A fermented beverage where the majority of the fermentable sugars are derived from malted grains via mashing.

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Sour beer, lambic, et cetera

As a long-time, sometime, home brewer and beer enthusiast—though hardly a connoisseur—with an interest in different styles of beer, I was intrigued by Pietro's question re: bottling blended sours: ...
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Why is a carboy used for secondary fermentation?

It seems like you could a second bucket for the secondary fermentation. Is there any drawback to not using a carboy for this purpose?
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What type of beers stand up to temperature variation during fermentation?

I've just moved from a Condo into a house, where I am now paying for heat. In the area that my Domestic Sergeant Major has permitted me to brew in, the temperature varies from 16° to 21° C throughout ...
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Losing liquid during brewing

I'm homebrewing using a Northern Brewer starter kit, but I seem to be losing quite a lot of beer. I'm starting with 5 gallons in my primary fermeter, but by the time I bottle I end up with roughly 3.9 ...
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Gravity reading much lower than exected: why?

Okay, so my friend and me made an experiment yesterday. We wanted to brew a >20%, 300+ IBU IIPA. Yeah yeah... I know :) Now to the question. We used 10.5kg of grain for 26.25 liters of water for the ...
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Does Dry Hopping create a white film with bubbles?

Might be a weird question! I have brewed, with a friend, 6 batches of beer so far. An IPA, then a Stout, a Saison, a Doppelbock, an Baltic Porter and finally, the same IPA. All grain, always. Of all ...
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Can I use wine yeast to ferment beer?

Can I use wine yeast to ferment a beer? What sort of problems might I encounter that are unique to wine yeast trying to ferment malt sugars? What sort of flavor differences might I encounter?
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What is the difference between Munich and CaraMunich malts?

I know there are different versions of each, like Light or Dark, I II III. I'd like to have the general differences between the two, mainly! Thanks!
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Addition of powdered peanut butter

I want to add peanut Butter to my batch How much powdered peanut butter can I add to a 5 gallon batch?
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First brewing experience, First kit. need advice [closed]

Okay, so I got a homebrew starter kit for xmas about 5 years ago. it contained 23 litres of prepared wort, a primary pail, a secondary glass carboy and nearly all the tools needed. I still had to ...
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Has anyone done root beer? [duplicate]

I have made as many as nine wines and I started with beer kits. Now I make three types of beer of my own. I would like to try a root beer. Does anyone have a good recipe?
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Lager: No fermentation, what are my choices?

Last weekend 2 of my friends and me tried brewing a lager (doppelbock) for the first time. Brewing went well, but not the yeast! We are now 4 days later, and no sign of activity. Gravity taken: did ...
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FG dropped after wort cooled

Did a brew yesterday, hit the desired SG after the boil time - or so I thought. After cooling the wort, the SG dropped 2 points. What would cause this?
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Stevenson's screen for backyard home brewing?

I've moved into a house with no access under the house. I was thinking of brewing beer in a shadowy corner of the backyard. My question is - is it practical to brew beer in your backyard using a box ...
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Am I required to refrigerate bottles after bottling?

My instructions that came with my kit said that I should let the bottles sit for 3 days, then age in the fridge for 10 days. If I don't refrigerate, will I get bottle bombs? Advice on forums and ...
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How do I cut my extract brewing cost?

I'm trying to reduce my cost-per-beer, without investing in an all-grain setup. I know I'm pretty limited with what I can tweak (can't get around needing sugar, yeast, and hops), but here in Montana ...
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Honey addition to brown ale

When is the best time to add honey to a 5 gallon wort of Brown Ale, and what is the best amount? I don't know weather it would be best at the beginning or closer to bottling time!
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Addition of spring water at bottling

If I am short of 5 gallons at bottling or when I transfer to secondary can I add spring or purified water at this time?
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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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Juniper berries for brewing pale ales

I love the aroma of Juniper and want to feature it in my next pale ale. I'm currently extract/kit brewing, and I had a few questions about how to go about this: I read some tips about adding to ...
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How to get a richer body when brewing

I brewed my first home written beer recipe in the end of last year, now I want to improve the beer. It was a simple single hops pale ale recipe, brewed in a 5L container, so it was a very small batch ...
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Colour adjustment

Is there a difference between darker malts in the color they give to the brew? Melanoiden malts are said to give a red color, chocolate malts should render the beer brown. But there is just one ...
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Expert opinions on brewing beer from bread (If an expert were to use this method)

I found this link the other day on how to make beer from stale bread. It seems like it is legitimately working, but at the same time, it doesn't seem very clear on it's alcohol adjustments. My goal is ...
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Reading a 3 scale hydrometer

My dad bought me a hydrometer and then left the country. Now I don't know how to read all measurements. 1st scale: 1-13% (I presume this is the potential alc scale) 2nd scale: 1-26 3rd scale: 1-28 ...
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Thick blobs of yeast cake looking stuff in my bottles (Image Added)

The last batch of beer I have made seems to have a lot more sediment in it than any of my other beers. It has been sitting for 3 weeks and some of the bottles when I pour have gloopy looking sediment ...
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Any People with Celiacs Tried Clarity Ferm?

