Topic: Brewing Tips

Milkshake IPA: Tips from the Pros

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Brewer: Michael Tonsmeire,  Sapwood Cellars in Columbia, MD Milkshake IPA is one of the latest adaptations in the Specialty IPA category, but many would argue against this nomenclature. With very subdued hop

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One Batch, Many Beers: Experiment with Split Batches

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I spent 10 years homebrewing batches of 5 gallons (19 L) and smaller. I reasoned that I was already brewing more beer than I could drink, so why buy a larger mash

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Pressurizing Your Fermenter: Tips from the Pros

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Brewer: Mike Gleason,  Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers in Framingham, MA There is a lot of buzz surrounding the use of a spunding valve on fermenters these days throughout the homebrewing community. Some

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Spend Less, Brew More

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There’s a persistent and mythical justification that revolves around homebrewing that I’m sure most of us have presented to our significant others, families, or ourselves at various points in our brewing career,


Brewing with Pumpkins: Tips from the Pros

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Brewer: Will Meyers, Cambridge Brewing Company in Cambridge, MA In the past, when pumpkin beers took over craft beer shelves each fall, it was an array of various approaches to the same

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Pairing Hops and Fruit: Tips from the Pros

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You should always take into account the intensity of fruit aroma and flavor when deciding how to hop your beer. Brewer: Adam Bailey,  Bonfire Brewing in Eagle, CO Whether you call them

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Best of Show: 5 Award-Winning Brewers Share Tips & Recipes

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There’s no thrill for a competitive homebrewer that compares to hearing your name announced as the Best of Show (BOS) winner of a competition, and it’s even more impressive when that competition

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Crafting Pilsner: Tips from the Pros

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Pilsner —be it the Czech or German variety — is a classic style that some will say needs not be messed with. However, craft and homebrewers alike are a creative bunch and

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Brewing with Smoked Malt: Tips from the Pros

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Brewer: Scott Smith, East End Brewing Company in Pittsburgh, PA Beers with smoked malts aren’t for everyone. Or, possibly, not everyone has had the right style of smoked beer? As with any

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Brewing Irish Dry Stout: Tips from the Pros

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Don’t judge a beer by its color. Not all dark beers are heavy and high in alcohol. Dry stout (also known as Irish stout) is usually 4–5% ABV, has a light body

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Small Batch BIAB Experimenting

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Some homebrewers love to brew a recipe until it’s perfected, making it their go-to batch. Others never brew the same thing twice. I write a lot of recipes, some of which can

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Make Award-Winning Session Beers

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One of the trends of the past few years that I’ve welcomed is the rediscovery of lower-alcohol craft beers. Perhaps it’s a reaction to the “imperial everything” trend or just consumers becoming

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