Writer: Brad Smith

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Understanding Brewing Ingredients

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I was making pancakes one day with a box of Bisquick mix and noticed that there are a bunch of recipes on the back for things you can make with Bisquick. In addition


A Taste of the Season

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Brewing with fruit can add amazing depth, flavor, and aroma to your beer, but fruits also present significant challenges. Selecting the correct fruit, understanding its fermented flavor profile, the practical considerations of fermenting fruit, and getting the right overall flavor balance is difficult but also rewarding when you get it right. Back in 2015 I

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10 Tips for Tastier Homebrews

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Brewers new to the hobby of making beer are often overwhelmed by unfamiliar ingredients, techniques, and equipment. Those who master the craft have to understand not only their equipment and processes, but a wide array of living ingredients that can produce a rainbow of flavors. In this article I’m going to focus on 10 tips

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Wort Chilling

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One of the first challenges a new brewer runs into is how to chill their boiling hot wort down to room temperature to pitch the yeast. I recall filling the bathtub with water and a few bags of ice in an effort to get my first batch of extract-produced homebrew cool enough so I could

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The Decoction Mash

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Decoction mashing has both a mystic and feared quality to it. Purists imagine achieving perfection in the ultimate Bavarian or Bohemian lager. The more pragmatic of us fear the time-intensive triple decoction with its grueling brew day and extended mess. Like most things, the truth lies somewhere in the middle. Decoction mashing is not done

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Improve Quality and Consistency

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To brew great beer you need to start with a good recipe, know how to evaluate your beers, and then understand the cause and effect of each ingredient and technique so you can improve the beer the next time you go to brew it.


Fast Mead

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This is a simple and straightforward mead recipe that should have your fermentation finished within a few weeks.

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Tart Cherry Mead

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This tart cherry mead uses 2 gallons (8 L) of tart cherry juice and finishes at 15.5% ABV.

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Melomels: Brewing Big Fruit Mead

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High-gravity fruit meads — or melomels — can be a tricky style to brew when starting gravities are often above 1.140. Learn the best techniques to brew and ferment your next melomel, as well as advice for choosing the best fruit.

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Blackberry Mead

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A blackberry mead made from 16.7 lbs. (7.6 kg) of blackberries and rings in at 15.1% ABV.

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Save Your Hops for Post-Boil

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Outside of bittering additions, adding hops during the boil is inefficient as many of the essential oils and positive attributes being sought are lost to heat. Instead, save those hops for whirlpooling or dry hopping.


Batch Sparging

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For homebrewers first getting into all-grain brewing, the terminology, technology and wide variety of methods can be confusing. Simplifying the process, especially for the first few all-grain batches, is important. All of the technical jargon hides two pretty simple steps: Mashing and lautering. Most homebrewers use a single infusion mash, which means you add some

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