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Maine Homebrewers Competition - FAQs January 16, 2017 12:17

We start accepting entries for this year's competition in less than two weeks! Here are a few of the more commonly asked questions about the competition...

Homebrewers' Gift Buying Guide October 27, 2016 12:45

Hey, Farmhands! It has been a while since we posted a blog here. We have just been busy with other stuff. How have you been? Good? Good.

Well, this got weird.

By now, I am sure we have all realized the holidays are fast approaching. Every year, we get many shoppers who need more than a little help finding the right gift. And now we have a way to help! Attached to this blog is a downloadable form for you to fill out and give to your friends, relatives, and loved ones so they can easily find the right beer kit, wine kit, or piece of equipment for you. There is also a handy spot to check "Please just get me a gift certificate."

Print one, or two, or fifty and hand them out to everyone who MIGHT get you a gift this year. Or keep some handy as your birthday approaches. Or Flag Day. Or anytime! (Can Flag Day beer kits become a tradition? Please?)


Dogs are People, Too. (But, like, better.) June 14, 2016 11:14

Most people love dogs, and most dogs are quite lovable. We at the Farmhouse even have a part-time brew dog...

Beware The Perils of Bottling! May 17, 2016 16:23

So, you made some beer. Excellent! Maybe you just want to enjoy it at home; maybe you want to share it with friends or serve it at a party; maybe you even want to enter it into a competition. All are good choices. The question is how to best accomplish these goals...

Spruce up your Beer May 03, 2016 14:10

Long before we cultivated hops and bred them to create every conceivable flavor and aroma under the sun, brewers used a wide variety of other ingredients to balance the sweetness of malt...

Keg o' My Heart April 19, 2016 14:09

Kegs are to many homebrewers a sort of Aristotelian ideal; a place you need to reach even if you don’t know exactly why. Well, let me tell you why, and then I will tell you why not...

Watch that Temper(ature)! March 29, 2016 08:00 2 Comments

When it comes to fermentation, whether it is beer, wine, cider, sauerkraut, or whatever, there is a long list of things you should do, and a very short list of things you have to do – a holy trinity of sorts...

On a Philosophy of Homebrewing March 16, 2016 13:32 1 Comment

A blog. This is a thing we have not kept up with for some time. We are going to make a better effort to keep up with weekly posts: sometimes they will be a featured tool in the homebrewer’s arsenal, sometimes a discussion of a method used to make beer, and sometimes they will just be goofy side stories. These posts will even feature guests from outside Central Street Farmhouse – if we are lucky. We hope they are generally helpful...