Topic: Mr Wizard

Dextrin Malts, High Gravity & Filtering Water: Mr. Wizard

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Q I understand that DextraPils® gives body and head, but why? What is the process in making this malt and how does it break down in a mash? What type of sugars

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Bad Lagers, Big Blowoffs & Barrel Use: Mr. Wizard

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Q My lagers always contain a lot of sulfur and vegetative (like garbage or rotting vegetation) aromas that overpower the beer. My lager boils are typically 75 minutes, full rolling boil uncovered

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Mash Mixers & Batch Sparging: Mr. Wizard

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Q I used to get 75-80% mash extract efficiency with my previous equipment but I have been getting at least 90% since I started using my homemade mash mixer. I have read

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Blending Beers, Mashing Malts, Brewing with Fruit: Mr. Wizard

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QCan you blend an already carbonated sour with a fresh brewed non-carbonated beer without any issues? Scott Mead Via Facebook A There are many ways to blend, and for numerous reasons. It

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Yeast Problems, Fermentation Temperature & Oxidation: Mr. Wizard

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Q I’m an extract brewer (that also steeps) and I recently noticed a bunch of white spots on top of my brew (which was a wheat recipe) after I transferred it to

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Final Gravity Woes & Hop Bursting: Mr. Wizard

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Q I am an all-grain brewer who cannot seem to hit my final gravity on any of my brews. I just finished a stout that should have gotten down to about 1.020

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Oxidation, Gluten Free & Keg Pressure: Mr. Wizard

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Q Does adding pre-boiled water to the carboy after I rack my beer help against oxidation (less headspace) or hurt it (risk of splashing)? Adam Woods Belding, Michigan A Headspace can cause

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Hopback, Outdoor Fridge & Refractometers: Mr. Wizard

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Q I just acquired a hopback and now I am wondering how best to use it. Can it replace late addition hops, and if so, would the quantities be the same? What

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Debunking Bitterness, Mystery Fermentation, No Chill Brewing

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The Wiz lays down the cold, hard facts on wort chilling and gives a a sweet answer to a bitter question.

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Aeration & Mash Hopping: Mr. Wizard

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Q I have been trying to come up with an easy and cost-effective way to get good aeration in my fermentations. I recently came across a device called an Oxygen Concentrator, which

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Airlock Blowout

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In the commercial world of brewing, one of the biggest fears is a fermentation that is slow to start or one that lacks vigor when it does come to life. These traits

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Barrel Sanitation

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Barrel aging is really a fun thing to do because it brings flavors and aromas to beer that are simply unachievable using other methods. New barrels can be used to introduce vanilla


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