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How often should a keg be disassembled and cleaned?

Right now I give my corny kegs and beer lines a hot rinse, PBW soak, rinse and Starsan in-between batches. I inspect for gunk but don't fully disassemble (posts, etc.) unless there's something ...
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Federweisser bottling

Can you bottle Federweisser at the point where you want to drink it and have it not keep fermenting? I have heard that the bottles may explode if you just bottle it normally.
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Using a much larger than necessary carboy

This is a very simple question. I have a batch of German wine that will yield 2.5 gallons. Is there any issue with using a 6 gallon glass carboy to let it ferment in?
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Should you adjust residual sweetness to account for carbonation level in a beer?

I have a kegged batch of beer (Munich lager) that was quite sweet prior to fully carbonating. After carbonating there's a significant bitterness - not a hop bitterness (there is little in this batch), ...
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Makeshift carboy

Can I use a large jug, such as a Carlo Rosse bottle, with an added airlock as a carboy for fermentation? Are there any issues with this or things I should make sure to do?
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Is a yeast-starter without temperature control worse than no yeast-starter at all?

EDIT: Crap, it appears I mislead myself. Northern Brewer includes a temperature range of the particular Wyeast you are using, and I assumed this temperature range factored out off-flavors. I read on ...
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My beer is not carbonating in bottles

I followed the instruction, but did one week more on secondary fermentation than it is supposed to be. After I bottled it, one week passed i didn't see any bubbles in the bottle. Did the yeast run out ...
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1answer
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When should I add orange peels to my homebrew?

I've been planning to experiment with orange peels for a while now, but I don't know when to add them, when should I throw them in? Last 15 minutes with the aroma hops? At flame-out? After primary? I ...
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1answer
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What is the normal attenuation for sour wort (specifically Berliner Weisse)?

I brewed a kettle-soured Berliner Weisse with an OG of 1.034. After two weeks fermenting at around 70 (raised to 72 at the end) with a packet of Safale US-05, it got down to 1.014, apparent ...
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1answer
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Is there an Optimal Amount of Time to Leave Fruit in a Melomel's Primary or Secondary Fermentation?

I have read that some Mazers never let fruit sit in their fermenting wine or mead for more than two weeks while others will leave the cap for the entire time. Is there any measured science behind the ...
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Liquid plastic resin for plumbing application [closed]

Which synthetic resins are suitable for fabrication of plumbing components e.g pipe sections, metering? I'm trying to find an easy way to mold/house/en-case a custom designed data logger. I'm trying ...
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2answers
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How high in ABV can a beer be before the yeast is too stressed to re-use?

I've recently taken advantage of White Labs switch to year-round availability of WLP090, as this rocket fuel of a yeast strain is very attenuative, very clean, fast, and floccuates beautifully. I ...
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dry hopping with pellet hops

I am working from an ESB recipe that says to put 1 oz of whole leaf tettnanger hops in to dry hop during the secondary fermentation. I accidentally got pellet hops instead. Can I get away with dry ...
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1answer
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Is this a reasonable Frambozen tactic?

I am considering making a frambozen for my next brew, as it should be a crowd-pleaser. My plan for the raspberries is as follows: Blanch raspberries Pulp Raspberries (in a blender probably) Separate ...
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Would adding a small dash of whisky when bottling kill secondary fermentation?

I assume that secondary fermentation's upper limit is set by some balance between sugars remaining and alcohol content, is that fair to say? Would giving just a dash of flavour potentially wreck the ...
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Is there open source web library for Calculating ABV or other brew related tasks

Is anyone aware of a good script or library free/Open Source that can be used on a web page to calculate ABV, I'm not looking for a sites that will do the calculation for you, I want to add the ...
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1answer
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Could I have accidentally made 19% cider by adding too much sugar?

First time I've brewed anything and I thought i'd start as simple as possible, so I just got some granulated sugar and apple juice from concentrate. 2L of apple juice, Champagne yeast, and 2 cups of ...
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Vacuum sealing hops

Is it a good idea to vacuum seal hops for storage using the method described in this video? I Often buy multiple varieties and have partially used packages laying around in my fridge until the next ...
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1answer
251 views

Vacuum sealing harvested yeast

Looking at this video I had the idea of vacuum sealing yeast that I harvest from my beer batches to better protect it from bacteria/mold. My plan is to rinse the yeast with boiled (sanitized) water ...
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1answer
107 views

Can home brewer co-locate in a microbrewery? (Oregon)

A friend has a small brewery in Oregon with lots of extra space. I'd love to be able to do my tiny home brewing over there, as I have no room at home and he has room to spare. There's no desire or ...
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1answer
767 views

using a 6 gallon carboy as a secondary when brewing 5 gallons of beer

I have a 5 gallon glass carboy that I use for a secondary when making 5 gallon batches. I would love to get two batches of beer going at a time and I have a 6 gallon carboy that I've used for wine. ...
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1answer
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Mead has infection/discoloration

I brewed a sweet mead on February 24th, 2013, racked it to secondary on April 4th, 2013, and was getting ready to bottle it now (end of July). I had been out of town for a few weeks and when I came ...
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Bad (dead) yeast? What now?

Brewed an ESB yesterday, pitching Wyeast 1028 @ 70 degrees F. Stirred and shook carboy for oxygen, then airlocked and moved moved to the basement. This morning, carboy is @ 71 degrees F with NO ...
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1answer
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Use of lactic acid

I've been reading through Beer Craft by William Bostwick and Jessi Rymill, and there's a lot of really interesting variations for basic recipes. I'm aiming to try their Saison recipe, and it says ...
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How to oxidize my beer during transfer

Let's assume I've read all I can about the pros and cons of racking my beer from primary to secondary and I've decided that I want my lager clear and I'm going to rack away. I've brewed a dozen ...
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1answer
257 views

Does Thomas Hardy use a separate bottling yeast strain?

Combing through the miriad different ideas about brewing a Thomas Hardy clone, I've become confused about what the consesus is about how "the real thing" is brewed. WLP099 is associated with "Thomas ...
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1answer
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Home brewing with different sugars

I've just been reading an FAQ on different sugars used in brewing. Most kits specify usage of 1KG of brewing sugar. The first time I made a batch of home brew I used table sugar, but this seemed to ...
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4answers
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Hazelnut Brown Ale - What extract?

I am looking to brew a hazelnut brown ale. What brands of hazelnut extract are the best tasting? My lhbs does not carry one. Ideally im looking for a brand that closely resembles the real thing.
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1answer
254 views

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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1answer
407 views

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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328 views

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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1answer
671 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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3answers
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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
591 views

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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2answers
642 views

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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1answer
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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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1answer
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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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4answers
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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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2answers
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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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3answers
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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
699 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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2answers
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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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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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