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Ashton Lewis has been giving homebrewers advice about brewing on their own systems for 26 years in the “Help Me, Mr. Wizard” column. Now, he lets readers in on the thought process behind his own newly designed homebrewing system where simplicity meets creativity.

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So you’ve finished the boil, cooled the wort, pitched your yeast and put your fermenter in a quiet place to let the yeast do what it does best — turn that wort

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Italian Pils

Czech and German Pilsners get most of the attention, but another style of Pilsner — the Italian Pils — was developed in Milan 25 years ago and has become more and more popular worldwide due to its increased hop bouquet. Learn the history and brewing techniques for this wonderful summer style.

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Enter your best homebrew labels into BYO’s 26th Annual Label Contest for a chance to win some great brewing prizes from our sponsors! The entry deadline is August 31, 2021! Enter as

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While the recipe for Focal Banger has been known to change over the years, the hop combo has been one thing that hasn’t changed.

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General all-grain Going All-Grain I have read that certain grains can only be mashed while others can be both mashed and steeped. I have found various charts of grain and adjuncts, but

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History According to Randy Mosher’s book Radical Brewing, fruit beer is both an ancient and modern 20th century invention. He notes that ancient Egyptians referred to the use of dates and pomegranates,

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Nothing says "I love you" to a homebrewer quite like a homebrew-related gift. Say so this Father's Day with the help of our Gift Guide.

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Two expert chefs offer advice on incorporating beer into barbecue recipes.

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The current darling of the craft beer (and homebrew) world, New England IPA (NEIPA) requires copious amounts of late hop additions, but there is a lot more to making a world class

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From modest homebrews to one of the most iconic craft breweries in North America, Bell’s has grown tremendously while staying true to its roots over the last three decades. Learn about the history, beers, and brewing techniques from Bell’s. Plus: 5 Bell’s clone recipes.

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When substituting bittering hops, how important are the hop characteristics? It would seem that the boiling of the hops destroys most everything except the desired bitterness. Also, the hop substitution guide lists Northern Brewer as a substitute for Perle but not the reverse. Can you clarify this for me?

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