Date: September 2013

14 result(s).

Mow the Damn Lawn

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When a summer thirst quencher is what you are looking for . . . look no further. This is the recipe that made Annie Johnson the 2013 Homebrewer of the Year.


Double Pipe Wort Chiller

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The selection and performance of wort chillers (heat exchangers) is a generally well-documented topic in homebrewing. However, most of the information available on wort chillers applies to the use of immersion, coiled


Attenuation & Flocculation for Beginners

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So you’ve finished the boil, cooled the wort, pitched your yeast and put your fermenter in a quiet place to let the yeast do what it does best — turn that wort of yours into miraculous, wonderful beer. Over the next week or two the yeast will consume the sugars in the wort to create

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Annie Johnson: Homebrewer of the Year

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The 2013 Homebrewer of the Year is unique in a lot of ways. For starters, Sacramento, California’s Annie Johnson is the first woman to win the American Homebrewing Association’s coveted award since 1983. She’s also African American — the first to ever win in the history of the competition. And she won with a light

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Theory and Practice of Lautering

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Lautering is the act of separating sweet wort from spent grains. The act of lautering wort is physically very similar to filtration. The flow of wort through a grain bed can be thought of physically as a type of filtration (liquid flowing through a “filter bed” of grain). The basic principles of filtration were established

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Brewing Consistently

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“Play it again Sam” This quote is often used, but actually was never said in the film Casablanca (look it up if you don’t believe me). I have used it here because I am going to talk about brewing consistently, which is in part brewing a beer that tastes the same as the beer you

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Legal Homebrew Recipes from Alabama & Mississippi

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Alabama and Mississippi homebrewers celebrate as the 49th and 50th states to legalize homebrewing Craig Hendry is completing his 45-minute commute to work through interstate traffic in Jackson, Mississippi by the time 8 a.m. rolls around most Monday mornings. But this July 1 — the day a law legalizing homebrewing in the state of Mississippi

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Reusing Homebrew Yeast

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As the popularity of homebrewing has grown over the last 20 to 25 years, so has the availability of quality brewing ingredients, especially yeast. Gone are the days when old school hobbyists had a choice between only packets of dry ale or lager yeast. You want to make a dry Irish stout? There’s a yeast

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Homebrew Yeast Pitching Rates

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“Brewers make wort, yeast make beer.” It’s a saying I’ve cited so many times over the years, I’d have stopped repeating it long ago if I didn’t like the sound of my


Brewer’s Yeast & Brett Fermentation Flavors

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Yeast cultures have flavor. Ever tried one? An unfiltered beer with yeast in it therefore will have yeast flavor. But what about filtered beers? Yes, those beers have yeast-derived flavors too. Yeasts synthesize flavors during fermentation, and many of these flavors stay in the beer, even when the yeast is removed. Yeasts do this in

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Mash Mixers & Batch Sparging: Mr. Wizard

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Q I used to get 75-80% mash extract efficiency with my previous equipment but I have been getting at least 90% since I started using my homemade mash mixer. I have read that mash efficiency is supposed to be more a function of grain crush and lautering, but now I think the continuous mixing of

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Los Muertos Brewing’s Agave Maria Amber Ale: Replicator

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Dear Replicator, My wife and i visited Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, in early March. I figured I could survive on Bohemia and Negro Modelo, so You can imagine my surprise that there was an actual brewpub in town. We visited Los Muertos the first day and I went back several times. They had an amber ale

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14 result(s) found.