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Starch Conversion

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If you achieve less than 100% of a brewer’s possible yield, are there not unconverted starches present in the beer that will cause a haze? Or are all the remaining starches insoluble?

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2011 Label Contest Winners

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The winners of our 2011 Label Contest — their beauty is in the eyes of the beer holder.   

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Lagering Length

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I think this question probably will generate two very different answers depending upon who you ask. In this case you asked me and will get my take on it.  Let’s back up


Plate Chillers

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  This is a good question in that there is not a single answer. The company that puts bread on my table manufactures plate heat exchangers, among many other things stainless, and

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Goose Island’s Honkers Ale clone

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Inspired by visits to English country pubs, Honker’s Ale combines a spicy hop aroma with a rich malt middle to create a perfectly balanced beer. Immensely drinkable, Honker’s Ale is not only a beer drinkers can trust but one they’ll look forward to.

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Brooklyn Pennant Pale Ale ’55 clone

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Pennant is a well-crafted pale ale brewed as a tribute to Brooklyn’s world champion baseball team of 1955. (That would be the Dodgers, who actually beat the Yanks in that crosstown series.)

Pennant pours with a dense light-beige head that sits on a chestnut-colored beer. The aroma is complex and malty, with a hint of freshly baked bread. The full malt flavor is balanced with a clean hop background. English hops provide a moderate bitterness that complements the smooth mouthfeel. The aftertaste is dry with a hint of hops.

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Hop Til You Drop California Common Beer

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Though not super hoppy, California Common is a style that shows off the aromatic power of homegrown hops very nicely.

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Smithwick’s Premium Irish Ale clone

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When my wife and I visited Ireland, we really enjoyed our share of Smithwick’s Ale. Smithwick’s is a light-bodied, copper-colored Irish Red ale with a pleasant hint of roastiness and a dry finish. Here’s a  successful homebrew version of Smithwick’s.
Randy & Amy Germann — San Antonio, Texas

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Midnight Sun Brewing Full Curl Scotch Ale clone

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Full Curl is a wee heavy strong Scotch ale coming in at about 7% alcohol by volume.

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Peanut Butter Cup Sweet Stout

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I used peanut butter extract and cordial oil, but you could also use 6 oz. of natural peanut butter that you pour off the oil and add it at intervals during the boil just like the cocoa powder is added.

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Brewing with Belgian Candi Sugar?

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Candy syrup or candy sugar (usually named “candi” sugar) is a fancy name for beet sugar that has been caramelized into syrup with a dark color and rich flavor. The flavor of candi sugar


Hobgoblin Gingerbread

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This holiday dessert is spicy, moist and delicious!

Tess and Mark Szamatulski, owners of Maltose Express in Monroe, Connecticut.

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