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Cardboard alternatives to bottle cases for storage

A problem I hadn't really anticipated was how to store/transport bottled homebrew. I've been reusing old cardboard store-bought boxes, but they seem to be breaking down pretty quickly, especially ...
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how to control water temperature?

I need a method to maintain the temperature of the water specifically at 55 degree and 5 degree into two different containers to conduct a thermal cycling. I am keen to address the effect of ...
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Have I ruined my brew before I even begin?

I've a question. Have I ruined my brew? I sterilised everything as normal. Got my 2 litres of boiling water and added the contents of my coopers Australian pale ale to it mixed it up with the spoon. ...
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Other fruit cider BJCP question

Good afternoon, guy! I've been planning to make a specialty cider and have been looking into "28B. Fruit Cider" of 2008 guide or "40B. Cider with Other Fruit" of 2014 version. One thing I don't ...
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All my beers taste heavy bodied

Although it's few years I'm into homebrewing I made only few batches, about 6-7, trying different styles, like pale ales, sweet stouts and weiss. As now I always used extracts plus speciality grains ...
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1answer
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Fermentis S04 vs.S05

I am trying dried yeast for the first time. I did up 100 litres of English IPA yesterday and I pitched 2xS04 into 50 litres and 2xSO5 into 50 litres. Anybody want to hazard a guess at the ...
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1answer
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Dabinett Single Variety Cider - Cloudy!

We have made 300 litres of organic single variety Dabinett cider - it was crushed in November 2013. Nineteen months and four rackings later - it genuinely tastes divine and smells OK - but you can't ...
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Brewing beer - Flat unpleasant after taste

I finished brewing my first batch ever and when we tried it today for the first time it had a flat and unpleasant after taste which I can only describe as lack of taste. Description of the brewing. ...
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Sanitizer sucked back into beer, dangerous?

So I just fermented a 80 Shilling and thought I would try cold crashing for the first time. I dropped it from mid 60's to 38 or so in a 24 hour period and it sucked about 4 cups of sanitizer up the ...
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how to stop fermantation in my locally made millet drink

I make my own local millet drink sweetened with malt sorghum. But I want to keep it free from fermentation for weeks. How? I have sorbate but is not working.
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Steramine sanitizer in beer, safe to drink?

What if it was Steramine that dropped in the beer? I wasn't thinking when I transferred my beer from the 1 gal Brooklyn Beer carboy to a Mr Beer container that had a spigot to make bottling easier, ...
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Is secondary fermentation advisable for Belgium witbier?

I've had my beer (Belgium witbier) in primary fermentation for about a week. I'd like to rack to secondary, then keep it in secondary for 3 weeks. Advisable? I could keep it in primary for another ...
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What are all the factors that contribute to short fermentation time?

I've got an event coming up and I've got one beer that I'm going to bring, but I'm thinking about brewing another. If I do that, I need to turn it around in about two weeks. Which is probably too ...
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Leaf Hops to Pellet Hops

I've seen conversions of like.. add 10% when going from pellet hope to leaf hops. My question is probably numb nuts.. i.e., I see recipes that have leaf hops in them and I want to use pellet hops... ...
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Yeast not slowing under refrigeration

I'm using Red Star champagne yeast to brew natural sodas, but I'm stuck on one issue: After the room-temp fermentation I move the (2-liter soda) bottles to the refrigerator (38°F) but the ...
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1answer
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Why is IBU/GU a good measure?

Since the FG is what measures the residual sugar in the final beer, why do we use OG, instead of FG, to calculate the ratio of the bitterness over the sweetness in final beer? How precisely is the ...
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3answers
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How (and how soon) can I determine if my primary is infected?

My brew day ran long and by the end of the process I was tired and ready to be done. Due to this lapse in concentration I had a major failure in my sanitation process - I forgot to sanitize my better ...
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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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Creating a tincture extract question

Good afternoon, guys. I never done tincturing before, and actually just saw a recipe for Capsicumel (jalapeno mead or methodology). The recipe states adding 2 peppers into the primary when the ABV ...
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0answers
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Forced carbonation procedure in keg [duplicate]

I am getting ready to rack my beer from my secondary fermentor into my corny keg and I am a little foggy as to have to force carbonate it. I know it involves turning the CO2 pressure for a certain ...
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Cold crash with airlock or not

While cold crashing is it right to use a lid with an airlock?Do we risk to get oxygen in the fermentor fron the airlock(and as a result to oxidize our beer) while co2 leaves free space as it "goes" in ...
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0answers
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How do I set up a Sestos D1S temperature controller with an NTC temperature sensor probe -40-120C

I have not succed to configurated my SESTOS digital PID with an temperature sensor probe working between -40°C to + 120°C. I put CtrL to 3 ( PID ) SN to 20 ( cu50 matching my sensor ) and Op1 to 2 ( ...
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Fermentation issue - Airlock overflow [duplicate]

I'm brewing my first batch ever, we did our best but something is going on in the fermentation and I'm not sure what it is. Here is a 30 sec video of the issue: ...
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1answer
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Optimum Fermentation Temperature

I am planning on brewing a wheat beer with Danstar Munich Wheat Beer Dry Yeast. I didn't realize until I had already made the purchase that the optimum temperature for fermentation was 55-65. I don't ...
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No Activity or Krausen [duplicate]

Something that has never happened to me. Brewed early Sunday and hit 80+% efficiency. I used Wyeast London Ale that was fully bloated when pitched. Over 36 hours later zero activity. No krausen, ...
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How do I cut my extract brewing cost?

