Beer and Wine Journal is now 3 years old. James Spencer — host of Basic Brewing Radio and Video — and I (Chris Colby) launched this site in late June 2013 and since then, we’ve posted over 540 articles on beer, mead, and wine. (If you read our site, you know it’s like 99% beer, 1% mead and there was a wine article once. Plus, there’s the occasional food article.) In 2016, we’ve been hovering around 20,000 readers a month and this number continues to trend upwards.
If you enjoy Beer and Wine Journal, there are lots of ways you can show your support. Just checking in on regular basis and reading new posts helps our readership. If you see something you enjoy, and think other brewers might as well, sharing our posts on social media helps us attract new readers. And if you’d like, you can ask questions on any article in the comments section. I will answer you. [Or James will. If you have a specific brewing question, email me at chris at beerandwinejournal dot com; I’ll give you an answer if I know it, and I may sometimes collect these and post as a Q and A.]
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Speaking of outside projects, I wrote a book recently. It’s a collection of 101 homebrew recipes, most with supplemental information on the process or ingredients that will help you brew the best batch possible. Many of the recipes also mention common variants on a style. It’s coming out September 20th, and it’s pre-order price at Amazon is currently $15.74 — $9.25 less than the book will cost when it’s released.
In our next year, I hope to focus on bringing more useful brewing information to our readers. For now, here’s two top 10 lists — our top 10 articles of all-time and our top 10 articles this past year (excluding those on the all-time list).
Top 10 Beer and Wine Journal Articles (2013–2016)
No, IPAs Are Not Giving You Man Boobs — My response to a shoddy article on another web site.
What Temperature Should Your Sparge Water Be? — It’s likely not 170 °F (77 °C).
Chloride to Sulfate Ratios in Hoppy Beers — How your water chemistry can accentuate your hop bitterness in a pale ale or IPA.
Simple 3-Gallon All-Grain Brewing — How to turn a 5.0-gallon (19-L) extract brewery into a 3.0-gallon (11-L) all-grain brewery with an unmodified beverage cooler as a mash tun.
PET bottles — Is it ever OK to use plastic soda bottles for storing beer?
Hop Amounts for Hoppy Ales — How much hops do you need for 5.0 gallons (19 L) of pale ale? IPA? Double IPA?
German Wheat Beer (Mashing and the Ferulic Acid Rest) — How to alter your mash to increase or decrease the amount of clove in the German wheat beers.
Malts for Hoppy Beers — The best malts and grain bills for hoppy beers.
Tips for Cold Weather Brewing — The weather outside may be frightful; but your fermentation can still be delightful.
Top 10 Articles in the Recent Year (Excluding Those Listed Above)
Session IPA — What it is. How to brew it.
How Long Should You Mash? — The title says it all.
High Temperature Yeast Strains — Summer is here. There are some yeast strains that can take the heat.
Should You Acidify Your Sparge Water? — A little knowledge of chemistry will help you decide.
Hitting the Proper Boil pH — The easy way to get your boil pH right every time.
The Easy Way Fly Sparge — Get all the benefits of fly sparging using a simplified approach.
Basic Lambic Recipe — Enjoy this sour beer on it’s own, or use it for your fruit lambics or blended gueuze.
Conditioning a Russian Imperial Stout — It’s a big beer; treat it right once primary fermentation is over.
Homemade Hop Aroma Extract — Supercharge your hoppy beers with your own hop oil extract.