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Adjusting beer recipes to smaller batches

I would like to starting making smaller batches (10L) but most of the recipes that I have found online are for larger batches. Luckily, it seems that you can scale down ingredients linearly but ...
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Would coffee wine be at all similar in taste to Kahlua?

I'm interested in brewing kind of a coffee wine. Would it taste at all like Kahlua? I imagine the coffee flavor would be slightly weaker. Recipes for it I've seen have described the taste as "unique" ...
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No-rinse acid sanitizer - is there a risk?

My homebrewer friends recommend the StarSan acid sanitizer, hands-down. I tried it once and it foamed everywhere and left a bunch of rings in the carboy and the bottles. It made me paranoid that it ...
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Safely adding enzymes (e.g. Beano) to lower final gravity

I've heard a lot of mixed stories about people adding additional enzymes (Beano, GasX, etc) to their beers to drop the final gravity down very (sometimes undesirably) low. I've also hear mixed ideas ...
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Estimating the ABV in finshed product

Is this a viable method?: In theory you can calculate an estimated ABV by using the formula 17*X%*YL. This means that 17 gr sugar produces 1% alc. in 1 liter mash. So if you know at what alc.% your ...
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Can I leave my hydrometer in the carboy to tell when fermentation is complete?

I was wondering if anyone leaves a glass hydrometer in their carboy during primary fermentation so that you don't have to take samples. I figured it would be an easy way to tell that the SG has ...
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Cold crash with airlock or not

While cold crashing is it right to use a lid with an airlock?Do we risk to get oxygen in the fermentor fron the airlock(and as a result to oxidize our beer) while co2 leaves free space as it "goes" in ...
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Why are there raisins floating in my ginger beer?

When I buy homemade ginger beer (in South Africa), there are often small black raisins floating in it, about 1cm in diameter. Why did the makers decide to put them in?
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Plastic Bucket - Primary & Dry Hopping

I will be brewing an IPA this weekend and fermenting in a bucket...so much easier to clean afterwards. Once fermentation is complete, I am going to dry hop for 7-10 days in the primary. That ...
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Ginger Bug Smell?

I've made a new ginger bug from some pretty old ginger. The ginger has been sitting on my counter long enough for some of it to actually sprout new shoots, but it smells fine and doesn't show any ...
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what have i made and is it safe to drink?

I made a DIY CO2 system for my fish tank. I use fermentation for the CO2. 2 and a half weeks ago I filled a 2ltr soda bottle with water, 2 cups of demerara sugar and a tsp of bakers yeast. This wasnt ...
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What equipment do I need to buy to start making beer?

What is the minimum equipment to start brewing some good beer at home?
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how to stop fermantation in my locally made millet drink

I make my own local millet drink sweetened with malt sorghum. But I want to keep it free from fermentation for weeks. How? I have sorbate but is not working.
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Overflowing yeast starter

I made a yeast starter last night with 1500 ml of water, 150 g DME and a Wyeast 1056 smack pack. After boiling, total volume was just under 1500 ml. I put it in a 2 liter erlenmeyer flask on a stir ...
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Winemaking Clubs in Greater DC area

Is anyone aware of wine making clubs in the greater Washington, DC area? I'd prefer Maryland, but beggars can't be choosers. I've checked Winemaker Magazine's list of clubs, but no luck.
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Beer Bug - How does this work and how can I replicate it?

"The BeerBugTM is a cloud connected digital hydrometer" I already have a RaspberryPi that records the temperature of wort and stabilizes wort temperatures via a relay and a Fermwrap. The pain is that ...
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Old grain and hops stored in fridge for 1 year - ok to use?

I have a small amount of hops (1 oz) in a ziplock bag in the fridge, it's been there about a year. I also have about 1/2 lb of unmilled grain in the fridge in a ziplock. Will these ingredients be ok ...
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Is there any reason to re-rack and wait another week after dry hopping before bottling?

Is there any reason to re-rack and wait another week after dry hopping before bottling? The only reason I can think of is for settling of residual dry hopped particulates. But if you don't syphon ...
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What makes a beer malty and sweet?

I've read multiple times now that "malty", as a taste, does not mean "sweet"; it is therefor possible to have a dry, malty brew, or a sweet, non malty brew. Is "malty" the same as "body", or is "body" ...
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How do we get this Imperial Wit to finish?

We brewed an imperial wit that wound up 1.070 OG. I used a 1.5L starter with Wyeast 3944, but I likely still underpitched. After a week fermenting at 68F/20C, gravity is still 1.035 and it's pretty ...
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Is it possible to do pressurized fermentation in a mini keg?

I have been keen on moving from bottles to use kegs in my amateur home brews. But because of lack of space and because I just like the size and mobility of the smaller kegs I'd like to try to use ...
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Are Wine Bottle Bombs Possible?

tl;dr - Can wine bottles explode? I've read that when making wine, if fermentation isn't finished, it moght result in a sparkling wine. In the worst case, the cork might get pushed out, due to extra ...
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Why less priming sugar in a mini keg?

I am used to bottling my beer and do bottle conditioning. However, I just bought a few 5l mini kegs for the next batch which is currently fermenting. From what I have read from different sources, you ...
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does the fermenting process always produce enough gas to bubble the airlock?

does the fermenting process always produce enough gas to bubble the airlock? this batch has not bubbled (over 24 hrs)and the last batch I brewed did not bubble much at all but turned out alright.
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When brewing water Kefir my wire bail stopper blew off

I am trying to salvage my one fermenting bottle and wondered if anyone knows how to get the dern top/bail stopper back on the bottle. When I went to open my water kefir it shot liquid everywhere and ...
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What are the competing formulas for determining target Residual Alkalinity from SRM?

