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Why does my beer taste like Anbesol?

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Mmm, Anbesol beer! Two of the keys to problem solving in brewing are having a good palate and having the ability to describe what you are detecting with your senses. Anbesol is a phenol-based local oral anesthetic (like Chlorasceptic). There are several things that can make a beer taste phenolic. The sanitizer problem you refer

Is removing hops and trub from your fermenter necessary?

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If you don’t mind the “junk” floating in your beer and you don’t reuse your yeast, then hop and trub removal are probably not necessary. For that matter, you probably don’t have to separate the wort from your malt. Seriously, a good beer could be made by mashing the malt, boiling the whole mash with

Wort Volume

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This question really has more to do with sparging than it does with the volume of wort to boil. An all-grain brew begins with the mashing process. During mashing, starch is converted to fermentable sugars. A good portion of the sugars are released into the liquid portion of the mash and create wort, but many

Brewing Maibock: Tips from the Pros

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Maibock is potent, but it’s also fragile. It’s a big beer, yet it’s a lager, which makes it vulnerable to temperature spikes

Taking Control of Malolactic Fermentation with your Wine

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Most wine, under the right conditions, naturally goes through the chain of reactions called malolactic fermentation. Today, many home and commercial winemakers employ malolactic fermentation, though they also can prevent it if they choose. What Is ML? A malolactic (ML for short) fermentation is so called because it involves a microorganism (bacteria) and a chain

Scottish Ale

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Scottish ale is a category that encompasses four main types of beers. They are light, heavy, export, and strong — often known as Scotch ale rather than Scottish. In older days these particular styles were known by a designation of shillings. The light was a 60 shilling ale, the heavy was 70, export was 80,

More Incredibly Practical Brewing Tips

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Favorite tips featuring BYO readers’ innovative ideas on making homebrewing easier and better. Speed up your bottle cleaning with an electric drill, wort chilling with a car radiator and more!

Successful Mash Conversion: Tips from the Pros


Brewer:  Artie Tafoya Brewery:  Appalachian Brewing Co., Harrisburg, Pa. Years of experience:  10 years professional, five years homebrewing House Beers: Water Gap Wheat, Purist Pale Ale, Jolly Scot Scottish Ale, Susquehanna Stout,

Brewing Weiss: Tips from the Pros

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A Winner’s View of Weiss Brewer:  Ryan Ashley Brewery:  Mickey Finn’s, Libertyville, Ill. Years of experience: 10 years homebrewing, five years professional House Beers: Main Street Wheat Ale, Abana Amber Ale, Five-Springs Oatmeal Stout, and Raspberry American Wheat   All the time Ryan Ashley spent learning to brew weiss beers as a homebrewer paid off

Brewing with Coffee: Tips from the Pros

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Finding balance with coffee beer

Using Nitrogen: Tips from the Pros

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Brewer:  Bill Tressler Brewery:  Green Bay Brewing Co. Years of experience: 4 years homebrewing, 4 years professional Education: American Brewer’s Guild apprenticeship program; University of Calif., Davis, practical brewing course House Beers: Hinterland Pale Ale, Amber, Honey Wheat, Packerland Pils, Pub Draught, and Maple Bock Bill Tressler should have known what he was getting into when he

Brewing Hefeweizen: Tips from the Pros

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 Brewing Hefe with the Pros…

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