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A craft beer is so much more than the right mixture of hops, malt, water, and yeast. It’s an art and a science—that you can experiment with yourself at home! Because there’s no need to reach for the same old brew over and over again. It’s time to embrace individuality and put your own mark on happy hour!

For the Love of Craftsmanship

Craft beer stands in the face of the bland flavors of mass-consumed beer products. Craft brewers aim to develop old brewing traditions further, revolutionize flavors, and make beer exciting and fun again. 

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To promote individualism, most of these exotic beers are brewed in small and independent breweries and offer a welcome alternative to the standard selection of lager, pilsner, or wheat beer.  

Strict quality control, fresh ingredients, love, and originality are the new ingredients that are responsible for making craft beer so special. 

From Coffee to Cucumber, the Flavors of Beer

Liberated from traditoinal beer purity laws, brewers are able to experiment with extraordinary ingredients to achieve intense aroma. Next to hops, malt, and wheat, you can now find coffee beans, spices, honey, and even cucumber or fruit in the brewing vats. 

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Many of these beers mature in wooden barrels that previously held wine, whiskey, or rum for multiple months. This fermenting process refines the product and adds a fruity but smokey aroma to the beer. It also helps build pressure in the bottle. 

One bottle can hold up to 8,000 different aromas, making craft beer more complex than most wines. Beer and wine hybrids can also be achieved to bring out the best of the two prodcuts. Generally, it can be said that when it comes to craft beer: The sky is the limit! 

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How At-Home Craft Brewing Began

The enthusiasm for craft beer was born in American. In the 1970s, people started to crave intense beers with character—ones that had more to offer than the bland, industrially produced ones sold in the supermarket. 

In 1978, President Jimmy Carter lifted the ban on homebrewing, and a movement was born. In the comfort of their own homes, people could now experiment with brewing mixtures they learned from other countries. The craft beer trend was born and started a downright brewery boom. Nowadays, thousands of U.S. breweries are exporting their beers to around the world. 

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What to Know Before You Get Started

It doesn’t take much to make your own craft beer at home. A fermentation jug with an integrated thermometer is the main component of every kit. This is where the base brew is made that later ferments into beer as we know it. 

And don’t forget about the bottling bucket and lid, as well as other accessories like a tap, fermentation lock, and purifying pipe. But, you can also find complete brewing kits if you want to start right away and take out some of the guess work for what you’ll need. 

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Important: Use the right bottles! The classic, brown, 500 ml flip-top bottle is ideal for your first attempts at brewing. 

Now, all you’re missing are the ingredients! You can find diferent varieties of hops, malt, and wheat in online stores as well. 

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Have you ever brewed your own beer at home? Let us know in the comments! 

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