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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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How do you make your own recipe?

I guess most people brew from kits, or from the many available recipes on the net. But for those few recipe formulators, how do you go about building a recipe? And, given the inexactness of brewing, ...
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How should I design my new home brewing space?

I am moving into a new house, and the garage in the back garden is just screaming out to be converted into a home brewery. I realise planning a brewing space depends on a lot of specifics (space ...
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Confused by malts!

great site. I am a total newbie at brewing (used a Mr. Beer kit a few times with success), and recently got a 2 tier homebrewing system for Christmas. I got a prepackaged "American Amber Ale" kit as ...
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What's wrong with using finings?

I've heard a lot of folks complaining about the use of finings in beer & one in particular claimed that commercial brewers stopped using finings once they had to start listing ingredients on the ...
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Carastan substitute?

I recently brewed a recipe that called for Carastan malt. My LHBS didn't carry it, so I just used 40 L Crystal. In the finished beer, I'm missing the toffee and toastiness found in the original. Does ...
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Suggestions for cheap recipes

I would like to create a recipe (or recipes) that is fairly cheap and will serve as a session beer that I can drink when I just want a beer in the evening, and I'm not particularly choosy about what ...
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Should I include my specialty grains in a mini-mash?

I'm planning to use up all my leftovers from recent batches, augmented with minimal newly-purchased ingredients, to make an oatmeal stout. I know I need to mash the oats, so I picked up a pound of ...
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What are the hops varieties Sticklebract & Galena?

A homebrew shop has just opened up near me (hooray!). Browsing their wares I saw two hops varieties unknown to me: Sticklebract (I think this is the correct name) and Galena. They seem to have been ...
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What elements are common to Shiner Bock and Real Ale's Fireman's #4?

Shiner Bock and Fireman's #4 both have this weird aftertaste that I can't stand. Any idea what they both have in common so I can avoid it? EDIT: It's almost a slimy taste (I know slimy is not a ...
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How do you calculate a beer's nutrition facts?

How can I figure out a beer's nutrition facts when I've homebrewed? It's not a sum of the ingredients any more, is it? --EDIT-- So when I say "beer's nutrition facts" I means values like calories, ...
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How to avoid a boozy flavor in high-gravity beers

Many of the high-gravity commercial beers I taste end up coming off as boozy. What kinds of ingredients or processes will limit this flavor? I want to brew a big beer, perhaps in the 1.100 ...
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Victory v. Biscuit malt

Are there flavor differences between these two malts? How can each be described? I have used them both but often in complicated recipes, and never side by side for comparison. How is each produced?
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At what point can a beer be called organic?

A lot of the homebrew I make is made with organic ingredients - organic grain and hops. However, I have never come across organic yeast (!?) or irish moss. Can I rightly call this beer organic, or ...
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How much Malto Dextrine or Cara Pils is needed to mimic higher mash temps?

So from what I've read, a lot of professional brewers mash all their beers at the same temps (usually around 150F), and use ingredients to adjust the "body" or "sweetness" of the final beers. At their ...
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Needs to be mashed

I recently had a debate with a brewing buddy of mine about malts that "need to be mashed". For instance victory malt is listed in Palmers "How to Brew" as being in the needs to be mashed column. I ...
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Using commercial (breakfast) cereals in a mash

This question looks similar to Using flakes in a mash, but is not actually the same. I was thinking, if someone runs out of maize flakes, and definitely wants to use some for his mash, what happens if ...
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Do you use a default/standard base malt? What are the advantages?

Does anyone use a standard base malt to build your recipes from? What are the advantages? A couple of obvious advantages would be having the ability to buy large bags of the base malt (and ensuring ...
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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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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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Estimating Alpha Acids of Home Grown Hops

For the homebrewer that grows and harvests his/her own hops; how best can one approximate the alpha acids in the hops they have? Is it worth it or should brewers stick to using home grown hops for ...
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Continental Pilsner Malt

What does the term "continental" mean when referring to malts? I have seen that term used before, mainly when sourcing pilsner malt. Is it just a different way of saying pilsner malt that has been ...
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Complete Ingredient List/Database?

