December 2022

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From Bootlegging to Bootstrapping: Prairie Artisan Ales

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Prairie Artisan Ales is steeped in local tradition but has also been leading the charge in pushing the limits of beer. Known for their high-ABV imperial stouts and exceptionally drinkable sour ales, Prairie has done it their own way since the start. Learn the history of Oklahoma’s largest brewery. Plus: 5 Prairie clone recipes.

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Cooking with Spent Grains

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Using spent grains as an ingredient to bake with is a great way to reduce waste by reusing a brewing byproduct while also enhancing the flavor of food recipes. Learn the process of how to make spent grain flour, tips for substituting it into your favorite cooking recipes, and also find five new recipes to make after your next brew day.

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French Abbey Beer of Northumberland

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Intrigued by a local landmark remembering a group of priests who fled to England and set up a brewpub during the French Revolution, a homebrewer sets out to recreate the beer they may have served patrons over 200 years ago.

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Newcastle Brun Ale

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Newcastle Brun Ale (5 gallons/19 L, all-grain)OG = 1.034  FG = 1.007  IBU = 18  SRM = 15  ABV = 3.6% Intrigued by a local landmark remembering a group of priests who

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Prairie Artisan Ales’ Vinyl clone

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A thick and chewy barrel-aged imperial stout with a high OG and FG, and tons of flavor.

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Prairie Artisan Ales’ Okie clone

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In a space between a brown ale and a barleywine, Okie packs a punch delivering flavors of sweet caramel and dark toast led by the nuanced character used in the barrel-aging process.

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Prairie Artisan Ales’ Bomb! clone

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Bomb! is the brewery’s adjunct-driven flagship, a 12% ABV imperial stout made with ancho chiles, cocoa nibs, vanilla, and coffee.

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Prairie Artisan Ales’ Slush clone

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A bright red, kettle-soured ale made with strawberry and raspberry fruit puree complemented with dried sweet orange peel and dried lemon peel.

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Prairie Artisan Ales’ Prairie Ale clone

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The inaugural Prairie Artisan Ale, a dry, effervescent Belgian-style farmhouse saison that drinks smoothly for a beer of its size.

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Brewing with Lactose: Tips from the Pros

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Milk stout isn’t the only style brewed with lactose these days. Get tips on how, and why, you may use it in other styles.

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Heretic Brewing Company Founder Jamil Zainasheff with his new homebrew setup

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You Can Go Homebrew Again

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A longtime icon in the homebrewing world, Jamil Zainasheff and his wife opened Heretic Brewing Co. in 2010. Having recently sold the brewery, Jamil is once again finding his homebrewing roots.

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Side-By-Side Fermentation Unit

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While a side-by-side fridge may not seem like an ideal fermentation chamber to most folks, with some nifty modifications, a homebrewer gives one a complete makeover.

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Long-Draw Draft System

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They’re an expensive proposition, but long-draw draft systems certainly have an appeal. Draft expert Bill Jablonski provides a tutorial on what it takes to install one in your place.

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dark specialty stout in a stemmed tulip glass

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Pastry Stout: Have your cake and drink it too

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While sometimes derided among lovers of traditional beer styles, the fact is that pastry stouts are popular and for a reason . . . they can be delicious. Find out what it takes to brew one yourself.

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Cleaning Action: An ounce (28 g) of prevention

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Anyone who has homebrewed long enough knows we’re just janitors with benefits. Make sure that you are doing a good job of keeping your brewing equipment clean.

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Sapwood Cellars’ Flaked clone 

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This is their Sapwood Cellars’ Flaked (2021) beer, which is described as an imperial oatmeal stout with coconut and vanilla, and weighs in at 10.5% ABV.

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A Kettle/Fermenter Conversion and The Time Traveling Brewer Has Some Advice

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A homebrewer obtains a beast of a stainless steel tank and is looking to modify it into a brewing kettle and fermenter. Mr. Wizard walks him through the steps he recommends. Also, take a trip back to brewing in medieval times and the advice a modern brewer could take away from it.

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The Time Traveling Brewer Has Some Advice

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Thanks for the fun question, John! I am pretty sure whatever I suggest will be impossible to verify, so let’s go back to the year 1569, 400 years before my birth year,

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A Kettle/Fermenter Conversion

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Wow, this is a fun question and a fun project! Looking at the photos, it appears this vessel was insulated and covered by an outer jacket, essentially a second tank. The inner

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Blue Stallion Brewing Co.’s Dunkel clone

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The mainstay of the Blue Stallion Brewing lineup is the extremely popular Dunkel. The 5.5% ABV, 25 IBU lager showcases rich, sweet aromas with bready flavors and a hint of caramel/toffee.

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Blue Stallion Brewing Co.

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Craft-brewed lagers have seen their popularity rise over the last few years in the U.S. and Lexington, Kentucky’s Blue Stallion Brewing Co. has been one to help raise that bar. Learn about their admired Munich dunkel.

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Spiced Beer

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Wintertime for homebrewers can often mean high-ABV beers and spiced ales. Get some pointers on adding a little spice to your next brew.

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2022 Holiday Gift Guide

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This holiday season give the gift of beer! Check out all of the great beer gear on the next few pages for some gift ideas for friends and family or make your own homebrew holiday wishlist…