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Cooler Mash tun or Keggle with The Brew Bag

I currently have a turkey fryer 8.5 gallon turkey fryer kettle and I have a Home Depot Rubbermade diy mash tun with a stainless steel worm for sparging. My mash tun will need the worm replaced ...
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What exactly happens during lagering?

I've just made my first lager, it is currently lagering at 1 C. What is happening to my beer at this temperature? Is the yeast still active? And most importantly: What is happening at this temperature ...
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Making a Modified Fat Tire Clone

This may be too specific but I will ask anyway. I love Fat Tire but would like to modify a little. The holy grail of beer would be a Fat Tire but more biscuit, more toasty caramel taste and fuller ...
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Temperature probe placement

I just built a fermentation chamber and bought a brew belt and a cheap thermostat on ebay to try to control the fermentation temperature. My main concern is, where do I place the probe in order to ...
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Why do red wines tend to be stored in green bottles and white wines not?

It seems that all red wines are stored in green or occasionally other dark coloured bottles and white wines in clear or light coloured bottles. Why is this?
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does adding water to wort to top off for fermentation raise the original gravity?

My extract/partial grain kit calls for a OG of 1.057 - 1.061. After topping off in the fermentor, my OG was 1.074. Is this close enough? Did the addition of water raise the OG?
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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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Spalter Select Replacement

Im going to try and brew a weissbier but my local store does not have the hops suggested to me in most recipes. What are good replacement hops for Spalter Select when brewing weissbier? Thanks for ...
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Storing and using leftover DME

I ended up with about a pound of CBW Sparkling Amber DME leftover. I figured it might be worth keeping around so I put it in a plastic bag and tried to get as much air out as a could. Since then ...
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Layer of StarSan on beer

So during a cold crash I sucked around a quart of StarSan onto my beer, there's a layer ~1/2 inch thick sitting on top of the beer. Should I try to siphon off this top layer, or wait until i get a keg ...
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How many ounces of beer are in the typical 12oz bottle?

Assuming that a "12 oz bottle" means that the bottle filled to the brim holds 12 ounces then how many ounces do most breweries put in a bottle? Does the difference between the bottle size and actual ...
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My first yeast starter with a stir plate, possibly a disaster

This morning I smacked my first smack pack, and about 10 times, each time a little harder because deep depression would set in if the goodies spewed across the room. I finally got it, or so I thought. ...
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Help - Wort dropped to 59 degrees (beer temp)

I need help knowing what to do. My breaker tripped on my fermentation chamber and my Wort dropped to 59 degrees (beer temp). This was high gravity ale using Safale us-05 (2 packs, rehydrated ...
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Wine Quality Sensor

I am an engineer who's built a wine quality detector. My sensor can pick up a wide variety of chemicals at levels as low as parts per million (ppm). With no background in wine production myself, I ...
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Can you use only malted wheat to brew?

Granted, it officially would not be beer (dunno what it would be called), but as a cereal grain that is maltable and grindable, it seems that it should also be pretty brewable. I'd be interested in ...
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How coarse should I grind the malt?

I and my soon to be wife have just started brewing on our own and at the moment we are using a local provider for our malt. The malt comes ground in a plastic bag and is relatively fresh but a bit ...
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Beer tasted bitter at kegging time, best leave at room temp?

I made a coopers classic IPA beer kit with a hop tea (about 5min boil), tin of light malt extract and 500g of light spray malt. I forgot to add water to the airlock in the first 4 days of fermentation ...
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Manual for Cider

I've made mead numerous times thanks to Ken Schramm's The Compleat MeadMaker and always been pleased with the results. Is there an equivalent book for Cider? I.E. Just enough history, technique, ...
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Putting a stopper in a fermenter if you leave it for a long time

On another question about leaving brew longer in a second or primary fermenter for a long time, many state they have done this with little to no negative affects as long as you keep your breather full ...
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Using 5 gallon kegs for 3 gallon batches

What are the pros and cons for using a 5 gallon keg for 3 gallon batches of beer? Am I wasting a lot of Co2?
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Rank amateur 1st step question [duplicate]

The biggest cook-pot I have available to mash my grain and boil the wort is about 3 gallons, but I'm trying to make a 5 gallon recipe (got the 5-gal carboy and plastic fermenter, etc). Can I make that ...
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How do I make my ginger beer SPICY?

I've made tons of ginger beer (often just like this http://ieatfood.net/2009/12/18/real-ginger-ale/ ), I've tried various different recipes, and they all come out quite nicely. Unfortunately. I want a ...
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Problems with sealing fermentation tank

I am new to the world of the craft beer, and new to this community too! I'm developing my first liters of beer, and so far, I have obtained results that have fascinated me! I think i will never gonna ...
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Alcohol tolerance of wild yeasts

Here's a question... I have made a cider with wild yeast (whatever was on those apples), and after fermenting it out, I used the same yeast to ferment a session mead (OG~1.060, FG~1.004, ABV~7.3%). It ...
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Making a portion of a batch higher ABV

I am brewing my first kit beer. I want to set aside one gallon and make a high ABV batch. I am brewing a honey wheat and adding jalapeño. How would I make the higher ABV and what would the technical ...
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Cider with youngs wine yeast

I have made some cider from Apple juice and some mixed fruit juice to try and mimic something like a mixed fruit copperberg. I used youngs super wine yeast and no additional sugar so that the aim ...
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Water cooler as wort chiller

Has anyone tried using a classic water cooler (images provided below) as wort chiller? Besides being extra careful with sanitary issues, what could be other problems faced? Thanks! ...
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Chilling wort before pitching yeast

I know it is important to chill wort to <80 before pitching yeast, and that quality of final beer is affected by the speed with which the wort was chilled to this point, and there are various ...
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How long can I leave beer in the secondary fermenter?

