The various hardware items for producing beer or wine. Includes buckets, carboys, kegs, hoses, airlocks, etc.

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What is a grant?

How is it used? What does it do?
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Can Lactobacillus ferment solely with table sugar?

I'd like to create an anaerobic ferment with just lactobacillus (i.e. no yeast), table sugar and water. Is this possible or would I have to add anything else to help the Lactobacillus ferment?
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How would I go about creating a custom starter culture?

I'm interested in creating my own starter cultures. I've found a few facilities which offer to create probiotic formulations, in exact amounts, by kg and density but I would rather start with a ...
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Is my copper wort chiller still good?

I haven't had the chance to brew in about two years and I've been storing my copper wort chiller in a storage locker for most of that time. Upon moving and retrieving it yesterday, it's got some ...
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Cleaning out beer lines

How often do you need to clean out your beer lines when using a home draft system? What type of cleaner do you use? Can I leave sanitizer in the tubing when a line isn't in use?
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Equipment for Raising Mashout temp

We are currently using a pump to circulate the mash through a coil in the heated sparge water, this works well and reaches mash out in under 20 min. The only worry is with the water in the sparge ...
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Filtering my batches (no dead fishes)

I have had a couple of cloudy batches recently, both tasted as intended, so no contamination. This has caused me to consider filtration, I have a 100l kit with a pump so could use plate filters or ...
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Any risks to storing glass carboys and other brew equipment in an unheated garage?

We currently have all of our brewing equipment big pile in a spare room and have finally made space for it in our garage (as well as purchased some additional equipment for brewing there). We have a ...
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Wine Quality Sensor

I am an engineer who's built a wine quality detector. My sensor can pick up a wide variety of chemicals at levels as low as parts per million (ppm). With no background in wine production myself, I ...
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Airlock Alternatives

Imagine that brew-day rolls around and you find yourself without an airlock for your carboy or bucket. What other things can you use in it's stead? Further imagine that you do not have the ...
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Temperature Probe placement on brew kettle

I have the opportunity to get some hardware for my Keggle and I am looking at a weldless sight glass with a T shape that will allow me to screw on a thermo probe compression fitting. If I buy it I ...
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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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Choosing a good refrigerator/freezer for kegerator conversion

Does anyone have experience and recommendations for a good fridge/freezer for conversion into a kegerator? I'm basically choosing between a full sized fridge, a mini-fridge and a chest freezer. I'll ...
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First homebrewing equipment question

I'm looking at a homebrewer's equipment that is getting out of the hobby and I'm getting into the hobby. I'm wanting to spend my money wisely and while jumping right into all-grain brewing. Here is ...
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Suckback and sampling from conical fermenters

How do people with conical (or other sealed) fermenters avoid sucking liquid from the airlock into the vessel when they take samples or remove trub through the bottom valve? Do they just remove a ...
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How to tell volume of liquid in a Keggle without a sight glass?

I recently got a 15.5 keggle from AIH and I'm wondering how I could provide markings for my liquid volume other than a sight glass. I've seen some ideas about marking a mash paddle or a flat tip ...
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What equipment do I need to buy to start making beer?

What is the minimum equipment to start brewing some good beer at home?
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Using 5 gallon kegs for 3 gallon batches

What are the pros and cons for using a 5 gallon keg for 3 gallon batches of beer? Am I wasting a lot of Co2?
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Improving Your Brewing Significantly

I made this wiki to allow folks to post what upgrades in process or equipement really take one's beer brewing to the next level. The bottle-necks to better and better brewing if you will. (This was ...
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Wine Thief or a simpler way to sample wort from a carboy?

I was unable to get an O.G. sample from my first batch in the carboy (tried using a long siphon tube with my finger held over one end...), so I'm trying to buy a wine thief to take final gravity, but ...
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Can a twist-off bottle be capped?

Out of curiosity (and appreciation for Boulevard's bottle's form-factor), can a twist-off bottle be reliably capped?
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Brew stand recommendations

My buddy and I are looking to upgrade to a 20 gallon brew stand, and I'm looking for recommendations between buying a full setup, which brand, or making one ourselves.
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What wattage element is needed for hot liquor tank/heat exchanger, and what about brew kettle?

I'm completely captivated by www.theelectricbrewery.com, love their directions, and have ordered the parts, so I'll have my experience soon, but what is your experience with selecting hot water heater ...
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Bottle Sizes Smaller than 12 Ounces?

Has anyone ever seen 8oz bottles anywhere? I was asked if I could bottle a batch of homebrew in smaller bottles so it could be given out as gifts to more people. I can't seem to find anything ...
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The right first kit?

I've seen a lot of kits and adds online to brew your own beer, but they don't seem all that easy or great. And any suggestions on what kit(s) to start with? How much should I plan to spend to get ...
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Will this recipe make drinkable mead?

