The process of creating a fermented beverage from base ingredients and water. Generally used to refer to process of producing malt based alcoholic beverages but also can be used to refer to the making of Tea or Coffee. In the Home brewing sense, covers the creation of all alcoholic/feremnted ...

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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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Good homebrewing podcasts?

Does any one have suggestions on podcasts about homebrewing? Preferably a short excerpt about what topics they bring up. Thank you.
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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 FlorastorĀ®, FloratilĀ®, and other ...
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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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Good options for cooling during fermentation?

I'm looking for simple ways to keep my beer a stable temperature, lower than room temp, during fermentation. Are there any simple ways of doing this besides buying a refrigerator for the purpose of ...
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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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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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Marijuana Based Beer… say what?

I have a cousin from a state where recreational use of marijuana is legal. So I've been told that he and his gnarly friends have brewed up some sort of marijuana hybrid beer somehow. My questions: ...
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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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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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Counterflow Chiller Setup for Optimal Efficiency and Chilling Speed

What is the best configuration where you can decrease your chilling time/increase efficiency. I know this is a bit loaded so let me clarify. I have the standard issue 20' copper 3/8'' garden hose ...
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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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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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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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When racking my beer, it looked like someone had poured cream in

I made my first beer from a kit and followed the instructions carefully as well as reading around. Specifically, I was very careful about cleaning and sterilisation. I had a 2 FV setup and after 2 ...
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First time homebrewing, odd film in jug (not on top of beer)

Here's a picture of what I'm talking about. So for reference, I got the Everyday IPA kit from Brooklyn Brew Shop for christmas, and I just got around to using it last week. This is day 4 of 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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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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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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Brewing with rice. Rice cooker vs Cereal Mash?

Instead of performing a cereal mash which can be done as so: Mill rice Mix 10-15% malted barley to provide a fluid mash Raise temp to 158F for 30 minutes Boil for 15-20 minutes Add to main mash ...
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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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Can a 1-wire temperature sensor be easily turned into a PT100 or PT1000 sensor?

I have a 1-wire sensor which has the design I need and a hardware for working with PT100/PT1000 sensors. Can I turn the 1-wire sensor into a PT100/PT1000 sensor easily? Note: this question has been ...
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Planning brewing towards an occasion over an extended period of time with regards to storage

When brewing for an occasion in the summer, like a wedding, an anniversary party, I might want to make several different kinds of beer. Neither me nor the average Joe necessarily have the time or ...
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Cooling the wort without an ice bath

I have been cooling my wort after all the boiling by simply taking it off the heat and waiting two to three hours. I have now seen a few places where they use an ice bath to cool the wort much faster....
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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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Has anyone had any success brewing 11.5l in a 30l container?

I am keen to start home brewing but I don't want to make 23l of beer at a time. I'd like to brew smaller batches of different beers. I have looked at the starter brewery kits available locally and ...
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Anyone has experience with Brewolution Brewster device

I talk about this device: http://www.brewolution.com/index.php/en/brewster-page. It's 28 liter kettle. What is a max output volume if I do allgrain? I have 20 liter fermenters. How to chill the wort ...
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Beer color - Calculating MCU

I have two questions regarding calculating the MCU for a beer receipt. MCU = (weight of grain i lbs) * (color in degrees lovibond) / (volume in gallons) For my grains, I have the color listed in ...
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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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How to make a great stout? [closed]

I'm about to start an out the box Stout tonight and would like to know if anyone has any tips to make this great tasting? This is the first time I've tried making a stout so am rather clueless at the ...
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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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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 ...