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How does lemon juice ferment into hard lemonade?

I'm interested in making a hard lemonade after my cider is done, but I'm having a tough time figuring out how the recipes I've found actually work, and what's the best way to ferment lemon juice. ...
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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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Any good iPhone/iPad apps for brewing?

Looking for recipe formulation, IBU/SG calculations, brewing timers, inventory control, etc. A bonus if the app renders my iPhone waterproof(wortproof).
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Boosting a recipe for longer shelf life

I made a lot of beers last summer, and I realize that I made more than I could/would drink. Some (if not most) of my beers don't age well (at basement temperature of 18°C), although they were great ...
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What is the BU:GU ratio?

I've seen on recipe sites that it calculates an BU:GU ratio for your recipes. Could someone explain what this is?
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What ingredients contribute body to a cider?

I've been given a container of Suma concentrated apple juice,the concentrate used to make apple juice from concentrate, left over from a camp. I've made cider from it in the past, using just tap water ...
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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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How is the length of each fermentation determined?

When crafting an original recipe, how do brewers determine the length of time at each stage of fermentation? Obviously, several factors weigh in, including the exact composition of the wort, the ...
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How much peated malt to get a hint of smoke?

I've got some peated malt that a friend gave me, and I've been looking for some way to use it. My current idea is to brew an Irish Red Ale (OG 1.055, FG 1.012, IBU 21, SRM 16) with just enough peated ...
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Looking to make an Ancient Egyptian brew, but what about bittering and flavoring?

I've done some research on wines and beers of Ancient Egypt and I've decided I want to try and brew a beer based on the ingredients that would have been available at the time. I don't want to make a ...
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How to increase sweetness without adding body?

Most methods, like increasing mash temperature, adding oat flakes, or using lactose, increase body even more than sweetness. Are there any methods to increase sweetness only, without affecting body? ...
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Help keeping Black IPA from becoming Imperial Stout

I'm new to the home brew scene, and I've made a couple of extract brews from recipes in the beginners books that I own, so I've decided it's time to move on to attempting my own recipe. I want to ...
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Inverted sugar specific gravity?

I'm doing a recipe, and I'll use inverted sugar that I cooked yesterday. But I don't have idea how to handle the specific gravity. I tried to use the densimeter, but it's useless.
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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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Will simple Sugar make my “pseudo-lager” finish drier?

This weekend's brew is going to be a Pilsner. I don't have the set-up to lager at the moment, so I aim to ferment with US-05 at around 16C (60F or so). I did this a while ago and came out with a ...
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How does a yeast starter affect original gravity reading?

I've prepared a 1qt (~1L) yeast starter according to instructions from Wyeast.com. I didn't measure its gravity, but in theory it should be about 1.040. I am brewing a 5 gallon batch of high gravity ...
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Peaches in Cider

I have about 8 jars of peaches in light syrup I bought from Costco. I want to add these to a 5 gallon batch of Cider. I'm going to a peach cobbler flavored cider. I'm also planning on adding brown ...
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Scaling from partial boil recipe to full

So for the NB Innkeeper, I've read the ibu's should be mid 30's, and their extract kits account for partial boil. The same additions once scaled for a 6 gallon boil shoots to mid 40's. I'm guessing ...
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Formulating a recipe

Can anyone guess at how to build a clone recipe? Its for Duclaws Sweet Baby Jesus, a friend requested a clone. Their website only says it's a Black beer, a Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter. Their ...
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Special B -OR- CaraPils?

working on improving recipe formulation and wondering which is better? Looking for good mouth feel and head retention,(who isn't I guess) but most of all a big malt forward beer. In doing unrelated ...
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What should I do with this 1-lb brick of maple sugar?

Last year I was in Quebec with family and I picked up a 500-gram (1-lb) brick of maple sugar from the marketplace. This stuff is so hard that the locals use a cheese grater on it. It was cheap too. ...
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What are the best Android Apps for homebrewing

I have noticed there are a bunch of homebrewing tools/apps available in the android store. I'm wondering what the best ones are. Some of them you have to pay for, i'm okay with paying for an app if it'...
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Steep caramel malt in all grain brew?

