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How to control temp between two fermenters in the same chamber

I have room for 2 5-gallon fermenters (ale pails) in my fermentation chest, and would like to conduct two fermentations at once. Typically, I insulate my temp controller's probe against a fermenter, ...
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Bottling/Corking

Here is the run down: I have a 6 gallon batch of pinot grigio that I have fermenting and a 6 gallon batch of summer saison that is also nearing completion. I am looking to upgrade my bottling process ...
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How quickly do i need to drink my beer?

I've somehow managed to brew a bloody lovely bitter (for my first time) in a pressurised keg but now i've started drinking it, is there any kind of best before? Or do I literally need to drink 10 ...
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Fermenter Headspace; Suitable (and cheap!) Containers for Split Batches

After Denny's article in the spring issue of Zymurgy, I'm anxious to experiment and split batches for experimentation with yeast pitching rates, strains, fermentation temps, and adjuncts. I had ...
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Yeast Starter with Dry Yeast (S-04)

I know the common wisdom is you shouldn't do this, but I am brewing two mid-to-high gravity beers on Saturday (1.065 and 1.072), and only have one packet. I am now chilling a 2L starter that I was ...
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Could non-alkalized cocoa powder cause astringency in a chocolate stout?

I made a chocolate stout a while back that's kind of astrigent. I'm not sure I would call it sour, but it makes you pucker a bit. It had 8 oz of Trader Joe's Tumaco cocoa powder added in primary, no ...
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Lead in primary fermentation

So, my floating thermometer broke while cooling off my wort and I didn't realize it until about an hour after I had pitched the yeast and fermentation had definitely already started. At first I ...
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Wyeast Activator Swelling Expiration time

I intended on brewing tonight so I broke the activator on my Wyeast 1450 last night. Only today did I realize I'm missing a fermenting bucket to actually ferment with (d'oh, big mistake!), so I'll ...
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3 Piece Airlock without Liquid

I was talking with a fellow brewer who has been brewing for many years and found out that he does not put any liquid in his 3 piece airlocks. He claims that next to nothing can get in even without the ...
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Lowering to Lagering Temp, how will the beer taste different after lagering

First lager (Oktoberfest, Wyeast 2206), just took a sample after 3 weeks in the primary, and it tasted great (my friend said he picked up some candylike sweetness (diacetyl), but it could be because I ...
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How can I tell there is mold in my bottles?

I just got my kit and am about to brew for the first time. I was warned to not use bottles that have sat out uncleaned because there can be mold in them. How can I tell if there is mold in my ...
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Would Lalvin's 71B-1122 make a good cyser?

From Lalvin's website: ...has the ability to metabolize high amounts (20% to 40%) of malic acid. It also says that it produces "rounder, smoother..." wines. I'm thinking this would be a nice ...
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How does efficiency change when adding grains that are normally steeped to a mash?

Imagine this scenario: you have a an extract recipe that contains a pound of steeped caramel malt. According to http://www.promash.com/FAQ/faq_diff.html the average efficiency of steeped malts is ...
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Oxidation during long primary

So obviously I'm reading all o the advice floating around to skip racking to secondary. And it makes perfect sense. But if I primary a 5 gal batch in a 6.5 gal bucket, does the headspace/surface area ...
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Fruit flies in kegerator faucets

My kegerator is stored in the garage, and lately fruit flies have been flying into the open ends of the faucet to drink the beer (and subsequently die). Hence, I've been getting a fly with every ...
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Recommendations for a beer style w/ Cherry Extract

This summer I bought some fresh tart cherry extract from the area I grew up in Northern Michigan, and I've been excited to use it in a recipe. Any recommendations on what style would be good with ...
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Wyeast pack arrived already inflated - keep in the fridge or not?

Like the question says, the pack arrived pre-smacked! I'm making a yeast starter before I brew so that'll tell me whether the yeast is ok, but what I need to know is whether to keep it in the fridge ...
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Why did beer get into my gas lines from my corny keg?

I think I know the answer to this, but I'd like to see an answer listing more conclusively the different reasons why this happens. Some causes I've seen listed: High pressure plus shaking can cause ...
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What are the quickest styles from grain to glass

I know typically, hefeweizens and wits are best drunk while 'young', but what are the styles that are most conducive to a quick turnaround? I also know alcohol content is a factor. Have people had ...
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How to proceed when step-feeding a mead

I am in the process of planning my next mead batch, and I wondered if it would be a good idea to step-feed this one since I am planning a high ABV (18%). How would I do this best? My recipe looks ...
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How to keep sugar from fermentation and carbonization?

We want to made sweet low ABV cider. How to do that? I understand that yeasts are dying somewhere between 10 and 15% ABV but we want our cider to be between 2 and 5% ABV. We can interrupt ...
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lemon flavor after kegging

So I made Jamil's California Common (minus the chocolate malt) with Wyeast Bavarian Lager yeast (2206). Fermentor samples tasted great, I had about 82% attenuation, so the 'flat' samples were nice ...
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Kegerator CO2 Line

New to the homebrewing boards and I was hoping someone could help me with a quick kegerator question. I picked up a Danby DKC146SLDB from Costco over the weekend and I just got around to setting it ...
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handling shrinkage from crash cooling

I just crashed 5 gallons of German Pilsner for lagering and I noticed that my airlock starsan level was significantly lower after cooling. I presume this is due to the liquid (beer) shrinking after a ...
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Are there sulfites in homebrew?

