Monthly Archives: February 2011

Mashing Grains In A French Press For Yeast Starters

After brewing the Saison earlier this week, I had about a pound of leftover Pilsner malt that was just staring at me.  I didn’t have much use for it, so I was going to simply toss it on the compost … Continue reading

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Getting A Jump On Saison Season

This year for Presidents’ Day, since it was too cold to BBQ, I decided to brew some beer with my friend and homebrew compatriot, Lucas.  With the STL permafrost finally gone, and Punxsutawney Phil’s promise of an early spring, I … Continue reading

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Better Beer Appreciation Through SMaSH Brewing

  Designing your own custom beer recipe can be one of the most rewarding experiences for a homebrewer.  It’s equal parts art and science.  If you like studying the mechanics that shape the BJCP style guidelines, Ray Daniels has written … Continue reading

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How Bad Could Mr. Beer Really Be?

Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of discussions being started on Home Brew Talk by people using Mr. Beer homebrew kits.  The general consensus amongst most experienced homebrewers is that these kits are essentially on par with other single can, “no … Continue reading

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5 Tips for Better Extract Brewing

If you’ve spent any time reading homebrew discussion forums, you’ve no doubt been exposed to the unfortunate myth that extract beers are universally inferior to beers brewed from all-grain.  This idea is what doctors refer to as “bullshit”. It’s true … Continue reading

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