Brew Dudes

Homebrewing blog and resource

Beer Brewing 101 – Our Book

After 12 years of writing this blog, the last 6 years focused on posting videos on YouTube and following up in this space, we were presented with a book writing opportunity. The book is called Beer Brewing 101 and it will be available in stores on October 1, 2019. Watch this video as we talk about our approach and to whom this book would be valuable.

A Book For Beginners Who Love Craft Beer

We wrote this book for the person who is driven by the love of beer. When we first started out, we wanted the quickest and cheapest way to get into brewing beer at home. To this day, brewing using malt extract in partial boils is the easiest entry point for beginners.

This book covers all the bases. It has all the information someone needs to know regarding equipment and ingredients. It also has 30 of our recipes and some of them were created with well-known craft beers in mind.

If you ever enjoyed any of our content over the years, we would be honored if you would buy this book. Maybe you can add it to your collection, or maybe give it as a gift!

Here’s the link: Beer Brewing 101 Book on Amazon


Loral Hops Aroma and Flavor Profile

Loral hops is a variety I read a lot about when it was first released. With all hop variety, the hype can be a bit much. Loral is a great example for taking the time to brew with them and examining their flavor and aroma. View this video we put together of our evaluation of a SMaSH brewed with Loral hops:

Final Thoughts

Loral hops are not a fruity variety like the other ones that we have encountered over the past 10 years. They are more like traditional, Noble hops with spicy and herbal aromas and flavors.

There may have been a little citrus pith that we picked up in the bitterness; otherwise, it was pretty subtle. It is definitely a candidate for blending with other more fragrant hops.


PLAATO Keg Prototype Review

From the makers of the IOT airlock, PLAATO now has a new device that can monitor the volume of beer in your keg. We got a prototype of their Keg monitor and we took it for a spin. Learn how it works and our thoughts in this video:

Homebrew Keg Monitor

The PLAATO Keg is a scale that can be calibrated to the volume of beer you have in your keg. As beer glasses get filled and the amount of beer in the keg lessens, the device sends information to an app on your phone where you can see a readout of how much the last pour was and the number of pints you have left.

Check out this device and bring more tech to your beer brewing experience.


Brew Dudes Homebrew Swap – Exchange #35

Jeff from Colorado from The Lucid Buddha Brewery sent us two beers. One of them was a Blood Orange IPA and the other was a Chocolate Raspberry Brown Ale Winter Warmer. See what we had to say about both of them:

Our Thoughts

Blood Orange IPA: What a great blend of fruity hops and the strong, sticky aroma and flavor from 10 pounds of blood oranges. The Mosiac and Citra hops were present and played nice with the beer. That aroma was so powerful.

Chocolate Raspberry Brown Ale Winter Warmer: Outside of cherry, chocolate doesn’t pair better with any other fruit than raspberry. I think the chocolate/cherry combo is harder to showcase in beer but the raspberry flavor easier to express in the final flavor. It was a very nice brown ale with a fruit addition.

Brew ON!

How Much Hops Is Too Much?

We have asked ourselves this question from time to time. There has to be a hops flavor limit in beer, right? Looking over the large amount of homegrown hops in his freezer, John set out to push the boundaries and see if he could figure out if there was an answer. Watch this video that explores an over-hopped beer:

What Did We Learn?

John brewed a pilsner with over a pound of homegrown hops added to a 60 minute boil. The beer had no strong hop aroma but the bitterness was a little overwhelming in the taste. It had to be endured. There wasn’t too much pleasure in it.

As compared to a 1990s style IPA, it wasn’t terrible. The hops were spicy and didn’t cause too many grimaces when we were tasting it. Mike started to say it was OK. The soft malt profile and extended lagering probably helped.

Was just over a pound of hops too much? No-ish. The beer was drinkable but not enjoyable. Next time, we’ll try it with 2 pounds.


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