Writer: Dave Green

Brewing Session Beers: Tips From the Pros

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Brewing and enjoying a quality session beer seems to be overshadowed these days by the big hop bombs and high ABV beers. So let’s go back to the fundamentals of what makes session beers so enjoyable and how to approach brewing this category of beer.

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Wort Chilling

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Homebrewers need to chill there wort after the boil, but there is no correct way. Learn the pros and cons of various methods of wort chilling along with the different techniques to chill the wort down to yeast-pitching temperatures.


Sour Mashing

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Soured beers are gaining popularity among beer lovers and brewers alike. There are several methods you can employ to create a soured beer. Simple techniques include adding lactic acid to your brewing

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Step Mashing

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Step mashing is a mash program in which the mash temperature is progressively increased through a series of rests. The ubiquity of well-modified malts has virtually eliminated the need to perform a

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At Wits’ End IPA

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Recipe inspired by Collaboration #2, a collaboration between Boulevard Brewing Co. and Deschutes Brewery. Part witbier, part IPA, loaded with character.

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Leaf Peeper Imperial Red

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A fall time classic in my house. A big citrus blast of hops with a nice malt backdrop.

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Amarillo Sunset Red IPA

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Amarillo® hops can be a tough one to find in the market these days. If you do happen upon some, this is a great red IPA for using them.

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Lawson’s Finest Liquids’ Toast clone

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Lawson’s Finest Liquids’ Toast clone (5 gallons/19 L, all-grain) OG = 1.059 FG = 1.013 IBU = 70 SRM = 33 ABV = 5.9% Ingredients 11 lbs. (5 kg) 2-row pale malt

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The Alchemist’s Holey Moley clone

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John Kimmich says that this beer was “dry hopped extensively with Cascade and Amarillo® hops,” which makes me believe he either used a lot of dry hops in one stage or dry hopped this beer in two stages.”

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Over the Topper DIPA

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This is my attempt to clone one of my favorite double IPAs coming out my home state of Vermont, Heady Topper from The Alchemist Brewery.

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Longmont Pale Ale

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This was my attempt to pay homage to the beer that put cans on the craft beer scene, to which I will always be a faithful and loyal admirer to Oskar Blues Brewery and their Dale’s Pale Ale. Now if only I could get my homebrew in a can to take with me skiing, canoeing and bike riding, I would be all set.

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Dort the Export

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The midwestern part of the United States has become chock-a-block with incredible breweries, but Great Lakes Brewing Company is easily near the top of that list in my opinion. Here was my attempt to re-create their Dortmunder Gold, a true standard in the field.

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