Date: October 2012

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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 what the title of this issue’s column really refers to is a simple, equipment-light method for brewing all-grain beers. In essence you simply


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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 ale, IPA and stout. I think I was really lucky when I started homebrewing, because many of the homebrewers I met had already

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 fueling an increase in the number and size of competitions. The Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) reports the number of registered competitions has

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.

IPA 2.0: The Continued Evolution

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Brewing the beer style known as IPA (India pale ale) has, at times, become a game of one-upmanship in which each succeeding brew gets more hops, more malts, more alcohol — more of all the good stuff we love about beer. Here on the West Coast, we keep pushing the limits of this beloved style

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 says that they use German lager yeast and Perle hops. Is there any chance you could help me with the rest of the

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.

Advice from Beer Judges: Tips from the Pros

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

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