjoy at a party! It is recommended to store this beer in a cool and dark place.

Franconian Rhapsody

Franconian Rhapsody

Best enjoyed with smoked ricotta or chicken steak, this is a tasteful smoked beer from Brazil. This is a seasonal beer that has a rich golden color, a thick head, and a crystalline look. The beer gives out herbal, citric, and floral accents in its aroma. It has a smoked and malty flavor.

The Franconian Rhapsody comes with medium carbonation, light-medium body, and is best enjoyed between the temperatures of 4-6ºC. It has 5% ABV and is a light, flavorful beer that can be enjoyed with friends or at family dinners.

Skol

Skol

Skol is another one from the big brewery Inbev and is a top seller beer. The Skol beer is an American-style lager and comes with a balanced taste with average carbonation. The aromas contain mild malt hints, and it leaves a decent lingering aftertaste.

With 4.7% ABV, the beer has a straw yellow color. The awesome taste and great aromas of Skol make this Brazilian beer one of the best-selling beers in the world.

The ingredients include grain malt, pure water, and hop that result in a smooth and tasteful beer.

Stella Artois

Stella Artois

Produced through expert brewing techniques, mastered over hundreds of years, Stella Artois is a product of the traditional Den Hoorn brewery. What makes the brewing process of this beer special is the nine-step pouring ritual, which is known to be the reason behind its alluring taste and awesome flavors.

The 9 steps are named as – Purification, Sacrifice, Liquid Alchemy, Crown, Removal, Skimming, Judgment, Cleansing, and Bestowal! This amazing process helps Stella Artois contain its taste, flavors, aroma, texture, and color, which are nothing but the best! This beer has 4.8% ABV and is made of 4 ingredients – malted barley, hops, water, and maize.

Antarctica

Antarctica

The Antarctica beer has a strong connection with the famous Carnival that takes place in Rio De Janeiro, every year! This is the reason why Antarctica is one of the most famous Brazilian beers throughout the world.

This beer is considered as the best brew among Brazilian people and is served around the year in Brazilian bars. The name of the beer comes from the famous Brazilian brewery called Antarctica. It is an American Adjunct Lager that comes with 5% ABV. The beer is produced through the method of bottom fermentation and has a light and clear color.

Antarctica beer has a mild aroma and is full of flavors with balanced bitterness.

American IPA

American IPA

The American IPA is a Brazilian beer produced by the brewery named Baden Baden. The style of this beer is American-Indian Pale Ale, and it gives a strong and fruity taste because of the presence of fruit juice in it.

The citric flavor of American IPA balances its strong bitter taste, and it gives a very pleasant aroma. The brewing technique used for this beer is the Dip Hop technique, which gives this beer its unique taste and texture.

With 6.4% ABV, this beer is stronger than many others in this list. It is best served at the temperatures between 6 to 9ºC.

Devassa

Devassa

It is another famous Brazilian beer in our list that is a product of the brewery called Brasil Kirin, which is licensed under Playboy – an American adult company. A tropical beer, Devassa is known to be made especially for Brazilian beer lovers. Devassa is a refreshing, balanced, and easy-to-drink beer and is famous throughout the world.

With 4.8% ABV, the beer has a pale gold color and a white head. You can get hints of malt, lemon, corn, and honey after you taste the beer. Ideal to be enjoyed on an evening, the beer also promotes a strict message of no drinking and driving. It is best served chilled and is available in different quantities.

Witbier

Witbier

This is another one from the house of Baden Baden. The name Witbier depicts the characteristics of the beer as it translates to ‘white beer’. The beer is unfiltered and has a cloudy appearance.

Giving the citric taste of orange along with hints of coriander, this is a very unique beer that is full of flavors. The ingredients include barley malts and wheat. With 4.9% ABV, this beer is more on the stronger side and is best served at the temperatures from 3 to 5 ° C.

With this list of 10 best Brazilian beers, you can rest assured that you have some very good options at hand if you have to try the perfect Brazilian beer any time soon! So, if you’re planning on visiting Brazil and want to seek your beer love to the fullest, keep this list of the best Brazilian beers with you and you will have something to look forward to during your trip!
Now, we’re not saying Brazil isn’t worth wandering around, but good beer can make it 10 times better for you!

Reference Links:
https://www.cervejariacolorado.com.br/cerveja/ithaca
http://www.novaschin.com/main.html
https://carlsberggroup.com/products/skol/skol-beer/
https://www.stellaartois.com/en/the-ritual.html
https://www.badenbaden.com.br/cervejas/american-ipa/
http://www.devassa.com.br/#
https://www.badenbaden.com.br/cervejas/witbier/

10 Best Beer Bottle, and Can Coolers to Keep Your Beer Chilled

For the majority of the people, the beer tastes great when chilled. You could use the normal freezers to keep your beer cold, but why should you bother with the fridge when we have specially designed coolers for that purposes. Some call them beer koozies, bottle jackets, can coolers, and beer bottles among other names, but whatever the name you prefer to call them, they are accessories you will appreciate having when you want to drink cool and refreshing beer during the hot summer afternoons. They are portable, simple in design and versatile in use, and their availability in a variety of price ranges ensures that you will find one that will be fit for your bottle cooling needs.

Things to consider while Buying a beer bottle cooler or chiller -

Just like with every other purchase, you don’t just want to storm the store and pick any can cooler. It pays to know how to choose the right one that will not just your money’s worth but also will do a good job in ensuring that your beer is chilled. Many are the various types of can coolers from different manufacturers in the market today, and it can be confusing to pick the right one. To help you out here is our simple and concise guide on what you should look for when shopping for a can cooler-:

The size

If you are like most people, then you have a favorite beer brand, and you know the exact size of that bottle. It would be a waste of time to try and go for a can cooler that doesn’t match the size of your preferred brand. Therefore, before anything else, consider only the koozies that will fit well with your preferred beer brand. 

The material

The material of the beer bottle cooler will determine the quality of cooling you will get as well as the longevity of the cooler. As usual, you want to have a cooler with the material that will not just ensure that your beer bottles stay cool for the longest time possible, but also it should last long so that you don’t go back to the store to shop for a new one after just a short while. As far as the material goes, your preferred cooler should be made of metal, fabric or rubber. These are the ones that have proven to give better performances and are also durable. 

The carrying method

You should be interested in the mode of carrying the cooler if you want versatility when you have to have your beer outdoors. Depending on your preferences, consider if you're going to have a cooler with side handles, lid straps or shoulder straps. Again, be sure to check that the handle will give you the convenience you need to carry the size of your bottle comfortably. 

The insulation ability of the cooler

This is important because it determines how well your drinks will stay cold. To get it right regarding insulation, consider the maximum duration you would desire your drinks to remain cold. Though you may like the idea of having a can cooler that will maximize on the ice life, you don’t need a cooler that can keep the beer chilled for one week when you only need to use it for a couple of hours. Therefore, consider your preferred cooling duration then make an appropriate choice.


Top10 beer bottles coolers


6 Best Home Beer Brewing Kits Reviews 2019

It is always pleasurable to gut down beer that you made on your own. Of course, you can’t be in lack of ready beers since we have a plethora of them on the shelves, but those who are into home brewing find a lot of reward in having the ability to craft their own beers, and possibly add their own twists so that they can come up with unique crafts. If you are interested in this passionate hobby, then just know that you have an exciting ride ahead, but you will have to get the right apparatus first – best beer making kit. 

A home brewing kit is what you will give you the ability to have your own mini brewery at home. It makes it possible for you to mix the various ingredients needed for home brewing and also facilitate the process of brewing the components together to give you your beer finally. It ensures that all the ambient conditions are maintained, including the proper hygiene, temperatures, and insulation to help you get the best possible home brewed beer. 

Many are the types of brewing kits today, but the ideal ones should have brewing kits components such as wort chiller, a thermometer for temperature monitoring, glassy cowboy, pail opening tool, muslin hop bags, jet bottle washer, and homebrew kegerators and books about brewing if possible. A home brewing kit with these components will provide with everything you need for an optimal home brewing experience.

Top 6 Beer Making kits


Final Recommendation !


Home-brewing is not a new thing and not about to end. If you think it is something you would like to try, then, by all means, you should not let anything hold you back. However, you should know that the quality of the beer you will make will depend on the type of the beer brewing kit you will use. If you are just starting out, then you should consider investing in one of the best beer brewing kits because they will avail to you everything you will need to make great beer, including step by step instruction that will take you from a newbie to a pro in home brewing. The above-reviewed brewing kits will not disappoint you, but we would personally recommend the Mr Beer Premium Gold Edition Craft making kit.


