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Helpful Stuff

At Bull City Homebrew, we want you to help you make the best beer and wine possible, so we've put together this set of links that we feel are important. Whether you're a new beer or wine maker, or you're a seasoned professional, you'll find something in this set of links that will improve your knowledge, technique and enjoyment of beer.

What you need to get started?   [ Show || Hide ]
Where do I start?
This is a guide that we made that shows you what you need to know to get started homebrewing if you've never done it before. It includes a minimum checklist of what you need that you can bring to the store with you. Once you've made your first homebrew, you'll wonder why you ever bought beer off the shelf before.
Starter equipment kit
This kit contains almost all of the basic equipment you need to make your first batch of homebrewed beer.
Extract ingredient kit
Each recipe kit contains the ingredients for one 5 gallon batch of beer. It's perfect for beginners to take the guesswork out of putting together a recipe. It also comes with a set of instructions to tell you what to do and when to do it.
A five gallon brew pot
A 5 gallon brew pot is a great way to start. You will need something big enough to allow you to boil 3-4 gallons with some extra space at the top. If you decide to move to all-grain, you'll still use this pot, so it's not a temporary investment.
Two cases of twelve ounce bottles (48 total)
You'll want to bottle your homebrew after it's finished, and 48 bottles is just enough to package up a 5 gallon batch. The bottles are also reusable if you clean them thoroughly. Your ingredient kit will come with caps for these bottles already.
StarSan sanitizer
Your equipment kit comes with a few sanitizer packs, but StarSan is a great product and will last for a very long time. Cleaning and sanitation is an extremely important element in getting good tasting beer, and StarSan does a great job.
How to Brew, by John Palmer (website)
John Palmer was good enough to take his excellent book "How To Brew" and make it free in the form of a public web site. If you have any questions before, during or after your initial homebrews, this is the place to go and learn more.
Discussion boards   [ Show || Hide ]
Home Brew Talk
The grand-daddy of all homebrew forums. If you've ever had a homebrewing question, chances are it's already been asked and answered ten times here.
Reddit Homebrewing
A great place to share homebrewing ideas and to get help. There are no categories, but it's one of the more beginner-friendly discussions you'll find out there. Reddit's community is already a favorite of our anyway.
Northern Brewer forums
Another excellent resource for all things homebrew.
Recipes   [ Show || Hide ]
Hopville recipes by style
Several thousand recipes are available here, all very nicely presented and easy to understand, with comments about the recipe by others who have tried it. Hopville also has a nice way to save and share your own recipes online as well.
Homebrew talk recipes by style
homebrewtalk.com is a monster of a homebrew site and this recipe collection won't disappoint you. You may also notice some fairly famous homebrew recipes there from EdWort and BierMuncher.
Tasty Brew recipes by style
It's not the largest collection out there, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in solid recipes. This site probably has the highest quality ratio of any recipe list out there.
The Beer Recipator
Don't let the geo-cities-ish look of this list fool you, there are some excellent recipes in this list.
Calculators   [ Show || Hide ]
Tasty brew calculators
A good set of calculators for determining different aspects of your beer given a specific grain bill.
Beer calculus
Hosted by hopville.com, this is another great way to determine the values and characteristics of your expected results given a specific grain bill. Hopville also has a nice way to save your recipes online as well.
Volume conversion
This is a nice set of tools for converting volume from any unit of measurement to any other unit of measurement, such as quarts to gallons.
Software   [ Show || Hide ]
This software doesn't have a particularly polished look to it, but it's excellent at being an all-in-one recipe database and brewing calculator. It seems like there's nothing that this little program doesn't know. If you're building your own recipes and want to know what kinds of numbers to expect from your batch, this is a great tool to have.
Brewpal (iPhone / iTouch only)
Brew Pal provides the all-grain or extract home brewer easy access to the most used calculations and statistics in an attractive, easy-to-use package.
ProMash is designed to meet any brewer's needs, from the Home Brewer to the Professional Micro Brewer. ProMash is organized with an intuitive interface built for needs specific to the brewing process and has a complete, context sensitive help system.
Beer Alchemy (Mac only)
