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bottles not fermented after 3 weeks of conditioning. Good or bad?

It's been three weeks, and my impatience has had me crack one bottle on days 7, 14, and now 20. There's no carbonation in these bottles, and it doesn't appear to be getting any better over the weeks. ...
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How long can milled grain be stored?

At the rate that I'm going, I'm doing a homebrew roughly every second weekend. (Fun!) I will end up with a small stock of hops, and yeast I can keep around in the fridge for a while if I buy a few ...
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I bought a small 1 liter CO2 gas tank for carbonating drinks, where could I start to find a regulator valve for this tank?

I need to modify this tank with a valve/pressure controler so I can use it to carbonate drinks. Images of the tank included. I would order online but i have no specification to get data from. What ...
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Networked/Connected Thermometer for Measuring Water in Swamp Cooler

I was hoping to put together an information system that could measure the temperature of the water in a bucket where I place my fermenting-bucket and notify my smart phone when I need to replace the ...
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Determining beer quantity when FG and weight are known

In making the assumption that given the final gravity and physical weight of beer (or any liquid for that matter), that you can find the total quantity, what is the calculation necessary for ...
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Old malt extract (liquid) for a yeast starter

So by old I'm talking maybe ten years! I was cleaning and found quite a bit of LME gifted to me with all my original homebrew equipment. I was mid-swing into the trash can when I wondered if maybe I ...
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Is this a bottle bomb waiting to happen?

Planning a strong & sweet Belgian style ale, I expected OG to be as high as 1.096. Because of my extremely amateur setup, I used two pots instead of one big one for the boil (between them both I ...
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Why did my airlock overflow?

Why did this happen? Is this bad? Aside from wasting beer, it seems to me that this would invite infection? If it means anything, I smelled the airlock and it seemed mostly vinegar, but tasting the ...
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Non-plastic siphon tube

I know that some people say that PVC is fine for racking tubes, but I have someone who is looking for an alternative--HDPE or PP would be acceptable but not preferred. Since PVC is the only type of ...
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Too much sweetness and banana like aroma/taste

I've been brewing 6 batches of Ale and I've had problems with sweetness and banana like aroma and taste (esters probably). I think the problem is the fermentation temperature. My fermentation bucket ...
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black lager and diacetyl rest

I am doing a black lager and was wanting to do a rest. I read the instructions wrong and placed it in the secondary. Is it too late to do the rest? Is the new added oxygen going to actually make it ...
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1answer
754 views

Flowers of Wine (Problem)

Context: I am currently working on a batch of jalapeno-cranberry wine. It's been in primary for five days so far and I am beginning to suspect I have flowers in my wine. I was not too concerned ...
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Oxidization during transfer

It has become clear that I need to practice my transfer techniques; I just completed a primary-to-secondary transfer which involved what I'm guessing is a fairly significant amount of aeration. ...
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Light & fermenting

Soooo, I know that sunlight is harmful to beer. I am bottling into brown glass, so that part is covered. But for primary fermenting, I'm using a clear glass carboy, and I'm keeping that in a closet. ...
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Why does my witbier stink?

I've searched far and wide and can't find a good answer. Seems to be a lot of talk about the sulphur smell I noticed during fermentation, but this is a bit different. Brewed this masterpiece up and ...
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Ginger beer that lasts

I want to make a batch of alcoholic ginger beer. However, I know from past experience that one problem with ginger beer is that the bulk of the fermentation happens in the bottles, and I can't drink ...
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1answer
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Yeast starter left out of refrigerator, is it OK?

I created a yeast starter from some yeast from my primary fermenter and some DME following standard steps and the fermentation looked great. However, I went on vacation and forgot to put my yeast ...
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1answer
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Brewing with brettanomyces bruxellensis

I got a good deal with some White Labs yeasts, including one Brettanomyces bruxellensis (WLP650), and I really don't know how to brew with it. Should I use it only for secondary or could I made a ...
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1answer
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Is cold CO2 required for proper kegerator?

I've seen most in-home kegerators have the CO2 tank and regulator inside the fridge. But I remember from my bar-working days that the CO2 tank was outside the fridge. Does this really make a ...
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5answers
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convert pump tap to kegorator tap

I have a "party" pump tap. I want to convert this to use on a DIY kegerator. Can this be done? After taking the tap apart it looks pretty basic: CO2 in one side, beer out the other. I am specifically ...
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1answer
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What to do with leftover hops?

Rather than tell you what hops I have leftover from my last brew, I'd like to know... are there any online resources that can suggest recipes based on what I have, similar to Cocktail Builder? My ...
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1answer
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What am I doing wrong with my Hard Cider

Ok so I'm trying to make small 1 gallon batches of hard cider. I've already created 2 batches that sucked really bad (vinegary). I used: First batch: (pretty obvious why this one sucked) white ...
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5answers
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Can a beer be carbonated during primary or secondary fermentation?

Is it always necessary to carbonate your beer with sugar or tablets or is it possible to get the right amount of carbonation with the primary and secondary fermentation?
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How long to dry hop, then when to bottle and taste?

For my second brewing attempt, I'm doing a Pale Ale, with this 20L Fresh Wort Kit and US-05 yeast. I put it in the fermenter 7 days ago, and it has remained fairly stable at 19° Celsius (66°F). ...
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Does PH affect hop bitterness?

I've always disagreed with the idea that dry hopping or late hopping added 0 IBUs to your end product. If I ever brewed a kit or recipe and followed the hop schedule exactly, it would pretty much ...
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1answer
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Kegging vs. Bottling (force-carbonated), what's the difference in taste?

