July-August 2022

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One Style, Many Strengths

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From session to imperial strength beers, the alcohol content plays a significant role in a beer’s character. But creating balanced beers at different strengths cannot always be accomplished by simply scaling ingredients up or down. Get a better understanding of the intricacies of brewing beers at different strengths.

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American Imperial Stout

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American Imperial Stout (5 gallons/19 L, all-grain) OG = 1.130  FG = 1.040IBU = 60  SRM = 86  ABV = 12%  Our imperial oatmeal stout takes big and bold to the next level. This

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American Oatmeal Stout

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American Oatmeal Stout (5 gallons/19 L, all-grain) OG = 1.068  FG = 1.014IBU = 60–65  SRM = 35  ABV = 7% For the regular strength stout recipe we’ve combined a classic oatmeal stout recipe

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Session Stout

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Session Stout (5 gallons/19 L, all-grain)OG = 1.044  FG = 1.010IBU = 22  SRM = 31  ABV = 4.5%  An Americanized version of a dry Irish stout utilizing a simple malt bill

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Prepare for Hop Harvest

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You spend all summer caring for your bines of homegrown hops. Don’t fumble at the goal line. Review how to properly harvest, dry, store, and use these treasures.

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Refreshing Summer IPA Craft Beer with Hops

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A Modern Method for Calculating IBUs

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IBU calculators most often used by brewers were developed prior to the popularity of adding massive hop additions after the boil. As brewing techniques evolve, the way we measure IBUs should too. A new model, dubbed SMPH, accounts for factors that have previously been overlooked, including separating isomerized alpha acids from auxiliary bittering compounds.

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Rice, Rice, Baby

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Craft sake producers have helped grow the popularity of the ancient Japanese rice beverage across North America in recent years. Making this unique beverage is a really fun project homebrewers can embrace. Learn the basic ingredients and steps to make sake at home.

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Brewing Balanced DIPAs: Tips from the Pros

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Double IPAs are big, bold beers, but they also require balance and a careful touch. Get tips for brewing DIPAs from three pros churning out award-winning hop bombs.

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tropical fruit surrounding a hazy IPA, representing the thiols

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Intro To Thiols: Tropical flavors in beer

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Thiols have for many years held a very minor role in the greater brewing world, but that is quickly changing with the help of modern hop breeding programs. And while hops are where most folks learn of thiols, it’s actually malt where many precursors are found. Find out why this can be important during fermentation.

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Fermentation Temperatures, Balancing a Draft System, and Honey Malt

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A lot of attention is paid to fermentation temperature, and for good reason. But are we focusing on the right details? Get the meaning of this statement, along with the Wizard’s explanation on calculated draft tubing length disparities and honey malt.

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A Dive Into Honey Malt

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The rule of thumb when brewing with extracts is to steep crystal, caramel, and roasted specialty malts, and to mash specialty malts that contain starch. When crystal and caramel* malts are made,

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Balancing A Draft System

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For starters, thanks for the great link. Mike Soltys, PhD. is the brains behind the hose length calculator you referenced and he has taken a fluid dynamics approach to beer line calculations

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The Importance Of Fermentation Temperatures

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Fermentation temperature definitely affects beer flavor and fermentation rate, however some yeast strains are more influenced by temperature than others. I will come back to this in a moment. Brewers who have

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Gordon Strong’s Irish Stout

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My recipe produces a beer more like Beamish than Guinness — it has a more complex grain bill and less bitterness than a Guinness Draught Stout.

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Irish Stout

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For those of us beer lovers who came of age prior to the modern craft beer boom, finding an Irish stout at a bar or store was like receiving a present. Gordon Strong takes us on a journey through the history, the style, and brewing a pristine Irish dry stout.

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7venth Sun Brewery’s Saison in Paradise Clone

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With a subtle spice character and quick turnaround time, this is a great summer sipper.

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7venth Sun Brewery

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The Replicator travels to the Sunshine State to get some intel on a saison brewed by one of Dunedin, Florida’s oldest craft breweries. With a subtle spice character and quick turnaround time, this is a great summer sipper.

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Size Matters: Turning homebrewers pro since 1997

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The Red Ledge Brewers are a small but potent homebrew club in mid-Michigan. With roughly 20–25 active members, they have turned out a dozen professional brewers in the 25 years since their founding. Learn what they attribute it to

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Beauty In The Boil

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Do we need to boil our wort? While the answer is no, there are plenty of advantages. Get the reasoning why.

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Sanke Hood Vent

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Brewing indoors has long been the goal for many, but when brewing larger batches a proper ventilation system is key. One homebrewer decided to go all-in crafting a hood vent from Sanke kegs that he cut in half and riveted together.