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Michelle Bondy, winner of the 2021 New Brewer Award

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In Michelle's case, it is interesting to learn that she won medals for 3 of her entries and that none of these were brewed specifically for this competition. Instead, she selected them from her "inventory" of on-hand beer and entered them. Wow.

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Talus features big, bold aromas of citrus, floral, wood and tropical fruits!

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Talus features big, bold aromas of citrus, floral, wood and tropical fruits!

Talus is a relatively new dual purpose hop, but one that is quickly finding fans in both pro and homebrewing circles. It works well in a wide variety of beer styles and will pair for even more flavour creativity with a number of other hops. Released only last summer after its' name was changed from HBC 692 to Talus, it draws its roots as the daughter of Sabro, another great hop to use on its own, or paired with other hops to hold it back a bit! Consider Talus when planning one of your next great summer brews. You'll find it right...

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Five Star Chemicals Cleaning Chart

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Five Star are the makers of such products as Star San, PBW, and many others used by homebrewers and professional breweries. Here is a simple chart showing how to use their products to maximum effect.

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The Brew Bag interview with Rex Slagel

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The Brew Bag interview with Rex Slagel

Some interesting information about the Brew In A Bag process, and the Brew Bag products specifically. 

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The Power of pH

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The Power of pH

This article is copied, linked and credited to the BYO article of the same name, written by Nico Freccia. If you would like to refer back to it, here is the link. We have chosen to reproduce it here as it does a very good job of explaining what pH is, why you should be aware of it, and how you can manipulate it in your brewing. The level of pH in your mash, wort, and beer affects processes from enzyme function to hop extraction to yeast vitality. Understanding pH helps you manipulate pH levels for great-tasting beer.But while pH...

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