I'm looking for an extensive database of grains, hops, yeasts, and other additives. Preferably with information like potential, SRM, alpha, flocculation, etc. I've found BeerSmith's lists, but the ...
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What is torrified wheat?

What is torrified wheat and in what styles is it used? Are there any restriction or special procedures you need to follow to when using torrified wheat? Can you substitute torrified wheat with ...
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What's the difference between 2-row and 6 row base malt? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What's the difference between 2-row and 6-row malt? I've been brewing all-grain for several years, but have been using recipes and kits. I'm starting to develop my ...
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Malted or Flaked Rye?

I'm wanting to make an American Rye Beer, and I'm wondering which sort of rye I should use. My LHBS carries flaked rye, and the nearby big-box brew supplier carries both flaked and malted rye. ...
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Why do extract recipes call for a late addition of the bulk of the extract?

My recipe calls for a pound of DME at the beginning of the boil and 6 pounds at 15 minutes to go. What's the point of that?
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Buying bulk hops online

I'm often tempted to buy my commonly used hop pellets online in bulk and storing them in my freezer. A lot of the cheap bulk hops are from the previous year. Assuming they are vacuum packed and ...
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What form of hops should I use for this recipe?

My LHBS sells whole hops, hop pellets, and hop plugs. Is there a way to know which this recipe calls for, and is there some sort of conversion formula between the different forms? ...
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quick brew recipes

What quick brews are there? ~ 2 weeks from start to drink... Should be simple, boozy and tasty. any type of fruits or roots will do! so far have mainly tried a ginger beer, cider and elderflower all ...
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Do I need to add 6-Row to my extract + grains dunkelweizen for proper conversion?

Do I need to add some 6-Row or otherwise tweak this recipe? I'm going to be brewing a dunkelweizen later this month. My recipe uses 6 lbs. of wheat extract and 2.5 lbs. of caramel and chocolate wheat, ...
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[WIKI] Characteristics of a Good Cellaring Beer

Every once and a while I come across beers that say they can be kept up to 5 years and become more developed over that time period, while other beers that are of the same style don't indicate this at ...
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Adding chili peppers to beer - when?

I'm making a chili beer tonight. Is there any sort of extraction that needs to happen, or is just adding the chili (I'm gonna puree it) enough? I'm thinking of adding a habanero (or a half of one) ...
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Hops: Buy vs. Grow

Is it worth it to grow my own hops or should I just buy them somewhere?
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Using math to hit exact spice level

This is a question that will combine your knowledge of food, chemistry, and beer. Spiciness is measured in Scoville Units. Basically: In Scoville's method, an alcohol extract of the capsaicin ...
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Chile Pepper Ale

I've brewed a simple base ale recipe. It's fermenting happily. I want to add Chile Peppers to the beer to make a spiced ale. I'm not looking for something with a lot of heat, but I do want some ...
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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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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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Why is it bad to pitch too little yeast?

What are the effects of underpitching your beer? We have an answer for over pitching, I think we need the complete set.
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Why is it bad to pitch too much yeast?

What are the effects of over-pitching? Where is the line for, say, a 1.050 beer? There is also a question for to under-pitching.
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Grains for Mashing and Grains for Steeping

Does anyone have a list they care to post that lists the "must mash" and "steepable" grains? Might be nice content for the site overall.
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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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Hop Gardening Considerations

I have heard that planting hops at home you should plant the rhizome in a mound of sorts. How large around should the mound be? What type of soil amendments are best? How tall should the trelis be ...
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Parts per million

How do you calculate parts per million (or billion) from grams and volume? I ask this in relation to figureing out how to translate water report information into the recommended ranges of certain ...
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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 nuts for beer aroma

I'm planning to brew an scottish heavy ale, and I wanted to give it a little different aroma using hazelnuts (other stuff too, but I want hazelnuts to be the main aroma). How do you suggest i use ...
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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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Pellets, Plugs and Whole Hops

Hops come in three formats pellets, plugs and whole-leaf. Plugs are whole leaf hops that have been compressed into a little cake usually 0.5 ounces in size. What are the ups and downs of using ...
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Is rye more popular than it's been?

I've noticed the number of rye beers released seems to be picking up over the last year or two. Why do you think that is? I was trying to get at whether it had been a cost issue. Perhaps higher ...