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

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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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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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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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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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Should steeping grains be crushed differently than mashing grains?

Looking at the process for steeping grains I see that it omits a vorlauf. Would crushing steeping grains in the same way as mashing grains produce too much fine particulate? Should wort from ...
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How to treat Brettanomyces for secondary fermentation?

I'm wanting to add some Brettanomyces lambicus to an old ale after it has been moved to a secondary fermentor (it should be in the 7-8% ABV range at this point, and the primary yeast will be Wyeast ...
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Can you brew using a mini Yorkshire Square?

Is it possible to brew using the same method as a Yorkshire Square but at home? Since the entire thing is open to the air, it seems like it would be a lot easier to brew like this instead of spending ...
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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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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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Suggestions for inline heating unit housing for wort circulator?

I built an inline heating element assembly using some 1" copper pipe, a 1" threaded female fitting and some 1/2" fittings. The idea is, wort comes in from the bottom 1/2" fitting, flows over the ...
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Wrong yeast…cloudy beer?

I was planning to make an IPA and was planning to use wyeast #1056 but i think that I mixed up my yeast with another guy at the store cus after I pitched i noticed that the yeast I had added was ...
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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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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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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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Wort transformation [closed]

Just entered a contest at a local pub. We are given 5 gallons of finished wort and then we have to finish the brew and bring it back to be judged after fermentation and bottling . We have to pitch the ...
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wild yeast taking over?

I brewed a belgian triple last week. I had a starter going using white labs trapist yeast but it didn't take off, must have been a bad vial. In the meantime the batch was sitting in the carboy ...
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Pumpkin Spiced beer

I was looking at your pumpkin beer recipe and I really want to brew that beer soon. The recipe sounds great, I just want to know the exact boil times and what exact time to add the ingredients, ...
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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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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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What is the Maillard reaction, and why should I care what a duck thinks?

What is the Maillard Reaction? What does it do for my beer? What can I do to encourage or discourage it?
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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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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 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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Are there ways to make your own beer on the cheap?

I have more experience with infusions and other ferments. I'm ready to delve into beer making without buying an expensive kit. What's the best way to do this?
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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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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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Summer Shandy, anyone ever made it?

Anyone ever tried to make a beer like Linenkugels Summer Shandy? Its a beer brewed with lemonade... and very tasty on a hot day!! Any suggestions on how it might be made?
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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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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 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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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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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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Brew Hack - What Can I Make with These Ingredients?

I have some leftover ingredients that are just going to go bad as I won't be making any brew for awhile. What I have: ~1 lb Carafa III crushed malted barley Several Packets of Dry Champagne Yeast ...
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Which Beer magazines can I get in Europe - Czech Republic?

I am looking for reasonable prices for magazines, which can be send over to Czech Republic. I need English written ones and they should be about beers, brewing etc. Do you know about any good ones not ...
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Recommendations for scaling up operations

Right now I brew once month. This gets me to 60-72 gallons of delicious wine or beer per year. But the limit for home brewers in the US is 200 gallons per year per household. To reach that with 5 ...
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Really strong beer's gravity (1.120) won't drop below 1.042

I've brewed my second beer, it's starting gravity was 1120. It didn't seem to want to get a gravity below 1050 after 9 days, so i added champagne yeast. Two days later it dropped down to 1042. 4 days ...
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Gassing a lager keg

I have 2 bars, both with lager kegs. One is gassed with co2 and the other is with mixed 60/40. Can I use a half used keg from one bar in the other, ie mixing the gasses in the keg or do I need to de ...
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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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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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Day Three, still no apparent fermentation

During my most recent brew session I may have been a little too relaxed, and had a few too many homebrews during the process. I feel like I did everything right and kept everything sanitary, but ...
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Mixing Wheat and IPA for WOW

So did a tour of Odells with a buddy and his son. During the tour his son asked, "Do you ever mix all the beers into one?" The guide said, "Like a suicide beer? Yes, we've been know to experiment. The ...
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How do you make a sweeter beer?

Since the yeast will burn sugar away generating alcohol & CO2 for as long as it can (until the % by volume makes the brew toxic, killing the yeast off), just adding more sugar doesn't seem to the ...
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Day 2 of Primary Fermentation of beer

Is this what my primary fermentation should look like after a day??? It looks like my yeast has been sitting on top of foam..
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Will Adding an Active Mash to a Non-Active Mash Get Enzyme Activity Started Again?

Background: A friend of mine does ten gallon batches of big beers, so has a lot of grain. After mashing, his technique is to fly sparge with 170 degree water. I understand this shuts-down enzymatic ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Pilsner vs 2 Row

I've searched around, but I still would like an elaborate review on the difference in taste between these two base malts. Only interested in North American varieties, also. I'm not sure what ...