Writer: Chris Colby

Techniques for Getting Good Beer Foam

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How to improve the foam in your next glass of homebrew.

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Hopping Help for Extract Brewers

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Are you an extract brewer who needs help making hoppier homebrew? Find out what factors influence hop bitterness and what you need to do to reach your target IBUs. Also, identify the beer styles you can successfully brew givenyour homebrew equipment and procedures.

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Transferring Beer

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How to get your beer from here to there without the air. Learn different ways to move wort or beer in your home brewery.


10 Things Homebrewers Need to Try

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Get your homebrew fires burning with one (or more) of our 10 things to try to expand your brewing horizons.

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10 Steps to Better Extract Brewing

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Extract brewing is not just a simplified form of all-grain brewing. It’s a process that has its own set of challenges. Find out what these challenges are — and how to master them — without changing your whole brewing setup or spending a lot of extra time on brewday.


Thanksgiving in a Mug

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner and many brewers may want to brew a special holiday beer. Coincidentally, several ingredients found in typical Thanksgiving dishes can be used for making beer. Let our recipes for pumpkin old ale, cranberry zinger ale and sweet potato ESB grace your table this year.

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Yeast Culturing from Bottles

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Not every yeast strain is available at your local homebrew shop. For some, you need to hit the bottle. Everything you need to know about how to round-up yeast from a bottle-conditioned beer.

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Top 10 Steps to Better Beer

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What’s really important when it comes to improving your brewing skills and what don’t you need to worry about as much? Find out.

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BYO’s 10th Anniversary Imperial American Stout

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How are we celebrating our 10th anniversary? By brewing a 10% ABV Imperial American Stout with 10 grains and 10 hop additions, that’s how.

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Strategies to Win Homebrew Contests

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A homebrew judge (and contestant) tells you how to go for the gold and make your homebrew submission stand out in its flight at the contest.

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International Lagers

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They’re here. They’re there. They’re everywhere — those ubiquitous light lagers like Heineken, Grolsch and Becks in their green bottles. Learn how to brew one at home (and learn a few new techniques — including cereal mashing and high-gravity brewing — while you’re at it). Plus: the skunk factor.

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Mountain Brew

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Jason Pavento wanted to combine his two favorite beverages, homebrew and Mountain Dew. His creation — Mountain Brew — does just that. We’ve fiddled with his procedures a bit, based on our own experimentation, but the ingredients are the same as his original recipe. The beer turns out light and crisp, with some aroma, but not much flavor from the Mountain Dew. And, in case you’re wondering, neither the preservatives or the caffeine seem to bother the yeast. Mountain Brew is also a very easy to make. So, to mangle a phrase from their ads — just brew it!

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