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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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Has My mead gone south?

This is rather my first time doing a mead. It has been a month since i put it up for fermentation. Its been locked in a relatively stable temperature and totally dark enviroment. Today after a full ...
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can i bottle cider at 150 sg it has been still for a month

my cider started at 190 and now is 150 and has been still for about a month, can I drink and bottle it at this time?
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Beer Smith 2 Equipment settings.

Just got Beer Smith 2 and I was wondering if anyone has done equipment profiles and could give me some pointers on where to start. Prost
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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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Avoiding excessive soot on brew kettles

Are there any secret tricks to avoiding an exorbitant amount of soot on the brew kettle after the boil? We have been making all grain batches recently using a 20 gallon stock pot and a propane ...
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562 views

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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putting the fizz back into beer

I'm hopping you guys can help me with this one. I want to fill a 2lt coke bottle with beer from bottles and add sugar and yeast to put the CO2 back in so it will last 8 to 10 days plus. I'm after ...
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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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Electric brewing inside

It's starting to get cold out there but I still want to brew. I started looking into electric brew kettles (i am still new and only using extracts kits). Most of the stuff I read online is about ...
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Bucket Heaters and Condensation safety / Lid considerations

EDIT - After many different attempts, I've learned these bucket heaters definitely shut them self off when the water starts boiling (and turn back on when the water drops somewhat below boiling), ...
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Bernzomatic oxygen bottles to oxygenate beer

I bought a cylinder of Bernzomatic Oxygen on the advice of my local homebrew store. They sold me an adapter kit (w/ air stone) and I got the cylinder from Lowes (tool section). Picture of adapter ...
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1answer
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I am having trouble finding 1/2" inside diameter hose barb fittings to feed my Chugger pump

Where can I buy a " 1/2" NPT female x 1/2" ID hose barb " with a true 1/2" inside diameter? My Chugger pump requires a minimum of 1/2" feed to eliminate cavitation.
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No-rinse acid sanitizer - is there a risk?

My homebrewer friends recommend the StarSan acid sanitizer, hands-down. I tried it once and it foamed everywhere and left a bunch of rings in the carboy and the bottles. It made me paranoid that it ...
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3answers
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Need help accenting the “clove” character of my Hefes

So I enjoy the heck outa making Hefeweizens. Its a great style and very wonderful when fresh. However, my Hefe's never seem to hit that "clove" note properly, they always lean much more towards the ...
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How do I increase the sulphur production in a lager?

In my past experience, my lagers have no perceptible sulphur. I understand that the "rotten egg" sulphur (H2S) is undesirable, but every great lager I have tasted has at least a hint of matchstick ...
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2answers
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Airlock not pressurized, any explanation other than a leak?

I'm in the primary fermentation of mead, using one of these "big mouth bubbler" 5 gallon fermenters and an S airlock. Initially, when the fermentation was really vigorous, the airlock behaved as ...
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1answer
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Winemaking Clubs in Greater DC area

Is anyone aware of wine making clubs in the greater Washington, DC area? I'd prefer Maryland, but beggars can't be choosers. I've checked Winemaker Magazine's list of clubs, but no luck.
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3answers
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Is it possible to do pressurized fermentation in a mini keg?

I have been keen on moving from bottles to use kegs in my amateur home brews. But because of lack of space and because I just like the size and mobility of the smaller kegs I'd like to try to use ...
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1answer
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Overcarbination in a Chocolate Porter

I brewed a batch of chocolate porter from an all-grain kit. Not only does the finished product not taste particularly good, but 1/3-1/2 of the beer foams up and out of the bottle once it's opened. ...
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1answer
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Can you load less than 1.3 gallons into the Tap-A-Draft system?

I'm just starting out home brewing and I am planning on sticking with 1 gallon brews for a while. I want to purchase a Tap-a-Draft system but continue with 1 gallon batches for a while. Can you load ...
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1answer
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Pitching a Yeast Starter Before High Krausen

I made my first two lagers last weekend and will make two more this weekend. After the boil, I chilled the wort to 75*F/24*C, oxygenated it and put the carboy in my chest freezer so it could get down ...
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Why did PBW strip my gold colored faucets?

I soaked my gold colored Perlick beer faucets in Powdered Brewery Wash (PBW) overnight and it stripped the gold coloring off and revealed the stainless steel underneath. PBW is non-reactive to most ...
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1answer
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When brewing water Kefir my wire bail stopper blew off

I am trying to salvage my one fermenting bottle and wondered if anyone knows how to get the dern top/bail stopper back on the bottle. When I went to open my water kefir it shot liquid everywhere and ...
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1answer
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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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Foam on my fermenting beer

My beer iam fermenting which is now 7 days old has started producing a small amount of foam/bubbles on the surface! Everything else is spot on, just wondering if this is normal so near bottling stage? ...
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3answers
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All my all-grain batches produce a bitter/astringent, dark, almost burnt off flavor that ruins every batch, from light pilsner to dark belgians

I'm scratching my head trying to figure this one out. Here's the story: I started brewing extracts, and they all came out great. I wanted to get into all-grain so a last year I ordered myself the ...
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2answers
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How to sweeten up my pumpkin ale?

