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

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Doing (very) small batches of beer

I was wondering if, for the sake of testing, it was a good idea to do very small batches of beer. I almost always see batches of 5, 6 gallons. I would like to make tests, and I don't want them to take ...
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What happens when mash temperature is too low?

So yesterday we brew our second beer. As expected, some errors occured during the process, which is alright, we're learning! :) So the main problem is that we were only able to keep the mash ...
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Home brewing with different sugars

I've just been reading an FAQ on different sugars used in brewing. Most kits specify usage of 1KG of brewing sugar. The first time I made a batch of home brew I used table sugar, but this seemed to ...
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Is it a good idea to use finings on Belgian Ale?

This is the first time that I have brewed Mangrove Jack's Belgian Ale and it has been in the fermenter for the past 9 days and has a stable SG reading. Is it advisable to use finings on this brew?
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There is a white film on the top of my bottled beer, what is it?

We brewed beer (Double IPA) for the first time, and we bottled the beer 1 week ago. Now when I look at all my bottles, they all have that white film on the top and I was wondering what it could be? ...
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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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Which commercial bottles are good for repurposing?

I bottle condition my beer, and in the past, I've always just reused commercial beer bottles (I never understood paying for empty beer bottles when I could buy them full of tasty beer!) Are there are ...
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Adding hopped tea at the start of fermentation

I have a Muntons Premium Larger Kit and have purchased some hops to add some aroma. The hops I am using are called Wakatu (Hallertau Aroma) pellets. The instructions I have from the home brew store ...
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Cardboard alternatives to bottle cases for storage

A problem I hadn't really anticipated was how to store/transport bottled homebrew. I've been reusing old cardboard store-bought boxes, but they seem to be breaking down pretty quickly, especially ...
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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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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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My beer is not carbonating in bottles

I followed the instruction, but did one week more on secondary fermentation than it is supposed to be. After I bottled it, one week passed i didn't see any bubbles in the bottle. Did the yeast run out ...
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Hazelnut Brown Ale - What extract?

I am looking to brew a hazelnut brown ale. What brands of hazelnut extract are the best tasting? My lhbs does not carry one. Ideally im looking for a brand that closely resembles the real thing.
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How long should I leave my wheat beer in bottles before opening

So far the beer has been in primary fermentation for 11 days, and in bottles now for 4 days. When would you expect the beer would hit optimum flavor and when will it be drinkable/pleasant? Thanks.
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Aluminium boil pots: Heresy or not?

Are aluminium pots acceptable as boil vessels? They're cheap, but I've heard they can produce off-flavors. Any experiences with them?
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What are some good online sources for recipes?

What are some good online sources for recipes? Please specify the type of recipes the site has (extract, all-grain, mead, cider, etc.).
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interesting formation in fermenting beer

Anyone have a clue what these formations are in my Kolsch style beer? Been in secondary for about 3 weeks due primarily to lazyness. I cleared with gelatin about two weeks ago and it's nice and clear ...
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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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How can I compare hop flavours quickly?

I want to try and acquaint myself with different hop flavours and brewing a few batches of beer can be quite time consuming (and wasteful if the results are no good). How can I quickly (in say, a ...
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Brew from an out of date kit - not fermented

I kicked off a wildly out of date (2008) brew from a kit a few weeks ago. ( One of those kits with a packet of yeast and 2 large tins of goop.) The brewing didnt go as well as I've had them go ...
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How do I make my ginger beer SPICY?

I've made tons of ginger beer (often just like this http://ieatfood.net/2009/12/18/real-ginger-ale/ ), I've tried various different recipes, and they all come out quite nicely. Unfortunately. I want a ...
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What is Extract Twang?

This term pops up from time to time and it often cited as a reason to go to all grain. But maybe its because I don't really know what it tastes like. Do you believe in extract twang? How do you get ...
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Not Red but Orange: How to correct the color of an Irish Red after brewing?

Probably we used not enough of the carared, but what we can do? Is it possible to use a dark fruit extract(sour, not sweet) to correct the color in the end? And what will be the effect on taste?
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Expected Hydrometer Reading for White House Honey Ale?

A bit of background: This is my second beer batch. My first beer batch turned out well as an Irish Stout, using the Midwest Brewing kit and recipie I just started a White House Honey Ale I'm ...
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Is there a technique which prevents the deposit of sediment at the bottom of bottles?

Every beer I've brewed and have seen done by others has had a sediment form at the bottom of the bottles. Is there some common mistake that I and others are making which is causing this to happen? ...
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How long will bottled beer last?

