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Improving Your Homebrew

By Gordon Strong

One of the most common requests I get from brewers is for me to taste their beer and then tell them how they can make it better. Here’s how I’ve improved some of my own beers.

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Zymurgy: May/June 2015

Sweet & Sour: Adding Fruit to Sour Beer

The key to making a soured fruit beer is to produce an excellent base beer to which you will add fruit. You can’t transform a bad sour beer into a good one by adding fruit.

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Zymurgy: May/June 2015

Ramping it Up: Homebrewery Upgrades

What’s on your homebrewing wish list? Here are some of my recent acquisitions: things that made me wonder why I didn’t buy these items years ago.

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Zymurgy: May/June 2015

Smart Brewing: The Basics of Homebrew Safety

With all due respect to the guy who said, “Relax, don’t worry, have a homebrew,” don’t relax too much. Making beer at home can have dire consequences if not done safely.

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Zymurgy: May/June 2015

Homebrew Toxicology: Debunking the Myths

Homebrewers don’t need to look hard to find articles warning them of hidden dangers in the beer they drink or materials they use in their homebrew setups.

Recipes in this Issue

  • Pinkus-Style Münster Alt (Easy All-Grain)
  • Berliner Blend Sour Starter (Advanced Recipe)
  • Pinkus-Style Münster Alt (Advanced Recipe)
  • Sour Red with Syrah Juice Concentrate
  • Sour Blonde with Apricots
  • Belgian Tripel: Before & After
  • American Pale Ale: Before & After
  • Saison de Jacques
  • Liquid Gold Helles
  • Let it Go Helles (All-Grain)
  • Let it Go Helles (Extract)
  • Pinkus-Style Münster Alt (Easy All-Grain)
  • Berliner Blend Sour Starter (Advanced Recipe)
  • Pinkus-Style Münster Alt (Advanced Recipe)
  • Sour Red with Syrah Juice Concentrate
  • Sour Blonde with Apricots
  • Belgian Tripel: Before & After
  • American Pale Ale: Before & After
  • Saison de Jacques
  • Liquid Gold Helles
  • Let it Go Helles (All-Grain)
  • Let it Go Helles (Extract)

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