About This Course

This course includes 35+ minutes of video

With its limitless array of flavors, hard seltzer has become a force in the market and a go-to drink for calorie-counting drinkers, celiacs, and those who simply enjoy its light, refreshing palate. It’s also become a regular plaything for brewers who embrace the technical challenge of making that clean, sparkling base—and who view that clean base as a launching pad for all sorts of creative twists.

Hard seltzer is easy enough to brew—it’s fermented sugar-water, right?—but brewing a great one worth drinking is a special challenge. In this 37-minute video course, Chris Colby breaks down the vocabulary, the science, and the tricks of brewing a spotless hard seltzer base at home—including refining, clarifying, and flavoring. 

Colby wrote the book on hard seltzer—literally. After authoring Methods of Modern Homebrewing and The Homebrew Recipe Bible, Colby turned his attention to How to Make Hard Seltzer for Brewers Publications, published last year. In this video, he shares much of what he learned in researching that book, explaining it in a way that will appeal to the novice brewer as well as the more experienced ones ready for a new technical challenge.


Chris Colby has been writing about brewing process and techniques for the better part of two decades. His new book from Brewers Publications, How to Make Hard Seltzer, sheds light on the rapidly evolving practice of making this fermented sparkling beverage. More akin to meadmaking than brewing, the process of making hard seltzer will be familiar to most brewers, but with notable key differences that can make or break the finished product.

Chris Colby


Course curriculum

  • 01


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    • Welcome to How to Brew Clean Hard Seltzer

  • 02

    Seltzer Brew Day

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    • Overview on Brewing Hard Seltzer

    • Digging into the Details of Brewing & Fermenting Hard Seltzer

  • 03

    Fermentation, Filtration, & Serving

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    • Refining the Seltzer Base

    • Carbonating, Flavoring & Customizing Your Seltzer

    • Seltzer Sampling & Evaluation

    • Editors’ Picks: Hard Seltzers Worth Trying

  • 04

    Wrap Up

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    • Thank You

  • 05

    More Info on Brewing Hard Seltzer

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    • Hard Seltzer: We Can Do This the Easy Way, or We Can Do It the Hard Way

    • Recipe: Modular Craft Seltzer

    • More Advice on Brewing Hard Seltzer at Home

    • A Deeper Dive into the Technical Challenge of Hard Seltzer

    • CB&B Podcast Episode 151: Author Chris Colby on How to Make (Good) Hard Seltzer

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