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Troubleshooting A Recipe

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Nice description of the character in your beer you don’t like. Before getting into an answer, I want to comment on how important good descriptions are when attempting to problem solve. Aromas and flavors are very often challenging to describe because we don’t perceive flavor and aroma as individual signals like an analytical instrument with

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Priming A Keg With Sugar

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This is one of those rules of thumb that always makes me scratch my head. Bottle, keg, and tank- conditioned beers all contain carbon dioxide from a combination of the CO2 remaining in beer following fermentation plus the CO2 derived from secondary fermentation. Assuming that bottles, casks, and tanks all scale up proportionally, the vessel

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Using Sanke Kegs For Homebrew?

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One feature of reliable designs is the minimization of the number of parts that may fail and result in a problem with the device in question. The Sanke keg valve (from “sanitary key”) assembly has two elastomeric parts that are on the keg side of the system, and the Sanke coupler/tap that connects to the

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Beer Spicing Decisions

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A Flavor extraction is almost always influenced by particle size. Indeed, the only times this is not true is when the compounds of interest are not soluble in the solvent being used for the extraction. In brewing, there are really two solvents of practical interest. Water is the solvent at play during the production of

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Using Water Profile for Brewing

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Rick, water chemistry can indeed be confusing. I think one of the reasons that the topic is so frustrating to read about is partly due to the number of different units that are used to express the concentration of ions in water. The analysis you sent from Ward Laboratories is typical of modern water lab

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Pre-Boil vs. Post-Boil Water Ion Concentrations

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This is a really good question. Water chemistry is discussed in terms of pre-mash concentrations with minimal attention given to the concentration of ions following mashing (and boil). Perhaps the primary reason for this view is that water chemistry’s greatest influence on beer is through its effect on mash and wort pH. Malt enzymes, protein

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Alternative Lagering/Carbonation Method?

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Nice to see another great question coming in from brewers in Norway! The process outlined above may sound a bit extreme to the modern brewer, but the temperature and time progression described


Measuring Mash pH

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Questions about pH and its relationship to brewing are very deep. So deep in fact, that the pH scale was developed and introduced to the world in 1909 by Søren Peter Lauritz


Proper Racking Techniques

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Fortunately for homebrewers there are convenient ways to move beer around without ruining your homebrewed suds with the ill effects associated with oxygen. As you mention in your question, one handy method to help reduce oxygen pick-up during racking is by using carbon dioxide as a blanketing gas. While this method is handy, it does

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Batch Sparge Temperature

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I remember when I first began homebrewing back in 1986 and almost immediately wanted to start brewing all-grain. At that time the information related to homebrewing was a little more difficult to find and my quest for information quickly landed me in the stacks of McKeldin Library on the University of Maryland campus in College

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Cask Ale Beer In A Bag

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The bag-in-box method has never really been common among homebrewers, but is a technique used by many pubs around the world. The reason your beer is not carbonating is that a rigid vessel is required to house the bag. This allows the beer to be pressurized above atmospheric pressure and to become carbonated. The challenge

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Wort Aeration Temperature For Kveik Yeast

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Several years ago, I was on a panel discussion at an annual MBAA (Master Brewers Association of the Americas) meeting held in Chicago. A question related to general suggestions about “stuff” was lobbed to the panel. Thanks moderator! Luckily, I waited to comment after the other panelists offered their sage advice about stuff. This gave

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