Dry Hopping Temperature

One of the best ways to get good hop aroma in your beer is to dry hop the beer… you can simply stuff a hop bag and throw it into the beer after fermentation and “hope” for the best or you can continue applying temperature control post fermentation for best dry hop results… See dry…

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Brewing a Steam Beer With a Twist

I used to like India Pale Ales so much I used to decide if a brewery was any good based on their IPA, though that’s no longer the case. Ever since I learned that hops were highly estrogenic, I started exploring more beer styles that were less hop focused to brew (and drink), and one…

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Little details of brewing beer make huge differences

Little hinges swing open huge doors… It’s the little details in brewing beer that can make huge differences in the outcome of your beer… There are times when mashing temperature is important… there are other times when the right ingredients are more important… There are times when too much importance is placed on the little…

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Brewing Consistency

Whenever I ask my grandma how she makes her chicken soup, she replies “easy, just add water and boil”… haha, thanks. Trying to get a recipe out of her is nearly impossible so a couple of my aunts and cousins conspired to get her recipe by video recording and measuring her additions as she made…

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How to Brew a Pumpkin Porter

Pumpkin Porter Recipe: 8 lbs Maris Otter 0.75 lbs Brown malt (thomas fawcett) 0.25 lbs Pale Chocolate (200 °L) 0.5 lbs chocolate malt (350 °L) 0.15 Victory malt 0.15 Black Patent malt 1 sugar pie pumpkin 1/2 butternut squash 1/2 acorn squash 1/2 kabocha squash 1 oz Czech Saaz (30 min) 1 cinnamon stick (0…

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It's Pumpkin Beer Season!

It’s PUMPKIN Beer Season! (in most places)… I don’t know about you, but I already have a pumpkin porter going strong… I’ll be posting the video in a few days so stay tuned… but for now I want to share the recipe I used to brew this beer… I brewed a Porter last year to…

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Belgian Saison Home Brew Review

Before refrigerators came around, people found ways to keep food and beer… the method was fermentation… Alcohol keeps bugs and bad bacteria away from food. When it comes to food and beer, alcohol adds to the shelf life. Higher alcohol has been a way to increase the shelf life in beers… it’s the reason why…

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Brew Beer and Drink It Reborn!

****** New Loging for members area: access here (will need to reset your password) ********* If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you may have noticed that earlier this year I virtually disappeared off the face of the earth… It wasn’t just from the brewing world, even my friends didn’t even hear from…

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When Formulas Don't Brew Good Beer

Belgian brewers don’t like the “S” word… style… they like the idea of creating something out of nothing… Most brewers I talk to are like the alchemists from the middle ages, looking for a formula to turn grain into gold… drinking gold… The problem? They rely on software to brew their beer… If you pay…

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I Quit Drinking Beer!

The right amount of minerals in your brewing water will help your yeast ferment beer… … but more is not always better… Too much and you can ruin your fermentation before it even starts… 0.1 to 0.2 ppm of zinc in your water nourishes your enzymes and yeast… push 1 ppm of Zinc and it…

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