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Using Water Quality Report Parameters in Homebrewing

Getty Images/Zoonar RFMany minerals and compounds occur naturally in water, dissolving into solution from various environmental sources. Some manmade compounds can also be found in water, but these are usually unwanted and referred to as contaminants. Contaminants can be natural as well: molds, ...

How to Pitch Yeast

 You need to pitch an adequate amount of yeast to get your fermentation to start in a reasonable amount of time, proceed in an orderly fashion, and reach a reasonable final gravity (given the fermentability of your wort). A pitching rate of 1 million cells per milliliter per degree Plato is ...

Hopping Methods for Homebrewing

Getty Images/Beth HallNow, on to the more advanced stuff !Identifying The PlayersExtracting hop oils and other aroma components from hop cones is the driving force behind dry hopping beers. The exact number of different hop oils found in the lupulin glands of hops has been found to be nearly ...

Hopping Methods for Homebrewing

 Hops are added at different stages during the brew day to achieve different effects. Most homebrew recipes will indicate when to add the hops: early for bittering, mid to late for flavor, and at the end of the boil and in the fermenter for aroma. Bittering hops are added when the wort is ...

Guide on Closed-System Racking Methods

The "Gold Method" Closed-system racking is the Holy Grail for meticulous brewers. Peter Wolfe highly recommends homebrewers try to create a closed-racking system, especially for hop-forward beers. The two closed-system racking options are most easily done with either a conical fermenter or ...

How to Clone Beer Recipes

Getty Images/ozgurcoskunIt’s no secret that homebrewers drink a lot of beer, and not all of it is homebrew. Given that homebrewers also enjoy many craft beers and imports, it’s not surprising that a popular topic among us is clone brew recipes—namely, creating homebrew recipes for ...

Schrödinger’s Weissbier Recipe

  Getty Images/demarco-media Targets OG: 1.050 IBU: 12–15 SRM: 4.2 ABV: 5.0%“The best songs will never gets sung/The best life never leaves your lungs.” Wilco was right: Everything exists in a quantum state of perfection as long as it remains only pure potential. A glimmer in the eye. An ...

Making Your Own Beer Recipes

Getty Images/BackyardProductionJust like cooking, it’s fun to experiment and compose your own recipes for beer you’d like to brew. It’s nothing to be afraid of. If you follow just a few simple guidelines, then everything will be fine.Six steps to your very own beerChoose which beer style ...

Design Your Own Beer Recipe

Getty Images/zmurciuk_kNow it’s time to take off the training wheels and strike out on your own. You have read about many of the various beer styles of the world and you should now have a better idea of the kind of beer you like best and want to brew. Homebrewing is all about brewing your ...

Fermentation Advisory Board

CHRIS COLBYChris learned to homebrew in 1990 while starting his graduate work in biology at Boston University. After earning his Ph.D. and briefly working in educational publishing, he began writing about brewing. He’s authored two books — Home Brew Recipe Bible and Methods of Modern ...

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