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Good home brewing blogs

Any suggestions for good blogs aimed at home brewers?
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What if I accidentally boiled for 90 minutes?

So I was making a Two Hearted Clone (an IPA). I boiled 1 oz centennial hops for 60 min, then 1/2 ounce for 15 min, then 1 oz for 10 min, then 1oz for 5 min for a total of 90 minutes. I was supposed ...
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what could be going on? 1065 to 1010 in 3 days and a half

This is just my first batch so I'm a complete newbie. I'm brewing a dry euro brown ale (grain + multiextract) and the temperature is between 57-67 f, but my bucket doesn't have a thermometer but I ...
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First Time Brewing…am I doing it right?

So I went to my local brewing store, and got a starter kit. It came with a 7 gallon fermenter, a siphon tube, a floating thermometer, bottle caper, bottle caps, bottle scrubber, and sanitizer. By the ...
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My first brew tastes a bit like champage. Did I do something wrong?

I just got finished with my very first brew! It is a blonde that I made from a Mr. Beer kit. It smells and tastes good, but I was a bit worried because it also has sort of a champagne taste. Did I do ...
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Analytics for Beer

So, I am very new to home brewing, my first batch has been fermenting for about a week. I have been a beer enthusiast for years, so I am really enthusiastic about this new hobby of mine. By trade, I ...
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Brew closet - concerns?

Having recently purchased my new home, and quite happy to be done with apartment living, my mind naturally wanders to wanting to start up some home brew now that I have the space. I have what I think ...
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Home brewing with different sugars

I've just been reading an FAQ on different sugars used in brewing. Most kits specify usage of 1KG of brewing sugar. The first time I made a batch of home brew I used table sugar, but this seemed to ...
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Oops - I added corn sugar at the start of boil, recipe said “add at 10 minutes to go.”

First time extract brewer here - I brewed today using a kit with 6.75 lbs of extract and 1 lb of corn sugar. I mistakenly added the corn sugar after adding the extract to 3 gallons of water at the ...
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Airlock not bubbling

So I made my first ever homebrew ale yesterday, transferred it to my fermentation bin and pitched the yeast. After 24 hours at the recommended temperature there is a nice thick layer of krausen on ...
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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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Beer calculators and batch/boil size with late fermentable additions

It seems to me that the calculator that I have been using for my recipes (Beer Calculus) allows me to change my batch size, but does not let me adjust WHEN I add my fermentables, as to allow for ...
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What's the difference between top fermenting and bottom fermenting?

Some friends and I are attempting our first home brew. When the question came up I couldn't answer except to say that lagers are one and ales are another. I understand the some of the basic principles ...
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Yeast “cake” after bottling

I recently bottled this recipe, last Sunday (2014-03-09). I popped one open today, and it is damn tasty, and even decently carbed after less than a week. However, all the bottles have about a half ...
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Contamination concerns when removing stopper?

this might seem dumb to most, but it's only my third batch and I just need some reassurance. So i occasionally pop out the rubber stopper on my carboy to smell the brew and see if anything funky comes ...
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Should I add water to an already fermenting batch?

I just moved my (first) batch to my secondary fermenter. While doing so it became apparent that I did not top off to five gallons like I thought and instead it seems closer to four gallons. I now have ...
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No bubbling after 3 days and no SG reading at start

I'm doing my first brew and it doesn't seem to be going too well! I know there are loads of questions along these lines but I couldn't find one that matches my scenario closely. I did all the prep ...
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i want a keg cooler that is cheaper than kegerator

Looking into buying a 5 gal ball lock keg, i have the Co2 tanks, a tap, and gauges/hoses. I want to save by just purchasing something to keep it all cool. Strapped on cash at the moment but want to ...
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What are the other good santizers when StarSan is not available?

I'm a first timer from India and literally nothing for beer home brewing is available locally. I'm having a hard time finding airlock, siphon tube , bottle capper etc. Please bear with me if its a ...
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Can you brew an all-grains recipe without brewing a full volume

I've been searching online and reading up on all-grains brewing and it seems like most places have indicated that all-grains receipes requires mashing at the full batch size. Ie. If I want to make a ...
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What amount of taste customization can I do with pre-prepared wort (from a kit)?

I really enjoy bitter beers, and would really like to add hops to my next brew. However, I've only done one homebrew so far and it was using a pre-made kit (I used the Edme Bitter wort and malt ...
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My first homebrew has a very low alcohol content

I just finished my first homebrew (yay!), but my hydrometer is reading a very low alcohol content. I brewed an Edme bitter (pre-made wort and I bought the malt extract) and it tastes great, but it's ...
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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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Is there a way to get an average alcohol reading if I forgot to take a before reading???

Im a first time brewer and everything was going good until i realized i did not take a before reading..... Is there still a way to get an average alcohol reading??? THANKS
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Fermentation Activity in the first few days

I know a variant of this question has been asked a million times, but can someone let me know if this behavior is "normal" for a brew? I'm using Northern Brewer's Caribou Slobber Brown kit. I brewed ...
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Water level low on airlock. Is it contaminated?

