Writer: Christian Lavender

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Pistachio Pale Ale

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What’s better than drinking beer and eating pistachios? Smashing them together (of course) and making citrusy pale ale using Palisade hops with a smoky pistachio kick.

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Sunflower Seed Dark Hefeweizen

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This recipe takes advantage of the head retention power of wheat to blend in some flavors of toasted sunflower seeds. Sunflower seeds are very oily, so toasting the seeds to get a large amount of the oils removed is essential.

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Pecan Doppelbock

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I chose a doppelbock because of its rich, full-bodied, caramel malty flavor, blanketed light hop aroma with a light ruby-hazed color. This style with the pecan addition just screams Thanksgiving to me.

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Smoked Pumpkin Seed Saison

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Pumpkin spice ales and lagers are the most common styles of this gourd-like brew, but the saison style has some peppery spice undertones I thought might balance well.

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Perfect pour

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A great glass of draft beer poured from a keg can seem tricky on the first few pours. You may pour a beer and get a glass full of foam, and other


Barrel-Aged Craft Beer Clone Homebrew Recipes

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“Curieux is a fairly simple recipe starting with our Tripel, which is then aged in bourbon barrels and blended with another batch of fresh Tripel. The vast majority of brewers here started out homebrewing so we all get excited anytime we get to do anything homebrew-related.” – Michael O’Connor, Allagash Brewing Company Allagash Brewing Company

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Extract to Beer in 7 Days

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If you’ve read any brewing books in the last century you know that the process of making beer always requires boiling of the wort. Boiling sterilizes the wort (kills off Lactobacillus and other bacteria present on grain), stops the remaining enzyme activity after mashing (locks in the carbohydrate levels), helps proteins come together (forms hot

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Large-Scale Homebrew Systems

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Be sure to check out the comparison chart of all the models covered here at the bottom of this article. Homebrew systems have gone BIG. Large three- vessel brewing systems are simply


Under Pressure: Capturing CO2 During Fermentation

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There are some who say that a beer whose entire fermenting and aging life is maintained at positive pressure — around 15 psi —tastes much better. Dr. Chris White of White Labs believes that not only pro brewers, but homebrewers can benefit from pressure during fermentation.  “It is an especially nice practice for fermenting lagers because you can ferment at higher temps and still get

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Build a Barrel Coolship Fermenter

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Open fermentation can yield some amazing flavors, but requires the brewer to pay special attention to temperature, cleanliness, and fermenter shape. Some professional breweries cool their wort in vessels called coolships. Coolships are usually shallow rectangular-shaped tanks with open tops. Originally, before plate heat exchangers were invented, the idea behind this design was mainly to pre-cool

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Build a Randall-Style Hop Filter

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Most of the homebrewers I know that own kegerators rarely bottle their homebrew anymore. But some of the most hopped homebrews I’ve tasted lately seem to come in bottle form. As a kegerator homebrewer, I asked myself, “How can I make my draft homebrew hoppier?” I use kegs as my secondary and tertiary fermenting vessels

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Choosing & Using Growlers

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With the increasing amount of draft-only beers created by breweries and local brewpubs, growlers are becoming required gear for craft beer drinkers. For the homebrewer that faces the decision of whether to bottle or keg, a growler can make the choice to keg more desirable. Most homebrewers bottle their beer because it is easier to

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