Date: April 1999

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Hop Utilization

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This question brings up three key points: water pH and its affect on brewing methods used to adjust pH and adjusting bitterness. The first point regarding water pH pops up every so often, and I usually let it pass. It is important to distinguish among water pH, mash pH, and wort pH. Water pH is


Preventing Three Big Wine Stinks

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Preventing Three Big Stinks  You emerge from the cellar beaming, proudly cradling one of your prized bottles in the crook of your arm. You bring it to the table, pop the cork, splash out the first precious drops into the awaiting glasses of your dinner guests. And a sinister stink redolent of swamp water permeates


Brewing Weiss: Tips from the Pros

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A Winner’s View of Weiss Brewer:  Ryan AshleyBrewery:  Mickey Finn’s, Libertyville, Ill.Years of experience: 10 years homebrewing, five years professionalHouse Beers: Main Street Wheat Ale, Abana Amber Ale, Five-Springs Oatmeal Stout, and Raspberry American Wheat   All the time Ryan Ashley spent learning to brew weiss beers as a homebrewer paid off in the form


Belgian Golden

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There is no official “Belgian golden” category. Rather, it is “Belgian pale,” but this beer should not be confused with a regular pale ale of any sort. In fact if it were to be compared with anything, it would be Orval, the deep golden Trappist beer that contains the yeast recommend for fermenting ours or


Understanding Polyphenols

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Understanding Polyphenols  Polyphenols present a classic dilemma for the brewer. On one hand, they taste bad. These bitter, astringent compounds— tannin is probably the best-known form of polyphenol — can ruin the flavor of beer. On the other hand, they readily bind with proteins and, under the right circumstances, make them drop out of solution.


The Elements of Brewing Water

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Barley, hops, and yeast get all the attention, but water is the main ingredient in beer. The ions in your water supply directly affect the flavor of your beer — for good and ill. The presence of calcium sulfate (CaSO4) or calcium carbonate (CaCO3) can give beer a slightly astringent or bitter flavor. Calcium (Ca+2)


Muscle into Kegging

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Homebrewing is a fun hobby. However, when pressed on the subject many homebrewers would say the least fun aspect of this pastime is the process of cleaning, sanitizing, and filling bottles. With the average batch of homebrew requiring more than two cases of 12-ounce bottles, it’s not surprising that it is at this stage in


United We Brew: Cool Homebrew Clubs

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All over the world, homebrewers gather to brew, drink, chat, learn and have some fun in that simple vehicle of camaraderie, the club.


Simple, Delicious Stock Ales

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I remember the moment I caught it. I had just emptied the contents of a packet of dried yeast into the fermenter and was sealing the lid firmly around the white, five-gallon bucket. It invaded my mind like a lone bacterium in a sea of agar medium. I was infected with the homebrew bug. That


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