I'm trying to reduce my cost-per-beer, without investing in an all-grain setup. I know I'm pretty limited with what I can tweak (can't get around needing sugar, yeast, and hops), but here in Montana ...
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9answers
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Am I required to refrigerate bottles after bottling?

My instructions that came with my kit said that I should let the bottles sit for 3 days, then age in the fridge for 10 days. If I don't refrigerate, will I get bottle bombs? Advice on forums and ...
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Overflowing yeast starter

I made a yeast starter last night with 1500 ml of water, 150 g DME and a Wyeast 1056 smack pack. After boiling, total volume was just under 1500 ml. I put it in a 2 liter erlenmeyer flask on a stir ...
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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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Adjusting beer recipes to smaller batches

I would like to starting making smaller batches (10L) but most of the recipes that I have found online are for larger batches. Luckily, it seems that you can scale down ingredients linearly but ...
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3answers
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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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6answers
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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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1answer
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Estimating the ABV in finshed product

Is this a viable method?: In theory you can calculate an estimated ABV by using the formula 17*X%*YL. This means that 17 gr sugar produces 1% alc. in 1 liter mash. So if you know at what alc.% your ...
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5answers
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Can I leave my hydrometer in the carboy to tell when fermentation is complete?

I was wondering if anyone leaves a glass hydrometer in their carboy during primary fermentation so that you don't have to take samples. I figured it would be an easy way to tell that the SG has ...
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3answers
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Why are there raisins floating in my ginger beer?

When I buy homemade ginger beer (in South Africa), there are often small black raisins floating in it, about 1cm in diameter. Why did the makers decide to put them in?
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1answer
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Plastic Bucket - Primary & Dry Hopping

I will be brewing an IPA this weekend and fermenting in a bucket...so much easier to clean afterwards. Once fermentation is complete, I am going to dry hop for 7-10 days in the primary. That ...
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0answers
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Ginger Bug Smell?

I've made a new ginger bug from some pretty old ginger. The ginger has been sitting on my counter long enough for some of it to actually sprout new shoots, but it smells fine and doesn't show any ...
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1answer
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what have i made and is it safe to drink?

I made a DIY CO2 system for my fish tank. I use fermentation for the CO2. 2 and a half weeks ago I filled a 2ltr soda bottle with water, 2 cups of demerara sugar and a tsp of bakers yeast. This wasnt ...
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5answers
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What equipment do I need to buy to start making beer?

What is the minimum equipment to start brewing some good beer at home?
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2answers
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Beer Bug - How does this work and how can I replicate it?

"The BeerBugTM is a cloud connected digital hydrometer" I already have a RaspberryPi that records the temperature of wort and stabilizes wort temperatures via a relay and a Fermwrap. The pain is that ...
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5answers
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Old grain and hops stored in fridge for 1 year - ok to use?

I have a small amount of hops (1 oz) in a ziplock bag in the fridge, it's been there about a year. I also have about 1/2 lb of unmilled grain in the fridge in a ziplock. Will these ingredients be ok ...
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1answer
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Is there any reason to re-rack and wait another week after dry hopping before bottling?

Is there any reason to re-rack and wait another week after dry hopping before bottling? The only reason I can think of is for settling of residual dry hopped particulates. But if you don't syphon ...
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2answers
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What makes a beer malty and sweet?

I've read multiple times now that "malty", as a taste, does not mean "sweet"; it is therefor possible to have a dry, malty brew, or a sweet, non malty brew. Is "malty" the same as "body", or is "body" ...
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How do we get this Imperial Wit to finish?

We brewed an imperial wit that wound up 1.070 OG. I used a 1.5L starter with Wyeast 3944, but I likely still underpitched. After a week fermenting at 68F/20C, gravity is still 1.035 and it's pretty ...
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Are Wine Bottle Bombs Possible?

tl;dr - Can wine bottles explode? I've read that when making wine, if fermentation isn't finished, it moght result in a sparkling wine. In the worst case, the cork might get pushed out, due to extra ...
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3answers
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Why less priming sugar in a mini keg?

I am used to bottling my beer and do bottle conditioning. However, I just bought a few 5l mini kegs for the next batch which is currently fermenting. From what I have read from different sources, you ...
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1answer
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does the fermenting process always produce enough gas to bubble the airlock?

does the fermenting process always produce enough gas to bubble the airlock? this batch has not bubbled (over 24 hrs)and the last batch I brewed did not bubble much at all but turned out alright.
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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 yeast for carbonating a lager?

We brewed a Dark Lager using Wyeast 2007. It fermented for two weeks and has been lagering for 3. When we bottle, we think we'll need to repitch to ensure the bottles carbonate. Thoughts on what ...
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2answers
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Which is better: old yeast from the primary fermentation or reused yeast from primary fermentation?

It's known that reuse yeast from early stages is better. But during the fermentation the reused yeast multiplies itself, producing newer cells. Said that, I'd like to know if it's better to use yeast ...

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