Knights of the Mashing Fork

Acronyms and Abbreviations Used in Beer & Brewing Discussions

Last Updated: 5/7/07

Taken from multiple (outdated) resources and then updated by Bryan Peretto . Feel free to print for personal use. Webmasters are encouraged to link to this page rather than steal it so it can be centrally updated.

    A

  • AA - alpha acid (expressed as percentage, see also IBU and AAU))
  • AA - apparent attenuation
  • AA - Alpha Amylase
  • AAE - alpha amylase enzyme (not generally used---avoid using)
  • AAU - alpha acid unit (1 ounce of 1% alpha containing hops)
  • AB - Anheuser Busch
  • ABC - alcoholic beverage control (or "commission"), state regulatory agencies
  • ABC - Anchor Brewing Company (spell out to avoid confusion with above)
  • ABV - alcohol by volume
  • ABW - alcohol by weight
  • ADF - apparent degree of fermentation.
  • AE - Apparant Extract
  • AFAIK - As far as I know
  • AFAIAC - As far as I am concerned
  • AHA - American Homebrewers Association
  • AoB - Association of Brewers
  • APA - American Pale Ale
  • ASAP - as soon as possible
  • ASBC - American Society of Brewing Chemists
  • ATP - Adenosine TriPhosphate (yeast metabolism compound)
  • AW - American Wheat

    B

  • B3 - Beer Beer and more Beer homebrew supply. (morebeer.com)
  • BA - Beta Amylase
  • BA - Beer Advocate (over-rated website with rude, beer snob membership)
  • BAA - Beers Across America (a "beer of the month" club)
  • BAE - beta amylase enzyme (not generally used---avoid using)
  • BATF - Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms
  • Bbl - barrel (31 gallons in U.S.)
  • BBW - Boston Beer Works
  • BJCP - Beer Judge Certification Program
  • BLAM - Brew Like a Monk (Book)
  • BLC - Beer Line Cleaner
  • BMC - Bud/Miller/Coors (see NAIL)
  • BOP - brew on Premises
  • BOS - best of show
  • BP - Brewers Publications (Association of Brewers)
  • BP - Brewpub
  • BP - Black Patent
  • BRF - Beer Recipe Formulator (software)
  • BT - Brewing Techniques (defunct magazine)
  • BTU - British thermal units
  • BTW - by the way
  • BYO - Brew Your Own (Magazine)
  • BVIP - Bourbon Vanilla Imperial Porter (Denny Conn)
  • BW - Barleywine

    C

  • CaCO3 - calcium carbonate (chalk)
  • CAMRA - Campaign for Real ale
  • CAP - Classic American Pilsner
  • CaSO4 - calcium sulfate (gypsum)
  • CIP - Clean-In-Place
  • CJOHB - Complete Joy Of HomeBrewing (book)
  • CF - counterflow (chiller)
  • CFR - Code of Federal Regulations
  • CO - carbon monoxide
  • CO2 - carbon dioxide
  • CPVC - chlorinated polyvinyl choloride (plastic)

    D

  • DAB - Dortmunder Actien Brauerei
  • DAP - DiAmmonium Phosphate (yeast nutrient)
  • D/C - DeWolf Cosyns (malting company)
  • DC - Denny Conn
  • DE - diatamacious earth (filter)
  • DE - diastatic enzyme
  • DIS - Dry Irish Stout
  • DGB - Designing Great Beers (Book: Daniels)
  • DME - dry malt extract (*preferred usage)
  • DME - dark malt extract (spell out to avoid confusion with above)
  • DME - diastatic malt extract (do NOT use this one)
  • DMS - dimethyl sulfide
  • DMS - diastatic malt syrup (as in Edme DMS extract)
  • DMSO - dimethyl sulfoxide
  • DO - Dissolved Oxygen
  • DWC - DeWolf Cosyns (malting company)

    E

  • EBC - European Brewers' Convention (color scale)
  • EE - extract efficiency (not generally used, avoid)
  • EKG - East Kent Goldings (hops)
  • EM - EasyMasher (Jack Schmidling Production)
  • ESB - extra special bitter

    F

  • FAN - free amino nitrogen
  • FAQ - frequently asked question
  • F/C - The difference between a lab fine crush percentage and coarse crush percetage of a certain size granule (malt index)
  • FB - False Bottom
  • FDA - Food & Drug Administration
  • FG - final gravity
  • FTP - file transfer protocol
  • FV - fermentation vessel
  • FWH - first wort hopping
  • FWIW - for what it's worth

    G

  • G - Gallons
  • g - grams
  • GABF - Great American Beer Festival
  • GBBF - Great British Beer Festival
  • gpm - gallons per minute

    H

  • HBD - Homebrew Digest
  • HBU - homebrew bittering unit (same as AAU)
  • HDPE - high density poly-ethylene (plastic)
  • HERMS - Heat Exchange Recirculating Mash System
  • HLB - hot liquor bath
  • HLT - hot liquor tank
  • HR - Head Retention
  • HTB - How to Brew (Book)
  • HNO3 - nitric acid
  • HSA - hot side aeration
  • HWBTA - Home Wine & Beer Trade Association

