The technique of making beer from malted grains instead of using malt extract for the base sugars.

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Looking for process improvement suggestions

I just did my 4th brew, my OG was lower than expected, and I'm looking for help with process improvements. I'm doing an all grain process. I have an 8gal kettle, a 2gal kettle, and a 0.5gal kettle. ...
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How much Chloride in PPM is too much for All Grain?

I passed my water through those cheap water filters and sent it to Ward Industries for a water test. It came back with 61 PPM of chloride. In the 3rd edition of the Joy of Homebrewing, Charlie ...
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Chocolate and Coffee Additions

I am going to be brewing the Zymurgy KBS clone, but a little nervous with some of the additions listed: 2.5 oz Belg Bittersweet Choc and 1.5 oz unsweetened cocoa nibs @ 15 mins. ***I read that ...
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What are the effects of storing unboiled All-Grain Wort at sub-lager temperatures?

Obviously it is better to immediately boil the wort when it is freshest, giving any wild yeist or bacteria as little time as possible to grow and contaminate the product. It is also a well ...
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How low should the hole for a spigot on a kettle be drilled?

I am trying to determine how low I can drill a hole in my kettle for a spigot. I've read as few as 1.5 to as much as 3.0 inches. What's a good point that will clear the kettle trub for most if not all ...
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How much grain will fit in a 16 liter kettle?

I'm considering to buy a 16 liter kettle to hold the grain inside my 32 liter kettle, but don't seem to find any reliable calculations on how much grain the 16 liter kettle will fit while mashing. ...
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PB2 PORTER - BETTER TASTE?

I recently made a 5 gallon All Grain Porter and added 13oz of Choc. PB2 at the last 10 minutes of the boil. Though the flavors were there it was extremely light and would like to get more of a PB ...
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How large of a Kettle to brew 5 gallon and 10 gallon batches? (All Grain)

If I want to brew a 5 gallon batch, how large of a kettle do I need to do so comfortably? How about 10 gallons?
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What are the qualities to evaluate when purchasing a Burner for All-Grain brewing?

I want to purchase a burner for all grain brewing. What are the qualities that I should look into for each product to compare them against each other? I will be brewing indoors in my apartment if ...
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High FG / Low Attenuation across 3 different beers

I have brewed 3 all-grain batches now that have a high final gravity: Imperial IPA: Target OG - 1.079, Target FG - 1.011, Actual OG - 1.070, Actual FG - 1.020, Yeast - US-05. Common attenuation ...
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I forgot to put water in the airlock! What do I do now?

I did my first brew (all grain), some things were complicated to achieve and finished at 4 o'clock in the morning because I decided to start at 10 pm (big mistake). At the end of it all, after I ...
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overheated the mash by a long shot

I asked before and got some help and have done some reading since. The temp in my mash jumped from 175 to about 195 after I put the lid back on. How much damage did I do? Some things I've read since ...
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How should bulk grain be stored?

I love brewing all-grain but I feel that I could cut down on my costs significantly by purchasing some of my grain in bulk, storing it, and using it as needed. I know a lot of people do this but I'm ...
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Lautering: Filter first runnings using a strainer

I am following the online course to all grain brewing on "craft beer and brewing" and in the lautering sectiong they explain to collect the first runnings and to put them back on top of the grain bed. ...
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What can I do with my spent grain after mashing?

After brewing a batch of beer, I always end up with ~14 lbs of spent grain that I usually just toss in a pile in the corner of the yard. Are there better things to do with it (i.e. cooking, baking, ...
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Which Stores carry the metal connectors for constructing a Mash Tun?

I've been to 3 Home Depots in my area searching for the metallic components to construct a mash tun out of a water cooler. I could not find stainless steel, only galvanized or black steel. They a ...
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Avoiding excessive soot on brew kettles

Are there any secret tricks to avoiding an exorbitant amount of soot on the brew kettle after the boil? We have been making all grain batches recently using a 20 gallon stock pot and a propane ...
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Is brew with burned steeping bag safe to drink?

My pot burned a tiny portion, about an inch across, of the steeping bag for an all-grain recipe prior to the boil. Is the beer still safe to drink? What off-flavors can that produce?
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Mashing bag problem

I tried for the first time using the BIAB method and ran into a big problem with the mashing bag. I placed all the ingredients (9lbs of different grains) in the mashing bag without thinking of the ...
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Game of Thrones Recipe help

I have the Unofficial Game of Thrones Cookbook and it has some beer recipes I'm currently trying to follow. However, I'm confused as to wether it has two sets of instructions or all the brews are a ...
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Oil before hops

So I recently got a propane burner to brew outside (it's way too hot to be brewing inside), and I noticed something weird. As the wort came to a boil, it seemed like there was some oil floating on ...
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Softening Hard Water

I have city water at my house which our Regional Water Authority states has a Hardness of 112.10 mg/l. I would like to get this down by 62 points, but not sure what the best way to do this without ...
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Converting Hops in All-Grain to Extract Recipe

I have this All-Grain recipe that I'm converting to Extract. Do you basically just increase the hops until the IBUs match the original measurement? I've gotten the OG fairly close and the SRM is a ...
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How long do crushed grains last? [duplicate]

In a relatively short time period I will finally embark on all-grain brewing. I would rather purchase grains online as it is cheaper than the LHBS, but the LHBS won't let me use their crushing ...
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Low Pre boil gravity

I have brewed the same recipe 4 times. All 4 brews had 1.028-1.030 pre-boil gravity but today when I finished my mash I had 1.025. Any reasons that happen? And what impact will it have on my beer?
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Should the grain or strike water be added to the mash tun first?

