Home Brewing Beer: A Pictorial Overview

Recently, I blogged a guide to get started in making wine at home, with entries on the equipment you need to make your own wine, as well as the process of brewing wine at home.

Well, aside from making our own wine at home, my husband is an avid home beer brewer! We’ll be posting some of his recipes, but first… we tackle the basics! Beer making has a lot in common with homemade wine – including a lot of the same equipment and ideas – but also requires some different ingredients, techniques, and handling.

Beer brewing itself is a fairly simple process. While complexity of equipment and process can vary wildly between small home brewers to large commercial breweries, the concepts remain fairly similar across the spectrum. Here’s our quick guide to what goes on with making beer, as it first appeared in issue #10 of Drink Me Magazine:

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Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Pretzels Recipe

Yes, you read that right. Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Pretzels. I think I may have just invented the *perfect* food.

What started as a “hey, you know what would be awesome..?” thought a while back was seen through to fruition this weekend, with spectacular results. This recipe is not only simple, it only costs about $5 to make 40 poppers! So freaking good.

As is, these have the ideal amount of heat – enough to give it some kick, not enough to make it painful or mask the actual flavor. Feel free to use more or less jalapenos based on your personal preferences.

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Hop Flavored Dark Chocolate Truffles

If you saw yesterdays’ blog entry, you have already had a preview of the kind of yummy, twisted thinking that an unfortunate fall ended up inspiring. This is the second half of that epiphany: Ladies and gentlemen, I present you with Hop Flavored Dark Chocolate Truffles!

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Hop Flavored Beer Lollipops Recipe – LolliHOPS!

This morning, I took a pretty nasty fall. If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I’ve been dealing with a particularly stubborn hip injury. Long story short, I spent the day first in extreme pain, then high as a kite on Codeine.

Why am I telling you this? Well, it had a big part in inspiring today’s recipe! They say “In Vino veritas” (In wine, truth). Yeah, well… In Codeine, Inspiration!

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