Date: October 2013

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Historical Homebrew – HammerSmith Ales

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The history of the city of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania is inextricably linked with brewing. At some city festivals, for instance, you might witness the resurrection of 19th-century Moravian city brewer-turned-mayor Johann Sebastian Goundie. In reality, the man behind the kettle is Christopher Bowen, a modern day brewing Renaissance man. A prodigious homebrewer, Bowen has become a


Vermont Cult Clones

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It’s 2:30 on a Monday afternoon and I find myself sitting at a pub called the Blackback Pub in downtown Waterbury, Vermont (pop. ~5,000). It is standing room only and the pub across the street looks just as crowded. Conversation is lively among the patrons and they are all drinking from stemware more familiar to


Düsseldorf Altbier: Style Profile

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While driving through Germany on family vacation, the traffic started to slow to a stop on the outskirts of Düsseldorf. I mentioned to my wife, “That is the only place in the world you can find true altbier.” She and the kids immediately insisted that we stop so I could spend the afternoon sampling the


Build a Carboy Cleaner

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I honestly can’t pinpoint exactly what got me started in homebrewing. I was looking for a new hobby and literally stumbled into it. I kid you not, before I brewed a batch, before I had bought a single grain, I had already transformed a cooler into a mash lauter tun, made a copper immersion wort


Tips for a Successful Homebrew Club

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Brewing beer is fun whether you like to brew alone or with friends. Getting involved with a dedicated group of homebrewers, however, can have some real advantages beyond better beer. For starters, it’s a good excuse to have a set time each month for getting together with like-minded people and geeking out about beer. Meetings


Making Your Own Hard Cider

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You might remember a time when a jug of cider that sat around in the fridge too long started to get fizzy. When you removed the cap there was a little spurt of pressure released and, sadly, the cider was deemed too old and sent down the drain. If you only knew then what you


Lager Yeast Starters & Chill Haze: Mr. Wizard

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Q I always make a yeast starter in order to pitch the proper amount of yeast. Typically, I use a stir plate in the basement, which is a consistent 68 °F (20 °C) ambient temperature. The last time I made a starter I happened to take a temperature reading with an infrared thermometer and it


Freetail Brewing Company La Muerta Ale: Replicator

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Dear Replicator, Whenever I’m in San Antonio, Texas, I stop at Freetail Brewing Company, which has a great selection of beers including some with unique ingredients like prickly pear. Recently I enjoyed their “Day of the Dead” beer, La Muerta. As I only get down to Texas once a year, I was hoping that I


Yeast Starter Temperature

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The Wiz warms up talking about lager yeast starters and clarifies a question about chill haze.


Single-Varietal Cider: Tips from the Pros

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Three cidermakers discuss single-varietal hard ciders.


Small Batches

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Contemplating between two different yeast strains? Sounds like a perfect time for a small batch experiment!


Hopped Cider

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Hop heads can take a break from drinking IPAs as more and more cidermakers are adding hops to their beverages.


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