March-April 2024

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Schumacher Latzenbier clone

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Latzenbier, at 5.5% ABV, is a bit more malty than Schumacher’s everyday altbier, yet still nicely balanced toward the bitter end.

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Recipe

Schlüssel Stike clone

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This special fall release from Schlüssel is similar to their everyday beer, but bigger, richer, and just a tiny bit sweeter up front, balanced by a higher 38 IBUs.

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Uerige Sticke clone

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Uerige Altbier has predominant notes of honey and biscuit, and a very slight roasted note can be found in the finish. Their Sticke Altbier at 6% is dry hopped, giving it the boldest nose of the special release altbiers from Düsseldorf breweries.

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Subversive Malting & Brewing’s Dark Harvest clone

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Using locally sourced grain, Subversive malts their own grain that is used in Dark Harvest, relying on chocolate and caramel malts and roasted barley for maximum flavor in this stout.

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Recipe

Gordon Strong’s Sweet Stout

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This example is more like the Mackeson’s I remember — closer to 5% than 6. I also keep the IBUs down, around 25, since I don’t want the bitterness to stand out against the sweetness.

Mr. Wizard

Mr. Wizard

Scavenging Oxygen

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Oxygen is a problem for beer at all stages of the process following the early stages of fermentation because many of the flavor-active compounds created by yeast are changed, i.e., chemically oxidized,

Mr. Wizard

Mr. Wizard

Control Mash Temperature with a Propane Heating System

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I think I have a solution to your quest that will work well without costing much money. All you need for this project is your propane burner, a pot, an immersion wort

Mr. Wizard

Mr. Wizard

Predicting Mash pH

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Being able to predict mash pH based on brewing water composition and grist bill is something of great practical use to brewers. Clearly not all beer styles brewed in Munich, for example,

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Article

Rethinking Beer Faults

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Gordon Strong has judged at literally hundreds of homebrew competitions. In that time, he’s sampled every beer fault known to man. He takes us through the rising trend of faults tied to newer brewing methods, how to detect them, their causes, and, most importantly, how to avoid them in future batches.

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Simple Temperature Control

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In a hobby where so many pieces of equipment serve a single purpose, it’s satisfying to find items that can serve many functions. With a heat mat and temperature controller, the opportunities are aplenty.

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The Special Altbiers of Düsseldorf

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Each fall, four of the five remaining classic altbier breweries in Düsseldorf, Germany, have annual special beer releases. They are bigger versions of the delicious altbier that they brew and serve every day. Jamil Zainasheff made a trip so he could attend the release
of three of them in 2023 and returned home with information on how homebrewers can recreate these beers themselves.

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BYO’s Vermont Brewery, Bike & Hike Tour

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Brew Your Own Publisher Brad Ring led a group of readers on a tour of some of our favorite spots to play and drink in our home state of Vermont last fall. We share a recap of the trip with images from some of the best stops.

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Subversive Malting & Brewing Co.

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While it may be more common in Bamberg, Germany, here in the United States there are very few breweries that are malting their own grains. Travel to Catskill, New York, to learn about one brewery that is successfully making it happen along with a recipe for their Dark Harvest stout.

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Scavenging Oxygen, a Propane Heating System, and Water Chemistry

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It’s long been proven that bottle-conditioned beer lasts longer than those bottled already carbonated. The Wiz dives into the reasoning behind this and it may surprise some people. He also shares ideas for a propane heater and takes a dive into the daunting world of mash pH chemistry calculations.

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Sweet Stout

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With origins in the United Kingdom, the sweet (or milk) stout has found a following in the U.S. craft beer scene. Gordon Strong digs into its history and provides pointers to brew a classic example of the original lactose-infused beer.

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Wort Chilling Advice

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Actively chilling wort after the boil is complete is an optional task that often requires a lot of water. Learn why we generally try to rapidly chill our wort, the methods and equipment utilized, and some best techniques when using the various systems homebrewers have devised.

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Quick Connects

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Quick connects allow various configurations to be employed quickly and efficiently in different parts of a brewhouse, in the cellar, and in draft systems. Take a spin through the many quick connects that brewers are utilizing in today’s homebrewing world.

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Ancestral Brew

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When a half-joking comment led to a journey 4,500 miles (7,200 km) away, we knew we needed to learn more. Find out how a father-son duo from Vancouver, British Columbia, found themselves at an international beer festival in Norway drinking ancient beer styles that spoke to their
own ancestral roots.

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Article

Yeast Flocculation

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Yeast suppliers list flocculation attributes of each yeast strain, but what exactly does it mean, and why should we take it into consideration when choosing a strain? Find out.