May-June 2022

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2022 Homebrew Father’s Day Gift Guide

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Nothing says “I love you” to a homebrewer quite like a homebrew-related gift. Say so this Father’s Day with the help of our Gift Guide.

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Barrel Aging: Nine tips to start your own program

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Starting your own barrel-aging program can be a daunting task. But for those dedicated to the cause, Denver Beer Co.’s Andy Parker has nine tips to get you going.

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A Homebrewer’s Challenge: If you ever find yourself stuck

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Peer pressure isn’t just a middle school phenomenon. A homebrew shop owner who has spent his entire life immersed in homebrewing culture wants to remind you to be true to your own tastes and what you want to drink

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Mash Uniformity: Single-vessel temperature stability

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The rise of the single-vessel brew systems has revolutionized the way homebrewers make beer. But they are not without their faults . . . mash temperature stratification is one of them. Check out one brewer’s way to correct it.

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Gluten Reducing: Taking control of this protein

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Gluten intolerance and celiac disease are two related but distinct conditions. Beer fans in one of these camps need to take special precautions when looking to enjoy a cold one. Get some help for brewing a gluten-reduced beer.

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Gordon Strong’s Bière de Garde

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An amber bière de garde in the style of Jenlain using (mostly) malts from the area.

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Bière de Garde: From the French countryside

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The French farmhouse style we know as bière de garde has a somewhat fuzzy history. Gordon Strong catches us up on how the modern take of the beer style came to be identified and the keys to crafting a quenching rendition of your own

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Removing Trub, Munich Malts Explained, D-rests, and Dip Hopping

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How important is it to remove the trub before fermentation? Get the Wizard’s thoughts on this topic as well as an in-depth look at Munich-style malts, the importance of diacetyl rests, and a primer on dip hopping.

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Get The Scoop On Dip Hopping

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Perhaps the most interesting things about dip hopping are the amount of data about the technique along with its relatively low-profile presence in the weird world of brewing hype. Before jumping into

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The Importance Of A Diacetyl Rest

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Diacetyl rests or colloquially known as d-rests, whether brewing lagers or ales, are good insurance policies to help ward off diacetyl. Many recipes focus on wort production and provide little in the

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Munich Malts Explained

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The differences among specialty malts is confusing for a number of reasons, including how the same description, such as Munich or crystal, is used for a wide range of malts. And some

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The Importance of Removing Trub

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The range of methods used by brewers to produce beer certainly is not lacking of variety. There are commercial brewers of great, hoppy beers who accept high wort losses when high hop

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Fair Isle Brewing

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A brewery that eschews IPAs in the modern craft beer world is seemingly a rare commodity. Take a trip to the Pacific Northwest to visit a farmhouse-style focused brewery that does exactly that.

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Fair Isle Brewing’s Madame R. Galle clone

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A very pale, almost straw-colored farmhouse saison, Madame R. Galle is identified by its dense, fluffy white head. A slight haze may be present.

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Pickle Beer

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If you are on the hunt for a beer that is nice and refreshing on a hot day, here is a recipe for you!

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Patriot Homebrew Supply’s Better Best Bitter clone

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Patriot Homebrew Supply’s Better Best Bitter clone (5 gallons/19 L, all-grain)OG = 1.041  FG = 1.010IBU = 34  SRM = 11  ABV = 4.2%   Ingredients8 lbs. (3.6 kg) Maris Otter pale

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Earth Eagle Brewing Co.’s New England Gangsta clone

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Earth Eagle Brewing Co.’s New England Gangsta clone (5 gallons/19 L, all-grain)OG = 1.058   FG = 1.010IBU = 54  SRM = 6  ABV = 6.4% This West Coast-style IPA is a

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Unicorn Brewing Co.’s Cliffhanger Kölsch-Style Beer clone

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Unicorn Brewing Co.’s Cliffhanger Kölsch-Style Beer clone (5 gallons/19 L, all-grain)OG = 1.053  FG = 1.011IBU = 25  SRM = 4  ABV = 5.5%   This is a scaled down version of

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New Ventures Brewing Co.’s Stuck on the Earth clone

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New Ventures Brewing Co.’s Stuck on the Earth clone (5 gallons/19 L, all-grain)OG = 1.063  FG = 1.012IBU = 73  SRM = 6.6  ABV = 6.8%  American IPA brewed with fresh ginger.

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What’s Brewing at the Local Homebrew Shop

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Homebrew shops and craft breweries are two of our favorite places to hang out, explore what’s new, and talk to like-minded people. But what if the two could be combined? Turns out, there are a handful of homebrew shops that also operate craft breweries. We explore four of these unique hybrid models and share a clone recipe from each.

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Brewing with Rye: Tips from the Pros

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Rye adds a unique flavor to beers while also increasing head retention and adding a fuller mouthfeel. Get tips on brewing three different styles with rye from three pros.

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Varietal Meads

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There are more than 300 honey varietals in the United States, and countless others across the world. Each has unique characteristics that differ from another in taste, aroma, color, and even mouthfeel. Learn more about some of the most popular honey varieties and tips to create your own varietal mead.

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Varietal Mead

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Varietal Mead (5 gallons/19 L)OG = 1.120  FG = 1.012  ABV = 14% Most of the traditional mead recipes that I make follow this ratio: 1 part honey, 3 parts water. Using

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Fairgate Gingerbread Stout

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Fairgate Gingerbread Stout (5 gallons/19 L, all-grain)OG = 1.088  FG = 1.021IBU = 51  SRM = 50  ABV = 9% Ingredients8.8 lbs. (4 kg) North American 2-row malt2.1 lbs. (0.95 kg) Munich

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The Queen’s Mead

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Bitten by the meadmaking bug during the pandemic, Paul Crowther set out to make a historic mead. Not just any mead steeped in history, but one said to have been enjoyed by Queen Elizabeth I and possibly created by ancient Celts who occupied Britain more than 1,000 years earlier. Learn about the history and techniques to create this mead yourself.

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The Queen’s Mead Recipe

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OG = 1.073  FG = 0.998  ABV = 9.8% Bitten by the meadmaking bug during the pandemic, Paul Crowther set out to make a historic mead. Not just any mead steeped in

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All in the Neighborhood

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Fairgate Brewing’s story begins with my story. I started to appreciate beer in the late 80s at the Horseshoe Pub in Hudson, Massachusetts, where they had 100 beers on tap — pretty

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Fruited Beer

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Spring is the time to start planning your beers for summer and nothing says summer like a fruited beer. Get some pointers on brewing one.