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Why is it necessary to approximate starting and finishing gravity?

In the book "Home Beermaking", by William Moore, it talks about calculating starting and finishing gravity in chapter 6. I believe that he's talking about when I get good enough at homebrewing to make ...
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Change the temperature from fermentation to aging?

I used to allow for primary fermentation, then rack the beer out of the primary fermentor and than let it 'age' in secondary for about 2 weeks. At that point I used to move the beer from room temp (~...
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Refrigerated bottles when they were not finished bottle conditioning

I had three more days of bottle-conditioning to go on one batch of beer, yet I accidentally put them all in the refrigerator instead of a different batch that was finished. Can I just pull them out ...
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670 views

Lagering an Ale

I was wondering what would happen if I brewed an ale, let it sit through its normal time period at traditional ale temperature (let's say, one month), and then lagered it at 40˚F for 1-4 weeks? I ...
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Small bottles for sampling

When I am bottling my beers I tend to do so into 22oz bottles and usually have enough remainder to make one 12oz. I was wondering if it would be safe to bottle the remainder into 8oz or smaller ...
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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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1answer
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1 Gallon Secondary

I am attempting to add fruit to my 1 gallon brew: Bavarian Hefewaizen + Raspberries. My research said to use 1 pound of fruit per gallon of beer and to add it after a few days of fermentation. I ...
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Converting Frigidaire freezer into kegerator

I'm trying to find a good deal in freezers to convert into kegerator, and I found a very good price in this specific model Frigidaire FFC0723DW, but I'm totally noob in cubic feets and all the ...
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1answer
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How Much (and How Fast) of a Drop in Temperature can (Ale) Yeast Tolerate? (And Preliminary Results from My Experiment)

I have rigged up a Raspberry Pi with some DS18B20 temperature probes that measure both the water in the swamp cooler and the beer directly and store the results in a MySQL database. I brewed a new ...
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How to Dry Hop when Forgoing Secondary Fermentation?

I've decided to stop doing secondary-fermentations on the recommendation of users on this stackexchange. A Dead Ringer IPA from Northern Brewer suggests 1-2 weeks primary, and 2-4 weeks secondary, ...
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668 views

Why does gravity increase between pre-boil and pitching?

My handy-dandy "Beer Craft" book has a handful of recipes with useful information, including expected targeted pre-boil gravity, original gravity, and final gravity. Their pale ale recipe, for ...
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How far to insert stopper in carboy?

For my last 1 gallon batch, I decided to avoid my common problem of overflowing my airlock, by using a proper blow-off. So I bought myself a stopper, hose, and double-sided barb from my LHBS. I ...
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First Time Airlock Won't Start

EDIT: I see from this post and from elsewhere on the Web that a bubbling airlock is apparently not an indicator for fermentation, as there could be a leaky lid. Regardless, doesn't a non-bubbling ...
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Pitched Yeast at 80-85 deg. Problem?

I pitched English Ale yeast (white labs) around 80 deg, not realizing it was that warm. Relative temp in the room is 68, but wort will not cool down below 80....strange! Its been about 24 hours at ...
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1answer
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Yeast rinsing with store bought water?

Just starting to get into yeast management and in every instance I can find describing how to rinse yeast people are boiling water, letting it cool and continuing from there. What would be the ...
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1answer
690 views

After cleaning a bottle, what's an acceptable amount of leftover StarSan bubbles?

I've been slowly improving my bottling, thank goodness. I make a pot of warm / hot StarSan, and fill each bottle with the mixture, then after a while, turn each bottle upside down in the StarSan pot. ...
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Murky beer, no bubbles in airlock?

we are fairly new to brewing and are attempting to make a Raspberry Tart Ale (based on a wheat DME). The beer has been in the carboy for 8 days now and is very, very murky and there aren't any bubbles ...
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First time wine maker question

My hibiscus wine recipe says to ferment to dryness before racking to the secondary carboy. It's been almost a month, and the bubbling has died down. Is it time to rack?
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How realistic is a non-barley lager?

I am just beginning to experiment with malting wheat (raised on my families farm here in KS), and I'd like to use that wheat to brew a lager. Here is my self-concocted first recipe that I'm basing ...
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2answers
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How long can a yeast starter stay on a stir plate before pitching?

Two days ago (on Wednesday night) I made a yeast starter on my stir plate. I purchased a thermometer probe that I intend on modifying a fermentation bucket with, which I thought it would arrive today (...
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How do I avoid airlock foam overflow? Does it affect the fermentation process?

During my last small batch brew, American Wheat from Northern Brewer, I came home to find that the foam in the 1 gallon carboy had overflowed the three-piece air lock (which was a mess to clean out). ...
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2answers
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White Stuff — is it bad?

I just brewed a raspberry wheat w/ ~2.5 lbs of frozen (organic) raspberries added to the secondary. I waited about 23 days after adding the berries to bottle, and when I went down to the basement to ...
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1answer
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Fizzy with no head?

My recent brew (#2) is well carbonated, but has little head to it when poured (and what's there dissipates quickly). Is it over carbonated? Too much priming sugar? Also, I am used to seeing a strong ...
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Why Wouldn't Chilling a Yeast Starter Cold Crash or Inactivate the Yeast? [duplicate]

We boil DME and water to make a solution with an OG of 1.040, pitch the yeast and place it on a stir plate for a couple of days to make our yeast starters. After this, it is commonly suggested to ...
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How to calibrate a refractometer

What's the best method for calibrating a refractometer? I've been using my cheapo refracto to take pre- and post-boil readings, but I also check with a hydrometer because I don't trust it yet. The ...
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How precisely can you read your refractometer

I do not have a refractometer and am considering buying one. My own concern is how precise you can get the readings. How many brix are you plus or minus when you do a reading? Is it as precise as a ...
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Faster carbonation by injecting CO2 into the Draw line

I am fairly new to kegging my homebrew. I have successfully used the "Saturation Over Time" method and was wondering if I could speed it up a bit by injecting gas through the draw line rather than the ...
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1answer
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Infection (SCOBY/Acetobactor) or possible over-use of a fining agent?

