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Extract Brewing - Cooling down wort by adding cold water?

I don't have a wort chiller yet. I always cool down my wort with 20 pounds of ice and bucket that I place my kettle into. Since I am extract brewing and will be adding 2.5 gallons of water anyways, I ...
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Is it a bad idea to agitate beer a few days after bottling?

I just bottled a porter which had been in the fermenter for almost a month. I allowed myself a taste un-carbonated, and while I don't want to count my chickens before they've hatched, I'm very excited ...
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How to get started brewing sake

I have a packet of koji spores and these instructions: http://www.tibbs-vision.com/sake/instrct.html The instructions call for a 2.6 gal fermenting vessel. Since I have a 7.9 gal bucket, I am ...
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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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How much peated malt to get a hint of smoke?

I've got some peated malt that a friend gave me, and I've been looking for some way to use it. My current idea is to brew an Irish Red Ale (OG 1.055, FG 1.012, IBU 21, SRM 16) with just enough peated ...
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Water to dilute wort

If I use 3 gals of tap water for the wort. Can I use 2 gl of tap water to make up the 5 I need for fermenting? Lancaster home brewing say any good tasting tap water is OK, but does it need to be ...
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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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Transfert wort in a cube then chill it

I just started the hobby and only brewed two kits. So far I brewed in a 5L (1.3G) kettle. I did the chilling by using a cold bath in my kitchen sink. So far so good. I plan to buy a proper brew ...
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What are the effects of storing unboiled All-Grain Wort at sub-lager temperatures?

Obviously it is better to immediately boil the wort when it is freshest, giving any wild yeist or bacteria as little time as possible to grow and contaminate the product. It is also a well ...
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trying to ID if my beer was infected!

My brown ale smelt somewhat like beer and possibly vinegar and tasted the same but with a very subtle sweetness but also very dry and puckering. I used only used dry extract and boiled the hops, no ...
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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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First Batch Bottle Exploded

I'm in the bottling phase with my first batch of beer. Came home last night and one of the bottles had exploded. The beer spent 7 days in the primary fermenter and hit the target gravity per the ...
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Bitter orange and scaling

I'm getting ready to make my first Saison (all grain). This will be the first beer I've made that uses any kind of spice. The recipe I'm using is for a 5g batch. I'll be making a 20g batch. The 5g ...
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Improvements for Geordie Winter Warmer

I've just started a single can Geordie Winter Warmer kit and having read some negative reviews about this kit turning out "weak" and "watery" and like "beer flavoured soda water" I'm naturally having ...
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fermentation seems to be stuck at 1065

my cider started at 1090 and seems to have stopped at 1065.i put it in a sencondary glass carboy. Do I need more time it has been about three weeks
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Sour Mash - Pressurized Keg to hold mash?

I'm trying my hand at a sour mash, and was thinking about using a keg to hold the warm mash for a few days so I can purge the 02 and very lightly pressure to avoid contamination. I was thinking about ...
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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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Homebrew sitting on top of washing machine - agitation

My fermentation bucket is on top of my washing machine, when it spins it vibrates the brew. I've been careful to clamp it to the back of the washing machine with a bungee otherwise it might shake ...
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How low should the hole for a spigot on a kettle be drilled?

I am trying to determine how low I can drill a hole in my kettle for a spigot. I've read as few as 1.5 to as much as 3.0 inches. What's a good point that will clear the kettle trub for most if not all ...
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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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Bottle conditioning mistake

So after two weeks of primary and secondary fermentation, I racked my beer and put it in the fridge by mistake. It has been in there for about 5 days. It's my first brew. I took them out and put them ...
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Bubbles in my racking cane.

I've been having some racking issues lately, I can't seem to get a steady flow through the cane and tubing. Would the bubbles or air gaps that I see in the tubing cause oxidation? Moving forward, ...
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How to fit kegging into a small house

We have a very tiny house. I brew in the garage and bottle there. I want to keg so bad but I am having trouble finding room for some kegs (in something to keep them cold). Anyone have some genius idea ...
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Stuck fermentation - how long to leave it for?

Porter, sitting at a steady 22 degrees, should be 5.2% abv, fermentation stopped at 2.5% A stir took it to 3.5% over a week. Added yeast, and nutrient, no sign of further fermentation 2 days on. ...
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When will fermentation end? ( wine )

I made 10 litres of red wine ( pasteurized grape juice from the supermarket ), added 2kg sugar, used yeast bought from my local homebrew shop. Fermentation started after a day, and for the first two ...
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Butter Flavor in Non-Alcoholic Rootbeer Recipe (Harry Potter Inspired)

Good day, I've done a lot of beer making (primarily pale ales, hefeweizens, and IPAs) for about 5 years, and mead for about 15 years. I would like to request a "go to" non or low alcoholic root beer ...
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Fermenter overflow into blowoff tube

I just started my first batch of homebrew using a kit from Brooklyn Brew Shop, and 15 hours in, I seem to have a problem: The fermentation seems to be very vigorous and I have this foam/gunk/residue ...
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How much grain will fit in a 16 liter kettle?

