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Blending Your Beer

November 16, 2018
Blending Beer

Blending beer is a way to make new what you’ve already got. You can blend different beer styles, barrel-aged and non-barrel-aged beers, portions of each batch of the same recipe, or various ages of the same recipe. Make a new beer that is even more delicious than its various parts. Here are all the different ways to tackle blending, though you could surely even blend these ways to blend. 😜 Ways to Blend Blending various ages of the same recipe…

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How to Brew Beer with Coffee

November 6, 2018
Coffee Stout

Looking for ways to keep your fall and winter beers bold and inviting? Bring some coffee into the mix! Whether you intend to make a beer that only features coffee alongside other notes, or a beer that is big on java flavor, we’ll give you tips on how to achieve the beer you want. Important tip: You can bring coffee flavor to your beer with coffee or without. Dark beers like stouts and porters are already brewed with toasted/roasted malts…

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3 Ways to Prevent Darkening Beer When Brewing with Extract

October 10, 2018
do not darken extract beer

Malt extract, in particular liquid malt extract or LME, is known to create a darker finished beer because it is a concentrated product created with heat and low water content. It allows for the brewer to skip the time- and attention- intensive processes of mashing and sparging, since these processes are completed to create extract. A wort is made through mashing and sparging, then concentrated down to a thick syrup (for LME, powder for DME) by boiling off most of…

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Is Homebrew or Extract “Twang” a Thing?

September 30, 2018

While homebrew or extract “twang” is a term in circulation, any cursory glance over a homebrew message board will reveal that some brewers believe in it, and some do not. Some brewers claim to notice it in varying severities across different brews, but guaranteed cause-and-effect connections aren’t made. Simply put, the fact that this twang is not present in every extract batch indicates that it is not characteristic of extract brewing. It seems common knowledge that when working with liquid…

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Partial Mash versus Steeping with Specialty Grains

September 21, 2018

Completing a partial mash and steeping with specialty grains are two very similar processes, so we thought we’d point out the small but crucial differences for our brewers. If you are more interested in the execution of one versus the other, be sure to visit our blog on just that, titled “Steeping and Mashing 101.” A great starting point is understanding the all-grain beer brewing process of “mashing,” which is the process they are standing in for. Mashing is soaking…

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Why is My Beer Flat?

August 21, 2018
How to stop flat beer

Delicious beer is well-carbonated beer (according to style, of course). If you are finishing with less that fizzy beer, there are a couple of likely culprits. The two most common issues resulting in flat beer are: Not giving the beer enough time in the bottles. (We recommend at least 3 weeks.) Not using enough priming sugar. (Be sure to use our guidelines.) What to do: If your beer is flat when you open it, and it’s been at least 3…

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Batch Priming: Yes or No?

August 17, 2018
Batch Priming

Batch priming refers to the process of adding your priming sugar (sugar which creates carbonation) to the entire “batch” of beer, instead of the individual bottles. Fans of batch priming list simplicity and consistent carbonation from bottle to bottle as the primary benefits. Bottling 54 separate bottles (as you would with a 5-gallon batch & 12 oz bottles) and measuring the proper amount of priming sugar for each is a particularly daunting task, we’d agree. When beer styles call for…

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Choosing Tea for Your Kombucha

July 23, 2018
Kombucha Tea

Bacteria and yeast (the SCOBY) need sugar and tea for proper fermentation – the sugar acts as food, providing energy, while the tea is a natural multivitamin. Only tea that comes from the plant Camellia senensis provides the necessary nutrients for your SCOBY. Green, black, white, oolong, and pu-erh (fermented black) teas come from the Camellia senensis plant and are all good choices for brewing kombucha. This means no herbal teas or red teas. Teas with added oils (Earl Grey,…

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Mead: A Definition, Brief History, and Explanation of the Process

June 12, 2018
honey for mead

Mead – it’s what medieval knights and ripped Norsemen drink in every super-edgy warrior film. It’s what they serve at your local Renaissance fair. But it’s got a whole lot more character and room for variability than the super-sweet-and-boozy persona for which it is known. Sure, mead is fermented honey & water (that has occasionally got some fruit, grains, hops, or spices in it) but this does not mean you can always expect a cloyingly sweet mead. Sweet meads are…

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Brewing Beer with Spices

June 6, 2018
beer herbs spices

Long before hops were ever used, many different spices were used in beer brewing for bittering and flavor. In fact, the history of beer produced without hops is approximately 8,000 years older than the history of beer produced with hops. For those 8,000 years, beer was mostly flavored and preserved using a mixture of spices, herbs, and/or fruits. These types of beers are commonly known as “gruits”. Spiced Beer Styles Nowadays, hops are recognized as a key ingredient in beer,…

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