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Forgot to add fermentable sugar

I started a saison 3 days ago, and the recipe called for 3.5 oz of dextrose in addition to the grains. Is it too late to add the sugar now, 3 days into primary fermentation? Of course I would make ...
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A recipe for a winter version of a wheat beer?

I brewed a great american wheat beer over the summer, and got to thinking about winter brew time. Is there such a thing as a dark wheat beer? I see a few recipes on brewtoad but not much. It doesnt ...
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What are the best Android Apps for homebrewing

I have noticed there are a bunch of homebrewing tools/apps available in the android store. I'm wondering what the best ones are. Some of them you have to pay for, i'm okay with paying for an app if ...
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1 Gallon Full Mash Brew

So I have never done a full mash brew before only ever malt extract brews. But after reading this article thought I would give it a go using a 1 gallon method as oppose to a 5. However I have a few ...
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If a beer recipe calls for secondary fermentation, should I do it even though there are drawbacks?

I just finished brewing my 3rd batch of beer (after taking 2 years off) and I started looking up the debate about secondary fermentation. I found this article which I think was explained very well by ...
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Adding Spraymalt

When adding spraymalt (instead of brewing sugar) to the filling bottle stage, I found the first few bottles were easy as spooning the spraymalt into them, then found the spraymalt powder was ...
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Soda is foamy from the keg

I have a 5 gallon keg of ginger beer, and when I pour it from the faucet, it's foamy. I can also see that it's foamy inside the line. The regulator is set to 35 PSI, and it's been in the fridge for 2 ...
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Which is a better fermentation method for high gravity beers?

I'm looking to brew a high gravity porter for christmas this year, aiming for OG 1.100. I've browsed several questions on this site relating to high gravity beers and the tendency seems to be towards ...
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Fast Fermentation - Should I be worried?

Just did my first batch using the fast ferment conical fermenter. Brewed an extract kit from Northern Brewer....their Smashing Pumpkin Ale. It's a 1.054 OG brew and I used a dry yeast to ferment. ...
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Does Wheat decrease shelf life?

I know of two classic beers that should be consumed young and taste awful when aged - Belgian Wit and German Hefeweizen. What they obviously have in common is that both are wheat beers. Does that mean ...
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Racetrack or standard kegs?

I purchased a pair of ball lock corny kegs at a garage sale recently, and they are in great shape, although they're missing the top cap. Is there an easy way to tell whether they are standard or ...
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How do I use a simple solution for adding salts for water treatment?

I am thinking of dissolving a 1:1 salt to distilled water solution of a weight/volume that I can measure easier, then adding just the needed amount of the solution to my mash according to my water ...
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I have a stalled homebrew because the temp got too high, but the must is at the right place — should I bottle?

I was using a home-made heating belt (actually, a heating pad), and I forgot and left it on overnight. The next morning, the temp was 26 degrees and the fermentation had stalled. I checked the gravity ...
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Yeast plate not showing single colonies

Why do my yeast plates end up looking like this? And not this? My yeast plate is composed of wort + agar.
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Pulque recipe re-do [closed]

I am very interested in putting together some pulque. I saw your recipe but didn't know how much yeast to add. Can you share a more detailed recipe? Have you tried it since?
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Vigorous secondary fermentation after fruit addition

I've racked my beer to a secondary fermentor and added about two liters of watermelon juice. I placed the airlock on as I always do during secondary fermentation but the fruit sugar is causing a ...
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Adding Apple/Caramel to Brown Ale

Fellow home brewer here with a question. My buddies and I are looking at making an Apple Caramel Brown Ale for this fall but are having trouble agreeing on a way to add the apple and caramel. We'd ...
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Forgot My Fermenting Brew for a Month!

I was planning to bottle my beer before leaving for a trip, but my friends being here distracted me and I totally forgot about it until today. I moved it to the bottling bucket and drew off a sample ...
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Where tanins are good in beers?

Although tanin gives an unpleasant astringent effect in beers, in wines - also, but - it is known as antioxidant and protector against UV light. So, in beers can tanins also be welcome at least ...
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Dry-hopping creates CO2 pressure

I'm conditioning an IPA. After 2 weeks in primary and 2 in secondary all activity had ceased. Then I dry hopped fairly modestly - 75g or so - and 2 weeks into that the thing seems to have gone CO2 ...
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Where to put sugar during recipie editing on brewersfriend?

I'm putting recipe on brewersfriend and I want to add sugar at the end of boiling. My question is in which section should I put it? Fermentables (as late addition) or Other Ingredients (but it won't ...
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Best way to clean moldy fermentation bucket

I've just had a major house move. During the move, I noticed my fermentation bucket had developed mold. Quite large mounds (to me anyway) of perhaps 0.25in diameter, in the corner of the base. Clearly ...
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How often can I rack?

Okay, so I made a really sweet mead with 18 lbs clover honey, so it's pretty dark. Do you have to rack more often to try to clear meads with more honey? And also, how often can I rack, and how many ...
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Natural hard cider from Apples to Alcohol no additives. Is this possible?

I juiced some apples, took off all the sediments from the top, placed those in my brew bottle, and poured the fresh made apple juice in. (I made it as sloppy as I am explaining it.) I then poked a ...
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Can I move a keg that has been lagering?

