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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Restarting fermentation after it has stopped?

I have a batch of apple cider that started at 1.050, and has fermented to 1.000. Would adding sugar to increase ABV ruin my batch? I want to add roughly 1Kg/ 10L of cider. Adding half now and the ...
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What makes a beer tap/faucet different from the water ones?

I'm planning on build a cooler-based jockey box to drink my kegged beers. And was thinking what's the different things in a beer tap/faucet? I'm having trouble to find one with reasonable price in my ...
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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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Yeast Starter Benefits

What exactly are the benefits and just how significant are they of making a yeast starter as opposed to throwing in the yeast as per most beer kit instructions?
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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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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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Cider fermentation stuck/stopped

I attempted to make apple cider, buying Kirkland apple juice (6 Gallons) and 500g dextrose. All i did was pour in the juice and pitched the yeast (s04) ontop of the juice at about 20deg Celsius, O.G ...
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What makes a Stout

I've brewed up what the recipe calls a Stout, and from the samples I've taken, its quite good I think. There is a local competition coming up, and I was thinking about entering it, but I'm not sure ...
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WLP036 (Düsseldorf Alt) and cool temperatures

I am fermenting an alt in my cellar using WLP036 (Düsseldorf Alt). Pitched a 2 litre starter into 21 litre 1.051 wort. Fermentation was extremely vigorous at 16 C ambient temperature for 36 hours, ...
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Can I use my CO2 regulator as a inside keg pressure checker?

If I force carbonate my keg, and after that I close my CO2 cilinder valve and plug my gas line into my gas in quick disconnect. Would this make my CO2 regulator to work as a spunding valve and let me ...
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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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Alternative malt extract for Northwestern Gold LME

I was thinking of making this recipe but my homebrew store doesn't have any Northwestern Gold LME. Would any old light malt extract be an okay replacement? A full list of (liquid) malt extracts I can ...
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Are there any downsides to leaving beer on fruit in the primary?

I'm planning to brew the Winter Wassail from The Homebrewer's Garden. The recipe calls for adding 4 pounds of mashed cranberries and 2 pounds of ground apples at flameout, steeping them for 15-20 ...
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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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what is the F.G

The O.G. of my beer is 1.062 this is my recipe coopers stout tin 1.7kg stout enhancer 1.kg (looks like soft brown sugar and other sugars?) Glucose 500grams Honey 250 grams can anyone predict the F.G. ...
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Missing Gas Tube

I bought two used cornies. They're pin locks, and neither of them came with Gas tubes. Will everything still work? Or do I need to buy replacements?
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When/How to Measure Pre-Boil Gravity to Determine Mash Efficiency

I routinely take my pre-boil gravity after sparging to determine mash efficiency so that I can throw in DME or Dextrose for a lower than expected yield or add water for a higher than expected yield, ...
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Tips on making a no-chill IPA

Due to space and time constraints, I have been using BIAB and no-chill. I'm satisfied with the results I get with most of my brews, but never got a good IPA. In special, my brews lack the pungent ...
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Slow Fermentation in cider

Two weeks ago I started 2 gallons of hard cider from windfalls - washed and bruises cut out. I pasteurized my own apple juice, kept it below boil. No preservatives. Everything was santitized with ...
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After racking my cider has turned a very dark color. What may be the problem or is there one?

I have two batches of pear cider, one I used an American yeast and one I used a champagne yeast. After racking the the airlocks were replaces and I have about 4 gallons in a 6.5 gallon glass carboy. ...
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Bottling high gravity FG barley wine

My situation is similar to, but more extreme than: Brewed an Oatmeal Stout and the gravity did not drop as much as predicted, should I re-pitch or add yeast nutrients/energizer? Didn't reach ...
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Confectioners sugar for priming?

I have a batch of wheat beer on the go at the moment and I'm wondering which sugar to use as priming sugar? In my local shop the priming sugar they sell looks just like confectioners/powdered/icing ...
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International flight kill my yeast?

I live in Vietnam and there's a dearth of good beer. So I cobbled together some supplies and tried my first homebrew yesterday. I had the guidance of an expert so I feel it went really well, but my ...
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Cherry/Cough syrup off flavor

my 7th batch is in first fermentation and I just tasted it after taking a gravity reading. It started at 1.092 and it's now 1.022 after 9 days. I noticed a strong cherry/cough syrup off flavor. Any ...
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Which temperature do I ferment at: the recipe's temp or the yeast's recommended temp?

So, I'm trying to brew a Mexican lager today. What I've done is taken Palmer's Cold But Not Baroque recipe and tweaked it a bit. However, instead of using Bohemian lager yeast, as the recipe calls ...
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Is there any electrical work required for using a pre-assembled heating element?

Do I simply plug a pre-assembled heating element, like this one from the Electric Brewery, into a 120v outlet (given I have no 240v outlet) and then unplug it after the boil is complete? I am reading ...
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How large of a Kettle to brew 5 gallon and 10 gallon batches? (All Grain)

If I want to brew a 5 gallon batch, how large of a kettle do I need to do so comfortably? How about 10 gallons?
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What is the largest size batch that can be boiled with an Induction cooktop on a 120v outlet?

My apartment has 120V outlets and my landlord probably won't install a 240v outlet. This article on induction heating states that a 120v delivers a maximum of 2000 watts. Almost all of the ...
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How should I upgrade equipment from a Mr. Beer kit?

I have used a Mr. Beer kit two times now with acceptable success. I want to move to the next level. Can someone tell me the best kit to buy and a good book for starting?
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solidifying yeast in bottles

I brew using NA Bud.Primary fermentation in bin then secondary in primed bottles that beer originated from.bottling is done after about 1 week then left for three weeks to clear.only slight problem is ...
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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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