How long will bottled beer last without refrigeration?
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What is the oily film on the top of my kit beer

I made a creme ale 10 days ago and I racked to the secondary after 4 days fermenting( don't ask ) . I tasted it yesterday and it taste very bitter with little to no flavor. When I transferred it to ...
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How can I fix low starting gravity?

I made my third all-grain batch last weekend. I have had issues getting decent efficiency so I added a couple extra pounds of ESB malted barley (11lbs, instead of 9, and about 3lbs of specialty ...
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Additives for 5 gallon batch

These are the ingredients for the extracts I will use in a 5 gallon batch, should I still use the priming suger. Orange- oil of orange, alcohol, water. Watermelon-propylene glycol, alcohol, water, ...
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How to clear beer

I am brewing my first homebrew an American cream ale. Was just reading into secondary fermentation. In the directions and books I've read it seems to suggest doing this. But as I search online and ...
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Is beer belly a myth or fact?

Will not stop the pints either way, but does beer really causes 'beer belly'? Please provide links/research.
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Adding honey to a cooled wort

Can I add a 12oz or 24oz of honey to a cooled 5 gallon wort without boiling it or does it have to be boiled. Does 12oz or 24 oz sound like the right addition to the wort, I was going to add 4oz of ...
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Extract addition

Would 4oz of watermelon extract be the right amount to add to the secondary or bottling bucket for a 5 gallon batch? I am in a wort transformation contest with a 5 gallon wheat.
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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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Dry hopping a double IPA

So if I do a secondary fermentation for a double IPA and transfer it to a carboy(better bottle) should I use a steeping bag?, or is it better to keep it in the primary fermenter and add the dry hops ...
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Is my beer contaminated?

I just finished fermenting a brew and I forgot to remove the blow off tube which is a tube sitting in a 500 ml bottle of water. So when I started sucking beer out of my fermenter, I sucked all the ...
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Contaminated beer

If you think your beer is contaminated after putting it into your kegs, should you chill it to stop bacteria from growing or leave it in the fermenting fridge at the same temp as before 18'C to allow ...
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How do you sparge small amounts of grain in a partial mash recipe?

For less than around 2 pounds of milled grain in a nylon bag, do you need an elaborate sparging process? Do you need much of the equipment for an all-grain setup, or can you basically just soak the ...
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Why is our Original Gravity low?

When brewing from an extract kit we always seem to be low in the Original Gravity department. It's usually not a lot -- something like 1.055 instead of 1.060. What might be causing this to happen? Is ...
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How to Properly Oxygenate Wort

How much oxygen do I need to put into my wort? I've heard that homebrewers need to aerate with an oxygen stone and either aquarium pumps or oxygen. Is this true, or is shaking my carboy enough to ...
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Per-bottle priming tablets?

The "Why is our beer not carbonating?" question mentions "sugar tablets". I am aware of a product called "prime tabs", but as far as I can tell that product is not longer being produced. I have used ...
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Beer not carbonating

I'm having issues with my Belgian Tripel not carbonating. There is a small amount of sediment in the bottles, and I get a hiss when they're opened, but that's about it. It's gotten cold in Virginia ...
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Disconnecting a keg

I have a mobile bar business and wanted to add draught beers to our menu. I am a layman with regards to this but I understand how the basic system works using a CO2 (or 70/30 CO2 & Nitrogen) and ...
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Is it OK to starting fermentation while wort is still warm?

I'm just getting started, so in my first couple batches I realized I had a problem cooling the wort all the way down to 60°F/16°C recommended by my instructions. I boil all of my water, but I don't ...
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Irish Red Recipe [closed]

My friend and I are brewing 3 batches of beer for St. Patrick's Day this year. We are going to make a green pale ale, a milk stout, and we want to make an Irish Red. The unfortunate part is the only ...
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Green wood in beer

I was wondering if I can make some post-christmas beer out of the christmas tree (Norway Spruce). So my question is, does wood have to be dried in order to use it for flavoring or can I use green ...
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How do you cool a lager on a budget?

What techniques would you suggest for cooling a lager during the lagering phase? Further, how important is the stability of that temperature?
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What advantages do I gain by putting my mead into a secondary before bottling?

I have always used a secondary fermentation container for my beers and meads in the past. Today I had a conversation with two different coworkers who mentioned they put their mead from the primary ...
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What are the primary causes of Acetaldehyde?

I'm a bit confused about this. In my own experience, I'm no longer experiencing acetaldehyde flavours in my beer after improving my aeration methods and at the same time starting to use yeast ...
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How many times can I re-use oak cubes?

I'm about to add oak to my second beer, having thrown out the cubes from my first tasty experiment. This time I hope to pull them back out, store them in bourbon, and re-use them. How much of the ...