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Raisins in Wine?

Going to make the recipe below today, doubling it. But I was wondering, are the raisins necessary? Doubling the recipe would mean 2 lbs raisins, and that seems excessive. Any advice on doubling this? ...
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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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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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green apple esters recipes

So I was kindly given a Mr. Beer Kit recently. The gifter knew I brewed. I made it per the instructions (except I added honey in the wort to up the gravity a bit). It fermented a bit warm, and it came ...
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Can I drink this ? Hard cider rack leftovers

I just racked my hard cider. There is leftover liquid with lees now and I was wonder if that can be filtered and drank. Any thoughts ?
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convert pump tap to kegorator tap

I have a "party" pump tap. I want to convert this to use on a DIY kegerator. Can this be done? After taking the tap apart it looks pretty basic: CO2 in one side, beer out the other. I am specifically ...
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PB2 PORTER - BETTER TASTE?

I recently made a 5 gallon All Grain Porter and added 13oz of Choc. PB2 at the last 10 minutes of the boil. Though the flavors were there it was extremely light and would like to get more of a PB ...
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Aerating wort with an air pump. What's the proper gallon rating?

I'd like to aerate three gallons of wort using my aquarium pump and 2 micron stone. The pump is rated for 10 gallon tanks. Is this sufficient?
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Does adding extra sugar to dark ales (e.g. stouts) better their flavour?

I've heard anecdotal accounts of people adding extra sugar (more than the recommended amounts) to their secondary fermentation when brewing dark ales such as stouts and porters. Apparently this can be ...
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Are different style bottles more appropriate for different style beers?

While I feel pretty confident that the style of bottle doesn't matter too much with respect to how a given beer is conditioned, I was wondering if there were any good guidelines for choosing different ...
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Secondary Temperature

I'm considering racking my brew to a secondary FV once fermentation is complete to allow the yeasts to clean up the beer but I'm not sure if I need to maintain the same heat as I did in the primary? ...
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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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How Long do I have to wait

I am a pumpkin spice porter; I am going straight to a keg. After I add my priming sugar will the CO2 carbonate my beer so i can drink it immediatly
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What are the benefits of using brewing sugar over types of sugar?

In many kits I've used, the instructions recommend using brewing sugar. Of course it's okay to use other sources of sugar, but I was wondering whether there are any benefits of using brewing sugar ...
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No pressure in secondary

I have a problem with an ale kit I've brewed and kegged. I have done primary with a s04 yeast and its been in secondary for about 5 days and I've checked it this morning and its not built up pressure. ...
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What is the smell from growing beer yeast and is there any adverse effects from the odor/fumes

What are the fumes from growing beer yeast and is there any adverse toxic problems?
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Can I wash/re-use all that yeast in the blowoff

Last night, I put my 1.130+ (it wasn't until midnight when I finished that I noticed that it was higher than my hydrometer and refractometer could go) wort in the carboy to ferment. I wake up this ...
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Wine Kit (extract) Secondary

I'm making a wine kit with pre-packaged must. It calls for a secondary fermentation after 5 - 7 days then stabalising about 10 days later by adding clarification agents. I prefer to let things sit. ...
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Making Hard Cider in a Dorm

So I am attempting to make my own hard cider. At my school, there is a farmers market every Thursday and at this market they sell flash pasteurized cider; the process is stopped partway through so it ...
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Does beer make you stupid?

I read somewhere that people who drink beer get more stupid. Is that true? Does beer kill brain cells or what?
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Temperature control during 1st phase fermentation

I am having some issues keeping the temperature controlled. I live in SE QLD and the daily ambient temperature has been 23 degrees C down to 11C. I've been advised not to let the wort drop below 18C ...
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How to add fruit to beer

What is the best way to add fruit to a beer? I'm afraid boiling it will break down the fruit too much (a muslin bag could fix this I guess), but I'm not sure how to add it to the fermenter without ...
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High FG / Low Attenuation across 3 different beers

I have brewed 3 all-grain batches now that have a high final gravity: Imperial IPA: Target OG - 1.079, Target FG - 1.011, Actual OG - 1.070, Actual FG - 1.020, Yeast - US-05. Common attenuation ...
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What makes my mash tun smell like vomit?

If I leave my mash tun unattended for a few days after brewing it smells like a dead animal covered in vomit. What is the name of the bacteria/fungus/other that excretes this smell?
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Cleaning stainless steel

I bought an used stainless steel really large pot (>90 liters) that was used for cooking, but had some kind of water stains inside. On a (stupid) attempt to clean it, I had it sand blasted, which ...
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I forgot to put water in the airlock! What do I do now?

I did my first brew (all grain), some things were complicated to achieve and finished at 4 o'clock in the morning because I decided to start at 10 pm (big mistake). At the end of it all, after I ...
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Is beer bad for dogs?

