Where to Start: Home Brewed Cider

Where to Start: Home Brewed Cider

In my last post I wanted to inspire as many people to start home brewing as I possibly could. There’s several reasons for this. 1. It’s fun 2. It’s SATISFYING (nothing like drinking one of your own handcrafted drinks) and 3. You inevitably gain a new appreciation for beer, cider, and wine. Sure, it can be frustrating from time to time especially when a brew doesn’t turn out, but this hobby is as much about learning as it is about enjoying a beverage. I’m often asked by people who are looking to start, “What brew should I start with and what equipment do I need to brew it?”. Let’s jump in and I’ll attempt to answer without being long winded.

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Infection after Infection after Infection: The importance of Sanitation.

Infection after Infection after Infection: The importance of Sanitation.

It seems like my home brewing aspirations have come to a screeching halt. Or is it that I just learned a really tough lesson? Let me explain, my last three brews have all been infected.  Meaning, in home brew talk, that a wild yeast or bacteria has made it's way into the wort (beer before its beer) which produces off/sour flavours, making it undrinkable.

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How I got started in Home Brewing

How I got started in Home Brewing

A few years ago I had to do an internship for my degree. I landed a sweet position in Windsor, ON. and met a ton of wonderful people and made a some long lasting friendships. Unfortunately I wasn't able to stay and had to move back to Toronto to finish my degree. However, it was there that I began to really appreciate the varieties of beers that are available, as many of my friends were not just consumers of beer, but beer connoisseurs.

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