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trying to ID if my beer was infected!

My brown ale smelt somewhat like beer and possibly vinegar and tasted the same but with a very subtle sweetness but also very dry and puckering. I used only used dry extract and boiled the hops, no ...
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Fermentation - Lost cause?

I believe my first homebrew is a lost cause. I'm at 3 weeks, and each week I've done a gravity reading and a taste. The flavor has gotten increasingly sour(astringent) with each week. It's almost ...
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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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Possible wild yeast contamination?

In May I brewed the following beer: 81% Pale 2 row malt 16% Brown malt 3% Black malt Single step mash at 73C. With 290g of hops for a total of 103 IBUs. The OG was 1.077 and it went into primary ...
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How much does oxygen exposure to wort affect yeast being aerobic or anaerobic?

To the best of my understanding of making beer, wort must first be properly aerated to provide oxygen for the yeast to multiply when first added to the wort. After all the oxygen is consumed, the ...
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Beergas or just c02

I've recently come across there being beergas or G-Mix and co2. I had originally thought that it was just co2 and not a mixture of co2 and nitrogen. What are the issues with just using co2?
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Contamination concerns when removing stopper?

This might seem dumb to most, but it's only my third batch and I just need some reassurance. So, I occasionally pop out the rubber stopper on my carboy to smell the brew and see if anything funky ...
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Water level low on airlock. Is it contaminated?

About 48 hours into my ferment I noticed a significant amount of liquid (about an inch) is missing from my airlock. Reading up on the subject I've realized that water was probably sucked into my brew ...
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Has My mead gone south?

This is rather my first time doing a mead. It has been a month since i put it up for fermentation. Its been locked in a relatively stable temperature and totally dark enviroment. Today, after a full ...
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Re-using aroma hops (whole)

OK I may be called crazy, and it won't be the first time but hear me out please. I am wondering if anyone has tried what I am about to suggest and if so what were the results? Could one reduce the ...
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Is my kombucha scoby safe?

My scoby has developed red flecks. There are only about 3 of them. Is it still ok? The rest of the scoby is the normal whitish beige color.
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Is there a maximum theoretical solubility of brewing sugars in Malt water?

I normally use 10# pounds of grain in a 7.5 gallon boil, and normally hit between 1.045 and 1.055 OG, after it evaporates down to 6+ gallons, depending on the amount of dark grains used. My stove ...
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How (and how soon) can I determine if my primary is contaminated?

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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Is this pediococcus contamination('infection')?

A berliner weisse we forgot to bottle for around a month and a half. Did not introduce pediococcus or lactic acid in the fermentation. Did a sour mash before the boil so lactobacillus shouldn't have ...
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When racking my beer, it looked like someone had poured cream in

I made my first beer from a kit and followed the instructions carefully as well as reading around. Specifically, I was very careful about cleaning and sterilisation. I had a 2 FV setup and after 2 ...
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Would boiled vinegar contain any acetobacter?

I love the taste of Balsamic vinegar, and I think having just a hint of it would be fantastic in a stout's flavor profile. My concern is what would happen to a beer after this is added. Would it start ...
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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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Yeast not settling or contamination?

Having trouble understanding what I'm looking at here (see pic): http://imgur.com/1OH9TQj Made an Amber ale with LME and used Wyeast 1332 Northwest Ale. Racked to secondary after 2 weeks to get ...
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Is my batch contaminated(“infected”)?

Its been fermenting for about 10 days, and I'm just now noticing these white spots. Is this what the start of an infection looks like? If so, is there anything I should do?
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What is this white stuff on the surface of my beer?

I've just gone to rack & bottle a witbier that has been in primary for about 5 weeks and noticed this white gunk floating on top of the beer. It doesn't look too healthy, what is it? Is it safe? ...
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Possibly infected mead: is it worth keeping?

I tried making cherry mead again (the first time I tried this it got infected). I tried again yesterday, and it looks like I've got some sort of contamination ("infection"). This time I thought that ...
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Can Infected beer cause death or major illness?

Basic question. Can you get sick and die from drinking infected brew? I know that it must taste terrible, was just wondering. Can't seem to find any references where people have died from infected ...
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Can a contaminted brew be identified by sight?

I brew ten-gallon batches of beer split into two fermentors. The last batch that I kegged had one infected fermentor, while one remained uninfected. One bucket showed a white powdery substance ...
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I waited 48 hours to pitch and detected fermention prior to pitching

I brewed on Monday but pitched over 48 hours later on Wednesday, because my temperature control was finicky and I wanted to wait until the wort hit the proper temperature before pitching. Normally I ...
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Cherry vinegar (was supposed to be mead)

Last week I started a cherry mead and discovered yesterday that it had turned to vinegar (and not even nice-tasting cherry-flavoured vinegar - it smelled and tasted awful, though the colour was ...
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Can Lactobacillus ferment solely with table sugar?

