November 2019

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Wort Chilling

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One of the first challenges a new brewer runs into is how to chill their boiling hot wort down to room temperature to pitch the yeast. I recall filling the bathtub with

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Reviving Extinct German Beer Styles

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Lurking in the dark recesses of beer history are many formerly famous brews that are now all but forgotten. This is particularly true in countries with old beer cultures, such as Great

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Güstrower Kniesenack

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Güstrower Kniesenack (5 gallons/19 L, all-grain)OG = 1.076  FG = 1.014 IBU= 15  SRM = 18  ABV= 8.1% Ingredients12.5 lbs. (5.7 kg) Weyermann Bohemian Floor-Malted Pilsner 2.65 lbs. (1.2 kg) Weyermann Beech-Smoked Barley malt (rauchmalz)6

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Keutebier

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Keutebier (5 gallons/19 L, all-grain)OG = 1.046  FG = 1.014 IBU = 5  SRM = 3.4  ABV = 4.7% Ingredients6 lbs. (2.7 kg) Weyermann Bohemian Floor-Malted Pilsner Malt1.75 lbs. (0.8 kg) Weyermann Bohemian

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Potsdamer Stangenbier

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Potsdamer Stangenbier (5 gallons/19 L, all-grain)OG = 1.050  FG = 1.010IBU = 15  SRM = 3  ABV = 5.3% Ingredients6.5 lbs. (3 kg) Weyermann Barke® Pilsner malt 2.2 lbs. (1 kg) Weyermann Floor-Malted

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Historic Weiss

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Wiess (5 gallons/19 L, all-grain)OG = 1.040  FG = 1.010IBU = 25  SRM = 4  ABV = 3.8% Ingredients5.3 lbs. (2.4 kg) Weyermann Bohemian Floor-Malted Pilsner Malt1.8 lbs. (0.82 kg) pale wheat

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Segelschiffmumme & Stadtmumme

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Segelschiffmumme (First Runnings) OG = 1.128  FG = 1.037  IBU = 80  SRM = 14  ABV = 12.1% Stadtmumme (second runnings) OG = 1.043 (before a 75-minute boil)  FG = 1.005 IBU = 40 

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Home Bar Builds

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We asked readers to share pictures and stories behind their bar designs. Here are our favorites: Dan Stocker • Red Deer, Alberta When we purchased our house two years ago, one of

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Design a Homebrew Bar

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You’ve been brewing for a few years, perhaps have your kegging system down pat and are confident in your ability to nail beer styles. What’s next? If you have time, some spare

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Winter Warmers

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Looking for a taste of the season? Winter warmers are just that; with the bite to take away the cold, these rich beers often have spices and flavors reminiscent of the holiday season. Here are 5 winter warmer clone recipes to brew for when the weather gets cold.

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Collision Bend Brewing Co.’s 8 Crazy Nights clone

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(5 gallons/19 L, all-grain)OG = 1.078  FG = 1.018 IBU = 25  SRM = 13  ABV= 8.2% 8 Crazy nights is a full-bodied spiced winter ale brewed with cinnamon, honey, and apples. Ingredients13

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Tröegs Brewing Co.’s Mad Elf clone

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Back in 2002, Owners Chris and John Trogner decided to brew a special beer — a big Belgian-style ale with cherries and honey — for the holidays, and thus, a superstar named Mad Elf was born. The calculated SRM is the color prior to the cherry puree addition. The final color of the beer will be ruby red.

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Weekend Welcome (Samuel Smith’s Winter Welcome Homage Brew)

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Weekend Welcome (Samuel Smith’s Winter Welcome Homage Brew) (5 gallons/19 L, all-grain)OG = 1.056  FG = 1.010IBU = 32  SRM = 16  ABV = 6% Samuel Smith’s Brewery holds the recipe for Winter Welcome

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The Lost Abbey Brewing Co.’s Gnoel de Abbey clone

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The Lost Abbey Brewing Co.’s Gnoel de Abbey clone Gnoel de Abbey is a blend of two different beers. To re-create Gnoel de Abbey at home, brew both base beer styles, then

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Great Lakes Brewing Co.’s Christmas Ale clone

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Great Lakes Brewing Co.’s Christmas Ale clone (5 gallons/19 L, all-grain)OG = 1.070  FG = 1.012IBU = 30  SRM = 19  ABV = 7.5% By Cleveland tradition, the annual release of Christmas Ale

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Brew Dad: Making it a family affair

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Any homebrewer that enters the world of parenting knows the challenge to be both. Enter the Brew Dad.

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Dose Carbing: CO2 generation from sugar sources

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Priming beer is often an overlooked facet by many homebrewers, but there is a whole world of interesting ways to go about carbonating. Learn some of the more advanced techniques.

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Nanobrewery Models: Exploring three business plans

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Cameron Johnson explores three different business models that brewerers looking to get into the small-scale professional side can take.

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Tweaking Out: The many ways to adjust a recipe

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How do you go about re-working a recipe on a beer that didn’t quite live up to your expectations? Find out some of the basic rules to tweaking a recipe.

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Kellerbier

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This recipe is based on the gold-medal winner kellerbier Mut Lager from Cervecería Mut out of Quito, Ecuador. Special thanks to the Brewer Dora Durán for her help pulling this recipe together for the homebrew scale.

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Kellerbier: The Real Lager of Germany

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While popular in its indigenous region of Germany, kellerbier has often been a poorly understood style. Gordon explores the intricacies of this Franconian “Real Lager.”

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The Not-So-Great Hop Fade, Step Mashing, and Frozen Fruit

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The Wizard delves into the mysteries of hop fade as well as the logic of adding frozen fruit to beer and the nuances of step-mash timing.

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10 Tips for Beginners

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Find 10 tips written for the new homebrewer, but should be tips followed by ALL brewers.

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The Details of Step-Mashing

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Let’s start out with two quick answers to your questions. Heating time is definitely an important part of the mash and it most certainly should be counted. In fact, control over the

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Handling With Frozen Fruit

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Hollywood movies generously apply dramatic license in all matters of the world. But when it comes to portraying the resurrection of frozen life forms, there is not much exaggeration when the organism

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The Not-So-Great Hop Fade

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Question and answer columns can be really frustrating for the writer when a question seems totally answerable until details within the question get in the way of the answer. Pesky details! This

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Drop-In Brewing Co.’s Heart of Lothian clone

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In terms of style, the beer is considered a Scottish 90/- or wee heavy and uses, “Scottish Golden Promise barley malt, British floor-malted crystal, and chocolate malts, Fuggle and Kent Golding hops, and British yeast.”

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Drop-In Brewing Co.

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A well-balanced wee heavy (Scottish 90/-) may seem like a straight-forward style to brew, but a challenge to master. The Replicator gets the skinny on Heart of Lothian, a wee heavy from one of the legends in the brewing world.

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Water Control System: Making the most of a float switch

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A float switch can be a beautiful addition to any homebrewery. Learn about one homebrewer’s water control system that helps him achieve three goals during his brew day.

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Draft Care

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Pouring a beer with a perfect head of foam from your draft system is a thing of beauty, but without proper maintenance the experience can be spoiled. Keep things from going off

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Drool Page

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Featuring some of the latest drool worthy features found in our Homebrew Nation section of BYO. Homebrew Drool Setup — JR Renna • Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania Many of us have fun names