Topic: Mr Wizard

Effects of Wildfire Smoke On Hops

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I know that wine grapes grown near eucalyptus trees can pick up enough eucalyptus oil to impart the aroma to wine. So it is does seem possible in theory that hops grown

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Brewing Lagers for a Beginner

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One of the keys to brewing great lager beers, really, is keeping the fermentation temperature cool. There is no way to sugar-coat the importance of this fact. Lager beers that are fermented

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Boil Timing

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In a very general sense the time required to bring wort to a boil can cause problems when the time is too long. Holding hot wort for extended time periods leads to

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Re-Pitching Yeast

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Re-pitching of yeast is a normal method used by brewers around the globe. Although the practice is simple, there are a few rules that may make the method less than ideal for

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Aerating With Oxygen

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Before jumping into the mechanics of oxygenation, I want to touch on oxygenation versus aeration. Yeast require oxygen to grow since oxygen is a component of healthy cellular membranes. When brewing fermentations

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Over-Carbonating My Bottles

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I think your problem is too much sugar added for bottle conditioning. But before I jump into this topic, I want to focus on the state of beer when it is opened.

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Over-Carbonating Bottles, Increasing Efficiencies, & Aerating with Oxygen: Mr. Wizard

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Q I have been having problems with over-carbonation in my bottles. I give my batches plenty of time to finish the secondary and check the hydrometer reading to be sure the fermentation

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Brewing With Fruit – How Much?

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Fruit beers run the gamut from being so subtle that the fruitiest part of the beer is the name, all the way to the extreme where the intensity of the fruit approaches

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Adding Malt Extract to a Mash

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I love this idea for a number of reasons. The first reason is that many malt extracts seem to be less fermentable than the preference of my palate. If you open a

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Performing Diacetyl Rests and Scaling Up Recipes: Mr. Wizard

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Q I’ve seen the importance of diacetyl rests mentioned dozens of times. the description always states to increase fermentation temperatures to the 65–68 °F (18–20 °C) range for 24–48 hours or so.

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Pitching Wild Yeast, Batch Sparging & Racking: Mr. Wizard

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Q Are pitching rates similar or different for “wild” type cultures (Lactobacillus, Brettanomyces, Pediococcus, etc.) to that of typical ale yeast? Scott Rylie Via Facebook A Pitching rates for wild yeast and

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Tracking Sugar Content of a Cider and Kettle Sours: Mr Wizard

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It is the lack of non-fermentable sugars that make dry ciders attractive to carbohydrate watchers.

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