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Stepping Up Your Starter

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The Benefactor of Brewing steps up starters.

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How do commercial breweries lager so quickly?

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Commercial brewers determine the length of their lagering period by defining what they want to accomplish during lagering. Most of the changes that occur during lagering do not require two months or more and hence, most lagers age for less than two months. After lagering, most lager brewers want a reduction in diacetyl (butter flavor),

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Why does my beer taste like Anbesol?

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Mmm, Anbesol beer! Two of the keys to problem solving in brewing are having a good palate and having the ability to describe what you are detecting with your senses. Anbesol is a phenol-based local oral anesthetic (like Chlorasceptic). There are several things that can make a beer taste phenolic. The sanitizer problem you refer

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American Beers and Prohibition

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 American beers, pre and post-Prohibition.  The Wiz knows…

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Is removing hops and trub from your fermenter necessary?

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If you don’t mind the “junk” floating in your beer and you don’t reuse your yeast, then hop and trub removal are probably not necessary. For that matter, you probably don’t have to separate the wort from your malt. Seriously, a good beer could be made by mashing the malt, boiling the whole mash with

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Wort Volume

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This question really has more to do with sparging than it does with the volume of wort to boil. An all-grain brew begins with the mashing process. During mashing, starch is converted to fermentable sugars. A good portion of the sugars are released into the liquid portion of the mash and create wort, but many

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Storing kegs warm

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Bottle- and keg-conditioned ales must go through several key steps before they can be refrigerated and enjoyed. The first step is to estimate the volume of beer and to add an appropriate amount of priming sugar for carbonation. Most brewers use less sugar to prime an equivalent volume of beer in a keg compared with

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Making Brown Malt

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Yes, you can make your own brown malt by roasting pale malt in the oven. You can also make chocolate malt and black patent malt by the same process. The difficulty in roasting your own malt is control, but it can be done if you are attentive and have a method to quickly cool the

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How long will my beer stay fresh in a keg?

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Dear Mr. Wizard: I am thinking of kicking the bottle habit and kegging my beer instead. My biggest concern is storage temperature and how long my beer will stay good in a


What’s the best way to check the temperature of a mash?

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The best way to check mash temperature is with a calibrated-dial or alcohol-filled thermometer. The easiest way to calibrate a thermometer is by filling a glass with ice cubes and then filling the glass with water. In a few minutes the water temperature will drop to 32° F. If the thermometer is a dial-type, it most likely has an adjustment screw or the

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Pantyhose hop holder

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Pantyhose are truly a multi-function item! Dryer filters, hair nets, and hop bags can all be made from leftover pantyhose. Since you have this endless supply of recycled pantyhose, maybe you should consider a marketable item made from them! In any case, boiling hops in a hop bag probably will result in a decrease in

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How fast can an all-grain batch be ready to drink

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So you wanna know just how fast you can be sippin’ your suds after brewing and you’re afraid that your friends will be afraid of your beer if you tell them that it is 10 days old vs. 45! If the novices to whom you give advice are fellow brewers, I would tell them that

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