Writer: Josh Weikert

Lake Time Brewery’s Park Bench Porter: Replicator

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Dear Replicator, We live in Wyoming but were recently in Clear Lake, Iowa and stopped at Lake Time Brewery. All of their beers were good but their Park Bench Porter really stood out. I rarely use delicious to describe beer but the term really applies to this one. They are only open three days a week and brew on a


Iechyd Da Brewing Co.’s Walloon Belgian Dark Strong clone: Replicator

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Dear Replicator, I have spent many days traveling for work to Elkhart, Indiana. One of the best parts of the trip is visiting Iechyd Da Brewing Company for one of their many great brews. The best of these brews in my opinion is the Walloon Belgian Dark Strong, a “big sweet malty sipper with dark fruit notes like raisin


Resurgence Brewing Co.’s Oktoberfest clone: Replicator

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Dear Replicator, New breweries continue to pop up all over the country and Buffalo, New York is no exception. Resurgence Brewing is one that is climbing quickly in popularity and after ordering a flight on a recent visit, I now have a new beer in my top five list. Their Oktoberfest is by far the best I


Brasserie Saint James’ The Wit Album: Replicator

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Dear Replicator, We recently took some family and friends to the Brasserie Saint James in Reno, Nevada. Along with some fantastic food, we enjoyed a great lineup of Belgian-style beers. We tried a great saison and a golden strong ale, but undoubtedly one of our favorites was the Belgian wit they refer to as The Wit Album. I had planned on brewing


Splitting Homebrew Batches

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It’s an old tale. You met at the local homebrew shop. You’ve been together for a long time, and you’ve been through a lot together. At the start it was like being run through a mill, and the air just smelled better. A warm feeling comes over you, and you’re changed, converted. Then it went


Eddyline Brewing River Runners Pale Ale: Replicator

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  Dear Replicator, My friends keep bothering me to make a clone of Eddyline Brewing’s River Runners Pale Ale, made in Colorado. My dear buddies always drink the six-packs they buy before they return home to Montana. Alas, my palate has not had the good fortune of sampling this beer and the trips to Colorado come few


If You Like This Beer Style, Try Brewing That Beer Style

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When you first start brewing, the sheer volume of beer styles out there in the world can be part of the allure. So many options, so many variations, so much history and regional flavor . . . where to begin? Well, inevitably we start with something we love but can’t get anymore (an early brewing


20 Clone Recipes from 20 Years

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In our premiere issue (released in July 1995), Editor Craig Bystrynski, introduced the world to a magazine that promised to, “Celebrate the art and science of brewing.” He added, “We write about brewing because it’s fun. We won’t preach at you, get bogged down in brewing ‘politics,’ or describe beer like it’s the latest release


Top 10 Homebrew Priorities

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If this is your copy of Brew Your Own and you didn’t randomly pick up this magazine in the world’s hippest dentist office, then there’s an outstanding chance that what I’m about to write will come as no surprise to you: The most important thing you can do to improve the quality of your beer


Make Competition Medal-Worthy Homebrews

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“Award-winning Homebrewer” — not a bad title. But how does one get there? What does it even mean? This article is about homebrew competitions: How they run, why to enter, and how to win. We’re also going to look at some myths and misconceptions about competitions so you’re a better competition consumer. Homebrew competitions are


Small Batch Brewing Techniques

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I’ve always homebrewed on the “small” side. I don’t mean in terms of gravity (although that’s usually true, too), but rather in terms of volume. Five gallons (19 L) is considered to be the standard batch size for the hobby, but for a variety of reasons (heat source, equipment, storage space) it had never been


Globe Hopping

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What distinguishes the regions where hops grow best? Plus: Three regional hoppy homebrews.


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