September 2021

Mr. Wizard

Mr. Wizard

Selecting a Fermenter

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This is a straight-up opinion question and I will give you my thoughts sans specific type or brand. And as a reminder to seasoned readers and news to newer readers, 20 years

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Project

Kegerator Tower Cooling: An alternative chilling system

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A homebrewer came up with a clever way to utilize highly thermoconductive copper metal to keep his kegerator’s tap tower and faucets cold.

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Article

Space Beer: To the edge of our world and back

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What would you send into space if the opportunity afforded it? One homebrewer sent a sachet of yeast and then conducted a test with it. Find out how the Space Yeast performed. Spoiler alert: They didn’t go to plaid.

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Article

Brewhouse Considerations: Digging into the details

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One of the most important decisions a new brewery needs to land upon is the size of their brewhouse. John Blichmann explains some of the considerations one needs to make.

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Recipe

Gordon Strong’s Scottish Export

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This recipe can easily be scaled down to make a Scottish heavy, say at 3.5% ABV, or scaled up to a stronger but still export strength 5.2% beer. Pick the alcohol level you want, and let your recipe software do the work for you to scale it.

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Yeast Hybrids: Recreating our favorite strains . . . with a twist

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A new wave of yeast strains have recently been developed by yeast labs, using sexual reproduction to mate the best characteristics of our favorite strains. Learn about their potential.

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Article

Brewing A West Coast IPA: The anti-haze

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“Juicy” IPAs are not universally loved by beer fans. The West Coast IPA offers drinkers a more biting and clear rendition of the hop bomb. Get some pointers on brewing one yourself.

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Recipe

Denny’s Generic West Coast IPA

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You want a clear, refreshing beer with a bracing bitterness and loads of hop flavor and aroma. No thick, low bitterness beers that taste like orange juice.

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Article

Scottish Export: The pale ale of Scotland

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An often misunderstood style here on this side of the Atlantic, shilling ales should be sessionable and refreshing. Gordon Strong explores Scottish export ales.

Mr. Wizard

Mr. Wizard

The Intricacies of Shelf Stability

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Wow, this is quite the rabbit hole of a question. Let’s start out with why a fermented beverage, be it beer, wine, seltzer, cider, or some other tasty tipple, may be packaged

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Article

Selecting A Fermenter And The Intricacies Of Shelf Stability

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With a plethora of options available to homebrewers, selecting a fermenter is not a simple task. Mr. Wizard explores some of our options as well as how to stabilize beverages that have been sweetened just prior to packaging.

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Recipe

Fat Head’s Brewery’s Imperial Porter

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Their Imperial Porter showcases Brewmaster Matt Cole’s talents for packing a punch with flavor, while creating balance and a true depth of flavor.

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Fat Head’s Brewery

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The Replicator heads to Cleveland, Ohio to get the skinny on a highly sought-after brewery with an amazing portfolio.

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Article

Tasting Your Homebrew Critically

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Being able to taste your own homebrew critically is an important step towards improving. Learn some basics to this skill.

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Article

Yeast Selection: Tips from the Pros

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With so many yeast strains available from yeast labs, how should a homebrewer go about choosing which one to use? We asked two pros for their best pointers.

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Article

Hop Extracts

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Substituting hop pellets with CO2 hop extract increases yields and can produce cleaner, brighter beer while maintaining hop varietal character. Learn more about how hop extract is made and how to use it in your brews.

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Article

Get the Most from Your Yeast

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Yeast can make or break your recipe. A number of factors must be considered when choosing yeast, and then you need to provide the best conditions in order to get the best results.

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Yeast Wrangling

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One of the biggest ways commercial brewers save money is by reusing yeast from one batch to another. There is no reason homebrewers shouldn’t be doing the same thing. We share how to harvest yeast from a previous batch, as well as collecting yeast samples from commercial beers.

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Recipe

Wheat Beer Two Ways

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Wheat Beer Two Ways – American Wheat Beer & German Weissbier (6 gallons/23 L, all-grain) OG = 1.051  FG = 1.011–1.1014IBU = 15  SRM = 4  ABV = 5.3% You’ll be brewing one batch

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Article

Up in Smoke

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Rauchbier is the most famous beer brewed with smoked malt. Scott Burgess fell in love with the style while living for a decade in the rauchbier epicenter of the world — Bamberg, Germany. He explores the differences between some of the best examples and shares how homebrewers can brew their own rauchbier.

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Recipe

Bierkeller Rauchbier clone

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Bierkeller Rauchbier captures some of the depth of smokiness and dryness (and color) of Schlenkerla’s famed rauchbier as well as some of the rusticity and sweetness of the beer brewed at Spezial (especially their Märzen).