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What I Do With My Water

waterPosted on January 29th, 2015 by in "Brewing Tips"

This is the water report that I’ve been using for the past 2 or so years. I pulled it from There were several that I found from other sources, but this one was the closest I was able to find to my geographical area. pH 8.6 Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) 117 Sodium, Na 18…

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Brew Cleaner Lagers

Cold break and trub totally settled and ready to be moved to primary.Posted on April 11th, 2014 by in "Brewing Tips"

Here’s a couple of quick pictures illustrating how I brew cleaner lagers. The idea is to go from your kettle in to a larger carboy and allow all of the trub, cold break, etc. to settle and then you rack from above the material that has settled. A similar method of how to remove trub…

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How to Make an Eisbock from Doppelbock

freezePosted on March 10th, 2014 by in "Brewing Tips"

Here’s a quick series of photos that shows how to make an Eisbock from Doppelbock. This Eisbock won a Gold at Bockfest2014. I used my base Doppelbock recipe, a 2L soda bottle and my hops freezer to make this is a couple hours. It was super easy and got me thinking about other beers to…

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How to Clean a Brewing Kettle with Citric Acid

how to clean a brewing kettle with citric acidPosted on February 11th, 2014 by in "Brewing Tips"

Here’s a quick tip on how to clean a brewing kettle with citric acid that I figured out by accident. I bought 10lbs of food grade citric acid last year to prepare the barrel for my solera and I figured out that at the right concentration, water and citric acid almost immediately removed beerstone from…

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Develop Dreaded Diacetyl? Don’t Despair… How to Fix Diacetyl

1L starter wort in flask ready to go on the stir plate.Posted on January 22nd, 2014 by in "Brewing Tips"

Well it happened. It finally happened and you don’t know what to do. You tasted your beer. It’s slick and tastes like butterscotch. It’s diacetyl. In the post I’ll give you some quick tips on how to fix diacetyl. You spent 8 hours in the cold, huddled over a steaming kettle, stirring your 3rd decoction….

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