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Why do we boil sugar before priming

I read that when priming you need to boil sugar in water. I don't see the point since sugar is considered an anti septic. What is the purpose of boiling? Would it be because we need desolved sugar ...
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Off Flavors in all of my Homebrewing attempts

I'm pretty new to the homebrewing world, and so far I've done three 5 gallon batches. The first was a prebuilt kit (Pale Ale), the second was a recipe I concocted (IPA), and the third was a recipe I ...
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Weird Film/Layer on cider in fermenter

My parents were making apple juice with some home grown apples and I decided to try and make cider. I added the juice to a demijohn and added some yeast and left to ferment. I put it away and ...
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Distillation Yield in Litres and ABV

I am looking to distill 4 liters of 6.5% cider, would i end up with an amount of 90% plus, of what would essentially be flavored ethanol. Or would i end up with around 2 liters of around 13% apple ...
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Gelatin before or after dry hopping

Going to dry hop on my IPA and dont know if add gelatin to primary then rack to secondary then add hops or dry hop on primary and then gelatin and then rack to secondary for aging what do you think?
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Why is my Kombucha getting thicker?

I am brewing my Kombucha for about four months now, starting a new batch every four to five days. Since three weeks my Kombucha got a little thick (viscous, syrupy). I did not change my recipe, the ...
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How long to chill bottles before carbonation is equilibrated?

When bottle conditioning, it seems (though I haven't done anything scientific enough to know for sure) that I get varying amounts of carbonation depending on how long I refrigerate the beer before ...
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Adding some malt extract to a full mash brew

I am new to full mash brewing. I wondered what effect would adding a 250g of a full brew
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Running a PRB or Star San solution through an Evaporative Cooler

(This is only tangentially related to brewing by virtue of Starsan and PWB - feel free to close if this is inappropriate) I have an evaporative cooler, better known as a swamp cooler, that I use in ...
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Pilsner extract kit: why is the original gravity low?

I've just put the extract version of this in the fermenter: http://www.wagonbrewing.co.nz/panhead-port-road-clone?search=pilsner The gravity is 1.037 which seems way low. Dammit I don't want no weak ...
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Abita Andygator Clone (helles doppelbock)

I had this beer over the weekend and really enjoyed it and I would love to brew an all grain clone of it myself. Is anyone familiar with this beer? if so does anyone know of a recipe that would come ...
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How much fermentis/safale US-05 yeast to use?

I wondered if anyone who has used the above yeast can give me an idea on the quantity required. I am brewing a fairly high SG IPA (somewhere in the region of 1.065-1.080) batch size 15-20L. Brewers ...
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Pressing own fruits/berries

I'm planning to make a berry cider this year and considering using fresh berries (raspberry or blackberry). Does any body knows basic stats on raspberries or blackberries, like how many pounds do ...
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Kettle souring with lactobacillus - hot plate?

Researching a Berliner weisse and have decided that I will be doing a kettle sour. Lactobacillus likes to be around 45°C from what I have read so far. Currently my thinking is to transfer the kettle ...
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How do lager kits let you brew at room temperature?

I am thinking about making some Mexican-style lager using one of the following kits: Coopers Mexican Cerveza Bulldog Beer Kit - Cortez Gold Mexican Cerveza Better Brew Bandit, Tequila and lime Now ...
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How to remove sediment?

So I did my first ever beer and it was to be a hoppy Saison (3724 combined with Amarillo, Centennial and Cascade). I had tons of stuff going wrong while boiling, even not managing to temperature crash ...
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What does “Pronounced legs” mean in a beer style?

Was reading the BJCP guide for Eisbock and noticed they mention something about this particular style does not have a lot of head but has a "pronounced leg", as in: Pronounced legs are often ...
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Does High Sugar Concentration Inhibits Bacterial growth?

About a month ago, I started making a dairy-free drink with blended fruit (i.e. Strawberries, Raspberries, etc). I'd like to start lacto-fermenting these smoothies but a friend of mine insists that ...
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Brewing - forgot to stir in yeast

I added the yeast to my fermentation bucket and closed it up without stirring. Remembered about 8 hrs later; opened bucket, lots of yeast floating on top, stirred it up good and closed it. Have I ...
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How long does a Belgian quad take from start to finish?

I am planning on brewing a quad with my dad here pretty soon but I would like to make something that wouldn't take too long as we haven't brewed in a while and I'm not wanting to wait too long until I ...
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High gravity beer, with wine yeast in secondary

I recently brewed a Tom Hardy's old ale recipe, that i screwed up and planning on doing it again. and looking for advice, when i get it correct. in the directions, it says "once the fermentation has ...
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Kegs - Why use a dual regulator instead of a splitter?

I currently own a dual regulator and use two kegs with it. I want to expand to four kegs can therefore face two options: Purchase a quad regulator Add a splitter to each of the outputs on the dual ...
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How much time to dry hop and why?

I'm thinking about brewing an IPA. My doubt is about "short dry hopping" vs "length dry hopping" I am thinking to go for 2 days minimum and 7 days maximum. I want to know your opinions and ...
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When to dry hop for Bulldog Evil Dog?

I just want some advice on when to dry hop for this. I like my beers to be hoppy as hell! The stage I'm at; -the brew has been going for 6 days (hydrometer reading of 1.03 (initial probably 1.065, ...
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What would be a good dry yeast equivalent to Wyeast 3787?