10 Best Polish Beers You Must Try

Poland is known for its craft beers, and when you’re out there roaming around in Poland’s cities on a hot day, a cold beer is all you need to quench your thirst and take away the exhaustion. To add to the relief that any beer lover can have from a brew, Poland’s beers have a unique taste and aroma. Owing to the amazing taste and unique flavors offered by many Polish beer brands, Poland is considered the best for beer enthusiasts who love enjoying craft beer.

So, if you’re a beer lover who loves trying new beer brands wherever you go, Poland can be your next place to go where you can try the below-mentioned top 10 Polish beers:

1) Ciechan Pszeniczne

Ciechan Pszeniczne

Ciechan is a popular brewery of Poland, and any beer enthusiast is bound to fall in love with their brews. This is why the beers produced here are among the top Polish beers of all time.

The Ciechan Pszeniczne is also a product of this famous brewery and is considered as the ‘model of wheat beer’. This beer is produced with the traditional brewing methods that use yeast fermentation. The brewery uses the method of open fermentation which is why the beer is very aromatic and has a great taste.

Ciechan Pszeniczne has 4.8% alcohol by volume (ABV) and has a shelf life of 45 days. It gives out spicy and fruity notes of aroma along with that of cereal and bread. It is pale yellow in color and gives the flavors of bread, wheat, bananas, and cloves and has a balanced bitterness. It is an unfiltered beer that comes with yeast residue, which must be eaten along with the beer!


2) Amber Koźlak

Amber Koźlak

Brewed by another famous brewer called the Browar Amber, located in Bielkówek, this beer is a ruby-colored beer known for its unique taste and aroma.

The ingredients include water, hop, and barley malt (both pale and dark). This dark-bock style beer is famous for its ruby color.

The beer is brewed through the method of bottom fermentation and has a shelf life of 180 days. It has 6.5% ABV and is a strong beer, doing justice to its dark color. The beer comes in a unique bottle with a printed label and is best served in beers glasses like a Tulip Glass.


3) Żywiec Porter

Żywiec Porter

Another famous Polish beer, the Żywiec Porter is a product of a brewery named Browar Zamkowy Cieszyn. This Baltic porter-style beer is brewed through the traditional brewing process followed by the said brewery since 1881. It is a dark-colored, very strong beer with 9.5% ABV, suitable for beer lovers of a strong taste.

The beer includes barley, malt, clear water, and aromatic hops for the best taste and aroma. It is one of the best Polish beers and is best served in a Snifter, Shaker, or a Pint.


4) Ciechan Miodowe

Ciechan Miodowe

Another one from the Ciechan brewery, this one stands out in the list because of one of its unique ingredients – natural honey! Ceichan Miodowe has been chosen as the best honey beer, every year, in the Plebiscite for Beer of the Year, since the year of its launch.

With 5.7% ABV, this beer is neither too strong nor too light, and its additional natural sweet taste makes it famous among both sexes of beer lovers. The honey in the beer is unfiltered, pasteurized, and exclusively produced through natural means.

It is light straw-colored and has an intense aroma of honey with floral accents and light bitterness. The beer has a shelf life of 45 days.


5) Królewskie Jasne Pełne

Królewskie Jasne Pełne

Hailing from the capital of Poland – Warsaw, this beer is famous around the entire city and throughout the world. It is one of the best Polish beer brands and is a light and pasteurized beer to enjoy in a party.

With 5.6% ABV, this light beer has a clear gold color. It has a decently bitter taste with grassy and floral accents and a herbal, malty aroma. The ingredients include water, corn, barley malt, hops, and hop extracts.
This beer is strongly associated with Warsaw – the place of its origin.


6) Lech Premium

Lech Premium

A light lager beer, this one is another refreshing brew from the lands of Poland. Best enjoyed when chilled strongly, and it is the best refreshing option because of its high levels of carbonation.

With 5% ABV, the Lech Premium is a great companion whenever you need refreshment or when you’re enjoying with friends. The beer is made of water, hop, extracts of hop cones, and barley malts. With all the ingredients and perfect brewing process, the beer gives a strong taste and great aromas.


7) Brok

Brok

Brok beer is a product of one of the most famous Polish breweries, Van Pur. It is a pale lager that is made of selected ingredients. The beer is brewed through a very traditional fermentation process of the 19th century.

With 5.2% ABV, the beer gives the best flavor with grassy accents. It is a light-bodied brew that has a slightly sweet taste and clean character. Brok is a very hoppy drink but is suitable for light beer lovers! It is quite popular among Polish beer lovers.


8) Tyskie Gronie

Tyskie Gronie

This one is not just one of the best Polish beer brands but the number one beer brand of the country. The winner of many awards for being the best beer, Tyskie belongs to the city Tychy and the brewery in which this beer is produced has been in action for the past 400 years!

Tyskie Gronie has 5.5% ABV and is a light beer with a good head that reduces gradually. It has lingering citric taste and is a very hoppy drink with a bit of carbonation. With a popular name, this drink stays in the list of top beers in Poland.


9) Okocim O.K. Beer

Okocim O.K. Beer

More than 50 years old, this one belongs to the Carlsberg Group – a huge and reputable brewery in Poland. This one is a European Lager type of beer with 5.6% ABV. The famous brewery to which the Okocim beer belongs is known for producing this beer in different faces but the same taste.

The beer is said to have a very tingling aftertaste and is said to be one of the best sellers in Poland. It is bought by people so widely that it is sometimes difficult to find this brew in the market.


10) ŻUBR

ŻUBR

This beer is produced by Browar Dojlidy – another reputed and one of the oldest breweries in Poland, now acquired by Kompania Piwowarska brewery. The beer is deep golden in color with a fairly floral aroma. The beer has a classic pilsner taste, and there is hardly any competition that beats the taste and aroma of this beer.

The taste includes tinges of caramel malts and a little bit of hops. It has 6% ABV and is a light beer, perfect for someone who just wants to enjoy a relaxing evening with friends or family.

It gives a very balanced, light, and malty aftertaste and is one of the best brews from the lands of Poland.

Finally!

All these beers together come as a perfect list of the best Polish beer brands and have their unique qualities to help you enjoy your drinks at the next level! So, if you’re craving to try a Polish brew, go for any one or a few from this list, and you’ll know what you’re missing out!

Reference Links:
http://www.ciechan.com.pl/index2.php?q=page/13
http://www.browar-amber.pl/en/products/kozlak/
https://grupazywiec.pl/marki/zywiec/
http://www.ciechan.com.pl/index2.php?q=page/12
https://www.krolewskie.pl/piwo-jasne-pelne/
https://lech.pl/
https://carlsberggroup.com/products/okocim/okocim-o-k-beer/

Best Mexican Beers You’d Enjoy

Beer lovers can be found anywhere and everywhere. Some of these are once-a-week beer drinkers, some are everyday beer drinkers, and the rest are just beer fanatics!

For the last category of beer lovers, it is very tough to stick with just one or a few kinds of beers. They are so much into the drink that they want to try everything they can put their hands on. This is why, they always demand to try different brands, types, and varieties of beers available out there. If you’re one such beer enthusiast and are here looking for the best Mexican beers, we have got a whole lot of information for you.

Let’s explore the best Mexican brands of beers to add to your collection of beers and to get something new to change the taste:

The Top Mexican Beer Brands

In Mexico, beer brewing has been celebrated as a tradition for many years. Thus, it is safe to say that Mexican beers reflect their culture very effectively and if you’re at a Mexican restaurant, enjoying the savory Mexican food, a bottle of Mexican beer will just do the needed magic.

So, let’s get prepared to order the best brew while you’re at it! Here is our list of the best beer brands in Mexico:

Corona Extra

corona extra

If you’re a person of Mexican beer taste, Corona is generally what you would think when asked about your favorite one! Now, the Corona Extra is a beer that is meant to be enjoyed at the beaches, barbeques, and Mexican dive bars.

This beer is one of the most popular and best Mexican beers that people pick most often. The taste of this beer is said to range from heavy European imported beers to light domestic beers.

It has a refreshing and smooth taste with fruity-honey aromas. The beer has a tinge of malt in it, to give it just the right taste. Corona Extra has a crisp flavor and is said to have a ‘superior taste profile from superior ingredients.’

