Best place to learn how changes during brewing impact the final prodcut


New to brewing and have a few 1 gallon brews under my belt. I’m still working through some of the recipe kits but I’m thinking about starting on making my own recipes. I’ve been reading online and read a “how to” book, but I’m still looking for a place that will answer more specific questions. Here are few examples I have:

1.) How does steeping grains longer/shorter change the beer?
2.) How does boiling longer/shorter at different stages impact the beer?
3.) How does bottling sooner/later change the beer?

Maybe just asking these on the forums is my best bet? Do you guys have any suggestions?


I won’t answer the example questions (in this post anyway :slight_smile: ).

It’s good bet that someone here will help you with almost all your questions.

A couple of e-book suggestions:

  • Mastering Homebrew by Randy Mosher
  • Brewing Classic Styles by Jamil Zainasheff & John Palmer

A couple of experimental brews to consider:

Don’t go by a calendar. Let the beer tell you when it’s finished.