Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Brewing Related Acronyms

Brewing AcronymsWant to know what IBU stands for? Confused about ABVs or DIPAs? Look no further. The following is a list of commonly used abbreviations and acronyms used in the brewing and homebrewing culture. This blog will occasionally use one of these acronyms and therefore requires the need to maintain a list of common terms.

Common Brewing Related Acronyms

AA - Alpha Acid
AAU - Alpha Acid Unit (the same as HBU)
ABV - Alcohol By Volume
ABW - Alcohol By Weight
AG - All-Grain
AHA - American Homebrewers Association
APA - American Pale Ale

B - Brix or Balling (a measure of sugar)
B3 - Beer, Beer, and More Beer
BBBOT (or 3BOT) - Big-Bore Blowoff Tube
BJCP - Beer Judge Certification Program
BMC - Bud Miller Coors
BOP - Brew on Premises
BTU - British Thermal Unit
BYO - Brew Your Own magazine
BW - Barleywine

C&S - Crankandstein, a maker of malt mills
CAMRA - Campaign for Real Ale (British organization for the preservation of cask-conditioned ales)
CAP - Classic American Pilsner
CFC - Counterflow Chiller
CPBF - Counter-Pressure Bottle Filler (same as CPF)
CPF - Counter-Pressure Filler (same as CPBF)
CPVC - Chlorinated PolyVinyl Choloride

DIPA - Double India Pale Ale
DME - Dry Malt Extract
DMS - Dimethyl Sulphide (a cooked corn aroma in wort that wasn't cooled quickly enough)

EKG - East Kent Goldings

FG - Final Gravity
FoCo - Fort Collins, Colorado
FWH - First Wort Hopping

GABF - Great American Beer Festival
GU - Gravity Unit (two numbers of gravity reading; 1.062=62GU)

HBA - HomeBrew Adventures
HBU - Homebrew Bittering Units (Hop Ounces * Hop Alpha Acids)
HERMS - Heat Exchange Recirculation Mash System
HLT - Hot Liquor Tank
HSA - Hot Side Aeration

IBU - International Bitterness Units
IC - Immersion Chiller
IIPA - Imperial India Pale Ale
IPA - India Pale Ale

JPA - Japan Pale Ale (special IPA kit available at HBA)

L (*L) - Lovibond
LHBS - Local Homebrew Supply Store
LME - Liquid Malt Extract
LoDo - Lower Downtown (Denver)
LT - Lauter tun

MLT - Mash/Lauter Tun
MO - Maris Otter
MPS - Mass Produced Swill
MT - Mash Tun

NB - Northern Brewer
NBB - New Belgium Brewing
NoCo - Northern Colorado

O2 - Oxygen
OG - Original Gravity
P - Plato (a measure of sugar)
PBW - Powdered Brewery Wash
pH - Potential Hydrogen
PPM - Parts Per Million
PPPG - potential point per gallon
PVC - PolyVinyl Choloride

RDWHAHB - Relax, Don't Worry, Have A Home Brew
RIMS - Recirculating Infusion Mash System
RO - Reverse Osmosis

SG - Specific Gravity
SRM - Standard Reverence Method (Same as Lovibond)
SS - Stainless Steel
Swill - Refers to tasteless mass-produced lager

TG - Terminal Gravity (same as Final Gravity)

WLP - White Labs yeast (eg, WLP-001 = California Ale)

Related articles:
- List of beer reviews by style.
- Choosing a brew kettle.
- Commonly used brewing definitions.
- Colorado Homebrew Supply Stores Listing.
- Article Index by Brewery Name.

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