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How do you make a sweeter beer?

Since the yeast will burn sugar away generating alcohol & CO2 for as long as it can (until the % by volume makes the brew toxic, killing the yeast off), just adding more sugar doesn't seem to the ...
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Orange juice stain the brew bucket, or even worse?

Hello fellow home brewers! I am looking to begin an orange melomel tomorrow using this page as inspiration. After making some orange juice from the same oranges as the one's I will be using, I ...
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Strange aftertaste in mead?

I've been making mead for a while and there's something I can't quite resolve. Some batches are said to have a strange, solvent-like or "turpentiney" after-taste. Most people don't seem to notice it ...
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How long should I leave my wheat beer in bottles before opening

So far the beer has been in primary fermentation for 11 days, and in bottles now for 4 days. When would you expect the beer would hit optimum flavor and when will it be drinkable/pleasant? Thanks.
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When modifying a recipe, should you scale hops based on alpha acids?

I am planning on brewing several versions of an IPA where I keep the grain bill the same, and just change out the hops. I will use a single hop for each batch. The idea is to learn the aroma and ...
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Why is a carboy used for secondary fermentation?

It seems like you could a second bucket for the secondary fermentation. Is there any drawback to not using a carboy for this purpose?
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How to strain wort before primary fermentation

I recently made a big beer (Dogfish Head 90 minute clone) with an OG around 1.11. I had never tried to strain wort before moving to a primary fermenter but thought it would be a good idea since this ...
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Variable carbonation

I've just begun sampling my first batch, and I noticed that my carbonation level can vary from bottle to bottle. Most are just about perfect, but a few have certainly been over-carbonated, practically ...
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Best beer to brew that will last a long time

I have just started brewing so I apologize for my stupidity. My nephew was just born today and I want celebrate by brewing a batch and storing it until his 21st birthday. I think it would be cool to ...
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Aquarium water heaters for Fermentation chamber

Looking for suggestions on brands of aquarium heaters to use in a fermentation chamber I've built. My set-up is a 60 qt Igloo cooler with a custom foam insulation top cut to allow for a 5 to 6.5 ...
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Irish Moss and Hefeweizen - use or avoid?

I'm looking to put down a Hefeweizen tonight, and am pondering whether adding Irish Moss to the last 15 mins of the boil would be a good thing, or a bad thing. On the one hand, I would expect the ...
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Why would aeration cause diacetyl

My BJCP Course states that (too) late aeration can cause diacetyl. My understanding is that diacetyl is produced by yeast during the first phase of fermentation. How could too much oxygen in a ...
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Combating Diacetyl

I've just finished my first brew (brown ale), and the results aren't quite as spectacular as I had hoped. The issue is a prominent, yet not overpowering, sweet almost caramel-like flavor. As best I ...
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Stuck Ferm? Celebration Ale Clone Gravity at 1.021

Celebration Ale Clone (extract kit) White Labs California Ale Yeast (liquid vial, no starter, I know next time I'll make a starter) Pitched at 68 degrees and good activity 18 hours later, got up to 71 ...
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Aerating a 1.10 OG beer once its in the secondary

I would like to start off by saying thank you to all who answer these questions. I have been brewing for about a year now and while I have not asked a question before, this is only attributed to ...
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At what alcohol level does alcohol start to contribute sweetness?

I'm working on a little project of my own regarding beer balance and I've got a lot of theories. One of the questions I haven't yet answered is how alcohol impacts balance after it gets to a ...
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Waiting to pitch yeast?

I came across a couple similar questions, but not exactly what I was looking for. I only have a short period where I have time to brew, but my starter isn't ready and some cooling equipment. Are ...
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Secondary Fermentation

I've had my beer (Belgium witbier) in primary fermentation for about a week. I'd like to rack to secondary, then keep it in secondary for 3 weeks. Advisable? I could keep it in primary for another ...
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Kolsch fermentation temps and schedule

I'm brewing a Kolsch beer for the first time with a pretty straight forward recipe using WLP029 yeast. I've only brewed basic ales so far and I'm confused about the fermentation temps and times for ...
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Phosphoric Acid Wash for Yeast

I love recycling yeast, see it as a great way to save money, and if you find a good one, they are great to use over and over again. I was chatting with a guy in my homebrew club who is a distiller ...
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Should I boil a hopped malt extract prior to fermentation?

I am an absolute beginner; I've merely helped my brother brew once. I purchased a beer brewing kit and want to get started. John Palmer's bible suggests that I should throw out the directions that ...
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Styles other than steam suited for use of Northern Brewer hops

So I have a one pound bag of northern brewer hops (along with about a half pound left of amarillos). Any suggestions for a recipe or style? I'm typically pretty boring, love to brew APA's, IPA's ...
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Eisbock chunk thawed

It seemed a waste not to bottle my previously frozen ice chunk left over from an Eisbock recipe. It had all the smell and flavor and was a bit darker. Has anyone ever bottled their ice from icebock? ...
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I find my wines to be too “juicy”

I've been making wine (mostly red) at home for about a year now and find that even though I ferment them dry I still find them to taste too much like fresh fruit. Any thoughts on getting to that aged ...
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Fermentation started, then stopped the next day. Is my yeast dead?

