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Efficiency discrepancy

Last brew I calculated by brewhouse efficiency to be 63%. Not great, but I dialled this into BeerSmith and hoped my next brew would at least be predictable, even if I was not getting the most out of ...
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Calculate preboil volume

I forgot to measure how much wort I had preboil. I did take a gravity reading preboil. Can I deduce preboil volume with post boil volume and pre & post boil gravity?
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How to prime and bottle?

apologies for the somewhat newbie question (I can't hide it, this is my first batch and I'm hoping to get it right)! I have started the Bulldog Evil Dog double IPA kit and although I am still some ...
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Keg corrosion potential of lemon juice adjunct

I have a recipe for a false cider that requires the addition of lemon juice after secondary fermentation prior to bottling/kegging. I've done this before in the bottle with good success but I'm ...
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Can diatomaceous earth be used as fining agent, but not filter?

i have beer that won't clear itself. Gelatin and isinglass is not vegan. Activated charcoal can create off-flavors. Can diatomaceous earth be used? Probably, like activated charcoal, I would need ...
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Cider Kit has made a really bad eggy smell. Will this go away?

As Title sayes, Pretty new to the whole home brewing scene and I haven't really progressed past the kits yet. I've followed the instructions perfectly and I know I've been above careful when it comes ...
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Does Kombucha lose calories while fermenting?

While brewing Kombucha sugar is transformed to carbon dioxide, alcohol, acid, etc. But what does that mean to the calories? Is there less? How much less? Here is my setup: tea: 25 ltr sugar: 1000 ...
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Flavoring Kombucha with herbs

I would like to try flavoring my kombucha. I have heard you can add herbs like mint after fermentation, before botteling. But then I would have the leafs in by bottles, right? Or do I have to take ...
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Not quite at FG with an extract batch after two and a half weeks… Safe to bottle?

It's a simple US-05 extract batch. OG was 1.063 and I'm currently on 1.016 where projected FG was 1.012. Gravity has been stable for three days. It's also absolutely delicious so I'd gladly bottle it ...
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What are the “tails”?

While reading an article on home brewing the article said to keep the tails, what does it mean by tails? What are the tails?
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Stalled Fermentation to Bottling

I brewed an amber ale 4 weeks ago and the fermentation has stalled. The OG was 1.060, and a week and a half later the gravity was 1.037. I let it sit another week and a half and the gravity reached 1....
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Is this cider recipe I made ok?

The following is a cider recipe I made, slightly tweaking a previous one I had. Just curious if this will produce a drink that is safe to drink and won't explode as a bottle bomb or any other crazy ...
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Dry hopping a lager in secondary

I've just moved my first lager into a secondary bucket, it had been in primary for about 3 weeks. Currently sitting in the keezer at about 10c. The recipe I'm following calls for the addition of ...
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Bottling hard cider

I made Hard Cider by essentially adding a packet of active dry yeast to a little less than a gallon of apple cider and some water with sugar that I boiled. One week later (today) I boiled one cup of ...
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Is submerging bottles in boiling water a good method of sanitization?

Is submerging bottles in boiling water (assuming they've been rinsed out) for a few minutes a good method of sterilization? I'm still planning on spraying some metabisulphite afterwards, and then ...
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What happens if I ferment a lager at room temperature?

I was wondering what are the effects of fermenting a lager at room temperature as now I don't have any way to keep my fermenter at the low temperatures required. I have read that when yeast ferments ...
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Can the same method of producing 19% ABV Sake be used to produce high ABV beer?

I've been reading about Sake, and from what I gather, Sake brewers use a particular method to coax the yeast into producing 15-20% ABV. The method goes something like this: Combine a mold called ...
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How to calculate the amount of Amylase Enzyme required to convert Rice starch into sugar for making pseduo-sake?

I am interesting in making some Sake. Apparently, rice, unlike barley, does not contain the enzymes necessary to convert the starch into sugar, and the traditional method of making Saki involves ...
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Airlock was removed from wine carboy - is it still ok?

So we had our basement flood last month and the company that came in to do the repairs moved my wine (6 gallons each of blueberry and apple) and at some point between now and then someone thought it ...
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What is the longevity of dried belle saison yeast at room temperature?

I am starting to brew beer and when I bought my kit the yeast was stored in a fridge and I forgot to put in my fridge when I got home. It is dried "belle saison" yeast and was at room temperature for ...
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Making a shandy.

Looking for information on adding citrus (lime, lemon, grapefruit, etc) juice at kegging to make a shandy. I have made several fruit beers by adding fruit juice, actual fruit, zest, and even flavored ...
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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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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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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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Minimal airlock activity

So I've just finished my 3rd all grain brew yesterday, first time trying a stout. After 24 hours, I'm only getting ~4 bubbles per minute on the airlock. Last night about 8 hours after pitching the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Transfer from Sanke Keg to Corny keg?

I would like to put craft beers on my tap system at home. Is it possible and safe to depressurize a full sanke keg and pour that beer into a corny keg so I can connect and enjoy at home? Other ...
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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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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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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 un-...
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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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How long can I keep a slant/plate in a domestic fridge/freezer?

I am considering plating up some yeast/isolating cultures and starting my own small yeast bank, I know that If I were to keep these at -80C in a lab freezer they would keep for years, but how long ...
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Filtering my batches (no dead fishes)

I have had a couple of cloudy batches recently, both tasted as intended, so no contamination. This has caused me to consider filtration, I have a 100l kit with a pump so could use plate filters or ...
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Using chocolate in an imperial stout

Planning on repeating a recipe I designed last year, a chocolate orange stout. The problem was that not much of either the chocolate or the the orange came through. Was still a tasty beer, thankfully....
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How do I know if Hard Cider is bad?

I feel like it tastes like soap and/or baloon (I used a balloon as an airlock, but I'm not sure if it is just thinking that it tastes like balloon). It could be that this is the yeast...could be that ...
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Can I cook/eat milled barley malt?

I've got a small bag of whole barley malt. After doing a bit of reading I'm getting conflicting information. Some say the outer hull in not edible, while others say it is fine and a good source of ...
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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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My yeast won't ferment

I washed my fermenter out in meta bisulphate I then added a quarter teaspoon of bentonite followed by 12 litres of apple juice. My SG was 1060. I added 2lb of sugar for a stronger brew, SG then 1085. ...
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Will Bottle Bombs occur in Refridgerated Environments?

I had 8 22oz bottles in room temperature for a long time (at least over 5 months). I noticed the other day that the floor was covered in dried beer, and after inspecting the container I saw that one ...
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Any risks to storing glass carboys and other brew equipment in an unheated garage?

We currently have all of our brewing equipment big pile in a spare room and have finally made space for it in our garage (as well as purchased some additional equipment for brewing there). We have a ...
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Can I overyeast by adding one pack of Wyeast for brewing 2.5 gallons

I was wondering if I add a complete pack of Wyeast to a 2.5 gallon batch rather than a 5 gallon batch what would happen. Would I "overyeast" the beer?
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“FV” abbreviation in BrewDog recipe

I am attempting to follow a recipe in BrewDog's excellent DIY DOG (see Albino Squid Assassin recipe, page 217) As hop additions, as the last 2 additions it lists: * Chinook 100g FV Aroma * Citra ...
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Unwanted yeast flavor last 2 brews (using starter)

The last 3 all grain batches I've done have been using US-05 (IPAs) or 04 (porter) with yeast starters, which I'm relatively new to. Not sure what I'm doing wrong but the IPAs taste so similar despite ...

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