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Suspected mould in elderflower country champagne

I have recently bottled a sparkling elderflower drink (sometimes referred to as Country Champagne or something similar). Together with the eldeflowers, it contains water, sugar, lemons and a little ...
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Which is a better fermentation method for high gravity beers?

I'm looking to brew a high gravity porter for christmas this year, aiming for OG 1.100. I've browsed several questions on this site relating to high gravity beers and the tendency seems to be towards ...
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FAST FERMENT QUESTION: SHOULD I BE WORRIED?

Just did my first batch using the fast ferment conical fermenter. Brewed an extract kit from Northern Brewer....their Smashing Pumpkin Ale. It's a 1.054 OG brew and I used a dry yeast to ferment. ...
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Does Wheat decrease shelf life?

I know of two classic beers that should be consumed young and taste awful when aged - Belgian Wit and German Hefeweizen. What they obviously have in common is that both are wheat beers. Does that mean ...
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Belgium clones leffe brune

has anyone made a Leffe Brune clone, please tell me what you used and how it turned out?
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Which kind of hop should be used on a First Wort Hopped (FWH) beer?

Should I use Aroma or Bittering hop on my FWH? The time between the FWH and the boiling should be taken into account or it does not matter?
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How long must water be boiled to remove temporary hardness (bicarbonates)

From Papazian's Joy of Homebrewing: In the US temporary hardness is determined by a measure of bicarbonates [2(HCO3)].The hardness that bicarbonate ions contribute is temporary because it is ...
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First time wine maker question

My hibiscus wine recipe says to ferment to dryness before racking to the secondary carboy. It's been almost a month, and the bubbling has died down. Is it time to rack?
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How does malted wheat differ from malted barley?

Aside from the fact that they're two different types of grain, how do the two malted grains differ in terms of their effects in beer such as flavor, body, head, etc. when used as base malts?
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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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how to control water temperature?

I need a method to maintain the temperature of the water specifically at 55 degree and 5 degree into two different containers to conduct a thermal cycling. I am keen to address the effect of ...
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Racetrack or standard kegs?

I purchased a pair of ball lock corny kegs at a garage sale recently, and they are in great shape, although they're missing the top cap. Is there an easy way to tell whether they are standard or ...
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How to raise pH (or lower acidity) of mead

I have a mead that I think has too high of an acid level. I am looking for ways to raise the pH or lower the acidity1. Roughly 7 months ago, I made a 5 gal batch of mead. The original fermentation ...
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filling the airlock

I'm brewing my first batch ever, and got a little worried that it wasn't bubbling after 24 hours as the instructions said it should. I've read a lot on here that says not to worry about a bubbling ...
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I have a stalled homebrew because the temp got too high, but the must is at the right place — should I bottle?

I was using a home-made heating belt (actually, a heating pad), and I forgot and left it on overnight. The next morning, the temp was 26 degrees and the fermentation had stalled. I checked the gravity ...
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What's the best technique to add rosemary to a beer?

I'd like to brew a pale ale with rosemary and am looking for the right technique. I've read various techniques from adding it late in the boil to adding it in the secondary. What technique have you ...
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Problems with Wyeast London Ale 1028?

I had a brew day yesterday and ran into something a little odd. I smacked a pack of Wyeast London Ale #1028 berfore I started my routine. After everything was said and done with the boil it had been ...
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what types of hops can be grown in india ( in rajasthan sami arid zone)

I want to grow hops in Rajasthan (India). How do I get seeds for hops in India? Are there any companies in India that can provide me with what's necessary to grow my own?
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Adding flavouring to fermented cider

I have almost finished the first fermentation of my 2nd cider kit, I took a SG reading yesterday and it comes in around 7% (1.064 > 10.11). While I have no problem with it being strong, this and the ...
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How do I use a simple solution for adding salts for water treatment?

I am thinking of dissolving a 1:1 salt to distilled water solution of a weight/volume that I can measure easier, then adding just the needed amount of the solution to my mash according to my water ...
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Minimal neccesary time in primary/seconday for a barleywine-braggot

I am still rather beginner (so far a couple of batches), but for the last batch I have taken a brave (irresponsible) step and went for a barley wine-braggot beer. For batch of 22 l In have used +- 6 ...
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Keeping the keg lines and fittings clean

I recently purchased a keg, and I've got a couple questions about keeping the lines clean. Specifically when the keg isn't finished, as the lines are simple enough to clean along with the keg when ...
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Yeast plate not showing single colonies

Why do my yeast plates end up looking like this? And not this? My yeast plate is composed of wort + agar.
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Pulque recipe re-do [on hold]

I am very interested in putting together some pulque. I saw your recipe but didn't know how much yeast to add. Can you share a more detailed recipe? Have you tried it since?
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Good home brewing blogs

Any suggestions for good blogs aimed at home brewers?
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CO2 tank slowly losing gas, not sure where the problem lies

So I have a rather simple keezer setup: The left keg is currently being force carbonated at 30 PSI. The top keg is being kept shut off from receiving CO2. The left keg's CO2 line is using a ...
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What yeast is in White Labs WLP080 Cream Ale Blend?

