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How to Add Cocoa

I want to add cocoa or chocolate to a beer, but cocoa powder isn't very soluble in water. What methods/alternatives do I have? I prefer to avoid extracts, if possible. I don't think I can find nibs ...
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What hops provide the guava-like taste of some IPAs?

IPAs like Bear Republic's Racer 5 and Coronado Brewing Company's Islander IPA have a distinct guava-like scent and flavor character. Is there a particular variety of hops that produces this, or is it ...
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What type of reference beer should I use for flavor doctoring?

I've been looking for resources on how to really taste some of the commonly referred to tastes out there. For instance, people say that phenols taste like band-aids. But I really have no clue what ...
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How do I determine where the off-flavors of my brew are coming from?

Is there a website I can visit that will describe where different off-flavors come from? For instance, if the beer tastes malty, fruity, or bitter, where can I go to determine why?
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Detecting differences in the type of whiskey used to soak oak

I'm about to add oak chips to my scotch ale. I was thinking about what sort of scotch to soak the chips in before hand. And then I thought, how much does it really matter? At what point can one tell ...
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Malt flavor profiles

Does anyone know a good comprehensive resource to compare different base and specialty grains and their resulting flavor profiles?
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Rauchbier smoke source

What is the difference between using a nice smoked malt vs. maybe using some liquid smoke for making Rauchbier? Can you detect the difference in complexity? Is smoked fruit woods (apple, cherry) ...
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What is a session beer?

What is the accepted OG and ABV of a session beer? What other qualities does a session beer possess?
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Alternative/Non-traditional Brewing Practices

Brew in a bag. No chill. Olive Oil aeration substitute. Overnight mashing. Batch Sparging. The list continues. These types of techniques are great and frequent areas of discussion in the home ...
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What is a hopback?

How do you use it? What does it do? Do you pass finished wort through it hot or cold?
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What is cold steeping?

What is cold steeping specialty grains all about? How do I do it? What does 'cold' really mean? How long does it take? Advantages and disadvantages?
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Does filtering beer strip flavor, aroma and/or color?

In the quest for super clear beer (and increase shelf stability) some brewers like to filter their beer. What impact does it have on flavor, aroma and color? Which aspects of flavor (hops only, malt ...
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What is different between American Oak and French Oak?

What other "nationalities" of Oak are used in brewing?
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Adding Oak Flavor/character to beer

Short of buying an oak barrel, what forms of oak are available to the homebrewer for getting oak into yuor beer? Are they available with different levels of toast? Are some forms easier to sanitize ...
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Does your beer have a “house” flavor?

I identify "house" flavor as a similar flavor that carries across several different styles of beer from the same brewery. What parts of the brewing process or ingredients lend to "house" flavor the ...
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What's the line between brown ale and porter?

Southern English brown ale, which I like, seems to differ from porter, which I dislike, by only a matter of degree. It just seems to be about the amount of specialty grains. Is there any other ...
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Taste Test for Stale Beer

I am curious to know what stale beer really tastes like. For me I can read about what certain off flavors are supposed to taste like. However, taste and flavor can be so subjective its hard to ...
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Fruit for fruit beers

What are the best fruits for brewing fruit beers? Some fruits appear to be classics like cherries raspberries. Some fruits you rarely hear about like kiwi and papya. Which fruits have flavor ...
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Using Multiple Strains of Yeast in the Same Batch?

I've been thinking about this recently, so I figured I'd ask it here. Is there any reason you couldn't use two strains of yeast in the same batch of beer? For a particularly high gravity amber ale, ...
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Flavor extracts - add to secondary or add during bottling?

What are the pros and cons of adding flavor extracts (fruit, chocolate, what have you) at bottling time versus adding them to the secondary? Does it make a difference? Is there a trade-off between ...
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When should I add a vanilla bean?

My wife just kicked a bottle of vanilla extract. She bakes a lot and buys the good stuff that comes with a bean in it. I think i want to add the bean to my double-chocolate stout that's in the ...
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Why does my cream ale taste like a witbier?

Imagine my surprise when I opened a bottle of my cream ale and found that it had picked up a clove-y flavor reminiscent of a wheat beer. It's not even presented as a risk in the BJCP guidelines for ...
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Weed Aroma/Flavor?

I have noticed in some beers, (nugget nectar, dbl. trouble, founders harvest and sublimely self-rightous ale in particular) an aroma/flavor of marijuana. I think Columbus/Tomohawk hops have somthing ...
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What is attentuation?

What is attentuation? How does it effect beer flavor and quality? How is is calculated and why do I need to know it?
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WLP001 v. WLP051

WhiteLabs provides these two great American Ale yeast strains (among others). WLP051 (California Ale V yeast) and WLP001 (California Ale Yeast) What are the differences in these two strains and what ...
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Should I worry about CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lamps) skunking my beer?

Particularly when racking from primary to secondary and then again into the keg.
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Help With Hops…

I generally understand the grain side of things, but I can't get my head around hops. Given the variety and choice, how do you go about selecting what hops to use and how much of each hop...? Are ...
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Using honey in beer

This thread is not actually one single question, but a number of different ones. When calculating sugars used in the wort, how much sugar does honey contain? Is it closer to dry malt extracts, raw ...
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Using hops after fermentation

Let's say you have already put your beer into your fermenter and you decide its taste is not hoppy enough. So you start out to add some more hops into it. One way to dry hop, but I will not expand ...
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Skunking beer process

How fast does beer skunk, in the bottle or out? I have heard people claim their IPA gets skunky in the glass as they drink it on the sunny patio. I have also left a sixer of beer on a shelf on my ...
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Fermenter Heating Belt

Is it worth using? I was thinking of getting one to use on my first fermenter for a german weissbier so that the yeast flavour and aroma is more present in the final result. By how many degrees does ...
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CaraBohemian malt

I just got back from a trip to the brew shop to get some stuff. They had a couple new malts I haven't heard of before. One was this CaraBohemia malt. It had an SRM of around 70L and was described ...
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Munich and Vienna Malt

How do these two malts differ? I can find sources at times with slightly different colors and I know there must be flavor differences. I was wondering if anyone could shed light on how the two are ...
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How much chocolate extract should I use?

The Young's Double Chocolate Stout clone recipe I'm about to rack to the secondary in two days calls for 0.33 ounces of chocolate extract. That's less than a tablespoon. The bottle of chocolate ...
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Steeping Specialty Grains

What is the proper procedure for steeping specialty grains while extract brewing? Temp, time, grain bags or not.
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preparing fruit for secondary

What is the best method for preparing different fruits for fruit additions into secondary fermentors? There are issues of sanitation and good fruit to wort contact, via chopping, slicing, mincing or ...
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Cocoa Nibs for Chocolate Flavorings

What is the best way to use cocoa nibs? Do you crush them, crack them leave them whole? Steep and remove pre-boil, leave in boil, add at flameout? Add them only during secondary? How long?
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Salty flavor in beer?

Recently, I've noticed a slight salty taste in a few beers. It's generally toward the end of the glass, and it's generally when I'm dehydrated. It's happened with Long Trail Ale and Stone Arrogant ...
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What are your favorite additives?

What's your favorite thing you add to your brew? chocolate fruit spices etc. I'm mostly interested in additives combined after primary fermentation, but flavors from any stage would be ...