Writer: Ashton Lewis

Can LED Light Skunk Beer?

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Before I jump into this great question, I want to confess that I am feeling a bit skunky for being a bit behind on this column because I have been traveling too


Step Mashing Efficiency Vs. Infusion

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I have a solid explanation of what may be causing your problem but must admit that what follows includes one very big assumption. And that assumption is that your mashes typically drop


Blending Fruit Wine in Beer

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Sounds like you have access to some great stuff! Love the idea of blending fruit wine into beer and hope to give you some ideas on how to make this practical. Perhaps


Can LED Light Skunk Beer? Step Mashing Efficiency and Blending Wine in Beer

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Can LED lights skunk beer the same way incandescent and fluorescent lights do? Mr. Wizard dives into the topic. He also shares advice for blending fruit wine into your beer and explains why a brewer’s starting gravity may be lower from single-infusion mashes.


Questioning Boil Duration

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Thanks for the great question, Darrell! This is not a topic I recall addressing and is certainly a modern brewing topic of interest. Before digging into your specific question about the relation


Calculating Ice Requirements For Wort Chilling

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Cold water tanks are commonplace in commercial breweries because they are handy reservoirs of cooling potential and help to spread the cooling load on refrigeration systems associated with wort cooling from as


Adjusting Boil Times and Ice Requirements for Wort Chilling 

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Mash and boil durations used to be practically set in stone but questions about their nearly static nature have arisen. Mr. Wizard recently dove into mash duration and now leans into the sanctity of boil length. Also, a brewer is looking for advice in regards to using ice to chill wort.


Getting Into the Nitty Gritty on Apparent Attenuation

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This is a great question that touches on several topics. I’ll start with a brief description of what you already know about mashing. For a given malt, wort fermentability is a function


The Dynamics Of Lukr Faucets

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Lukr beer faucets, often referred to as “Lukrs,” have been popping up all over North America in recent years due to the rising popularity of traditional Pilsners and other lagers by beer-loving


Faucet Dynamics, Apparent Attenuation

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A homebrewer recently acquired a Lukr faucet for his home draft system and wants some advice on how to properly use it. Also, learn about the details of apparent attenuation.


Adding Magnesium Salts in Beer

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According to the article “Can You Take Too Much Magnesium” published on the Medical News Today website, the National Institutes of Health recommends 310–320 mg as the daily magnesium allowance for adult


Hitting Target FG, Knowing Your OG and Magnesium Salts in Beer

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A pair of homebrewers are struggling to hit their target gravities, although one is focusing on final gravity and the other is looking at original gravity. The Wiz talks them through his thoughts on each topic as well as an anonymous brewer’s question on using magnesium salts in their brewing water.


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