Writer: Chris Colby

Brewing American Pilsner

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Is there some style we haven’t covered yet in this column? Hmm….oh, yeah, there is that one that occupies 97% of the shelf space on the beer aisle — American Pilsner.

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Decoction Mashing Techniques

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Looking to make some malty wort the old school way? Try decoction mashing.


Kräusening Techniques

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Question: What’s a good thing to add to lager beer? Answer: More beer! Read this kolumn to krack the kode on kräusening.

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Countertop Partial Mashing

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What do you get when you combine partial mashing, batch sparging and the extract late method of extract brewing? An easy, flexible way to brew better beer on your stovetop — countertop partial mashing. 


We’ll take you step by step through this procedure and point out its many benefits along the way. Plus: Three partial mash recipes and two web-only bonus recipes!

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Troubleshooting Homebrew Techniques

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How to troubleshoot problematic beers and get back on track as fast as possible. A step by step guide to the most effective approach to fixing a bad batch.

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Extract Method to your Madness

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You’re mad about brewing. But if you want to get serious about extract brewing, you need a method to your madness. Explore the most common methods of extract brewing, including the no-boil method, concentrated boil method, extract late method and the Texas two-step, and decide for yourself which best suits you. Plus: Recipes for each method and 4 web-only bonus recipes!

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Making the Most of Your Mashes

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Extract efficiency and squeezing the most out of your all-grain mashes.

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Mashing Variables

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So you’ve got the basics of single infusion mashing down? Where do you go from there? Learn the variables that allow you to get a grip on your grain bed.

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5 British Ale Clone Recipes

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We got the scoop on five classic British ales and serve them up like bangers and mash. Try our clone recipes for Bass & Co.’ Pale Ale, Young’s Double Chocolate Stout, Newcastle Brown Ale, Young’s Special London and Fuller’s London Porter.

 


Calibrate Your Hydrometer and Fermenter

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How accurate is your hydrometer? And how much wort is in that carboy, anyway? How to use the weight of water to calibrate your hydrometer and brewing vessels.


Brewing Hoppy American Pale Ales

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Hoppy American-style ales — including American pale ales, red/amber ales, IPAs and double IPAs — are the reason many homebrewers started brewing. Learn the malts, hops that start with "C", tips and tricks to brewing these beers. Plus: Pro brewers give their opinions and two homebrew recipes.


Calibrating Thermometers

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How hot was it? Without calibrating your thermometer, you have no idea. Learn how to use the physical propertes of water to get your thermometers properly adjusted.

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