My first home brew beer is ready to be bottled but I've been busy and haven't gotten around to it yet. The beer was in a primary fermenter for 2 weeks, then I racked it into a secondary fermenter ...
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Improving Your Brewing Significantly

I made this wiki to allow folks to post what upgrades in process or equipement really take one's beer brewing to the next level. The bottle-necks to better and better brewing if you will. (This was ...
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Chill the wort faster by applying convection (by putting it inside a laundry machine)?

There are some new gadgets that allow to chill the beer as fast as 2 min. It's not rocket science, just a more efficient way to increase heat transfer by rotating the desired object (link below ...
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Is delayed yeast activity normal?

I am working on a small batch, 1 gallon of Pale Ale. It came in a kit and the yeast was not labeled so I am not sure what kind it is. This is only the third batch I have brewed. On my first two ...
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Wine Thief or a simpler way to sample wort from a carboy?

I was unable to get an O.G. sample from my first batch in the carboy (tried using a long siphon tube with my finger held over one end...), so I'm trying to buy a wine thief to take final gravity, but ...
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Do you use rice hulls with your Blichmann False Bottom?

I used to use a simple drink cooler and screen for a mash tun, but was given a chugger pump, 10 gallon Blichmann G2, and false bottom which I now use in a RIMS setup. The first time I brewed a wheat ...
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Brewing aboard a boat

Are their any sailors here who also Brew beer and wine? That's not really the question though. My question is, under the conditions of a sea going vessel, is it possible to brew beer and wine and what ...
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How can I clear-up a cloudy cider?

I've finished my second batch of homemade cider and I'm a little disappointed to find that it is so cloudy. There are no off flavors, I actually am enjoying it, but it's cloudy. It's not just hazy. ...
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Why is my pre yeast pitch lager bubbling in the fridge?

I have been placing my lager wort in the fridge overnight to get down to my desired pitch temp. This time I opened the fridge to see my airlock bubbling... I understand about possibility of ...
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Cider is opaque

My first cider has just gotten to 1.000 gravity on my hydrometer, and i plan on bottling it tomorrow, but i have just done a test to see how it looks, and even in a narrow container, it is pretty ...
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I can't differentiate between OCD or the smell of vinegar, and need some guidance

Here's my brief story: Bought a Mr. Beer kit and didn't have a clue what I was doing, and out of impatience would squeeze the fermentor to smell the brew, resulting in an infection. I now have cheap, ...
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Wine only partly clearred

I have a white wine that finished fermenting over 2 weeks ago, I racked into a 2nd demi through a muslin filter to be sure i dont have any larger bits floating around. I added some clearing gel, and ...
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How does corn sugar effect the beer vs cane sugar?

Brand new to home-brewing. Currently making 1 gal small batches. I see a lot of recipes that call for either corn sugar or cane sugar, with honey as another alternative. How does corn sugar effect the ...
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Will Dry Hopping Add Bitterness?

The prevailing wisdom seems to be that dry hopping is for aroma only, and effects on flavor are assumed to be a matter of perception. (i.e. smell affects taste) However, while attempting to "fix" a ...
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What is the wine maturation stage that occurs just after bottling?

I've been making fruit wines for a long time. Fiejoa, blackberry, kiwifruit, prune, elderberry, etc. I commonly leave the wine in a 20+ litre container for a year or two before bottling. It seems ...
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Suspected mold in elderflower country champagne

I have recently bottled a sparkling elderflower drink (sometimes referred to as Country Champagne or something similar). Together with the elderflowers, it contains water, sugar, lemons and a little ...
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Just brewed a “White Stout” - Looking for feedback on additives

I recently tried a "White Stout" at Track 7 brewery in Sacramento, CA. It completely hit me off guard when I saw the color of it and tasted coffee and chocolate. Trying to replicate, my brother and a ...
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I'm going to do my first IPA soon, how do I do my mashing?

I'm doing my first beer from scratch soon. I've been assisting a friend of mine with making beers before. I've also searched on the internet on the steps involved. One thing I've noticed is that ...
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At what PPM does Chlorine become unnaceptable to use as water in brewing?

I have a reverse osmosis and deionization unit that filters my tap water from 450PPM TDS to 0 PPM TDS. I have had it for about 3 months and my TDS reader is now creeping up to 3 PPM. I was ...
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Force-carbonated Homebrew Keg Foaming

I see there are other keg-foaming questions on here, but they seem to usually be related to commercial kegs or have answers that I've tried (hastily). I have a keg of homebrew brown ale and a brand ...
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Keeping the grain … While boiling. Is that bad?

I was wondering something. When I brew beer, I mash my grain for an hour or so at 60-70oC. I then separate the wort from the grain. Then I add hop into the boiling wort for 90 minutes. My friend told ...
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Do I need to sanitize my cacao nibs?

I will be adding half a pound of cacao nibs to my stout here in a few days. Since the beer will be almost fully fermented at that point is it necessary for me to sanitize the nibs before adding them? ...

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