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Bitter orange and scaling

I'm getting ready to make my first Saison (all grain). This will be the first beer I've made that uses any kind of spice. The recipe I'm using is for a 5g batch. I'll be making a 20g batch. The 5g ...
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My beer has little to no hop flavour or bitterness. What is going wrong?

Extract brew. 23L boil. Summit - 60 min boil approx. 125g, Glacier - 30 min boil, approx. 75g, NZ Wakatu - 15 min boil, approx. 50g. All fresh hops, vacuum sealed. 3kg liquid malt extract added ...
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Specific and generic questions from a first timer - size of fermenter, flavoring, gravity, sanitation

I just brewed my first ever German Weizen (using True Brew kit) on Saturday (today is Monday) and it's sitting in a plastic 6 gallon bucket (but there's only 5 gallons of it). I have some questions ...
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Triple Fermented?? But Why?

Some beers claim to be triple fermented, meaning that after primary fermentation, more fermentables are added at the start of secondary, and then the brew is bottle-conditioned, resulting in three ...
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overheated the mash by a long shot

I asked before and got some help and have done some reading since. The temp in my mash jumped from 175 to about 195 after I put the lid back on. How much damage did I do? Some things I've read since ...
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Hazelnut Brown Ale - What extract?

I am looking to brew a hazelnut brown ale. What brands of hazelnut extract are the best tasting? My lhbs does not carry one. Ideally im looking for a brand that closely resembles the real thing.
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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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Maintaining Optimal Flavor in a Brown Ale

I've brewed a lot of Brown Ales, and one thing I have noticed from batch to batch is fairly swift flavor degradation. The beer will taste excellent after two weeks of conditioning. I'll be able to ...
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Need a non-alcohol brew without the sacrifices. (besides the obvious)

I brewed a pomander inspired wit beer for the holidays. It is currently in primary. Since my wife just had gall badder surgery, she is avoiding alcohol for a little while and asked if I could brew her ...
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“Focus on Flavor” Column

I am trying to locate copies of a complete set of Scott Bickham's "Focus on Flavors" column in Brewing Techniques, which seems like it was a journal or magazine in the 1990s. The question is can ...
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What characteristics would agave nectar add to a wort?

I was thinking about adding agave nectar to my wort as an adjunct sugar, with the intent to add some tequila-like flavor. Does anyone have any experience with brewing with agave nectar and the flavors ...
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What's the best technique to add chamomile?

I've made a Witbier with tangerine peel and coriander. Though Randy Mosher's Radical Brewing suggests chamomile as a good "secret ingredient" for Witbiers, I didn't have any on hand when brewing, so i ...
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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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What ingredients would be most appropriate to prototype new flavors in a Randall?

I'm wondering about using a Randall the Enamel Animal to experiment with flavor combinations before mixing up a whole batch. For example, obviously the flavor of hops comes out nicely with one of ...
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Juniper berries for brewing pale ales

I love the aroma of Juniper and want to feature it in my next pale ale. I'm currently extract/kit brewing, and I had a few questions about how to go about this: I read some tips about adding to ...
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Chemical characteristics of taste

I know this is probably a quirky question for this forum, but here goes. I'm getting into home brewing, and today I stumbled a cross the website for American Society for Brewing Chemists (ASBC) ...
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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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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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Questions about adding vanilla

I'm on my third brew. Midwest brewing irish red in bottles Midwest brewing brown nut ale in secondary Just bought Brewers Best milk stout. I pretty much wanted to be a little creative without ...
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Adding flavour to standard kit

Looking for some advice, I have been home brewing from kits for a couple of years and really enjoy the hobby. I have experimented with various sugar's to alter the taste and would now like to move on. ...
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Any way to rescue an overly bitter beer?

My latest batch of IPA has come out really unpleasantly bitter, it was only supposed to be about 45 IBUs, using a combination of Northdown, Target and Bobek for bittering (60 minutes) and some more ...
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How can I compare hop flavours quickly?

I want to try and acquaint myself with different hop flavours and brewing a few batches of beer can be quite time consuming (and wasteful if the results are no good). How can I quickly (in say, a ...
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Are German Merkur or Herkules hops noble enough to sub in a Pilsener?

