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Do I need to sterilize my top-off water?

I just purchased my first kit and am about to brew it (tonight!). The instructions provided indicate that after cooling the wort and tranfering it to the sanitized carboy I need to top it off with ...
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To Squeeze or Not To Squeeze the speciality grain mesh bag?

I order extracts from NB and most of them come with a disposable mesh bag with specialty grains, the instructions specifying to take the grains out after the temperature reaches 170*F. After pulling ...
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When brewing from extract recipes should one assume dry or liquid extract if unspecified?

When brewing from extract recipes (e.g. Day After 1040A Wheat) should one assume dry malt extract (DME) or liquid malt extract (LME) if unspecified?
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Chilling with top-off water

I'm currently extract brewing. I have a large (~8 gal) pot and a good burner, so I've got the capability to brew full-wort. However, I find that chilling 4-5 gallons in an ice bath is very ...
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Questions regarding ingredients specified in recipe

I was interested in brewing this recipe but I have a couple of questions regarding the grain used. 0.5 lb. crystal malt, 50° Lovibond 0.5 lb. toasted malt, 25° Lovibond Does this refer to crushed ...
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After the Ice Bath of the Wort, should I pour the sludge from the kettle into the carboy?

I am just an extract brewer; I buy everything from NB. The instructions say: "Fill primary fermenter with 2 gallons of cold water, then pour in the cooled wort. Leave any thick sludge in the bottom ...
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Doubling Extract Recipe

At this stage of my brewing experience I brew boxed recipes from my local HB store. My sister is getting married and I wanted to brew for the reception. I plan to brew 2 double batches from recipes I ...
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Noob here… My second brew - am I brewing an ale or a lager, and did I stuff it up?

So I went to my local homebrew store to purchase a an "Aussie honey lager" extract kit but they were out of stock. The friendly man behind the counter helped me to re-create this kit by checking their ...
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Flaked Maize Mini/Partial Mash

Still back on extract brews due to time/equipment constraints, but I am making a cream ale this week. Have one lb of flaked maize for a 5 gallon batch (along with 6 lbs of DME), and I understand that ...
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Does Saki have Extract Brewing?

I haven't even done my first batch of full grain brewing for beer. I certainly don't want to learn Saki (at the moment), but I would enjoy brewing some extract version of it (for now). Are there any ...
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What is the most popular method of brewing beer?

I am a beginner and as a beginner almost everything tells you to use malt extracts to brew your beer. So after a few batches I think I am ready to move up but I am wondering if it's worth the extra ...
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Why is my O.G. less then what I calculated?

I am trying to figure out what I did wrong, when I measured my O.G. it came out to 1.060/1.062, what i calculated is, and what the recipe states it should be in the 1.070 to 1.080 range...... recipe: ...
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Malt Extract not properly sealed

I am about to brew one of my first beers (using the malt extract brewing method), however when my ingredients arrived one of the bags was not quite sealed and some extract had leaked out. The loss of ...
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Substituting 2-row with DME - Extract Torpedo Clone recipe

I really want to make an extract SN Torpedo Clone. During my hunt for recipes, this one in my opinion sounds great and I would really like to try it. Recipe OP here O.G. 1.076 (actual) F.G. 1.016 ...
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Why add extract late [duplicate]

I have heard mention of late addition of extracts. I was under the impression that you need to boil the extract to kill off any possible nasties? When I brew, so far always from a prepackaged kit, ...
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Wit Beer I'm guessing I don't wanna store it to clear?

Often the advice with beer is to store it somewhere cool for a while before bottling for various reasons such as taste and clearing and removing chill haze.I'm currently brewing a Wit Beer from ...
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Will steeping specialty grains keep late extract addition from affecting hop utilization? To what degree?

I know my question is sort of answered in this post, where @Dean-Brundage answers that adding extract late will incease hop utilizaiton, and in this post, where @mdma answers that John Palmer and ...
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Effect on a low gravity boil size on IBUs in the final batch

This question is a follow-up to the original one regarding the effect on boil size on IBUs. (Effect of boil size on IBUs) I understand that the boil gravity tends to lessen the utilisation of hops and ...
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Calculating boil volume in partial boil?

I'm an AG brewer but I haven't done an extract batch in years (or an AG one in over a year) and want to do an extract IPA this week. Looking at the various software and calculators, they don't seem to ...
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Where is the best place to order 5 gallon extract kits?

I am a new homebrewer, I have brewed about 5 extract kits, one from austinhomebrew.com and the rest from Northernbrewer.com I will eventually order items to do my own extract recipes, but until then ...
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Extract Brewing - Adding Water to Carboy after Pouring Kettle into Carboy

In this question I asked if it was bad to pour the sludge from the kettle into the carboy, because the instructions from NB told me not to do it (but didn't explain why). The answers I got were that ...
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May I Aerate AFTER Pouring Yeast into the Carboy?

I extract brew, and the kits I buy from NB tell me to add cold water to the wort to get a total of 5 gallons, and then aerate before adding the yeast. However, if I do this I will always have more ...
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Extract brewing with Coopers LME

At present I do not really want to boil up any grains so I thought some Coopers Malt Extract which is unhopped. Is it a step up from a kit so I can add my own hops without having to boil grains? I'm ...
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Methods for extract brew with crystal malts

Basically I'm looking at doing an extract brew with carapils. Due to issues with time I was going to cold steep the grains and then boil after 24hrs. I'm wondering how much carapils I should get for a ...
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Alternative brews [closed]

I'm relatively new to various forms of alcohol and the processes used to distill them, and so I have a theoretical question. What kinds of organic matter can't be used to create an alcohol? There's ...
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How much specialty grain should you use in each steeping bag?

I'm doing my very first steeping brew (2nd brew ever), and I've got about 3 lbs of specialty grains total that go into my recipe. I've lightly crushed the grains, and I'm ready to put them in the ...
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First Brew Questions: Muntons Gold IPA

I finally am making use of a kit my friend sent me. I just brewed Muntons Gold IPA and it's been fermenting about 3 days now. The bubbling seemed to start within 24 hours or so. It was frisky at ...