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Each fall, four of the five remaining classic altbier breweries in Düsseldorf, Germany, have annual special beer releases. They are bigger versions of the delicious altbier that they brew and serve every day. Jamil Zainasheff made a trip so he could attend the release of three of them in 2023 and returned home with information on how homebrewers can recreate these beers themselves.


Gordon Strong has judged at literally hundreds of homebrew competitions. In that time, he’s sampled every beer fault known to man. He takes us through the rising trend of faults tied to newer brewing methods, how to detect them, their causes, and, most importantly, how to avoid them in future batches.


In a hobby where so many pieces of equipment serve a single purpose, it’s satisfying to find items that can serve many functions. With a heat mat and temperature controller, the opportunities are aplenty.


It’s long been proven that bottle-conditioned beer lasts longer than those bottled already carbonated. The Wiz dives into the reasoning behind this and it may surprise some people. He also shares ideas for a propane heater and takes a dive into the daunting world of mash pH chemistry calculations.


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This example is more like the Mackeson’s I remember — closer to 5% than 6. I also keep the IBUs down, around 25, since I don’t want the bitterness to stand out against the sweetness.


When a half-joking comment led to a journey 4,500 miles (7,200 km) away, we knew we needed to learn more. Find out how a father-son duo from Vancouver, British Columbia, found themselves at an international beer festival in Norway drinking ancient beer styles that spoke to their own ancestral roots.


We’ve collected chocolate beer clone recipes from six of our favorite breweries. Together, they show just how different chocolate beer recipes can be.


Whether you find the idea of a beer cocktail exciting and brilliant, or if you haven’t quite jumped on the bandwagon yet, there is no denying that beer cocktails are gaining steam.


Finding balance with coffee beer


The word "biotransformation" has gotten a lot of buzz as brewers look to fermentation — and specifically, yeast — to transform the aroma of hops. Learn what exactly biotransformation is, how it occurs, and how homebrewers can use it to our advantage.


Featuring some of the latest drool worthy features found in our Homebrew Nation section of BYO. Homebrew Drool Setup — JR Renna • Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania Many of us have fun names


Ask Mr. Wizard

I bottle condition all my homebrewed beers, which are typically sours and Belgian styles. We also make wine and have several plum and cherry trees and a Siberian kiwi vine. To bulk process fruit during harvest season, I will often ferment the fruit in a 5-gallon (19-L) bucket with a champagne and sour yeast, such as Lallemand Philly Sour, and then bottle it. I then age it. It is good as is, but I would like to blend it with other beers and was thinking to pour some into bottles when I am bottling another batch. But I wasn’t sure if there is a better way. Some of the fermented plum bottles are several years old and have really developed a neat flavor.

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