Writer: Dave Green

Learn the Rules of Pitching

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There are few things more defeating to a homebrewer than to check on the fermenter containing sweet wort crafted two days earlier, only to find no signs of life in the fermenter.


Pressurizing Your Fermenter: Tips from the Pros

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Brewer: Mike Gleason,  Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers in Framingham, MA There is a lot of buzz surrounding the use of a spunding valve on fermenters these days throughout the homebrewing community. Some


Managing pH with Brewing Water Adjustments

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If you want to take your beers to the next level, master some of the ways to get your post-boil wort’s pH within the happy range of around 5.1–5.5.


Brewing with Wheat

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When it comes to brewing, barley is king. But barley isn’t the only grain in a brewer’s arsenal; there are plenty of other cereals that are integral to many classic styles, including wheat.


Brewing with Pumpkins: Tips from the Pros

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Brewer: Will Meyers, Cambridge Brewing Company in Cambridge, MA In the past, when pumpkin beers took over craft beer shelves each fall, it was an array of various approaches to the same


The Alchemist: Heady Topper clone

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The Alchemist specializes in fresh, unfiltered IPAs, and Heady Topper is the brewery’s crown jewel. Featuring a proprietary blend of six hops, this beer boasts a complex and unique bouquet of hop flavor without any astringent bitterness.


Rock Art Brewery: Limited Access clone

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Rock Art uses a cleaner American/California Ale strain in this beer compared to some of the other New England IPAs, the unfiltered product still has a glowing haze thanks to the huge late bursting of hops and a high dry hopping rate.


Lawson’s Finest Liquids: Double Sunshine clone

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Double Sunshine is a sought-after Vermont Double IPA. It’s packed with juicy tropical fruit flavors and bright herbal aromas thanks to the abundance of US-grown Citra hops.


Hill Farmstead Brewery: Abner clone

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Part of Hill Farmstead’s “Ancesteral Series,” Abner was named for Brewmaster Shaun Hill’s great-grandfather, who once owned the land where the brewery now stands. Described as “aromatic and flowery, bursting with notes of citrus and pine,” Abner is just one of the reasons why so many beer lovers make the pilgrimage to Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom to visit the brewery each year.


Foundation Brewing Company: Epiphany clone

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Foundation Head Brewer and Co-Owner Joel Mahaffey says, “The characteristics that I feel are the hallmarks of a Maine IPA are a soft body, modest but solid malt backbone, low bitterness (but sufficient to avoid cloying sweetness), and a dominating hop flavor and aroma profile. Characteristics should lean towards fruit, be it citrus or tropical, but notes of pine and resin are also perfectly acceptable.”


Trillium Brewing Company: Sleeper Street clone

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Trillium brewers describe this beer on their website as, “Opaque orange-yellow in color with floral aromas of lime zest, grapefruit peel, pine sap, and candied orange.”


Tree House Brewing Company: Julius clone

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This “New England style” IPA is bursting with American hops filled with mango, passionfruit, and citrus.


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