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Looking for a WARM ginger beer

recent homebrewer and even more recent SE member. Hoping for a little advice... I've been searching and searching for a ginger beer with a strong, warm burn. I had some in Canada and have been ...
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Aroma hops: to bag or not?

I've been struggling a bit to get hop aroma into an IPA, and I think maybe my hop bags aren't letting enough wort get into the hops. I've been adding 50g of Simcoe to 20L of wort 5 minutes before ...
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3/16 ID x 5/16 OD beer lines

I recently found a good deal online for food-grade beverage lines. I guess I only paid attention to the inner diameter measurements (3/16") to make sure it would fit with my existing barbed nipples ...
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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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What causes beer to have a “plastic bag burp” taste

I've noticed what I describe as a "plastic bag burp" property in some beers. In short, beer burps after drinking the beer have a slight plastic-y aftertaste. I notice this most often in home brew ...
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How to Calculate Required Priming Wort at Bottling Time?

I would like to understand how to calculate how much priming wort I need to add at the bottling stage to reach a desired carbonation. Desired Carbonation: 6 g/l Extract: 17°P Amount of fermented ...
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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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How can I filter out a large amount of loose sediment from my primary?

My current brew is a hard ginger beer, calling for a pound of grated ginger in my 3 gallon primary. Fermentation is slowing and unfortunately a lot of that ginger remains unsettled--the bottom 3" of ...
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Will a “pink bubblegum medicine” flavor dissipate?

I brewed a "Belgian IPA" a few weeks ago, and now that it's carbonated, I get a flavor that is eerily reminiscent of the pink bubblegum medicine that I used to get when I was sick and under 10 years ...
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Swing Top VS. Crown / Cap Performance

Is there any performance advantage in using bottles with crowns / caps vs. bottles with swing top lids? Are the swing tops more vulnerable to loss of pressure? Any links to quantitative analysis or ...
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Airlocks and long term unsupervised fermentation

I would like to start leaving beer and mead in secondary at a location that I may not be able to get to on a regular basis (sometimes not for several weeks) and have a few questions for anyone who ...
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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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Fermenting, carbonating and dispensing using the same (corny) keg?

I Brew In a Bag and do no-chill, space and time are limited. I just bought some kegging equipment and while looking at the Pico Brew project I noticed that one option in using their equipment is to ...
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Rubber bung keeps getting out

I'm using rubber bungs (with airlock) for my 5l glass carboys, I just got the carboys so it's my first time fermenting in them. I have a problem that rubber bung keep getting out because of the CO2 ...
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websites that describe yeast flavors?

changing the yeast is the easiest way to experiment with a recipe. I have my first brew about a week away from bottling. so what's next? there are a ton of websites out there, and I could use a good ...
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Water mineral additions, losses to mash, and evaporation in the kettle

For my all grain batches, I've poured 9 gallons of distilled water into my boiling kettle and then added CaCL, CaSO4, or NaCl to hit the maximum ppm allowed (according to the Water book) for either Cl ...
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Missed mash temp

So my mash temp, by the recipe, was 149 F. I missed it by a few degrees, at 144 F. Can I just let it sit longer, or would I have to find a way to increase the temp? This was in a Rubbermaid cooler ...
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1answer
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Adding yeast at the end of a long fermentation

I just brewed an imperial stout partial mash kit and racked to secondary. The kit calls for 3 1/2 months in the secondary fermenter. Will there be enough viable yeast left at the end of secondary ...
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What about corking beer?

I'd like to start corking some of my more delicate brews. Is there a reason to switch to corking? Certain styles? And, is it difficult/recommended for a small setup? Thanks.
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Why does overly acidic wort result in thin mouthfeel?

Various sources (such as this and this) discuss how excessively low wort pH (for example, from dark specialty grains) can result in a thin beer, even when extract brewing. I've been unable to find ...
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Fermentation not over?Cold crash or not?

I am fermenting an ESB at 20C for 8 days. Target FG was 1.017 according to my recipe. FG on 6th day was 1.013 ,7th and 8th day is 1.012 .I am not conserned about this difference as that i still have ...
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Aggressive foam from Keg

For the record, I am using some storebought kegs, but figure you guys know more about all of this than I do. EDIT: I checked the internet and the couplers to the keg are of the sanke variety. Here's ...
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How did I manage to make apple sherry?

