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What are the benefits of using brewing sugar over types of sugar?

In many kits I've used, the instructions recommend using brewing sugar. Of course it's okay to use other sources of sugar, but I was wondering whether there are any benefits of using brewing sugar ...
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What is the best book for beginning home brewers?

What is the best book for beginning home brewers? ** Please post 1 book per post, then the resulting votes will show what most people consider to be the best book.
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How to improve efficiency of water usage..?

I have just put another beer in the fermentor and I seem to use huge amounts of water during the whole brewing process. I don't have an exact estimate of my water use, but taking into account the ...
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Two tens to One twenty

I am thinking of brewing a 20 gallon batch in two parts on two different days back to back. Has anyone tried this before? I am dealing with a maximum volume of 15 gallons in my brew pot but, my ...
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Any good iPhone/iPad apps for brewing?

Looking for recipe formulation, IBU/SG calculations, brewing timers, inventory control, etc. A bonus if the app renders my iPhone waterproof(wortproof).
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cider from fresh apple juice, how to?

I have bought a gallon of Apple juice fresh off the press. I was told to just leave it 'as is' in a container with an air lock/bubbler and that's all I need do. I usually brew beer and this all ...
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Not using bittering hops

Has anyone brewed without using any bittering hops? Are there any consequences to doing this? Edit: I ask because I want to brew a style that's not normally very bitter (weizen), but give it a ...
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What is the benefit of a 3 tier system?

I see a lot of people with the 3 tier brewing system. What is the benefit and What are the different levels for? This system is what I am referencing.
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How should I design my new home brewing space?

I am moving into a new house, and the garage in the back garden is just screaming out to be converted into a home brewery. I realise planning a brewing space depends on a lot of specifics (space ...
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Best beer to brew that will last a long time

I have just started brewing so I apologize for my stupidity. My nephew was just born today and I want celebrate by brewing a batch and storing it until his 21st birthday. I think it would be cool to ...
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Using a pump for brewing

I'm getting a Chugger pump for Christmas. I have never used a pump in my brewing and I haven't yet bought the hardware and tubing so I have some questions. I do know that I need a ball valve on the ...
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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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Espresso Shot (size)

I'm trying to make sense of a Stout recipe and one of the ingredient is: 1.00 Coffee Espresso Shot Now, according to Wiki, one espresso shot is 25ml. Would this be the right amount for a 23L ...
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Brewing Inspiration

Where does your brewing inspiration come from for your next batch? This past weekend I was at the American Craft Beer Fest in Boston to close out Boston Beer Week. I like attending fests looking for ...
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Growlers v 12oz Bottles

As an about to brew newbie who foundly remembers his grandfathers home brew bubbling away back in th e late 50's & 60's when iy was actually (still) illegal) in 20g ceramic crock (w/nothing but ...
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Tequila Barrel Fermenting or Aging

I recently purchased a used tequila barrel from a local brewery. They used it in the brewing process of one of their beers and they were done them so they sold them to the public. I started wondering ...
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possible to brew beer with cilantro?

is it possible to brew beer using cilantro?
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Using a hop spider for steeping specialty grains

I've recently built a hop spider and am having great results. Could it also serve in the same capacity to steep specialty grains. Paint strainers are a bit more expensive than muslin bags, but are ...
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Can you use only malted wheat to brew?

Granted, it officially would not be beer (dunno what it would be called), but as a cereal grain that is maltable and grindable, it seems that it should also be pretty brewable. I'd be interested in ...
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How to get started with brewing at home

I'm wondering if someone could give some guidance on how I could go about starting up my own home brew. I have very little experience with brewing (I've only ever drunk beer), and I'd like to know the ...
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Can I use Glucose in Place of Brewing Sugar?

As question states really - can I use glucose in place of brewing sugar, at any stage in the brewing process? (This is my first ever attempt at brewing so I'm a little clueless I'm afraid) I'm ...
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Ran out of CO2 while force carbonating

I ran out of CO2 while force carbonating. I barely had enough to seal the lid and purge the air out. I plan on getting more CO2 tomorrow but I'm afraid the beer will absorb the CO2 in the corney keg ...
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My cider tastes like red wine!

Soooo... I'm totally a newbie here and this is my first batch of cider. I have a fermentation bucket with an airlock. I used Lalvin dried wine yeast. I made my cider about a month ago using apples. ...
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Using avocado in beer?

I've had a weird urge to make some sort of avocado beer for quite some time. I've heard rumors of some commerical styles that have incorporated the avocado, but have not been able to unearth either a ...
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When do I need to use a brewing Kettle?