This is my first shot at homebrewing, using Northern Brewer's American Wheat Beer kit which is based on liquid malt extract, Willamette and Cascade hops, and a packet of dry yeast. I brewed and put ...
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Adding water before bottling

Ok. Sorry if this has been asked. I really did try to research it. LOL I did my first batch of American Amber Ale, and made a few mistakes. I didn't take an initial gravity reading, and I think I ...
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Added yeast to boiling water

first time brewer... I stuffed up and added yeast to just boiled water with the malt and sugar. Is there any chance the yeast will have survived or should I just bin it and start again? Thanks!
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Expert opinions on brewing beer from bread (If an expert were to use this method)

I found this link the other day on how to make beer from stale bread. It seems like it is legitimately working, but at the same time, it doesn't seem very clear on it's alcohol adjustments. My goal is ...
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BJCP Study Material

I'm going to begin studying for the BJCP exam. I was looking into some study materials, and could use some direction. I was thinking of Purchasing Michael Jacksons Beer Companion, the first edition ...
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Pilsner vs 2 Row

I've searched around, but I still would like an elaborate review on the difference in taste between these two base malts. Only interested in North American varieties, also. I'm not sure what ...
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Airlock re-sanitization after minor blow-off

I had some minor blow-off enter (and exit) my airlock during the most active part of fermentation. The krausen has since gone down significantly, and there is no worry of the airlock getting clogged. ...
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Calculating boil volume in partial boil?

I'm an AG brewer but I haven't done an extract batch in years (or an AG one in over a year) and want to do an extract IPA this week. Looking at the various software and calculators, they don't seem to ...
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Is my Kolsch still a Kolsch if I used the wrong yeast?

I followed Jamil's Kolsch recipe to the letter but pitched WLP 833 into my carboy thinking it was a Kolsch yeast. I found out that it's actually a different German yeast strain. Will this still be a ...
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Transporting fermenting beer

I have 4 beers I need to transport (I'm moving), 3 of which are currently aging. One of them is currently on tap. I don't think I'll worry too much about it. The other three are wild ales, one is ...
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Crust on inside of Fermentor?

Ok. Day three into brewing my first ever batch of brew. It is an American Amber Ale from a kit. Moved it to the glass carboy and its been in there for 3 days. It bubbled like crazy the first two days ...
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Homebrew sanitisation in a Pinch

So it's that time of year where none of the local shops are open (at least in my area) and I am itching to put on a new brew but haven't got any sanitiser. I thought some Napisan (I believe AKA ...
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What is a “blonde” beer, and how do you make it?

I recently bought a 6 pack of Shiner Blonde, and just loved the taste of it. What differentiates a blonde beer from others, other than a lighter color and flavor? Also, how do you make a blonde, and ...
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When to add DME if you miss your starting OG?

My family was very nice to me this Christmas and I got a bayou classic burner and an 32qt. pot with 2 ports and a bazooka screen as well as an immersion chiller. I had built a 10 gallon mash tun over ...
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Confused by malts!

great site. I am a total newbie at brewing (used a Mr. Beer kit a few times with success), and recently got a 2 tier homebrewing system for Christmas. I got a prepackaged "American Amber Ale" kit as ...
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Where can I get custom crown caps in the UK?

I've been looking around trying to find anywhere that can print low-volume (50-100) runs of custom crown caps. Found loads of US sites but nothing in the UK. Any ideas? Cheers! (Related to this ...
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“Bottle” conditioning in a growler?

I'm a week or so away from bottling and I was curious: I have a 2 L growler from a local brewery with one of those EZ-Cap type lids, will it be a good enough vessel to bottle condition? Not having to ...
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How to get started brewing sake

I have a packet of koji spores and these instructions: http://www.tibbs-vision.com/sake/instrct.html The instructions call for a 2.6 gal fermenting vessel. Since I have a 7.9 gal bucket, I am ...
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What indicates my burner is at the peak performance?

I use 18" banjo burners on propane. When I'm trying to ramp to boil I have the choice between a shorter all blue flame (which I believe is the most efficient), A wild all yellow flame that edges ...
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Rager Hop Formula Clarification

I'm coding up some personal brewing software, and I'm confused by the explanation of the [Rager Formula][1] [1]: http://www.realbeer.com/hops/FAQ.htm l What is meant by the term "boil gravity", Is ...
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How to use Tart Cherries

Lately I've been trying fantastic beers brewed with tart cherries. Where is the best place to source this product? Do I buy as whole fruit, frozen fruit, puree? When and how should I add this product, ...
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Gose Question for the Gosers (too much salt)

So I found a recipe for gose on a site, and thought it looked interesting. However, I am bound to extract at the moment, as my mash tun is under repair. I converted to extract, but long story short, ...
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What is 'Batch Size'?

I've seen the term 'batch size' applied to three different things: Volume of wort put into the fermenter Volume of finished beer that comes out of the fermenter Post-boil wort volume Is there an ...
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Variable Final Gravity when Priming for Bottle Conditioning

I was bottling a batch of beer last night and as always I take the last bit from the bottling bucket to test the Final gravity. When I tested it it read 1.044. After much talking amoungst ourselfs we ...
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What should I expect from re-mashing malt extract?

I've heard Jamil Z. from the brewing network recommend re-mashing malt extract with a handful of two/six row to improve ferment-ability. Since the extract producer is attempting to please a larger ...
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Measuring Dissolved C02

I forcecarb every batch over 2 gallons. I do this primarily because I have no way of measuring the amount of CO2 already present when I calculate my priming sugar. Is there a way to estimate disolved ...

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