Situation Never mind the two hop bags that didn't sink, those things are more buoyant than what I gave them credit for. This is the beer in a secondary vessel. I wanted to get it off the yeast ...
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1answer
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Will hop plants choke grape vines

I planted my hops next to the grape vines, gives the hops a good climb. I'm afraid they might choke the grape vines I already have. Can they grow together without problems ?
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looking for a creative way to store all my tubing

Every time I brew I think to myself, "damn there has to be a better way to store all this tubing"! Currently I have a drawer (twice the size of a file cabinet) where I throw my racking canes, tubing, ...
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4answers
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Fridge recommendations for fermenting

I am looking to pick up a fridge for controlling temps. Are there any particulars I should know about when buying a fridge or is any old fridge good to go? I am also thinking of buying a chest freezer ...
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1answer
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What is the minimum time required to have drinkable beer?

From reading What is the secondary fermentation debate? and If/When to move to secondary fermentation it appears that beer can be considered ready to consume (assuming force carbonation or a love of ...
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How Should I Place a Digital Thermometer into My Fermentation Chamber and Keep it Airtight?

I have a setup with a raspberry pi and two DS18B20 digital thermometers that measure the temperature of the ambient air and the water in a swamp cooler that I place my fermentation chamber in. I was ...
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1answer
660 views

How to Correctly Pour a Hefeweizen

I order everything from Northern Brewer and in my experience they have always suggested secondary fermentation, except for a hefeweizen that I have ready to drink. I assumed this was because ...
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1answer
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Is this white thing correct in kriek lambic?

I'm making my first lambic beer, a kriek lambic with a one month old, last week I dropped 1lb cherries. Today, I noticed this white thing in top: Should I concern about this? Or just let it go...
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Chemicals of PBW and StarSan - DIY solutions?

Ok, i've see so much people here advising the use of PBW - Powdered Brewery Washer. I've seen some videos, and it seems to be a very good thing for cleaning everything in homebrew stuff. But I live ...
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Berry cider using only berries

I have an abundance of fresh black raspberries available and would like to try my hand at a cider using only black raspberries. I'll be starting with a one gallon batch. I am not sure how many ...
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Should I have extra wort for boil when using leaf hops?

The first time that I brewed with whole flower / leaf hops, my more-experienced homebrewing friend said that I should have more wort than usual at the start of the boil, because the dried leaves will ...
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3answers
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CO2 tank slowly losing gas, not sure where the problem lies

So I have a rather simple keezer setup: The left keg is currently being force carbonated at 30 PSI. The top keg is being kept shut off from receiving CO2. The left keg's CO2 line is using a ...
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1answer
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What's the amount of psi a 5 gallon water bottle can hold?

What's the amount of psi a 5 gallon water bottle can hold? My 5 gallon is filled with beer and a compressor is used to maintain a pressure. I do not want my bottle explodes! I use a 5 gallon of water ...
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in depth cleaning glass bottles

I realise there is a tonne of information about cleaning on the net already, but I am just about to bottle my first batch of glass bottles and wanted to put my process out there to make sure I haven't ...
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High water pressure compressor for washing bottles

Friends often bring me empty bottles. Some of those not washed right after consumption are dirty, so I am looking for a good engineering solution to clean them. One idea is to use high pressure water ...
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Johnson A419 BLE/WiFi Modification

I'm a software engineer who just bought a Johnson A419. I have a Nest thermostat. Naturally, if I can control and monitor my house temps with my iDevices, why not my fermentation? I'd like to hack ...
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2answers
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Adding a spigot to a fermentation bucket what is a good height?

I'm brewing on board a boat, so nothing here is ideal. I'm just trying to reduce some equipment and simplify the process. I want to add a spigot to the fermenter that will hold about 3.5 - 4 gallons....
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2answers
313 views

What is the effect of conversion efficiency on your brew?

I keep hearing about how we should try and keep our conversion efficiency high, but what exactly does it affect? Is a lower conversion efficiency beer bad?
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How do I measure the alcohol of a fruit beer?

According to some recipes I have seen, a simple way to make a fruit beer is to make a regular "base" beer, and then rack it on top of the fruit after about a week of fermentation. In that case, how ...
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1answer
294 views

Can you brew an all-grains recipe without brewing a full volume

I've been searching online and reading up on all-grains brewing and it seems like most places have indicated that all-grains receipes requires mashing at the full batch size. Ie. If I want to make a ...
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1answer
407 views

Can boiling the entire mash achieve results similar to decoction?

With an automated mash setup, it could be fairly easy to bring the mash to a boil and cool it. I'm wondering if this could be used to replicate the results of a decoction. If mash thickness is ...
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1answer
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Hop extract substitution

I have a recipe that calls for 10ml of hop extract at 90 minutes. My local homebrew store does not sell hop extract. Since it is a bittering charge, what is the calculation used to convert 10ml of ...
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1answer
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List of Errors in Fix's Principles of Brewing Science

Several sources claim that the Fix classic Principles of Brewing Science has several errors; however, there doesn't seem to be any comprehensive list of what is incorrect. Where can I find a ...

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