    I

  • I2PA - Imperial India pale ale (IIPA)
  • IBS - Institute for Brewing Studies (Association of Brewers)
  • IBU - international bittering unit, the IBU value is sometimes called "EBU". The value is (grams * alpha acid * % utilization) / (litres * 10)
  • ID - inner diameter
  • IIRC - If I remember (recall) correctly
  • IM - Irish Moss
  • IMBR? - Is My Beer Ruined?
  • IMHO - in my humble opinion
  • IMO - in my opinion
  • IOB - Institute of Brewing
  • IOW - in other words
  • IPA - India pale ale
  • IIPA - Imperial India pale ale (I2PA)
  • IRA - Irish red ale
  • IRC - Internet Relay Chat (beer tasting sessions Tuesday nights, channel '#tasting')

    J

  • JK - Just Kidding

    K

  • KotMF - Knights of the Mashing Fork (brewing guild)

    L

  • L - degree Lovibond (measure of color)
  • L - degree Lintner (spell out to avoid confusion with above)
  • LA - low alcohol
  • LDPE - Low-Density PolyEthylene (plastic)
  • LHBS - Local HomeBrew Store
  • LP - liquid propane
  • LPG - liquid propane gas
  • LSF - Light Struck Flavor (aka skunking)
  • LT - lauter tun

    M

  • MASB - Mid-Atlantic Small Brewers
  • MBAA - Master Brewers Association of America
  • M&BS - Malting & Brewing Science
  • MD - malto-dextrine (or M-D)
  • M&F - Munton & Fison
  • MgSO4 - magnesium sulfate (epsom salt)
  • MGD - Miller Genuine Draft
  • MJ - Michael Jackson
  • MBAA - Master Brewers Association of America
  • MLD - Mead Lover's Digest
  • MLT - Mash lauter tun
  • MM - malt mill
  • MO - Maris Otter (British 2-row)
  • MSDS - Material Safety Data Sheet
  • MT - mash tun

    N

  • N2 - nitrogen
  • NA - non-alcoholic
  • NaCHO3 - sodium bicarbonate (baking soda)
  • NaCl - sodium chloride (table salt)
  • NAIL - North American Industrial Lager (ie Bud/Miller/Coors)
  • NAYY - No affiliation, yada yada
  • NB - Northern Brewer (hops)
  • NBLB - New Brewing Lager Beer (Book)
  • NCJOHB - New Complete Joy Of HomeBrewing (book)
  • NCM - North Country Malt (Grain/Hop seller)
  • NE - northeast (or New England---same region)
  • NG - natural gas
  • NHC - National Homebrew Competition
  • NSB - No Sparge Brew(ing)

    O

  • O2 - oxygen
  • OD - outer diameter
  • OG - original gravity

    P

  • P - Plato (density measurement, see also SG)
  • PBW - Powdered Brewery Wash (Cleaner)
  • PDX - Portland, OR / PNW
  • pH - potential hydrogen (acidity)
  • PET - PolyEthylene Terephthalate (aka polyester) (plastic)
  • PITA - pain in the ass
  • PNW - Pacific Northwest
  • ppg - points per gallon (extract efficiency)
  • ppm - part per million (mg/l)
  • PRV - Pressure Relief Valve (generally on corny keg lid)
  • psi - per square inch
  • PU - Pilsner Urquell (preferred use is to spell out)
  • PUI - Posting (a message to an online forum) Under the Influence
  • PVC - polyvinyl choloride (plastic)

    R

  • RA - real attenuation
  • RB - Roasted Barley
  • RDF - real degree of fermentation
  • RCB - rec.crafts.brewing (also r.c.b.)
  • RDWHAHB - relax, don't worry, have a homebrew
  • RFC - request for comment
  • RFDB - rec.food.drink.beer (also r.f.d.b.)
  • RIMS - recirculating infusion mash system
  • RIS - Russian imperial stout
  • RO - reverse osmosis (filtering approach)
  • RTFM - read the phvcking manual (usually used in computer discussions)
  • RyePA - Rye IPA (see IPA)

    S

  • SA - Samuel Adams
  • SCP - Sanctioned Competition Program
  • SG - specific gravity (density measurement, i.e., dissolved sugar)
  • SG - starting gravity (Use OG - Original Gravity)
  • SMM - S-methyl methionine
  • SNPA - Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
  • SO - significant other (husband/wife)
  • SRM - American Standard Reference Method (color scale, 0 is water, over 50 is very dark, 20 is copper)
  • SS - stainless steel
  • SWMBO - She who must be obeyed (the wife/gf/so of a brewer)

    T

  • TB - TastyBrew (tastybrew.com)
  • TCHBOHB - The Complete Hand Book of Home Brewing (Miller)
  • TIA - thanks in advance
  • TNCJOHB - The New Complete Joy Of HomeBrewing (book)
  • TSP - trisodium phosphate
  • TSN - Total Soluble Nitrogen (malt index)

    U

  • URL - uniform resource locator (address in WWW)

    V

  • VM - Valley Mill

    W

  • WAG - wild assed guess
  • WK - Windisch Kolbach (also W-K), measure of diastatic power
  • WWW - world wide web

    Y

  • YMMV - your mileage may vary
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