Homebrew Recipe: Pequod Session IPA






Session IPA. Say what you will about endless variations on an already ubiquitous style, but this beer is an anti-whale. It doesn’t age or travel well. It’s not for cellaring or note-taking or dissection. It’s not for sniffing in your best crystal stemware. Simply put, this is a beer for drinking. We get so hung […]

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Homebrew Recipe: Alehoofer Gruit






To crib a page from Neil deGrasse Tyson: if the millennia in which humankind has been brewing beer was condensed down into a single 12-month calendar year, then hops would not have come into use as a conventional ingredient until November or so. From New Year’s Day up through at least Halloween, the flavoring of […]

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Homebrewers, assemble! Homebrew Con 2016 is June 9–11






The 38th Annual National Homebrewers Conference, which has a snappy, new name this year—Homebrew Con 2016—is heading to Baltimore, Maryland, June 9–11. The conference, “a three-day extravaganza of homebrewing culture, companionship and competition,” is hosted by the American Homebrewers Association and features interactive seminars, workshops, and demonstrations designed for homebrewers and beer enthusiasts of every level. The […]

Homebrew Recipe: Double Red/Single Black Parti-Gyle






From one mash, two beers: a strong, hop-bursted, piney-slash-caramelly, dry-hopped West Coast-style red ale, and a putatively sessionable stout-slash-black IPA type of deal. By splitting runoff from the mash evenly between two vessels, we’ll collect two different worts of disparate sugar content and flavor intensity. The first runnings from the lauter tun will contain more […]

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New research finds homebrewers may be able to predict the future






According to a recent study, homebrewers can predict the future. OK, maybe your homebrewing buddy isn’t a mystic seer, but a high number of homebrewers in a state might foretell a surge in new breweries, says Brewers Association chief economist Dr. Bart Watson. After looking at the 6,906 entries from the 2011 National Homebrew Competition […]

Homebrew Recipe: Thunder Dragon Belgo-Bhutanese Blonde






In keeping with this month’s cosmopolitan theme, we’re going to bash together some disparate elements to make a global whole. Using a Belgian blonde ale for the superstructure, we’ll mix in the nontraditional adjunct of red rice—the chief agricultural export of Bhutan, the Himalayan kingdom of the Thunder Dragon—and co-ferment with a sake yeast and […]

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Homebrew Recipe: Helladoppel Pale Bock






Pale doppelbock. We’re going to do this. Because I love comparative beer analogies, picture the pale bock as a traditional dark doppelbock without the raisiny, fruity, toffee, cafe au lait character, or as an even bigger version of a maibock. It might even be compared to a lightly hopped Belgian strong ale, but instead of […]

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Modern Moonshining






Forget the image of the hillbilly in the woods: home distillers in the Twin Cities are serious about their craft—and their underground practice might soon see the light of day Jack’s garage smells like a brewery. And that’s mostly what it is. There’s a plastic drum full of malted barley in the corner. Three large […]

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Homebrew Recipe: Irish Hunter Porter with Brett






When asked to come up with a recipe for this sporting life–themed issue, I thought, “Nothing says fox hunting like Brettanomyces in Irish porter.” True story. This month we’ll brew a batch of history-inspired porter with a mixed-culture fermentation and a bit of choose-your-own-adventure decision making. Snug down your tweed caps and prepare to shock […]

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DIY Fermentation: Beet Kvass






We’re in the tail end of beet season at the farmers markets. And perhaps the dipping temperatures have you thinking about ways to prolong the harvest. Fermenting vegetables at home might seem like a daunting task, but the barriers to entry are lower than you might think. Take beet kvass for example (above, left). It’s […]

Homebrew Recipe: Wild Rice Mild






This month, some brewers are freaking out about wet hopping with Humulus lupus. But we’re going to get down with a dark mild, mashed with some good old Ziziana palustris—the native grain and state emblem of Minnesota, better known as wild rice. There’s no fall seasonal more appropriate to Minnesota than a wild rice beer. […]

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Homebrew Recipe: La Granja Agave Azacca Saison






Agave tequilana is the plant responsible for pulque and tequila. It’s also an adjunct sugar source for this month’s recipe. In the interest of adjective-laden beer styles we’re going to undertake a non-traditional farmhouse ale populated by blue agave nectar, new school hops, and a mixed-culture fermentation. We’ll need a few things to breathe life […]

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Duluth Homebrew Supply opens in Fitger’s complex






Duluth homebrewers, start your engines! Duluth Homebrew Supply opened its doors July 16 in the Fitger’s complex. Owners and siblings Katie Hagglund and Kelly Katoski opened the store with hopes of bringing to life a vision of people gathering around a shared passion. “We started Duluth Homebrew Supply not just because we love to make great beer,” […]

Homebrew Recipe: Hopbursted Brett Session IPA






Hopbursted Brett Session IPA: this month, we will be just a bourbon barrel short of hitting all the buzzwords. Our project will be to twist a very hoppy, low alcohol, and easy-drinking ale with a non-Saccharomyces fermentation. We’ll be gunning for sub-5% ABV, close to a 1:1 bittering unit-to-gravity unit ratio, bundles of hop flavor […]

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Winner of Homebrew Competition Will Brew Their Own Recipe at Boom Island






Boom Island Brewing Company is giving one homebrewer the chance to make the jump from garage to brewhouse, but first they have to prove their mettle in a Belgian-style homebrew competition as part of the brewery’s annual Boom Days celebration, July 17-19. The grand prize winner will brew their beer on Boom Island’s 15-barrel system […]