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Welcome to the Home Brewing Wiki!

The Home Brewing Wiki is a web resource for anyone who wants to make their own hand-crafted beer, wine, mead, cider, sake, or any other fermented beverage. For a complete overview of what the Home Brew Wiki has to offer, see the sections below or visit the main Fermented Beverages page.


This Wiki is hosted by the HomeBrewTalk.com community and beer club, but it can be edited by anyone with an interest in home brewing or fermentation. This community project has been a labor of love, but it's a lot of work, and there is much information to share, so everyone's help is needed; just click the 'Edit' link at the top of any article, or visit the How can I help? page to find out how you can contribute.

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[edit] Beer

Beer is one of the oldest known alcoholic beverages in the world. Some claim that beer was the driving force behind agriculture and therefore civilization itself. Beer was brewed in people's homes for much of history, and it's still easy and rewarding to brew at home today. The Home Brewing Wiki contains a wealth of information about beer and beer brewing, including information on:

The Beer Brewing Process Beer ingredients
Beer brewing equipment Beer styles
Frequently Asked Questions Other Beer Information Glossary
A glass of red wine

[edit] Wine

Wine is another of the oldest and most culturally significant beverages in the world, and home winemaking is becoming increasing popular. While wine made from the fermentation of grapes is the most common, the same processes used on grapes can also be used to make country wine, cider, or perry from other fruits and vegetables.

Our wine section is not very extensive at the moment; we encourage experienced vintners to get involved and help the site grow.

Honey

[edit] Mead

Mead is made by fermenting honey with yeast. It is sometimes called "honey wine"; many people believe that mead is the oldest of the alcoholic beverages. Mead has held a pivotal place in many cultures throughout its nearly 8,000-year history, and it is still enjoyed throughout the world.

Our mead section contains basic information for beginning meadmakers on honey and the meadmaking process; we encourage experienced meadmakers to get involved in this growing section of the site.

The Mead Making Process Styles of mead
An apple

[edit] Other fermented beverages

Over the years, many ingredients other than barley, grapes, and honey have been used to create delicious and culturally significant beverages, most of which can be produced at home, often using the same equipment and techniques already familiar to experienced home fermenters. For example:

  • Cider, fermented from apples
  • Perry, fermented from pears
  • Sake, fermented from rice

The wiki also contains basic information on other kinds of fermented beverages as well as fermented foods that can be made at home.

The Home Brewing Wiki currently contains 614 articles on beer, wine, mead and cider.