Topic: Brewing Tips

Brewing Wheat IPA: Tips from the Pros

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As IPAs became all the rage among craft beer consumers in the last decade, brewers looked to capitalize on their Humulus lupulus obsessions by adding greater amounts of hops to other beer styles. One of the popular hybrid beer styles to come from it is white IPA, which blends the hoppiness of an IPA with

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Troubleshooting Homebrew

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Modern homebrew has improved greatly since I first began brewing in the mid-1990s. Better ingredients, equipment, and information has led homebrewers to avoid many of those formerly commonplace mistakes and produce commercial-quality amateur craft beer. Yet there are some common mistakes that still show up, even among good brewers. However, by focusing on a few

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Brewing with Fresh (Wet) Hops: Tips from the Pros

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The window to use fresh hops (that have not been dried) is small, but the reward can be great. Here are some tips to help take advantage of what nature gives us. Brewer: Kevin Smith,  Bale Breaker Brewing Co. in Yakima, WA At Bale Breaker Brewing Co., we brew a 100% wet hop beer called

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Top 10 Homebrew Priorities

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If this is your copy of Brew Your Own and you didn’t randomly pick up this magazine in the world’s hippest dentist office, then there’s an outstanding chance that what I’m about to write will come as no surprise to you: The most important thing you can do to improve the quality of your beer

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Making Pre-Prohibition Beers: Tips from the Pros

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When American Prohibition started in 1920 (and earlier in some U.S. states) the doors forever closed at many American breweries. Beer styles changed after the repeal of Prohibition and many recipes were lost forever. But, a number of breweries are now trying to replicate beers from the past, and you can at home too. Brewer:

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Making Barrel-Aged Homebrews

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I started barrel aging beer over a decade ago after attending a National Homebrewers Conference. It is amazing to watch the trend start up again with the little guys and trickle up to large production breweries. Now every big brewery has some variation of a whiskey stout this or a double bourbon barrel aged that.

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Brewing High-Gravity Lagers: Tips from Pros

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Brewing a high gravity lager (with an original gravity above 1.070) takes a lot of patience and a lot of yeast. These pros have brewed award-winning examples, and with their advice you can too. Brewer: Brian Destree, Capital Brewery in Middleton, WI All of our high-gravity lagers undergo a long, slow fermentation for about 10-12

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Anchor Brewing Clone Recipes & Tips

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The genesis of the modern craft beer movement can be traced back to a single moment in time. Legend has it that in San Francisco, California in 1965 Fritz Maytag was enjoying a pint of his favorite beer when the bartender told him that the brewery was about to go out of business. Unwilling to

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Make Competition Medal-Worthy Homebrews

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“Award-winning Homebrewer” — not a bad title. But how does one get there? What does it even mean? This article is about homebrew competitions: How they run, why to enter, and how to win. We’re also going to look at some myths and misconceptions about competitions so you’re a better competition consumer. Homebrew competitions are

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Brewing with Dark Grains

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Dark grains are an important ingredient in brewing many styles of beer. Grains that can be considered to be the “classic dark grains” include chocolate barley, black patent barley and unmalted, roasted barley. If one is so minded, it is also probably OK to include in the category of dark grains some of the very

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2 Beers from 1 Batch: Partigyle, Split Boils & Split Fermentations

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I learned early on in this hobby that I needed to find a way to homebrew more beer without taking time away from other areas of life. I adopted a technique that has allowed me to double my output while keeping my brew schedule light. Basically, take the work of making one beer and turn

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Big Batch Brewing Techniques

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If you find yourself in need of more homebrew it is time to start brewing bigger batches. If you’re ready to “go Big,” Here is how to go beyond the basic homebrew batch size. Brewing big batches of beer is a lot of fun and can be a great way to expand your homebrewing horizons.

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