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Soapy aftertaste in wine, fermentation temperature?

I generally find my homebrew wine (just from a regular kit) has a soapy kind of aftertaste. I'm wondering if this might be down to fermentation temperature or something, I'm taking as many precautions ...
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plastic storage for bottles

I just found out that roaches harbor in cardboard boxes. Not to mention that cardboard breaks down easily when filled with damp, freshly sanitized bottles. Does anyone have suggestions for plastic ...
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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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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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What is the minimum amount of time required for a yeast starter?

It is generally advised to leave a yeast starter for at least 24 hours to get optimal yeast growth. If I only have a few hours, is there any point making a starter from my liquid yeast pack? Is ...
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Using avocado in beer?

I've had a weird urge to make some sort of avocado beer for quite some time. I've heard rumors of some commerical styles that have incorporated the avocado, but have not been able to unearth either a ...
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What are the primary causes of Acetaldehyde?

I'm a bit confused about this. In my own experience, I'm no longer experiencing acetaldehyde flavours in my beer after improving my aeration methods and at the same time starting to use yeast ...
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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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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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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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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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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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I am planning to brew a GRUIT

In the life of each home-brewer there is a moment when he decides to do something crazy (like gruit). I understand, that chances of me making a drinkable gruit are pretty low... But.. you know. I ...
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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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Keeping beer from entering CO2 line while Carbing Keg?

So I am getting ready to carbonate my first keg! But I am worried about beer entering the CO2 line if I use the 'rock on my lap like a baby' method :) I am worried because I tried to carbonate a ...
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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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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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Gooseberry Wine Help

Just harvested some green gooseberries from the allotment, and as I don't like eating them, i thought i'd make some wine. Is there any tips anyone can offer me, or any good methods to follow? This ...
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Is Mixing Yeast OK?

Say I wanted to make an ale which has some of the banana characteristics of a Belgian yeast, but also wanted some of the citrusy flavors of an American ale yeast. Could I achieve this by making a ...
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Using Multiple Strains of Yeast in the Same Batch?

I've been thinking about this recently, so I figured I'd ask it here. Is there any reason you couldn't use two strains of yeast in the same batch of beer? For a particularly high gravity amber ale, ...
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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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DIY Fermentation Chamber. Dual Zone Question

I am building a fermentation chamber and I was wondering if there is a way to have two zones but only use one cooler? My thinking is have two of everything except the cooler. So there would be ...
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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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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 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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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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What are the effects of storing unboiled All-Grain Wort at sub-lager temperatures?

Obviously it is better to immediately boil the wort when it is freshest, giving any wild yeist or bacteria as little time as possible to grow and contaminate the product. It is also a well ...
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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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no sediment in my cider home brew kit

I've recently purchased and set up a cider homebrew kit, but after 9 days I've had absolutely no sediment at all. Have I done something wrong? I've followed the instructions to the word.
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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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What are the competing formulas for determining target Residual Alkalinity from SRM?

In John Palmer's spread sheet, he calculates the low target RA as SRM * 12.2 - 122 He calculates the high target RA as (SRM-5.2)*12.2. This BYO article states that `target SRM = 0.14 * ...
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Brewing first wine from juice need some help

So i looked up a cheap way to make me self some wine, and i decided to go with cranberry juice 100% from concentrate no preservatives or anything like that in it, i started of with 1liter, i poured ...
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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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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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Can I filter my homebrew hard cider with a few coffee filters?

I haven't seen many people filter their hard cider to get rid of bits of yeast. what will happen if I filter?
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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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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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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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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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Achieving the Expected SG from a Beer Recipe

I've recently been looking at all-grain brewing and noticed that the recipes tend to have a wide variation in the expected final specific gravity after fermentation. I was wondering how you manage to ...
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Why is my wine cloudy now?

This bottle of Mint wine was super clear when bottled. I use Sparkolloid. Six months later it looks like a snow globe. This is happening to several of my batches but not all. Whats going on here ? ...
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Brew stand recommendations

My buddy and I are looking to upgrade to a 20 gallon brew stand, and I'm looking for recommendations between buying a full setup, which brand, or making one ourselves.
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Stubborn residue in my bottles

I've been brewing for a couple years now, and lately my bottle collection has been more and more difficult to keep clean. I've always been thorough about rinsing the bottles with hot water ...
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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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Necessity of Fermentation Temp Control while Brewing in Rural Paraguay?

I'll be brewing for my second time in Paraguay and have a quick question in regards to the summer conditions down here. How important is it to maintain the fermentation yeast temperature range after ...
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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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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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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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Dynamics temperature measurement

We fight to keep the fermentation temperature controlled, usually constant, but the fermentation is an exothermic activity, so in one side we try to remove energy, and in the other (inside, mainly in ...
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Beer turning cloudy when poured into a glass

So i opened up a bottle of home brew that had been lagering for a few months. When i opened it and pour it into a glass is was perfectly clear with nice carbonation. Then within 5-10 minutes it was ...

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