In John Palmer's spread sheet, he calculates the low target RA as SRM * 12.2 - 122 He calculates the high target RA as (SRM-5.2)*12.2. This BYO article states that `target SRM = 0.14 * ...
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What yeast for carbonating a lager?

We brewed a Dark Lager using Wyeast 2007. It fermented for two weeks and has been lagering for 3. When we bottle, we think we'll need to repitch to ensure the bottles carbonate. Thoughts on what ...
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Which is better: old yeast from the primary fermentation or reused yeast from primary fermentation?

It's known that reuse yeast from early stages is better. But during the fermentation the reused yeast multiplies itself, producing newer cells. Said that, I'd like to know if it's better to use yeast ...
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How do I translate my water supply's “Total Hardness” to Mg and Ca or “Effective Hardness”?

My water supply comes through San Diego's Miramar treatment plant, and here's the data sheet. Here's the relevant part: Units Avg Range Total Hardness ppm 214 ...
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green apple esters recipes

So I was kindly given a Mr. Beer Kit recently. The gifter knew I brewed. I made it per the instructions (except I added honey in the wort to up the gravity a bit). It fermented a bit warm, and it came ...
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convert pump tap to kegorator tap

I have a "party" pump tap. I want to convert this to use on a DIY kegerator. Can this be done? After taking the tap apart it looks pretty basic: CO2 in one side, beer out the other. I am specifically ...
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how long can I stay in an open primary fermentation?

I would like to go from the primary fermentation to the bottles with an open fermentation. Can I top off with water to get the full 5 gallons? Also would you primary an open fermentation for more ...
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How frequently can lead-free brass be cleaned with CIP chemicals (e.g. PBW) before it begins to corrode?

I'm using lead-free brass barb fittings until my budget gives me the thumbs-up on stainless. The only relevant information I could find is this BYO metallurgy article, which says: The reason that ...
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Aging beer/cider/mead in beer bottles for competition

So, I'm in a process of planning for the next year competitions. In fact, I'm little bit behind since I'm planning to do big brews (few meads and beers). I already had a similar thread about ...
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How much Gelatin in grams to add post-fermentation?

I see recommendations to add anywhere from "1/2 teaspoon" to "1 table spoon" worth of gelatin as a fining agent. I'm surprised to see this, given that brewers on the internet tend to demand that hops, ...
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Wine Kit (extract) Secondary

I'm making a wine kit with pre-packaged must. It calls for a secondary fermentation after 5 - 7 days then stabalising about 10 days later by adding clarification agents. I prefer to let things sit. ...
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Boil options with a small pot

I'm about to make my first brew (from a kit), it's a 25litre batch (6.5us gal). Following John Palmer's advice I will be doing a partial boil. But the biggest pot I have available is 6litres (8qt). ...
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Using spent grains to smoke meat

I've read a couple of questions here regarding uses for spent grain, but I'm curious if anyone has ever used it in a meat smoker.
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Why would someone use Cascade for bittering over Amarillo?

Apparently, Cascade is commonly used for bittering, and I'm not sure I understand why someone would choose that over the very similar Amarillo, which I think is less common for bittering. Cascade has ...
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Stalled Fermentation? Or too much body from high temp mash?

So I brewed a straight forward English style IPA with the following: O.G. 1.060 F.G. 1.015 (estimated from Beersmith) Current F.G. 1.020 10g Gypsum 11 lbs Maris Otter 1.5 lbs Crystal 30 1 oz ...
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Is there a formula to determine at which temperature a given volume of beer at a given ABV will freeze?

I was hoping that someone had worked out a formula to determine at which temperature a given volume of beer, at a given ABV, for a given length of time, will freeze? I'm doing my first 6 lagers and ...
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green sludge floating

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B3nIWsUoDjs2RVlsZ3FnaWdYRjQ/edit?usp=docslist_api I am brewing a double IPA. The beer is in the secondary and has been there for 10 days. I recorded 7.8% alc when I ...
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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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Will refrigeration help carbonate my beer?

After two weeks of bottle conditioning at about 55-60°F (13-16°C), my beer is still a bit flat. I put a few in the fridge and after 2 days, they tasted just as flat. At this point, what should I do? ...
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What are the benefits of using brewing sugar over types of sugar?

In many kits I've used, the instructions recommend using brewing sugar. Of course it's okay to use other sources of sugar, but I was wondering whether there are any benefits of using brewing sugar ...
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What can I do with beer ruined by Chlorophenols

I made some beer and it is not nice. Ruined by Chlorophenols. So... is there anything I can do with it to make it usable in some form? I know it will not be drinkable but heck if I could clean the ...
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How to Dry Hop when Forgoing Secondary Fermentation?

I've decided to stop doing secondary-fermentations on the recommendation of users on this stackexchange. A Dead Ringer IPA from Northern Brewer suggests 1-2 weeks primary, and 2-4 weeks secondary, ...
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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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Is Final Gravity a good indicator of sweetness?

This question is as simple as the title reads. In general, if I know the FG of any given beer, can that be a good indicator to me of how sweet that beer will taste? So the higher the FG, the sweeter ...
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How do you strain pellet hops out of wort or beer?

After boiling pellets how can I deal with them? Is there a simple way to get them out of the wort, or can I leave them during fermentation? In that case will I be sure they will drop on the bottom and ...

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