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force krausen to drop?

will hurt the beer if I swirl my carboy to force the krausen to drop? the krausen has been sitting there for a few weeks now and I want to keg in one week but if the krausen is still there I don't ...
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First batch. Tons of bubbling first day and half, little to none now

I can update this later with my specific notes/ingredients, but for now, just the basics...5 gallon brew of an irish stout. The morning after I put it in the fermenting bucket, I woke up to a mess. ...
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How should bulk grain be stored?

I love brewing all-grain but I feel that I could cut down on my costs significantly by purchasing some of my grain in bulk, storing it, and using it as needed. I know a lot of people do this but I'm ...
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Can you help me read this complex Yeast recipe? (Sour Beer help)

I'm reading a recipe for a Sanctification clone, which is one of Russian Rivers Blonde Sour Ales. The recipe for the yeast read as such Brettanomyces bruxellensis culture, Wyeast 3112 or White Labs ...
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Brewing with Saccharomyces boulardii

I have a friend who studies some molecular aspects of probiotic yeasts, some wild ones and also the widespread in medications Saccharomyces boulardii (found in Florastor®, Floratil®, and other ...
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Modifying Mountmellick's Irish Stout

I have a can of this, but want to do something different with it and have it ready for the holidays. My first thought was pumpkin, but I couldn't figure out from reading how or when to put it in; and ...
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Different fermentation procedures for fruit wine

In some resources, it is recommended to: first ferment low-gravity must made with fruit and water (with small additions of sugar if there is very little sugar in the fruit) strain to carboy add ...
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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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Mixing dme and lme

I have a few questions about dme. I want to make a light wheat beer but the wheat lme at my shop is dark. So I have 3.3 lbs of a light beer lme and 1 lb of Bavarian wheat dme. I was planning on making ...
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Aging lambic beer

I'm a beginner when it comes to brewing but have two batches of lambic beer coming up. My question is if they have to be aged in a glass carboy or if they can be poured straight into a bottle along ...
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Why am I getting foam in my keg line when dispensing?

I have a two-tap kegerator which I use to dispense commercial 5-gallon kegs. My lines are about 3 feet long1 and I keep my pressure at 10psi and my temperature relatively cold. Whenever I draw from ...
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Adding sugar to a brown pumpkin ale

I'm planning on making a pumpkin ale out of a brown ale mini-mash recipe. I'd also like to get a hint of caramel in there so I was thinking about adding some sort of unrefined sugar. Does anyone ...
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lots of gas coming from secondary

Before I racked to secondary, I had checked the gravity a few days apart to make sure fermentation had completed. After racking to secondary, I waited a few days to let it settle out. The water in the ...
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Why is less bottling sugar required when naturally carbonating in a keg versus bottles?

When I look at various carbonation tools, I noticed that the amount of bottling sugar was MUCH reduced when naturally carbonating in a keg: It would seem to me that a certain amount of sugar would ...
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did i put too much yeast in?

this is the beer i made ingredients: 17 litres spring water 1 can of coopers Australian pale ale i think it was 1.7 kg normal size 500 grams malt extract coopers brew enhancer 1 which is 250 grams ...
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Ethanol / Metanol : Prison Hooch

After speaking with a friend about home brew he told me a story about making prison hooch ( at home for a laugh ), strained through a sock etc. It's hilarious. However when I talked about my plans ...
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Mash & Sparge Calculation

I'm planning on brewing a double batch of "OktoberFAST" this weekend. I've used a few online brewing calculators and they seem to be giving me the wrong answer. I've always read that if more then 50% ...
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'Auto-transfer' to secondary corny keg fermentors?

I've been reading some topics about corny-keg fermentors and became interested in that. So I was wondering: If I ferment in a sealed keg with the liquid side plugged into another keg, by its liquid ...
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Keg not carbonating.

5 gal keg ball lock. In a keezer at 35 deg. 30psi for three days then set it down to 13-14 psi for two days I have an 8ft line. Beer is dispensing great taste awesome but there is little to no ...
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Speed to collect wort from the mash tun for maximum efficiency

I want to optimize my efficiency, and I was wondering is the speed at which I collect my wort has an incidence on it. Right now I would say that I collect 1 liter of wort each 30-45 seconds. I get ...
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Really strong beer's gravity (1.120) won't drop below 1.042

I've brewed my second beer, it's starting gravity was 1120. It didn't seem to want to get a gravity below 1050 after 9 days, so i added champagne yeast. Two days later it dropped down to 1042. 4 days ...
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Hops - Do they stay in the wort for the primary fermentation or not?

I have two sets of instructions for putting the wort into the primary fermentation bucket. One says to just dump the entire contents of the wort into the bucket. The second says to stir like crazy ...
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Sparging with BIAB?

I've been doing a few BIAB brews with some success, but the only issue I have is I only have a 19L stock pot, so can only do half batches (2.5 gal). I was therefore wondering if anyone had done a ...
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Pure Carapils starter wort?

