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  1. What Do Fresh Hop, Wet Hop, Dry Hopped, and Double Dry Hopped Mean?

    What Do Fresh Hop, Wet Hop, Dry Hopped, and Double Dry Hopped Mean?

    I continue to see and hear "fresh hopped", "wet hopped," and "dry hopped" used side by side, so when I set out to get smart about hops, I assumed they were all processes for hopping your beer. Incorrect. Only dry hopping is a process. So, if you want to get this right, there are fresh hop beers, wet hop beers, and dry hopped(or double dry hopped) beers.

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  2. 3 Ways to Prevent Darkening Beer When Brewing with Extract

    3 Ways to Prevent Darkening Beer When Brewing with Extract

    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.

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  3. Mr. Beer Unveils Small & Savvy One-Gallon Wine Kits

    Mr. Beer Unveils Small & Savvy One-Gallon Wine Kits

    TUCSON, Ariz.Oct. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Mr. Beer has just rolled out a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Pinot Grigio making kit developed to be accessible for beginners yet yield delicious finished wine. Though Mr. Beer is known for beer kits, cider kits, and even root beer kits, this will be their first time offering a one-gallon wine kit.

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  4. Is Homebrew or Extract "Twang" a Thing?

    Is Homebrew or Extract "Twang" a Thing?

    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. 

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  5. Mr. Beer Premieres New Kit With Glass Fermenter and Specialty Grains Recipe

    Mr. Beer Premieres New Kit With Glass Fermenter and Specialty Grains Recipe

    TUCSON, Ariz.Sept. 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- This month, Mr. Beer releases three new beer-making kits, which boast a one-gallon glass fermenter and feature recipes with extract and specialty grains. The new kits spotlight smaller batches with a bit more process for even more flavor.

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  6. Partial Mash versus Steeping with Specialty Grains

    Partial Mash versus Steeping with Specialty Grains

    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. A great starting point is understanding the all-grain beer brewing process of "mashing," which is the process they are standing in for.

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  7. Why is My Beer Flat?

    Why is My Beer Flat?

    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...

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  8. Batch Priming: Yes or No?

    Batch Priming: Yes or No?

    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. 

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  9. Choosing Tea for Your Kombucha

    Choosing Tea for Your Kombucha

    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. 

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

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

    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.

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