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What is the best book for beginning wine makers?

What is the best book for beginning wine makers? ** Please post 1 book per post, then the resulting votes will show what most people consider to be the best book.
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Must won't ferment, too sour?

I prepared a must for a mead last weekend (recipe below) and after a whole week there has been no fermentation activity. I took a pH reading and it came in at 4.4 - is it likely that the must is ...
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Fruit beer: should I allow it to ferment out completely?

I have a wheat beer in secondary that has been on 5 lbs of strawberries for 6 days. The flavor is phenomenal right now, just perfect. The strawberries continue to ferment actively, and I want to ...
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When should I rack my mead?

I am making mead for the first time using honey from my hives. It has been going for 3-4 weeks and I'm not sure if it's time to rack it. The fermenting has been slow, which I think might be due to the ...
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3answers
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Poor hop aroma for late addition hops

My boil kettle is about 56x85cm, so relatively tall and narrow. I get a good rolling boil but no matter how much hops I throw in in the last 5 minutes I can never seem to get any aroma whatsoever. I'm ...
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Blending beer DURING fermentation, in the hopes to get beer back in balance with hops

I brewed an IPA intended to blow my hop socks off and missed my target OG by 20 points. DETAILS: Built this recipe in BeerSmith with an intended OG of 1.070 and IBU projected at 156. I pitched a 1000 ...
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2answers
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All Liquid Malt Extract without boiling

Is there any recipe for brewing a all Liquid Malt Extract without boiling? I'd like to make hop tea with some LME, lets say about 5l(1.3 gallons) and mix it with warm water and LME. This may ...
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3answers
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Force carbonation through beverage out line

It seems as though there are two predominant methods of kegging: "saturation over time" and "high pressure and shaking". I have also seen only two references to another method: connecting the Gas In ...
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1answer
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secondary or not? [duplicate]

Another noob question. I have been going back and forth on "im going to secondary my double IPA" and "Im just gonna leave it primary til completion" I keep reading contradicting theories and It's ...
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4answers
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Which is worse: a weak boil or boiling with a lid partially on?

I finished Papazian's book The Complete Joy of Homebrewing last weekend and learned that a vigorous boil is necessary to isomerize the alpha and beta acids in hops which makes these bittering acids ...
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3answers
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Foam directly out of my beer line

I hadn't used this kegerator in a couple of years (the fridge has been plugged in, but I've had nothing attached). I bought a brand new 3/16" hose and connected it and now I get about 50% foam coming ...
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1answer
102 views

How does triticale differ from rye in technique and flavour?

Radical Brewing says that triticale is a useful alternative to rye. Apparently it's a rye-wheat hybrid, and is easier to sparge than rye, while still having a good rye flavour. I'm interested in ...
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2answers
41 views

How does open fermentation yield alcoholic beer?

I don't understand how open fermentation retains any alcohol.
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Using mason jars to bottle in?

Has anyone used mason jars to bottle in? What were your results if so? They are being sealed like when you can, so I'm especially curious if they hold pressure well. (I know they are clear, and that ...
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1answer
159 views

Equipment for Raising Mashout temp

We are currently using a pump to circulate the mash through a coil in the heated sparge water, this works well and reaches mash out in under 20 min. The only worry is with the water in the sparge ...
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1answer
74 views

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
36 views

How do I calculate a turbid mash schedule?

I'll use a real life recipe for my lambic that I've been brewing over the years to allow for an answer that posts both the methodology and mathematics while also providing the calculated quantities I ...
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2answers
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How to Calculate Priming Sugar while Bottling Lagers?

Primary Fermentation: 50*F/10*C 2 weeks Diacetyl Rest: 65*F/18.3*C 2 weeks Lager: 31*F/-0.5*C 4 weeks I am reading contradictory information regarding the amount ...
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4answers
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Airlock: vodka, water, or

I've just started making my first brew, and am using vodka in the airlock, but am hoping for some more detailed info about what is best practice, or if there is not really any difference between using ...
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16answers
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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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1answer
46 views

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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1answer
104 views

Large bottles ddn't carbonate, but little ones did

Does anyone have an idea if larger bottles (half liter) are harder to carbonate than smaller ones (1/3 liter)? I think the problem is that I had a Belgian ale (6.5%) is a secondary and when bottling, ...
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1answer
61 views

is it normal for vigorous bubbling in airlock right away?

I made a 5 gallon batch of sweet mead last night and when I woke up I heard it bubbling away like crazy! Is this normal if I'm using the s style airlock? First time using this type. It's been bubbling ...
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1answer
50 views

Beer color - Calculating MCU

I have two questions regarding calculating the MCU for a beer receipt. MCU = (weight of grain i lbs) * (color in degrees lovibond) / (volume in gallons) For my grains, I have the color listed in ...
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2answers
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Lightening of Cider

My peach-apple oxidized a bit as I was juicing and started fermentation amber-brown. Over two days of rapid fermentation with Safale US-O5 dry ale yeast, the color lightened to a pale yellow, straw ...
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1answer
52 views

stuck fermentation/lowering acidity

I am having trouble getting a batch of wine off the ground. Its a three gallon batch of Lemon wine and fermentation just wont start. My SG is 1.09, temp is stable at 75, acidity is at 3.0 using those ...
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2answers
50 views

Why is the primary stage of fermentation of wine important?