I was reading White Labs' Homebrew Starter Tips page, and the following got me thinking: Keeping the Original Gravity low is important because you want to keep the yeast in its growth phase, ...
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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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Is it okay to freeze dry yeast at around -20 °C?

After adding a sachet of 71B yeast to a 50ml starter at about 40 °C, I've noticed absolutely no activity. The yeast sunk to the bottom of the container and just stayed there. This is the first time I ...
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High Altitude Nitro

I recently relocated to Denver and found some excellent advice in this question but I was wondering since drj mentioned that since carbonation is an issue how that will affect my nitro setup and ...
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Is leaking CO2 a health concern?

I was reading this article about balancing a draft system, and came across this assertion: Do not place your kegerator in your basement. A catastrophic failure could cause the tank to drain, ...
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Did I mess up my mead?

I am attempting to make 1.5 liters of mead as a first go. I was very lazy though and used a whole packet of lalvin 71b-1122 on such a small batch. 1 week has gone by. The color looks good but ...
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Can I run a corny keg without liquid post?

So I was starting to setup a jockey box and cornelius pin-lock kegs to enjoy my last batch, when I noticed that I was without my pin lock liquid quick disconnect. Well, a friend brought one, and then ...
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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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How is ABV calculated if distilled spirits are added to beer?

How would one calculate the ABV of a beer if distilled spirits were added? For instance, when making a beer recipe that called for adding bourbon as a flavoring agent. If you started with, say, 5 US ...
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Lautering: Filter first runnings using a strainer

I am following the online course to all grain brewing on "craft beer and brewing" and in the lautering sectiong they explain to collect the first runnings and to put them back on top of the grain bed. ...
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How much damage do aphids cause to hops?

I have been growing hops by luck. Last year I gave them a 3 pole teepee to climb and they flourished and were beautiful. This year they were looking gorgeous once again, but days before I was about ...
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Component of roasted malt that lowers pH

Roasted and kilned malts are often used to lower the pH of the mash. Which chemicals are created by the roasting process that have such a low pH?
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Converting hose size from CO2 tank

So I am almost done fermenting my first batch of home brew and am about to start kegging it. The only problem is the current hose coming from the regulator is a good bit wider than the nozzle I have ...
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Monster Mill v.s. Kitchen Aid Mill attachment

We've been looking into getting a grain mill for some time now. I was pretty settled on getting a monster mill or some version of it until I saw the kitchen aid milling attachment. If this would work ...
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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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Identifying mystery hops

I've just discovered a reasonable crop of hops climbing a fir tree in my back garden! Any advice on how to identify the variety? I'm in London UK.
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Quick recipe for stout

I have a bit of an emergency on my hands. I am brewing beer for a wedding and my batch of stout bottle bombed on me. The whole batch is ruined and the wedding is 3 weeks away. Does anyone have a quick ...
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Bottling Hard Cider - can I prime with sweet cider?

I have some hard cider nearly ready to be bottled, and I am wondering if using pasteurized sweet cider as a primer would be a reasonable option. That is, I would mix in an appropriate volume of sweet ...
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Why toss the starter wort?

I've wondered about this for a while: most 'how to make a yeast starter' instructions I've seen suggest using only the yeast-rich sludge, and tossing most of the starter medium. This makes sense if ...
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Belgian golden strong

I'm working in my first high gravity beer. Its been in primary for two weeks in the yeast cake. Looking for pointers on when to secondary.. How close to f.g. should I be before I transfer for the rest ...
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Salvaging this Sorachi Ace IPA

A few times I have made an (almost) single-hop IPA with a hop I haven't had before, to get a good idea of what it's like. Mosaic IPA was wonderful. Nelson Sauvin IPA was very good. Now, Sorachi Ace ...
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Can I re-use swing top bottles?

noob here :) well my first ever batch is going fine, and next weekend i will bottle my first beer, i have a question thou, i can get this type of bottles for cheap (no need to by capper, and caps). ...
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How to add DME to the wort

I typically use LME for my wort, with no prblems, but this time I am trying a slightly bigger beer and want to add DME to boost the OG. The one time I tried adding DME to my wort, I just dumped it ...
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What about corking beer?

I'd like to start corking some of my more delicate brews. Is there a reason to switch to corking? Certain styles? And, is it difficult/recommended for a small setup? Thanks.
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Should I pitch a second round of yeast?

I brewed a Dogfish Punkn clone that was rather heavy on the sediment. I pitched a pretty healthy yeast starter that was working for 30 hours before being pitched probably around 80 degrees, perhaps ...
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Hazelnut Brown Ale - What extract?

I am looking to brew a hazelnut brown ale. What brands of hazelnut extract are the best tasting? My lhbs does not carry one. Ideally im looking for a brand that closely resembles the real thing.
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Are plastic fizzy-drink bottles an acceptable substitute for glass bottles?

I'm thinking of cola, lemonade, etc bottles, usually 2 litres, commonly available in the UK. Are these going to be an acceptable substitute for glass bottles? Would save a few pennies on the cost of ...

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