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Counting Calories: Pastry Stouts

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This is a fun question considering the source region; Empire Brewing in Syracuse and Cazanovia, NY has been brewing their Skinny Atlas Light since 1994 using water from Lake Skaneateles. Not sure


A Look Inside Crystal Malts

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Morrey, thanks for letting me know that my material from 2000 is still being read today! Crystal, also known as caramel malts, do contain a mixture of fermentable sugars, non-fermentable Maillard reaction

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Brewing a Brut IPA

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Brut IPAs are the current IPA rage blazing across the nation. Kim Sturvandt at Social Kitchen & Brewery in San Francisco is credited with being the first brewer to create this type

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Brewing a Hop Bomb

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As simple as it sounds, many brewers who are brewing super hoppy beers are using lots and lots of hops! And I do mean lots of hops. Back in the 1980s, few

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Yeast Dosing Specifics

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The basic method for this process uses a carboy and plastic bottling bucket, and begins with relatively clear beer. If you want maximal clarity, cold crashing definitely makes a big difference; this

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Carbonating in a Unitank

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There a few ways to go about carbonating beer using a stone, and I think your approach is sound, but needs a few changes. I will review the method that has worked

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Flavors from yeast starter

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I have a routine when preparing to answer questions for my column, and this routine begins with editing questions that come into BYO magazine from email, social media, and snail mail. It

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Cacao Nibs Advice

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With any brewing ingredient it is helpful to consider what the ingredient contributes to beer, how the contribution is best transferred from the raw material to the wort and/or beer, if there

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Digging into the Hazy IPA

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It is easy for us “old-school brewers” to joke about the cloudy-IPA style, and dismissively suggest to just do the opposite of what is required to make clear beer. Although there is

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Wedding Stout Ideas

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I have been holding this question for several months, scratching my head each time I read it. I now have a pretty good answer that I hope is not too late to

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Mr Wizard’s Top Homebrewing Tips

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Wow, nothing like an open-ended question! I do have a single thought about brewing that influences my general approach, and that is to keep brewing processes as simple as possible unless there

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Training Your Palate – Beer Sensory

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I have used kits and commercially available beers for flavor training, and they both have pros and cons. I like to use color as an example when explaining the challenges involved in

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