Date: September 2020

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Orval: A Study on Tradition, Innovation, & Craftsmanship

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There are not many breweries on this planet that evoke more reverence than Brasserie d’Orval. The  Trappist brewery in the south of Belgium, just a few scant miles from the French border, is not as old as many of its other brewery compatriots but has captured the attention of drinkers from around the world thanks


Fundamentals of Stainless Steel Conicals

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Conical fermenters provide a lot of options for homebrewers that other fermentation vessels don’t. Explore the various uses, benefits, and best practices of stainless conicals from the man who helped popularize them in the homebrew market two decades ago.


Adjusting Flavor Using Brewing Salts

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The Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) training material outlines a sensory training process for brewers and clubs using ingredients found around the home or the brewery. As Education Chair for the Aurora City Brew Club in Aurora, Colorado, I’ve expanded this test to include other flavors and particularly, solutions of brewing salts. In the past,


Celebrating Milestones

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The year was 1995. Toy Story, Apollo 13, and Batman Forever dominated the big screen. Hootie and the Blowfish, TLC, and Better Than Ezra were climbing the Billboard charts. The OJ Simpson trial dominated headlines. Craft beer big guns like AleSmith, Allagash, and Bear Republic were founded. And a magazine named Brew Your Own was


Hill Farmstead Brewery’s Old World, Wild Mary Pilsner clone

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Hill Farmstead Brewery’s Old World, Wild Mary Pilsner clone (5 gallons/19 L, all-grain)OG = 1.048  FG = 1.010IBU = 42  SRM = 3  ABV = 4.9% According to Shaun Hill, Owner of Hill Farmstead Brewery, “This is an unreleased beer (at press time) that we internally refer to as Old World, Wild Mary. The base


Urban Chestnut Brewing Co.’s Hallertau Haze clone

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Urban Chestnut Brewing Co.’s Hallertau Haze clone (5 gallons/19 L, all-grain)OG = 1.050  FG = 1.011IBU = 25  SRM = 5  ABV = 5.2% A departure for a brewery known for its lagers, this groundbreaking hazy IPA, designed for Urban Chestnut’s tenth anniversary, uses the best of Old World brewing tradition and modern craft innovation, and is


New Realm Brewing Co.’s Radegast Triple IPA clone

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New Realm Brewing Co.’s Radegast Triple IPA clone (5 gallons/19 L, all-grain)OG = 1.098  FG = 1.009IBU = 100+  SRM = 5  ABV = 11.5% Named after the Czech god of hospitality, Mitch Steele’s Radegast IPA was first created with friends at Refuge Brewing in Temecula, California before becoming the annual anniversary beer at his brewery, New


Avery Brewing Co.’s 20th Anniversary Mephistopheles’ Stout clone

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Avery Brewing Co.’s 20th Anniversary Mephistopheles’ Stout clone (5 gallons/19 L, all-grain)OG = 1.102  FG = 1.020IBU = 45  SRM = 70+  ABV = 11% A “devil” of a beer, this iteration of Mephistopheles’ was made specifically for the 20th anniversary 2020 Big Beers, Belgians, and Barleywines festival. This decadent imperial stout was aged in


Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.’s Hoppy Anniversary Ale clone

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.’s Hoppy Anniversary Ale clone (5 gallons/19 L, all-grain)OG = 1.056  FG = 1.011IBU = 65  SRM = 6  ABV = 6.0% A tribute to the best of the West Coast IPAs, and craft beer’s long strange journey, Hoppy Anniversary Ale can be considered both a celebration and an autobiography of the craft


Ode to val d’or

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Ode to val d’or (5 gallons/19 L, all-grain)OG = 1.056  FG = 1.002IBU = 33  SRM = 9  ABV = 6.9% Orval pours orange-brown with a big, rocky head. The very spritzy levels of carbonation with a slight sour note and distinctive Brett character make the beer feel prickly on the tongue. Orval is dry


A Taste of the Season

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Brewing with fruit can add amazing depth, flavor, and aroma to your beer, but fruits also present significant challenges. Selecting the correct fruit, understanding its fermented flavor profile, the practical considerations of fermenting fruit, and getting the right overall flavor balance is difficult but also rewarding when you get it right. Back in 2015 I


Who Inspired the Wizard to Brew?

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Each issue we pose a fun question to our staff, contributing writers, and review board members that appears on page 6. This issue, our own Mr. Wizard had such an interesting response that we gave him a full page to explain.


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