I'm considering to buy a 16 liter kettle to hold the grain inside my 32 liter kettle, but don't seem to find any reliable calculations on how much grain the 16 liter kettle will fit while mashing. ...
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What sugar for a sparkling iced tea?

I want to produce an extreme low alcohol (<0.5%) sparkling iced tea, but carbonated with yeast / bottle conditioning. I obviously can't make the tea sweet before carbonation for fear of over ...
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Is this pressure release valve missing a pull ring?

This photo shows the lid off a keg I purchased. I think it's a manual release valve, but all the manual one I've seen online have pull rings. As requested, here is a photo of the back. Will this work ...
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Why does WLP002 sometimes attenuate more?

So I am brewing lots of bitters using WLP002. Typically, I mash a grist with around 10-15% specialty malts at 66 C and ferment at 20 C. (I use BIAB and dunk sparging.) The typical situation is that ...
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Mold in S-Shaped Airlock

I'm new to homebrewing, and I've recently encountered a problem with an s-shaped airlock. I clean it out with water after use, but it takes forever to dry on its own. This time, it's started growing ...
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Why do kit wines age differently?

Most kit wines claim they're ready to drink in a month or two. I've found they're much better at 6 months or so. But when making wine from grapes, it seems everyone recommends aging at least a year, ...
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Just finished fermenting my first batch beer. Does this look… normal?

In case it's relevant, here is the recipe: Just finished my first batch of beer. It has a very... bad, some might egg (?) smell to it. I'm wondering if there's any point to age it or just toss it and ...
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Adding a spigot to a fermentation bucket what is a good height?

I'm brewing on board a boat, so nothing here is ideal. I'm just trying to reduce some equipment and simplify the process. I want to add a spigot to the fermenter that will hold about 3.5 - 4 ...
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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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How much potassium metabisulfite/Potassium Sorbate to stop fermentation?

I've had a lot of trouble finding a quick and easy answer to this question. Wine makers will add these chemical to wine after fermentation to prevent spoilage, and as an antioxidant. You can also ...
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First homebrew batch very sweet

I recently made my first home brew batch using an off the shelf starter kit (English brown ale). The beer is much sweeter than I was expecting and the alcohol content is ~3-3.5% (should be 4.5%). Am ...
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Chocolate and Coffee Additions

I am going to be brewing the Zymurgy KBS clone, but a little nervous with some of the additions listed: 2.5 oz Belg Bittersweet Choc and 1.5 oz unsweetened cocoa nibs @ 15 mins. ***I read that ...
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Using Grolsch “Premium Lager” bottles for bottling

In my first bottling, I decided I wanted to try using half normal reused glass bottles with new bottle caps and half reused Grolsch beer bottles. Probably the worst part of the process was having to ...
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Can you load less than 1.3 gallons into the Tap-A-Draft system?

I'm just starting out home brewing and I am planning on sticking with 1 gallon brews for a while. I want to purchase a Tap-a-Draft system but continue with 1 gallon batches for a while. Can you load ...
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Why my beer is 'choking' when leaving the faucet?

While I don't have a jockey box, I'm borrowed another one again. And I'm having trouble to get a good pour. There are bubbles in the system that never ends, it never happened before to me. Always ...
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Are plastic mini kegs worth their while?

When using a plastic mini keg does the beer come out well and how many times can you re-use the plastic bottle's ?
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Xmas Brew Ingredients

I'm making an Xmas brew. So far so good with the primary fermentation (this is my 4th beer so no worries there). It's an ale brewed with 2.5 lbs of grains and dry malt extract (only 8 AAU hops). I've ...
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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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Basic yeast questions

I've been researching online for months now in preparation for my first brew but there are still questions to which I can find no answers. Is yeast either dead or alive, i.e. works 100% or not at ...
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How add authentic coconut flavor to a fermeted beer?

I have about 5 gallons of regular nut brown ale (in the fermeter now) that I plan to bring to a festival. Since it is going to be served at a festival and folks will only be drinking 2 ounces at a ...
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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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Anyone ever had their secondary fermentation bubble for 3 weeks?

So first fermentation went smoothly, solid bubbling from the airlock for about 5 days total racked into second fermenter and dry hopped on the seventh day. First day nothing. Second day it started ...
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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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