I'm achieving a rather bizarre sense of enlightenment and was hoping someone could explain the impact that force carbonation in a keg vs. force carbonation in a keg with eventually bottling off would ...
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Are pre-fab kegerators modifiable?

I am considering options for kegerators... on a budget. I have scoped out Craigslist, and I have seen a few pre-fabricated kegerators (not that I'm sold on going that route). Obviously, the one-tap ...
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2answers
567 views

Can I steep aroma malt

I have some Brewferm Aroma malt 150 EBC. I think normally I couldn't because it is full of unconverted starch, but I would like to do some extract beer and use a little (5-10%) of it. Will it be bad ...
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1answer
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How do conventional foods effect kombucha brewing?

I would like to know how/if chemicals such as pesticides commonly found with conventional foods or even those found in tap water; how/if they affect the quality of the kombucha first or second stage ...
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1answer
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“Quiescence Yeast” Or will my yeast-to-be survive a travel to the caribbean?

This is a related question, but not a usefull one to me :( I intend to buy liquid yeast from northenbrewer (WLP099 in case you wonder) and I currently live in Venezuela, a very hot and sunny place ...
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1answer
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Can one use gelatin while force carbing, or will CO2 keep gelatin suspended

New to world of finings. I figured i'd see if I could get a faster turnaround. Right now I'm kegging, then conditioning/force carbing at the same time at 40F. Can I cold crash, then on the next day ...
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2answers
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Can a keg explode?

As I read in some answers to other questions they should not explode, is it true? Why is that? Is it because they have a safety valve or just because they are very strong?
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Lager yeast fermenting at 25-30C

The summer is approaching, and I would like to make some experiments using lager yeast, just completely out of its temperature range. I guess that steam bear was made using lager yeast at higher ...
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3answers
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Pectic Enzyme in Secondary?

I am doing a melomel and am putting some mangos in primary and again into secondary a month later. I was going to put pectic enzyme into primary, do I need to put additional into the secondary?
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What's the best/safest way to handle likely bottle bombs?

I'm using 16oz amber e-z cap bottles (swing tops). I've read that they'll self-vent before exploding, but I've heard other accounts of them actually exploding. I'm storing them like this and it's ...
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2answers
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Specific gravity is the wrong way

I am brewing my first lager, a German Oktoberfest kit from Brewer's Best, after 12 batches of ales. I fermented in the primary for 17 days at 58 degrees and then raised the temperature to 65 degrees ...
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Stopping fermentation and then bottling

I've tried making a few beers that I think have TOO much alcohol. I'd like to stop the fermentation before all of the sugars have fermented, and I'm wondering what the best way is to do that. I've ...
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sediment in wine bottle, how to serve

I made some wine recently, and I screwed up slightly. I degassed the wine the day I was going to bottle. I let it sit a couple hours expecting the sediment to settle after I "blended" the wine, ...
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How much peated malt to get a hint of smoke?

I've got some peated malt that a friend gave me, and I've been looking for some way to use it. My current idea is to brew an Irish Red Ale (OG 1.055, FG 1.012, IBU 21, SRM 16) with just enough peated ...
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Brew from an out of date kit - not fermented

I kicked off a wildly out of date (2008) brew from a kit a few weeks ago. ( One of those kits with a packet of yeast and 2 large tins of goop.) The brewing didnt go as well as I've had them go ...
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1answer
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Can I wash/re-use all that yeast in the blowoff

Last night, I put my 1.130+ (it wasn't until midnight when I finished that I noticed that it was higher than my hydrometer and refractometer could go) wort in the carboy to ferment. I wake up this ...
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Will a wheat beer taste watery before carbonation?

I'm not an expert brewer, but I've made 5-6 batches over the past 18 months. Process-wise, I feel like I know what I'm doing, but I am still learning different styles of beer. For summer, I decided ...
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Sanitize the bottle capper?

When bottling, is it wise to dunk the bottle capper in sanitizing solution or is that overkill?
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4answers
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Keeping beer from entering CO2 line while Carbing Keg?

So I am getting ready to carbonate my first keg! But I am worried about beer entering the CO2 line if I use the 'rock on my lap like a baby' method :) I am worried because I tried to carbonate a ...
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How to improve freshness bottled beer?

I'm getting some sour flavors and off-aromas in my bottled beer when they have more of one month in bottle. When the beers are young, they taste really good with full aromas, but even if I stored all ...
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2answers
265 views

Does skunk off flavour go away?

Skunky off-flavours are caused by ultraviolet light causing chemical reaction that transforms alpha-acids. Once this flavour is created, does it go away with time, and if so how much time? Or will it ...
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How do I calculate how much sugar to add, for carbonation

I have a brew, that I will need to bottle soon. But, how do I calculate, how much sugar to add, before bottling? I'll be adding table-sugar, but I am very worried about exploding bottles. Are there ...
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681 views

Which is the superior air-lock liquid: Vodka or Star-San?

I've had a life-long fancy for using vodka to clean sanitize and naturally use it in my air-lock. Given that it is only 40%, however, and I live in California where pure grain alcohol is illegal, ...
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1answer
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How long must an ale be conditioned in bottles outside of the fridgerator?

I bottled my first batch of beer 72 hours ago. I am under the impression that bottled beer should not immediately be placed in the refrigerator, as this would prevent the remaining yeast from ...
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What to expect from champagne yeast?

I bought a pack of champagne yeast, but not sure why, just to try it :) What differences should I expect compared to a "normal" English ale yest?

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