Topic: Recipe Calculations

Introduction to Parti-Gyle Brewing

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Why only get one beer per brew session when you can get two? Parti-gyle is a historic technique that is rarely utilized thses days by professional brewers, but one that homebrewers can easily add to their brewing quiver.

Calculating IBUs

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In alcoholic beverages, maltiness is usually balanced by another flavor. In wine (and some styles of beer), maltiness is balanced by acidity. In most styles of beer, maltiness is balanced by the bitterness of the hops. The level of bitterness in beer can be expressed as International Bitterness Units (IBUs). IBUs can be calculated using

Designing Your First Homebrew Recipe

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Once you feel comfortable homebrewing with pre-written recipes, it’s only natural to wonder how to formulate an original recipe of your own. With a little up-front planning and research, you can successfully start coming up with your own original beer. Decide your objective The first step toward putting together a recipe idea is to decide

Calculating Brewhouse Efficiency

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It’s important to understand and account for your own brewhouse efficiency when using other people’s homebrew recipes. Terry Foster explains how to calculate it.

Improving Cloning Skills


Cloning — brewing a near-exact replica of a commercial beer — has a time-honored place among homebrewers. For one thing, it’s a great risk-aversion technique: If you’re brewing something new and you’re

Brewing by Ratio

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 IF YOU’VE BEEN HOMEBREWING FOR A WHILE, there’s a somewhat predictable path determining where your recipes come from: You probably brewed a pre-made kit from a homebrew shop. Then, maybe you moved on to recipes in magazines, books, or online. Next, possibly you started making adjustments to those recipes based on what you’ve learned so

Reformulate Old Recipes into New Homebrews

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The last 30 years has been the era of craft beer. What started as slow and steady growth three decades ago of 20 or so breweries and less than 0.1% of the market share of beer, has blown up into over 5,000 breweries and a market share of 15%. This sort of success was laughable

Experimenting with SMaSH: Tips from the Pros

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Brewers: Sam Clemens and Ian Harbage, Long Trail Brewing Co. in Bridgewater, VT Brewing SMaSH (single malt and single hop) beers is a great way to familiarize yourself with new ingredients by highlighting their characteristics. And it’s not just homebrewers who benefit from SMaSH brewing. Three pros offer their best tips to make your next

Recipe Development: Tips from the Pros

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Finding a homebrew recipe isn’t difficult — we have printed hundreds in BYO over the years, for instance— but there is something about developing your own homebrew recipe that is always appealing. Learn how the pros approach recipe development and use their advice the next time you set out to create a masterpiece. Brewer: Luke

Understanding SG and Plato

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The simple hydrometer can tell us the gravity of our wort, and therefore the amount of extract we have recovered from our ingredients, and can even be used to tell us what extract we can expect from different malts. The hydrometer can also tell us how much extract the yeast has used during fermentation, and

Hop Pairing & Substitution

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When the esteemed editorial staff of BYO suggested the topic of pairing hops and hop substitution, I thought it would be an interesting one to write about. Then I sat down to write it and realized it was actually something of a minefield instead. That is because it involves talking about things like flavors and

SMaSH Brewing: Single Malt & Single Hop

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Most homebrewers begin their brewing hobby using beer kits designed by other brewers. These kits give a brewer a chance to get his or her feet wet, try some new beer styles and learn the basics, but eventually eyes turn to designing recipes of his or her own. My own first foray into recipe design

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