The cold temperatures outside means that your basement may be cooling down too, affording an opportunity to make a homebrew that likes a cooler fermentation temp. Have you tried making a lager, kolsch or california common? Do you have any tips for making these styles of beer? Post your ideas and comments here.
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Legend has it that Gambrinus, the god of beer, challenged the devil to produce a wine without grapes. The historical origin of the concoction we know today can be found in 12th-century Belgium, although the Egyptians had already created fermented-grain beverages well before then.