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Irish Red Ales vs Oktoberfest

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I wish I could travel to a different place in time when beer styles were truly tied to geographical regions, a time before globalization of brewing techniques and brewing ingredients. Based on what I know and what I have read about brewing, the concept of beer style often has much more to do with differentiating

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Corking Belgian-style homebrews

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Your attempt to recreate the entire package at home is admirable and more challenging than using crown caps on normal beer bottles. For-tunately, the challenge has more to do with finding the proper tool for the job than honing a delicate technique. The type of cork used to seal bottle-conditioned beer bottles is virtually identical

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When you want to double the batch size of a recipe, do you just double all the ingredients also?

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Dear Mr. Wizard, I’m a partial mash brewer and formerly brewed single, 5-gallon (19-L) batches using 2.5 gallons (9.5 L) of water in the brew pot. After the boil was complete, we would then top off to 5 gallons (19 L) in the fermenter. Recently, we have begun to brew double batches by boiling 5

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What is the proper way to force carbonate a keg of homebrew?

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Dear Mr. Wizard, I used my keg system for the first time recently and force carbonated my brew by chilling the beer, applying approximately 30 pounds of carbon dioxide pressure and shaking the keg. By doing this, I over-carbonated my American pale ale. Is there a way to remove the extra bubbles? Also what is

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Gelatin fining naturally conditioned beer

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Fining is one of those brewing practices that takes some “touch and feel” to perfect. Not all beers respond equally to finings, regardless of the type. That’s because the components in the beer affected by finings, primarily protein, yeast and polyphenols vary in composition. This is especially true of yeast because different strains vary in

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Delayed Yeast Pitching

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This is a question deserving a brief answer! I think you are on the right track wanting to have your lager fermentations timed where you can use the same lagering schedule. I strongly discourage you, however, to delay pitching the first batch for an entire day because that is a recipe for a potential bacterial

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Infusion vs step mashing.

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Infusion mashing is a traditional method using an unheated mash tun, resulting in a single temperature mash. In reality, the temperature drops slightly over the mash rest and increases during sparging. Step mashing uses a heated mashing vessel, frequently called a mash mixer (or maisch böttich in Germany) and incorporates a number of rests. The

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ID’ing wild hops

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Hop variety identification can be done the old-fashioned way of comparing pictures of hop cones of known varieties to the unknown. Although this method is not perfect, it is widely used as a starting point. I have a book on hops printed by S.S. Steiner (a major hops supplier) that contains good photos, as well

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Sodium metabisulfite to clear chloramine

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This is an interesting question and I did some digging to come up with a good answer for you. Dechlorination is important to brewers for flavor reasons. Compounds called chlorophenols are formed when beer interacts with chlorine and these compounds have a fairy unpleasant aroma. Dechlori-nation is also important to municipal water authorities in the

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Add citrus flavor to beer

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Your description reminds me of something in between a malternative and the classic beach side invention of a cold brew garnished with a wedge of lime. I must confess I too like


Dried vs liquid malt extract

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There is absolutely no reason not to use dried malt extract (DME) exclusively for your recipes, although there are fewer choices in color with dried extracts than there are with liquid extracts. One thing to keep in mind is that special malts are required to provide various colors and flavors. The exclusive use of dried

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Can I avoid yeast in the bottle when bottle conditioning

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So you’re one of those picky brewers who wants the best of both worlds! Fortunately, there is a way to have bottle-conditioned beer sans yeast cake, but rough filtration is not the method of choice. Most filters are designed to remove particles above a certain size and not all filters are successful in their duty.

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