Homebrewing Makes Life More Delicious

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Beer teaches us science, art, culinary exploration, innovation, geography, agriculture, and history/herstory. It teaches us about ourselves, and about each other. No wonder the hobby of homebrewing (the practice of fermenting at home) is and has been one of the driving forces for food and beverage.

Simply put, homebrewing makes life more delicious.

Celebrate Learn to Homebrew Day on November 4

Way back in 1999, to celebrate the joy of beer and brewing, the American Homebrewers Association (AHA)* created Learn to Homebrew Day. If you brew, you know (and if you don’t, you will) that one of the best things about a brew day is that you get to choose your adventure. For the 2023 Learn to Homebrew Day on Nov. 4, the AHA offers two “SMaSH” recipes—short for “single malt and a single hop”—making the recipe easy to follow while giving homebrewers options on what to brew. 

Recipe 1 – SmaSH Sensory Blonde

AHA member Jason Chalifour developed SMaSH Sensory Blonde Ale to achieve a satisfactory blonde-style ale while using only the bare necessities. The result is a three-ingredient recipe that anyone can brew at home.

Recipe 2 – Your First SMaSH Ale

Your First SMaSH Ale was developed by AHA member Dan Jablow for intermediate brewers and leaves the decision-making up to you. Your First SMaSH Ale will take on a different stylistic character depending on your malt, hop, and yeast selection.

This November and all year long, we hope you join us. Have questions? Visit the AHA Forum, the AHA’s free online community ready with answers to even the toughest and/or easiest homebrew how-to questions.

*The American Homebrewers Association was founded in 1978 and is the world’s leading membership organization dedicated to protecting, uniting, and educating homebrewers while empowering an equitable culture and showcasing the fun of fermenting. The AHA is part of the Brewers Association, the publishers of CraftBeer.com.

Julia Herz is the executive director of the American Homebrewers Association. A BJCP beer judge and Certified Cicerone®, Julia co-authored the free CraftBeer.com Beer & Food Course, as well Beer Pairing (Voyageur Press). Despite her long resume, she will always consider herself a beer beginner on an unending journey to learn more about craft beer.

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