A lot of recipes mention using a brewing kettle to make the wort. Is this necessary, or can I just add liquid malt directly to my primary fermentor carboy? I don't have a place to boil the wort.
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Putting Yeast in a Tea Bag

When making apple cider, beer or white wine, in order to more easily clear up the liquid, can we put our yeast in a tea bag or a piece of cloth so that the alcohol would be produced inside of it and ...
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How quickly do i need to drink my beer?

I've somehow managed to brew a bloody lovely bitter (for my first time) in a pressurised keg but now i've started drinking it, is there any kind of best before? Or do I literally need to drink 10 ...
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Beer stirring spoon

I want to make my own brewing spoon. Can I use myrtlewood for a stirring spoon for beer? Will it change the flavor of the beer?
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What is the effect of conversion efficiency on your brew?

I keep hearing about how we should try and keep our conversion efficiency high, but what exactly does it affect? Is a lower conversion efficiency beer bad?
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Xmas Brew Ingredients

I'm making an Xmas brew. So far so good with the primary fermentation (this is my 4th beer so no worries there). It's an ale brewed with 2.5 lbs of grains and dry malt extract (only 8 AAU hops). I've ...
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Fat in malted and unmalted barley

Does malted barley have fat like un-malted barley? If either have fat, why doesn't this cause problems in the beer? What happens with this fat during the brew?
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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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Most simple type of beer to begin brewing?

What's the most simple type of beer I can begin brewing, in order to get a feel for how the process works? Thanks.
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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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How should I upgrade equipment from a Mr. Beer kit?

I have used a Mr. Beer kit two times now with acceptable success. I want to move to the next level. Can someone tell me the best kit to buy and a good book for starting?
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Camping stove as a wort heater

I'm looking for a way to get a good rolling boil on 5 gallons of wort, on a really tight budget What are my best options?
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Brew in a Bag (BIAB) Recipe Selection

Looking at the various recipe types they seem to break down into three categories: Extract Kit Partial Mash All Grain It seems like Partial Mash and All Grain recipes could both be done using the ...
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Can't get my Electric Kettle to boil?

I assembled an electric kettle with a 5500W CAMCO heating element. The element heats water significantly faster than my gas burner ever did but peaks out at 205-210 degrees. I can take 5 gallons ...
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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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Can you help me read this complex Yeast recipe? (Sour Beer help)

I'm reading a recipe for a Sanctification clone, which is one of Russian Rivers Blonde Sour Ales. The recipe for the yeast read as such Brettanomyces bruxellensis culture, Wyeast 3112 or White Labs ...
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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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Filtering Beer with Coffee Filter

I want to know if anybody has tried filtering beer with coffee filters? I'm tempted to play with this idea at a later date. I would be concerned about aerating the beer too much, so again has anyone ...
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Home-made coffee liqueur

Previously, I made cherry liqueur. Beyond that, I do not have much experiance about homebrewing. Now I want to make coffee liqueur, but I have no idea how to do? I need help with the ingredients and ...
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Any way to Flavour a Cider crafted with Baking yeast? [duplicate]

I'm very new to brewing, and I'm making a couple test batches of cider as we speak. However my accessibility to things like wine or champagne yeast, so i'm stuck with baking yeast. My question is ...
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How to Calculate Required Priming Wort at Bottling Time?

I would like to understand how to calculate how much priming wort I need to add at the bottling stage to reach a desired carbonation. Desired Carbonation: 6 g/l Extract: 17°P Amount of fermented ...
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Are plastic mini kegs worth their while?

When using a plastic mini keg does the beer come out well and how many times can you re-use the plastic bottle's ?
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Can I make low (or no) protein beer?

Beer has some protein in it from the grains used (and maybe other ingredients), does anyone know if I can make a beer with little to no protein?
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Brewing with Saccharomyces boulardii

I have a friend who studies some molecular aspects of probiotic yeasts, some wild ones and also the widespread in medications Saccharomyces boulardii (found in Florastor®, Floratil®, and other ...
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Trouble with flat beer. Everything seems perfect and a few bottles always turn out great. very few! Please help

So my brother in law are in the midst of our 4th batch. Of our first batch ( a 5 gallon brew) probably 2 bottles turned out. These bottles were spectacular great carbonation, retention etc. The ...
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Easiest low on alcohol homebrew

Can somebody help me with a home-brew method to produce a 3-4% alcoholic beer from wheat or barely without much apparatus.