Date: November 2017

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The Importance of Brewing Ingredients

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In full disclosure, I work for BSG, a wholly owned subsidiary of Rahr Malting Company in Shakopee, Minnesota, and do bring some bias with the answer that follows. BSG sells malt, hops,


Milking It: The New Age of Lactose

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Creativity in the brewhouse and experimentation with new ingredients by craft and homebrewers continues to produce new styles of beer and variations on traditional styles that would not have been dreamt of even a decade ago. One of those ingredients that is rapidly gaining popularity is lactose. A non-fermentable sugar, at least by Saccharomyces cerevisiae

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American Brown Ale

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Last May, I was in Argentina to judge and speak at the South Beer Cup, sort of the Great American Beer Festival of South America. I spent several hours traveling with Pete Slosberg, one of the heroes of the early days of the modern American craft beer movement who was also there to judge, and

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Milkshake IPA: Tips from the Pros

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Brewer: Michael Tonsmeire,  Sapwood Cellars in Columbia, MD Milkshake IPA is one of the latest adaptations in the Specialty IPA category, but many would argue against this nomenclature. With very subdued hop bitterness, strong fruit character from copious amounts of late-boil and dry hops along with the addition of such ingredients as lactose sugar, vanilla

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Making Malt Vinegar

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Homebrewers spend a fair amount of time and effort preventing beer from oxidizing. But the best-laid plans don’t always work out, and every brewer — and beer drinker for that matter — has dumped out a beer that was neglected and left aging past its prime. You don’t need to dump that oxidized beer out,

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Large-Scale Homebrew Systems

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Be sure to check out the comparison chart of all the models covered here at the bottom of this article. Homebrew systems have gone BIG. Large three- vessel brewing systems are simply


Session Meads: Making Carbonated, Lower-ABV Meads

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While mead is usually a double-digit ABV beverage, a relatively new style of more sessionable mead is becoming popular. Learn the keys to making carbonated, lower-alcohol meads to be enjoyed on any occasion.


Full Batch All-Grain Brewing in a Small Space

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My brewing obsession began when a friend invited me to his house to make beer with him. He had a large house with a basement where he kept all his beer equipment, and his setup was impressive. He had one of those computerized brew stands with three burners, a mash tun, hot liquor tank, and

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Icelandic Brew

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The history of beer in Iceland is interesting, not least for the effect of the prohibition, that in the case of the beer, was surprisingly long. The prohibition started in Iceland in 1915, when a total ban on alcohol was instituted. The ban for wine was lifted in 1928 and for spirits in 1935. For

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Motorize Your Grain Mill

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DISCLAIMER: WE ARE WORKING WITH 115V. IF YOU ARE NOT COMFORTABLE WITH YOUR ABILITIES, CONSULT AN ELECTRICIAN OR SOMEONE WHO IS. Like many, I started out with extract, moved to extract with specialty grains, partial mash, then all-grain. Up until I reached partial mash, I used zip-top bags and a rubber mallet to crush my

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Clear Steps to Filtering Homebrew

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If you’re thinking, “why would I want to filter my beer?” you’re not alone. Filtering is an excellent technique to implement when homebrewing. Clarity is important to many brewers and drinkers, and is often a mark of quality in beer. It can improve the stability of your beer as well. Some, including myself, would argue

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Nanobrewing: The Business Case for the Nano

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The year was 2012 and I was standing in front of about 300 people at the Craft Brewers Convention in Washington, DC armed with nothing more than me, myself, and I. This


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