Writer: Dawson Raspuzzi

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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Brewing with Spices for Beginners

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Spices allow for countless variations and experiments in homebrewing — in styles that require it like pumpkin ales and Belgian wits, to saisons or wheat recipes that you may want to add

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Wort Aeration

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Aeration can be done immediately before adding your yeast or right after, but you don’t want to aerate your wort until it is cooled to fermentation temperature. Aerating hot wort can lead to unwanted color pick-up and decreased solubility.

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Maximize Partial Boils

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If you are an extract brewer, there is a good chance you will hear (if you haven’t already) that you need to be doing full-wort boils (boiling your entire 5-gallon/19-L batch of

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Cooking with Malt Extract

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In addition to the purpose we know it best for — making beer — malt extract can be a tremendous ingredient to keep on hand in the kitchen. Next time you find

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Roasting Your Own Grains

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Part of the joy in homebrewing is making a beer that is uniquely your own, and one way of taking that a step further is by roasting your own malt. All you’ll

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Lagering for Beginners

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Brewing lagers can be very intimidating for new homebrewers — which is one of the reasons most begin with brewing ales. But, if your favorite beer styles to drink are Pilsners, märzens,

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Make Your Own Cheese At Home: Tips From the Pros

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If you can brew beer at home, then you can make cheese. Get advice from three cheesemakers on how to get started.

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Hop Stands

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Learn the basics of post-boil hopping additions, a technique many brewers will call either a hop stand or whirlpool hopping.


Harvesting Homegrown Hops

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Growing your own hops is a fun way to make your homebrew a little more homemade and can provide the freshest hops in your beer. We’ve run plenty of articles on how

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