Writer: Terry Foster

Adjusting for Filtering

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Gravity settling good, filtration bad,” was my conviction for a long while. I joined England’s Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) in its early days and am still a member, even though I


Beer Starts Here: Base Malts

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Like any structure, beer must have a foundation, which is what we call “base malt.” With malt extract the choice of base malt has been made for you, but in the case


Cellaring Beer

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To keep or not to keep. That may not be quite the question Hamlet asked himself, but it is one homebrewers and beer drinkers in general might well ask themselves. If you


Plug-n-Brew – Electric Homebrew System

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Through trial and (especially) error, Terry Foster finds out how (and how not) to build an electric homebrewery.


All-Grain Brewing in a Bag

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Your first thought on this term might be that this is the simplest form of brewing possible. Perhaps something like open the bag, sprinkle in fairy dust and drink the beer? But


Late Extract Additions and Impact on Hopping

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Many authors (including me) recommend that you do a full wort boil (5 gallons/19 L if that is to be the final volume of wort at pitching) when brewing with malt extract,


Blending Homebrews

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There is nothing new about blending beers, wines or spirits — humankind has been doing it for centuries. It is often done at the bar, notably with cocktails, wines made from different


Pitching Enough Yeast

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“I used the packet of yeast that came with the kit.” “How old was that?” “A couple of years I think. It seemed to work okay.” The above exchange was part of


Black is Beautiful: Black Malts

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My mother’s favorite phrase for a really dark place was “It’s as black as Newgate’s Knocker!” This derived from the infamous Newgate prison where public executions of criminals were carried out in


Porter Beginnings

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If you have read any of my other articles in Brew Your Own you will know that I have a great interest in trying to reproduce historical beers. The beer that really


Homebrewing Oak Alternatives

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Back in the 1980s and 1990s brewers would often ask whether beers that spent a long time in oak casks, such as IPAs, would have an oak flavor. I would reply (accurately)


Converting Recipes

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Convert recipes  between all-grain and extract with some simple calculations.


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