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What is the best beer to make for a spouse who prefers sauvignon blanc?

I am trying to solve the "wife who loves wine instead of beer" problem. She would normally choose a Sauvignon blanc for herself but that's just no fun for the beer-drinking / making husband. My goal ...
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What are some good online sources for recipes?

What are some good online sources for recipes? Please specify the type of recipes the site has (extract, all-grain, mead, cider, etc.).
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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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What are my options for brewing software?

I'm looking for brewing software that helps with record-keeping, calculations, inventory, and/or recipes. Across any platform (Windows/Mac OS X/Linux), what brewing software is available, and what ...
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Should the late addition portion of a recipe be altered based on immersion, counterflow, whirlpooling techiques?

When it comes to late addition hops (or other late aeromatics), it seems to me that there might be significant differences in aroma extraction / utilization as the brewer executes different chilling ...
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What causes a stout's creamy head?

Stouts, especially beers like Guiness (its cousin Kilkenny as well), have a head that's really creamy. Being a stout lover myself, I always envied this head, but I have no idea how one can achieve it. ...
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What malt should I use to get a red beer?

So, I want to make a red beer, what is the best malt to get this color?
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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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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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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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Gosebier- a unique style

Dose anyone have any experience brewing Gosebier? Its a german wheat style of beer that is flavored with some salt (and citrus I believe). I had one at the Golden City Brewery in Denver a couple ...
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What about an Unfiltered IPA makes it unfiltered?

I recently tried an unfiltered IPA that was fantastic! I'm a newbie homebrewer and would like to take a shot at one. What makes an IPA unfiltered? Can I take any IPA recipe and modify it to be ...
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What are some ways to make low-carb beer?

I and a few friends have dabbled with the various "low carb" diets. But I've found that after a while, you don't want to break the diet, but just want a beer. What are some ways to make a beer ...
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Using yeast from a local brewery

My favorite local brew-pub has a standing offer to share their yeast with homebrewers; bring in a jar & they will fill it for you. Aside from the obvious "it's free," why is their yeast ...
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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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Are there any reverse recipe caluclator / generators online?

I have a bunch of small amounts of leftover specialty grains ranging from 3 ounces to about 8 ounces of various types. I'd like to brew something with them. Are there any good sites out there that ...
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How do you characterize “Breakfast Beer”?

What makes a good breakfast beer? Thinking of brewing something for an upcoming eggs and kegs event. Any clones of Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout out there?
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Is there an online equivalent of Beer Smith?

Simple question, does anyone know if there is a purely web based equivalent of Beer Smith / Brew Target, etc? Just looking for a decent product that I don't have to install on my desktop.
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IPA recipe left very sweet, little bitterness or aroma

Very new brewer here, and I recently tried a generic IPA recipe doled out by my LHBS, and it ended up very sweet with little bitterness or hop aroma. The recipe is here: ...
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What is a “blonde” beer, and how do you make it?

I recently bought a 6 pack of Shiner Blonde, and just loved the taste of it. What differentiates a blonde beer from others, other than a lighter color and flavor? Also, how do you make a blonde, and ...
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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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Can somebody give me a good recipe that they've tried for a sour beer? [closed]

I'm looking to make a sour beer for the first time. I'm open to any sort of all grain recipe, fruity, malty, whatever. All I request is that you've already made it, and really like it. I'm also ...
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Can marmite be made from brew yeast leftovers?

If you don't know what marmite is you can stop reading now. A friend of a friend reckons you can make marmite from the yeast leftovers of your brew. Does anyone know how to do this? Any one have a ...
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On scaling a recipe's gravity…

If I have a recipe for a beer that I'd like to simply make bigger, what should be taken into account when scaling the recipe? Imagine I have an amber ale recipe that I like. It comes in with an OG ...
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Tips for my first English IPA

I'm planning to make my first English IPA on this Sunday and I wanna know from more experienced homebrewers if my recipe is ok: For a 20L batch Ingredients: Amount Item ...
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Dry vs. Liquid Extract

Dry and liquid extract each have their advantages and draw-backs. What are the perceived ups and downs for using one or the other?
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Increasing the 'caramel and coffee tones' of my porter

