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A recipe for a White IPA calls for dextrose and lactic acid. What are they used for?

For my next brew, I'm brewing this Deschutes Chainbreaker White IPA clone recipe using LME as described at the bottom of the page. I'm unfamiliar with the use of lactic acid and dextrose in brewing ...
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Why is potassium metabisulphite preferred to sodium by some sources?

I have read a number of sources that recommend the use of potassium metabisulphite or potassium-based campden tablets in preference to their sodium-based equivalents (e.g. Jack Keller states that he ...
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When and how should I add Maltodextrin

I am brewing an imperial stout this weekend and I am planning to use 8oz of maltodextrin for 5 gallon batch. A friend of mine had a kit last time which had a maltodextrin in it but with no ...
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Salty flavor in beer?

Recently, I've noticed a slight salty taste in a few beers. It's generally toward the end of the glass, and it's generally when I'm dehydrated. It's happened with Long Trail Ale and Stone Arrogant ...
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What is Fermcap-S and what does it do?

Lately I've been doing some very large boils -- 7 gallons in a 7.5 gallon kettle. To prevent boilovers, I've been using Fermcap-s. It's great, and I've had no boilover problems, but I have no idea how ...
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What does gypsum do?

I'm brewing from an Austin Homebrew extract kit, and it came with some gypsum. I thought gypsum was only for modifying water chemistry, but there seems to be some other schools of thought around. ...
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Sanitising and adding homebrew additives

A few questions pertaining to brewing additives: How would you sanitize orange zest, whole nutmegs, and cinnamon sticks for use in a brew? When would you add the aforementioned items to the ...
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Using Irish Moss in Red Ales?

I have heard about using irish moss in ales as a clarifyer... how do you use it? How much? When? And does it affect the taste of a beer? I am planning on using it with an Irish Red Ale Extract kit.... ...
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How much potassium metabisulfite/Potassium Sorbate to stop fermentation?

I've had a lot of trouble finding a quick and easy answer to this question. Wine makers will add these chemical to wine after fermentation to prevent spoilage, and as an antioxidant. You can also ...
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Gelatin for clearer beer

Does gelatin work for clarifying beer? If so: How much do you use? When do you add it? How do you prepare it? (Do you boil it in water? How much water to dissolve the gelatin?)
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How much ginger should be used at what point of the process?

What is a reasonable amount of fresh ginger to use to lightly flavor a beer? Does the quantity to use differ based on when it is added in the process (boil vs flame out vs secondary)? I realize ...
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What makes an addition good for a basic wheat beer?

My second batch of beer will be a basic wheat beer and I will rack half with peach puree and half without to see the difference. I am looking for suggestions of other additives for wheat beer. ...
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Making a gose (salt in beer?) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Gosebier- a unique style I recently fell in love with the Gose style of sour wheat beers (similar to a Gueze), thanks to kegs of Bayerische Bahnhof invading my town. ...
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What are your favorite additives?

What's your favorite thing you add to your brew? chocolate fruit spices etc. I'm mostly interested in additives combined after primary fermentation, but flavors from any stage would be ...
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Cocoa Nibs for Chocolate Flavorings

What is the best way to use cocoa nibs? Do you crush them, crack them leave them whole? Steep and remove pre-boil, leave in boil, add at flameout? Add them only during secondary? How long?
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Common practices for adding liquor to homebrew?

I'm thinking about introducing sambuca (maybe grappa) into my next homebrew. What are the common practices for adding? secondary? bottling? Recommendations for getting the "right" amount without ...
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Adding potassium metabisulphite (i.e. sulfites) to prevent oxidation?

Winemakers often add potassium metabisulphite to the finished product for two purposes: To prevent further yeast growth (so that they do not eat the remaining sugars) and as a preservative, to prevent ...
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How to Add Cocoa

I want to add cocoa or chocolate to a beer, but cocoa powder isn't very soluble in water. What methods/alternatives do I have? I prefer to avoid extracts, if possible. I don't think I can find nibs ...
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How to add spices after the boil

I'm planning to make a few spiced ales from my batch that's bubbling along right now, and I'm wondering what the benefits and drawbacks are to adding whole spices to the secondary as opposed to making ...
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Fruit for fruit beers

What are the best fruits for brewing fruit beers? Some fruits appear to be classics like cherries raspberries. Some fruits you rarely hear about like kiwi and papya. Which fruits have flavor ...
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How much bourbon is the right amount?

When adding something like bourbon (or other whiskeys) to the secondary, how much do you add? I realize this will differ based on recipes, tastes, and styles, but what is a good range? How much is so ...
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Using bacon in beer

I've heard rumor of people figuring out a way to do this without getting all the grease into the beer as well. If you want to add bacon flavoring to a beer, how do you do it? I know you can use some ...
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Adding Oak Flavor/character to beer

Short of buying an oak barrel, what forms of oak are available to the homebrewer for getting oak into yuor beer? Are they available with different levels of toast? Are some forms easier to sanitize ...
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Using coffee in beer

Last weekend I brewed a super classic, nothing special stout. I plan to add coffee to it in the secondary, and didn't want any craziness from the stout itself so that I could really play with the ...
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Adding Bourbon flavor to a beer

So in my last beer, I added bourbon infused with vanilla bean. I started to wonder if this was "cheating" or frowned upon, as far as getting the bourbon flavor into the beer. Is there a better way to ...
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How much K-meta should I add when racking my cider/wine?

How much potassium metabisulfite should I add when racking my wine or cider? Measurements in grams/gallon please. Thanks!