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Kilned vs Caramel/Crystal Malts in Homebrewing – Understanding Malt Flavors

This week I take a look at Caramel/Crystal malts and how it is different from kilned specialty malts from a flavor perspective. While most homebrewers are very familiar with caramel and crystal malts, few have a well-developed understanding of the … Continue reading

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Lithuanian Beer Yeast

JOVARU® LITHUANIAN FARMHOUSE (OYL-033) Borne from an exclusive partnership with the famed Jovaru® Brewery’s “queen of Lithuanian farmhouse beer,” this unique yeast complements farmhouse beers with citrusy esters and restrained phenols. The strain produces a character of lemon pith, black … Continue reading

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Keptinis – Lithuanian baked 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

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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Brewing Water Basics

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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Parti-Gyle Brewing – Two Beers from One Mash

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

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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Brew Beer with Electricity

Info Links: Electric Brewing Systems (Wort Hog Turnkey Systems) Wort Hog Turnkey Systems Electric brew kettle conversion (video) Installing a water tank heating element in brew pot Heating Element Adapter, 1.5″ tri-clamp rim heating element adapter 240V Brew Controller (video) … Continue reading

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Understanding Water for Homebrewing

Discussions about water can get complicated fast, especially if you aren’t familiar with hydrology. But there are a few basics that specifically apply to the homebrewer, which can set the foundation for further exploration into the realm of brewing water. Let’s … Continue reading

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Study: Beer is a Better Pain Reliever Than Tylenol

Beer is fun, but it can also make you feel better. A new study from the University of Greenwich found that three or four beers can ease your pain better than some over the counter painkillers. The study found that when a … Continue reading

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