Writer: Chris Colby

Calibration and Conclusion

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Homebrewers have a variety of tools at their disposal — including hydrometers, thermometers and pH meters — to measure important variables during the brew day. It is important that these be calibrated, so

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Post Fermentation and Packaging

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After fermentation, the beer needs to be packaged into bottles or kegs. The beer must also be carbonated to the correct level. For the best results, the beer should be exposed to

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Fermenting and Conditioning

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Running a healthy fermentation depends on pitching an appropriate amount of healthy yeast. Beyond that, creating proper wort conditions (with respect to aeration and nutrition) and controlling your fermentation temperatures are the

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Wort Production (with malted grains)

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Making wort from malted grains gives the brewer the freedom to control the attributes of his or her wort, most notably, its fermentability. You have many options on an all-grain brew day.

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Wort Production (with malt extract)

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Wort made from reconstituted malt extract is dissimilar from wort made from mashing malted grains. Knowing the differences can guide you to making sound decisions regarding how to use it on brew

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“The Bellhop” (Raspberry Porter)

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A middle-of-the-road porter, with raspberries. The flavor and aroma of porter dominate this brew, but both are rounded out with raspberry notes. A fruit beer that even a guy can enjoy, but one that also says, “Hey Ladies!”

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Fourth Quarter Porter

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A more highly-attenuated, less caramel-sweet version of a brown porter. A firm, but not overpowering, roast character takes center stage on this balanced, drinkable ale. A brown porter with the session beer sensibilities of a dark mild or dry stout. Invite a few buddies over — even the ones who “don’t like dark beers” — and this keg of porter will kick by the fourth quarter.

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Paranthropus Porter

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A robust porter with a nice balance between the sharp bite of black patent malt and hop bitterness. Chocolate notes mingle with English hops in the nose. This won first place in the dark beer category of the Austin ZEALOTS 2004 Homebrew Inquisition. Do not skip making the yeast starter as the beer will not attenuate properly without it.

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The Texas Two-Step Extract Method

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Extract brewers can take inspiration from some commercial brewers and improve their brewing methods. The Texas Two-Step lets extract brewers sidestep some common procedural problems. Plus: an all-grain adaption.

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Brauerei Aying Ayinger Celebrator clone

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This massively malty Bavarian dopplebock is darker than Salvator and shows a distinct chocolate malt character.

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Heineken International: Heineken clone

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This classic Dutch lager available in green bottles across the world is still brewed using the same recipe since first made available in 1873.

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Spoetzl Brewery: Shiner Bock clone

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Shiner Bock continues to ring up awards for it’s classic Shiner Bock, having won gold at the 2012 GABF and silver in the 2017 GABF in the American-Style Amber Lager category. See if you can match Spoetzl’s brewing prowess.

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