Northern German Altbier Home Brew Review

Brewing mistakes are more easily detected in the works of others… Brewers are fast at pointing out what others are doing wrong, but never stop to look at their own brewing practices and figure out what THEY themselves are doing wrong… Renaissance genius Leonardo Da Vinci looked at his paintings through a mirror so the…

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Top 3 Reason To Join A Home Brew Club

Individual knowledge grows linear. Group knowledge grows exponential. That is the power of a mastermind group… … and it’s one reason why I encourage anyone interested in learning more about home brewing to seek out a home brew club and meet other brewers… My advantage is that I get tons of emails every week and…

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How to Brew a Dunkelweizen

I don’t know if you’ve ever heard a brewer say “burn the BJCP guidelines”… The way I see it, the guidelines are like sheet music… you use them to learn the skill, but when you become good at it, you let your mind take over… You don’t see a rock star bust out sheet music…

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Does Decoction Mashing Brew Better Beer?

Sometimes in order to find what you’re looking for you have to go outside your world… or as they say, think outside the box… I’m often asked if decoction mashing is better than infusion mashing? … and the problem is that the word ‘better’ is not defined… Better for flavor? better for breaking down starches…

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Adding Bitterness to Beer With Hop Beta Acids

So they said my beer would taste pretty bad and it was sure to go down the drain… not sure why I would even attempt this… Well, you know the saying: The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends…

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How to Brew a Northern German Altbier

To brew a Northern German Altbier, you can take a recipe from one of your favorite Amber ales… I used mine… … and use a lager yeast strain like Wyeast 2112 California Lager or WLP810 San Francisco lager or any non-sulfur producing lager strain… I decided to experiment with WLP 835 German lager X… ……

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Bad Brewing Is Being Unprepared to Troubleshoot

I still remember the first time I added yeast to my first batch of beer… I crossed my fingers and hoped everything was done right… Worry kicked in just a few seconds later… When will it start fermenting? Will it taste good? … well, you know what they say: Worry is Interest Paid on Trouble…

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Milk Stout Home Brew Review

I’ve been wrong more often than not… and I have no problem admitting when that happens… That’s when I learn the most and I hope to share those lessons with you… Not long ago, I was watching a video of a guy brewing beer somewhere in New Zealand… … and they just added liquid malt…

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How to Brew a Maibock (Hellesbock)

I was watching a video on YouTube and someone made a comment about something that I think is very common when it comes to brewing software… They don’t always calculate things right… I know I’ve followed the math to the T only to find myself short on water or low on temperature… … it’s happened…

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How to Brew the Beer YOU Want

If you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there… I get emails where brewers want advice on things to add to their beer… or how to make a beer recipe better… The problem is that they don’t know what ‘better’ means? They don’t really know what they want… Saying that…

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