Topic: Ingredients

Roasting Your Own Grains

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Part of the joy in homebrewing is making a beer that is uniquely your own, and one way of taking that a step further is by roasting your own malt. All you’ll

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Debittered Black Malt

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Like dark beers, but not the bitter astringency that sometimes comes with dark grains? Don’t be bitter, debitter — by using debittered black malt, a dark malt with the husk reduced. Plus: clone recipes for Dragon Stout, Klosterbrauerie Ettaler Curator Doppelbock, Schneider Aventinus and St. Bernardus Abt 12 (60th Anniversary Edition) .

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Milking It: The New Age of Lactose

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Creativity in the brewhouse and experimentation with new ingredients by craft and homebrewers continues to produce new styles of beer and variations on traditional styles that would not have been dreamt of

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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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Triticale Malt

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How does a brewer decide to try a new ingredient to make beer? I asked this question when I met Brian Mandeville, Head Brewer at Fullsteam Brewery in Durham, North Carolina, to

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Brewing with Ancient Grains

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The modern era of agriculture and cultivation of crops, somewhere around 7000 BC, was partly due to the desire and demand for beer. People wanted a reliable source of beer, something I

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A Guide to Brewing Honey Beers

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Honey is a powerful tool that we brewers can utilize in our quest to make tasty beers. While honey additions have traditionally been associated with certain styles (brown ale, porter, holiday ale,

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Brewing with Vegetables

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There are hundreds of recipes designed to sneak vegetables into kids’ food: Beet-chocolate cupcakes or cauliflower-crust pizza, anyone? What if you want a more adult solution to vegetable consumption? Whereas fruit has

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Buying and Storing Bulk Hops

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Hops make up a small percentage of a beer recipe, but they have arguably the biggest impact on the flavor and aroma. Even stouts and darker styles, typically seen as malt-centric, require

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Brewing with Nuts: Tips from the Pros

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They don’t get the attention that some non-traditional ingredients may receive (like fruit beers), but nuts of all kind make for fun brewing ingredients. Get tips on the types of nuts (and their various forms from chopped to extracts) to use, as well as when and how to use them from three pros who aren’t afraid to go a little nuts.

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Brewing with Corn

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Since the late 1970s the craft beer movement has been growing among both brewers and consumers based on the desire to drink something besides mass-market macro-brewed lagers. These light, flavorless beers often

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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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