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Brewing Techniques and Advice

Make Your Best Light American Lager

Some people look at the style description of American lagers with their “strong flavors are a fault” language and simply decide not to make them. You should, though. Despite their limited range of flavor, these are still great beers!

The Classic Saison Recipe

With one base recipe, you can create many distinct saisons just by manipulating the hopping. Here we’ve used Fuggle and Styrian Goldings to create a saison with a gentle floral, earthy, and spicy hops flavor and aroma.

Traditional Hefeweizen: Worth the Trouble?

A 3-hour mash? Three hours to lauter? A yeast that creates phenolic off-flavors? What were they thinking?

Many Ways to Love Your Lauter

Fly sparge, batch sparge, no sparge, BIAB—we tested 4 sparging methods to help you decide which is best for you and your brew system.

Brewing the Perfect Pumpkin Ale

More than a decade ago, Mark Pasquinelli embarked on a quest to brew the perfect pumpkin ale. Here, he shares his techniques for brewing a fall favorite brimming with malty comfort, rich pumpkin flavor, and an assertive spice profile.

Make Your Best Weissbier

Brewing your best Weissbier includes a series of don’ts: don’t forget the rice hulls, don’t grow up a yeast starter, don’t oxygenate the wort, don’t cold crash. Here’s what to do for a crowd-pleaser of a beer for these dog days of summer.

Sour Mash Secrets

Why bother with sour mashing? Aside from mastering a new technique, the biggest advantage is that you can blend with sour mash.

The Hunt for Wild Hops

For most brewers, hops are typically purchased through massive multiyear contracts from far away farms in the Pacific Northwest. But for one rugged brewer in New Mexico, hops harvest is time to hit the trails and canyons of the state’s high country.


Missed the window for brewing an Oktoberfest beer for your Oktoberfest party? No problem! Mocktoberfest to the rescue.

Make Your Best Imperial (Or Double) Beer

Josh Weikert takes a relatively straightforward style—Helles—and “upscales” it into a double/imperial version, so that you can get a sense of the kinds of considerations in play and an approach to dealing with them.