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Using a carbonation stone to force carbonate in corny kegs

Can anyone tell me how to properly use a carbonation stone to carbonate beer in a corny keg? Particulary how to attach the stone and if it is removed after full carbonation or left in place until the ...
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How do I improve some sour hard cider brew?

My roommate grabbed 14 gallons of organic cider on sale. Turned out they had Potassium Sorbate in them though. A little research online indicated that it was still possible to make hard cider with it ...
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Can i make Double Fining ( Beer)

During my Beer Brewing I needed to patch more yeast due to stuck firmitation .. now after my beer ready for bottling .. I would like to use (Beer Brite Fining ) My Question is .. can I use Fining 2 ...
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Replace current quick disconnect barb with 5/16" barb

I recently bought a length of hose for connecting my regulator to my quick disconnects. The hose fits snug on the regulator barb but is very loose on the quick disconnect barb. Here is the hose - 5/...
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What is the ginger bug, actually?

Recipes for spontaneous (wild) ginger ale sometimes refer to the starter as the "ginger bug". What is the ginger bug? Is it just an ordinary lactobacillus; is it a type of yeast? Is it something that ...
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[CIDER]: Can I rack in day 4 if there are 20mm of sediments and fermentation is over?

Can I rack in day 4 if there are 20mm of sediments and fermentation is over? Just to get the cider in a second clean fermentation vessel.
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I added 2 pounds of honey

I brewed brewers best holiday ale on July 17th and I added 2 pounds of honey. I got 1.080 OG. After 5 days no fermentation. I added yeast restarter but up to now no fermentation .. I just checked ...
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Bad taste after using isinglass

I had a very nice tasting grape wine which I used isinglass Finings on which has not cleared the wine and left it with a horrible taste. Does anybody know why this would occur?
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Yeast in 1.080 beer

I pitched 1 pack of Safale 05 in my 1.080 beer. That is all the recipe called for but I am afraid it may be an under-pitch. Is it advisable or possible to pitch more, its been fermenting 2 days at ...
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Concerns/Considerations for making mead with raw honey?

I may be able to source enough raw honey to make a batch of mead from it. Are there any special concerns that I need to be aware of? If I don't boil it, should I use camden tablets to control any wild ...
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Stuck Kvass fermentation?

So I was making kvass, and have decided to make it a little more alcoholic. I made it using the following recipe: Slightly burn 3 pieces of toast, add to boiled water, and 1.5 handfulls of raisins. ...
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Is it possible to use beer taps to control water to a faucet?

For my basement bar, I would like to mount 2 beer taps (1 hot, 1 cold) to the wall. Water would come out a faucet just like a normal sink. You would pull the beer tap to turn on water, with temp ...
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Karl Strauss Aurora Hoppyalis Clone?

Does anyone have a Karl Strauss Aurora Hoppyalis clone? This is an outstanding beer and I would love to try to make it.
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Should my first batch of kombucha smell like vinegar?

I'm about one week into growing my first SCOBY that I can use to make my own kombucha. I opted to grow my own instead of purchase one just because it looked simple enough. I took a whiff of the brew ...
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Will Brett C contaminate my equipment?

Thinking about doing a 100% Brett C beer. If I was to do this, would the Brett flavor seep in to my equipment, forever dedicating it to Brett and sour beers? I ferment in glass carboys then use a ...
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Baker's Yeast and distillation?

I have made a wine a few days ago. I used apples and grapes but that is not what is important. For my yeast I used baker's yeast. YES!!! I do know that I should have used wine yeast to get better ...
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How do different styles of beer affect malt vinegar

Is there a preferred beer style for making malt vinegars? Has anybody experimented with using different styles of beer to make vinegar and what types of results were experienced.
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[CIDER]: Can a 5L plastic bottle be used as fermenter?

Can a 5L plastic bottle be used as fermenter for the first days of fermentation? I'm looking then to transfer the juice to a 2L glass demijohn for the rest of fermentation.
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For 2L of final cider do I need to put the whole yeast sachet?

I have only 4kg of apples, which will give me 2L of cider. I'm using an 11g dry yeast sachet. Do I need to pour the whole 11g or just 5g? If I use it all, will the final taste be influenced by the ...
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[CIDER]: Should 10mm of foam in the presed juice affter a day be an issue?

Should 10mm of foam in the presed juice affter a day be an issue? This is before the yeast starter.
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Bottling hard ginger beer

A few months back, BYO had an article about hard sodas including hard ginger beer. It talked about the necessity of using strengthened bottles with caged tops (ie. like champagne bottles) due to level ...
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1answer
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Why does Northern Brewer's Fast Pitch Canned Wort not require any boiling?

Northern Brewer has a product called Fast Pitch Canned Wort. The instructions say that you can just mix it with water out of the tap and then pitch yeast to make a yeast starter. Why does this not ...
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Is a long boil with extract necessary?

I'm making a late hopped extract beer later tonight. (Jamil's Evil Twin as posted http://www.mrmalty.com/late_hopping.htm) He suggests at 90 minute boil with the first hop addition coming 20 minutes ...
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How long should a barleywine be aged before bottling?

I generally rack my beers to secondary for about a week before bottling just to clarify them a bit, but as I understand it, barleywines should be aged much longer to allow some flavors to develop and ...
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How to keep grasshoppers off hops

About every other day I notice a grasshopper or two on my hops. I'm pretty sure they are eating them since there are little bites taken out of the leaves. Any suggestions on how to keep them away, ...
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My OG is too low

I've just done a 5 liter all grain brew. The Original specific gravity is supposed to be 1050, but its 1020. What have I done wrong, and will the brew be OK. I thought that I had the grains properly ...
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HI!! raspberries and rye beer, yeah!

