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Overflowing Airlock and Contamination

I use a Raspberry Pi with water-proof temperature probes to monitor the temperature of my fermenting wort, and I feed the probe through the airlock to make direct contact with the wort. Two out of my ...
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Carbonation and altitude

Can altitude have an effect on carbonation? I was at the in laws last week and discovered all of the homebrews I brought (about 6) were foaming over when opened. However, all those from the same ...
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Accurate Temp with Johnson A419 & Freezer

I recently purchased a 5 sq ft chest freezer and A419 Johnson temp control for fermenting my beer. I hooked everything up with a Setpoint temp of 63 degrees and a Differential of 1 degree to test it ...
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Can I force carbonate a half-full keg of homemade cola?

I make some small batches of home-made cola, tonic water, and ginger ale - usually making a batch of syrup, then mixing up a corny keg full and force-carbonating it over a few days. Normally I bottle ...
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How many times can you re-use a hop bag?

Is there a limit on how many times you can re-use a hop bag? I use the bag to make a hop tea to drop into the fermenter to flavor my beer. I clean the bag by boiling it in water for 5 minutes before ...
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How long do crushed grains last? [duplicate]

In a relatively short time period I will finally embark on all-grain brewing. I would rather purchase grains online as it is cheaper than the LHBS, but the LHBS won't let me use their crushing ...
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To Squeeze or Not To Squeeze the speciality grain mesh bag?

I order extracts from NB and most of them come with a disposable mesh bag with specialty grains, the instructions specifying to take the grains out after the temperature reaches 170*F. After pulling ...
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How can one keg be overcarbonated on a 4-line setup when all the other beers pour just fine?

A while ago I purchased a 4-line kegerator, I have one CO2 tank that carbonates 4 kegs of beer at around 11 psi. When I bring a new uncarbonated keg online, I just add it to an empty gas line and let ...
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Thermal expansion of wort

Does anybody know an algorithm or a calculator to compute thermal expansion of worts? Most of the time in homebrewing materials, it is said that in volume calculations one should account for 4% ...
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A Bit Of Grainy/Sweet Flavor In My Imperial IPA

I brewed a Dog Fish Head 90 min a month ago and it turned out pretty good for my first all grain. The only thing I noticed was a slight/mild grain flavor, especially when it gets warmer, and it takes ...
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Cold crashing bottled ale after fermentation

There are a few topics about this here but nothing that gives info on my particular situation... I've fermented in primary for 1 1/2 weeks then transferred to secondary. Left the ale in there for ...
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Difficulty siphoning through counterflow chiller

Just bought a counterflow chiller... tested it with boiling water and it worked fine. I also siphoned sanitizer through it, no problems there. However when I tried to siphon the wort, it clogged ...
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How to clean an old oak barrel

I have a very old oak barrel that was given to me that used to have rum in it. It has been empty for about 10 years but I would like to clean it to store cider. What is the best way to clean it so ...
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Will this fermenter explode?

Brewed a Munich Helles yesterday and fermented it with an ale yeast. OG was 1.040 and it's in my fermentation fridge at 68f. Today when I checked it the lid was domed but the airlock wasn't ...
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Is it better to age a wine in bottles rather than bulk aging?

My partner and I are brewing a 6-gallon wine batch, and we disagree over when to bottle it. It's been in the carboy for approximately 8 months, and I've read here and on other sites that bulk aging ...
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Citra hops shortage?

I'm having a devil of a time finding citra hops in quantity. Everywhere I visit seems to carry citra, but none want to sell me more than a couple of ounces and usually at inflated prices. I mean $2.99 ...
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What effect does conversion have on mash temp

We're mashing our second batch (after a year of extract) and seems like we cannot keep the mash temp low enough. We struck at 165F in an attempt to hit 152 for mash (grain was at 65F). We saw a ...
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Creating the perfect ginger bug?

Can anyone suggest the best recipe for making a ginger bug? I understand that it is just ginger root and unrefined sugar, but is it better to use organic ginger (if so why?), what is the best sugar ...
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Gluten Free Brewing with Sorghum Extract

I am working on a Gluten Free clone of Sam Summer for my wife, I took a kit from a home brew store that was close and added some lemon and lime zest, and some grains of paradise. The kit uses sorghum ...
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Halving my yeast for two batches

I am about to start a batch again, as I have now run out of beer. I am brewing in smaller batches (8 litres). I plan on splitting the wort and putting then into two separate fermenters. Since a ...
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Do I have to bottle/keg an ale?

I've got an ale (23L) that's been brewing for six days now, my recipe says I should bottle or keg it after eight. I don't have any bottles or a keg, but I do have another bucket (25L, made for brewing ...
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O2-absorbing crowns - do they absorb other things?

I have tried long-term aged beers (year or more) side by side, one with o2-absorbing crowns, one without, and swear by the difference. While it seems you want some oxidation in a long-term-aged beer, ...
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“Whirlpool” Adjuncts

We brewed bear-flavored's Heady Topper clone last weekend, and the beer has just over 1# of hops in it (5 gallon) All of the hops are added at flameout and whirlpool (it actually doesn't even call for ...
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Half my batch (while carbonating) got put in the fridge by mistake

They were put in the fridge at day 11 or 12. I'm afraid to take them out (to resume carbonation) because of skunking. Is this valid? I've read the other questions about carbonation/temperature, etc, ...
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Low Pre boil gravity

I have brewed the same recipe 4 times. All 4 brews had 1.028-1.030 pre-boil gravity but today when I finished my mash I had 1.025. Any reasons that happen? And what impact will it have on my beer?
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Buying Yeast Online and Temperature during Transit

I buy everything from Northern Brewer and it takes UPS 5 days to ship to me (If I'm not home early enough from work on Friday, I have to wait the weekend too). Next week is going to have three days ...
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How to adjust my wine?

