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The Domestication of Beer Yeast

Farmers know that if they want to increase crop yields, they need to breed their best-performing plants. The same goes for cattle ranchers who breed their largest cows with their biggest bulls. This holds true for pets, livestock, crops, and… … Read More

Hefeweizen: The German Session Beer

Session beers are all the rage right now. Imperial stouts and double IPAs have their place, to be sure, but craft beer consumers are increasingly demanding more flavor from less alcohol. (Check out Jennifer Talley’s Session Beers, available from Brewers … Read More

Grain Comparison: Pale Malt (2-row) vs. Pilsner Malt

This homebrew experiment was originally published on Visit their website for more grain comparison experiments. Ask a group of homebrewers about the appropriate grain to use for a given style is and you’re guaranteed to be met with claims that a … Read More

The Secrets to Better Beer Foam

There’s nothing like the look of a creamy head on a homebrewed stout or the lacing on a glass after finishing a Belgian ale.  But beer foam isn’t just about appearance. The bubbles from your beer impact carbonation level, aroma, flavor and body. Beer … Read More

Is the Lupulin Threshold Shift Fact or Fiction?

Do beer drinkers build up a resistance to hops? It’s a question that’s surrounded by controversy and uncertainty, with experts from all over giving their input on the matter. In 2005, Vinnie Cilurzo at Russian River Brewing coined the phrase … Read More

Nostalgia: Exploring 19th Century British Ales

This article is the online extra from the March/April 2018 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Ever have nostalgia for the good old days? You know: a time when things were simpler, when Friends was still number one, when the livin’ was easy, … Read More

Brew in a Bag: To Squeeze or Not to Squeeze

This homebrew experiment was originally published as “Brew in a Bag: The Impact Squeezing the Bag has on Beer Character” on I recently switched from the batch sparge brewing method where I used a converted cooler MLT with a stainless braided hose … Read More

Boiling & Seething: Recreating Two Medieval Mead Recipes

Meadmaking and medieval history are two passions of mine. They might seem worlds apart, but I’ve found they go hand in hand! Exploring medieval mead recipes and experimenting with the techniques have taught me some interesting tips that I can … Read More

5 Tips for Homebrewing Lager

In case you haven’t been paying attention, lager is back. Homebrewers and commercial craft brewers who had initially focused on ale have rediscovered the joys of cold fermentation and the diverse array of lager beer styles. Lager is not synonymous … Read More

Watch “Project Extreme Brewing” with Charlie Papazian & Sam Calagione

To celebrate the craft beer industry’s roots in homebrewing, longtime friends Sam Calagione (founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery) and Charlie Papazian (founder of the American Homebrewers Association and Brewers Association), re-created one of Charlie’s most famous homebrew recipes: Goat …

Brewing Beer with Aphrodisiacs

Want a taste of the good life? Start your 30-day free trial and experience American Homebrewers Association membership! By John Moorhead, American Homebrewers Association Aphrodisiacs, named after Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and pleasure, are substances that increase sexual desire. Almost … Read More

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