Writer: Dawson Raspuzzi

Selecting Hops

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Whether it’s a double IPA from which the hops literally jump from the glass to punch you in the mouth, or a stout where the hop characteristics are more subtle and used

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Attenuation & Flocculation for Beginners

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So you’ve finished the boil, cooled the wort, pitched your yeast and put your fermenter in a quiet place to let the yeast do what it does best — turn that wort

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Gluten-Free Brewing: Tips from the Pros

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Beer contains four basic ingredients: barley, water, hops and yeast. Of course barley contains gluten, so what do you do if you suffer from celiac disease? Not drink beer? We think not!

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Bottling Vs. Kegging

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New homebrewers spend a lot of time considering the style of beers they want to brew, but another question to consider early in the process is what to do with your beer

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Cloning Beers for Beginners

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There are hundreds of resources available to homebrewers looking to clone the world’s most popular beers. But, inevitably, we’ve all stumbled upon that obscure brew that flies below the radar — be

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Stainless Steel Care for Beginners

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With qualities that prevent it from rusting, stainless steel is highly regarded and often used in every facet of homebrewing — from stainless kettles with stainless immersion coolers, to hot liquor tanks, mash

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Oak Alternatives for Beginners

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Aging your homebrew in an oak barrel can add more dimensions to your beer by imparting complex wood characteristics such as vanilla, cloves, coconut, or caramel, but barrels are not ideal for


Using Fresh Hops for Beginners

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One of the best things about growing your own hops is the opportunity to then experiment with them in your homebrew. One way to do this is to try fresh hopping (sometimes

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Crushing Grains for Beginners

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Whether it is grains, hops or adjuncts used in brewing, the freshness of your ingredients makes a huge difference. When it comes to grains, you can order them pre-crushed, but if you

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Nitro Beers: Tips from the Pros

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Joe Schiraldi is Vice President of Brewing Operations at Left Hand Brewing Company in Longmont, Colorado. In 2011 Left Hand was the first American craft brewery to release a nitrogen version of

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Diacetyl Rest

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One of the most common flaws in the beers brewed by homebrewers who are new to the hobby, particularly in lagers, is diacetyl. Diacetyl, which has a taste and aroma of butter

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Filtering for Beginners

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Many homebrewers bypass the step of filtering their homebrew and instead use fining agents and cold crashing (storing the beer after fermentation has completed in a cold place for a week or

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