Im thinking about making a rye/raspberries mixed beer in a 3:1 d water (basified with Mg(OH)2 to PH 6.5)/glucose ~0.1% some flower smoke (not sure what flower yet). what yeast should i use to get a ...
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Keeping a constant fermentation temperature

I am building a fermenting box on the cheap, I have the STC-1000, and an insulated box. What is the best heat source, pads, belts, lamps, fish tank heaters ???? I am using 5 litre glass carboys..and ...
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Carbonating keg without having it hooked up

I have a kegerator made for one keg. However it holds 2 so I like to have one near ready when the primary keg goes empty. My question is. If I transfer my latest beer batch from the secondary to my ...
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If/When to move to secondary fermentation

Digression from What's the point of secondary fermentation? What are the good rules of thumb for determining a. whether to use secondary fermentation at all and b. when to move from primary to ...
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Alternatives for priming sugar

If you happen to be out of priming sugar, but really want to bottle your beer, what are the alternatives? Let's assume a 5 gallon batch that's fully fermented - call it 1.010-1.014.
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Which yeast should I use to make apple cider

I am looking to make some homebrew cider. I intend to use store-bought apple juice, and mix with an appropriate amount of yeast. I am wondering what kind of yeast you would recommend? In the past, I ...
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Can I wash yeast with tap water or starsan?

I'm wondering what the easiest way to wash yeast after a brew might be, with the aim to store it in the fridge. The usual recommended method I've seen is to boil the water used for washing with the ...
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How far to insert stopper in carboy?

For my last 1 gallon batch, I decided to avoid my common problem of overflowing my airlock, by using a proper blow-off. So I bought myself a stopper, hose, and double-sided barb from my LHBS. I ...
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1answer
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Lager got warmed when doing secondary fermentation

I'm brewing lager for the first time. Primary fermentation is completed in 2 weeks without anything negative under 8-10 Celcius. But after putting it to the secondary fermenter it seems my fridge has ...
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Picobrew Pico VS home brewing

While I was searching how to solve some brewing problems I watched a video for picobrew Pico https://youtu.be/LFtH24eCNbU This machine will be in the markets soon ... but there was another products ...
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Gas in first ferment

I'm brand new to home brewing and have bought a starter kit and a box of Norfolk Wherry. We are 1 day into our 6 day first ferment, and this morning my fermenting tub was whistling because there was ...
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What is the purpose of boiling wort?

Theoretical question here. What happens when wort is boiled? Why do we do it? Why is the process not done at cooler temperatures? My limited understanding, with some assistance from this post and ...
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What does Brewing Sugars add to your beer?

I was enticed to buy one kg of brewing sugars for my home brew. It was said that it would dry out the taste of the beer. I would like to know what effect adding one kg of dextrose would bring to 20 ...
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Kegged DIPA lost bitterness and aroma after three weeks in keg

I made my first DIPA with all Citra hops. After about a week in primary, I transferred the beer to a keg, added a little hop sock and added 1oz of Citra. Left it that way for another week and then ...
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Running a PRB or Star San solution through an Evaporative Cooler

(This is only tangentially related to brewing by virtue of Starsan and PWB - feel free to close if this is inappropriate) I have an evaporative cooler, better known as a swamp cooler, that I use in ...
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Citrus fruits in beer

For instance,how to make a grapefruit IPA.Do you use peel or zest or flavoring?When to add.Boil,flameout,fermenter,keg?Blood orange is another one i'd like to do.As far as amounts,i can probably ...
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Hop boiling - Ok to use sub section of wort?

When doing the post mash hop boil during a brew, is it possible to do this with a 5L sub-sample of the wort, instead of the full 23L of wort? In practise it would mean taking 5L from the post mash ...
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4answers
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How long can something be left on the lees before needing to add more yeast if intending to bottle condition?

I have a mead that I plan on bottle conditioning. With beer, due to the short turn-around time, you can usually just rack onto some priming sugar and bottle, and the remaining yeast will eat the sugar....
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4answers
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Yeast for making (non alchoholic) ginger beer

I'm planning to make some ginger beer. I want it to be non-alcoholic, and I am ordering some wine yeast to ferment it. I have two questions about yeast, though, since I am new to fermenting anything. ...
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Cleaning Many PET Bottles

How do I clean my set (>30) of PET bottles? I'm dealing with dried beer and yeast residue from my previous batch. I doubt I can use hot water, since it would deform the plastic. Do I need to scrub ...
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1answer
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What's the minimum size for a jockey box?

I'm planning on build one cooler based dispensing system for my kegs. My previous experience was with a box with 2 aluminium coils (~15m long) and 2 faucets. It holds a 20 Kg ice pack. And the beer ...
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Mashing bag problem

I tried for the first time using the BIAB method and ran into a big problem with the mashing bag. I placed all the ingredients (9lbs of different grains) in the mashing bag without thinking of the ...
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1answer
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Can a homebrew with a FG of less than 1.000 become infected?

My 100% pilsener mashes that are fermented with Wyeast 3711 French Saison routinely hit a FG of 0.996. If an infectious bacteria was introduced after fermentation was complete, is it possible for the ...
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Can I add more yeast during primary fermentation?

I've got a brew that's been on primary fermentation for 10 days and still haven't seen any activity in the airlock (again). Gravity has dropped from 1.040 to 1.014, but I'd still like to raise the ...

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