Why Stout Is the Easiest Beer to Brew

Home brewing stores often say that stout is the easiest style of beer to brew because it is the hardest style to get wrong. Why is that?

First of all, stout is a nice rich, dark color. If you do not cool the beer quickly enough it will often develop “chill haze” from extra proteins in the beer, which is a cosmetic issue. The dark color of the stout hides this flaw.
Stout is also a nice full flavored beer. If you make any mistakes that lead to an off-flavor in the beer it is more easy to disguise in a stout than in a lighter beer.
In general, basic stouts are fairly low in alcohol. There are certainly exceptions, such as imperial stouts, but overall they are lower on the abv scale. This makes life easier for the yeast, which do not have to work quite so hard to ferment the beer. You will not have to worry about a yeast starter for most stouts, and you won’t have to worry about the yeast becoming overwhelmed by the beer.
I my opinion stout is one of the easiest beers to love. The flavor is great and the beer itself just looks great! In cold weather especially, you just can not beat a good stout!

Where Do You Home Brew?

Home brewing is a great thing – making beer at home where you want to, when you want to. There are several popular places to make beer at home.

The place most people start home brewing is in the kitchen. Get a brew kettle, throw it on the stove, and go! This is pretty convenient to start, and the start up cost is pretty low, but it does have its draw backs. It will heat up your house quite a bit, and the house will smell like wort for a couple of days (although I have grown to really like this smell!). It also take the stove out of commission for a couple of hours, and if you have a boil-over it can be difficult to clean up. Also, if you have an electric stove the brew will take a long, long time because it will take so long to heat and boil the wort.
The basement or the garage are also popular places to brew. They often have some open and unuused space, and if you brew there most of the house will not smell like wort for a long time. To get this going, though, you will need to run down to the local home brewing supply store and pick up a burner to heat the wort. You will also need a water source nearby for the brewing.
The final place to brew is outside. This is better for ventilation if you are using a burner, and it can be pleasant if the weather is nice, but you are dependent on the weather if you brew outside.
Where do you brew?

Why brewing beer in the winter is great!

Home brewing beer this time of year is pretty ideal. When the weather is cold and dry there are many perks to home brewing in your house.

The first perk is the most practical one – brewing in cold weather means that the beer is fermenting in cold weather so you probably will not have to worry about the fermentation temperature getting too warm, like you do in the summer. When I have tried to brew in the summer in my un-air conditioned house the fermentation temperature has gotten too high and the beer has had a buttery flavor from bad compounds that form in that situation. There is an ideal fermentation temperature for yeast, and it is different for each strain of yeast, but usually that range is something like 60 to 72 degrees fahrenheit. It is easy to keep the temperature in this range during the winter.
The second perk to brewing in the winter is the humidity! If you live somewhere that gets really cold and dry during the winter, like the northern plains of the united states, you will appreciate all of that water boiling into the air in your house.
Finally, the third reason it is great to brew in the winter is the free time. If it is frigid cold outside you will not want to be outside throwing a ball around or going for a walk or bike ride, or even doing yard work. You’ll be indoors. Instead of watching tv all winter like everybody else, brew some great beer!
What is your favorite thing about brewing beer in the winter?