Our Love Affair with Czech Pilsner

Plzeňský Prazdroj Open FermentersPlzeňský Prazdroj Open FermentersIn this article, we talk about Czech Pilsner, and why we love it so. We then talk about how to make the original style at home.

It all started on our honeymoon to the Czech republic back in 2005. Being beer lovers, we spent a couple of days in Pilzen, where the original pilsner beer was made.

While in the Czech republic, we ate out frequently, and enjoyed the Czech beers. They were very drinkable and balanced. They were hoppy by historical standards, but not when compared to the craft beers popular in the northwest US at the time. The Czech people drink the most beer per capita, by a wide margin. Part of this is culture, but part of it is the supreme drinkability of the Czech pilsners. Keep reading below...


Celebrate AHA Big Brew Day this Saturday

Big Brew Day
Big Brew for National Homebrew Day
Saturday, May 4, 2013
"AHA Big Brew is a celebration of National Homebrew Day (May 7). Each year homebrewers around the world invite family and friends to their brewing site on the first Saturday in May to celebrate the holiday. Everyone is encouraged to help out with the brew, enjoy the fun and join in on a world-wide toast at noon CDT. "

Full details at the American Homebrewer's Association Big Brew page.


Spring Deals

We've come up with some serious bargains for our Spring Deals promotion. Hops for $2. Mozzarella Making Kit for $19. Chrome beer faucet for $14 as well as bunch more draft and kegging equipment on sale. Click through below for the full flyer.


HBX Opening a Brewpub for the Elderly

Beer with Fiber?Beer with Fiber?April 1, 2013 - For immediate release. Portland, OR. The Homebrew Exchange (HBX) announced today that they are expanding with a new brew pub that will target an underserved demographic. "We wanted to do something different", said Jocelyn F., co-owner of the Portland DIY supply store.

By targeting elderly people specifically, HBX aims to carve out a unique market segment. Their new location has easy access by light rail, being right on the Rosa Parks stop of the Max Yellow Line. Accessibility, and digestive health, are two of the key vertical areas of focus for the brewpub, which just submitted it's brewpub application to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC).

"By adding fiber and calcium supplements to every beer that we brew and serve, we hope to improve the quality of life for our local, elderly, beer lovers.", said Jocelyn. The new brewpub will exclusively play older music in it's small lounge, at an increased volume for those with hearing impairment.






How to Make Greek Yogurt. A recipe.

Once you've learned how to make yogurt, it is very easy to make Greek yogurt.

Why Make Greek Yogurt at Home

There are a couple of reasons you should make your own greek yogurt at home:

  1. The fresher the yogurt, the more active the culture.
  2. You can save a lot of money.
  3. You can make it exactly how you want it.
  4. It just tastes better.
  5. It is easier than you think.

How is Greek yogurt different?

In one word, thickness is what makes greek yogurt different. Greek yogurt is much thicker than regular yogurt. How do they make it so thick? The answer is easy.

Keep reading below...



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