Whattttssssss going on Homebrewers!
My name's Ty Stevenson.
I'm a homebrewing, Waters Brewer owning, Marine Corps veteran, college grad, wolfdog owning, full time job having, ordinary dude who is writing these grammatically incorrect sentences in hopes of helping YOU, the homebrewer, out when it comes to your brew. From your very first beer, to owing your own brewery.
I wake up between 4-6 AM every day, work on my business for a couple hours, take my dog on an hour walk, make my lunch, go to work at a winery (wish it was a brewery), come home, walk my dog again, watch some sports, work on more business, cook dinner, and spend the rest of my night with my loving girlfriend. Put that routine on repeat and that's the jist of my life. I also homebrew about every 3 weeks and I listen to a lot of podcasts revolving around brewing, business, and how to succeed at life. I grew up living in apartments and motels, with family friends, and was eventually taken in by my grandparents at the young age of 13 after my mom could no longer support me. Pops was in and out of my life for the better or worse, but we are friends now.My grandparents really made me the man I am today from disciplining me when I was being a stubborn teenager, to being there for every one of my baseball games for 13 years. They really taught me how to work hard, fight for what I believe is right, and always be kind to others. I became a Marine before the age of 18 and was in the reserves until the age of 23. Went to college at 18 and graduated at 23 with a management degree, all while being in the Marines. Have a background in construction and started working 2 days after graduation day.
I had this idea in my mind about starting my own company for a while, after quitting my job as an assistant project manager for a construction where my boss was the worst boss you could ever imagine, where nothing I ever did was good enough, not getting training in my job, and commuting an hour plus there and back every day, I quit my job and took a month of work. During that month I just drank, played video games, and watched lots of TV, until something clicked in my head, I got to asking myself, "what the hell am I doing with my life". I still had to pay the bills, so I got a job at a winery in Sonoma County, wasn't very satisfied with this job, but because I had gone through these times of failure and defeat, I decided I can do more with my life, so I started a company. I woke up at 3:15 AM on the morning of April 26th, 2016 (not kidding) and decided I was going to start a business, and thus Waters Brewer was founded.
5 Videos that (if you haven't watched already) I would highly recommend because they will increase your knowledge about the brewing process and ingredients in beer, as well as help you create better beer.
As some of y'all may know, John Palmer is probably the most well known homebrewer of our generation. He is the Author of How To Brew which is arguably the most well rounded, informational, non-bullshit book about everything you might need to know about brewing, from the advanced stuff such as messing with water chemistry and mash pH, stuff for beginners like the simple, no bullshit, guide of the brewing process.
If you are truly dedicated on how to brew REALLY good beer, John Palmer is a must read/listen/watch. This video, hosted on Beersmith (a great host with tons of information), is close to an hour long but John goes over some amazing information to help you make better beer.
On your journey to becoming the best brewer you can be, John Palmer issure to pop up more then just a time or two, so if you can, read/ listen/watch as much of his videos/blogs/articles, anything and everything you can get your hands on.
Checkout his website to read all about his book. The website includes almost all, if not all, the information that can be found in his book.
Now I know these fellas from Midwest Supplies are a little quirky, but they sure do know how to explain the extract brewing process.
If you are a new brewer and are starting out by extract brewing, I think this video can teach you a thing or 37. From the amount of water to add, they type of water to add (which they say if it's good enough to drink, it's good enough to brew with, I have to disagree with, but it will be ok for now), the temperature it needs to be at, when to add the hops, the type of hops, how to add the yeast and basically everything you will need to know about how to brew an extract recipe.
If you are doing an all-grain brew, I would say this video should give you an idea on how to do it to the best of your abilities. Again, another video from John Palmer.
Video #3: How to BIAB (Brew In A Bag)
Again, I'm going to include another video from Beersmith, where Brad hosts Jake Keeler as he talks about the process of Brewing in A Bag, how it differs from extract and all-grain brewing, and why more and more homebrewers are making the switch to BIAB.
If you are curious as to what Brewing in A Bag is, want to learn more about it, are about to make the switch, or even if you already do BIAB and want to learn even more about the process, this video will help you understand all there is to know about BIAB.
Video #4: Yeast with Dr. Chris White
While I know how important water is to brewing and making sure that you have the correct water profile for the beer you are brewing, I also know just how important yeast is to brewing. Yeast is arguably the most important part of beer. Yeast is what produces ethanol, which ends up giving your beer alcohol. Without yeast you would not have alcohol, which means you wouldn't have beer, you'd only have wort... Yeast also makes up a huge part of the overall flavor of your beer and cleans up most of the impurities in your beer.
In this his video (via Beersmith again),Dr. Chris White,from WhiteLabs talks about yeast, how it impacts flavor of beer, how it produces ethanol, how to care for your yeast to make them happy so they can produce the best flavors out of your beer, clean up your impurities, and have a giant orgi in your sugary flavored water we call wort.
If you don't know a lot about yeast, or even if you do, this video will give you some information you either didn't know, or might have forgotten, about how yeast can tremendously impact your beer and how basically happy yeast = happy homebrewer.
I really like this video because Michael really goes in to how you just have to embrace homebrewing, from brewing up odd beers that incorporate ingredients like pumpkin, or how you can add other liquor to your beer and how the sugars effect the priming of your beer, and even how homebrewers brew their beer.
Michael really goes overall a vast amount of information about everything there is when it come to homebrewing and would 100% recommend this video to anyone who homebrews.
I hope these 5 videos can give you a better grasp on homebrewing, how to brew better beer, and ways to go about brewing that you hadn't thought about before. These videos, along with MANY other videos that Beersmith produces, have given ME, the knowledge to be able to implement that in my own brews and have since continued to produce better and better beers.
If there is any other good information videos that you think other homebrewers deserve to watch feel free to add a link below (or tell me and i'll add it to my article) As always, comments/feedback is always appreciated. Thanks for reading Homebrewers!
Stay True To Your Brew!