I have loads of apples in the garden and every year I make experimental 1-gallon batches of cider and apple wine (cider plus extra sugar). This year I tried to make a cider that wasn't ultra-dry, by ...
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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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Making powdered wine with starch? Possible? [closed]

I'm trying to see if you could use the modified starch N-Zorbit, a maltodextrin, to absorb a low sugar wine (pinot noir for example) and then dry it while keeping the alcohol levels the same or close? ...
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5 Gallon Metal Can

I'm looking for a 5 gallon metal can (aluminum, galvanized, etc) to store drinking water. Old milk cans will be just fine. Is there a store which sells these kind of things? I live in Irvine.
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Alternative/homemade yeast nutrient?

I forgot to add nutrient to my must when I put it in my carboy the other day (first time brewing mead). I fear I won't be able to get to my homebrew store before it's too late, so I'm wondering if I ...
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How can I ferment in a corny keg under constant pressure?

I'm thinking about switching from fermenting (primary and secondary) in glass carboys to using Cornelius kegs. Specifically, I'd ferment a 5.5 gallon batch in a 10 gallon keg. My goal is to ferment ...
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Starter quantity w/ Mr. Malty Calculator

I have an imperial stout that seems to have slowed fermentation ~ 1.040. I made a 2L starter w/ Super San Diego yeast on stir plate and pitched it at high krausen.. no decanting. Based on Mr. Malty's ...
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I just had my Big Mouth Bubbler carboy shatter, now I'm terrified

I've been using these big mouth bubbler's as my secondary fermentation now for a few months: I was originally using them as primary as well, but being one that makes pretty high gravity beers, I ...
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did I rack to secondary fermentation too early?

my first home brew, be gentle. golden malt, Rye malt ale started at 1.052, and I just racked it @ 1.022 and dry hopped it per the recipe. did I rack to secondary fermentation too early?
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What might be causing a chlorine taste?

A recent batch of grain-brewed ordinary bitter had a pronounced chlorine or TCP flavour. I used the same water treatment that usually works - boil, campden tablets, stand overnight. The recipe was ...
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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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What might kill a ginger bug - fact and fiction?

I've been attempting to use a ginger bug to make non-alcoholic ginger beer, but I manage to kill the bug each time, either while it is cultivating or after I add it to the ginger syrup. Overview of ...
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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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Force Carbonating and Serving Kegs Simulanteously

I'm trying to come up with the most cost effective way to have kegs both force carbonating at 20+ PSI and (other) kegs being served at 10-12 PSI. Obviously, I could buy an entirely separate regulator ...
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Rose Hip Substitution

I found a recipe for a blonde ale that calls for dried rose hips and dried rose buds. I'm having trouble finding these ingredients and am wondering if there are any good substitutes. The recipe ...
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Wyeast Smack Pack did not inflate

I ordered four extracts from NB and received four Wyeast liquid yeast smack packs. There website specifically recommended against purchasing liquid yeast from them during the summer but I did so ...
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Fermentation vessel too small for beer kit

My problem is that I have a 15L carboy a beer kit (Cooper's Irish Stout) that's supposed to be for 23L. I vaguely recall reading somewhere that I should leave about 20% headspace (so I'm only brewing ...
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Starter and smack-packs

Is making a starter a good idea when using a larger activator pack from Wyeast? Should you smack the packet and add it to the starter, or add it after it swells?
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How do you brew high alcohol beers at home?

I've heard that brewing anything over around 14% ABV is pretty much impossible…and that achieving anything over 11% in a homebrew environment is not very realistic. Is this true? If so, how do they ...
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1answer
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Fat in malted and unmalted barley

Does malted barley have fat like un-malted barley? If either have fat, why doesn't this cause problems in the beer? What happens with this fat during the brew?
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can i bottle cider at 150 sg it has been still for a month

my cider started at 190 and now is 150 and has been still for about a month, can I drink and bottle it at this time?
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Can wine be made in a keg instead of bottles?

I have made bottles of red wine from grape juice kits before with great results. However, I am pretty lazy and if it's possible to avoid cleaning/sterilising/filling/corking 30 bottles on brew day ...
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What's under the keg rubber handles?

One of my kegs have a very brittle rubber handle. Them I realized that I don't know if it is just a rubber piece glued to the keg body or if there is any sort of metal underneath. If there is just a ...
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Fermentation - Lost cause?

I believe my first homebrew is a lost cause. I'm at 3 weeks, and each week I've done a gravity reading and a taste. The flavor has gotten increasingly sour(astringent) with each week. It's almost ...
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2answers
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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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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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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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Bucket Heaters and Condensation safety / Lid considerations

I purchased 3 of these bucket heaters to assist my induction stove boil wort. The instructions state the following safety warnings: DO NOT COMPLETELY IMMERSE THIS PRODUCT IN WATER. The handle and ...

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