I'd like to create an anaerobic ferment with just lactobacillus (i.e. no yeast), table sugar and water. Is this possible or would I have to add anything else to help the Lactobacillus ferment?
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Are starter sizes meant to be actual volumes or container sizes?

I've seen a lot of references to 1L/1000mL starters being made with anywhere from 2 cups (~473mL) to 650mL of water and half a cup of DME. The 1L size seems to refer to the expected container (a 1L ...
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Baker's Yeast and distillation?

I have made a wine a few days ago. I used apples and grapes but that is not what is important. For my yeast I used baker's yeast. YES!!! I do know that I should have used wine yeast to get better ...
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Can I change the color to my beer to an arbitrary color?

It's a bit gimmicky, but I wonder if it's possible to make a purple beer? Food Coloring only works for "hard" food, but I've never looked into coloring beverages and I don't want to affect the taste ...
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How quickly will bread yeast take to create an ethanol concentration of…?

How quickly will bread yeast take to create and ethanol concentration of ~15%~,~10% and ~5%~ in at 30°C.I believe bread yeast is designed to rapidly fement(at first at least) but is not that ethanol ...
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How would I go about creating a custom starter culture?

I'm interested in creating my own starter cultures. I've found a few facilities which offer to create probiotic formulations, in exact amounts, by kg and density but I would rather start with a ...
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Easy hard cider recipe

I'm looking for an easy hard cider recipe that doesn't take long to make and hopefully ends up like angry orchard or at least tasty. Recipe should take me from start to finish. I already tried to make ...
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20% sugar, water and yeast brew smells awful quickly, how to fix?

I've got one complete, and one brewing batch of this "Alcotec Vodka Type Spirit" ...
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What software do most brewers use?

Just curious what most brewers are using these days as far as software goes. We are going to have to make a decision in the near future about this. BeerSmith? ProMash? BeerTools? Any others I ...
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Lambic blend affecting beer in fridge?

I have a Wyeast smack pack of Lambic blend in my fridge that I bought a month ago before I understood the complexity of brewing a Lambic. I had it next to some beers that I have really enjoyed ...
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Yeast done with Fermentation? [duplicate]

How do i know when my yeast is done with it's primary fermentation cycle. Are there physical markers and/or sighs. I am using bakers yeast just because I would like to see what it yields. There is ...
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Secondary fermentation in a plastic bag - is this safe?

When performing a secondary fermentation, it's recommended to use a glass carboy rather than a plastic bucket, with one of the main reasons being that it reduces head space so that less oxygen is ...
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Scaling up from a colony

I am preparing to start my own small yeast bank and I was wondering what is the optimal method for scaling up to a starter from a single colony. What step sizes should I use? What strength of wort ...
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Is my copper wort chiller still good?

I haven't had the chance to brew in about two years and I've been storing my copper wort chiller in a storage locker for most of that time. Upon moving and retrieving it yesterday, it's got some ...
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Is it OK to starting fermentation while wort is still warm?

I'm just getting started, so in my first couple batches I realized I had a problem cooling the wort all the way down to 60°F/16°C recommended by my instructions. I boil all of my water, but I don't ...
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cleaning copper

Copper is great for all sorts of things, manifolds for your cooler based mashing tun, as well as that wort chiller you can't live without. However, copper gets really dirty, really quickly, and I ...
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How do I ferment homemade brewed tea - a black tea

Does anyone have an idea of how to brew a homemade tea? The idea is to take tea leaves and boil the water to get the tea base . What do Ido from here???
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Cleaning out beer lines

How often do you need to clean out your beer lines when using a home draft system? What type of cleaner do you use? Can I leave sanitizer in the tubing when a line isn't in use?
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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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Wyeast 3724 hot fermentation

As I'm living in Singapore I'm trying out an experimental all extract recipe consisting of pilsner malt, crystal malt and amber malt together with Wyeast 3724. I've hopped it with Centennial and ...
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Cleaning/Prepping frozen strawberries for a strawberry blonde

A simple enough question for thoughtful answers. Some good recipes out there for Strawberry Blondes. All the normal tips are understood, i.e., 1#/gal, strawberries will likely kickstart fermentation ...
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Can you add beer to a keg and continue to carbonate?

I carbonated my keg with 30 psi over night. When I started to bottle (growlers) I noticed that there wasn't much carbonation. Can I put the beer back into the keg and continue to carbonate? Will this ...
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Dry hopping do's and dont's?

Hi me and my future wife are brewing a bunch of different beers for our wedding. Next up is an IPA so we are curious of how the dry hopping process works. I'm looking for do's and don'ts and also a ...
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I'm worried about adding germs to my brew when dry hopping

I'm looking at these instructions - http://www.geterbrewed.com/craft-a-beer-instructions/ (I promise I'm not selling anything). In section 13, it says something along the lines of "Add the hops after ...
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What is the highest OG which is still fermentable?

How high can you push OG, taking sugar I know you can easily make a solution up to ~1180 (500g in 1 litre), but how high can a super saturated solution be? And, at what limit does it become ...

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