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Environment-friendly sanitizers

As the title suggests, I was wondering if there was list of environment-friendly sanitizers (such as Star San, as they declare) for brewing equipment out there. In particular, I was looking for a ...
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Cider brewing, can I add pectolaze after fermentation started?

I'm making apple cider for the first time. I was careful about sanitizing, pasteurising, and adding campden, and I now have what seems to be nice fermentation in an airlocked demijohn. I did not have ...
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Rack onto yeast cake then fast rack to secondary?

I'm reusing my yeast for a while, and my procedure now is to have a wort ready when I want to bottle or keg a previous batch. So I drain the finished beer out of fermentor, and then collect some yeast ...
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Late hop transplant to the ground - thoughts on trimming?

This is a Cascade hop I planted in a pot in late April or early May. I had a lot of travel and left it a little longer than I intended. I recently transplanted it to the ground with some bonemeal. ...
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Questions on keeping a yeast strain going over and over

I have a couple of yeast questions that I have not found the answer to yet. I recently washed my yeast from a batch of beer using something like this. I got 5 jars of yeast out of this, and I assume ...
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Can I make beer from… liver?

This may sound super gross, but allow me to explain. Beer is typically made from malted barley, but other things is also used, for the most part various types of grains. What they all have in common ...
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Prolonged loss of air lock

I have a Shiraz that had completed fermentation and clarification and was being stored in a carboy until I had time to bottle. Apparently, the air lock was knocked off and it was sitting open (with a ...
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Temperature controller that can be accessed by a mobile?

I ferment my beer in a fridge located in my summer house. I've been using STC-1000 but one of it's drawbacks is that there is no logging of temperature. Is there any better thermostat that can control ...
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Hop boiling - Ok to use sub section of wort?

When doing the post mash hop boil during a brew, is it possible to do this with a 5L sub-sample of the wort, instead of the full 23L of wort? In practise it would mean taking 5L from the post mash ...
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Not enough wort after boil

I did a 5 litre brew yesterday, a California Common Beer, I did it as per the recipe, with the steep time and the 60 min boil, and I ended up with 2.5 litres of wort from a starting liquid of 7.37 ...
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Communauté de Brasseurs Amateurs Française (Community of French Amateur Brewers)

Bonjour, Je débute complètement dans le brassage maison et je cherche une Communauté de Brasseurs Amateurs.(I am completely new to the idea of home brewing and am looking for a Community of Amateur ...
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Apple Cider Beer the way my dad made it in the 80's?

Well, I have a question and you will be my personal hero if you can answer this for me so here goes: Back in the 80's my dad would make this awesome fermented apple cider. He would keep it on top of ...
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Bottling hard ginger beer

A few months back, BYO had an article about hard sodas including hard ginger beer. It talked about the necessity of using strengthened bottles with caged tops (ie. like champagne bottles) due to level ...
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High gravity ale stalled fermentation?

I've got a hefty grain bill of 10kg, half of which is Maris Otter. The rest is rye and a few assorted crystal malts. After the mash and boil, the OG was above 1.10. I pitched a Wyeast American ale at ...
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Will Brett C contaminate my equipment?

Thinking about doing a 100% Brett C beer. If I was to do this, would the Brett flavor seep in to my equipment, forever dedicating it to Brett and sour beers? I ferment in glass carboys then use a ...
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Is it possible to use beer taps to control water to a faucet?

For my basement bar, I would like to mount 2 beer taps (1 hot, 1 cold) to the wall. Water would come out a faucet just like a normal sink. You would pull the beer tap to turn on water, with temp ...
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What do I risk for leaving my beer exposed to open air through the airlock hole?

I brew away from home, and last weekend I has to rush away before I was completely racking from primary to secondary. I can only go back in about 10 days. As a result, my beer is now sitting in a ...
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Can I rack to and clear my wine in a lidded plastic bucket without a stopper?

I'm making a Chardonnay wine kit for the first time ever, so bear with me here. The instructions say to rack the wine from the primary fermenter (which they suggested be a food safe HDPE plastic ...
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How to add temperature measurement and control to my Brooklyn Brew Shop beer kit?

My wife got me this beer making kit for my birthday. The first two brews failed horribly due to bad sanitation, but the third one, an American Pale Ale, turned out alright. The only thing I didn't ...
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What does Brewing Sugars add to your beer?

I was enticed to buy one kg of brewing sugars for my home brew. It was said that it would dry out the taste of the beer. I would like to know what effect adding one kg of dextrose would bring to 20 ...
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Best way to avoid stirring up trub while bottling/kegging from the primary?

Since I started brewing I've ALWAYS transferred to a secondary after about 2 weeks. This was how I learned and what many recipes say to do so I always did it. And I felt that this was a fantastic way ...
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Harvested yeast gone bad, or am I doing something wrong

After my last brew(beginning of may)I harvested the yeast cake(slurry) to 3 glass jars, put them in the fridge to store them for my next brew(11. June 2016). I'm about to make a starter to get the ...
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Can a 1-wire temperature sensor be easily turned into a PT100 or PT1000 sensor?

I have a 1-wire sensor which has the design I need and a hardware for working with PT100/PT1000 sensors. Can I turn the 1-wire sensor into a PT100/PT1000 sensor easily? Note: this question has been ...
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How can I determine why some all-grain wort is cloudy and if I should do anything about it?

TL;DR How can I tell what this cloudiness in my wort is? will it cause off flavors? if so, how do I get rid of it? and most importantly, if this is a problem, how can I prevent this from happening ...
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Using a hop back before bottling?