On an impulse last week I picked up some German Merkur and Herkules hops from the LHBS to use as flavoring and aroma hops in a pilsner, because I thought they might be an interesting twist. But now ...
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Kettle lid with hole in it

I always boil with the lid off my kettles (2 pots). But I've been thinking lately about the design of commercial kettles. It seems that to more closely match a commercial boil, I should put about a ...
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Aroma and flavor

Maybe it is just because I am not a native Wnglish speaker, but I do not exactly know the meaning of those two words. What do aroma and flavor mean, what do they refer to and what is the difference ...
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Make a kit brew better?

I was given a coopers real ale kit of two cans and have never actually brewwed a full kit before. I was wondering if and how i might make this turn out a bit better, maybe by adding hops to a partial ...
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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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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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Licorice flavor Beer

I'm thinking about making beer with Licorice flavor as I like the taste of Licorice. I'm thinking some dark beer would be a good candidate a Stout maybe or some ale. I'm thinking some black Licorice ...
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Slow temperature rising vs equivalent fluctuations

I've read a few accounts of brewers using slow temperature increments to bring out particular flavours from the yeast that they're using. For example, stepping up 1C or so every day over a few days. ...
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Possible to intensify/increase the amount of yeast flavor?

I will soon be making a hefe and will be using wyeast's 3068. In recent hefes I have made, I have always desired much more intensity in the flavors provided by the yeast strain. The only method i am ...
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What solution of hard alcohol is sufficient to sanitize and infuse something for addition to a fermenting beer?

Context: I'm brewing into small, split batches lately to test the effects of various additives. I've got some true cinnamon bark and cacao nibs which I am planning on crushing up, letting steep in ...
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Adding Vanilla Extract?

I have a black stout fermenting right now. I added about 8oz of cacao powder in the boil and I'd like to add some vanilla extract, to taste. Can this be done before bottling? Should this have been ...
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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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Apricot ale alternative?

I have the following recipe in my primary fermenter and had planned on making an apricot ale. I have since realized that apricots are far out of season and my two apricot alternatives are A) make a ...
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What kind of malt will add a molasses flavor?

I recall tasting a beer a couple years back that, from the first sip, screamed "molasses". I'd like to impart some of that flavor into a brew I'm concocting, but wasn't sure exactly where to aim. I ...
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Is level of roast indicative of flavor contributions?

Crisp carries a 630L Chocolate malt, Munton's carries one that's 385L. Both are UK maltsters, but (not having actually tasted them) I assume that they taste quite different, even though they are ...
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When is it the optimal time to add flavoring?

I purchased a bottle of raspberry flavoring from a home brew store for a Lambic brew that is still in secondary. I don't believe the flavoring has any fermentables in it. Should this flavoring be ...
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I find my wines to be too “juicy”

I've been making wine (mostly red) at home for about a year now and find that even though I ferment them dry I still find them to taste too much like fresh fruit. Any thoughts on getting to that aged ...
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What is the best way to flavor beer with Oak?

Background: I've purchased some lovely dark roasted oak chips that I plan on soaking in bourbon and using to flavor an Irish Red. Friends of mine who have seasoned their beer on oak chips claim that ...
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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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What bourbons work well for flavoring beer?

Background: I am a large fan of bourbon flavored beers and have flavored a number of my homebrews with various bourbons with a wide range of results. Question: What bourbons/whiskies result in a ...
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Why do all my beers taste better after having aged for a couple months?

My impression is that ales are typically best drunk within a couple weeks of brew day. It's my experience that letting them age in the bottles for 2-3 months yields the best beer, both improving body, ...
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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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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 achieve a nuttier flavor?

My most recent batch I tried almond extract, but I'm not getting the nuttiness I expected. I've heard using different malts can get different nutty flavors but how can I get a rich nutty flavor?
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What are the most citrusy hops?

Which hops do you guys find are the most citrusy? I'm looking to create a super-citrusy IPA, and have limited experience with most hops.
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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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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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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 ...