Improve mash efficiency in your stainless steel mash tun

October 1, 2018 alex beer

Mash efficiency refers to the extent to which you are able to pull the sugars out of the malted grain and into the water. A high percentage of sugar recovery (75-90%) is called ‘high mash efficiency’. A low percentage (60-75%) is called ‘low … Continue reading

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Keptinis – Lithuanian baked beer

July 14, 2018 alex beer

At Šnekutis Užupis Farmhouse ale styles are known for being messy, sprawling, ill-defined categories to the point where it can be questioned whether they really are styles at all. The Lithuanian style keptinis, however, has a simple definition: it’s made … Continue reading

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How to brew keptinis

July 14, 2018 alex beer

The Jančys family brewhouse Keptinis is a little-known Lithuanian style of beer where the mash is baked in an oven. The first farmhouse brewer I ever wrote about was keptinis brewer Ramunas Čižas. A few years ago I put together … Continue reading

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Obi110 reuse using raspbx – How?

January 4, 2018 alex NetworkTechnology

Obi110 was on end of support with no firmware upgrades.  On November 1 2017 Google Voice changed certificates and Obi110 failed with ” Backing off” Connection error. Initially thought as DNS Server issue and tried all and when support refused … Continue reading

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Brewing Water Basics

December 20, 2017 alex beer

For many brewers, water chemistry is treated as the last frontier of homebrewing. Oftentimes, it is ignored or at least not something homebrewers want to think about. The old adage “if your water tastes good, it’s fine to brew with” … Continue reading

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Lithuanian beer – a rough guide

November 12, 2017 alex beer

Lithuania has one of the most interesting beer cultures on earth, but it’s a beer culture that is almost wholly unknown outside the country itself. This guide explains what is so special about Lithuanian beer and helps you choose the … Continue reading

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Parti-Gyle Brewing – Two Beers from One Mash

November 12, 2017 alex beer

Parti-Gyle brewing is a method for making more than one batch of beer from a single all grain mash. It offers tremendous flexibility since you can brew two beers of different gravities, and also add different hops and yeast to … Continue reading

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Sahti – the Finnish Farmhouse Ale

November 11, 2017 alex beer

Sahti is the traditional beer of Finland. The popularity of the drink waned after the wars, obviously the prohibition of 1919 – 1932 didn’t help. Today, sahti enjoys a small-time revival on the craft brew bandwagon, even on a commercial scale. But … Continue reading

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Sahti and Related Ancient Farmhouse Ales

November 11, 2017 alex beer

This is an introduction to ancient homebrewed farmhouse ales of northern Europe. Finnish Sahti is the best known of them, but similar beers exist in the Nordic and Baltic countries: koduõlu in Estonia, gotlandsdricke in Sweden, maltøl in Norway and kaimiškas in Lithuania. Once upon a time there were farmers who … Continue reading

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When and How to Measure and Adjust Mash pH for Beer Brewing

October 30, 2017 alex beer

At a recent homebrew club meeting, one of the members asked me a brilliant question – when and how should you adjust your mash pH when all grain beer brewing? This is a devilishly complex question as you want to … Continue reading

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