Writer: Ashton Lewis

The Necessity For Sanitizing Everything Post-Chilling

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This question is timely; the last time I brewed I was daydreaming about the necessity of sanitizing everything that touches beer after wort cooling because the use of sanitizers is relatively new


Homebrewer’s Uses for a Spare Fridge

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Glad to see you following one of the most important homebrewing rules of thumb; accept anything for free that can be used to further your pursuit of great beer! For what it’s


Using a Corny Keg For Chilling & Primary Fermentation

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There are a few possible problems with this plan, but none are insurmountable. What you are describing is something akin to coolships that were ubiquitously used by lager and ale brewers before


Using a Corny For Primary, The Need for Sterilizing and Uses for a Spare Fridge

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A reader is interested in any shortcomings of chilling and fermenting beer in a Corny keg. Also get the scoop on the importance of sanitizing and various uses for that spare refrigerator you might come across.


Beer Clarification Advice

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My preference of clarification method is based more on process constraints than any true affinity for a particular method. Gravity plus time, finings plus time, filtration, centrifugation, and combinations of these can


Calibrating a pH Meter With Distilled Water

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On paper, using distilled water as a pH 7.0 makes sense because the ionization constant is 1 x 10-14 and the concentration of hydrogen ions is 1 x 10-7 molar at 77


Troubleshooting A Smoky Off-Flavor

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I like to troubleshoot off-flavors by thinking through the brewing process as a way of brainstorming. Plugging these thoughts into a visual aid like a fishbone diagram really helps to identify possible


Do Corn and Rice Adjuncts “Dry Out” Beer?

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Dryness is a perception when used as a sensory term and as an analytical/numerical thing when used to describe fermentation. When wort is “fermented to dryness,” all fermentable sugars have been fermented


Do Adjuncts “Dry Out” Beer? Fining Beer, Smoky Off-Flavor, and pH 7

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Is there a good reason that brewers add corn or rice to beer to “dry” it out? Learn the answer to this as well as Mr. Wizard’s favorite way to fine beer, possible causes to a smoky off-flavor, and why distilled water can’t be used to calibrate a pH meter.


Clues To Identifying An Infection

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Identifying beer spoilage by visual observation can be a challenge, but the photo of your brew does look suspect. If I were to wager a bet, my money would be on Acetobacter


Mr. Wizard’s Guide to Cleaning Your Draft System

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Clean draft lines and faucets are key to any properly maintained draft beer system. The good news for the homebrewer is that our draft lines tend to be relatively short and contain


Flaked versus Rolled Grains, Gelatinization, Identifying an Infection, and Draft Cleaning

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Is there a difference between rolled and flaked grain? Also learn about gelatinization, clues to a beer’s odd appearance, and the Wizard’s guide to cleaning a draft system.


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