Brewing a Berliner Weisse

NEVER Stop Learning! Everytime I brew beer I learn something new… I improve on what I already know, but I learn something new… I just did a review of my Berliner Weisse and I have to tell you I was a bit concerned for a while… I kept wondering how fermentation was going to go…

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3 Ways To Improve Your Home Brew

After I drank my first IPA, I started to ask everyone and anyone I knew, how was it that a brewer could infuse so much flavor and aroma into a beer… Soon enough a technique stood out… dry hopping… Not knowing any better, I began to wonder, why aren’t all beers dry-hopped? I began to…

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Choosing The Right Fermentor

Should you ferment your beer in a glass carboy or plastic bucket? You could answer this question by going over the pros and cons of these two… … carboys can be dangerous if they break, plastic buckets will develop scratches and harvest bacteria over time, etc. … but I believe there is something else to…

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Transitioning From Extract to All Grain Brewing

Extract brewing is easy and if you take advantage of it’s simplicity you can really use it to your advantage to master fermentation… Actually, I strongly suggest you use extract brewing to master fermentation before moving up to all grain… and if budget is an issue, I would strongly suggest you invest in fermentation equipment…

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Do You Need To Aerate Your Wort?

Jiro Ono is an 85 year old itamae (sushi chef), owner of the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a three-star Michelin Guide rating. A sushi master, who despite having an entire life devoted to making sushi, is still working at perfecting his craft… In other words, he’s still learning… Mr. X is…

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Advanced Extract Brewing

I must admit that once I made the switch to all grain brewing I did not want to go back to extract brewing… that being said, there are a lot of things I learned about brewing while extract brewing that has helped me tremendously now that I brew all grain… One of the things I…

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What If I Get An Infected Batch Of Beer?

When a new brewer goes on to pitch yeast on their first batch, there’s a universal feeling that the beer might not ferment… That the beer might be ruined… … but when the beer starts fermenting, boy does that make you do the happy dance and make you wait anxiously for that first sip… Truly…

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How Much Sugar Do You Get From Your Grains?

Brewing beer is about getting sugar from grains… when we mash grains we convert the starch into sugar and we extract that sugar… that’s why brewers who use DME or LME are extract brewers… they don’t mash, they just work with the extracted sugar… The question how much sugar do you get from your grains…

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What Difference Does Decoction Mashing Make?

Brewer’s who say decoction mashing doesn’t make a difference don’t understand decoction mashing… Decoction mashing is not just a process used for undermodified malts… it does actually produce different flavors than traditional infusion mashing… Saying that decoction mashing is no longer needed now that we have well modified malt is like saying steel cut oatmeal…

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How to Convert An All-Grain Recipe To Extract And Back

One of the more common problems brewers face is finding a good recipe to brew, but being the wrong version… it can be annoying as an extract brewer to find a good recipe, but have only the all-grain version… or for an all-grain brewer to find only the extract version of a recipe. So in…

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