May-June 2010

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Brew School (Last Call)

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In 1999, I moved to Chico, California. While I was attending college there, I discovered something that would change my expectations of beer, the Sierra Nevada Brewery. Not only could you get

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Making Real Ale at Home

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The title of this column may have made you say something like, “Real ale? All my ale is real!” And you are right; Didn’t Descartes say, “I drink it, therefore it’s real?”

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Growing Barley

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Many homebrewers grow their own hops. For interested homebrewers with a little space in their garden, growing your own barley is also a possibility. Last year, I grew barley in my garden

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Brewing with Oatmeal

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When you say the word, “oats” to a brewer, most often they think of oatmeal stout. But oats are also sometimes used in Belgian witbiers and American stout. In fact, you can

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Kid Groat Bock

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John Palmer opens his recipe book to provide a clean, albeit unique, oat bock recipe.

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Zea Mays Hayes (Creamed Corn Ale)

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Zea Mays Hayes (Creamed Corn Ale) (5 gallons/19 L, all-grain) OG = 1.044 FG = 1.007 IBU = 15 SRM = 6 ABV= 4.7% Ingredients 3 lb 12 oz. (1.7 kg) 6-row

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True Grits

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Grits are a staple of southern cuisine, served at breakfast or other meals. Grits is a porridge made from boiled corn (maize), and is similar to polenta. Grits can be served hot

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Breakfast Cereal Brews

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I stood over the mash tun with the brightly colored box in my hand. As I tipped it over, a cascade of shockingly pink crunchy bits and pastel marshmallows fell onto the

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Cap’N Crunch Amber Oats Ale

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Cap’N Crunch Amber Oats Ale (5 gallons/19 L, extract with grains and cereal) OG = 1.053 FG = 1.011 IBU = 36 SRM = 12 ABV = 5.5% Ingredients 2 lb. 5

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Kellager 1906 Pilsner

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Kellager 1906 Pilsner (Classic American Breakfast Pilsner) (5 gallons/19 L, all-grain) OG = 1.055 FG = 1.010 IBU = 32 SRM = 5 ABV = 5.8% Ingredients 5.5 lbs. (2.5 kg) 6-row

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Frankenberry Weiss

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Frankenberry Weiss (5 gallons/19 L, all-grain) OG = 1.056 FG = 1.008 IBU = 23 SRM = 6 ABV = 6.3% Ingredients 6 lb. (2.7 kg) 2-row pale malt 5 lb. (2.3

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Vermont Maple Golden Ale

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Vermont Maple Golden Ale (5 gallons/19 L, all-grain with maple syrup) OG = 1.046 FG = 1.010 IBU = 17 SRM = 7+ ABV = 4.6% Ingredients 6.5 lbs. (3.0 kg) Maris

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Brewing With Maple

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Maple is such an intriguing flavor, both sweet and smoky at the same time. It’s a natural adjunct in brewing and can add a terrific boost of flavor to almost any style.

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Wake Up and Smell the Coffee

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Many brewers start their morning with a cup of coffee and end their evening with a glass of beer. It was only a matter of time before someone thought to combine the

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Wolaver’s Alta Gracia Coffee Porter clone

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Wolaver’s Alta Gracia Coffee Porter clone (5 gallons/19 L, all-grain) OG = 1.068 FG = 1.020 IBU = 27 SRM = 65 ABV = 6.2% Ingredients 11.25 lbs. (5.1 kg) 2-row pale

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Duncan Hills Brutal Coffee Porter

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Would you like a smooth-drinking porter with subtle coffee notes layered in between the roasted grain aromas? Then don’t even look at this recipe. If you like your coffee black, your porter robust and your death metal Swedish, then this your beer.

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Make Mine a Ballantine

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During the late 1960s and 1970s, when I was young and did a fair amount of traveling, one beer I was fond of was Ballantine XXX Ale. It was an ale rather

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Oatmeal Stout: Tips from the Pros

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While a glass of oatmeal stout may or may not lower your cholesterol, it’s still pretty tasty. That’s because oatmeal brings a silky texture and vanilla-esque oat flavors to the party. In

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Ballantine Brewing Co.’s Ballantine IPA clone

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Ballantine carried the hoppy torch for many years with their Ballantine IPA. You can try to recreate that classic amber-colored beer with this recipe.

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Barley’s Brewing Co.’s Blurry Bike IPA clone

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Columbus, Ohio based Barley Brewing Co. asks that homebrewers “Ride your bike to the local homebrew shop to get the supplies – it won’t turn out the same otherwise!” — Angelo Signorino

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Short’s Brewing Company: Magician Ale clone

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“The Magician is a lustrous, dark-red, London style Red Ale with a rich grain bill. The grain combination lends complex notes of toasted caramel, raisins, chocolate, and roasted toffee. Very light hop additions let the true malt characters show throughout this beer.”

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Belgian Tripel

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With the popularity and availability of Westmalle Tripel in the United States over the years, it seems hard to believe that my first real taste of Westmalle Tripel was while wandering around

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Charlotte’s Some Pig Porter

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The dry-hogged porter will provide some smokiness to the chocolate profile of the beer.

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Evaporation rates

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Knowing the evaporation rate of your equipment is important when trying to brew beer to a target original gravity. There a few things that you can consider to solve the problem you

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Mash Stirring

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There is indeed much information about mash stirring and the use of agitated mash mixers is the norm in modern commercial breweries. The primary reason for stirring the mash is to provide

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Bacon Beer

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day — because many breakfast food ingredients can be used in beer. Check out this recipe for using bacon – yes, bacon – in your next brew!

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Build a Heated Keg Cleaner: Projects

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Keep your kegs and carboys clean with this bucket-based spray cleaner.