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Fruit beer: should I allow it to ferment out completely?

I have a wheat beer in secondary that has been on 5 lbs of strawberries for 6 days. The flavor is phenomenal right now, just perfect. The strawberries continue to ferment actively, and I want to ...
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Must won't ferment, too sour?

I prepared a must for a mead last weekend (recipe below) and after a whole week there has been no fermentation activity. I took a pH reading and it came in at 4.4 - is it likely that the must is ...
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Do I need to keep a keg of root beer refrigerated?

I purchased a 15gal keg of root beer for a party I was throwing and a TON of root beer is left and I don't have a refrigerator large enough to fit it. Should I just consider the money I spent on it ...
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Where should I take the temperature while cooling wort?

Extract brewing here: After the boil, I put my pot into an ice bath to cool the wort before topping off. Generally I cool the wort to 100°F before transferring to the fermenter. Today I cooled to ...
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Is this a pediococcus infection?

A berliner weisse we forgot to bottle for around a month and a half. Did not introduce pediococcus or lactic acid in the fermentation. Did a sour mash before the boil so lactobacillus shouldn't have ...
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When should I rack my mead?

I am making mead for the first time using honey from my hives. It has been going for 3-4 weeks and I'm not sure if it's time to rack it. The fermenting has been slow, which I think might be due to the ...
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Poor hop aroma for late addition hops

My boil kettle is about 56x85cm, so relatively tall and narrow. I get a good rolling boil but no matter how much hops I throw in in the last 5 minutes I can never seem to get any aroma whatsoever. I'm ...
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Blending beer DURING fermentation, in the hopes to get beer back in balance with hops

I brewed an IPA intended to blow my hop socks off and missed my target OG by 20 points. DETAILS: Built this recipe in BeerSmith with an intended OG of 1.070 and IBU projected at 156. I pitched a 1000 ...
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All Liquid Malt Extract without boiling

Is there any recipe for brewing a all Liquid Malt Extract without boiling? I'd like to make hop tea with some LME, lets say about 5l(1.3 gallons) and mix it with warm water and LME. This may ...
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Force carbonation through beverage out line

It seems as though there are two predominant methods of kegging: "saturation over time" and "high pressure and shaking". I have also seen only two references to another method: connecting the Gas In ...
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secondary or not? [duplicate]

Another noob question. I have been going back and forth on "im going to secondary my double IPA" and "Im just gonna leave it primary til completion" I keep reading contradicting theories and It's ...
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Which is worse: a weak boil or boiling with a lid partially on?

I finished Papazian's book The Complete Joy of Homebrewing last weekend and learned that a vigorous boil is necessary to isomerize the alpha and beta acids in hops which makes these bittering acids ...
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Foam directly out of my beer line

I hadn't used this kegerator in a couple of years (the fridge has been plugged in, but I've had nothing attached). I bought a brand new 3/16" hose and connected it and now I get about 50% foam coming ...
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How does triticale differ from rye in technique and flavour?

Radical Brewing says that triticale is a useful alternative to rye. Apparently it's a rye-wheat hybrid, and is easier to sparge than rye, while still having a good rye flavour. I'm interested in ...
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How does open fermentation yield alcoholic beer?

I don't understand how open fermentation retains any alcohol.
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Using mason jars to bottle in?

Has anyone used mason jars to bottle in? What were your results if so? They are being sealed like when you can, so I'm especially curious if they hold pressure well. (I know they are clear, and that ...
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Equipment for Raising Mashout temp

We are currently using a pump to circulate the mash through a coil in the heated sparge water, this works well and reaches mash out in under 20 min. The only worry is with the water in the sparge ...
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Which hops to choose for a hop tasting

I am going to have a hop tasting to try and get a handle on the main varieties and variation of hops. I was thinking of this approach except using the suggestion in the comments of Real Ale's Fireman ...
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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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How do I calculate a turbid mash schedule?

I'll use a real life recipe for my lambic that I've been brewing over the years to allow for an answer that posts both the methodology and mathematics while also providing the calculated quantities I ...
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Dry Hopping Question

I am super new to brewing but extremely ambitious. I just have a dry hop question so I hope you see this. So Im currently fermenting a double IPA with Columbus for bittering and Cascade for aroma. ...
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How to Calculate Priming Sugar while Bottling Lagers?

Primary Fermentation: 50*F/10*C 2 weeks Diacetyl Rest: 65*F/18.3*C 2 weeks Lager: 31*F/-0.5*C 4 weeks I am reading contradictory information regarding the amount ...
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Airlock: vodka, water, or

I've just started making my first brew, and am using vodka in the airlock, but am hoping for some more detailed info about what is best practice, or if there is not really any difference between using ...
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What do you get if you distill mead?

