November 2021

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2021 Homebrewer’s Holiday Gift Guide

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This holiday season give the gift of beer! Check out all of the great beer gear in BYO’s 2021 Holiday Gift Guide for some ideas for friends and family. Or make your own homebrew holiday wishlist…

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Keezer Modifications: Giving your draft system polishing touches

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Remember when having your homebrew poured from a keg was a novel concept? How times have changed. Check out these keezer modifications a homebrewer came up with.

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Drink Two and Call Me In The Morning: Balancing medical school and homebrewing

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The Dogshead Brewing team first started to take shape when I got my acceptance letter to attend medical school in the fall of 2020. See, I was already a homebrewer having grown

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Marketing Spend: How to plan and budget for your nano

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Whether a startup or established nanobrewery, developing a realistic and well thought-out marketing plan and budget is crucial to your brewery’s longevity and success.

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Faucet Design: From functional to fancy

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Brewers looking to set up their bars have a lot of options available to them when it comes to selecting a faucet. Here are some of the various designs out there.

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Equipment Calibration: Tuning up your gear

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What good is a thermometer if it is telling you the wrong information? Make sure you can trust your equipment by keeping it calibrated.

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Gordon Strong’s Sahti

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(5 gallons/19 L, all-grain)OG = 1.099 FG = 1.038IBU = 9 SRM = 16 ABV = 9% Ingredients15.5 lbs. (7 kg) Pilsner malt2 lbs. (0.91 kg) dark Munich malt2 lbs. (0.91 kg)

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Sahti: A traditional Finnish farmhouse ale

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As the oldest continually brewed beer style in the world, sahti production does not follow modern brewing practices. Explore what makes this Finnish farmhouse beer unique.

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Keys To Great Weizen, Using Fresh-Picked Hops, Aging Beer, and Beer Burps

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The Wizard provides tips for crafting a high-quality hefeweizen. Readers also seek advice on using freshly picked hops, a homebrewed beer’s lifespan, and if there is any merit to judging beer based on a beer burp.

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Using Beer Burp to Help Judge a Beer?

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This just goes to show that learning never stops. I can state with conviction that I have never heard or read about this method in decent circles. But I am choosing to

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Aging Your Homebrew Beer

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Hey Bob, before I attempt to answer this question I just want to let you in on a secret. If I could really answer this question, I would be retired on an

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Brewing Beer With Fresh-Picked Hops

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Thanks for the fun question! This topic is a great reminder that beer has been brewed way longer than our scientific understanding of raw materials, brewing, and beer. It wasn’t long ago

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Keys To Brewing A Great Weizen

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I also love hefeweizens and enjoy brewing and drinking weizen beers! Weizen is definitely a yeast-driven style, where fermentation products really define the flavor profile. Let’s set yeast aside for a moment

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Castle Danger Brewery’s Nordic Sahti clone

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(5 gallons/19 L, all-grain)OG = 1.053 FG = 1.011IBU = 26 SRM = 7 ABV = 5.5% Ingredients8 lbs. (3.6 kg) Pilsen malt1.25 lbs. (567 g) Briess caramel malt (10 °L)1 lb.

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Castle Danger Brewery

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Found on the North Shore of Lake Superior, Castle Danger Brewing Co. shares the design and steps to crafting a fairly unique brew in the U.S. craft beer scene: Nordic Sahti.

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Heisler

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Brew Hollywood’s favorite fictional beer — Heisler — at home!

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2021 Label Contest Winners

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With hundreds of entries submitted into BYO’s 26th annual Homebrew Label Contest, we did the hard work and whittled them down to choose our favorites.

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Crafting Oak-Aged Cider

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Take your hard ciders to the next level with oak-aging. Whether in a barrel or through oak alternatives, these ciders feature a depth of flavor and complexity otherwise unobtainable. Two ciderheads share their tips for oak aging.

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Smoothie Sours

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Like a fruited Berliner weisse on steroids, smoothie sours are loaded with fruits, adjuncts, and over-the-top flavor. They have become some of the most sought-after beers being produced today, and are among the most fun beer styles to brew. With ingredients such as soft-serve ice cream mix, marshmallows, graham crackers, and cheesecake mix paired with your favorite fruits and Lactobacillus to provide a balancing sourness, get ready for the new dessert in a glass.

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Brewing Down Under

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Australia’s beer landscape has changed dramatically over the past decade — from mass-produced lagers to flavorful craft beers gaining an adoring crowd. Most of that success can be traced back to the homebrewing hobby, which is also alive and well Down Under. Plus: Brew some Australian craft beer clones.

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Cupitt’s Estate’s Eclipse Hazy Pale Ale clone

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Cupitt’s Estate’s Eclipse Hazy Pale Ale clone (5 gallons/19 L, all-grain)OG = 1.048  FG = 1.010IBU = 30  SRM = 4  ABV = 5% Ingredients7.8 lbs. (3.5 kg) 2-row pale malt1 lb.

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One Drop Brewing Co’s Double Mango Passionfruit Sorbet

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One Drop Brewing Co’s Double Mango Passionfruit Sorbet (7 gallons/26.5 L, all-grain)OG = 1.074  (pre-souring)  FG = 1.025IBU = 5  ABV = 7%  A full-bodied and thick imperial smoothie style sour showcasing

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Hawkers’ West Coast IPA clone

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Hawkers’ West Coast IPA clone (5 gallons/19 L, all-grain)OG = 1.065  FG = 1.010IBU = 65  SRM = 6  ABV = 7.2% Ingredients9.9 lbs. (4.5 kg) North American pale ale malt 2.7 lbs.

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Into the Heislerverse

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It has survived alien, robot, and zombie apocalypses, been thrown back at local watering holes, and taken up space in fridges across the globe. Learn about Hollywood’s favorite fictional beer brand through a homebrewer’s quest to brew the real thing.

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MASH Barrel Red Sour

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MASH Barrel Red Sour (5 gallons/19 L, all-grain)OG = 1.075  FG = 1.012IBU = 14  SRM = 15  ABV = 8.3% After the first MASH barrel had already soured we continued to

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Better Together: Club Barrel Shares

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Maintaining a homebrew barrel program can be a lot of fun, but it is difficult by yourself if you want to use a full-size barrel. These are the perfect sizes for homebrew clubs, however. A New Jersey club shares how it successfully operates a two-barrel program for its members.

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MASH Barrel Tripel

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MASH Barrel Tripel (5 gallons/19 L, all-grain) OG = 1.080  FG = 1.009IBU = 33  SRM = 4  ABV = 9.4% This is the fourth recipe members of the MASH homebrew club brewed

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Cloning A Favorite Beer

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A popular pastime with homebrewers is trying to replicate their favorite, commercially-available beers . . . cloning a beer. Get some pointers on a cloning a favorite beer.