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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Malt extract fermentability

Does anyone know of resources that specify the fermentability of malt extracts like muntons and coopers? Has anyone done a forced fermentation on these extracts who has results they are willing to ...
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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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Yeast, CO2 Toxicity with mead and beer

Degassing CO2 during early fermentation is important for wine and mead. But why not for beer? I'm getting back into mead making and see plenty of references to degassing the must during early ...
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Yeast in Black Dog Ale

Just ordered a 5 gallon Black Dog Ale kit from Midwest brewing supplies and I have some Saflager W-34/70 in my fridge. Would this be a good yeast to use or would I be better off with the Wyeast ...
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Hop variety resources

Are there any good resources for finding out which hop varieties have similar aroma, flavour and bittering potential. E.g. a place to lookup a hop could be substituted for another hop for bittering ...
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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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Does keg secondary fermentation temperature matter?

I'm considering investing in a keg, fridge, etc. I live in a warm climate and currently do secondary fermentation in the bottles in the heat. I've read that people have chest freezers to store kegs. ...
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What size keg to get for 23L brews?

I'm thinking about investing in a keg, etc. done some reading but still have a lot of questions. I currently bottle from brew cans which fill the fermenter to 23L and comes out to about 30x 750ml ...
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What is the benefit to filtering beer?

I'm not a home-brewer, but this seems like a good place to ask the question. why are many commercial beers filtered? I prefer unfiltered beer and I am just curious to know why they filter it in the ...
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Why add a tee next to the pump?

I've seen it recommended in several places to add a tee in the pipe next to the pump used for transferring hot wort. What is the point of this / what benefits do you get? Does the tee go on the input ...
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Will using Winemaker's Acid Blend to adjust mash pH have a flavor impact on beer?

I got a pH meter for Christmas and today was my first chance to try it out. Unfortunately, I didn't think to get any lactic acid. I found that my mash pH was at about 5.8 at 148F, so I put a ...
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How can I restart fermentation on a stuck strong dark belgian ale?

What can we do to restart fermentation that got stuck over the winter? Our club brewed about 7 gallons of this recipe in November. Primary went well, but then the weather got cold and the yeast went ...
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Start a little business of hemp beer

My father started a small cultivation of hemp (~ 2 ha) for business. I would like to start to make my beer from hemp. Unfortunately i am an absolute beginner on this subject. Which are the most ...
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What is causing a bad flavor after cold conditioning?

I've had something happen to a couple batches and can't figure out what's going on. What happens is a major flavor change after the first two weeks of primary, but for the worse. Normally my beers ...
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Slight fizz in beer after 6 days in the fermenter - game over?

I put a batch on last Sunday, started off with a crazy high reading on the hydrometer (around 1080 when I was expecting 1040ish according to the kit) - though I suspect that was because I drew a ...
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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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Re-using the yeast cake for another brew!

Just finishing up a American Ale and was told by another homebrewer that I could use the yeast cake in the fermentor to brew a hard apple cider when I transfered the beer to bottles for conditioning. ...
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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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What effect will water with a high Zinc content have on my brew?

I'm about to brew some cider, followed by some pale lager from two kits. I've decided to use bottled spring water from a company just up the road from me. They claim on their website that their water ...