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

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Is a cider-like smell a bad sign in a culture of beer yeast?

I started culturing yeast from a La Fin Du Monde bottle about 3 days ago. I have since stepped it up to a 2L container about half full of wort. I have been very careful about sanitizing everything ...
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Wort aeration on a budget

To aerate my wort I have been using a whisk, but i am worried about contamination. What are other more effective ways to aerate wort without spending too much money?
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Which brewing podcasts do you listen to?

Which are the essential podcasts that should be on my ipod right now?
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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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Belgian candi sugar v. Table sugar

I am planning a Belgian Dubbel for an upcoming session. Many recipes make use of belgian candy sugar and there are some very nice syrups available now. But I was wondering if there really was a ...
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Weighing Liquid Malt Extract

In Brewing Classic Styles by Jamil Zainasheff, many of the recipes call for LME. Often, the amount is 0.5 lbs or similar, particularly of things like Munich extract. I typically brew all-grain, but ...
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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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What is a good alternative to Magnum hops in a barleywine?

I'm thinking about brewing a barleywine. A recipe that looks interesting to me uses Magnum and Horizon hops, but I don't have access to either at my (small) local brewing store. What are some good ...
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How can I get beer out of a keg without CO2?

I've run out of gas; how can i get the beer out of the keg?
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What happens if a beer gets oxidized?

Everywhere I read it is very cautious about oxidizing your beer. What is the worst case if your beer gets oxidized? It tastes funny?
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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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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 ...
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Bubbling suddenly stopped - is this a problem?

This is my second home brew. I chose "Coopers Mexican Cerveza" with "Muntons Beer Enhancer". It's only day 4 out of 7 weeks but on the second day, the whole bin warmed slightly and there was a lot ...
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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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How do you insulate a cooler based mash tun?

I have a Coleman 70 Quart Xtreme cooler that I've modified for my mash tun. I seem to be losing a lot of heat out the top. Are there any good ways to insulate it to help prevent heat loss?
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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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Will beer keep in a cask if used gradually?

I've read that beer should keep in a cask for months, but does that only apply if left full? How long do I have to finish once I start drinking from it?
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Hydrometer reading

I am getting ready to dry hop and transfer a Double IPA to a secondary Better Bottle. If I want to take a hydrometer reading at this time is it better to use a thief or just put the hydrometer in the ...
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Does flaked rye need conversion?

I'm looking to make a rye pale ale. Do I need to provide enough base grains to convert the starches in flaked rye or is it capable of self conversion? If it needs conversion, would 6 lbs of 6-row work ...
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Diacetyl Rest for Wyeast 2206 Bavarian Lager

The Wyeast website seems to strongly suggest a diacetyl as fermentation completes with their Bavarian Lager strain, 2206. I prefer to chill my wort to below fermentation temps prior to pitching the ...
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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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Thick head on Double IPA

My double IPA when poured into a glass has a thick foamy head that remains there the entire time I drink it. Is this good or bad? The beer tastes great!
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What is this white stuff on the surface of my beer?

I've just gone to rack & bottle a witbier that has been in primary for about 5 weeks and noticed this white gunk floating on top of the beer. It doesn't look too healthy, what is it? Is it safe? ...
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Profesionally Printed Labels?

A friend has offered to design labels for a few of my favourite beers. I just got the first one, and I love it. The only problem is some of the design elements don't show up very well when printed on ...
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Reusing Yeast From previous Fermentation

When I finish fermentation I am left with a large amount of extra yeast in the bottom of the carboy. Can I reuse this yeast in any way? Hopefully to avoid buying yeast again every single batch?
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Substituting American Two-Row for British Pale Ale Malt

I would like to brew Jamil's Dry Stout from Brewing Classic Styles, which calls for "British pale ale malt," but I happen to have about 75 lbs of 2-row malt already, and I would like to use it. Can I ...
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Autosiphon not sealing

While racking beer to kegs today, my autosiphon started leaking air. Bubbles started at the bottom, and went throughout the tube. I assume that this is due to a poor seal between the pump portion ...
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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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How can I bottle using corks?

After downing a bottle of Saison Dupont last night and wishing to re-use the bottle, I wondered if any home brewers have "capped" their brews using corks? The bottle looks like it might be re-usable ...
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What are the steps in recapping overcarbonated beer?

What are the steps involved in recapping a bottle of beer for any reason (e.g. if too much priming sugar is added, if a cap appears to be defective or failing, etc)?
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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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Where did the hops go?

A few weeks ago, I pulled some of an IPA I was making and force carbonated it so my friend and I could try some. While it was not the bitterest I have tasted, it was definitely an IPA. I bottled the ...
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Addition of hops to double IPA

When brewing a double IPA do I have to put the hops in steeping bag or do I just toss toss them in. This question applies to both the boiling phase and when I have to dry hop later!
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Ramping temperatures during fermentation

What is the appropriate way to ramp temper when say brewing a Belgian beer? Would I expect to have off flavors from the higher temps? What's the best range for ramping? Do I actively manage the temp ...
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Berliner Weisse not souring

About 6 weeks ago, I made a simple Berliner Weisse. When I put it into primary, I pitched both yeast and the lactobacillus. It's been sitting in the primary ever since. Yesterday, I took a taste ...
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What is the distinctive flavor in Warsteiner Premium Verum?

To me, there's a really distinctive flavor in Warsteiner Premium Verum. I get a ton of it in Warsteiner, a fair bit in Beck's, and a bit in Pilsner Urquell. I'm quite sure the thing I'm tasting is ...
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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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Bottle-priming post secondary fining? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Cold Crash and Finings As mentioned in this question, I'm anticipating some trouble with a low-flocculating yeast, and one of the suggestions was to use gelatin for ...
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What is a wort chiller?

Should I use a wort chiller, and what are the advantages of doing so?
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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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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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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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Repitching yeast on back to back brews, which one first?

I'm brewing two beers back to back so I can reuse some White Labs California Ale (WLP001). One is a basic APA 1.058 OG and the Other is a Scottish Export/80 1.051 OG. Is there any reason I should ...
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How to avoid a boozy flavor in high-gravity beers

Many of the high-gravity commercial beers I taste end up coming off as boozy. What kinds of ingredients or processes will limit this flavor? I want to brew a big beer, perhaps in the 1.100 ...
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Transfer to secondary.

I am transfering my beer to a secondary fermenter (better bottle carboy). Do I need to shake or stir it to help the fermentation in the secondary!
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How many times can you re-use a hop bag?

Is there a limit on how many times you can re-use a hop bag? I use the bag to make a hop tea to drop into the fermenter to flavor my beer. I clean the bag by boiling it in water for 5 minutes before ...
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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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sediment at the bottom of brew

I have just bought a Coopers DIY beer kit and have started my first ever brew. Ive notticed at the bottom of the fermenter there is a lot of sediment is this normal or have I done something wrong? Any ...
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What does “dregs” mean?

I have seen the term "dregs" used in different context like sour beer brewing or "bottle dregs". The straight definition for it: "the remnants of a liquid left in a container, together with ...
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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 ...