I'm looking to produce high gravity strong Trappist like beer. Wyeast 3787 seems to be a good choice, but I'm looking for a dry yeast alternative. Suggestions? I'll make a starter before pitching if ...
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Has anyone got an IPA recipe using extract but not in a kit?

I am some way into my first brew and I'm having ideas above my position! I've decided that if possible I would like to construct the ingredients for my next batch on my own. Any tips on how to get ...
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Sulfur Smell from Fermentor

======================== 20 lbs. Forest Honey 12 lbs. Blueberries water to 6 gallons 5 grams of D-47 4 tsp. Fermaid K + DAP ======================== After the initial vigorous fermentation, I ...
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Making a butterscotch oatmeal stout

I have an Oatmeal Stout and want to add Butterscotch flavoring extract. I researched quite and found a butterscotch extract that is gluten free and sugar free. Is there a formula available for ...
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Efficiency discrepancy

Last brew I calculated by brewhouse efficiency to be 63%. Not great, but I dialled this into BeerSmith and hoped my next brew would at least be predictable, even if I was not getting the most out of ...
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Calculate preboil volume

I forgot to measure how much wort I had preboil. I did take a gravity reading preboil. Can I deduce preboil volume with post boil volume and pre & post boil gravity?
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How to prime and bottle?

apologies for the somewhat newbie question (I can't hide it, this is my first batch and I'm hoping to get it right)! I have started the Bulldog Evil Dog double IPA kit and although I am still some ...
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Keg corrosion potential of lemon juice adjunct

I have a recipe for a false cider that requires the addition of lemon juice after secondary fermentation prior to bottling/kegging. I've done this before in the bottle with good success but I'm ...
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Can diatomaceous earth be used as fining agent, but not filter?

i have beer that won't clear itself. Gelatin and isinglass is not vegan. Activated charcoal can create off-flavors. Can diatomaceous earth be used? Probably, like activated charcoal, I would need ...
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Cider Kit has made a really bad eggy smell. Will this go away?

As Title sayes, Pretty new to the whole home brewing scene and I haven't really progressed past the kits yet. I've followed the instructions perfectly and I know I've been above careful when it comes ...
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Does Kombucha lose calories while fermenting?

While brewing Kombucha sugar is transformed to carbon dioxide, alcohol, acid, etc. But what does that mean to the calories? Is there less? How much less? Here is my setup: tea: 25 ltr sugar: 1000 ...
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Flavoring Kombucha with herbs

I would like to try flavoring my kombucha. I have heard you can add herbs like mint after fermentation, before botteling. But then I would have the leafs in by bottles, right? Or do I have to take ...
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Not quite at FG with an extract batch after two and a half weeks… Safe to bottle?

It's a simple US-05 extract batch. OG was 1.063 and I'm currently on 1.016 where projected FG was 1.012. Gravity has been stable for three days. It's also absolutely delicious so I'd gladly bottle it ...
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What are the “tails”?

While reading an article on home brewing the article said to keep the tails, what does it mean by tails? What are the tails?
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Stalled Fermentation to Bottling

I brewed an amber ale 4 weeks ago and the fermentation has stalled. The OG was 1.060, and a week and a half later the gravity was 1.037. I let it sit another week and a half and the gravity reached ...
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Is this cider recipe I made ok?

The following is a cider recipe I made, slightly tweaking a previous one I had. Just curious if this will produce a drink that is safe to drink and won't explode as a bottle bomb or any other crazy ...
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Dry hopping a lager in secondary

I've just moved my first lager into a secondary bucket, it had been in primary for about 3 weeks. Currently sitting in the keezer at about 10c. The recipe I'm following calls for the addition of ...
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Bottling hard cider

I made Hard Cider by essentially adding a packet of active dry yeast to a little less than a gallon of apple cider and some water with sugar that I boiled. One week later (today) I boiled one cup of ...
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Is submerging bottles in boiling water a good method of sanitization?

Is submerging bottles in boiling water (assuming they've been rinsed out) for a few minutes a good method of sterilization? I'm still planning on spraying some metabisulphite afterwards, and then ...
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What happens if I ferment a lager at room temperature?

I was wondering what are the effects of fermenting a lager at room temperature as now I don't have any way to keep my fermenter at the low temperatures required. I have read that when yeast ferments ...
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Can the same method of producing 19% ABV Sake be used to produce high ABV beer?

I've been reading about Sake, and from what I gather, Sake brewers use a particular method to coax the yeast into producing 15-20% ABV. The method goes something like this: Combine a mold called ...
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How to calculate the amount of Amylase Enzyme required to convert Rice starch into sugar for making pseduo-sake?

I am interesting in making some Sake. Apparently, rice, unlike barley, does not contain the enzymes necessary to convert the starch into sugar, and the traditional method of making Saki involves ...
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Airlock was removed from wine carboy - is it still ok?

So we had our basement flood last month and the company that came in to do the repairs moved my wine (6 gallons each of blueberry and apple) and at some point between now and then someone thought it ...
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What is the longevity of dried belle saison yeast at room temperature?

I am starting to brew beer and when I bought my kit the yeast was stored in a fridge and I forgot to put in my fridge when I got home. It is dried "belle saison" yeast and was at room temperature for ...
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Making a shandy.

Looking for information on adding citrus (lime, lemon, grapefruit, etc) juice at kegging to make a shandy. I have made several fruit beers by adding fruit juice, actual fruit, zest, and even flavored ...
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Beergas or just c02

I've recently come across there being beergas or G-Mix and co2. I had originally thought that it was just co2 and not a mixture of co2 and nitrogen. What are the issues with just using co2?

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