October 2012

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shaker pint of american pale ale with a large foam head

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Pistachio Pale Ale

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What’s better than drinking beer and eating pistachios? Smashing them together (of course) and making citrusy pale ale using Palisade hops with a smoky pistachio kick.

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Sunflower Seed Dark Hefeweizen

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This recipe takes advantage of the head retention power of wheat to blend in some flavors of toasted sunflower seeds. Sunflower seeds are very oily, so toasting the seeds to get a large amount of the oils removed is essential.

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Pecan Doppelbock

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I chose a doppelbock because of its rich, full-bodied, caramel malty flavor, blanketed light hop aroma with a light ruby-hazed color. This style with the pecan addition just screams Thanksgiving to me.

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Smoked Pumpkin Seed Saison

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Pumpkin spice ales and lagers are the most common styles of this gourd-like brew, but the saison style has some peppery spice undertones I thought might balance well.

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Your First Homebrew Competition

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Competitions can be a fun way to learn more about brewing better homebrews — and maybe earn some bragging rights as well. If you are interested in seeing how your homebrews stack

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Sumpin’ Like Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ (Wheat IPA)

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If you enjoy the Lagunitas Brewing Co.’s A Little Sumpin Sumpin, then you should enjoy this homebrewed version. Smooth malt background with the help of wheat and Victory® malt and a huge hop profile.

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Smooth Rye’d

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As the name implies, this is a smooth version of a rye IPA. It has the characteristic “snap” from rye and rye malt, but this is not as pronounced as in some rye beers. If you’d prefer a more “in your face” version, try adding a pound (0.45 kg) of rye malt to your mash.

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Bombay After Dark

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Bombay After Dark (5 gallons/19 L, all-grain) OG = 1.070 FG = 1.018 IBU = 49 SRM = 27 ABV = 7.1% Ingredients 11.5 lbs. (5.2 kg) 2-row pale malt 1 lb.

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Tragen Babbel (Belgian IPA)

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Belgian IPAs can be a challenge, balancing the Belgian yeast character with the hop character. You don’t want one to overpower the other. This recipe helps toe that line.

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Abita Brewing Company: Andygator Doppelbock clone

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This original high-gravity brew is made with Pilsner hops, German lager yeast, and German Perle hops and features a slightly sweet flavor and dry aroma.

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Build a Mash Temperature Controller

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I spent a lot of time controlling temperatures on the cold side of the brewing process in my early homebrew days, including temperature control during grain, hop and yeast storage, yeast propagation

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Preventing Diacetyl

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Vicinal diketones (VDKs) are the products of normal beer fermentation within a brewery. The two VDKs that are of primary concern to brewers are 2,3-butanedione (diacetyl) and 2,3-pentanedione. Diacetyl in a finished

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All-Grain Brewing in a Bag

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Your first thought on this term might be that this is the simplest form of brewing possible. Perhaps something like open the bag, sprinkle in fairy dust and drink the beer? But

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Doppelbock

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by the numbers OG: 1.072–1.112 (17.5–26.3 °P) FG: 1.016–1.024 (4.1–6.1 °P) SRM: 6–25 IBU: 16–26 ABV: 7–10% When new homebrewers come into the hobby, it seems that they often focus on pale

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Behind the Scenes at Homebrew Competitions

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It’s no understatement to say that these are boom times for homebrewing with the number of US homebrewers now currently estimated to be over one million. The growth in homebrewing is also

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Fermented Foods: Making Sauerkraut, Yogurt, Sourdough & Malt Vinegar at Home

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“Brew” something else in your kitchen besides beer. Learn how to make your own sauerkraut, malt vinegar, sourdough bread, and yogurt.

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IPA 2.0: The Continued Evolution

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American IPA, black IPA/Cascadian dark ale, wheat IPA, rye IPA, Belgian-style IPA – the British India pale ale has spawned a whole host of hoppy variants. Get tips and recipes for brewing each of them.

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Abita Brewing Company Andygator Doppelbock: Replicator

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Dear Replicator, I went to a beer tasting at Bruisin’ Ales in Asheville, North Carolina, which featured beers from the Abita Brewing Company. I was impressed with their Andygator Doppelbock. Their website

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Brewing Gone Nuts

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Get adventurous by going nuts with your homebrewing and you can end up with unique, flavorful beers. Plus: four “seedy” homebrew recipes.

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Advice from Beer Judges: Tips from the Pros

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Three BJCP judges give advice to homebrewers who plan on entering contests.