Writer: Nico Freccia

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Understanding pH

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The level of pH in your mash, wort, and beer affects processes from enzyme function to hop extraction to yeast vitality. Under­standing pH helps you manipulate pH levels for great-tasting beer. But while pH is important, trying to understanding it can be a confusing affair. Your homebrew shop carries pH test strips and probably more


Winning the Air Wars

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Let’s call it the “air issue.” It encompasses the question of aeration and oxidation in beer. And let’s pardon the obvious tendency to pun, and clear the air of the air issue from the start. There are two simple rules that will govern the air issue. Period. Here they are: Rule No. 1: Air is


Pilot Brewing: Smaller Batch Homebrewing

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Almost all of the pros — from Anheuser-Busch to your local craft brewery — use pilot brews to test new recipes. As a homebrewer, you can, too. There are lots of advantages to pilot brewing that go well beyond mere recipe testing. Pilot brewing can be faster and require less special equipment than brewing five-gallon


A Peek into the World of the Single Celled

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Fermentation is everything to beer. Without it we’d have sweet barley tea to share with friends or something to put on our pancakes. Fermentation is where the alcohol and CO2 that make beer are produced, but it is also where the chemical reactions occur that produce all the other subtle flavors and aromas that give


The Power of pH

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The level of pH in your mash, wort, and beer affects processes from enzyme function to hop extraction to yeast vitality. Understanding pH helps you manipulate pH levels for great-tasting beer. But


Beat Yeast Bite

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Yeast bite is one of those homebrewing terms that you hear from time to time accompanied by the stern warning to avoid it in your beer. But ask someone to describe yeast bite and you may hear the answer, “Well, it’s yeasty, like the bite of a slurry of yeast.” We’ve all had excellent brews


Hop Aroma Therapy

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Ways to Capture the Perfect Hop Nose Everytime


Faster than a Speeding Brewpot: Reducing Brewing Time

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With a little planning, some creative techniques, and the right equipment, you can drastically reduce your brewing time, still make great beer, and have fun too. Do you ever feel like you just can’t find the time to brew? It takes too long, there’s too much to think about, too much to do. If that


Big Batch Brewing

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Break out of the five-gallon rut. It’s easier than you think to brew BIG!


Master Partial Mashing

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You’ve been brewing with extract and have made great beers. Maybe you’ve experimented with steeping grains and have been able to manipulate color and flavor. Now you’re starting to get curious about what the grain hype is all about. There are dozens of different grains at the homebrew shop, each with its own color, aroma,


The Ultimate Troubleshooter’s Guide, Part 2

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Be prepared for the unexpected glitches that can arise during the brewing process, and you won’t compromise the quality of your beer.
Part Two of our Troubleshooter’s Guide examines fermentation, mashing, and more.


The Ultimate Homebrew Troubleshooter’s Guide

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Perfection is elusive, especially when it comes to a complex art and science such as brewing. For any brewer, from the first-timer to the seasoned pro who has planned out every minute detail of the brew day, some unexpected glitch always seems to creep into the process. Fixing the problem usually just requires a simple


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