Zymurgy Guy’s Recipe Checklist

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Having a recipe checklist is a great way to avoid disasters. It’s easy to forget what ingredient goes where and when, especially once a few home brews have been consumed on a brew day! Have you ever been halfway through brewing a beer and realised you’re missing some critical ingredient? And then you have to choose between ducking out to the brew shop, substituting ingredients, or just leaving it out and hoping for the best? I’ve had it happen more times than I care to admit. So often in fact that I started only brewing on days when my local home brew shop was open! But I’ve decided that’s no way to live, so I created this recipe checklist to make sure that everything I need is ready to go before I start. I just fill in the ingredient, weight and timing sections with my recipe, then go through my inventory and check off what I have available. Anything left over then becomes my shopping list. Easy!

Zymurgy Guy’s Recipe Checklist

Give it a try, and if you have any comments or suggestions please leave them below. Happy brewing!

Home Brewing Disasters And How To Avoid Them

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There’s nothing more disappointing to a home brewer than losing a batch of beer. All of that effort literally goes down the drain. Any seasoned brewer can relate a tale of the beer that got away, but fortunately most home brewing disasters are completely avoidable. Here is a golden opportunity to learn from the mistakes of others!

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3 Essential Pieces of Brewing Equipment For Home Brewers

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In general, home brewing is a hobby that requires very few pieces of dedicated brewing equipment to make good beer. I’ve tasted incredible beers made with very simple setups. However there are a few pieces of brewing equipment that could be considered absolutely essential for a brewer to really get the most out of their beer.

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How To Build a Keg Line Cleaner

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One of the least fun things about owning a home kegging system is cleaning the beer lines. This can be difficult without a keg line cleaner, and it can be tempting to skip doing it altogether. But then beer sits around in the lines, and can be an excellent breeding ground for bacteria and yeasts. Not only will these ruin the taste of your brew but they can also make you sick. Keg lines should be cleaned every few weeks – more often if the lines aren’t used regularly. This can be a real hassle if you don’t have a spare keg or a keg line cleaner.

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Lager Fermentation: Keeping It Cool

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Brewing lagers at home can be a bit daunting. There’s lots of information out there about how challenging lager fermentation can be, and truth be told it may require some new skills and new equipment. Lagers can be seen as something of a mystery, but this article is here to explain the basics, and potentially give a head start to anyone considering brewing their first lager. Come, let us explore…

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5 Beers Every Home Brewer Should Master

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If you home brew for long enough, one question is inevitable: “Can you make (insert popular beer)?” If I had a dollar for every person who’s asked if I can make Corona I’d retire a rich man. A good answer to the question above is “yes, but have you tried (insert craft style)?” Home brewers are in a privileged position to offer new and interesting alternatives to the mass produced beers that dominate the marketplace. We have the power to convert beer drinkers to craft beer drinkers! I’ve compiled a list of 5 beer styles that every home brewer should master to properly introduce Joe Average to the world of craft brewing.

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Dos Equis Amber: All Grain Brew Day

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Dos Equis Amber is one of my favourite general drinking beers. I know Mexican lagers are maligned in the craft beer world, and sometimes for good reason. They can be bland and tasteless and substitute almost seamlessly for water on a hot day. But there’s something compelling about the darker Dos Equis – every hardcore pale lager drinker who I’ve introduced to the Amber has fallen in love immediately. This brew is a strange paradox; thin yet rich, sweet yet dry and somehow still retaining that thirst-quenching character of a pale lager. So with summer around the corner in Australia I thought I’d brew up an amber to keep on hand and try to convert a few more pale lager drinkers!

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This Brewing Method Has No Chill

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When it comes to home brewing, one of the most tedious jobs is chilling the wort after the boil. It can be time consuming, even with a wort chiller. A simple, but controversial, solution is at hand – the no chill method! Many brewers use the no chill method and claim it is very effective and easy, but others feel that the method may have a number of downfalls. Read on to learn all there is to know about the no chill brewing technique!

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The Mystery of the Mash: The Art of Enzymes

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The mash is one of the least understood processes among brewers. Mashing is both a procedure and a scientific phenomenon – it’s possible to properly conduct a mash without any knowledge of chemistry. But the more you know the better your chances of squeezing every bit of sugary goodness out of your grain. To fully understand the mash a bit of background knowledge about malting is useful – check out my articles on malt and base malts for more information.

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