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Saving head retention

I have head retention problems in an extract bock, and I've been working my way through the potential issues. It's in a keezer. Line length is 8ft Pressure is 14psi (I live at 5,000ft) Pour time is ...
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What is this part of the fermentation called?

I'm seeing this thing happen soon after I add my yeast and was wondering what it was called and the science behind it.
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How much priming sugar should one use?

I'm just wondering how much priming solution should one use for a one liter bottle. I'm using dextrose. I don't want my bottles to pop.
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Bleed pressure from swing-top bottle?

I use 1 litre swing-top bottles to make kombucha. Yes, I know it's not really homebrew in some people's eyes, but I figured someone here could help. Depending on what ingredients I use, sometimes I ...
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Can I make Double Fining ( Beer)

During my beer brewing I needed to pitch more yeast due to stuck fermentation. Now my beer is ready for bottling. I would like to use Beer Brite Fining. My Question is can I use fining 2 times to ...
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I added 2 pounds of honey

I brewed brewers best holiday ale on July 17th and I added 2 pounds of honey. I got 1.080 OG. After 5 days no fermentation. I added yeast restarter but up to now no fermentation .. I just checked ...
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[CIDER]: Can I rack in day 4 if there are 20mm of sediments and fermentation is over?

Can I rack in day 4 if there are 20mm of sediments and fermentation is over? Just to get the cider in a second clean fermentation vessel.
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Replace current quick disconnect barb with 5/16" barb

I recently bought a length of hose for connecting my regulator to my quick disconnects. The hose fits snug on the regulator barb but is very loose on the quick disconnect barb. Here is the hose - 5/...
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Should my first batch of kombucha smell like vinegar?

I'm about one week into growing my first SCOBY that I can use to make my own kombucha. I opted to grow my own instead of purchase one just because it looked simple enough. I took a whiff of the brew ...
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How do different styles of beer affect malt vinegar

Is there a preferred beer style for making malt vinegars? Has anybody experimented with using different styles of beer to make vinegar and what types of results were experienced.
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[CIDER]: Should 10mm of foam in the presed juice affter a day be an issue?

Should 10mm of foam in the presed juice affter a day be an issue? This is before the yeast starter.
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For 2L of final cider do I need to put the whole yeast sachet?

I have only 4kg of apples, which will give me 2L of cider. I'm using an 11g dry yeast sachet. Do I need to pour the whole 11g or just 5g? If I use it all, will the final taste be influenced by the ...
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[CIDER]: Can a 5L plastic bottle be used as fermenter?

Can a 5L plastic bottle be used as fermenter for the first days of fermentation? I'm looking then to transfer the juice to a 2L glass demijohn for the rest of fermentation.
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My OG is too low

I've just done a 5 liter all grain brew. The Original specific gravity is supposed to be 1050, but its 1020. What have I done wrong, and will the brew be OK. I thought that I had the grains properly ...
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Lager got warmed when doing secondary fermentation

I'm brewing lager for the first time. Primary fermentation is completed in 2 weeks without anything negative under 8-10 Celcius. But after putting it to the secondary fermenter it seems my fridge has ...
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Can I wash yeast with tap water or starsan?

I'm wondering what the easiest way to wash yeast after a brew might be, with the aim to store it in the fridge. The usual recommended method I've seen is to boil the water used for washing with the ...
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Carbonating keg without having it hooked up

I have a kegerator made for one keg. However it holds 2 so I like to have one near ready when the primary keg goes empty. My question is. If I transfer my latest beer batch from the secondary to my ...
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Citrus fruits in beer

For instance,how to make a grapefruit IPA.Do you use peel or zest or flavoring?When to add.Boil,flameout,fermenter,keg?Blood orange is another one i'd like to do.As far as amounts,i can probably ...
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Gas in first ferment

I'm brand new to home brewing and have bought a starter kit and a box of Norfolk Wherry. We are 1 day into our 6 day first ferment, and this morning my fermenting tub was whistling because there was ...
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How to keep grasshoppers off hops

About every other day I notice a grasshopper or two on my hops. I'm pretty sure they are eating them since there are little bites taken out of the leaves. Any suggestions on how to keep them away, ...
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Can a homebrew with a FG of less than 1.000 become infected?

My 100% pilsener mashes that are fermented with Wyeast 3711 French Saison routinely hit a FG of 0.996. If an infectious bacteria was introduced after fermentation was complete, is it possible for the ...
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Picobrew Pico VS home brewing

While I was searching how to solve some brewing problems I watched a video for picobrew Pico https://youtu.be/LFtH24eCNbU This machine will be in the markets soon ... but there was another products ...
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Why does Northern Brewer's Fast Pitch Canned Wort not require any boiling?

Northern Brewer has a product called Fast Pitch Canned Wort. The instructions say that you can just mix it with water out of the tap and then pitch yeast to make a yeast starter. Why does this not ...
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Cleaning Many PET Bottles

How do I clean my set (>30) of PET bottles? I'm dealing with dried beer and yeast residue from my previous batch. I doubt I can use hot water, since it would deform the plastic. Do I need to scrub ...
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Yeast for making (non alchoholic) ginger beer

I'm planning to make some ginger beer. I want it to be non-alcoholic, and I am ordering some wine yeast to ferment it. I have two questions about yeast, though, since I am new to fermenting anything. ...
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Yeast Attenuation: Mangrove Jack's M79 Burton Union

What attenuation percentages have people actually seen with this yeast? The back of the package specifies the attenuation as "HIGH", but my own experience suggest that it is medium or low.
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Raising OG before pitching yeast

I am using an all-grain recipe for a Belgian ale. My OG came out to 1.052 rather than 1.081-5. What can I do to raise the OG before pitching the yeast? Will a pound or two of malt extract help?
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Keeping a constant fermentation temperature

I am building a fermenting box on the cheap, I have the STC-1000, and an insulated box. What is the best heat source, pads, belts, lamps, fish tank heaters ???? I am using 5 litre glass carboys..and ...
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Environment-friendly sanitizers

As the title suggests, I was wondering if there was list of environment-friendly sanitizers (such as Star San, as they declare) for brewing equipment out there. In particular, I was looking for a ...
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Cider brewing, can I add pectolaze after fermentation started?

