We polled thousands of readers for our Best in Beer issue, and the results are in! For the Homebrewers' Picks, we asked you everything from your favorite style to brew to your favorite ingredients to your favorite equipment.
What’s Your Brew IQ?
How do you define your level of brewing interest? Not surprisingly, most of you are mashers although there are strong contingents of extract brewers and those we might call “brew curious.”
How Much Do You Brew?
Your Favorite Style to Brew
Curiously, your favorite styles to brew don’t match up directly with your favorite styles to drink. Here are the top 15 from your brew kettles, scaled to the number of responses…
You might play the field, but you also play favorites. Here are your most-loved malts.
- Maris Otter
From the trellis to your tulip glass, here are the hottest hops in your brewing arsenal.
Variety is the spice of life, and these fruit (and vegetable) varieties are your favorites for spicing up your beer.
Favorite Brew Gear
Your list of the absolute best gear you’ve recently purchased or plan to purchase:
- Conical Fermentor
- Grainfather System
- Electric Brew System
- Plate Chiller
- Braumeister System
- Big Mouth Fermentor
- pH Meter
- Brew in A Bag
- Counterflow Chiller
- PicoBrew Zymatic
- Catalyst Fermentor
- BrewJacket System
- Chugger Pump
Homebrew Brands of the Year
Out of thousands of responses, only five votes separated first and second place, and a mere two votes decided third and fourth place, in your list of favorite homebrew brands of the year.
- Ss Brewtech
- Braumeister (Speidel)
- Big Mouth
The first annual Best of Beer 2016 issue of Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine® (December/January 2017) is available now. It features reader, contributor, and editor selections for Best Beers of the Year, Best Breweries of the Year, Best Homebrew Gear of the Year, and much more! Plus, we explore New England–style IPAs and introduce more up-and-coming breakout brewers. Subscribe today or order your single copy.
Rethinking Bitterness In Dry-Hopped (Hazy) Beers
Past research has shown that more extreme dry-hopping regimens can reduce IBUs in beer made with kettle hops bittering, New Belgium Brewing’s Ross Koenigs suggests that dry hopping without kettle additions can add far more IBUs than previously thought.
Podcast Episode 37: Lawson’s Finest Liquids’ Sean Lawson: Delivering a Clear and Expressive Hops Experience from Brewhouse to the Consumer
In this episode Sean Lawson talks about their stages of growth, the challenges and opportunities they’ve navigated through, his preferences for hops blending, and much more.