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Make Your Best: How to Brew Any Style Well

In this final installment of MYB, Josh Weikert outlines the keys to brewing any and every beer style well.

Best of 2018: Homebrew Brands, Brew Gear, and Retailers

We asked the readers of Craft Beer and Brewing Magazine to weigh in on their favorite homebrew brands, gear, and retailers for our best of 2018 issues. Here's the companies that rank high among our readers.

Make Your Best Alternative Sugar Beer

The style is a place for beers that represent a “harmonious marriage of sugar and beer,” in which the base style is recognizable but to which we add a noticeable flavor addition from an adjunct sugar product.

Make Your Best Light Altbier

Some specialty categories seem frivolous or unnecessary, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find uses for them in particular circumstances. So it was with my Light Altbier, and the resulting beer is a fun year-round lighter-bodied but fully-flavored option.

Make Your Best Clone Beer

Replicating a beer is a different skill set (though it does overlap), but don’t worry too much about making an identical twin – making a great sibling is more than good enough, and who knows, you might even improve upon a classic!

Shot in the Dark Pre-Prohibition Porter Recipe

This is an "Americanized" version of an existing style in the colonial sense – brewed using what was available in early America – rather than in the “extreme” sense, as we see with many other styles.

Der Falke Kellerbier Recipe

Kellerbier merges the best of British cask ale with German malts and hops in a unique lager style. It has an atypical flavor profile that, depending on your finishing steps, can represent itself as a kind of German ESB or a Continental IPA.

Question & Answer with Christopher Sidwa of Australia’s Batch Brewing Co.

As an American brewer down under, Christopher Sidwa has been able to meld two brewing traditions and, in his book, “Brew A Batch: A Beginner’s Guide to Home-Brewed Beer,” he shares his insights and hopes to inspire a new generation of brewers.

BY: John Holl

Estimating AA% Using Calibrated Hop Teas

Growing your own hops isn’t always as simple as planting, harvesting, and brewing. For those who want to get deeper into the science, leading to a more fulfilling brewing experience, here are the steps you need to estimate alpha-acid percentage.

Homebrewing for the Masses

There are rewards in brewing for the popular palate. Seeing how quickly your keg empties at a summer barbecue can be every bit as satisfying as nailing that lambic that impresses the three or four other sour beer heads you know.