January-February 2024

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a flight of beer in small stemmed tulip glasses placed on classic library books

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Second Chapter Brewing’s Witty Librarian clone

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For the grain bill, Owner Richard Gibson feels that nailing down the proper ratio of wheat in the recipe adds a vital element of complexity, as well as a slight visual haze to the finished beer.

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a golden colored pale ale beer with a white head and a slight haze to it in a stemmed tulip glass

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Gordon Strong’s Gruit

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Balancing the bitterness and spices can be difficult due to unknown freshness and potency, so be prepared to make infusions (teas) to tweak the balance once the beer is finished.

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Basic Cacao Nib Tincture

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If you want to use a chocolate extract, Drew tends to make his own to control the flavor and strip the fat. Here is the recipe.

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Michelob bottles from the 1960s adorned with labels and caps by the author

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Woodstock Wheat

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A beer recipe brewed with the water found from Filippini Pond on the grounds of the iconic Woodstock Music Festival from 1968.

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Ghost Monkey Brewery’s UNBoiled clone

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A hazy IPA that is missing one thing — the boil!

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Chocolate Winter’s Embrace

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This winter seasonal beer has a rich malt character, underpinned by a pleasing chocolate note. The winter spices are present but not overpowering, providing a warming finish.

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7venth Sun Brewery’s False Readings clone

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False Readings is the first commercial attempt at the so-called hyperbolique IPA, a cross between a brut IPA and a milkshake IPA.

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Mr. Wizard

Can LED Light Skunk Beer?

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Before I jump into this great question, I want to confess that I am feeling a bit skunky for being a bit behind on this column because I have been traveling too

Mr. Wizard

Mr. Wizard

Step Mashing Efficiency Vs. Infusion

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I have a solid explanation of what may be causing your problem but must admit that what follows includes one very big assumption. And that assumption is that your mashes typically drop

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Mr. Wizard

Blending Fruit Wine in Beer

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Sounds like you have access to some great stuff! Love the idea of blending fruit wine into beer and hope to give you some ideas on how to make this practical. Perhaps

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Second Chapter Brewing

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A style that was one of the catalysts of the craft beer movement, witbiers are not as easy to find at breweries these days. A reader stumbled on a great rendition of one while in Ogallala, Nebraska, and asks the Replicator to share more about this beer.

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Can LED Light Skunk Beer? Step Mashing Efficiency and Blending Wine in Beer

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Can LED lights skunk beer the same way incandescent and fluorescent lights do? Mr. Wizard dives into the topic. He also shares advice for blending fruit wine into your beer and explains why a brewer’s starting gravity may be lower from single-infusion mashes.

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copper colored hazy grape ale in teku glassware

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Gruit

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While it is true that it is an unhopped beer that uses other herbs to add character, traditional gruit is a very narrowly defined and specific beverage that was highly regulated by various governments in the Middle Ages in northwestern Europe. Learn more about this concoction of lore.

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pieces of chocolate bars stacked up with coffee beans scattered on and around the bars

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Infusing Chocolate and Coffee to Your Brew

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Chocolate and coffee are two adjuncts that are stalwarts in the craft beer world. Denny and Drew have used them both extensively and are here to share their advice to making the best use of them.

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shoreline drive road with trees in fall time colors, with the years written on the road ahead

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Self-Auditing Your Brewery

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Craft beer has reached a reflection point. Financial wiz Audra Gaiziunas is here to sit down with nanobrewers to make sure they’re doing a proper job in the bookkeeping department.

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hydrometer in foreground, three beers in the background with grains and hops

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Hydrometers and Refractometers

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Learn best practices when utilizing hydrometers and refractometers in your home brewery.

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Michelob bottles from the 1960s adorned with labels and caps by the author

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Finding Unique Water Sources to Brew Beer

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There are many hobbies found within the hobby of homebrewing, such as brewers who search far and wide in the pursuit of novel microorganisms for fermentation. One homebrewer found his niche in producing beers made from unique water sources. Find out where it has taken him.

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Prost to a Special Week in Bavaria!

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We recap and share images from a trip BYO’s Publisher led a group of readers on across Bavaria to explore breweries and the beer culture.

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It’s In the Bag

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Brew-In-A-Bag (BIAB) is an easier and less costly way for homebrewers to brew all-grain batches. Learn the nuances of this technique that saves time and space.

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A Synergy of Opposites

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A homebrewer shares his experience brewing a new IPA that crosses the positive attributes of brut IPA and milkshake IPA. The result is a dry, hoppy beer with a full mouthfeel, and it proved popular in its first commercial release after he was invited to help brew it at a brewery in Florida.

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Boiling Wort: Tips from the Pros

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When it comes to the boil, addition timing of hops and other ingredients is often what gets the most thought. But the boil length itself can have a big impact on the resulting beer as well, as these two experts explain.

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Artificial or Intelligent?

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Artificial intelligence is all around us. We use its recommendations when shopping and selecting shows to binge, rely on its answers to questions and to filter out spam emails. Why not use it to help in our homebrewing hobby? A technologist shares his experiences exploring the applications and potential of AI-assisted homebrewing that may be of service to beginners and longtime brewers alike.

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Brewing No-Boil NEIPA

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Boiling wort is usually a part of the process when producing beer. However, there are historical styles that are made without boiling, and what brewers have learned from these beers is causing some to consider skipping the boil with modern styles, especially hazier styles with low bitterness, such as New England IPA.

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