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Secondary Temperature

I'm considering racking my brew to a secondary FV once fermentation is complete to allow the yeasts to clean up the beer but I'm not sure if I need to maintain the same heat as I did in the primary? ...
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How Long do I have to wait

I am a pumpkin spice porter; I am going straight to a keg. After I add my priming sugar will the CO2 carbonate my beer so i can drink it immediatly
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What are the benefits of using brewing sugar over types of sugar?

In many kits I've used, the instructions recommend using brewing sugar. Of course it's okay to use other sources of sugar, but I was wondering whether there are any benefits of using brewing sugar ...
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No pressure in secondary

I have a problem with an ale kit I've brewed and kegged. I have done primary with a s04 yeast and its been in secondary for about 5 days and I've checked it this morning and its not built up pressure. ...
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71 views

What is the smell from growing beer yeast and is there any adverse effects from the odor/fumes

What are the fumes from growing beer yeast and is there any adverse toxic problems?
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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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119 views

Making Hard Cider in a Dorm

So I am attempting to make my own hard cider. At my school, there is a farmers market every Thursday and at this market they sell flash pasteurized cider; the process is stopped partway through so it ...
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Does beer make you stupid? [closed]

I read somewhere that people who drink beer get more stupid. Is that true? Does beer kill brain cells or what?
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How to add fruit to beer

What is the best way to add fruit to a beer? I'm afraid boiling it will break down the fruit too much (a muslin bag could fix this I guess), but I'm not sure how to add it to the fermenter without ...
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High FG / Low Attenuation across 3 different beers

I have brewed 3 all-grain batches now that have a high final gravity: Imperial IPA: Target OG - 1.079, Target FG - 1.011, Actual OG - 1.070, Actual FG - 1.020, Yeast - US-05. Common attenuation ...
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What makes my mash tun smell like vomit?

If I leave my mash tun unattended for a few days after brewing it smells like a dead animal covered in vomit. What is the name of the bacteria/fungus/other that excretes this smell?
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Cleaning stainless steel

I bought an used stainless steel really large pot (>90 liters) that was used for cooking, but had some kind of water stains inside. On a (stupid) attempt to clean it, I had it sand blasted, which ...
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I forgot to put water in the airlock! What do I do now?

I did my first brew (all grain), some things were complicated to achieve and finished at 4 o'clock in the morning because I decided to start at 10 pm (big mistake). At the end of it all, after I ...
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Is beer bad for dogs?

My dog, Lilly Von Shtupp, loves to drink beer. I only give her an ounce or so once in a blue moon, but I stopped recently because I heard that dogs are sensitive/allergic to hops. Can anyone either ...
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1answer
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Best position to install a bi-metal thermometer

Of course I'm asking about the height. How to calculate the best height to install a bi-metal thermometer like this: Dial Thermometer - MoreBeer ? Usually, we can see it installed in the middle of ...
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3answers
72 views

Camping stove as a wort heater

I'm looking for a way to get a good rolling boil on 5 gallons of wort, on a really tight budget What are my best options?
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1answer
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How does the attenuation limit from mash temperature affect yeast attenuation?

Like, for example, if you select a yeast with an average attenuation of 80%, but you mash at 160, which limits attenuation to 76.8%1, would the limit simply be the lower of the limit or the average ...
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3answers
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Should I add water to an already fermenting batch?

I just moved my (first) batch to my secondary fermenter. While doing so it became apparent that I did not top off to five gallons like I thought and instead it seems closer to four gallons. I now have ...
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Efficiently sterilizing bottles

I've got 50 bottles to sterilize tonight but unfortunately have an extraordinarily small sink which can only fit 4 bottles at a time. The sterilizer I have (bruclens cleaner) requires everything to ...
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2answers
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What is the overall volume of a Corny keg?

Cornelius kegs come in various sizes, but many home brewers use the "five gallon" (nominal) size. Including the headspace, how much volume is available inside of the standard five gallon Cornelius ...
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3answers
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Ale is cloudy and really fizzy

I tried my very first home brew kit recently. I don't recall the specific brand, but it was a 'Newkie Brown' kit that came in a tin and was like black treacle to start with (e.g. a syrup not a powder ...
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2answers
65 views

Pot or cooler based mash tun?

Today I have 2 pots for brewing: a 45L one for water and a 67L one for mash/boiling. My plan was to use the smaller for mash and then transfer to the other to boil, but i found it very tigth, so today ...
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2answers
82 views

Easiest low on alcohol homebrew

Can somebody help me with a home-brew method to produce a 3-4% alcoholic beer from wheat or barely without much apparatus.
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My beer is not carbonating in my Keg

Since I have read so much about how much easier it is to keg your homebrew rather then bottle it, I decided to go ahead and get myself a kegging system setup. So, last week, after my beer was done ...
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1answer
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Can I reuse a failed starter?

The proprietor at my LHBS gave me an unsold Wyeast 1968 smack pack that was well over a year old. I made a starter for it just to see if it was still viable. It was not viable. Now I need to make a ...
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5answers
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Measuring specific gravity without sampling

Is there any way, I can measure SG with a sensor of some kind? I guess I'm not REALLY after SG, but rather a way to determine that fermantation is done, without sampling. I would very much like hook ...
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1answer
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How can I filter out excess cream (trub) before bottling?

