Home-brewing beer isn’t for everyone. Chemistry is hard! But a simple gadget made by Dogfish Head brewery lets even the science-impaired experiment with beer infusions.
The single-serving Randall Jr. is based on Dogfish’s larger beer infuser, Randall the Enamel Animal. To use the mini canister, fill the double-walled plastic chamber with whatever you want your beer to taste like: raw hops, juniper berries, cinnamon sticks or Sour Patch Kids, for example. Then dump a beer over your mixture and let the whole thing steep in the fridge for about 10 minutes. Randall Jr. even has a built-in strainer for easy pouring.
Another company, Hop Theory, is attempting to Kickstart a similar idea using tea bags filled with hops and fruit peels. The benefit of these types of single-serving infusers is that if your creation tastes terrible, you’ve only wasted one beer and about 10 minutes compared to wasting a whole keg and 2 weeks of your life like you would with a bad batch of home brew.
Buy the Randall Jr. on Dogfish.com for $20.
Alyson Sheppard is the resident hangover specialist at Playboy.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amshep