The amount of alcohol by weight is 3.6%, and that of alcohol by volume (ABV) is 4.6%. The calorie count in this beer is 149 per 12 ounces. The ingredients include Barley, Water, Malt, Hops, and Non-malted Cereals.


Corona Light

corona light

This one is again a result of the same ingredients as Corona Extra – Water, Barley, Non-Malted Cereals, Malt, and Hops. However, what makes this beer different from the Corona Extra is that it has a lighter taste. The beer is said to be a pilsner-style lager with a very light flavor that allows easy drinking.

So, for people looking for a lighter beer for a change, this one is the best pick from our list of Mexican beers. Though the beer is lighter but it is still full of aromas and flavors. So, you wouldn’t lag behind in taste. As compared to Corona Extra, this one has a less calorie count that sums up to 99 per 12 ounces.


Tecate

tecate

Founded over 60 years back in Mexico itself, Tecate is one of the most loved Mexican beers of all time. This seemingly ‘bold’ beer is available in two different flavors – Tecate Light and Tecate Original.

With 110 calories and 3.9% alcohol by volume, Tecate Light is one of the best choices for those looking for a perfect light Mexican beer. With a light citrus flavor and amazing aromas, this clear golden drink can be the best fit for a hot day. Tecate Light is said to have a ‘defined malt character and smooth bitterness’.

Tecate Original, on the other hand, is a stronger and cleaner beer option. The beer has a balanced golden color and a very crisp flavor. With a medium bitterness, this one is best for someone looking for the right kick from their drink. It has a calorie count of 141 calories for 12 Fl. OZ and 4.5% ABV.

This is the most popular beer in Mexico and stands its reputation really well!


Montejo

montejo

Known as one of the best Mexican beers for decades, Montejo is another hit in our list. The beer is very smooth and full of flavors, offering a crisp flavor and the perfect carbonation.

It allows easy drinking and has a light to medium body as well as a balanced bitterness. Montejo offers a fine-tuned flavor and is brewed only in Mexico – exported to other countries.

The beer has a golden color of 12 OZ, and it has an ABV of 4.5%. It is exceptionally smooth and a great pick if you’re looking for the best beers from Mexico. It is, in fact, the most authentic one from Mexico.


Modelo Negra

Negra Modelo

Promoting the idea of celebrating the Mexican culture through food and drinks, this medium-bodied beer offers one of the best tastes among Mexican beers. The main ingredients of this beer include Barley Malt, Water, Non-malted Cereals, and Hops with slowly roasted caramel malts.

With a rich flavor and a very smooth taste, this beer is said to be a Munich Dunkel-style Lager beer and has the finest Mexican taste that is a must try!

The Negra beer has an alcohol content of 5.4% and a calorie count of 180 per 12 Fl. OZ. This amazing beer has such a rich taste that it can be used as one of the cocktail ingredients for different recipes.


Noche Buena

noche buena

This one is another popular option that beer enthusiasts love to enjoy during parties and barbeques. The Noche Buena comes from the house of a very famous Mexican brewery called Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, which is now a part of Heineken.

The beer was founded in the year 1924 and is now a very unique and classic drink to enjoy. The history of this beer makes it one of the most popular and traditional Mexican beers of all the time.

It offers a very strong malt flavor with the accents of hop and caramel. With 5.9% ABV, the beer offers a great smooth taste. It is fermented at very low temperature, and thus, it is only sold from the month of October to February. It offers medium toasted hues and is a light drink, ideal for those looking for a light yet tasteful brew.


Victoria

vitoria

Another great option for a light beer, Victoria stands out from the rest of the similar-tasting beers from Mexico. What makes it different is its amber color which sets it apart from the golden hues of others.

This beer is perfect for beer lovers who like to have their drink slowly and tastefully. Victoria offers a crisp taste and is a very smooth drink. This beer has 4% ABV in it and thus is the lightest yet very tasteful beer to try if you crave something Mexican. Unlike other beers explained above, Victoria, which is known as a Vienna Lager, has a bit of sweetness in its taste.


Dos Equis

DOS EQUIS

First brewed in the year 1897, this one is again from the most famous Mexican brewery Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma. The process of brewing this legendary beer goes through 5 steps – malting, brewing, fermentation, lagering, and filtration.

The ingredients include water, malted barley, corn starch, sugar, hops, and ascorbic acid. This beer comes in different varieties – Dos Equis Lager Expecial and Dos Equis Amber. The beer varieties of Dos Equis are golden in color, light-tasting, and very flavorful. They flaunt a clean finish and have a very balanced composition for the right taste.


Indio

Indio-Beer-from-Aztec-Mexican

Another gem from the brewery Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma in Mexico, this beer is an amber-colored drink. It has 5% ABV with just the right carbonation, offering a crisp taste. This one is a good choice when you want to get refreshed on a hot day.

The beer offers a decent caramel malt flavor that can easily be enjoyed through its tingling carbonation. The beer is not very bitter and not very sweet. There is enough bitterness in the beer that balances the malt and lets its taste get through. The best thing about this clean beer is that it has a tinge of herbal hops that give a unique flavor to it and make it stand out from the crowd. Most beer lovers consider Indio as a superior beer than most American brands – in terms of taste, flavor, color, and aroma.


Bohemia Clasica

BOHEMIA-BOHEMIA

A very popular choice among beer aficionados, the Bohemia Clasica is a quality Mexican lager that offers a blend of the pleasant aromas of roasted barley, vanilla, fruits, and minerals. This brew is also a production of the Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma and comes with 4.7% ABV.

It has a hoppy finish and is a light beer. Giving the aroma of sweet grain in the beginning, the beer leaves a bitter aftertaste like that of cocoa. The beer is pale in color and is enjoyable and tasteful – superior to other popular pale lagers available in the market. Its varieties include Bohemia Weizen, Bohemia Clasica, and Bohemia Chocolate Stout.


Sol

Sol - Beer

First brewed in the year 1899, Sol is another hit name in our list of the best Mexican beers. It has a clear straw yellow color and gives the taste of hops and wheat. With 4.5% ABV, this beer gives the aroma of bread, hops, grain, corn, and citrus. The ingredients of this beer include water, maltose syrup, malted barley, and hops.

Sol is light golden in color and has a very refreshing and smooth taste, great for parties and celebrations. The beer is authentic Mexican style and has a pure Mexican vibe to it. So, if you’re looking for a light Mexican beer with great aromas and taste of hops and wheat, this beer is for you!


Carta Blanca

Carta Blanca Lager Beer

As old as its brewery Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, this beer has been well-recognized in the world of Mexican Beers and has received rewards and recognition in various beer exhibitions as well. A very balanced and flavorful lager-style beer, the Carta Blanca is brewed through a traditional process of elaboration.

Made from high-quality ingredients, this beer has 4.5% ABV and is a golden-colored brew. This beer is famous for receiving first place in the international beer exhibition in Chicago, three years after its launch. After that, it has received a number of awards in places including Rio De Janeiro, Madrid, Paris, Brussels, and Munich.


Pacifico

Pacifico

Born in 1985, the Pacifico is a pilsner-style lager beer. ‘Founded and imported by surfers’, this golden brew is also very famous among surfers. The beer has a rich golden color, a smooth taste, and is the best to enjoy with seafood.

The brew is clear and hoppy. This beer is the fifteenth most imported beer brands in the USA. The beer has 4.5% ABV and is loved by a great variety of people. Mostly surfers enjoy this brew, and they call enjoying this beer as the ‘Pacifico Lifestyle’.


Corona Familiar

corona-familia

When it comes to brews and drinks, even a little change can make a whole lot of difference. And so is the case with Corona. Corona Familiar is nothing but Corona Extra packed in bigger bottles.

Though the beer is the same, it tastes a lot better than Corona Extra. According to the brewery of Corona, the difference lies in the glass of the container. It is packed in a dark-colored container, which protects the beer’s smell and taste from getting bad whereas the clear glass of Corona Extra fails to do that. The Corona Familiar is the 32 OZ version of Corona Extra and is a must try for its rich taste.


Baja Oatmeal Stout

bevog-baja

The strong name of this beer represents its strong nature. The Baja Oatmeal Stout has a complete body, a full creamy head, and a lightly roasted character.

The beer is dark coffee in color and has 6.0% ABV, making it stronger in taste. So, if you’re someone who loves their drinks strong – this one is for you! The beer has a bitter taste with balanced flavors. It gives the aroma of chocolate and coffee. The beer is best paired with desserts.

