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Why add extract late [duplicate]

I have heard mention of late addition of extracts. I was under the impression that you need to boil the extract to kill off any possible nasties? When I brew, so far always from a prepackaged kit, ...
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Losing liquid during brewing

I'm homebrewing using a Northern Brewer starter kit, but I seem to be losing quite a lot of beer. I'm starting with 5 gallons in my primary fermeter, but by the time I bottle I end up with roughly 3.9 ...
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Will More grain in a partial mash give more body to my IPA

I enjoy IPA's and I think I've made the best one to my taste so far. The only thing that concerns me is the amount of grain that I used in this recipe, as it was only 1/2 lb of Belgian Aromatic Malt. ...
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Gravity reading much lower than exected: why?

Okay, so my friend and me made an experiment yesterday. We wanted to brew a >20%, 300+ IBU IIPA. Yeah yeah... I know :) Now to the question. We used 10.5kg of grain for 26.25 liters of water for the ...
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Can fermenting temperatures affect a beer's taste?

I'm putting together an "all glass" kit with two carboys and want to brew a DIPA but I'm a little concerned about temperature ranges where I'll be fermenting. I'm looking at somewhere between 15-18 ...
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What should I expect to pay for pin lock Corny Kegs?

It seems like corny keg prices are all oer the map. doing a simple search for "used pin lock cornelius keg" I see them from $11.99 on ebay to $38.95 on Cornykeg.com That's a huge swing. Relatively ...
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Johnson A419 controls

I have a summit 570 kegerator which does not get cold enough. I bought the Johnson A419 - saw reviews everyone swears by it. I hooked it up, set at 32°F, the display reads 43°F and does not ...
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Cleaning Inside of Racking Cane

I've noticed a little build up of gunk (for lack of a better term) in the curve of my racking cane. I can use a cleaning brush to get most of the cane but I don't have anything on hand to get into the ...
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How do you label your bottles?

How do you mark, label, or otherwise identify the contents of your bottles? I'm currently using masking tape and a marker, but I'm curious what most other people use.
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Does current science have any idea of what components of the biology of yeast make which desired characteristics of beer

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/mar/27/designer-chromosome-brewers-yeast-eukaryotic-saccharomyces-cerevisiae If you haven't heard of this story you have GOT to read it. "Scientists ...
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Can I add adjuncts to beer kits?

I have been given one of those beer kits, namely Coopers International Series Beer Kit English Bitter. I've used these kits before and I've also made my own beer without the use of such kits. What ...
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Does any “probe” exist which can detect the gravity of wort?

I use a Raspberry Pi in combination with a temperature probe to measure the temperature of my wort. It would be nice if I had another probe that could measure the current gravity of my beer, so that ...
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Using Grolsch “Premium Lager” bottles for bottling

In my first bottling, I decided I wanted to try using half normal reused glass bottles with new bottle caps and half reused Grolsch beer bottles. Probably the worst part of the process was having to ...
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Saison fermentation. White residue and thin film. Infected?

I'm ferementing a saison with Wyeast 3724, and after the initial ferment, it died down, I then bought it into a warmer room and chucked some blankets over it (I'm also using an aquarium heater, but ...
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Need a non-alcohol brew without the sacrifices. (besides the obvious)

I brewed a pomander inspired wit beer for the holidays. It is currently in primary. Since my wife just had gall badder surgery, she is avoiding alcohol for a little while and asked if I could brew her ...
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What consequences arise from holding wort at a high temperaure after fermenation is 100% complete?

I just learned recently via this forum that temperature is most important during primary fermentation, which completes in (roughly) 7 days. I have fermwraps on my carboys. What would happen if I set ...
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What is the ideal climate for growing hops?

I would like to start growing my own hops and want to know what the ideal climate is. I've read that hops will grow in most areas of North America, but there must be places where they grow better ...
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Pomegranate wine colour?

The pictures of pomegranate wine I have seen on the internet seem like very dark red wine. The one I made however looked like a milkish pink. What can account for the difference? How can I control the ...
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Making Sweet Mead this weekend

guys, I'm planning to brew a sweet mead this weekend with 15-18 lbs of honey for a 5 gallon batch... Here's my goal... I want it to be strong (15% or so) and sweet. I'm pretty much prepared, but ...
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Should I boil a hopped malt extract prior to fermentation?

I am an absolute beginner; I've merely helped my brother brew once. I purchased a beer brewing kit and want to get started. John Palmer's bible suggests that I should throw out the directions that ...
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Will Bacterial Iron affect my beer?

I recently moved to a house on a well and not too long after discovered our entire area has a bacterial iron problem. We have the standard water softener and it does a fairly good job of cutting down ...
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Extract Brewing - Adding Water to Carboy after Pouring Kettle into Carboy

In this question I asked if it was bad to pour the sludge from the kettle into the carboy, because the instructions from NB told me not to do it (but didn't explain why). The answers I got were that ...
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Economics behind homebrewing?

What are the economics behind home brewing? I mean compared to buying "X" commercial brand beer and setting aside the "hobby" added value that this may have? Please help! Regards! F.
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Bottling Rhythm and efficiency

I've read the answers on how to sanitize bottles while bottling [here] but my question is this... Should you cap a bottle right after filling it, or can you fill say 6 bottles, cap them, then put ...
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Could someone provide info. about brewing salts?