I'm looking for some general advice/recommended reading, etc. I've made a few wine kits and they've all come out OK. I feel I have the general process down and I'm ready to start with perhaps ...
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Bubbles restart after 1 month?

i've done 4 batches one month ago, one per day, day after day. My batches now are of 60L, and I use 2 30L fermenters for each batch. 2 of the 4 batches are the "same recipe", so I have 4 fermenters ...
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Immersion/Whirpool chiller design for good trub cone formation

Considering the best trub cone formation in the wort (settling in the center), what aspects shall we have in mind when designing a serpentine (coil) to chill wort (immersed in it) with whirlpool ...
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How does one get a smoked flavor in their beer? [duplicate]

For those who have tried it, Im thinking like the smokey flavor in Stone's 'Matts Burning Rosids'.
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Missed Expected OG, Sparging Issue? [duplicate]

I brewed my first all grain batch this past weekend and everything went pretty smooth except my OG was 1.050 instead of the 1.056 I was expecting. Would this be a sparging issue? I had calculated a ...
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Higher alcohol content in a Hard apple cider

I am brewing a hard apple cider and would like to know how can I increase the ABV % in a cider ? or is it the same process in a beer ?
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Jumbo stir plates?

Now that I've discovered (thanks to jsled and Google) what a stir plate is and why I need to make one, I'm curious to know how far they can be pushed. Being a lazy brewer with a fairly well-equipped ...
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Substituting 2-row with DME - Extract Torpedo Clone recipe

I really want to make an extract SN Torpedo Clone. During my hunt for recipes, this one in my opinion sounds great and I would really like to try it. Recipe OP here O.G. 1.076 (actual) F.G. 1.016 ...
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Bottling from secondary (keg). Wait two weeks and prime or now?

I'm brewing my 1st kit which my gf got from a local hardware store (ironically there's a home brew store not 5 mins away sigh) but wasn't a cheap one. ...
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Proposed yeast starter

Within the next few days I'll be 'brewing' 100 litres of ale from slightly concentrated sterile wort. I've used these kits before with decent results, but this time I want to try a liquid yeast ...
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Consecutive (lacto?) infections with different fermenters

My two last batches got a sour/white wine taste to them (prior to bottling). The first one was a Hefeweizen fermented in my bucket. The taste was present from day 4 up to bottling a month later. In ...
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What does “dregs” mean?

I have seen the term "dregs" used in different context like sour beer brewing or "bottle dregs". The straight definition for it: "the remnants of a liquid left in a container, together with ...
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Is this wort infected? (*Picture)

This is my 30th or so batch and I've never seen this before. The best way I can describe it is that it looks like summer in the Arctic and pieces of ice are breaking off the ice caps. Any idea as ...
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Yeast overdose?

So I'm new to the home-brewing scene, and I was a bit too excited to get started with my apple cider. I misread the instructions, and instead of using half a teaspoon for a 2lt bottle of juice.. I ...
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I'm trying to make a 1.5 litre batch of sugar wine (kilju), how much sugar do I add to it?

I've been trying to make a 1.5 litre batch of sugar wine, but I don't really know how much sugar I should add. Thanks.
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Trimming back hops

So, the hops I planted last year came back as expected and they look great. Usual guidance is to cut back first bines and let the second batch grow. Both plants have 4-6 healthy bines and I'm trying ...
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Can I Bottle Ginger Beer after the bubbles have stopped?

I'm a ginger beer neophyte, but I love the stuff and can't find it in my area. I decided to brew and have two, three gallon glass carboys working(?) In one I used an extract, champagne yeast, sugar ...
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High Gravity/Low Alcohol - How do I get there?

Everyone seems so interested in getting high alcohol into their beers. I like to drink and not get wasted, so how about good beer with low alcohol? Last summer's trip to England was an eye opener. ...
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Extract stout brew with oatmeal [duplicate]

I'm getting ready to brew a stout, and I was thinking of adding oatmeal (Quaker oats) to get that smooth extra body feel. Can oats be steeped with specialty grains alone or do I need some fermentable ...
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Do pin lock static relief valves need to be replaced after activation?

If the static relief valve on a pin lock keg has vented pressure (i.e at 130 psi) does the valve cease to work? Does it need to be replaced with a new static relief valve? Background: I was watching ...
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Air space for fermentation [duplicate]

I have been brewing ginger beer for a couple of years in a bucket with average to above average results. I however recently obtained an airlock. I modified one of my lids to accommodate the seal. My ...
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Brewing Formulas?

What formulas and calculations exist for the home brewer?
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Aside from CO2 and N2, are any other gases used to “carbonate” beer?

Obviously, most beers are carbonated with carbon dioxide, while some stouts/porters are "carbonated" with nitrogen. I was curious if there has been any notable experimentation with other gasses to ...
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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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