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No drinking while homebrewing! Is this even legal?

“I’m not thinking straight, why did I have that wine cooler last month?” – Ned Flanders I’ve always adhered to the immortal words of Charlie Papazian while homebrewing, “Relax, don’t worry, have a homebrew.” But then, something crazy happened which threatened … Continue reading

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Mental Health Brew Day

Reading Kyle’s post of brewing at work made me jealous. For the 99% of us for whom this is not an option I offer a new suggestion: take a day off from work to homebrew. Why cram your brew session … Continue reading

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The World Beer Festival buffet: Drink Like a Champion Today!

When our family goes to an all-you-can-eat buffet, at least one of our sons makes the quintessential rookie mistake: loading up on bread. When I ask why he’s not piling his plate full of steak or seafood (both of which … Continue reading

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The 5-Gallon Disappearing Act

Remember when you bottled your first five-gallons of beer? Seemed like enough brew to last a lifetime. You created so much beer; it may have inspired you to conjure up a name for your home brewery. Nowadays, if I don’t … Continue reading

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Clear beer here! Thank you, gelatin

After about a decade of homebrewing – both extract and all-grain – I now want that perfect look I see after emptying contents of many bottles and cans into my glass. I want that golden clarity. I want clear beer. … Continue reading

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Getting the Grain Into the Bag

There’s an old saying that you can’t put toothpaste back in the tube. Technically you can, but it’s not easy. Similarly, as easy as it sounds to put crushed grain in a muslin bag on brew day, it can seem just … Continue reading

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Is your thermometer lying to you?

Really thermometer? I thought I could trust you… but no. You lied to me when I depended on you the most. As most off you know, temperature is so important in homebrewing. Whether you’re mashing, steeping grains or fermenting, being … Continue reading

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