Are there any situations when this would be needed, or make any sense? Steeping base malts usually makes no sense at all, and changes to taste made by steeping black malt or roasted barley instead ...
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Recommendations for a beer style w/ Cherry Extract

This summer I bought some fresh tart cherry extract from the area I grew up in Northern Michigan, and I've been excited to use it in a recipe. Any recommendations on what style would be good with ...
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adding 1 g to 5 g recipe - keep OG the same

So i've got a 5 gallon partial mash kit(OG 1.065), and I am looking to add around a gallon to increase my yield for the session. What formula could I use to know how much extra dme to use to keep ...
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Would this grain bill make “true” Irish Red Ale?

I have a problem. I've read BJCP description of Irish Red Ale, and many recipes and... they don't quite match. Some recipes use crystal malt. Some does not. Most use roasted barley. Some do not. Many ...
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Red wine recipies

I'm a new brewer and I want to brew a red wine. Anyone have a good red wine recipie that's easy to make and tastes good? I don't want to buy a kit and I want to use grapes found in the grocery store. ...
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Styles other than steam suited for use of Northern Brewer hops

So I have a one pound bag of northern brewer hops (along with about a half pound left of amarillos). Any suggestions for a recipe or style? I'm typically pretty boring, love to brew APA's, IPA's (...
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Should the starter volume be included in the overall batch size?

I'm giving my first starter a go: a 2.4L starter for a 21L batch overall. Since this looks like it will account for over 11% of the total volume, should I recalc for a 23L / 19L batch? Or should I ...
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First time making a recipe!

So I decided to throw some ingrediants together for my first recipe! The recipe is an extract American IPA I was wondering if some of you guys could give me advice on what to add or get rid of before ...
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Elderbery wine recipe

I have 15lb of frozen elderberry. I just want to make a 1 gallon of wine for now. Could I have some advice and a recipe please? I just want to use elderberrys, raisins.
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Leftover Juicing Pulp in Beer?

I'm a very new homebrewer and this may be a really wacky question, but I'm curious nonetheless. Every time I've made fresh juice using a juicer, I'm at a loss for what to do with the leftover pulp, ...
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What posted recipes have you personally brewed multiple times and have had success with? [closed]

Brewing recipies posted online are very numerous, but I get the feeling that a lot of them might be 'ideas', and maybe have never been even brewed. I'm sure some members here have had success with ...
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Brewing Formulas?

What formulas and calculations exist for the home brewer?
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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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Where to put sugar during recipie editing on brewersfriend?

I'm putting recipe on brewersfriend and I want to add sugar at the end of boiling. My question is in which section should I put it? Fermentables (as late addition) or Other Ingredients (but it won't ...
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Need a simple extract IPA recipe [closed]

I am looking for a simple IPA recipe that I can use with DME (and any other simple/easy ingredients). I've never done my own recipe and have no idea of the different hop characters, so I don't want ...
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Advice on a recipe

I have the following grains available and was wondering what would be the general idea of doing my own recipe. 0.5kg Amber Malt 0.5kg Maris Otter 0.5kg Halcyon 1kg Pale Malt 1kg Caramel Dark 3kg Red-...
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What beer would showcase Castle Malting® Château Black Of Black?

I have 1kg of Château Black Of Black malt. Bought it without really planning, because it's description was appealing. Particularly: the flavour and aroma typical of the traditional Black malt ...
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Formulating a session saison using extract & grains

I'm looking to put together a session saison & can't find much online to start from. I've got this so far, but would like some feedback. Malts 500g Munich I (steeped) 3kg x-light / pilsner ...
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Oily Beer - Can I get the head back?

I'm refining a recipe for a chocolate wheat ale. I'm using 2 pounds of chocolate malt, which seems to be exceptionally oily, effectively killing the head. It still has carbonation, just no head. Any ...