beer at home can be as simple as boiling an extract kit which requires
knowledge, or it can be just as complex and
a large mega-brewery involving lots of science in both brewing
and in building equipment which can help you brew better beer.
homebrewer, I have learned quite a lot about science, and in such
fields as biology, chemistry,
electronics, metallurgy, physics, and thermodynamics. But don't
allow that to scare you away, because brewing beer is FUN ... which
makes learning about the underlying science fun, too ... and the
'fringe benefits' are GREAT!
This site will begin by discussing equipment,
and will eventually
include other areas about beer and how to brew it. To help exchange
and knowledge about the equipment used in
brewing, I formed a Yahoo-Group in October 2005 called
-- and it is devoted exclusively
to that subject in order to attract people specifically interested and
experienced in that area; because the group
is moderated, visitors need to join to access the photos, files,
discussion forum, etc. It is a FREE group, of course, and
everyone who is interested in brewing beer is welcome.
Yahoo-Groups does have some limitations, so I transferred my "Glossary"
this site so that I can do some advanced things with it.
Now, there is also a certain amount of science involved in the somewhat
related activities of growing, preparing, and storing hops, herbs, and
grains used for brewing, so information regarding "homebrewer
gardening" is also included in this site. Just as with equipment, I
decided that there should also be a Yahoo-Group devoted exclusively to growing hops
to likewise attract the greatest amount of expertise and experience in
the field in order to make our group the foremost Internet resource for
hop growers; the "GrowHops" group -- http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Grow-Hops
-- was formed in May 2007, and quickly expanded to include the growing
of brewing-herbs and barley because of the logical connections between
them and hops, including many shared aspects of gardening,
preservation, and storage.
(still under construction) is a
very ambitious undertaking, and is more like a mini-encyclopedia with
helpful tips, suggestions, photos, and even a unique method of
navigating to be able to 'tour' specific categories of the glossary
without needing to read entries that most brewers are already familiar
with; for example, a user can follow [formulas] or [methods] throughout
the glossary, skipping from one to the next. I hope that you find
this site helpful, and that it will give you an idea
of how much you can learn on our Yahoo BrewingEquipment Group so that
you will come to
visit us there, too.
In November of 2005, I formed
whereby members can donate their spare (otherwise wasted) computer
power on their
PCs to the World Community Grid (WCG) -- a non-profit organization
which does computer research into cures for diseases such as cancer and
AIDS. The WCG uses a program developed and donated by IBM, and is
supported by many reputable institutions such as the Mayo Clinic, the
World Health Organization, the United Nations, and even the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency. HomeBrewers is an international
team, so all brewers are warmly invited and encouraged to join in our valiant effort to
help mankind. It's absolutely safe and secure: no hacking, spam,
viruses, or spyware. Our team has now donated the equivalent of over
a CENTURY of continuous computer calculations for the good of
of the Best Teams on the World Community Grid: Now ranked # 96 out of 19,669
join my HomeBrewersteam and
we'll tackle the big boys in a friendly competition!
show the whole world that HomeBrewers
are a force to be reckoned with! Thank you for
visiting. Please come
inform me of any broken links -- Bill
Arkansas, U.S.A. Last
updated on 6/17/08