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Can botulism spores grow in concentrated extract?

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  Before answering this question about malt extract storage I want to remind our readers that there are no safety issues concerning the storage of wort that has been properly canned in a pressure canner. This whole topic began in 2006 when an article was published in the September issue of Brew Your Own describing

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How do I stop enzymes?

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  I am not sure you have created a monster but you may have a runaway train on your hands! There are only two ways to stop an enzymatic reaction. You can destroy the enzyme or wait until there is no more substrate for the enzyme to act upon. Enzymes are easily destroyed when heated

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How can I get better hop utilization?

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Upping IBUs I have been planning on making an extract oatmeal stout, but after entering all my ingredients into a recipe calculator I am concerned with my hop utilization. I boil my wort in about two gallons (8 L) of water and have noticed, through the recipe calculator, that as I add more sugars the

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Can oats in homebrew lower my cholestrol?

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  I’ve been writing this column for 12 years now and am always surprised by the creativity of homebrewers, especially when it comes to redefining the daily role of beer in one’s life. Topics of beer and health are unfortunately avoided in the United States and many other countries because of labeling laws and discussions

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Upping IBU’S

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Is good hop utilization getting you down? Take some advice from the Wiz. Plus: Enzymes can be a great tool in brewing – how do you stop them?

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How does silicone affect beer foam?

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  The professor you are working for is correct to state that some brewers use anti-foams and it is also true that these compounds are silicon-based. Dimethylpolysiloxane, in the form of a


How does tyramine in beer affect people taking MAOI?

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  I have answered many questions over the years that deal with medical and health topics. The way I go about answering these questions is reading what I can find about these


How do you tame wild yeasts?

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Most brewers have heard horror stories about wild yeast and certain bacteria, like Lactobacillus and Pediococcus, setting up camp in a brewery and contaminating everything in sight. I think these stories originated


Extract vs all-grain brewing?

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This is a pretty heavy question because it hits to the foundation of homebrewing. The way I see it, homebrewing is about brewing your own beer. Mashing is certainly part of what almost every commercial brewer does, but there are a few commercial breweries that brew with extract. Some of these breweries have even won

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Bottling Nitro Beers

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I have never shied away from taking pot shots at competitions. I brew beer to please myself and if by chance I get lucky and win a medal in a competition, great! If not, I don’t get too upset. The problem with competitions, in my opinion, is that their very nature forces beer to conform

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Trub in the secondary fermenter

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Most small cylindroconical tanks have two ports on the bottom; one on the side of the cone and one on the bottom. The upper port is used to rack beer out of the tank above the sediment layer. Some racking ports have a curved arm that can be rotated to change the location of the

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Can homebrewers use twist-off bottles for their beer?

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For starters, when it comes to bottle conditioned beers, there is very little difference between methods used at home and those used by commercial brewers. If a brewery like Sierra Nevada can


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