I want to make mead, but lack any real equipment/skill. I have done "wine" and "mead" before, but only at the "hooch" level of quality and control. All I have access to is a siphon tube and ~2L ...
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How long do sanitized bottles keep?

If you sanitize a bunch of bottles and store them upside down on a tree or in a box (still upside down); how long can you store them like that before you feel the need to resanitize them? Is there a ...
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plastic storage for bottles

I just found out that roaches harbor in cardboard boxes. Not to mention that cardboard breaks down easily when filled with damp, freshly sanitized bottles. Does anyone have suggestions for plastic ...
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Beer Smith 2 Equipment settings.

Just got Beer Smith 2 and I was wondering if anyone has done equipment profiles and could give me some pointers on where to start. Prost
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Heat spreaders on electric elements

I use electric kettle and hlt, the issue I keep having is that the brews keep coming out darker than I want. This went unnoticed when brewing stouts and bitters, but I have tried a couple of very pale ...
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Cleaning stainless steel

I bought an used stainless steel really large pot (>90 liters) that was used for cooking, but had some kind of water stains inside. On a (stupid) attempt to clean it, I had it sand blasted, which ...
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airtight bin for bulk grain

We are having a really hard time finding a truly airtight bin large enough to keep at least 50 lbs of bulk grain in. Does anyone have any suggestions? We keep our grains in the shed and want to keep ...
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Carboy versus 2nd Bucket

What are the benefits in using a carboy for a secondary, rather than just using another 5 gallon bucket? I'm just curious because carboys are a pain in the behind to clean properly, and other than ...
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How to remove/service static relief valve on a pin lock keg?

i have a pin lock keg with a leaking static relief valve. The lid looks like this: I can't figure out how to remove the innards of the relief valve to fix it. Any ideas?
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What are the simple things i should be careful about (like bleach) for my first time brewing?

I'm planning to make my first batch within the next couple of days and was checking what all thing i should not OVERDO (like bleach sanitation). Should i be careful before i cap my bottle (i don't ...
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What material should I make my brew paddle with?

I've been using the cheap plastic spoon that you'll typically find at your local homebrew store. It's pretty terrible when it comes to agitating my mash tun. Heat + Resistance = Bent plastic spoon. ...
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Do three-way ball valves control flow rate as effectively as one-way ball valves?

I'm planning on implementing three-way ball valves in my three vessel, single pump system and I want to be able to regulate flow on the outward side of the pump. Will a three-way ball valve ...
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Gravity Measurement Tools

What tools for measuring specific gravity are available to the homebrewer? EG: refractometer, hydrometer. What scale do they measure? EG: Brix, plato Since there hasn't been much activity on the ...
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Cooler mash tun: prevent leaks from faucet

I've add some mishaps with my standard Coleman-based mash tun, and I'm now left with a hole where the faucet was (some wort went inside the insulation, but I'd like to believe it won't impact ...
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Avoiding excessive soot on brew kettles

Are there any secret tricks to avoiding an exorbitant amount of soot on the brew kettle after the boil? We have been making all grain batches recently using a 20 gallon stock pot and a propane ...
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Brass vs. Stainless Steel for fittings

I see both brass and stainless fittings for sale. Which is appropriate to use when?
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It is necessary to sanitize my wine thief after primary fermentation

I have made several batches of wine from kits and a few batches of mead. One of the things that must be done after primary fermentation is to test the specific gravity. The wine kits I have used ...
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Will my airlock problem ruin my wine?

I'm brewing a Barolo wine which is now stabilizing in a carboy with a bubble airlock fitted, the water from the airlock is being drawn into the carboy. Is this normal ? If not how can I stop this ? ...
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Airlocks and long term unsupervised fermentation

I would like to start leaving beer and mead in secondary at a location that I may not be able to get to on a regular basis (sometimes not for several weeks) and have a few questions for anyone who ...
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Using Plastic Water Jugs as Fermenters

I asked this on Twitter a while back, but I thought I might get some other thoughts on it. I have one of those 5g Poland Spring water jugs. If I get a bung that fits it, is there any reason I couldn't ...
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Fermenter head space and airlock hole

Hi folks I'm after a bit of advice as its my first time doing home brew I'm using Wilkos dark velvet stout. As it states on the tin to make 40 pints fill, to 23 litres. Now I have a 23 litre ...
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False bottom not working effectively

I've upgraded from a 20L homebrew system to a 200L system and used it for the first time the other day. I previously did boil-in-the-bag but for my new system I have a false bottom. For my first test ...
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How to get started brewing sake

I have a packet of koji spores and these instructions: http://www.tibbs-vision.com/sake/instrct.html The instructions call for a 2.6 gal fermenting vessel. Since I have a 7.9 gal bucket, I am ...
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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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Using a Induction cooktop

I have been brewing in my kitchen using a giant stockpot. My brother (my brewing partner) was thinking about picking up propane top and moving it outside. I think that it would be better to use an ...