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Are different style bottles more appropriate for different style beers?

While I feel pretty confident that the style of bottle doesn't matter too much with respect to how a given beer is conditioned, I was wondering if there were any good guidelines for choosing different ...
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hops for belgian trappist/abbey beers

I love Rochefort 10, Chimay (to a lower degree), and some other belgian beers. So I would like to try to do something similar, or just take some inspiration from them. What are the most commonly used ...
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How can beer styles be classified?

Reading (or tasting) it is easy to find dozens of different styles, going a litte more in details than lager/ale distinction, what is a simple categorization of beer styles?
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BJCP Category for a Black Witbier

After seeing that Guinness was making a black lager I decided that I wanted to try to make a darker version of a lighter colored beer. Having recent success with a Witbier I decided that it would be a ...
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Is Pelforth brune an ale or a lager?

For being a commercial beer, I find it not too bad. For the few info I collected it seems that Pelforth uses ale yeast. Is it correct? From wikipedia En 1935, Jean Deflandre, fils d'Armand, ...
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Amount of hops necessary

How to know the exact amount of hops needed by most of beer styles? Is there any table or something that guides the amounts or something?
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polluted Dark strong Ale when opened bottles

I did 18 liters of dark strong Ale beer A first fermentation was during a period of a week in a bottle glass of 20 liters. A second fermentation was inside little bottles of 355 mL each one during 3 ...
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Porter recommendations to avoid acidity

I am preparing some beer Porter style, Are there any recommendations you could share to avoid acidity on the final product, because some time ago I added oats wafers but got bad result, the filter was ...
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Are saisons a high or a low alcohol beer?

I just read the copy in this Northern Brewer saison kit which says "Saisons are brewed hoppy and fairly strong in order to keep through the summer". I had always thought that, as a farmhouse ale, ...
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Can I make urwagwa?

Urwagwa is a popular beer in Rwanda made from bananas, and I'd like to brew some myself. The recipes and methods I've read online have some very traditional methods (e.g. Bury the bananas for a ...
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Style Question: How does a stout become a porter?

Have never made a porter, but may have done so by accident. Was trying to make an American coffee stout, but haven't done much extract brewing in awhile, and probably didn't have enough water volume ...
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Honey Post-Fermentation

Mosher has a recipe for a honey ginger IPA in Radical Brewing, where you add 2 lbs of honey and candied ginger to a secondary. Wouldn't this cause bottle bombs or be cloyingly sweet? I have an ...
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The cheapest way to start brewing

I want to start brewing, but I also like to keep my spending in check. Are there any methods or ways to craft a quality brew while not breaking the bank? Are some hops cheaper than others? Cheaper ...
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Kolsch fermentation temps and schedule

I'm brewing a Kolsch beer for the first time with a pretty straight forward recipe using WLP029 yeast. I've only brewed basic ales so far and I'm confused about the fermentation temps and times for ...
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What kind of beer would a Yoda Beer be? [closed]

Say Yoda brews in Dagobah before Luke's arrival. For my next batch I would like to make a "Yoda Beer", what kind of beer would Yoda brew? Ale? Lager? which variety?
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What's A Good Book on the History of Brewing?

I've been brewing for a while now, and would really like a comprehensive book on the history of brewing. Something that covers the development of different styles of beer, and delves into the science ...
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Is there anything special needed to try brewing a Belgian Ale?

I am a beginner looking to get started with homebrewing. Belgian Ale is my favorite style, so I was wondering if there are any specific problems with trying to do a Belgian-style Ale as my first ...
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What BJCP category does this breakfast stout fall under?

Into what BJCP category should I enter this beer for competition? I think I have to enter it in 21A - spice, herb, or vegetable beer - due to the use of cacao nibs, coffee, and bourbon. The ...
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Is 55% ABV “beer” actually beer?

BrewDog claims to have made a 55% ABV "beer" which they call The End of History. They have other high ABV "beers:" Tactical Nuclear Penguin is 32% ABV and Sink the Bismark! is 41% ABV. From what I ...
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What class of beer is Newcastle, and what do I need to brew my own?

I like Newcastle, and now I would like to brew some. What class / style of beer is Newcastle? Where does it get its brown color? Are there any kits out there that would give pretty close results?
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What would make a good mulled ale?

I just came back from a festival that was serving mulled cider and mulled wine. I've heard of a few mulled beers, such as buttered beer, so I know people must make them. Has anyone out there tried ...
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What's your favorite type of beer to brew… and why?

Many people have drastically different taste in beers. I can only imagine that carries over to the types of beer people love to brew. What's your favorite beer to brew yourself, and why?
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Does bottle color matter for a given beer style?

With clear, green, and brown bottles abound (e.g., Corona, Heineken, and Yeungling respectively), is there a hard and fast rule for what color of bottle to use for a given beer style? Also, are brown ...
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What is the best type of beer to brew for a beginner?

What is the best type of beer to brew for a beginner?
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Are some types of beers easier to brew than others?

I'm just getting started with home brewing. Are some types of beer easier to brew than others? Would you suggest starting with a certain type for my very first brew?
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What kinds of beers are there that don't use hops?

I'm thinking about the next brew, and want to kick it up a notch. I have heard of beers that don't use hops. I don't know where to start in my research, so I apologize for the broad question, but ...
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How do you characterize “Breakfast Beer”?

What makes a good breakfast beer? Thinking of brewing something for an upcoming eggs and kegs event. Any clones of Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout out there?
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Rauchbier smoke source

What is the difference between using a nice smoked malt vs. maybe using some liquid smoke for making Rauchbier? Can you detect the difference in complexity? Is smoked fruit woods (apple, cherry) ...
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Best beer styles for warm fermentation environment?

What beer styles tend to work well with a warm (at least 70F, possibly up to 90) fermentation environment? In other words, what styles will be best to mask or work with the off-flavors produced?
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What is a session beer?

What is the accepted OG and ABV of a session beer? What other qualities does a session beer possess?
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Brewing a braggot.

How much honey do you need to put into a beer recipe before you can really call it a braggot? I am sure the taste is largely subjective. I want to brew a beer with 1/3 Honey, 1/3 2-row, 1/3 wheat. I ...
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Question about Alt/ Kolsch hopping and yeast

I really enjoy German Alts as a favorite purchase brew, and as I live in Florida with the lowest ambient temp 72 deg F under Air cond., I can't possibly lager without inconvenence. I have a question ...
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[WIKI] Characteristics of a Good Cellaring Beer

Every once and a while I come across beers that say they can be kept up to 5 years and become more developed over that time period, while other beers that are of the same style don't indicate this at ...
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What's the line between brown ale and porter?

Southern English brown ale, which I like, seems to differ from porter, which I dislike, by only a matter of degree. It just seems to be about the amount of specialty grains. Is there any other ...
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A good style for first batch?

I've brewed beer with other friends, but never on my own. I'm certain my first batch will have multiple issues. Most of my buddies started their firsts with Porters and Stouts. Any other ...
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Gosebier- a unique style

Dose anyone have any experience brewing Gosebier? Its a german wheat style of beer that is flavored with some salt (and citrus I believe). I had one at the Golden City Brewery in Denver a couple ...
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What does 'Imperial' mean with regards to beer style?

I've seen the adjective "Imperial" tacked on at the beginning of a number of beer styles recently: Imperial Stout, Imperial Brown Ale, Imperial Red Ale, etc. What does it mean exactly, is it just ...