March-April 2022

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Grow Your Own Hops: Tips from the Pros

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Hops can successfully grow in a wide array of climates. We soak up advice from hop farmers in three very different regions of the United States.

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Build a Better Grain Mill

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Starting with an old steel frame and a plan, Greg Paterson spent a few years designing and building his dream mill that is operated via a control panel powering a high torque, slow speed worm drive motor.

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Brew Like It’s 1850

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Housed in a museum, Carillon Brewing Company in Dayton, Ohio produces beers in a similar way it would have been brewed during the Industrial Revolution. We take you behind the scenes to show how beer was made back in the mid-19th century and what modern brewers can learn from it.

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Classic British Hops

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They are the staple to your favorite English ales, however these classic British hops can fit nicely into a broader range of beers. Re-familiarize yourself with varieties from the landrace era like Fuggle and East Kent Golding to those bred in the 20th century such as Brewers Gold and Challenger.

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21st Century British Hops

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A certain character profile (earthy, floral, herbal) comes to mind when a brewer thinks of British hops. However that line of thinking is tied to the hops of old. Many English varieties have been released this century that are redefining British hops.

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Carillon Brewing Co.’s Porter clone

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This English porter features a toasted malt aroma punctuated with hints of coffee, dark chocolate, and fruity esters from the British yeast. With a medium body, the flavor has a moderate level of roasted character, complemented by hints of toasted bread or biscuit, coffee, and hints of acidity.

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Carillon Brewing Co.’s Coriander Ale clone

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Based on a recipe from the mid-19th century, Coriander Ale is yellow to yellow-gold in appearance. Its aroma is moderately spicy with a fruitiness from the coriander seed. Fruity esters from the British Ale yeast are married to the citrus notes of the coriander and there is a lingering impression of heat from the chili peppers. There is also a soft well-rounded malt character reminiscent of honey and moderate hop bitterness.

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Landrace ESB

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An English ESB utilizing classic English landrace hops.

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Wye Hopped Summer Ale

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A refreshing summer ale brewed with English hops developed during the Wye College era.

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Gruit Ale

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Although technically with no hops this beer is 0 IBUs, the rosemary and yarrow will impart a pronounced herbal bitterness.

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Rebel Queen

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I like to think of this as a transatlantic lager, using a U.S.-inspired malt profile with a single British hop variety (Boadicea). I’ve often thought British hops would be well-suited to lager brewing and I think this proves it. Light and refreshing, this is perfect for summer barbecues.

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I Don’t Want to Change the World

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I came up with this recipe with my brewing buddy Keith Bartlett to answer a long-standing question we’d both been wondering: How close to a New England IPA could you get using only British hops? It turns out, pretty close. This beer has all the juicy, tropical fruit flavors you’d expect, complemented by a subtle spicy note just to remind you where the hops are from.

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Skilled Archer

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Of everything that I’ve brewed at home over the last 12 months, this single-hopped beer seems to have achieved the greatest universal approval amongst my friends and family, despite their very different beer tastes. It’s probably best described as a British-style golden ale, but a slightly odd one given that it’s fermented with a kveik yeast. Nicely balanced, with a rich and bready malt profile and clean yeast character that allows the stone fruit aromas of the Archer® hops to shine through. I’ll be sure to make this one again.

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The Shop Around the Corner: My local homebrew store

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A woman who has never brewed becomes interested in a homebrew shop around the corner and how business has changed during COVID. She reports what she found.

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Carillon Brewing Co.’s Ginger Pale Ale clone

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The base of their Ginger Pale Ale is a traditional mid-19th century English pale ale but with fresh ginger, honey, and a moderate dose of hops added. This beer is golden in color, aromatically floral with underlying notes of spice and hops. Despite being a dry beer, Ginger Pale Ale has a deceptively sweet character that balances the strong ginger spiciness with the hops playing a supporting role. If you don’t have toasted malt, perhaps substitute Munich malt.

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Haze Formation: Ways to induce or reduce its presence in beer

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Love it or hate it, haze is a part of modern beer. A brewer may desire the characteristic in hefeweizens, wit biers, and some IPAs. Learn tips to either generate or minimize haze.

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2022 Backyard Hop Directory

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Grow Your Own Hops! Order your hop rhizomes, plants, or hop bine supplies today from the following suppliers for your own annual supply of homegrown hops.

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Packaging From A Keg: Considerations for beer on the go

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With a lot of homebrewers kegging their beer and serving it on draft, mobility of their beer is limited. Denny and Drew discuss considerations and options for those that want to package some of their kegged homebrew to take out of
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American Blonde Ale: For many people, their first craft beer

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Often seen as a dumbed-down version of an American pale ale, the slightly less hoppy counterpart, American blonde ale, commonly gets overlooked as just a lawnmower beer. But these beers can have plenty of character.

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The Necessity For Sanitizing Everything Post-Chilling

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This question is timely; the last time I brewed I was daydreaming about the necessity of sanitizing everything that touches beer after wort cooling because the use of sanitizers is relatively new

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Homebrewer’s Uses for a Spare Fridge

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Glad to see you following one of the most important homebrewing rules of thumb; accept anything for free that can be used to further your pursuit of great beer! For what it’s

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Using a Corny Keg For Chilling & Primary Fermentation

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There are a few possible problems with this plan, but none are insurmountable. What you are describing is something akin to coolships that were ubiquitously used by lager and ale brewers before

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Using a Corny For Primary, The Need for Sterilizing and Uses for a Spare Fridge

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A reader is interested in any shortcomings of chilling and fermenting beer in a Corny keg. Also get the scoop on the importance of sanitizing and various uses for that spare refrigerator you might come across.

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Designing A Hop Schedule For An IPA

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IPA fans have a lot of decisions to make when it comes to designing a hop schedule in a recipe. We guide you through some of the key points.

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Saddle Mountain Brewing Co.’s Taildragger Clan-Destine clone

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Checking in at 6.2% ABV and 22 IBU, Clan-Destine is medium-full bodied, drinks rich with notes of toffee and caramel from Golden Promise and Crystal 77 additions, yet finishes clean without being heavy.

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Saddle Mountain Brewing Co.

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Most Replicator requests come from folks who were wowed by a beer or a long-time fan of the brewery. But this request came from someone who noticed an Arizona brewery that has dominated the Scottish ale category in a national competition. Learn about Saddle Mountain Brewing Co.