Has anyone used the Cream Ale blend from WhiteLabs? I used it recently and am surprised at the lack of flocculation. The beer has been in a cold keg for a month and its still fairly cloudy. Was ...
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How To Successfully Untie a full bag of grain.

I buy full sacks of grain, and over the past 10 years it's always been hit and miss getting that string that ties the bag close to unwind. If you get it just right the string unwinds with a gentle ...
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Vigorous secondary fermentation after fruit addition

I've racked my beer to a secondary fermentor and added about two liters of watermelon juice. I placed the airlock on as I always do during secondary fermentation but the fruit sugar is causing a ...
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Forgot My Fermenting Brew for a Month!

I was planning to bottle my beer before leaving for a trip, but my friends being here distracted me and I totally forgot about it until today. I moved it to the bottling bucket and drew off a sample ...
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Brewing with Saccharomyces boulardii

I have a friend who studies some molecular aspects of probiotic yeasts, some wild ones and also the widespread in medications Saccharomyces boulardii (found in Florastor®, Floratil®, and other ...
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Adding Apple/Caramel to Brown Ale

Fellow home brewer here with a question. My buddies and I are looking at making an Apple Caramel Brown Ale for this fall but are having trouble agreeing on a way to add the apple and caramel. We'd ...
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Building a kegerator from a wine fridge

I am thinking of making a kegerator for 3 gallon pin lock corny kegs. Is there any issue with using a wine fridge to do this? I thought the size was right, as it can tuck away on my countertop and it ...
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Where tanins are good in beers?

Although tanin gives an unpleasant astringent effect in beers, in wines - also, but - it is known as antioxidant and protector against UV light. So, in beers can tanins also be welcome at least ...
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How long to mature and clear with Top Tap Barrel?

Once, initial and secondary fermentation are complete, how long should the barrel be left to clear and mature? I understand that with a bottom tap barrel you have to wait for the entire, barrel to ...
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How much does heat affect beer?

What effects could heat have on beer and how long does it take? Is it ok to ship beer without an icepack during the summer? Can it survive the heat of a parked car for a few hours? Someone out ...
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Best way to clean moldy fermentation bucket

I've just had a major house move. During the move, I noticed my fermentation bucket had developed mold. Quite large mounds (to me anyway) of perhaps 0.25in diameter, in the corner of the base. Clearly ...
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Dry-hopping creates CO2 pressure

I'm conditioning an IPA. After 2 weeks in primary and 2 in secondary all activity had ceased. Then I dry hopped fairly modestly - 75g or so - and 2 weeks into that the thing seems to have gone CO2 ...
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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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Is there a good way to estimate/calculate volume lost in fermentation(s)?

Last night I bottled a batch and realized that I lost a significant volume from the boil size. In the primary, I filled my 6 gallon carboy, and after the trub lost in primary and secondary, I bottled ...
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I used too much malt. What should I do? Suggestions how to salvage?

So, I need advice how to salvage my beer. I intended to make 5 gallon batch of IPA. I had ingredients for two batches of beer on hand and I accidentally added 3 extra pounds of dry malt extract to my ...
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Soapy aftertaste in wine, fermentation temperature?

I generally find my homebrew wine (just from a regular kit) has a soapy kind of aftertaste. I'm wondering if this might be down to fermentation temperature or something, I'm taking as many precautions ...
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plastic storage for bottles

I just found out that roaches harbor in cardboard boxes. Not to mention that cardboard breaks down easily when filled with damp, freshly sanitized bottles. Does anyone have suggestions for plastic ...
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Partially-covering kegerator

I am new to kegging and I am trying to build a keggerator. I am short on living space so I am considering a particular low-footprint concept. My question is if anybody has done that, what you guys ...
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Making a French Cider

Ahoy! I've been making ciders for last year (with more experience on beers and meads). Two things happened. I tried a french cider couple a month ago and I liked it to the point, that I won't mind ...
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What is the minimum amount of time required for a yeast starter?

It is generally advised to leave a yeast starter for at least 24 hours to get optimal yeast growth. If I only have a few hours, is there any point making a starter from my liquid yeast pack? Is ...
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Using avocado in beer?

I've had a weird urge to make some sort of avocado beer for quite some time. I've heard rumors of some commerical styles that have incorporated the avocado, but have not been able to unearth either a ...
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What are the primary causes of Acetaldehyde?

I'm a bit confused about this. In my own experience, I'm no longer experiencing acetaldehyde flavours in my beer after improving my aeration methods and at the same time starting to use yeast ...
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Natural hard cider from Apples to Alcohol no additives. Is this possible?

I juiced some apples, took off all the sediments from the top, placed those in my brew bottle, and poured the fresh made apple juice in. (I made it as sloppy as I am explaining it.) I then poked a ...
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How often can I rack?

Okay, so I made a really sweet mead with 18 lbs clover honey, so it's pretty dark. Do you have to rack more often to try to clear meads with more honey? And also, how often can I rack, and how many ...

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