BeerAlchemy is designed to help homebrewers create great beer. It takes the drudgery out of recipe formulation and looks after all your recipes too!
Books   [ Show || Hide ]
How to Brew - John Palmer
This is the place to start if you are new to homebrewing. It's written in an easy to read style and starts from the very basics, and continues all the way through advancewd all-grain techniques. If you are going to buy one homebrewing book, this is the one to buy. John Palmer was also good enough to make this book free in the form of a public web site.
The Complete Joy of Homebrewing - Charlie Papazian
This is the book that really got things moving in homebrewing. It really is an excellent guide for both beginners and experienced homebrewers, and is most people's first brewing book. The author is very laid back and is a knowledgeable guy that does not want you to quit the hobby because of petty details, coining the classic phrase, "Relax, don't worry, have a homebrew."
Radical Brewing - Randy Mosher
Randy Mosher is as well known in the regular beer world as he is in the homebrew world. This is an excellent book describing the history of beer and it's styles, giving tips on technique and lots of recipes as well. This book, more than any other, will inspire you to get back to the brew kettle and make something entirely unique.
Designing Great Beers - Ray Daniels
This book is more than just a recipe book or merely another "how-to" manual, it is an indispensable guide intended for brewers interested in formulating their own beers based on classic styles, modern techniques, and their own vision of the perfect beer.
Brewing Classic Styles - Jamil Zainasheff and John Palmer
Jamil Zainasheff and John Palmer's excellent recipe book adds a missing element to the world of home brewing. This is a list of proven recipes in every style with notes about what is key in brewing that style. It is also a nice touch that an extract recipe is listed for each style as well.
Videos and broadcasts   [ Show || Hide ]
Brew Strong
Brew Strong with Jamil Zainasheff and John Palmer combines the two most prominent authors and figures in homebrewing today in a live beer radio format that allows listeners to pose beginning and advanced brewing questions to expert hosts and guests from the craft beer industry.
The Jamil Show
The Jamil Show is the world's first radio program dedicated to brewing classic styles of beer. Each week award winning homebrewer and author Jamil Zainasheff, along with co-host Jon Plise, covers a specific beer style and how to brew it at home.
The basics of home beer brewing
This is a great first video to watch if you're new to homebrewing. The video is very complete and walks you through all of the aspects of brewing an extract batch with specialty grains, a great place for new homebrewers to start.
TerpsichoreanKid channel - The Basics of Home Brewing Series
This is a very good series of videos designed for beginning brewers. They are short and to the point and do a good job of describing all of the aspects of brewing from your first batch to an all grain batch.
Easy All Grain Brewing - Batch Sparge Method
This is an excellent demonstration of how to brew an all-grain recipe using a converted cooler mash tun and using batch sparging. If you're an extract brewer that wants to see an all grain batch happen with no expensive equipment, this is a great video to watch.
Local organizations   [ Show || Hide ]
TRUB: TRiangle's Unabashed homeBrewers
A homebrew club to swap brewing experiences, understand beer making techniques, learn beer styles, sample homebrew, and help one another make better beer.
NC Brewers Guild
Promoter of NC based beers.
A place for people to talk about beer and beer related events in North Carolina.
CARBOY (Cary-Apex-Raleigh Brewers Of Yore)
A family oriented homebrew club that offers members a wide variety of options for homebrewing and fun.
Beer mapping project, NC
A great resource for finding anything beer related in NC using Google maps.
Local breweries   [ Show || Hide ]
Fullsteam Brewery
726 Rigsbee Avenue
Durham, NC 27701
Triangle Brewing Company
918 Pearl Street
Durham, NC 27701
Carolina Brewing Company
140 Thomas Mill Road
Holly Springs, NC 27540
Bull City Burger and Brewery
107 E. Parrish Street
Durham, NC 27701
(Phone number not available)
Lone Rider Brewing Company
8816 Gulf Ct. Suite 100
Raleigh, NC 27617
Mystery Brewing
Hillsborough, NC
(Phone number not available)
Big Boss Brewing Company
1249-A Wicker Drive
Raleigh, NC 27604
Roth Brewing Company
5907 Triangle Drive
Raleigh, NC 27617
Aviator Brewing Company
600 E. Broad St.
Fuquay Varina, NC 27526
Top of the Hill Restaurant and Brewery
100 East Franklin St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Natty Greene's Brewing Company
505 W. Jones St.
Raleigh, NC 27603
Boylan Bridge Brewpub
201 South Boylan Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27603
White Street Brewing Company
218 S. White Street
Wake Forest, NC 27587

If there's something you think should be added here, let us know at info@bullcityhomebrew.com.