So, this was all about the most famous Mexican beer brands available for the enjoyment of a beer lover. If you’re someone with a very versatile taste for drinks or if you’re someone who wants to explore the world of beers more, trying Mexican beers and enjoying them to the cores can be a great experience.

Pick the best one of all these options and see which one do you like the most!

Best Mini Kegerators to Buy in 2019

If you’re a true beer lover, you must be well aware of the difference between a draught beer and the beer that is poured from a bottle or can! And a true beer enthusiast knows very well that the former tastes much better and gives you the right kick that you’re looking for!

When drinking out, you can easily enjoy the draught or draft beer! However, what to do when you’re at home or at a house party or BBQ? Well, when it comes to buying beer for home, people are compelled to buy the bottled or canned beer because it is easy to store and sell.

If the craft beer enthusiast in you is not satisfied with bottled beer at home, investing in a mini kegerator can be the best bet! If you’re impressed by the idea of a kegerator and are looking forward to investing in one, we have enlisted the best ones for you!

But before you look at your options, you should know a bit more about mini kegerators. So, let’s get started!

What is a Mini Kegerator?

Kegerator is a small refrigerator-like machine or a portable container that is designed to pour beer right from a keg. Now, a keg is a metallic pressurized barrel that is used to store carbonated drinks like beer. One end of a keg has a valve that is used to dispense beer.

A keg is put inside a kegerator to dispense beer directly into a beer mug. So, it feels like a luxury to have one at home! Besides that, let’s look into more logical reasons why you should buy a kegerator.

Why buy a Mini Kegerator? 

No matter how many bottles of beer you stock up in your fridge, nothing can beat the idea of draft beer being within your reach even when you’re home. This is why it is a great idea to invest in a mini kegerator.

However, if you still need some solid reasons to invest in a kegerator other than just the craving of draft beer at home, we are here for you. Luckily, we have got a whole list of reasons for you. So, here is why buying a kegerator is beneficial for you:

  • Cost-effective

If you’re someone who likes to drink beer quite often and likes their fridge stocked up with bottles and cans of beer, you’ll save up quite a lot using a kegerator. The science behind this is that buying a kegerator and a whole keg of beer seems to save a lot of your money that is otherwise spent on bottles and cans of beers.

So, after you consume a few kegs, if you calculate, you would have saved up enough money on beer that covers up the cost of your kegerator. So, you wouldn’t regret investing in one! Plus the enjoyment of draft beer at home is priceless!

  • Keeps beer intact 

Unlike opened beer bottles or cans, a keg keeps your beer fresh and enjoyable even after a long time. So, you need not rush and finish your beer fast thinking that it will lose its freshness and carbonation.

In a kegerator, your beer will stay intact for an estimated time of three to four months. It’s like a dream come true for beer lovers!

  • Saves space 

You know where on one hand, it is quite satisfying to keep your fridge stocked with your favorite beer, and on the other hand, it is quite irking to find no space for other things. Your fridge stays occupied almost all the time and that just does not work well.

When you invest in a beer kegerator, you get rid of this problem as no refrigerator is needed for bottled beer when you use kegs of beer. The kegerator not only helps you directly dispense your beer in the mugs but it also keeps it chilled throughout the time! So, that’s like killing two birds with one stone!

Now you know why buying a kegerator is not just an extra expense but it is beneficial in more than one ways. So, you’re now all set to invest your money in the right thing to satisfy the beer enthusiast in you.

7 Top Rated Mini Kegerators 


Things to Consider Before Buying a Mini Keg 

No matter how hyped you are about buying your beer kegerator, you must buy it after thorough research. To help you, we have enlisted all the factors you should consider before investing your money in a kegerator – after all, it’s not every day that you buy a thing like a kegerator. So, let’s explore:

• Size 

The size of a kegerator not just decides how much space it will take but also the size of keg it can hold. If you are sure that your favorite beer is available in small kegs, you can happily go with a mini kegerator. But if there is difficulty in getting the right size of a keg of your favorite beer – getting a full-sized kegerator would be the best bet! 

However, there are certain benefits attached with investing in a mini one like they occupy smaller spaces, they use small kegs, so it is easy to finish the beer within time, and they are also affordable.
So, pick a size that meets all your requirements well.

• Assembly 

Kegerators don’t come as is. They come in boxes and need to be assembled rightly. Before you buy a kegerator, read about its functionality and how it is to be assembled. This kind of information can be found through buyer reviews at e-commerce stores.

If the assembly of your kegerator is rocket science, you should reconsider it. Would you like to spend some extra bucks on the assembly of your kegerator? If yes, go for it and if no, move on to another option. However, it is mostly easy to assemble kegerators. But you shouldn’t take a chance! 

• Tap 

The other thing to consider is the tap configuration of your kegerator. How many taps do you want on your kegerator? Most people would go for one. However, to perk things up a notch, a kegerator can be available in multiple options of tap configurations. These include single tap options, dual tap options, and even three tap options! Also, to keep the carbonation of your beer intact, some tap systems also come with a CO2 cartridge that helps supply CO2 to your beer.

Also, the advanced tap systems also come with pressure regulators that help you form the right head of a beer. So, know what you’re looking for, browse your options, and go for it! 

• Cost 

Now, this is the main factor to consider because, in the end, you can only spend as per your budget. As for cost, mini kegerators turn out to be the cheaper ones as compared to full-sized ones. However, you have to look for other features as well – so pick the best combination of great features and a reasonable price

Verdict !

All these portable kegerators are the best options to consider when buying one for you or to gift others. So, consider these options before you make a purchase. Buying a beer kegerator is not something you do every day, and if you want to make a smart investment, you must consider all your available options.

Make a pick from all the available options – you’re just one purchase away from enjoying draft beer for the rest of your life! So, go ahead and make the right decision. We will keep educating you about your favorite drink – beer – and the different ways to enjoy it to the best! Cheers!


Best Conical Fermenters for Home Brewers in 2019

Whether you want to cut down cleaning time or you want to stop racking, a conical fermenter may just be the right equipment you need. To those who don’t know, a conical fermenter has a cone-shaped bottom fitted with a valve at the point of the cone and not a flat bottom as is usually seen in carboy or buckets.

All the solid contents collect at the cone, and the valve makes it easy to safely and cleanly remove the yeast and trub for repitching or disposal. Conical fermenters are not outrageously expensive, and it is a versatile piece of brewing equipment that every professional brewer must never lack in their arsenal.

The process of home brewing is always a worthwhile pursuit, but it can also be time-consuming. This is especially if you have not invested in proper techniques and equipment to allow you some great deal of efficiency. If you can’t operate efficiently in your home brewing pursuits, you will always a lot of time, and you may not enjoy the results of your efforts. 

As such, those who are serious with home brewing will always invest in techniques and equipment that will make their processes easier, less messy and lead to quality beers. This is the very essence of using conical fermenters.

Best Plastic Conical Fermenters 

Best Stainless Steel Conical Fermenters

Ideal Non- Conical Options


Benefits you will get by investing in a decent conical fermenter -

1. No need to use a secondary fermenter

If you are using the normal fermentation buckets, it is always a challenge to stop trub from getting into the secondary fermenter, and this is never good for the process because it can make your beer hazy. It will also make the beer less appealing to look at and may drive away all the appetite. With conical fermenters, both the trub and the yeast will gather at the bottom of the cone, from where all you have to do is dump the sediments by draining with a hose or by removing the containment unit. As such, you won’t have to worry about racking or the need to use a secondary fermenter. 

2. Sturdiness 

Most of the conical fermenters you will find in the market today are made of stainless steel, and this implies that they are not only durable but also easy to clean. You will find them easier to sanitize than the typical plastic fermenters, and this will also be more durable than the plastic buckets. 

3. Reduce Overall Cost with Repitching

With conical beer fermenters, you can easily remove the trub from your beer, while at the same time collect the yeast for reuse. After you separate the yeast from the trub, all you have to do is wash them and then use them later for brewing. In this manner, you will save some money since you will not have to buy new yeast for the next batch. Reusing yeast may sound weird for home brewing, but you should know that commercial brewers reuse yeast all the time for a number of good reasons, and so don’t think of it as something very strange.