A pub and brewery in town does a delicious porter with caramel and coffee tones. What particular ingredients do I need to add to my mash to achieve this?
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Using Burnt Caramel / Brewer's Caramel in Recipes

Has anyone worked with using either burnt caramel or brewer's caramel in their recipes? I have read a few places that Fuller's is known to use this to increase the SRM of some of their product line, ...
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Need help with my 1st IPA recipe

I've got a couple extract (kits) batches under my belt and now want to venture out into the unknown and create my own recipe. The following is what I've come up with after doing a bit of research. ...
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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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Chilli Alcohol Recipe

Is it possible to ferment chilli-peppers and produce a liquor with a alcohol content and also a hotness?
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Espresso Shot (size)

I'm trying to make sense of a Stout recipe and one of the ingredient is: 1.00 Coffee Espresso Shot Now, according to Wiki, one espresso shot is 25ml. Would this be the right amount for a 23L ...
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What Can I use to replace 0.2 pounds of Extract in a Recipe?

I have a recipe that calls for 12.2 pounds of liquid malt extract. I picked up only 12 pounds (2 X 6 pound jugs) but didn't want to waste a bunch for only 0.2 pounds. Originally I was thinking it ...
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Cloning commercial beer

Where do you turn for good sources of info when researching a commercial beer you want to brew yourself? Magazines, web or the brewers themselves.
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Ginger Beer recipe

Reeds Ginger Beer is one of my favorite non-alcoholic fizzy-drinks... just curious if anyone has a recipe for brewing something similar. Also, what's the brewing process like? Similar to beer, or ...
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Looking for Feedback on an Oatmeal Stout Recipe

I'm looking for some feedback. I usually do kit brews for now but I am looking to get into building my own recipes. This is my first go around on that. I want to do an oatmeal stout and I'd like to ...
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Recipes for Banana Mead

I was inspired to make a banana mead after reading Gravity's Rainbow. I have made mead before, and looked online for recipes, but all of them contain grape juice. Is the grape juice there for some ...
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Where to get Old Brew Recipes

I'm interested in finding old beer recipes that are genuine, not clones. And by old, I'm talking about anywhere from a few hundred years to thousands of years old. Obviously the beer is going to be ...
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Recipe for Brewing?

I am just getting into brewing, I have used Fiesta Brew kits, from Canada, and produced some decent beers. I am looking to learn the complete science behind brewing and have done some research and ...
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Where can I find extract recipes?

I'd like a few more options than the kits found at the local brew shop. Where do I look to find extract recipes that I won't need to convert?
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Black Patent and stout

The debate rages on so I thought I'd ask. Do you think black patent (black barley) belongs in Stout? Or is stout better made with just roasted barely and chocolate malts, while BP is best reserved ...
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How do you come up with a recipe to use for “Second Runnings”?

I recently brewed a Stone Russian Imperial Stout clone, per their official recipe in Brew Magazine. After collecting my wort, I was draining my mash tun and was saddened to see what appeared to be a ...
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Boza beverage recipes and experiences?

Anyone to share recipes and experience on brewing Boza beverage?
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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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What changes needed to recipe when switching Ale to Lager yeast

I plan on brewing a porter next week that calls for a American Ale yeast. But my basement temperature would be perfect for using a California Lager yeast (aka Anchor Steam yeast). I've seen some ...
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Base malt in a Southern English Brown?

I'm going to brew up a Southern English Brown, using the recipe from 'Brewing Classic Styles'. For an all-grain version, the recipe just says to use a "Pale English" malt for the base. I have access ...
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What is the largest percentage of grain bill for steeping?

I've recently moved from extract-only to extract + steeping grains. I'm making a recipe now and wondering if there is a max limit for steeping grains as part of the total grain bill? For a double ...
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Making a gose (salt in beer?) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Gosebier- a unique style I recently fell in love with the Gose style of sour wheat beers (similar to a Gueze), thanks to kegs of Bayerische Bahnhof invading my town. ...
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What effect does adding flaked corn to a recipe have?

I've been taught to look down on breweries that use corn in their beer, because it's a cheaper ingredient, and obviously men would never put corn in their beer. That being said, why would you put ...
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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 ...