This is just out of curiosity... I mean if you distill beer, you get whiskey... if you distill wine, you get cognac/brandy... if you distill fermented molasses, you get rum... if you distill ...
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1answer
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How do I set up a Sestos D1S temperature controller with an NTC temperature sensor probe -40-120C

I have not succed to configurated my SESTOS digital PID with an temperature sensor probe working between -40°C to + 120°C. I put CtrL to 3 ( PID ) SN to 20 ( cu50 matching my sensor ) and Op1 to 2 ( ...
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1answer
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Large bottles ddn't carbonate, but little ones did

Does anyone have an idea if larger bottles (half liter) are harder to carbonate than smaller ones (1/3 liter)? I think the problem is that I had a Belgian ale (6.5%) is a secondary and when bottling, ...
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is it normal for vigorous bubbling in airlock right away?

I made a 5 gallon batch of sweet mead last night and when I woke up I heard it bubbling away like crazy! Is this normal if I'm using the s style airlock? First time using this type. It's been bubbling ...
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Pomegranate wine colour?

The pictures of pomegranate wine I have seen on the internet seem like very dark red wine. The one I made however looked like a milkish pink. What can account for the difference? How can I control the ...
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1answer
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Beer color - Calculating MCU

I have two questions regarding calculating the MCU for a beer receipt. MCU = (weight of grain i lbs) * (color in degrees lovibond) / (volume in gallons) For my grains, I have the color listed in ...
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Lightening of Cider

My peach-apple oxidized a bit as I was juicing and started fermentation amber-brown. Over two days of rapid fermentation with Safale US-O5 dry ale yeast, the color lightened to a pale yellow, straw ...
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1answer
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stuck fermentation/lowering acidity

I am having trouble getting a batch of wine off the ground. Its a three gallon batch of Lemon wine and fermentation just wont start. My SG is 1.09, temp is stable at 75, acidity is at 3.0 using those ...
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Why is the primary stage of fermentation of wine important?

Senior chemistry student, whilst I know the main reason, I would like to know more of the chemistry behind it.
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1answer
46 views

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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1answer
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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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Is there a way to tell if fruit flies have laid eggs?

I am going cross-eyed trying to tell if there are fruit fly larvae on the walls of my continuous brew kombucha. I have seen fruit flies on the outside, but I don't think they can get in through the ...
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1answer
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Pitched dry yeast into 57F wort, underfilled the fermenter with water… have I ruined my batch?

So, I was brewing my Brewer's Best Kolsch LME kit, and I made four errors. First, I skipped rehydrating, yielding to the boxed instructions instead of the packet. Second, I overestimated how cold my ...
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Techniques for making Belgian Candy Sugar

I'd like to know a couple of things: Did you make dark or light? What procedure did you use/recommend? Did you try to make rocks or did you just make sheet candy and break it up? Did you use cane ...
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What are the various ways to remove chlorine/chloramine from tap water?

OK, I actually know how to remove chlorine, but I'd like to have the pros and cons of each method spelled out. I will post an answer and mark it as a community wiki. Please edit it with your input.
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1answer
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How is the conversion of raisin to tannin and acid?

It's hard to find tannin powder as there is no wine making supplies in my country. There, I'd rather use raisin as tannin substitute in my wine making process. However, I'm not sure how the conversion ...
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1answer
49 views

make brewers yeast

I would like to know if i can make nutritional brewers yeast as a supplement at home without it being a by product of beer making? I have been using sundown brewers yeast and had amazing results in ...
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1answer
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Weihenstephaner Vitus yeast

Recently I decided to harvest a Weihenstephaner heffe yeast from the bottle. However, I couldn't find it in the store, so I grabbed Weihenstephaner Vitus. Does it contain the same yeast strain as ...
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1answer
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What size brew kettle should I get?

I am new to the home brewing game and am looking to get a little info before I start buying equipment. How large of a brew kettle do I need if I am brewing 10 gallon batches?
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1answer
443 views

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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2answers
666 views

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 steeping!

I was advised by my LHBS that if I steep 500g of Carapils in 2L of water (for a 23-25L batch) at around 68degC, then use this as part of my boil, then I will have more body and head retention in my ...
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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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1answer
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Dabinett Single Variety Cider - Cloudy!

We have made 300 litres of organic single variety Dabinett cider - it was crushed in November 2013. Nineteen months and four rackings later - it genuinely tastes divine and smells OK - but you can't ...
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Filtering air intake during cold crash

I'm thinking of cold crashing my current brew, but I am not comfortable with the idea of allowing sanitizer to be sucked in, and I'm not happy with foil I have heard that maybe there are micro foam ...
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2answers
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missing blow off water

I fermented 12 gallons in a Sankey keg. Fermentation went fine as well as diacital rest for two days. After two days of cold crashing all of the sanitized solution that was in the blow off bucket is ...
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1answer
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Can I use tartaric acid in cider(apple wine) to decrease ph

From the things I've read apples don't contain tartaric acid and some websites say to use malic acid and I've found 1 that says to use tartaric and not malic. Tartaric is more readily available to me, ...

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