Beer Banter

A blog for beer lovers created by beer lovers.

  • Posted by Bill Ramsey
  • December 5, 2017

How to Brew a Witbier

The Witbier is a Belgian style of beer that dates back 400 years. It’s a lighter style, generally around 5% ABV, with a lot of body due to the umalted wheat. Witbiers are often spiced with coriander a...

  • Posted by Bill Ramsey
  • August 15, 2017

How to Brew a Munich Dunkel

As a home brewer, I love to try different styles of beer. Name a style and chances are I tried it. One of my favorite styles, which isn't very well known, is the Munich Dunkel. Its name comes from the...

  • Posted by Bill Ramsey
  • May 16, 2017

Homebrewing for Competition: Part Two

This year I decided to enter a couple of my homebrews into the National Homebrew Competition. The National Homebrew Competition is the largest homebrew competition in the U.S. and is held every year a...

  • Posted by Dave Wilfore
  • March 15, 2017

What Are Hops?

Today’s craft beer scene is all about big, hoppy beers. While it may seem like hops are the main ingredient in craft beer, they are actually one of four essential ingredients, along with barley, yeast...

  • Posted by Ben Richards
  • February 23, 2017

Experimenting With Craft Brewing

My senior year of college was the time that I truly dove head first into beer. I started a brewing club on campus and also joined one led by professors on campus, both were a lot of fun for much diffe...

  • Posted by Bill Ramsey
  • January 18, 2017

Homebrewing for Competition

Homebrewing is a great hobby. Your friends will always love the free beer you share with them and tell you how awesome it is. But how do you know how awesome it really is? Most of you're friends, if t...

  • Posted by Bill Ramsey
  • December 13, 2016

Homebrew Holiday Gift Ideas

Tis the season to buy gifts for your loved ones, but what should you get for that beer geek looking to start the adventure of homebrewing? Here is a quick gift guide with some ideas for a beginner hom...

  • Posted by Nate Reynolds
  • October 4, 2016

The Great Pumpkin...Beer (Or How to Brew One)

If Charlie Brown brewed beer, I imagine that he would brew a beer called "The Great Pumpkin Ale." Regardless of how farfetched this may sound, at least I have your attention. Pumpkin or pompion beers,...

  • Posted by Bill Ramsey
  • September 13, 2016

5 Tips For the Aspiring Homebrewer

I've been a homebrewer for about five years. It's a great hobby and one of the few that the end results make you feel so happy. After brewing my latest attempt at the world's greatest Belgian Witbier,...

  • Posted by Ben Fredette
  • September 6, 2016

The Basics of Home Brew Recipe Formulation: Part 2, Process and Repeatability

If you read the first post in this series, and as you research the subject of recipe formulation, you will find that it is more information than one should (or could) attempt to cover in a small forma...

  • Posted by Ben Fredette
  • July 13, 2016

The Basics of Home Brew Recipe Formulation: Part 1, an Introduction

So you took the dive and started home-brewing. After many trips back and forth to the LHBS (Local Home Brew Store), a pile of buckets, carboys, wort chillers, boil kettles, propane tanks and measuring...

  • Posted by Ben Fredette
  • October 27, 2015

An Introduction to Water Chemistry in Brewing

When I began Home-brewing, I had no idea that one day, six years later, I would be emailing the head of my city's water department to ask how much calcium, bicarbonate, and magnesium was in my drinkin...

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