There's been a lot of discussion around Clarity Ferm, and it's ability to break down gluten in beer. The manufacturers just say it makes "gluten reduced beer", but Omission and others uses it to make ...
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Should I buy two buckets?

There is a sale on homebrew equipment at the moment, and I am adding things to my basket to mimic a starter kit. One thing that I notice is that the kits come with a single fermentation bucket. ...
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help: Beer smells bad

This is my 4th batch (I'm new), but first Belgian ale. Kit from here: http://www.midwestsupplies.com/flat-tire.html I also did another batch at the same time (different kit) and it seems fine and ...
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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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Newbie brewer: beer sample tastes strange

my first batch was a little tricky, lots of mistakes made. Ive got some questions. Its a Pale Ale (US-05) (6.5 pounds of Pilsen malt - 1.5 pound of Carared - 1 pound of Oat Malt - 0.8 pounds of ...
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Three-finger head but tastes flat?

I recently brewed a Belgian Wit extract kit. Bottle conditioned with 5 oz of priming sugar. I'm pretty happy with the taste. With a medium speed pour into a Pilsner glass, the beer develops a ...
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Is there a way to protect beer from freezing in a garage with no electricity

I would like to run a few brews back-to-back to build up a stock of beer. However, I would not be able to store all of the bottles in my house and would be forced to place them in the garage. My ...
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Added yeast to boiling water

first time brewer... I stuffed up and added yeast to just boiled water with the malt and sugar. Is there any chance the yeast will have survived or should I just bin it and start again? Thanks!
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How do you convert between SRM and Lovibond?

For instance, if a grain is specified at 300 SRM, what is the equation to convert that to Lovibond? What is the equation to convert it back?
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Adding the yeast to a beer kit by sprinkling or stirring

When making a beer kit some people say to sprinkle the yeast on top of the wort and other people say to stir in the yeast to incorporate it into the wort. I know that there is the other method of ...
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Secondary additions to a Barleywine

I'm brewing a Barleywine soon and wanted to add something to the secondary to make it interesting. I was thinking of doing some bourbon soaked oak cubes, but was also thinking some fruit would be ...
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Recover a brew that quit fermenting after I moved to secondary fermenter

I started my first batch of beer, a "Nut Brown Ale", 2 weeks ago. Its initial gravity was 1.040. As per the instructions, I siphoned the beer into the secondary fermenter (a glass carboy) after two ...
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How to make the best beer with arduino?

I would like to use the arduino to monitor and create the best beer. I've look up some info and the best way to look for quality is to measure the beer density. I could not find any digital Hydrometer ...
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Is there such a thing as malt-free beer?

I am allergic to malt and thus need to avoid it. I currently drink hard ciders, brandy, and wine. Are there any brew kits out there that does not use any kind of malt as an ingredient? I am trying ...
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How to add fruit to beer

What is the best way to add fruit to a beer? I'm afraid boiling it will break down the fruit too much (a muslin bag could fix this I guess), but I'm not sure how to add it to the fermenter without ...
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How can I prevent a bottle from leaking when it is transported or shaken?

Last night, I was trying to carry some bottles of my home-brewed beer in the basket of my bicycle. I only made it a few blocks from my home before I noticed that most of them were leaking. The caps ...
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If I brew 10 (or 100) litres of wort, typically how much beer would that make? (How much is lost due to racking etc)

So if I have, say, a 10 litre brew bucket, how many bottle would I expect to be able to fill? I assume that larger batches would have less waste. Interested in home brew sizes.
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As a benchmark, how much how much grain (and water) would be used to make one litre of wort?

Obviously the style of beer, type of grain (barley, wheat etc) and depth of roast would make a difference. But in general what would be the typical ranges be? So for example: For a Dark Stout: A ...
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How do you add Red Pepper to beer?

I want to try brewing a beer infused with Red Pepper. My original idea was to infuse it with Tabasco sauce but have read about it going wrong or having a vinegar taste. Being from Louisiana I feel ...
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Do hops reduce the carbonation in beer

Does dry hopping reduce the amount of carbonation that a beer has compared to the same beer that isn't dry hopped? I have a larger that I have made before that seems to have less carbonation that it ...
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What's the link between turbid brew and a heady taste?

I know a few local beers, like Ayinger Kellerbier, that are not filtered and are turbid when looking through. Those are quite taste, but go the head quickly (meaning light headache, not basic ...
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What equipment do I need to buy to start making beer?

What is the minimum equipment to start brewing some good beer at home?
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Is one fermenter better than another for brewing beer or cider?

I have the options of a plastic barrel fermenter that has a screw on lid or a plastic pail type fermenter with a snap on lid. I mainly brew beers and ciders but am looking at getting into wine and ...
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Using two kit cans should I use both yeast packets and how much sugar

I have seen some people online using two kits to make one 23L batch of beer with more flavor than a single kit. If you use one kit to make 23L you add the yeast supplied with it and 1kg of dextrose ...
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lots of moisture on the lid of the fermenter

I have had a lot of condensation or moisture on the lid of the fermenter when I open it during/at the end of primary fermentation. Is this normal? I am very thorough with my cleaning and sterilizing ...