Best Homebrewing On YouTube

There are a lot of homebrewing channels on YouTube, but what are the top 3?

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Good morning. If you entered your homebrew into the National Homebrew Competition hosted by the AHA, the window to submit your beers might be coming up based on what city you signed up for.

I signed up for NYC and expected an email with a reminder and details… I did not receive one, but thankfully I checked and tomorrow is the beginning of the drop off window. Guess I’m making a trip to Brooklyn Monday…

-Brandon Copeland

The Best Homebrewing YouTube Channels

Watching homebrewing channels on YouTube is a great way to spend some idle time. I like to throw on some videos in the background when I’m working - ideally I get some inspiration and a few chuckles from the video. Below are the three best homebrewing channels (in my opinion).

Clawhammer Supply Logo

Clawhammer Supply is a homebrewing equipment supply company, with their own line of all-in-one brewing units (famously used often in the Homebrew Challenge) and stills. However, they have amassed an audience of 141k subscribers on YouTube, quite a feat for a niche homebrewing channel.

This is a great channel to pop on in the background - they don’t take themselves too seriously, and they aren’t always trying to teach you something. Often it feels like a reality TV show for homebrewers. Brilliantly put together because obviously the point of the channel is to highlight their equipment, and they do so without having to sell you hard on it.

HOMEBREW 4 LIFE Logo

This channel is pretty much comedic homebrewing - the main guy is hysterical, offering wild commentary and brewing up experimental brews like a PB&J beer. This is a great channel if you’re looking for a laugh, or if you’ve been starting to take yourself or your homebrewing too seriously. It’s just beer after all.

He also does a weekly live stream on Wednesdays called the Hoppy Hour. Coincidentally he does some collabs with the guys at Clawhammer Supply.

The Homebrew Challenge Logo

This is one of my favorite homebrewing channels so I had to mention it even though they are no longer making videos. The challenge was the guy brewed 99 different beer styles in 99 weeks. He completed this legendary challenge, and not only brewed all those styles, he filmed each one.

It’s worth diving back into these archives to pull up some gems - I was really inspired by the 99th beer (New Zealand Pilsner) and have brewed very similar recipes since watching that video.

What's Your Favorite Homebrewing YouTube Channel?

This is not an exhaustive list, but includes some honorable mentions...

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Beer Trivia Question

🍺 What is the beer that is exported in the highest numbers from Germany?

Read to the end to find out if you're right!

Homebrewing Equipment Highlight

I recently purchased a counter pressure bottle filler because I wanted to bottle a few beers of each batch while kegging the rest. However, I think it would be even cooler to have the ability to can some beer, and currently the Cannular Bench Top Can Seamer is on sale for $399. It has some mixed reviews, but I think it’s one of the items where the learning curve is steep. Once you figure it out, it will work like a charm.

Brewgr Recipe of the Week

This is a simple pale ale with Amarillo as the only hop, and only introduced as a whirlpool addition. This is interesting to me because I like my pale ales with a low amount of bitterness, and heavy aroma. However, wondering if this would be too low on the bitterness side… that’s the great thing about homebrewing, you never know until you brew it.

Based on this poll, I need to up my game and give multi-step mashing a try! The main sentiment was that people employ decoction mashing, which is where you remove a part of the mash, boil it, and return it to the mash. This is used often for German lagers and can help develop the malt character and create superior foam.

Some people use multi-step mashing as it was described in the last email, but most people weren’t sure if it made a difference in the finished product.

And the Answer Is...

🍺 Beck’s is the clear winner - it is exported to over 120 countries and accounts for over 85% of German beer exports to the United States.

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Happy Brewing!

- Brandon, Brew Great Beer Team

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