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Diastatic Power and Mashing your Beer

by Brad Smith on January 4, 2010 · 51 comments

This week we cover the technical topic of the diastatic power for mashing your all grain beer. While rarely covered, this topic is an important one, especially for home brewers making beers with high percentages of non-barley or specialty grains. This is an important topic for partial mash brewers as well, since they are often […]

Mashing for All Grain Beer Brewing

by Brad Smith on July 16, 2009 · 14 comments

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Mashing can be a mystical process for first time all-grain or partial mash beer brewers. At its heart, the mashing process uses hot water and natural enzymes to convert complex sugars from malt into simpler sugars that can be readily fermented. We covered the basics of infusion mashing in an earlier article. At its essence, […]

Avoiding a Stuck Sparge for All Grain Beer

by Brad Smith on April 24, 2009 · 13 comments

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A stuck sparge can be a painful experience when brewing all grain beers. New all grain brewers often find their sparge has come to a complete halt when brewing their favorite beer, so this week we look at how to avoid this common home brewing problem.

Decoction Mashing for Beer Recipes

by Brad Smith on September 1, 2008 · 11 comments

Decoction mashing is a great way to enhance the flavor and clarity of your all grain beer recipes, and requires only minimal additional equipment and time. Few homebrewers use decoction mashing in their recipes, but it is a very powerful technique for enhancing many styles of beer. This week we’re going to demystify decoction mashing so you can add it to your arsenal of homebrewing tools.