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The Magic of Pilsner Malt

Pilsner malt is one of the least modified malt types on the market today, and unless you’re making a German style lager or something light, you’ve probably overlooked this delicious base malt for something better modified.  While it is less modified, it’s also one of the most delicious base malts around, adding distinctive and sweet malt flavors to any beer. But there is also extra process involved with this malt type, and it can be a little intimidating. This week we’ll talk about different processes to get the most from your Pilsner malts in any beer style, how to ward off DMS and what that even means, and why you should give pils a try in your next beer!
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Homebrewing Edel-Hell:  Brewing Your Best Helles Lager

Homebrewing Edel-Hell: Brewing Your Best Helles Lager

When we first started talking to Ben at Occidental about his beers, we were floored that this modern brewery was trending, both in Portland and in our hometown of Reno/Sparks Nevada, with simple, delicious and well made German style beer.  When we approached him about making a homebrew version of one of our favorite Occidental beers, it was cool to see how excited and supportive he was, and how much he enjoys both contributing and giving back to the homebrew community! Thus, our Occidental Edel-Hell was born! 
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BIAB: From Extract To All Grain in $7

Brew In A Bag is kind of a brilliant way to get to All Grain Brewing, if you think about it.  It covers the entire brewing process, it involves the equipment that you probably already have if you’re extract brewing, it’s cost effective, has a smaller footprint, but still doesn’t preclude building your dream system eventually.  And all it takes is a pot big enough to brew in, and a bag big enough to hold grain! This week we’ll talk about the equipment it takes to make the jump from extract to brew in a bag (BIAB), best practices with process and differences vs a more traditional system.
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Hydrometer VS Refractometer:  Measuring Your Wort

Hydrometer VS Refractometer: Measuring Your Wort

Although it seems like a very simple, very necessary step when fermenting your favorite homebrew, wine, mead or cider, what are you really measuring when you measure your favorite libation?  This week we’ll go a little more in depth as to how to use your hydrometer and refractometer, as well as some of the math behind specific gravity, brix and Plato and how to easily move between them.
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Converting Beer Recipes to Fit Your System

Converting Beer Recipes to Fit Your System

This week on BrewCranium, we’ll talk all about how to convert your favorite recipes down to your scale, and go through our process for making conversions to get the beer in our glass as close to the beer in our head as possible, while making the recipes reasonable and repeatable!
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How to Homebrew Your Best New England IPA

How to Homebrew Your Best New England IPA

Hazy IPA’s are a big deal, and not only right now, but in general.  This whole new type of IPA has taken America’s favorite beer style, a beer style that while popular, has always been very polarizing, and made it easier to drink, more balanced and just plain JUICY.  This week we’ll explore what malts to use, the most effective hopping techniques, and how to choose the right yeast so you can make your best cloudy beer yet!
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Homebrewing with Yeast Starters:  How and Why

Homebrewing with Yeast Starters: How and Why

Yeast is one of THE most important components in our beer.  It decides the overall balance of the finished beer, which qualities will be enhanced and suppressed, and easily accounts for 80% of the overall flavor profile of your beer.  The question is, why wouldn’t we want to make sure that these guys are being pampered?! This week, we will talk about what’s happening in your yeast starter, how to properly calculate cells like the pros, go over how easy this extra step is, and how much it adds to each of your beers!
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Homebrewing a Cream Ale:  S & M Cream Ale Recipe Kit and Process

Homebrewing a Cream Ale: S & M Cream Ale Recipe Kit and Process

Cream Ale is a very fun, very light beer style that must have been made with BBQ’s and summer’s in mind.  This beer has a lightly sweet grain characteristic that plays so well with the mild spice and fleeting lemon characteristics of late addition Liberty hops.  Quite frankly, if you want something light and easy to drink, as well as something that you can have a few of without behind the drunk guy at your buddy’s BBQ, this is the perfect choice!  This week, we’ll talk about our home brew kit, what’s in a cream ale, where we strayed from the traditional Cream Ale ingredients, and how you can make your own incredible summer favorite!
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Theory of Distilling Volume 1:  Basic Ingredients and Process

Theory of Distilling Volume 1: Basic Ingredients and Process

Distillation, and the theory of home distillation, is a widely known and narrowly understood process.  For us homebrewers, it seems like it’s more magic than science, even though it’s just one extra step above and beyond the brewing process.  This week, we’ll go over some of the basic distillation processes, what your base ingredients add, and hit some of the high notes of wood aging and making a clean product!
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