About 48 hours into my ferment I noticed a significant amount of liquid (about an inch) is missing from my airlock. Reading up on the subject ive realized that water was probably sucked into my brew ...
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Fizzy with no head?

My recent brew (#2) is well carbonated, but has little head to it when poured (and what's there dissipates quickly). Is it over carbonated? Too much priming sugar? Also, I am used to seeing a strong ...
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fermentation and dry hopping

I'm thinking about dry hopping my current batch. It's still fermenting and bubbling, and the krausen hasn't dissipated yet. Should I wait for fermentation to stop? Should I wait for the krausen to ...
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dry hopping in primary?

Okay, so I am currently working on my first batch that I Intend to Dry hop. I am getting a ton of mixed messages and want to see what the majority thinks. So I have finally come to the conclusion that ...
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How early can I know if a brew is ruined?

Today I tried my very first brew using a Coopers DIY kit. I was told the Lager mix that comes with the kit probably won't taste amazing, but it should be hardy and forgiving for beginners that don't ...
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Can I assume that an unopened glass jug containing the juice I want to ferment is sanitary?

I am making cider for the first time. I purchased a gallon of organic apple juice with no other ingredients besides the apples. I sort of saw it as a two-for-one, I got the apple juice I needed as ...
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I forgot to put water in the airlock! What do I do now?

I did my first brew (all grain), some things were complicated to achieve and finished at 4 o'clock in the morning because I decided to start at 10 pm (big mistake). At the end of it all, after I ...
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Will it be too cold to brew in my garage over the winter?

I was thinking of asking for a Homebrew Starter kit for Christmas this year and would like to set it up to brew and ferment in my garage. However I am wondering, will it be too cold to brew beer or ...
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How would I handle a boil-over and loss of hops?

I recently was brewing a 1 gallon kit from Northern Brewer (The White House Honey Ale kit) and instantly after adding the first packet of hops, the entire kettle boiled over. Absolutely instantly, ...
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Bottling Rhythm and efficiency

I've read the answers on how to sanitize bottles while bottling [here] but my question is this... Should you cap a bottle right after filling it, or can you fill say 6 bottles, cap them, then put ...
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Should I boil a hopped malt extract prior to fermentation?

I am an absolute beginner; I've merely helped my brother brew once. I purchased a beer brewing kit and want to get started. John Palmer's bible suggests that I should throw out the directions that ...
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Should i use the syphon or tap?

I have recently started homebrewing, and my very first batch is a batch of cider that my wife requested I add raspberry and lime flavours to. My question is, my brewing tub has a tap fitted about ...
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Pitched dry yeast into 57F wort, underfilled the fermenter with water… have I ruined my batch?

So, I was brewing my Brewer's Best Kolsch LME kit, and I made four errors. First, I skipped rehydrating, yielding to the boxed instructions instead of the packet. Second, I overestimated how cold my ...
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First brew… 1.010 gravity in 72 hours?

I'm in the middle of my first brew and I'm having some issues. Not sure if I have completely ruined this thing or what. Heres the deal... During the process, everything went pretty much as planned ...
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Mash / Hops Timing Confusion

I am getting started with my first brewing experience, I have some doubt in my mind, and I was hoping someone could clear this up for me once and for all. I have seen a lot of beer recipes that leave ...
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Saving leftover saved yeast

I saved the yeast cake off my last batch, and tomorrow I'll be brewing again. The cake filled a growler, and after a week in the fridge has settled to about 2/3 yeast, 1/3 beer. After siphoning off ...
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Did I correctly add fruit flavour to my beer?

On a whim, I decided to make a raspberry flavoured IPA. I bought a pre-made wort and some liquid malt extract. Basically, I boiled about 1.5L of water with some raspberries in one of those hop mesh ...
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Belgian/Canadian Tripel Recipe Question

This will be my very first homebrew, but I have been doing a lot of reading, research and practice. My question is, does anything about this recipe I have created look off to any experience brewers? ...
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Making a portion of a batch higher ABV

I am brewing my first kit beer. I want to set aside one gallon and make a high ABV batch. I am brewing a honey wheat and adding jalapeño. How would I make the higher ABV and what would the technical ...
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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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How to make a mead beer/ale

Mead (in the UK at least) seems to generally be made as a wine, typically flat around 12% ABV. I'm interested in making more of a beer/ale type drink... carbonated, around 5% ABV, by fermenting honey ...
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Violent fermentation | One day after brewing | Liter spillage from the top

I am an amateur brewer just cooked my third batch ever three days ago. This time with a couple of friends (which also bought the ingredients from a place I haven't before), so this time I used a ...
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Litres / Gallons conversion

Hope this doesn't sound like too daft a question... but I'm English and a noob so please humour me :) When I am reading recipes, brewing instructions, calculations, etc. from American documentation ...
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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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Where do I start reading?

So I want to learn to brew beer. I constantly try new beer, and try to dissect all the flavors involved. The next logical step in my love of beer seems to be trying my hand at brewing. I should ...