I have been reading a lot about home brewing. I'm planning actually to build an electronic 5 gallon brewery. Could anyone provide a short explanation when (mashing, boiling ?!), why and how much to ...
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What is the EZ Water Calculator for? [duplicate]

has anyone used the EZ Water calculator? I'm new at this and have been reading a lot but don't quite understand the purpose of such spreadsheet... Could you provide a little more info? Thanks!
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How do I make grape wine at 60%ABV, that tastes good?

Its my first time. I want to make some wine. Please tell me how I increase my wines alcohol percentage around 60%. Is it possible, Does anyone know the process? How much yeast, should I use in the ...
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Does Dry Hopping create a white film with bubbles?

Might be a weird question! I have brewed, with a friend, 6 batches of beer so far. An IPA, then a Stout, a Saison, a Doppelbock, an Baltic Porter and finally, the same IPA. All grain, always. Of all ...
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Can Malt extract or Wort be inverted?

You can invert Sucrose sugar (UK table sugar) into Fructose and Glucose, by heating with citric acid, (FYI This is how you make belgian candy sugar guys!). I'm not too hot on my Malt, but there is a ...
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How to Properly Increase the Temperature of a Batch after Primary Fermentation

I've read tidbits how that after the first 3 days of fermentation, you would ideally raise the temperature of the carboy for the remainder of the brew. How, exactly, does one do this? Say the Wyeast ...
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Is there a need to stir the kettle at some regular interval while boiling the wort?

I extract brew. After I boil the three gallons of water, I take the kettle off the stove and pour the sugars in, and stir under I'm convinced it has all been dissolved. Placing the kettle back on the ...
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Will rapid ambient temperature drop kill yeast or just slow them down

I have just put on my first all grain homebrew (a porter) here in Melbourne, Australia. After a day or so it was bubbling away quite nicely. A couple of days ago the weather decided to change ...
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What are the various ways to remove chlorine/chloramine from tap water?

OK, I actually know how to remove chlorine, but I'd like to have the pros and cons of each method spelled out. I will post an answer and mark it as a community wiki. Please edit it with your input.
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Is this cider production method flawed?

Okay, tomorrow is the day I am making my first batch of cider. I have 21kg of late season, fairly sharp dessert apples and will be following the following todo list. Is there anything obviously wrong ...
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Will refrigeration help carbonate my beer?

After two weeks of bottle conditioning at about 55-60°F (13-16°C), my beer is still a bit flat. I put a few in the fridge and after 2 days, they tasted just as flat. At this point, what should I do? ...
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Homebrewing and Cats

I am somewhat interested in obtaining 2 kittens. My 1 bedroom apartment already isn't the cleanest. I spray 409 and Windex on all my surfaces before I brew or bottle and call it clean. I'm not going ...
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Temperature of wort hit 50*F when yeast has a minimum temperature of 60*F

This is unrelated to the question I just posted here. (Yes I'm having a bad day regarding temperatures, both too hot and too cold!) My yeast had a temperature range of 60-72*F. It has been brewing ...
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Temperature of Wort hit 89*F when yeast has maximum temperature of 72*

... I rigged up a raspberry pi and connected it to a thermwrap to regulate temperatures for my wort. All was working swell until I made a slight tweak in the code, and commented out the section that ...
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How does oil inhibit head formation? Do citrus oils inhibit head formation?

Two part question: (1) How does oil inhibit formation of head in beer? Homebrewers take as gospel that oil-containing ingredients such as nuts will negatively impact head. But I can't find any ...
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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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Will blending a highly attenuating yeast with a highly alcohol tolerant yeast cleanly lower the final gravity in a very high gravity ale?

I've brewed some ridiculous beers in the past, my highest original gravity resulting in over a final 18% ABV using WLP099 yeast. That particular beer turned out well for how inexperienced I was when ...
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How to prepare Hop Tea?

How does one make a "Hop Tea" for taste testing? I am trying to get a better understanding of different hop flavor profiles. I have heard of making hop teas to do taste tests but I wonder if it's ...
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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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A recipe for a White IPA calls for dextrose and lactic acid. What are they used for?

For my next brew, I'm brewing this Deschutes Chainbreaker White IPA clone recipe using LME as described at the bottom of the page. I'm unfamiliar with the use of lactic acid and dextrose in brewing ...
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Increasing the 'caramel and coffee tones' of my porter

A pub and brewery in town does a delicious porter with caramel and coffee tones. What particular ingredients do I need to add to my mash to achieve this?
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How much coffee (approx) would go into a 2 Gallon brew?

Im new to homebrewing (this'll be my 3rd batch ever, but only my second with this kit) using a Mr Beer 2 gallon kit. Im making an American Porter (from extract) and want to impart some coffee flavors ...
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Bottle conditioning

More reading - this time about bottle conditioning. If my yeast attenuation level is say 80%, does that mean there would be enough sugars in the bottle for the yeast to carb the beer? Or would priming ...
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Do I need additional equipment for kits with hops?

I am looking for a kit for my second brew. My first was simply a can, some added DME and the yeast that came with the can, and it turned out pretty well. My one complaint was that it wasn't quite ...
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What is the intended IBU of Caribou Slobber?

What is the intent of the Northern Brewer Caribou Slobber recipe as far as IBU is concerned? 1.) I have asked at the store and the answer I got was 34. 2.) I have searched the Internet and answers ...
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How do you brew high alcohol beers at home?

I've heard that brewing anything over around 14% ABV is pretty much impossible…and that achieving anything over 11% in a homebrew environment is not very realistic. Is this true? If so, how do they ...

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