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Homebrew Hacks: Easy Projects

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It is not just the quest for beer — or even the quest for really, really good beer — that has made the hobby of homebrewing so popular. It is also the ability homebrewers have to determine the outcome of what they make, a desire to do something well and then tinker and improve upon


Brewing with Peppers: Tips from the Pros

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When it comes to chili beer, the options are endless. What base beer style do you want as the backbone? What chili varieties will you use? When should you add them, and how many should you add? Roast them first, or add them fresh? Subtle spiciness, or a heat wave in your mouth? We’ve rounded


Brewing High-Gravity Lagers: Tips from Pros

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Brewing a high gravity lager (with an original gravity above 1.070) takes a lot of patience and a lot of yeast. These pros have brewed award-winning examples, and with their advice you can too. Brewer: Brian Destree, Capital Brewery in Middleton, WI All of our high-gravity lagers undergo a long, slow fermentation for about 10-12


Brewing with Spruce Tips: Tips from Pros

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Spruce tips were common in Nordic and Scandinavian beers, and were used by colonists when hops could not be sourced (they also helped prevent scurvy). Over the past decade, Craft Brewers have brought back the use of spruce as an ingredient in many styles of beer. Brewer: Tim Roberts, Yards Brewing Company, in Philadelphia, PA


Beer . . . At School?

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It started as a joke. In June 2013, at the end of school party at Istituto Maria Immacolata (an Italian Catholic school in Gorgonzola, near Milan, Italy) I said to a teacher, “I see that here beer is sold to kids over 18 (the legal drinking age), why don’t you make some as a science


Homebrewer’s Library: BYO Writers Pick Favorite Books

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New beer books show up in the Brew Your Own mailbox every week, but not every book is an instant classic. We asked some of BYO’s longtime columnists — Ashton Lewis (“Mr. Wizard”), Marc Martin (“The Replicator”), Jamil Zainasheff (“Style Profile”), Terry Foster (“Techniques”), Chris Bible (“Advanced Brewing”) — what titles they reach for in


Brewing Beers to Age: Tips from Pros

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As wine connoisseurs have known for ages, sometimes your favorite drink is better when aged. not all beers are ideal for cellaring. It takes the right style, ingredients and techniques to brew a beer that is good fresh but develops greater complexity over the years. Brewer: Mike Smith, Eel River Brewing Company in St. Scotia,


Seasonal Pumpkin Alternatives: Tips from Pros

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Breweries across the country turn to pumpkins for their fall seasonals. However, a few brewers are treading their own paths and finding seasonal alternatives such as sweet potatoes, yams, and squash. Here are some tips so you can break the mold too. Brewer: Leslie Henderson, Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company, Mississippi Jefferson Stout was inspired by


Homebrewing in Nicaragua

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  How can a person justify spending a dollar for a can of beer they don’t even like? I can’t. And here starts my search for brewing on a budget in a developing country. I am living in Nicaragua, regretting every penny spent on the national beers. I do the math. Here, a six-pack runs


2014 Homebrew Label Contest Winners

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Homebrew labels came from every region of the United States. They came from all over Canada. And they even came from far away lands including Argentina, Norway, and Poland. Some were made to commemorate weddings, anniversaries, graduations, and births; others to remember fallen soldiers, lost family members, and pets; and, of course, others were just


Pushing Style Limits: Tips from Pros

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The craft beer industry is constantly evolving. brewers are always on the lookout for new, unique ingredients, ways to pump up IBUs and ABVs, and peering beyond tradition for other stylistic boundaries that can be pushed. Brewer: John Maier, Rogue Ales in Newport, OR Any style is open to interpretation — if you vary a


Switchback Ale: Replicator

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Dear Replicator, Everyone has a favorite beer — mine is Switchback Ale from Switchback Brewing Co. in Burlington, Vermont. In fact, my wife and i like it so much we served it at our wedding. Can you help get the recipe so I can try brewing Switchback Ale at home? Seth Beauregard Mt. Tabor, Vermont


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