I'm making a cream ale and just moved it into a new carboy for secondary fermentation. While siphoning it over, I noticed that there's a lot of solid creamy substance still in the beer. Maybe I did ...
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3answers
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What Type and Power of Microscope For Observing Yeast Cells

I'm interested in buying a microscope that I can use to observe yeast cells. Ideally, I'd like to use this to count cells in region and do calculations to get estimated populations (though I don't ...
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1answer
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Fruit mead - VERY vigorous fermentation

I have made several batches of meads, using different yeasts, with the same recipe. I then picked the yeast that made the best mead (IMO) and made some fruit meads. I followed the same recipe, but ...
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1answer
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Is brewers' Lactobacillus heterofermentative or homofermentative?

I have only used 'natural' lactobacillus, that is, inoculated wort with raw grains to achieve a very tart sour. In my last experiment, I soured a mash over a few days and the gravity had dropped from ...
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2answers
104 views

Evaporation rate

Right now, when brewing, I have one step that is never the same : the boil. Actually, the boil phase is going alright, my problem is with the evaporation rate of my wort. I have a few questions... ...
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2answers
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Maturation temperature (when SG stabilizes)

Some guys recommend to increase the temperature once the fermentation finished, and so, "start" the maturation in a higher temperature. Others say the inverse, to reduce the temperature. I already ...
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1answer
45 views

Stout has acetaminophen (tylenol) aftertaste

TL;DR : My beer has an acetaminophen aftertaste, what could this be ? I brewed an espresso oatmeal Stout 4 months ago. It had a hard time carbonating and has an acrid/bitter (burnt? too much dark ...
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overheated the mash by a long shot

I asked before and got some help and have done some reading since. The temp in my mash jumped from 175 to about 195 after I put the lid back on. How much damage did I do? Some things I've read since ...
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How long to mature and clear with Top Tap Barrel?

Once, initial and secondary fermentation are complete, how long should the barrel be left to clear and mature? I understand that with a bottom tap barrel you have to wait for the entire, barrel to ...
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1answer
424 views

When should I secondary this beer

I have an Oktoberfest beer in Primary right now based on a kit from my LHBS. It's an average ABV ~5.5 and is fermented on California Lager Yeast and I'm controlling fermentation at ~62F. Will this ...
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force krausen to drop?

will hurt the beer if I swirl my carboy to force the krausen to drop? the krausen has been sitting there for a few weeks now and I want to keg in one week but if the krausen is still there I don't ...
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First batch. Tons of bubbling first day and half, little to none now

I can update this later with my specific notes/ingredients, but for now, just the basics...5 gallon brew of an irish stout. The morning after I put it in the fermenting bucket, I woke up to a mess. ...
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How should bulk grain be stored?

I love brewing all-grain but I feel that I could cut down on my costs significantly by purchasing some of my grain in bulk, storing it, and using it as needed. I know a lot of people do this but I'm ...
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1answer
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Can you help me read this complex Yeast recipe? (Sour Beer help)

I'm reading a recipe for a Sanctification clone, which is one of Russian Rivers Blonde Sour Ales. The recipe for the yeast read as such Brettanomyces bruxellensis culture, Wyeast 3112 or White Labs ...
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Brewing with Saccharomyces boulardii

I have a friend who studies some molecular aspects of probiotic yeasts, some wild ones and also the widespread in medications Saccharomyces boulardii (found in Florastor®, Floratil®, and other ...
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1answer
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Modifying Mountmellick's Irish Stout [closed]

I have a can of this, but want to do something different with it and have it ready for the holidays. My first thought was pumpkin, but I couldn't figure out from reading how or when to put it in; and ...
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1answer
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Different fermentation procedures for fruit wine

In some resources, it is recommended to: first ferment low-gravity must made with fruit and water (with small additions of sugar if there is very little sugar in the fruit) strain to carboy add ...
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2answers
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Consecutive (lacto?) infections with different fermenters

My two last batches got a sour/white wine taste to them (prior to bottling). The first one was a Hefeweizen fermented in my bucket. The taste was present from day 4 up to bottling a month later. In ...
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1answer
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Mixing dme and lme

I have a few questions about dme. I want to make a light wheat beer but the wheat lme at my shop is dark. So I have 3.3 lbs of a light beer lme and 1 lb of Bavarian wheat dme. I was planning on making ...
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Aging lambic beer

I'm a beginner when it comes to brewing but have two batches of lambic beer coming up. My question is if they have to be aged in a glass carboy or if they can be poured straight into a bottle along ...
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3answers
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Why am I getting foam in my keg line when dispensing?

I have a two-tap kegerator which I use to dispense commercial 5-gallon kegs. My lines are about 3 feet long1 and I keep my pressure at 10psi and my temperature relatively cold. Whenever I draw from ...
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2answers
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Adding sugar to a brown pumpkin ale

I'm planning on making a pumpkin ale out of a brown ale mini-mash recipe. I'd also like to get a hint of caramel in there so I was thinking about adding some sort of unrefined sugar. Does anyone ...
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2answers
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lots of gas coming from secondary

Before I racked to secondary, I had checked the gravity a few days apart to make sure fermentation had completed. After racking to secondary, I waited a few days to let it settle out. The water in the ...
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1answer
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Why is less bottling sugar required when naturally carbonating in a keg versus bottles?

When I look at various carbonation tools, I noticed that the amount of bottling sugar was MUCH reduced when naturally carbonating in a keg: It would seem to me that a certain amount of sugar would ...

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