Let's say I've been lagering a keg for a good couple of months. The cold has cause all the precipitate to settle at the bottom of the keg and I've got crystal clear beer! What happens if I move this ...
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Recommended Damson Recipe?

has anyone got any tried and approved recipe's for a wine or infusion that uses damsons? I've just discovered a free source whilst foraging yesterday. Many thanks!
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Partially-covering kegerator

I am new to kegging and I am trying to build a keggerator. I am short on living space so I am considering a particular low-footprint concept. My question is if anybody has done that, what you guys ...
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Safest way to heat an (enclosed) fermentation chamber

The topic of keeping a constant temperature inside a fridge fermentation chamber/keezer/kegerator appears to pop up regularly. Using a dual temperature control (in my case an STC-1000) there are ...
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Breaking down liquid malt extract

I've been brewing 2 gal batches of beer from extracts like Mr Beer. Their LME packets are only 8.8 oz. Can I take a 3.3 lb. can, dilute it with a sufficient amount of water and divide it up into 6 ...
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Testing specific gravity before bottling

I brewed a batch of beer about 3 weeks ago, and I was told to test the gravity prior to bottling to make sure it is ready. My question is, will I do any harm by opening the fermentation bucket in ...
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Pin lock dip tube requires multiple o-rings?

I use pin lock kegs, and until now all of them have been Firestone/Spartanburg. I recently received a Cornelius brand three-gallon pin lock keg. The post threads on this keg are different from all the ...
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Effects of Over Carbonation

I keg my beer and use force-carbonation to carbonate it. Does anyone know if there are any negative consequences to over-carbonating the beer, other than excessive foaming? Are there any long-term ...
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I used too much malt. What should I do? Suggestions how to salvage?

So, I need advice how to salvage my beer. I intended to make 5 gallon batch of IPA. I had ingredients for two batches of beer on hand and I accidentally added 3 extra pounds of dry malt extract to my ...
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Time for Hydrolysis/Hydration of CO2

The 'quick carb' (high PSI, shake keg/CO2 stone) vs. 'low and slow' carbonation ("set it and forget it") debate seems to be hinged on the issue of CO2 hydration/hydrolysis (not sure which, will ...
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How To Successfully Untie a full bag of grain.

I buy full sacks of grain, and over the past 10 years it's always been hit and miss getting that string that ties the bag close to unwind. If you get it just right the string unwinds with a gentle ...
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My bottle is leaking CO2 Idk if it is the bottle or the cap

I am new at brewing, and i am having some problems trying to keep my beer carbonated. I am using twist off 12oz bottles with regular crown caps. can somebody please tell me if there is a certain ...
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Adding flavouring to fermented cider

I have almost finished the first fermentation of my 2nd cider kit, I took a SG reading yesterday and it comes in around 7% (1.064 > 10.11). While I have no problem with it being strong, this and the ...
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How to get a feel for the numbers involved in brewing

So I drink a lot of beer (go figure) and I try to characterize it each time. How much carbonation there is, what color it is, mouth feel, what specific flavors are involved, how hoppy it is, how malty ...
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Where do I start reading?

So I want to learn to brew beer. I constantly try new beer, and try to dissect all the flavors involved. The next logical step in my love of beer seems to be trying my hand at brewing. I should ...
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My ginger beer is a thick sludge. Where might I have gone wrong?

I'm a novice fermenter who loves ginger beer, so I thought I'd try to make my own. I ordered some ginger beer plant from these guys and followed their guide: http://www.yemoos.com/gingerbeerguide.html ...
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Maximizing fruitiness from WLP002

I am looking to reproduce an incredible fruity aroma and flavour from a recipe I made a year ago. Looking at the recipe I am guessing it may be from the yeast. 3lb 2row 1lb Rye .13oz nugget @ 60 min ...
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Making a French Cider

Ahoy! I've been making ciders for last year (with more experience on beers and meads). Two things happened. I tried a french cider couple a month ago and I liked it to the point, that I won't mind ...
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Think my fermentation is stuck

I brewed my 5th homebrew this Saturday, an all-grain American stout. By Sunday I had very minimal bubbling. Monday there was a bit more but far less than my previous batches. Today there are none. ...
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Krausening / Pitching Actively-Fermenting Wort

I heard on one of the old Jamil shows that pitching actively-fermenting starter is a good way to get noticeable but subtle yeast character in a beer. You need to start with an adequate amount of ...
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Accidentally stopped fermentation: how to restart?

I have 2 separate gallons of apple cider on they go, they were started about a week apart, now like the donut I am I have stopped the wrong one by adding 5ml sodium metabisulphite it has stopped it in ...
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Vodka / Gin production without a still, in the UK

So I have recently been looking into making my own vodka and/or gin. The laws around producing drinks like these in the UK don't see, very clear, so I was hoping someone here had more experience in ...
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Racking flavour - too strong?

i'm about to rack off my first batch of full-grain IPA. It's a small batch that has been fermenting about 14 days in a demijohn. I tasted some briefly when racking and it tasted very strong which is ...
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Where to find clear glass beer bottles?

Can't seem to find any 12 oz clear glass beer bottles (without caps) online anywhere. Other ideas?
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Kegging with no fridge

I just got my first keg and am hoping to get on without forking out for a fridge as well. I probably should've asked this before investing in the keg, but here we are. Anyway, is it possible to ...
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Using a bottle rinser with 500ml PET bottles

just a quick question regarding the use of bottle rinsers to clean out 500ml PET bottles. I'm looking at this bottle rinser here: ...

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