In this article, we will cover 15 homebrewing hacks. You can also call them tips and tricks for more successful brewing. Things that you can do now to have a much better beer later. And also some secrets to make your brewing faster and easier.
In case you need a step-by-step brewing guide feel free to check our Home Brewing 101: How to brew beer at home. Now let’s get started with our list.
1. Carbonation Drops
They are nice tools for beginner brewers. Carbonation drops are pre-measured tablets made from fermentable sugars and used for carbonating in the bottle. If you want to make things easier for yourself they are a totally acceptable solution.
When you decide to level up use a priming sugar calculator. Input your information there and calculate the proper amount of priming sugar. But if youre looking for a faster solution carbonation drops are an easy way of doing it.
2. Chopsticks in your brew space
Chopsticks can come in relatively handy. We sometimes use them to do honey tastings. Bamboo is an environmentally friendly material so you are not doing any harm to the environment by using them. They are also multipurpose instruments.
3. Notes strapped to your Carboy
It might improve your workflow to have your notes easily accessible. You want things in there like your gravity readings, fermentation temperature, when it started, and when it finished. That way you never forget what’s going on inside.
4. A zest for every problem
If you have a brew that is a little too delicate or maybe doesn’t have enough nuance. It needs just a little bit of something in there to shake it up. A little bit of citrus zest can go a long way. It might fundamentally transform your beer.
5. There’s almost always a substitution
When you are ready to start a brew and youre missing something. Maybe your local homebrew store is closed but the grocery store is open. Generally for almost every ingredient, there is some substitution.
6. Starter kit for your replacement gear
Beginner introductory kits are pretty good ways of replacing gear that’s lost or broken. But it’s also going to come with a ton of other gear and it’s a lot cheaper than buying all the pieces individually.
If you are looking to expand your home brewery then it’s a good opportunity to go ahead and make that investment.
7. Keep an inventory of your supplies
We keep an updated list of things that are low or have run out. And then when we are ready to order new homebrewing supplies or make a trip to the store we have got a ready shopping list of everything we need.
8. Always check the freezer section for fruit deals
Maybe it’s the fruit that’s getting closer to the expiration date of fruit that’s going out of season. Often grocery stores will have sales deals on frozen fruit.
9. Steal a taster every time
Get yourself some of those small milliliter bottles or even some of those small airplane bottles and steal just a little bit of your brew every time you do something to it. Take a sample when it goes to secondary or before you add an adjunct. That will give you several samples you can use to track the development of the flavor profile along the way.
10. Steeping bags for adjuncts
Little bags which are environmentally friendly and super effective if you want to add some dry hops to a beer. Using a steeping bag which you can pull out later saves you a lot of mess. Make life easier on yourself. Use a steeping bag when you can.
11. Erythritol for back sweetening
Erythritol is our favorite non fermentable sweetener. You can also use it in bottle conditioning.
12. Get a hanging scale
Sometimes its easier to weigh stuff on a hanging scale especially for fruits in large quantities.
13. Buckets for primary fermentation
This tip is targeted towards very beginner brewers. Brewing in buckets is going to save you a lot of stress. You don’t want to fill up a 1-gallon jug with fruit and try to ferment it. You can get a 2-gallon bucket and have plenty of room for fruits and adjuncts that you would never have in a 1-gallon vessel.
14. Milk crates for Carboys
Carboys today are made much cheaper than before. Which means they’re a lot more fragile. You can put your glass carboy into a milk crate and use handles on the milk crate to carry it. This puts less stress on the carboy when you carry it around your house.
15. Melter of Bakers Honey for cheap mead
Melter is cheaper than a lot of other honey and that’s because it’s the final dregs of the honey after the honey has gone through the production line. Often it has been heated enough to change the character of the honey. It’s great in things that can use a caramel or toffee kind of flavor. It’s still perfectly good honey so get it at a reduced cost. For some applications, melter honey works great.