Date: March-April 2012

March/April '12

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Build a Draft Jockey Box

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You have your kegerator set up and running smoothly; your friends love to drop by and drink your homebrew on tap. But now you (and they) want to bring your finely crafted brew out and about to parties, picnics, and other social gatherings. You could build a portable kegerator, but there is a cheaper and simpler alternative that also opens up the possibility of serving multiple kegs on the go: a jockey box.

Occidental Brewing Company: Dunkel Lager clone

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This smooth, malty beer based on the classic Munich style features an assortment of noble hops.

Oskar Blues Brewery’s Old Chub clone

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Oskar Blues wows malt lovers with this mega-malty Scottish strong ale brewed with a variety of specialty malts (including a touch of smoked malt). It features flavors of cocoa and coffee with just a bit of smoke.

Oxygenation of Wort

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Availability of dissolved oxygen to yeast during the initial stage of fermentation is very important. Yeast use oxygen to build cell membrane components that are essential to replication. Unsaturated fatty acids, sterols (both found in wort) and oxygen are all necessary for yeast to rapidly reproduce during the initial stage of fermentation. Without enough available

Pitching Enough Yeast

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“I used the packet of yeast that came with the kit.” “How old was that?” “A couple of years I think. It seemed to work okay.” The above exchange was part of a real conversation I had about brewing a beer, me being the questioner. And the other person was not a beginning brewer, nor

Speeding Up Your All-Grain Brew Day

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A key aspect of improving your beers is to brew more often. Unfortunately, since homebrewing is just a hobby, many brewers struggle to fit additional brewing sessions into their busy lives. Of course, the shorter the brew session, the easier it is to find the time for. If you can crank out a beer in

Origins of Lager Yeast

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The domestication of barley coincides with the first year-round settlements of early humans, who were previously nomadic. This event occurred in the Fertile Crescent — the region surrounding the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, and sometimes extended to include the Nile Delta — 6,000 years ago. In this same time period, brewing was invented, as shown

Canned Craft Beer Clone Recipes

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It wasn’t so long ago that a trip to the local liquor store for some canned beer presented but a few options. If you were lucky, there may have been some imports such as Bitburger or Warsteiner. In certain parts of the country, regional breweries — Yuengling, for example — offered some flavorful canned beers.

Brewing With Honey

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Honey has been used in brewing for thousands of years. As far back as 700 BC, honey was used by at least one Iron Age tribe in a mixed beverage that might reasonably be called beer; a chemical analysis of residue from 2,700 year old drinking vessels found in modern Turkey revealed compounds from honey,

Hopback, Outdoor Fridge & Refractometers: Mr. Wizard

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Q I just acquired a hopback and now I am wondering how best to use it. Can it replace late addition hops, and if so, would the quantities be the same? What about dry hops? Will running hot wort through a hopback obviate the need for dry hopping and what would be the ratio of

Brewing with Honey: Tips from Pros

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Mead may get all the press when it comes to fermenting beverages with honey, but there are many craft beers with a taste of honey out there. In this issue, two honey-friendly craft brewers discuss using honey in a homebrewery. Brewer: Mike Hoops, Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery in Minneapolis, MN We love to brew beer

Classic American Pilsner

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Jamil Zainasheff’s lays down a CAP recipe for brewers to try their hand at. Be sure to use fresh hops and keep a close eye on the fermentation temperature.

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