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Video Tip: Making the Case for a Low ABV Beer

BJCP Grand Master Josh Weikert is here to make the case for why you should forego some of those monster beers and focus on low ABV recipes.

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While so many brewers and homebrewers will push the boundaries of ABV when it comes to recipes, Josh Weikert makes a compelling case to keep things on the low end. In this Craft Beer and Brewing Magazine video tip he lays out a few of his reasons for keeping things low.

In this course Weikert covers everything you need to know to scale down your full-strength recipe to a more affordable and crushable beer. In this course you'll learn about considerations for every major part of your brew day, including grist, mash technique, hopping, yeast selection, water chemistry, fermentation, and more.

Session beers aren't just a question of reducing the gravity (although that's one way to go, and we will be): it's a question of generating a lot of flavor from hops and finding light ways to balance those flavors. In this course, Josh Weikert takes you through the challenges and solutions to brewing lower ABV beers. Josh covers:

Recipe considerations
Scaling down your existing recipes
Hopping
Yeast selection
Water chemisty
Mash and boil considerations
and much more

This course is complete with 4 recipes for a session IPA, stout, saison, and mead.

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