cover image for the November 2023 issue of Brew Your Own magazine with cover story on Thiols

November 2023

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2023 Holiday Gift Guide

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This holiday season give the gift of beer! Check out all of the great beer gear in our 2023 Holiday Gift Guide for gift ideas for friends and family or make your own homebrew holiday wishlist…

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Homebrewing as an Educational Experience for Kids

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Teaching kids about the brewing process has implications with other facets of our world. Maximize the learning possibilities by sharing the science of what we do every time we make beer with those still too young to enjoy its results.

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completed 0 TDS water filter system with 2 prefilters, 2 RO systems, and 2 deionization filters

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Frank-N-Filter

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Brewers who have to deal with very hard water or changing water profiles from their faucet should find a solution to treat it. One homebrewer set out to build the ultimate water filtration system that would make even a chemist proud

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Guinness-style nitro stout faucet with a long narrow spout

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Gas Dynamics

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Most draft systems require an outside source of gas and a regulator to control their flow. Learn about the various options we have in the gas world and different ways they can be applied to maximize your draft experience.

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a dark porter-like beer in a Pilsner-style, tall glass

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Not Craig’s Smoked Porter!

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(5 gallons/19 L, all-grain) OG = 1.070  FG = 1.016 IBU = 45  SRM = 33  ABV = 7.2% Recipe courtesy of Jeff Gladish who is a bona fide rauchbier fanatic (see picture

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charcoal grill with a long exhaust vent to a smoking box where malt is cold-smoked for flavor

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Learn How to Smoke Your Beers

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Beer produced with smoked malts don’t need to be smoke bombs. Learn to craft your own smoked malts and use them in recipes.

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pilsner-lager glass, with no stem, a pale straw-colored beer with rocky head

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Rice Lager

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If you are looking for a beer with a clean and crisp character with very low bitterness, you’ve come to the right place. Gordon Strong takes us on a journey through the mechanics to brew Japanese rice lagers or simply rice lagers.

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pilsner-lager glass, with no stem, a pale straw-colored beer with rocky head

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Gordon Strong’s Rice Lager

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I like having a good, clean lager on tap, and this one has a refreshing quality while still being interesting.

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Getting Into the Nitty Gritty on Apparent Attenuation

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This is a great question that touches on several topics. I’ll start with a brief description of what you already know about mashing. For a given malt, wort fermentability is a function

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The Dynamics Of Lukr Faucets

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Lukr beer faucets, often referred to as “Lukrs,” have been popping up all over North America in recent years due to the rising popularity of traditional Pilsners and other lagers by beer-loving

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Lukr style faucets commonly have horizontal swinging pull handles

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Faucet Dynamics, Apparent Attenuation

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A homebrewer recently acquired a Lukr faucet for his home draft system and wants some advice on how to properly use it. Also, learn about the details of apparent attenuation.

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Garage Project Brewery

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The Replicator gets a request for a beer style that is too often overlooked . . . an American-style pale ale, brewed by a New Zealand brewery that is doing a remarkable job with it.

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Large cans of Garage Project's Dirty Boots pale ale

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Garage Project’s Dirty Boots Pale Ale clone

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Dirty Boots pale ale is what the brewery describes as a “full noise” pale ale bordering on an IPA, with assertive bitterness backed up by malt character from a grain bill of Pilsner, crystal, and Munich malt.

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Maximizing Tropical Flavors & Aromas: Tips from the Pros

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There are many ways to get the most tropical aromas and flavors in your hazy IPAs and other styles. Three pros share their approach to boost tropical characteristics.

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2023 Label Contest Winners

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See the winning designs in this year’s homebrew label contest that were selected from hundreds of entries from across the world. View labels featuring an oversized gorilla ready to wreak havoc on Christmas, a Forrest Gump-inspired pooch, a truly Berserker beer-fueled warrior, an unforeseeable future, and much more.

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Thiol Boosting with Grape Skins

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Released a couple of years ago, Phantasm powder is a revolutionary product made from thiol-rich Sauvignon Blanc grape skins. Learn how to get the most from Phantasm in your next brew.

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Are Thiols Worth the Hype?

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Having brewed dozens of different beers with thiolized yeasts and thiol-enhancing products, Michael Tonsmeire explains what thiols do to beer, for better or for worse. Learn what thiols are, where they come from, and the impact they have on beer.

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Sapwood Cellars’ Cosmic Rings clone

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Sapwood Cellars’ Cosmic Rings clone (5 gallons/19 L, all-grain)OG = 1.068  FG = 1.022IBU = 5  SRM = 5  ABV = 6% We love GalaxyTM and Citra® together, but when we can’t

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Sapwood Cellars & Bissel Brothers Brewing Co.’s Field Learning clone

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This beer uses fresh grapes at the end of the process to layer the flavors onto the Phantasm powder used at the start of fermentation.

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Imperiale Beer Project’s Me or the Grapes clone

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A hazy IPA with New Zealand hops, thiol-boosting yeast, Phantasm powder, and Sauvignon Blanc.

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Trillium Brewing Co.’s Dialed-Out clone

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A hazy IPA with New Zealand hops, thiol-boosting yeast, Phantasm powder, and Sauvignon Blanc.

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Christmas Traditions: Unwrapping the secrets to Anchor’s Our Special Ale

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With the announced closing of Anchor Brewing Company this summer, one tradition many beer aficionados realized would be coming to an end was enjoying the brewery’s beloved Our Special Ale, a beer it releases in time for the holidays every year. Learn more about the history of this beer and how it has evolved since its inception nearly 50 years ago. Plus, get advice from a former Anchor Brewmaster to brew a beer similar in style that may just become your new tradition to share with family and friends.

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My Special Ale

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An ode to Anchor Brewing Co.’s annual holiday release Our Special Ale with advice gleaned from former longtime Anchor Brewmaster Scott Ungermann.

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Single- and Two-Vessel Brew Systems

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Find out about the intricacies of single- and two-vessel brewing systems, pros and cons, and how they operate.

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