Writer: John Palmer

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Cold-Side Considerations: It’s lurking out there . . . oxidation

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Oxidation and the effects of staling on beer is one of the great frustrations of brewers. John Palmer lays out the root causes and things we can do at different stages of production to minimize this problem.

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Brewing with Oatmeal

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When you say the word, “oats” to a brewer, most often they think of oatmeal stout. But oats are also sometimes used in Belgian witbiers and American stout. In fact, you can use oats in any style you put your mind to. Oats add to the body of the beer and can add a silkiness

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Kid Groat Bock

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John Palmer opens his recipe book to provide a clean, albeit unique, oat bock recipe.

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Lautering Efficiency

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All-grain brewers are always talking about brewing efficiency — how much wort they yield from their mash into the boil kettle. There are two components to brewing efficiency: mashing efficiency and lautering efficiency. Mashing efficiency is all about the conversion of malt starches to sugars. Lautering efficiency is all about the extraction of those sugars

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Metallurgy for Homebrewers

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Every homebrewer is faced with equipment choices, whether they make it themselves or buy it from a shop. That decision usually involves determining the best combination of cost, performance and anticipated maintenance for that item. There are brewers that live by the mantra, “simpler is better.” There are other brewers that live by, “cheaper is

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Reiterated Mashing

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During an episode of the Brew Strong podcast, the topic was raised about brewing really high-gravity beers where mash tun space was limited. This is actually a very common question: What is the highest gravity beer I can brew in a specific size mash tun? Whether using a cooler or a kettle, we’ve all tried

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Steeping & Soaking Grains

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Steeping is the soaking of specialty malts, grains, and spices in water to extract flavors and aromas that we want to incorporate into our beer. It is, in essence, the making of


Metallurgy

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Each metal has its advantages and disadvantages . . .a primer for the Do-It-Yourselfer

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Attenuation Information

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Man: [Peering at his hydrometer, floating high in its jar] “That’s funny”
His Wife: “What’s wrong?”
Man: “My FG is low. I wasn’t expecting Diminished Attenuation.”
(The door flies open and three Cardinals wearing red robes enter. The first is tall with a dark scraggly beard, the second is wearing a scooter helmet and the third is heavily bearded with an eager gleam in his eyes…)

 


Australian Brew-in-a-Bag Technique

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It’s a mash tun . . . and a brew kettle? Using the brew-in-a-bag method of Australian homebrewers, one vessel can serve both purposes.


Hop Polyphenols

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What are hop polyphenols, and how do they affect bitterness in dry hopped beers?

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Yeast Pitching Rates

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Yeast do not want to make beer. They want to grow. The yeast do not care what kind of beer you want to make. They simply take stock of the food resources, and environment, and set out to grow as much as they can before the resources run out. To grow, yeast cells need oxygen

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