I just tasted my pumpkin ale after fermentation was complete and it's not as sweet as I was hoping. The spice and pumpkin flavors are great, but I'd like it to have a slightly sweeter finish. I ...
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2answers
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Fix a leak on my weld-less valve

Just picked up a new kettle. Assembled it and ran a water test on it. It came with some teflon tape, and I put that on. But it has a consistent dripping leak. Should I just load some more teflon tape ...
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1answer
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Gluten-free brewing books?

Are there any comprehensive gluten-free brewing books? It's one thing to hack together knowledge from the many great traditional brewing books out there, but a coherent volume specifically for "beers" ...
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2answers
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Brass vs. Stainless Steel for fittings

I see both brass and stainless fittings for sale. Which is appropriate to use when?
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1answer
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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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1answer
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I have a problem with my Airlock

The lid on my airlock has no holes in the top! Do I still make sure the lid is firmly all the way down ?
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1answer
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LIQUORICE Taste in my beer?

Beer in my secondary fermenter tastes a little like Liquorice. Wierd. WHY? PLS HELP
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4answers
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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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0answers
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Continue fermentation in Primary Fermentaor [duplicate]

Was wondering if I could keep my pilsner lager in my primary fermenter instead of transferring it during secondary fermentation???? Please Help 🙋
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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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1answer
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Security measures when brewing Soda

I just wanted to experiment homebrewing some Soda for a kick. I found a few pages online that say the process is quite similar to homebrewing Beer, but somewhat easier and faster. As far as I know, I ...
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14answers
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What do you get if you distill mead?

This is just out of curiosity... I mean if you distill beer, you get whiskey... if you distill wine, you get cognac/brandy... if you distill fermented molasses, you get rum... if you distill ...
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2answers
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When to stop the whirlpool pump in an immersion whirlpool chiller?

What is the best temperature to stop the pump in an immersion whirlpool chiller ? And what about the time to wait the trub settling vs wort temperature ? Consider both Ale and Lager.
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1answer
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5 gallon batch in 16 gallon kettle?

I just ordered a Bayou brew kettle. I meant to order the 10 gallon, but accidentally ordered the 16 gallon (Only a $15 USD difference). I only have a couple all-grain/partial mash brew under my ...
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6answers
417 views

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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8answers
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I just had my Big Mouth Bubbler carboy shatter, now I'm terrified

I've been using these big mouth bubbler's as my secondary fermentation now for a few months: I was originally using them as primary as well, but being one that makes pretty high gravity beers, I ...
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1answer
588 views

Stupidly added priming sugar in initial fermentation step

I started my first brew this weekend with a kit, Stupidly, I misread the instructions and added the bag of priming sugar (which was supposed to be added immediately prior to barrelling) at the start ...
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1answer
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Which malts/hops (and how much) should I keep on hand for maximum flexibility? [closed]

Which varieties (and how much) of malts and hops should I keep on hand to be able to brew the greatest variety of beers without having to go to my LHBS? For clarity, this is for brewing five gallon ...
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1answer
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Erlenmeyer flask rinsed in StarSan

For the first time I'm making a starter in my Erlenmeyer flask. I soaked, emptied, and drained the flask pretty good save the foam that is normal. The funnel, bung and blowoff tube were also soaked. ...
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8answers
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Rubber bung keeps getting out

I'm using rubber bungs (with airlock) for my 5l glass carboys, I just got the carboys so it's my first time fermenting in them. I have a problem that rubber bung keep getting out because of the CO2 ...
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2answers
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Why is my O.G. less then what I calculated?

I am trying to figure out what I did wrong, when I measured my O.G. it came out to 1.060/1.062, what i calculated is, and what the recipe states it should be in the 1.070 to 1.080 range...... recipe: ...
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2answers
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Is it Bottling Time?

My bitter has been fermenting for 9 days now and I think it's time to bottle? Temp is fine and gravity is 1.006 for 3 days running,just in the bottling mark. No activity now, just a small amount of ...
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0answers
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Bottling stage PROBLEM! [duplicate]

Day 8 of fermenting my beer all is ok except for last 2 days...! The head has started producing a small foam/bubbles that I had the first couple of days. Is something wrong? Please help 😯

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