I'm wondering about approaches for getting maximum hop aroma, and i got looking at the hop back - in particular the hop rocket or similar. Having read about dry hopping etc, and the fact that it ...
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Advice on a recipe

I have the following grains available and was wondering what would be the general idea of doing my own recipe. 0.5kg Amber Malt 0.5kg Maris Otter 0.5kg Halcyon 1kg Pale Malt 1kg Caramel Dark 3kg Red-...
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Yeast in 1.080 beer

I pitched 1 pack of Safale 05 in my 1.080 beer. That is all the recipe called for but I am afraid it may be an under-pitch. Is it advisable or possible to pitch more, its been fermenting 2 days at ...
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First brew: dry hopped mead, probably stuck. How to best proceed?

I'm on day 9 of my first attempt at home brewing (1 gallon batch), and based on my measurements on day 5 and today it appears to be stuck at 1.010 Original Gravity was 1.065 Kind of just went gung-...
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How can I brew lager at room temperature?

I would like to try to make lager at room temperature (around 30 C). I plan to reduce yeast and fermentation in 2 weeks in order to avoid the off favor and fusel alcohol in beer. Can I do this by ...
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rose wine vigerous bubbling after 10 days

I made a demijohn of one gallon with a kit. It has been bubbling vigorously ten days later almost like a soft drink. I tested it with a hydrometer and no strength of alcohol showing. I was wondering ...
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Question regarding which volume to use for OG calculation

My question is regarding which volume to use when calculating OG, and more importantly why. How to calculate the gravity points for a recipe is fine, but then according to BeerSmith at least, you ...
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Does the amount of Diastatic Power of the grains influence the alcohol content of the beer?

If one grain bill has a combined amount diastatic power equal to 70 degrees Lintner and the other one 90 does this influence the amount of alcohol the end product will have? I guess the potency of ...
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Karl Strauss Aurora Hoppyalis Clone?

Does anyone have a Karl Strauss Aurora Hoppyalis clone? This is an outstanding beer and I would love to try to make it.
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What are the most crucial moments for beer contamination?

I know that sanitization is one of the most fundamental parts of making a beer and I myself wasted two batches already for not being diligent as I should. So, what are the steps / moments when you are ...
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BJCP Category for Malted Cider

As the title suggests, looking to confirm which BJCP 2015 category would be most appropriate for a malted apple cider. In this recipe, the malt character comes from two sources: 1) DME boiled in ...
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Aluminum mash tun?

My current brewing set up is as follows: 2 Fermenter's Favorite 10 gallon all grain coolers hot liquor tank and mash tun, 15 gallon Megapot boil kettle, Edelmetal Bru Burner, and a homemade gravity ...
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Is it possible to know how many volumes of CO2 end up in a keg after force carbonating?

There are two methods used to carbonate a keg: Set and forget Force carbonation In the first method, the keg's PSI is set to a value determined by a kegging chart and is left at that PSI for the ...
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Ideal twine for training hops

I'm looking around the internet and have found that some people use nylon twine, which I am guessing is better for strength and resistant to the sun, rain and snow... then others use wire, some use ...
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How to choose the correct soda keg “type” replacement posts?

New to kegging, got myself a used ball lock Firestone/Pepsi soda keg. But when I've been cleaning and sanitizing the posts when I got it/after use, they seemed SUPER beat up. There is a washer (maybe? ...
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Suggestions for a thin/no head Wit?

Will maltodextrin and dry hopping post fermentation help a no head/thin beer? The beer has been on 8lbs of CO2 at 34F for over a month (should be around 2 volumes). (I'm guessing it was my ...
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Is there a recommended website to get started?

I have 5 gallon bucket with sealed top, spigot and an air trap. I'm wondering what I can make. Is there any website that will give me recipes that I can try? I'm itching to make something.
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Boiling Tap Water: Covered or Uncovered?

When I'm preparing my make-up water before making wine or beer, should I boil it with the lid on (to minimize evaporation of the water) or with the lid off (to maximize evaporation of volatile ...
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Off flavours from unsanitized priming sugar

Quick question for the group: Will unsanitized priming tablets/sugar likely/surely cause off flavours after bottle conditioning - especially, a wet/slightly moldy towel aroma? I've been experiencing ...
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How long can something be left on the lees before needing to add more yeast if intending to bottle condition?

I have a mead that I plan on bottle conditioning. With beer, due to the short turn-around time, you can usually just rack onto some priming sugar and bottle, and the remaining yeast will eat the sugar....
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Brewing with rainwater / tank water

I'm lucky enough to have beautiful New Zealand rainwater to brew with. But what are the considerations in terms of mineral content? Is rainwater close to distilled water? Having gone through the same ...
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Possible to make whiskey from turbo wash?

If I create a wash (between 20 and 22% using turbo yeast), would it be possible to use that wash to create a (weak) whiskey using oak chips or oak powder? I would possibly like to do this without a ...
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Is it okay to clean/sanitize brewing/bottling equipment the day before I plan to use it?

I'm curious to know if it is safe to clean and sanitize equipment the day before using it, particularly bottles and bottling gear. If I clean and sasnitize the night before using it, will it still ...
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Bad taste after using isinglass

I had a very nice tasting grape wine which I used isinglass Finings on which has not cleared the wine and left it with a horrible taste. Does anybody know why this would occur?
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Could you use a home soda maker to add gas to beer?

I have been making my own beer now for a while. I have been struggeling with beer that goes flat after a while. I'm searching for a gas solution and was wondering if those old soda machines we used as ...

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