I'm making apple cider for the first time. I was careful about sanitizing, pasteurising, and adding campden, and I now have what seems to be nice fermentation in an airlocked demijohn. I did not have ...
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Rack onto yeast cake then fast rack to secondary?

I'm reusing my yeast for a while, and my procedure now is to have a wort ready when I want to bottle or keg a previous batch. So I drain the finished beer out of fermentor, and then collect some yeast ...
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Late hop transplant to the ground - thoughts on trimming?

This is a Cascade hop I planted in a pot in late April or early May. I had a lot of travel and left it a little longer than I intended. I recently transplanted it to the ground with some bonemeal. ...
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Questions on keeping a yeast strain going over and over

I have a couple of yeast questions that I have not found the answer to yet. I recently washed my yeast from a batch of beer using something like this. I got 5 jars of yeast out of this, and I assume ...
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Can I make beer from… liver?

This may sound super gross, but allow me to explain. Beer is typically made from malted barley, but other things is also used, for the most part various types of grains. What they all have in common ...
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Prolonged loss of air lock

I have a Shiraz that had completed fermentation and clarification and was being stored in a carboy until I had time to bottle. Apparently, the air lock was knocked off and it was sitting open (with a ...
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Temperature controller that can be accessed by a mobile?

I ferment my beer in a fridge located in my summer house. I've been using STC-1000 but one of it's drawbacks is that there is no logging of temperature. Is there any better thermostat that can control ...
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Hop boiling - Ok to use sub section of wort?

When doing the post mash hop boil during a brew, is it possible to do this with a 5L sub-sample of the wort, instead of the full 23L of wort? In practise it would mean taking 5L from the post mash ...
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Not enough wort after boil

I did a 5 litre brew yesterday, a California Common Beer, I did it as per the recipe, with the steep time and the 60 min boil, and I ended up with 2.5 litres of wort from a starting liquid of 7.37 ...
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Communauté de Brasseurs Amateurs Française (Community of French Amateur Brewers)

Bonjour, Je débute complètement dans le brassage maison et je cherche une Communauté de Brasseurs Amateurs.(I am completely new to the idea of home brewing and am looking for a Community of Amateur ...
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Apple Cider Beer the way my dad made it in the 80's?

Well, I have a question and you will be my personal hero if you can answer this for me so here goes: Back in the 80's my dad would make this awesome fermented apple cider. He would keep it on top of ...
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Bottling hard ginger beer

A few months back, BYO had an article about hard sodas including hard ginger beer. It talked about the necessity of using strengthened bottles with caged tops (ie. like champagne bottles) due to level ...
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High gravity ale stalled fermentation?

I've got a hefty grain bill of 10kg, half of which is Maris Otter. The rest is rye and a few assorted crystal malts. After the mash and boil, the OG was above 1.10. I pitched a Wyeast American ale at ...
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Will Brett C contaminate my equipment?

Thinking about doing a 100% Brett C beer. If I was to do this, would the Brett flavor seep in to my equipment, forever dedicating it to Brett and sour beers? I ferment in glass carboys then use a ...
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Is it possible to use beer taps to control water to a faucet?

For my basement bar, I would like to mount 2 beer taps (1 hot, 1 cold) to the wall. Water would come out a faucet just like a normal sink. You would pull the beer tap to turn on water, with temp ...
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What do I risk for leaving my beer exposed to open air through the airlock hole?

I brew away from home, and last weekend I has to rush away before I was completely racking from primary to secondary. I can only go back in about 10 days. As a result, my beer is now sitting in a ...
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Can I rack to and clear my wine in a lidded plastic bucket without a stopper?

I'm making a Chardonnay wine kit for the first time ever, so bear with me here. The instructions say to rack the wine from the primary fermenter (which they suggested be a food safe HDPE plastic ...
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How to add temperature measurement and control to my Brooklyn Brew Shop beer kit?

My wife got me this beer making kit for my birthday. The first two brews failed horribly due to bad sanitation, but the third one, an American Pale Ale, turned out alright. The only thing I didn't ...
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What does Brewing Sugars add to your beer?

I was enticed to buy one kg of brewing sugars for my home brew. It was said that it would dry out the taste of the beer. I would like to know what effect adding one kg of dextrose would bring to 20 ...
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Best way to avoid stirring up trub while bottling/kegging from the primary?

Since I started brewing I've ALWAYS transferred to a secondary after about 2 weeks. This was how I learned and what many recipes say to do so I always did it. And I felt that this was a fantastic way ...
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Harvested yeast gone bad, or am I doing something wrong

After my last brew(beginning of may)I harvested the yeast cake(slurry) to 3 glass jars, put them in the fridge to store them for my next brew(11. June 2016). I'm about to make a starter to get the ...

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