Senior chemistry student, whilst I know the main reason, I would like to know more of the chemistry behind it.
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1answer
85 views

Formulating a recipe

Can anyone guess at how to build a clone recipe? Its for Duclaws Sweet Baby Jesus, a friend requested a clone. Their website only says it's a Black beer, a Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter. Their ...
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1answer
53 views

Is there a way to tell if fruit flies have laid eggs?

I am going cross-eyed trying to tell if there are fruit fly larvae on the walls of my continuous brew kombucha. I have seen fruit flies on the outside, but I don't think they can get in through the ...
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1answer
47 views

Pitched dry yeast into 57F wort, underfilled the fermenter with water… have I ruined my batch?

So, I was brewing my Brewer's Best Kolsch LME kit, and I made four errors. First, I skipped rehydrating, yielding to the boxed instructions instead of the packet. Second, I overestimated how cold my ...
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3answers
2k views

Techniques for making Belgian Candy Sugar

I'd like to know a couple of things: Did you make dark or light? What procedure did you use/recommend? Did you try to make rocks or did you just make sheet candy and break it up? Did you use cane ...
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7answers
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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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1answer
53 views

make brewers yeast

I would like to know if i can make nutritional brewers yeast as a supplement at home without it being a by product of beer making? I have been using sundown brewers yeast and had amazing results in ...
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1answer
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Weihenstephaner Vitus yeast

Recently I decided to harvest a Weihenstephaner heffe yeast from the bottle. However, I couldn't find it in the store, so I grabbed Weihenstephaner Vitus. Does it contain the same yeast strain as ...
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1answer
29 views

What size brew kettle should I get?

I am new to the home brewing game and am looking to get a little info before I start buying equipment. How large of a brew kettle do I need if I am brewing 10 gallon batches?
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2answers
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First time steeping!

I was advised by my LHBS that if I steep 500g of Carapils in 2L of water (for a 23-25L batch) at around 68degC, then use this as part of my boil, then I will have more body and head retention in my ...
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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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3answers
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Filtering air intake during cold crash

I'm thinking of cold crashing my current brew, but I am not comfortable with the idea of allowing sanitizer to be sucked in, and I'm not happy with foil I have heard that maybe there are micro foam ...
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1answer
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Can I use tartaric acid in cider(apple wine) to decrease ph

From the things I've read apples don't contain tartaric acid and some websites say to use malic acid and I've found 1 that says to use tartaric and not malic. Tartaric is more readily available to me, ...
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3answers
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My elderflower syrup has (unexpectedly) started fermenting. How should I handle this to obtain something drinkable?

About 10 days ago I made some elderflower syrup. I used: 350g of elderflower 6 liters of water 8kg of sugar 160g of citric acid 12 lemons cut in pieces I left everything macerate for 2 days and ...
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2answers
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My airlock keeps becoming empty on one side, is that normal?

This is my first time brewing and I only started yesterday, so I'm still very much a novice. I have a bubbler airlock on my 33 litre fermenting bucket, like the one in this image: I filled it up ...
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3answers
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what is the best way to acquire hops for exporting

Here recently me and my have been discussing going into selling hops over seas where there is a demand for them. That being said would it be better to buy land and grow,or buy from local farmers? we ...
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6answers
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Can I use a dishwasher that has rinse agent to sanitize my bottles?

My dishwasher has a built in rinse agent dispenser that it claims must be filled for every use, besides I have no clue how to empty it once it is filled. Can I still run my bottles in the dishwasher ...
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6answers
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What if I accidentally boiled for 90 minutes?

So I was making a Two Hearted Clone (an IPA). I boiled 1 oz centennial hops for 60 min, then 1/2 ounce for 15 min, then 1 oz for 10 min, then 1oz for 5 min for a total of 90 minutes. I was supposed ...
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0answers
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Modifying root beer recipe to alcoholic variant? [duplicate]

I recently obtained a bottle caper, some sassafrass bark chips, and some root beer extract flavoring from a coupling moving out. It also contained a recipe for rootbeer(non-alcoholic), listed below: ...
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4answers
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When to remove trub/yeast cake from a conical fermenter

So if/when I eventually switch to using a conical fermenter, I assume I wouldn't want to dump the entire trub/yeast cake at the bottom during fermentation. Do you typically wait until your "primary ...
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4answers
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Cooling wort - just add water?

Is there anything wrong with simply letting the water you add to top off your wort do the chilling to bring it to yeast pitching temperature?
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1answer
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Alcoholic RootBeer [duplicate]

My Goal is to make a root beer with a ABV similar to your everyday beer or maybe stronger. (4-10%) I am newer to homebrewing so most of my experience comes from using Kits. My approach was going to be ...
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4answers
71 views

What are some good starter books to learn how to brew beer?

I'm looking for well known and well respected authors. Something that has an A-Z format, if you will, and history of home brewing or something of the like. Thank you in advance!
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Is oxygenating after brew day okay?

If you don't oxygenate on brew day, is it too late or can you oxygenate late? If so, are there limits?

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