Things to consider while Buying a Conical Fermenter -

Since you fully understand the value of investing in a conical fermenter, you should also know how to choose the right one when you go shopping. The fermenter you choose should not be necessarily expensive, and it should be able to meet your home brewing needs. As such, there is certain consideration you need to make to ensure that you end up with just the right fermenting bucket for your home beer. Here is a brief guide at some of the factors you should consider when buying the fermenter.

The necessary accessories to use the fermenter

Most of the top fermenters will come fully equipped with valves and spigots while others will require you to purchase the accessories as add-ons. Watch out for these accessories since they make inflate the final cost of having the fermenter installed in your home.

The type of valves

There are a couple of valves needed for home beer brewing, and this is another consideration you must make when thinking of buying a conical fermenter. In most cases, you will find the fermenters with the standard three-piece ball valves, and these will usually work well if you will be disassembling them to clean them so as to avoid infection. The other valves you may desire to have in your fermenter include the butterfly valve for removing yeast or trub and the transfer valve. Just be sure to check the fermenter to ensure that it has all the valves you will need for your convenience. 

The size of the fermenter

When it comes to the size, you should go for a fermenter that suits your home brewing needs. If you love to brew large batches, then you should go for a bigger fermenter, but if you are a small time brewer who loves dealing with smaller batches, just choose a decently sized fermenter to avoid ingredient wastage. 

The temperature controls

Temperature control is an essential aspect of beer brewing, and it is another consideration you must make when choosing your conical fermenters. Your ideal fermenter should have a temperature control mechanism so that you don’t ruin the quality of your beer because you brewed at the wrong temperatures.


Best Beer Brew Kettles & Pots for Home Brewing

Homebrewing is an endeavor that millions of people cherish. It is always satisfying for one to have the capabilities to make their own beer, and if you are one who is already in the craft, or you want to start your baby steps in home beer brewing, you will be interested in investing in the right equipment that will not just the process simple, but also will yield into very good quality brews.

For starters, there is quite a number of beginner kits you can always consider, but as you progress and you begin to appreciate the need for quality, investing in a decent homebrew kettle is always the way to go. With the right kettle, you will have the convenience, as well as the pleasure of brewing your beer to the standards that you will cherish and be proud that you know how to make your own beer.

There are various types of brew kettles in the market today, and as a home brewer, it is imperative to know the various types available and also know what to look for when making your choice. In this piece, we not only tell you about the factors to look for in a homebrew kettle but also give you recommendations for some of the best kettles in the market today.


Essential Features of Brew Kettles

Whether you are an all-grain brewer, or you prefer extract brewing, it is in your brewing kettle where the magic will be happening – where the transformation from wort to beer begins. The brew kettle you choose will primarily depend on your brew style as well as your budget. But for a good home brewing experience, you will desire for your kettle to be versatile, reliable and durable.

For these to happen, however, the kettle must have certain essential features, without which, you will not be in a position to have the good experience you had hoped for. With that said, here are some of the essential features that every homebrew kettle should have-:

The material of the kettle 

One of the features that most of the top brew kettles have in their material – metal. This is not to say that you won’t find, or you shouldn’t use plastic brew kettles, but there are very good reasons why you should go for aluminum or stainless steel brewing kettles. Stainless steel seems to be the favorite material choice for most homebrewers, and this is because it is not only durable, but also corrosion resistant, and relatively lightweight. Since it is inert, it will keep its good looks for very many years to come. Aluminum, on the other hand, is not as durable as stainless steel, but it is loved by many because it weighs less, and has very good heat conducting capabilities. 

The kettle’s height

Brew kettles give better results when they are tall, and this is why you should be picky when it comes to the shorter kettles. Tall kettles have high sides, and this reduces the rate of evaporation loss, as well as helping prevent boil overs. You could use shorter kettles, but you won’t have the experience you do have when using their taller counterparts. 

Calibrations/Markings

Another essential that a good brewing kettle must have is built-in volume marking. Though you may still measure the volume of the kettle’s content using the traditional methods, a calibrated kettle takes all the stress in trying to figure out every now and then how much volume you have inside the kettle. It will make you operate more efficiently, and without messing around a lot of things. You don’t want to be brewing blind by not knowing the volumes you are working with. 

Ball valves

Ball valves are an essential feature for convenience in brew kettles. It won’t be available in all types of kettles, but if you want the process of wort transportation to be fast, easy and safe, then you will appreciate investing in a kettle with ball valves. 

Thermometers

Other than knowing the amount of wort you have in your kettle, you will also want to know its temperatures during the beer brewing process. A good kettle should have a dial thermometer installed in the bottom third of the kettle so that you can easily monitor the temperature without necessarily opening the values and dipping a thermometer in the hot liquid. A thermometer is essential for your safety and convenience. 

 8 Best Brew Kettles for 2019 Reviews (Both Electric and Non - Electric)

Now that you know what features to look for in a beer brewing kettle and how to choose the right one, here is a look at some of the best ones -


Essential Parameters for Choosing a Beer Brewing Kettle

Now that you know the essential features you should look out for in a brewing kettle, you are going to a plethora of kettles for all sorts of manufactures in the market, with nearly every essential feature you had wanted. However, this is not an indication that you should just go for any kettle you will come across. There are a number of parameters you should use to make your choice, and below is a look at some of the most important ones-:

1. The batch size

One of the parameters to consider in your kettle buying decision is the batch sizes you intend on brewing. For new brewers, it is highly recommended that you start with small batch sizes of three or five gallons. However, for the pros, or those who have been brewing for a while, the larger brew kettles are recommended so that you get the convenience of not having to brew every now and then. The larger kettles will also make it easy for you to split batches in case you wanted to try out different brewing techniques.

2. The Fermenter Volume

If you have made a choice to for the larger kettles and not the standard five-gallon kettles, then you will also have to decide on the volume of the fermenter. The labor required to brew a 45 gallon is not so different from the labor required to brew a 10 gallon. However, a 10-gallon batch may require a small space in a closet to ferment, while a 45-gallon batch will need a slightly bigger space, and its smell will also be more noticeable around the house. Therefore, if you are going big, be sure to consider the fermenter volume while you make your choice of the brew kettle.

3. The Kettle material

The material of your pot also matters a lot, and now the top contenders for homebrew kettle materials are aluminum and stainless steel. A lot of brewers tend to go for food-grade stainless steel because of their attractiveness and durability, though they also tend to be slightly expensive. Aluminum, on the other hand, costs less and is also a very good conductor of heat. However, the fact that it reacts poorly with most of the common cleaning agents makes it less attractive to some homebrewers. If you are considering stainless steel brewing kettle, then it will be a good idea to go for models that have a tri-clad bottom. This simply means that the base of the kettle has a layer of aluminum at the center.

4. Burner Size

Irrespective of the kettle size you choose, you must always have the burner size in mind. This is because your burner should be able to produce enough BTUs for your batch size if you want to have good brewing results. If you choose a relatively bigger kettle than what your burner can accommodate, your brewing process will be painfully slow, and you may have to wait slightly longer to have your brew ready. Again, if your burner is too large, you will find the process of fine-tuning the temperature at critical points to be difficult, and this may also affect the quality of the brew.

5. Your brewing area

Before committing to a beer brewing kettle of any size, it is vital to consider the available space where you will be doing the brewing as well as the storage of your equipment, especially if you are thinking of going for a larger brew kettle. If you are going for anything larger than 5-gallon batch, then you should know that using your kitchen for brewing and storage may be very challenging. If all you have is the kitchen for your equipment, then you should not go past the 5-gallon batches. However, if you can brew outdoors in the patio or inside your garage, then you will have the flexibility to go for larger batches. Again, ensure that the brewing area is well ventilated, waterproof, and easy to clean.

6. Your level of brewing experience

It is important to point out that the bulk of the brewing resources for newbie homebrewers are primarily focused on the 5-gallon batch, and this is why it is highly recommended that if you are just starting out, then you should consider the 5-gallon batches. For the pros or those how have been brewing for a while, who are comfortable tweaking variables and tweaking recipes, there are very good options of advanced kettles that will let you exercise your brewing prowess. You can always start out small with the basic kettles, and upgrade to the advanced kettles as you got more skillful and experienced in home brewing. 

7. Features

Finally, you must also check on the specific features that the beer brewing kettle have before you commit to making a purchase. Some of the features you want to look out for include-: thermometer, ball valves, in-container calibrations, and dip tube/pick up tube. The available features will determine the level of convenience you should expect from the kettle, as well as the quality of your brew.