I've always added my grain to my MLT cooler first, then dumped the strike water on top (I don't have a sparge arm). I calculate my strike temps based on the grain temp and initial cooler temp, so I ...
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Substituting 2-row with DME - Extract Torpedo Clone recipe

I really want to make an extract SN Torpedo Clone. During my hunt for recipes, this one in my opinion sounds great and I would really like to try it. Recipe OP here O.G. 1.076 (actual) F.G. 1.016 ...
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Missed Expected OG, Sparging Issue? [duplicate]

I brewed my first all grain batch this past weekend and everything went pretty smooth except my OG was 1.050 instead of the 1.056 I was expecting. Would this be a sparging issue? I had calculated a ...
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Which yeast and hops should I use to learn the distinctive taste of various grains?

(This title is purposely worded after this question.) I'm about to begin all-grain brewing soon. I'm excited about all of the options, combinations, and ratios of the different grains, but it is very ...
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Do I need to continuously measure the temperature of my mash tun?

From what I understand, the all-grain brewer warms up water to a particular temperature (usually 10-15*F over the strike temperature), adds this warm water to the grains in a mash tun, in an attempt ...
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Why drip water through mash while sparging (fly/continuous) instead of batch sparging?

Why, during sparging, do all-grain brewers drip water over the grains instead of simply filling it up with water again and redraining that?
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Could someone provide info. about brewing salts?

I have been reading a lot about home brewing. I'm planning actually to build an electronic 5 gallon brewery. Could anyone provide a short explanation when (mashing, boiling ?!), why and how much to ...
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Standard size of HLT for all grain?

I'm just beginning all grain and starting to put together my lists. I have a 5 gallon kettle that I used for extract batches. I plan on upgrading to a 11 gallon boil kettle. Will the 5 gallon kettle ...
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New All Grain Setup

I've been brewing extract kits for a while and I think it's time to go to all grain brewing, but I don't exactly know what to buy. I have the book How To Brew and it shows a basic setup, but I'd like ...
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How to brew all-grain indoors

I've been brewing with extracts and specialty grains for two years now, and I want to step up to all-grain brewing. From what I understand, it's important to get a full boil when brewing all-grain and ...
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How low can a beer's final gravity be?

Approximately how low can the finishing gravity of a beer be? I've been brewing from kits for about 10 years, and went all-grain last year. I wouldn't expect to see anything lower than 1.006 or so, ...
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Does a protein rest even do anything?

I have been looking at brewing several recipes that call for a multi-step mash that includes a protein rest. I saw a Mr Wizard article in BYO that sort of defends protein rests. Just like the ...
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Malt mill gap adjustment

The nature of my work is such that i have all the materials and tools to make a mill so i am not intrested on buying one.I want to know if there is a standard gap between the rollers for all type of ...
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All my all-grain batches produce a bitter/astringent, dark, almost burnt off flavor that ruins every batch, from light pilsner to dark belgians

I'm scratching my head trying to figure this one out. Here's the story: I started brewing extracts, and they all came out great. I wanted to get into all-grain so a last year I ordered myself the ...
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Is my fermentation on the right track?

I upgraded my equipment and estimated my new efficiency a bit too low, so the imperial IPA that I brewed on 11/30 ended up having an O.G. of 1.10 (supposed to be 1.09). I made a two step starter with ...
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What does a good crush look like, and does it matter if grains are overcrushed if batch sparging?

I am looking for some advice on what a good crush looks like, and whether it matters on my system. The opinions and pics online are all over the place on this. Background: I am buying small-batch ...
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I forgot to calculate for temperature loss during mash in? How will this affect my beer?

Mash in temperature was supposed to be 152 degrees. I forgot to adjust for temperature loss add simply mixed my grains with 152 degree water. I never calculated the final temperature. I did the same ...
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What is the most popular method of brewing beer?

I am a beginner and as a beginner almost everything tells you to use malt extracts to brew your beer. So after a few batches I think I am ready to move up but I am wondering if it's worth the extra ...
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Does suspended yeast contribute to high SG?

I've got a SMaSH beer (Baird Maris Otter and EKG) finishing in primary. It's been fermenting for just over a week. Starting Gravity was 1.046. I mashed at 154F for 60 minutes. Fermented with WY1335 ...
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“White wheat” vs “wheat malt” vs “flaked wheat”?

I was looking for flaked wheat at my LHBS and they were out. My recipe called for roughly equal amounts of wheat malt and flaked wheat. The LHBS guy told me to use white wheat malt as a substitute. He ...
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Can I use my Country Living Grain Mill for homebrewing?

I already own a Country Living Grain Mill for making flour and want to start crushing my own grain for my homebrew. Will this style of mill work for homebrew or should I buy a mill specially for ...
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Measuring Cup for Batch Sparging?

What do people like in terms of heat resistant measuring cups for batch sparging? I found this one on Amazon. I was wondering if there were other options that were better. I'm using it for ...
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What is the effect of conversion efficiency on your brew?

I keep hearing about how we should try and keep our conversion efficiency high, but what exactly does it affect? Is a lower conversion efficiency beer bad?
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Can you brew an all-grains recipe without brewing a full volume

I've been searching online and reading up on all-grains brewing and it seems like most places have indicated that all-grains receipes requires mashing at the full batch size. Ie. If I want to make a ...
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sanitation during mash and sparge

I've been brewing extract batches for a couple of months, and have never lost a batch to poor sanitation. I lost my first all grain batch of beer, and I think that I am sanitizing my brew kettle and ...