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January/February 2020 Zymurgy Magazine
January/February 2020

From a beer buffet, stacking hops tins, portable BIAB hoist, to draught line rinser, automated chiller cleaner – check out our 14th Annual Homebrew Gadgets report in the Jan/Feb Zymurgy!

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Gadgets 2020

By Zymurgy Readers

From cleverly used common items to custom 3D-printed solutions, it’s clear that many homebrewers love the problem-solving aspects of our hobby almost as much as the beer itself. Here are a few of the engineering marvels you’ve put into the service of beer.

Zymurgy: January/February 2020

Jopen Beer

This high-gravity, spontaneously fermented Polish beer disappeared from everyday production in Gdańsk after the First World War. Nobody alive today knows how it tasted, and very few written records about its ingredients and production still survive.

Zymurgy: January/February 2020

Pure Water

In this second installment of our two-part series on reverse osmosis (RO), you’ll learn what to expect with RO system operation, what enhancements you might incorporate into your system, and how to maintain it.

Zymurgy: January/February 2020

Backcountry Brewing

Eager to work Mother Nature’s rich pantry into your next batch? Why not brew while you enjoy the great outdoors? Whether a weekend camping trip or a through-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail, brewing is the perfect excuse to get outside and practice your passion.

Zymurgy: January/February 2020

When Pros Clone Homebrew

For most of the 113 entries in this year’s Great American Beer Festival(R) Pro-Am Competition, the experience is about more than the medal. It’s a highly sought-after opportunity to brew on a commercial system and collaborate with a professional.

Recipes in this Issue

  • Distemper
  • Leicht
  • Chess with Checkers
  • Jiggly Puff and Stuff
  • Dodgy Wanker
  • Little Red Bird
  • Mead Mamas BDS
  • WTG? Stout
  • I Got Your Nukey Brown Ale
  • Sauerkraut
  • Traditional Berliner Weisse
  • Piwo Jopejskie
  • Modern Jopen Beer

Meet the Editor-in-Chief

Dave Carpenter

Dave brewed his first batch in 2009 and started writing about beer soon thereafter. In addition to geeking out on beer and language, Dave enjoys hiking, traveling, and other gerunds as well. Email Dave