May-June 2016

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Feeling the Craftfluenza?

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Visiting the grocery cooler used to be so easy. Reach in and grab a six pack of Long Trail and be off, glad to have my hands on some tasty fresh ale

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Selecting Yeast for Beginners

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As the saying goes, “brewers make wort, yeast make beer.” So, it is important — whether developing a new recipe or ordering a kit already assembled by a retailer — to put

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Brasserie Saint James: The Wit Album

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This Reno, Nevada brewery’s witbier is a cloudy pale yellow and features spicy, fruity, citrus aromas.

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Candi Sugars & Syrups

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Malt contributes most of the Maillard reaction products in beer, but in this column we take a look at the other ingredients affected by the Maillard reaction. Plus: Make your own Belgian candi syrup.

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Fining Homebrew

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“Finings” is brewer speak for flocculants that are used in brewing to clarify suspensions of solids in a liquid, such as trub in wort and yeast in beer. Such solids remain suspended

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Cultivate Your Own House Yeast

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For thousands of years yeast have been used to make bread, wine, and beer. In fact, modern day archaeologists have found ceramic pots in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs containing dried yeast

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Brew In A Bag Mash Efficiency

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New and experienced all-grain brewers moving to Brew-In-A-Bag (BIAB) techniques often have concerns about how it will affect their mash. BIAB traditionally uses a full volume mash, which means the ratio of

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Small Batch BIAB Experimenting

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Some homebrewers love to brew a recipe until it’s perfected, making it their go-to batch. Others never brew the same thing twice. I write a lot of recipes, some of which can

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Brew In A Bag Best Practices

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You’ve heard by now that Brew-In-A-Bag (BIAB) is an easy way to start all-grain brewing — and it’s true! But that doesn’t mean, however, that it doesn’t require some attention to detail.

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10 Newer Hop Varieties & Recipes

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Check out ten newer hop varieties that are now available to homebrewers. Plus, try brewing four hoppy homebrew recipes with the newer releases. You may have noticed some new hop names on

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Belgian Single

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by the numbers OG: 1.044-1.054 FG:1.004-1.010 SRM:3-5 IBU:25-45 ABV:4.8-6.0% Trappist monasteries are rightfully known for their excellent beers. Brewed with devotion and service in mind, these beers are used to generate money

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Sparge Water & Yeast Viability: Mr. Wizard

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Q So much fuss has been made about mashing in grains with the correct ratio of water to grains for the initial mash. So if I’m doing a batch sparge, can I

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New Hop Evaluation: Tips from the Pros

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It’s no longer a surprise to read a label of a new commercial beer release and find a hop variety you’ve never heard of before. Hop breeders are coming out with new

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Brasserie Saint James’ The Wit Album: Replicator

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Dear Replicator, We recently took some family and friends to the Brasserie Saint James in Reno, Nevada. Along with some fantastic food, we enjoyed a great lineup of Belgian-style beers. We tried a great saison and a golden strong

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Hard Ginger Beer

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Hard Ginger Beer (5 gallons/19 L)OG = 1.038 FG = 0.995 ABV = 5.5% Kit Harrington of Root Sellers’ advises, “Start with the freshest ingredients possible, they really show when you make

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Hard Root Beer

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Hard Root Beer (5 gallons/19 L)OG = 1.038 FG = 0.995 ABV = 5.5% Kit Harrington of Root Sellers’ advises, “Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), is great for knocking the acidity down and

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Hard Root & Ginger Beers

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Find out how to make hard root beer and hard ginger beer at home.

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DIY Bottle Cap Designs

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Want to make your bottle stand out? Add a design to the cap using this acrylic transfer method.