Writer: Ashton Lewis

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Feeling the Pressure

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Atmospheric pressure does affect beer carbonation and dispense, but the answer to this question is a little confusing depending on where the beer being dispensed was carbonated, and how carbonation is defined.

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Tips for Unitank Users

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The best treatise I have read about the development and use of unitank fermenters is in the textbook Brewing Yeast and Fermentation by Boulton and Quain. Although the subject is covered in

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Feeling the Pressure, Tips for Unitank Users

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Mr. Wizard dives deep into the effects changing pressure can have on carbonation levels of beer. Also, a homebrewer is looking for advice on best-practices for the new unitank they recently purchased.


Maximizing Malt Aroma and Character

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I have been on this same journey before and it can be a real challenge chasing elusive flavors that sometimes seem impossible to capture, and perfect malt flavor is one such genie.

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Maximizing Honey Flavor and Aroma

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Joe, thanks for the good two-part question about using brewing sugars like honey for special flavors and the question about how to bottle condition beers that may contain fermentable sugars. These are

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Hop Creep Explained

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Hop creep is a term that has been recently popping up in commercial craft brewing circles to describe increased attenuation following dry-hopping. Reports in brewing literature indicate that a small handful of

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Hop Creep Explained, Backsweetening, and Maximizing Malt Freshness

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The term “hop creep” is not to be confused with lupulin shift. The Wiz provides the current understanding of hop creep as well as how to maximize certain flavor components of beer.

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Hop Shelf Life, Keg-Conditioning Beer and Planning a Nano’s Cellar

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A reader is interested to know about the ageability of well stored hops and whether buying last year’s, discounted hops may be a sound investment. Also learn about what makes recently brewed beer, green beer and a nano’s cellar plans.


Planning a Nano’s Cellar

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The method of fermentation described above works with fermenters over a fairly wide range of sizes, mainly depending on the shape of the fermenter. The dissipation of heat from the fermenter into

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Keg-Conditioning Beer

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Anthony, the short answer to your question is that it depends on when the beer was filled into your keg. In order to answer this question, a bit of background is required,

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Hop Shelf Life

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This is a great question and brings up several things that need to be considered because hops do age when stored, and using hops that are past their prime for brewing is

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Charging Up Alkalinity, All-in with Allspice, and Enzyme Dynamics

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Water chemistry is a complex beast for all-grain brewers. The Wizard takes a spin through one reader’s question about their well water run through a water softener. Also learn about using allspice in beer and the concept of “reverse” step mashing.

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