Homebrewing Abbreviation Slang
Quite a few technical (and wordy) homebrewing terms exist, so to make it easier to read homebrewing recipes and directions, terms have been abbreviated. Here’s a handy guide for homebrewing abbreviations:
|Abbreviation||What It Stands For|
|AAU||Alpha Acid Unit. A measurement of hop bittering potential.|
|ABV||Alcohol By Volume. One of two methods of expressing alcohol
content in beer. (See ABW.)
|ABW||Alcohol By Weight. One of two methods of expressing alcohol
content in beer. (See ABV.)
|BJCP||Beer Judge Certification Program. National organization for
official homebrew judges.
|DME||Dry Malt Extract. The spray-dried version of liquid malt
|DMS||Di-Methyl Sulfide. An off flavor and aroma reminiscent of
|ESB||Extra Special Bitter. A medium-high gravity ale of British
|FG||Final Gravity. The measurement of gravity taken at the end of
fermentation that allows the brewer to compute the alcohol content
of beer. (See OG.)
|FWH||First Wort Hopping. The practice of introducing bittering hops
to the beer during the sparging / lautering phase of the mashing
|HBU||Homebrew Bitterness Unit. A unit of measurement used by
homebrewers to denote the amount of bittering in beer.
|HSA||Hot Side Aeration. The unintentional exposure of the still-warm
wort to oxygen that can lead to problems in your brew, not the
least of which is premature staling.
|HCU||Homebrew Color Unit. A crude method of measuring beer color
devised for homebrewers.
|IBU||International Bittering Unit. An international unit of
measurement used by professional brewers to denote the amount of
bittering in beer.
|IPA||India Pale Ale. A highly hopped Pale Ale.|
|OG||Original Gravity. The measurement of gravity taken at the
beginning of fermentation that allows the brewer to compute alcohol
content of beer. (See FG.)
|pH||Percent Hydrion (also potential hydrogen). A scale used to
measure the acidity and alkalinity of a liquid.
|RIS||Russian Imperial Stout. High gravity stout brewed for the
Russian Imperial Court.
|SRM||Standard Reference Measure. A measurement of beer color.|
|TSP||Tri-Sodium Phosphate. An effective sudsless, powdered cleanser
often used to clean brewery equipment.