6 Best Homebrew Mash Tuns Reviews

Brewing your own beer sounds like an exciting adventure. It doesn’t just give you the chance to get with the actual involvement of beer making, but also make you appreciate the drink more because you will have a good understanding of all the processes involved before the beer finally hits your mug.

As you begin the process of home brewing, you will probably start brewing with extracts, but as time goes by, you may be interested in more exciting and complex approaches which may compel you to upgrade to an all-grain setup.

It should be noted that brewing with extracts is slightly different from all-grain brewing. With all-grain brewing, more labor will be required due to the additional steps, and this implies you that you will also need to get some additional equipment.

For example, you will have to go through a process known as mashing, where you will be obtaining flavor, starches, and color from grains instead of using malt extract syrup as is always the case when brewing from extracts.

To aid the process of mashing, a homebrew mash tun will be necessary. A mash tun is simply a vessel where all the ingredients responsible for converting starches into sugar are housed. It provides the perfect environment for this conversion to take place.

Buying Guide for Home Brew Mash Tuns 

You will find the process of making beer fun if you actually enjoy doing it. As you already know, mashing is one of the crucial and important aspects of home brewing. If the mashing was done well, then you can be assured of a great beer, and if it was done poorly, then you can also expect the quality of the beer to be degraded. 

This is why it is necessary that you be very careful when choosing your mash tun because it will make all the difference in your home brewing. In as much as there are different kinds of mash tun in the market today, it is not a guarantee that all of them are of the same quality, and irrespective of the one you choose, you will still be guaranteed of a great beer.

For an excellent mash process, there are certain features that the mash tun must have, and these are some of the things you have consider when you out shopping for a homebrew mash tun. Here is a brief look at some of the features you have to consider when buying shopping for mash tuns -

1.Heat Maintenance capabilities

The heat maintenance capabilities of the mash tun are important because the mashing process is effective when it takes place at certain temperatures. A good mash tun, therefore, should have the capability to keep the same temperatures for at least one hour. While shopping, check how long the tun can retain heat, and whether or not an external source of heat to maintain the desired temperatures. 

2. Durability

Check the thickness of the wall since this will signify how durable the tun will be and also will give an indication of its ability to stop the brew from leaking out. 

3. False bottom 

A good tun should have a false bottom so that you don’t struggle with separating the container for lautering process. 

5. Thermometer

A thermometer is of absolute importance in the brewing process. Never buy a tun without one.

6. Gauges

You also need a turn with markings for measurements on the inside. This is to help you tell the volume of the liquid without the need to separate the instrument.

Top Rated Mash Tuns in 2019

Final Verdict

Making your beer at home can be both an art and a hobby, depending on your inspiration. Irrespective of what motivates you, you will want to improve your skills as well as the results you get. This calls for not just knowing more about the mashing process but also investing in the right equipment.

When you are just starting, you don’t have to go heavy on the big tuns, but again, you want to ensure that you have a decent tun that will give you a good experience. Ultimately, you are the one who knows exactly what they desire to have for their home brewing, and we hope that the buying guide, as well as our top picks of the best mash tuns above, will be of some help to you.

10 Best Beer Glasses: A Glassware Guide to Choose from Different Types of Beer Glasses

Cheers are best with a cold beer! Happy time, parties, celebrations, or just a bad day, everything feels fine and great with beer. This is why beer is the most consumed drink throughout the world.

With a plethora of beer lovers in the world, there are no less beer freaks that live for beer and can die for it! Well, jokes apart – beer freaks can easily be found around you, and the best way to spot one is by pointing out their collection of beer glasses. Beer lovers are usually very keen to collect beer merchandise to show their love for the amazing brew!

If you’re a beer enthusiast, you must be interested in collecting the best beer glasses available in different varieties. If you are curious to know more about different types of beer glasses, let’s have a look at the beer glassware guide to pick the best ones:

1. Weizen Glass

Weizen GlassA glass often confused with the Pilsner glass, this beautiful curvaceous glass is ideal to serve wheat beer. The word weizen means wheat in the German language. This is why pubs and breweries serve the beer varieties like Hefeweizen, Kristalweizen, Dunkleweizen, Gose, American Dark Wheat Ale, and American Pale Wheat Ale in this type of beer glasses.

The reason why these glasses are used for wheat beer is that this kind of beer has a thick foam head and the curvy lip of the glass easily traps the foam. This helps you enjoy your beer to the fullest, giving a complete taste and aroma of the beer.

These beauties are the curviest at their top and have a narrow base. They are taller than a normal pint glass and ideally hold ½ a liter beer.

These glasses also allow sticking a piece of fruit on its top, and a lot of pubs, bars, and breweries serve it the same way. However, it is advised to remove the fruit soon as it destroys the foam of the beer.

2. Pilsner Glass

pilsner glassAs the name tells it all, this beer glass is mainly used for lighter beers like the pilsners. These glasses are available in a wide range of sizes; however, one pilsner glass holds lesser beer than one pint. This type of glasses come with typical beer glass shapes with very little or no curvature and are tall with a wide mouth.

An ideal pilsner glass can hold about 14 ounces of beer and has a lip that can hold the foam of lighter beers well. So, you can enjoy the aroma of your beer right under your nose as you sip from this glass.

The beer varieties that can ideally be served in these glasses include Pilsner, maibock, helles bock, blonde ale, witbier, and more! The slim design of this type of beer glass lets you enjoy the bright color, flavor, and aroma of your sparkly drink!

So, if you’re a beer freak, collecting the best beer glasses, do add these gorgeous ones to your list!

3. Tulip Beer Glasses

tulip beer glassReferring to their shape, the name of these glasses does great justice to how they look! These amazing bulb-shaped glasses are curved at the lip and let you enjoy your brew, the fancy way!

These glasses are also known as Belgian glasses for their special design ideal for Belgian ales. They have the right shape to trap the head of your beer and promote its aroma in the right manner. The glasses also help in building and maintaining a good head of your drink, and you can easily swirl your drink to get its best aroma and taste.

Other malty and hoppy drinks like a barleywine, fruit lambic, scotch ale, American wild ale, etc. can also be enjoyed in these good-looking beer glasses.

The shape of these glasses is thick and short, and they also have a stem and foot like a wine glass that gives them the fancier touch we talked about!As a beer geek, you must add this glass to your collection of different types of beer glasses.

4. Beer Mug

Beer MugWhen you see a handle on your beer glassware, it is surely a beer mug! Well, even if you’re not a beer lover, you must still be well-acquainted with beer mugs. They are the basic, classic, and ideal glassware in which people enjoy their beers and they have been around since ages!

This widely popular beer glassware comes in a great variety of types like the dimpled mug, Oktoberfest mug, tankard, etc. Now, the special feature of beer mugs is that like a stem on a wine glass, the handle on beer mugs prevent the heat from your hands to transfer to the glass. Thus, a mug of beer helps in keeping your drink cold and bubbly.

Being the classic beer glassware, the beer mugs have thick walls that ensure insulation and make the mugs durable.

You can have any type of beer in a beer mug. All sorts of English, American, and German beers can be enjoyed in a beer mug. Needless to say, for a beer lover’s collection of beer glasses, a beer mug is an essential item!

5. Beer Boot Glass

Beer Boot glassA beer boot or a das boot is an interesting form of glassware to enjoy your drink with a twist! Shaped like a boot, this type of beer glasses is specially designed to celebrate the spirit of soldiers, keeping in mind their ritual of drinking from their boot after they win or wish good luck!

This kind of glasses may not be very popular in pubs, bars, or breweries, but they are widely found in beer festivals like Oktoberfest.

Drinking from a beer boot is a bit tricky as you might end up spilling the drink on yourself. The right way to do it is to keep the toe of boot pointed towards your body and not away from it. This way, the air bubbles are formed inside the toe and prevent the spillage.

Beer boots are very fancy-looking beer glassware and can be used to enjoy assorted German beers, witbier, and more types of beers. These are also used by many restaurants to serve non-alcoholic drinks just for the sake of good presentation.

6. Stange

stange beer glassPerfectly shaped for the core enjoyment of your beer, the stange glasses have a narrow, cylindrical, and straight shape. Their bottom is thick for added strength and durability. These glasses are an ideal choice if you’re throwing a party and need to serve multiple beers at once.

The stange glass is considered similar to a champagne flute, similar to which, these beer glasses concentrate the aroma of beer and also preserve the carbonation of your drink.

