Rethinking Bitterness In Dry-Hopped (Hazy) Beers

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Dry hopping does weirder things to beer than we thought. While conventional logic—and all existing software models for calculating theoretical IBUs in beer—say that IBUs can only be generated on the hot side of brewing (since alpha acids can only be isomerized by heat), brewers have long suspected that dry hopping can, indeed, make an …

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Digital Thermometer Options for Beer Brewing

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  Types of Brewing Thermometers Most brewers are familiar with the ubiquitous floating glass thermometer which comes with the vast majority of homebrew starter kits. These glass thermometers typically have a temperature range of 0-100 C (32-212 F) and can simply be dropped in the pot or mash tun and left to float. They are …

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My Love-Hate Relationship with Home Brew Beer Siphoning

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  Siphoning is one of the necessary evils for homebrewers. Unless you are fortunate enough to have a large RIMS/HERMS brewing system with wort pumps and conical fermenters, and pumps for transferring between fermenters, you have probably had to siphon your beer at some point. We siphon to move wort to the fermenter, we siphon …

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Build A DIY RIMS System

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I recently had a chance to brew with the professionals at a local brewery. They were brewing on a SABCO Brew-Magic (15 gallon) system that they use for their weekly small batch releases. The brewer explained the components and how they all worked together. The wort would circulate throughout the mash process and that the …

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How Long To Ferment When Learning How To Make Beer?

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When you are first learning how to make beer, you will see information about primary fermentation and secondary fermentation. It is common for new brewers to wonder just how long it takes to ferment beer. The answer can vary, and there really isn’t one right answer. Many factors influence this, and it comes down to …

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Blichmann BrewEasy RIMS Brewing System Review Part 2 – Brewing Beer

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  BrewEasy during Mash Recirculation In Part 2 of my Blichmann BrewEasy detailed review I brew some beer, and record my experience and lessons learned with the new system. Last week in Part 1, I gave an overview of the system specs, setup and my first impressions. [Note – this is a very long post …

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Between Brews: Controlling Gas Fired Burners Pt 2

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  In the first segment I described the necessary plumbing and valves to make low pressure gas (either LP or natural gas) burners electrically controllable. To achieve control, we need to be able to apply 24VAC when we want flame, and to remove the voltage source when we don’t want flame. In this segment I …

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How Long To Ferment When Learning How To Make Beer?

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When you are first learning how to make beer, you will see information about primary fermentation and secondary fermentation. It is common for new brewers to wonder just how long it takes to ferment beer. The answer can vary, and there really isn’t one right answer. Many factors influence this, and it comes down to …

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Why Is My Brew’s Final Gravity Too High?

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Reading your hydrometer a couple weeks into fermentation and seeing that you are a few points above your target FG is not exactly the best feeling when you first start brewing. At least that was the case when I started brewing, but then again, I wasn’t sure why I was taking a reading to begin …

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How Much Yeast Do I Need For Brewing Beer?

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Neither man nor woman alone can create beer. Wort is as far as humans can take the process of beer making. The final glorious conversion to beer is the job of the microorganisms known as yeast. Their conversion of sugars to alcohol completes the fermentation. How much yeast do I need for a five gallon …

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Flavor Components in Beer

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  A beer’s flavor profile is determined by that particular beer’s combination of carbonation, hops, malt, water and yeast. The varying aspects of the brewing process and the brewer’s personal touches and the final notes make each craft beer unique. The process of identifying flavors in craft beer can be quite a challenge. Every palate …

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Barrel-Aged Beer: To Cellar or Not to Cellar?

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  You purchase a bottle of English barleywine that has just been released and weighs in at a hefty 13 percent ABV. It’s a cellar no-brainer, right? A beer this young is bound to have a scorching-hot booziness and will certainly need some time to mellow out. Well, not so fast. This bruisin’ beauty just …

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Beginner Tips for Homebrewers

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    Here are some tips to share with every brewer. Making better beer and reduce stress. 1. Dressing Up Extract Brews Most brewers start with malt extract rather than diving directly into all-grain brewing, and the quality of the kits and range of extracts have gotten much better over the years. Even though it’s …

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Between Brews: Mounting and Motorizing Your Grain Mill

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I really, really like my Monster Mill 3+. It is a little heavy to carry around, though, and it feels unstable when sitting on a bucket with a heavy drill motor hanging off the side. I knew that I wanted to make a permanent mounting with a fixed drive for it. That meant that I …

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Lessons From My First Public Homebrew Competition

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  A little over a year ago I jumped into this awesome hobby of homebrewing. Now, twenty some batches in, I’ve moved from extract to all-grain, gotten a temperature controlled fermentation chamber, a handful of kegs, and all sorts of other fun gear. What I hadn’t done, was enter a competition. Sure, the local homebrew …

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