My friend, who has a severe sulfite allergy, wanted to try some of my beer. I had to refuse because I wasn't 100% sure that there weren't sulfites in it. How are sulfites introduced to beer? I was ...
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Wine max secondary fermentation time

I started my first batch of wine a year ago, and got up to racking into secondary fermentation, but never bottled it, and then forgot about it. Is it a lost batch? Is it even safe to try?
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How do I set up a Sestos D1S temperature controller?

I am trying to set up an Sestos D1S temperature controller. Initially, just to see if it works at all, I am trying to use it to control the temperature of my kettle. I've wired it all up correctly so ...
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Possible failed ferment: re-boil or campden + re-pitch?

On Saturday I brewed my 89th batch, an all-grain Irish Red Ale, SG 1.049. Pitched Wyeast 1084 from an "Activator" smack pack dated May 2012 that I'd struck around eight hours earlier, then aerated ...
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how well to strain wort after boil

Just wondering how well you folks strain your wort when transferring to primary. I brewed my first batch last night and, aside from forgetting to take an OG reading, everything went well. However, ...
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Galvanized steel off-flavor?

I brewed my first beer with maris otter and it came out with an ashtray/cigarette flavor. At first I assumed it had something to do with the maris otter, but later I noticed my mash tun hose clamps ...
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Wild fermentation with improvised equipment, any advice?

First some background. I am in Indonesia for a bit, separated from my equipment and have had a chance to make the native fermented rice dish tape hitam (basically red rice wine without straining, ...
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Harvested Yeast - What are these layers and do I have too much?

I harvested yeast a few weeks back from my hefeweizen (Wyeast 3068) which I had open fermented. To harvest, I scrapped it right off the top, after ~36 hours of fermenting, with a sanitized spoon. I ...
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Options to improve clarity and reduce sediment in a barrel conditioned lager

My home-brew lager that I start secondary fermentation (in May) still hasn't settled, we have had spells of warm weather, and my beer still isn't clear... it has been further delayed as I had to vent ...
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Is my batch contaminated / infected?

Me again with another question. So there's not been much activity from my brew lately (no bubbling, only 3rd day in the fermenter). I opened up to take the gravity and temperature (1022, 21C), so it ...
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Racking a carbonated beer from a keg back to the fermenter

Long story short, I have a wheat beer that has a weird band-aid phenol that isn't going away. Rather than dumping, I thought I would try racking to a new fermentor, adding chopped dried apricots, and ...
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Making a starter when reusing yeast

I want to reuse the washed yeast from a previous batch of beer in my next batch. Should I make a starter for it? If so, how much of it? I looked at MrMalty, and it seems to me they tell me not to make ...
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Brew stops bubbling at night

Yes - another novice question from me :( Our brew bubbles away through the airlock for most of the day, but when I come down in the mornings it is dormant (no bubbles for the 2 minutes I was looking ...
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Hydrometer Calibration and its effect on OG

I tested my hydrometer in distilled water at 68F and it reads 0.994. If I have an original gravity reading of 1.050 do I simply add .006 to this reading or is there a more advanced formula to ...
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How To Send Beer Cross Country?

I live in California and I have some friends in Illinois who I would like to swap beers with. What is the best (cheap/safe) way to send a small amount of bottled beer (maybe 1-6 12oz bottles) to ...
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Ways of saving an band-aid beer

I am exploring what in my process could have possibly caused this flaw, but it is likely old yeast propogated in a starter and then pitched, as this has not happened to me ever before. What I am ...
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Advice for IPA recipe (with dry mouthfeel)

I have a very simple IPA recipe with a twist which I really liked. It's a single malt (Pale malt, 7EBC Full-grain), single hop IPA, but I 'dryhopped' it with tea. Single temperature mash @ ...
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Brewing 10 litres in a 25 litre fermentation vessel?

I'm a novice and have just started home brewing from a complete starters kit. The kit came with 2x25 litre fermentation vessels and a kit that makes 20 litres. I've been looking at some beer kits ...
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Transporting Pressurized CornyKegs

I wanted to get a batch ready for labor day, so I purchased some kegging equipment and opted to keg this beer. However, I am driving 5ish hours to a lake, where I plan to keep the keg in a ice bath ...
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Deep cleaning equipment after “brett” contamination

A Few Contaminated Batches Although most of my beers have been coming out 'clean', I've had a couple of my beers show up with what I think might be bretanomyaces or some other 'bug'. The ...
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How can this BeerSmith 2 gravity calculation be correct?

My beersmith brew sheet printout gives me some gravity numbers that I can't make head or tail of: How can the pre-boil gravity (when I haven't added 57% of the malt yet) be 1,084, while the ...
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Troubleshooting a stuck fermentation with Ringwood Ale

I'm brewing an IPA using Wyeast 1187 (Ringwood Ale) and it seems stuck. I'm brewing 19L (5G) with an OG of 1.052 and pitched two (smacked) smackpacks of 1187 straight into the primary bucket. I used ...
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Can't get my glass carboys completely clean

I've been relatively active on homebrewtalk.com, have read the cleaning chapter of How to Brew half a dozen times, and watched the instructional video that came with my kit on how to clean carboys. I ...
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How can I make sure my vinyl tubing maintains a tight fit indefinitely?

I've just finished bottling my first homebrew; how it tastes in two weeks will be the ultimate arbiter of my success, but I feel like I made very few mistakes for a n00b and I don't think any of them ...
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Why is a quiet environment recommended?

I'm brewing beer from a recipe kit, and the instructions say to put the fermenting bucket into a dark, quiet and warm place. I do understand dark (because of UV) and warm (optimal temperature for the ...
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Malt extract fermentability

Does anyone know of resources that specify the fermentability of malt extracts like muntons and coopers? Has anyone done a forced fermentation on these extracts who has results they are willing to ...

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