Their beautiful shape lets the users enjoy the carbonation, bright color, and aroma of their brew while they sip it. A standard stange glass can hold up to 6.5 ounces of beer. The glasses are ideal for lighter and delicate beers like rauchbier, lambics, bocks, gose, pilsners, etc.

One must avoid drinking heavy beers in these glasses as they do not do justice with the heavy drinks.

The other names given to these glasses are strange, pole, stick, or rod glasses. They are also available in different sizes. If you want to complete your collection of beer glasses, adding a stange glass to it is a must!

7. Snifters – Best Glass for IPAs

Snifter glassPopular with drinks like brandy or cognac, the snifters are a great bet for serving beer as well. Just as good they are for other drinks, these glasses work really well to enhance the taste and aroma of your beer.

With a small opening, these glasses are also bulbous in shape and have a small stem and a foot. A blend of a wine glass and a goblet, this type of glasses must be filled with less beer if you want to enjoy your drink to the fullest.

The bulb shape and wide bottom of the glass let you swirl your drink to have the complete aroma of the drink and enhance its taste.

These glasses are mostly ideal for strong beers like the Belgian IPAs, Double IPAs, etc. So, if you’re a drinker of such kind of beers and need to serve and drink them right, add the snifters to your list of beer glasses. These can be the most beautiful piece in your collection.

8. Goblet

Goblet beer glassA goblet glass is similar to a snifter glass. The difference that sets both these glasses apart is the length and width of their stem. These glasses have a large bowl, a thick stem, and a foot.

The stem is, again, there to prevent you from transferring your hands’ heat to the drink. The wide mouth of a goblet glass lets you enjoy your beer to the fullest.

These glasses are considered very similar to another type of beer glasses called the chalices. However, they have very thick glass walls as compared to their other look-alikes. These glasses are available in a variety of sizes. So, when buying them, you can choose as per your comfort of handling and quantity of beer they can hold.

The goblet glasses are ideal for heavy beers, dark beers, dubbel, quad, Belgian strong dark ale, tripel, etc. If you’re looking for a decorative piece to adorn your beer glass collection, goblet beer glasses are the way to go!

9. Stein – One of the best beer glass styles

stein beer glassA beer stein is a type of beer mug and is a decorative or ornamental piece you can add to your collection. The material used for the creation of beer steins may be anything among glass, silver, crystal, stoneware, pewter, porcelain, and wood!

The design of a beer stein reflects a classic kettle, and its unique beer glass shape gives a retro look to it. They come with lids that can be opened or closed using a hinge with your thumb. These well-decorated pieces come in a great variety of designs and sizes. Most of the times, beer freaks collect them just for the sake of decorations and don’t use them often. These fancy mugs don’t fit the scenarios of regular drinking where most people use just the normal beer mugs or pints. But they are the best bet when you’re enjoying an Oktoberfest!

In the history of beer, steins have widely been used because they come with a lid and are a very sanitary option for having your drink. This helped the pubs and bars in Europe to stick with the laws of food and beverage containers to have lids. You can enjoy every type of beer in a beer stein.

10. Pint

pint beer glassAvailable in a great variety, a pint glass is the most common type of beer glass used in the US. There are different types of pint glasses available like tulip pint, nonic pint, conical pint, etc. A tall, skinny, wide-at-the-mouth glass, a pint is also known by the name of Shaker glass.

The capacity of a standard pint is 16 ounces, and it is ideal to drink almost every type of beer including hard beers, ales, lagers, stouts, porters, IPAs, and more!

A nonic pint comes with a slight lip at the top, allowing it to trap the head of your beer for an enjoyable brew. This type of pints are often larger and have the capacity of about 20 ounces, ideal for drinking English beer, ales, etc.

In most bars, pubs, or breweries, you will see a lot of pints as they are very commonly used, cheap to buy, and give a good drinking experience. They are also easy to clean and maintain. For beer freaks, a pint is a must have!

With all the information about different types of beer glasses, you now know a lot about this kind of glassware. They are all unique and add an exclusive taste to your love for beers. So, pick your favorites and start adding them to your collection, one by one. Soon, you will have your own beer glass treasure, which will obviously be a prized possession!

Cheers to beer!

Best Beer Bottle Labeling Machines: Automatic and Manual Label Applicators

An owner of a brewery thinks about labeling the bottles on his own, at least once in the lifetime of his business. If you’re in the same club and have landed on his article in your search for DIY beer label application, we have got some advice for you. Read on to know whether it is good to do the labeling on your own or whether you should invest in a bottle labeler machine. 

Now, if you want to do it manually, let me give you a head’s up! Label application is not an easy task to do by hand. The label must be accurately placed as it adds to the branding of your beer. For accurate and quality label application, investing in a beer bottle labeling machine is the best bet!

These labeling machines are the best for putting labels on the bottles very quickly, saving a lot of your time. Also, these machines keep the labels straight and place them rightly.

Before you buy a beer bottle labeling machine, there are a number of things that you need to take note of in the machine you buy. There are a number of factors to look for, and the important ones are – price, speed, size, and power efficiency. 

Based on these factors, pros, and cons of different types of beer bottle label applicators, we have come up with a list. Let’s have a look at all these machines so you can decide which one you must buy.

1. Mophorn Round Bottle Semi Automatic Labeling Machine

This bottle labeling machine is made of stainless steel and is ideal if you’re selling any beer bottles that are round in shape. The machine is suitable for bottles like plastic bottles, glass bottles, PET bottles, metal bottles, etc. 

It ensures no bubbles and no creases in the label and keeps the label centered and straight. This is a semi-automatic machine. The bottles can be manually adjusted, and the machine is controlled with the help of digital control programs. It claims high-grade bottle labeling.

The Mophorn Bottle Labeling Machine runs on the voltage of 110V and has a motor power of 120W. The machine is designed to handle the bottles of diameter 12-90mm. The label roll used in the machine should have an external diameter of 250mm and the inner diameter of 76mm.

Pros:
-Accurate label application
-ISO-certified
-Easy to operate
-Environment-friendly

Cons:
-Difficult to install


2. The Label Wizard 

The Label Wizard is an adjustable bottle label applicator that has come to terms with a number of different customer requests. The adjustable feature of this label applicator is everything you need if you sell beer bottles of different sizes. This feature is what makes it the best label applicator for small bottles or containers.

It allows the users to position the peel-and-stick labels manually. These labels are either square or rectangular in shape and can easily be transferred to the bottles or jars of different sizes.

You can choose from four different labeling positions through its adjustable shelf. The label containers can range from a diameter of 2.5cm to 8.3cm. With the help of the Hi-Boy Carriage option, you can also label large containers that range from a diameter of 8.9cm to 11.4cm. This label applicator uses peel-and-stick labels that can be installed in the machine after peeling them off the label roll. The labels are smooth, free from any bubbles, centered, and straight.

The Label Wizard- Adjustable

Pros:
- Adjustable as per the size of the bottle
- Handy to use
- Pocket-friendly 

Cons: 
- Doesn’t support a label roll
- Takes time to learn


3. Take-a-Label 11000 TAL 

This manual label applicator is suitable for round bottles and wraps the labels with just one turn of a handle. The label applicator is manually handled and is very simple and easy to handle. The unit is very easy to set up, and there are no tools required for the installation.

It can be set in minutes, and you can start with applying labels right away! The bottle carriage is adjustable where the bottle is kept, and the handle is turned to wrap the label around it. The size of bottles range from a diameter of 2.5cm to 12.7cm, that is from 1” to 5”. 

Take-a-Label is formed of stainless steel, and the frame is powder-coated. It is sturdy and is meant to last for years!

Take-a-Label 11000 TAL-1100MR Manual Round Product Label Applicator

Pros:
- Easy to use
- Durable
- Supports a wide range of bottle sizes
Cons:
- The labels do not easily separate from one another when turned
- The manual working makes it slow and isn’t suitable for some users


4. START International Manual Bottle Label Applicator

The START LAB01 Label Applicator is another brilliant option in our list. This label applicator can be used to label bottles, jars, or cans and provides highly accurate and high-quality label application.

This label maker is manual, and the labels are applied by moving the handle. You can install a label roll in the machine. The machine ensures faster labeling based on how much time you spend with the machine.

START LAB01 is created with powder-coated aluminum and ensures great durability. The label applicator supports the bottle diameter ranging from 12.70mm to 165mm that is 0.5” to 6.5”.
The label placement is accurate and very high quality.