My dog, Lilly Von Shtupp, loves to drink beer. I only give her an ounce or so once in a blue moon, but I stopped recently because I heard that dogs are sensitive/allergic to hops. Can anyone either ...
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Best position to install a bi-metal thermometer

Of course I'm asking about the height. How to calculate the best height to install a bi-metal thermometer like this: Dial Thermometer - MoreBeer ? Usually, we can see it installed in the middle of ...
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Attempting a partial mash - what grain bill?

I was gonna use 1.5kg of LME and then make another 1.5kg with some MO grain. I've only got a 5L pot but I could get another to make 10L total. It sounds stupid but to get another 1.5kg would I just ...
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Camping stove as a wort heater

I'm looking for a way to get a good rolling boil on 5 gallons of wort, on a really tight budget What are my best options?
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How does the attenuation limit from mash temperature affect yeast attenuation?

Like, for example, if you select a yeast with an average attenuation of 80%, but you mash at 160, which limits attenuation to 76.8%1, would the limit simply be the lower of the limit or the average ...
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Filtering recommendations (other than 'don't')?

For various reasons, including (a) lack of bench space, which equals ageing time; and mostly (b) an intermittent case of gout, which means that brewer's yeast is a serious no-no for me—I'm forced to ...
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Should I add water to an already fermenting batch?

I just moved my (first) batch to my secondary fermenter. While doing so it became apparent that I did not top off to five gallons like I thought and instead it seems closer to four gallons. I now have ...
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Efficiently sterilizing bottles

I've got 50 bottles to sterilize tonight but unfortunately have an extraordinarily small sink which can only fit 4 bottles at a time. The sterilizer I have (bruclens cleaner) requires everything to ...
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What is the overall volume of a Corny keg?

Cornelius kegs come in various sizes, but many home brewers use the "five gallon" (nominal) size. Including the headspace, how much volume is available inside of the standard five gallon Cornelius ...
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Belgium clones leffe brune

has anyone made a Leffe Brune clone, please tell me what you used and how it turned out?
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Ale is cloudy and really fizzy

I tried my very first home brew kit recently. I don't recall the specific brand, but it was a 'Newkie Brown' kit that came in a tin and was like black treacle to start with (e.g. a syrup not a powder ...
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Pot or cooler based mash tun?

Today I have 2 pots for brewing: a 45L one for water and a 67L one for mash/boiling. My plan was to use the smaller for mash and then transfer to the other to boil, but i found it very tigth, so today ...
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Easiest low on alcohol homebrew

Can somebody help me with a home-brew method to produce a 3-4% alcoholic beer from wheat or barely without much apparatus.
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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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Would coffee wine be at all similar in taste to Kahlua?

I'm interested in brewing kind of a coffee wine. Would it taste at all like Kahlua? I imagine the coffee flavor would be slightly weaker. Recipes for it I've seen have described the taste as "unique" ...
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Can I get away with not rinsing Potassium Metabisulphite when I'm bottling?

So I was reading some posts here on the homebrew stack exchange, like I do, and I came across this question. I always use K-meta when bottling because I keep my bottles clean and all I need is to ...
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How do water filters effect the minerals in water?

In the particular section of the city I live in, the tap water has a poor taste. I use a Pur brand water filter which improves the taste significantly (although it is still poor relative to bottled ...
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My beer is not carbonating in my Keg

Since I have read so much about how much easier it is to keg your homebrew rather then bottle it, I decided to go ahead and get myself a kegging system setup. So, last week, after my beer was done ...
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Can I reuse a failed starter?

The proprietor at my LHBS gave me an unsold Wyeast 1968 smack pack that was well over a year old. I made a starter for it just to see if it was still viable. It was not viable. Now I need to make a ...
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Measuring specific gravity without sampling

Is there any way, I can measure SG with a sensor of some kind? I guess I'm not REALLY after SG, but rather a way to determine that fermantation is done, without sampling. I would very much like hook ...
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How can I filter out excess cream (trub) before bottling?

I'm making a cream ale and just moved it into a new carboy for secondary fermentation. While siphoning it over, I noticed that there's a lot of solid creamy substance still in the beer. Maybe I did ...
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What Type and Power of Microscope For Observing Yeast Cells

I'm interested in buying a microscope that I can use to observe yeast cells. Ideally, I'd like to use this to count cells in region and do calculations to get estimated populations (though I don't ...
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Fruit mead - VERY vigorous fermentation

I have made several batches of meads, using different yeasts, with the same recipe. I then picked the yeast that made the best mead (IMO) and made some fruit meads. I followed the same recipe, but ...
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Is brewers' Lactobacillus heterofermentative or homofermentative?

I have only used 'natural' lactobacillus, that is, inoculated wort with raw grains to achieve a very tart sour. In my last experiment, I soured a mash over a few days and the gravity had dropped from ...

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