START International LAB01 Manual Bottle Labeler

Pros:
- Durability ensured by high-quality material
- A wide range of bottles supported
- A wide range of labels supported
- No tools required to adjust labels
Cons:
- Difficult to install
- Not that fast and delays the process of labeling
- Manual working


5. Primera AP362 Label Applicator

This one is the most favored label applicator by the users. It is a semi-automatic labelling machine for bottles that can be used to label cylindrical bottles, jars, containers, or tubes. This is an advanced model of the label applicators in this series. With this machine, you can apply one or two separate labels on the bottle in one go!

The labels are applied perfectly without any bubbles or wrinkles with the help of a spring-pressure arm. The label application is controlled with a switch at the foot of this label applicator.

It has a digital control panel that can run on operating systems – windows as well as Mac. 

This machine offers quick set-up and is easy to operate. It has an efficiency to apply 1200 labels in an hour! Thus, speeding up your work a great deal!

Primera AP362 Label Applicator

Pros:
- Convenient and fast label application
- Easy digital control
- Robust and durable built
Cons:
- Costly
- Difficult to set up
- Works lesser than the claimed efficiency

So, these were the 5 beer bottle applicators that you can use for your home-based or small brewery. These machines differ from each other based on a number of factors, yet they all are best selected from countless options available in the market.


Guide to Buying the Best Beer Bottle Labeling Machine

If you’re looking to invest in a label applicator, you can go through the details mentioned above and compare your suitable options. The review on these machines is based on personal experience of the actual users, and thus, you can see if they can fit to your requirements or not!

There are many reasons why one should go for a bottle labeler machine, and these are listed below:

  • These machines make label application easy, convenient, and fast for the brewery owners. As compared to the manual sticking of labels, a label applicator does the job quite better. 
  • These machines are a one-time investment and can go for years. All you need to do is find the right one and invest in it. Install them once, and you’re good to go for a long run!
  • The label applicators don’t take much space, and thus, you need not worry about their installation. They are generally portable and quite handy to move and install.
  • With advancement in technology, the digital versions of the label applicators are available. You can also connect them with label printers and start off with the application.

So, in all, a label applicator is a good investment if you’re planning on buying one. However, before you buy one, you must be very clear about a few things. These include – your budget, the power consumption of the machine, the size, the efficiency, and requirement of the machine.

There are a number of options to choose from, and you can pick the best if you know what you need! Go through the list provided by us, conduct your own research, ask around, and pick the best bottle label applicator that can be your best help in selling quality beer bottles.

10 Highest ABV Beers: Have You Tried A Beer With High Alcohol Content?

The world is full of beer lovers. If lost on an island for days, the chances are that these people will prefer beer over water! If you can relate even just a bit, I bet you’re here to know about the best and highest alcohol content beer.

The alcohol content of a beer is measured by its ABV value, which is Alcohol by Volume. It is basically the percentage of alcohol in beer.

If you’ve had enough of your local breweries and wanted to taste something stronger with a better kick to it, you’ve landed at the right spot!

Let’s have a look at the top 10 beers with the highest ABV:

Brewmeister Snake Venom

As its name does all the justice to the strength of this beer, this one is the most alcoholic beer in our list. With 67.5% ABV, this is considered as one of the strongest beers in the whole world.

You must know that liquor like whiskey or vodka has an ABV of roughly 40%. Now, what is the alcohol content of a normal beer? Let me tell you that most beers have an alcohol content of around 3% to 7%. So, this broadly explains where the Snake Venom stands at!

This beer is brewed by the UK-based company, Brewmeister. The beer is so alcoholic that it doesn’t even have any carbonation – thus, no bubbles! This is because as compared to other normal beers, the liquid of Snake Venom is quite dense and cannot sustain any bubbles. It is available in the UK for a hefty amount of $76 per bottle!

It is recommended to have the Snake Venom in very small portions of 35ml in one go.

Brewmeister Armageddon

Another one from the house of Brewmeister, Armageddon comes with 65% ABV and is currently the strongest beer in the world – holding a Guinness World Record!

This amazing beer is brewed through the process called freeze fermenting. It has the components like flaked oats, crystal malt, wheat, and 100% Scottish spring water. The process involves freezing of the beer under which the water freezes but the alcohol stays intact. This results in a strong and alcohol-rich beer.

According to the brewery Brewmeister, when having Armageddon, one must “consume this like a fine whisky.” The beer is very flavorsome and full of yeast and even smelling it is enough to give you a little hit!

Schorschbräu Schorschbock 57

Not only one of the strongest beers but this one is also one of the most expensive ones! With a bottle price of €200, this bottle is the sign of class, luxury, and taste!

The beer comes with 57% ABV and is brewed by the German brewery Schorschbräu. The beer is made, complying with Germany’s 500-year-old Beer Purity law. According to this law, beer can only be created using just four ingredients.

The taste of this beer, according to many beer cicerones, is nutty and smoky with hints of alcohol and raisins.

BrewDog The End of History

The End of History by BrewDog comes with 55% ABV. This beer was produced with the idea of bringing a revolution in the world of beers, and thus, it came out as one of the strongest and most expensive beers of all time.

The beer depicting class is recommended to be served in small servings because of its high alcohol content. And thus, the best way to enjoy The End of History is to have the ‘beer shots’ with this one.

This Belgian beer is a whole new breed of beers with infused nettles and junipers of Scottish Highlands. The beer was produced in a very small quantity of 12 bottles, making it a rare collector’s item.

Schorschbräu Schorschbock 43

Call this one the cousin of Schorschbräu Schorschbock 57! This beer comes with 43% ABV and is still highly alcoholic. Just like our number 3, this beer is also produced by the brewery Schorschbräu and in small badges of around 450 bottles every year.

The Schorschbock 43 tastes very strong, tart, and leaves a fruity taste behind. Because of its rich content of alcohol, this beer doesn’t get stale and thus, its high price is justified.

BrewDog Sink The Bismarck

The funky name of the beer is an excitement in itself but so is its ABV of 41%. This beer is brewed in Scotland by the brewery BrewDog. It gives you hints of sweet honey, malt, and hop oils. According to the brewery, the aroma is spicy and resinous. This beer is spicy and bitter.

The brewing process includes kettle hopping, dry hopping, and freeze hopping. It has the taste and aroma that suit the people of acquired tastes.

Baladin Espirit de Noel

This chocolaty beer is another gem in our list, hailing right from the land of style – Italy! The beer has 40% ABV and is a strong liquor of its kind. This beer is brewed by the brewery named Baladin.

Along with the long-lasting taste of chocolate, it also gives the hints of wood. Espirit de Noel has a faint yellow color and is served chilled, best between 10-12 degrees. The alcohol content doesn’t let this barrel-aged beer get stale, so this one is also a collector’s item!

Struise Black Damnation VI, Messy

From the classic Black Damnation series by Belgian brewery Struise, this is another one in our list with 39% ABV. The brewery process for this beer includes methods like water run-off and dry hopping.

The beer contains ingredients like peaches, blackberries, and coffee beans. This strong beer has a unique quality as well. Besides its unwarranted alcohol content, when you taste the beer, you won’t get any taste of the alcohol.

Just like your regular beer, this beer has a rocky yet smooth flavor but will get you drunk in no time.

BrewDog Tactical Nuclear Penguin

With its rather funny name, the beer contents make it a serious matter. Another one from the house of BrewDog, this beer has 32% ABV, and even a little amount of it is enough to get you plastered.

The Nuclear Penguin is available in Scotland but can also be shipped to other places. Aged in whiskey casks for over a year, this beer is a great demand by people who have a bitter-tart taste for beer.

BrewDog is very proud of their Tactical Nuclear Penguin and calls it “a beer with a soul and a purpose.”

Sam Adams Utopias

From the familiar name Samuel Adams, the Utopias is an alcohol-rich, ruby-colored beer. The beer is the strongest one ever brewed by Sam Adams and contains Munich and Caramel 60 Malts, three varieties of German Noble Hops, Spalt Spalter and more rich ingredients.

A blend of batches, this beer is aged for 24 years and is a mature one. The beer comes with 29% ABV and doesn’t have carbonation in it. It gives hints of caramel, vanilla, and oak and is also very easily available!

With this list, you can make a pick if you’re looking for a beer with the highest alcohol content. This must definitely have changed your perception if you took beer as your ‘casual drink.’ Who said beer couldn’t be special, classy, and posh?

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