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Salvaging this Sorachi Ace IPA

A few times I have made an (almost) single-hop IPA with a hop I haven't had before, to get a good idea of what it's like. Mosaic IPA was wonderful. Nelson Sauvin IPA was very good. Now, Sorachi Ace ...
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Can I re-use swing top bottles?

noob here :) well my first ever batch is going fine, and next weekend i will bottle my first beer, i have a question thou, i can get this type of bottles for cheap (no need to by capper, and caps). ...
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How to add DME to the wort

I typically use LME for my wort, with no prblems, but this time I am trying a slightly bigger beer and want to add DME to boost the OG. The one time I tried adding DME to my wort, I just dumped it ...
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What about corking beer?

I'd like to start corking some of my more delicate brews. Is there a reason to switch to corking? Certain styles? And, is it difficult/recommended for a small setup? Thanks.
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Should I pitch a second round of yeast?

I brewed a Dogfish Punkn clone that was rather heavy on the sediment. I pitched a pretty healthy yeast starter that was working for 30 hours before being pitched probably around 80 degrees, perhaps ...
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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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Are plastic fizzy-drink bottles an acceptable substitute for glass bottles?

I'm thinking of cola, lemonade, etc bottles, usually 2 litres, commonly available in the UK. Are these going to be an acceptable substitute for glass bottles? Would save a few pennies on the cost of ...
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[WIKI] Bottle Sanitizing Techniques - Pros & Cons

What are the pros and cons of each bottle sanitizing method? Let's look at time, equipment, quality of sanitation, and other factors. Post one answer for each method. Edit the answers if you have ...
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Bottling from a jockey box?

So I've kegged my last batch, was an 'imperial IPA', and will drink it in my house with some few friends. It's a borrowed 19L cornelius keg, and I think that we cannot drain it completely. Since I've ...
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Bucket of sanitising fluid, kept for future use, is it effective, how long will it last?

Whenever I sanitise ( with VWP ) I don't just chuck it away, I put it into a fermentation bucket outside my house. I stick all my bits n bobs - stainless beer paddle, syphon and bits in there, and ...
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How much wort to make a 3 gallon batch [duplicate]

I have a 5 gallon recipe that I have scaled down to 3 gallons using BeerSmith. I know this may vary a bit, but how much wort should I extract to end up with a 3 gallon batch size in the end?
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HERMS waterproof hole in heat exchanger

I'm in the initial phase of my HERMS project, and I'm struggling to come up with an elegant solution to waterproofing the hole where my copper pipe will enter the hot liquor tank. Ideally I'd like ...
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How do I correct acidity/tartness in a fermented beer?

I just moved to a new state, and brewed a dark beer recipe that I'm fond of-- a weizenbock. However, I believe my water chemistry may have been different enough from my previous location to have ...
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Oatmeal Stout, steeped grains 45 min, extract recipe: Should leave in Prim longer than usual before move to Sec?

Q1: Wondering if since I steeped recipe 4 lbs of various grains to 45 min vs recipe "recommended" 20 min...should I or do I leave in primary carboy for 2 to 3 weeks vs recipe "recommended" 1 week? or ...
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How can I tell if there is anything for Amylase to work on?

Because I don't have any Amylase to platy with (yet), I'm looking for a way to check if it would have any effect that's cheaper and/or simpler than finding some place that sells the stuff. (Heck even ...
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Does my yeast possibly already have yeast nutrient?

I forgot to buy some yeast nutrient. But maybe it's already in the yeast? Vinter's Harvest : Premium Wine Yeast Ingredients: Dried Yeeast, emulsifier, magnesium, sulphate, trace vitamins.
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Adding potassium metabisulphite (i.e. sulfites) to prevent oxidation?

Winemakers often add potassium metabisulphite to the finished product for two purposes: To prevent further yeast growth (so that they do not eat the remaining sugars) and as a preservative, to prevent ...
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Will Bacterial Iron affect my beer?

I recently moved to a house on a well and not too long after discovered our entire area has a bacterial iron problem. We have the standard water softener and it does a fairly good job of cutting down ...
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Recipe for Canadian Red Ale

I recently made a 1 gallon batch of Brooklyn Brew Shop's Canadian Red Ale. As it was absolutely incredible, I want to make it again. I have searched everywhere for a list of ingredients but have not ...
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What can I do with my spent grain after mashing?

After brewing a batch of beer, I always end up with ~14 lbs of spent grain that I usually just toss in a pile in the corner of the yard. Are there better things to do with it (i.e. cooking, baking, ...
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1answer
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How can I test the PPM of different minerals in my Water?

As a follow up question to this, I'm interesting in testing every batch of tap water for the PPM of various minerals (calcium, magnesium, sodium, chloride, sulfate, etc). Are these test strips ...
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Are there ways to make your own beer on the cheap?

I have more experience with infusions and other ferments. I'm ready to delve into beer making without buying an expensive kit. What's the best way to do this?
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Trouble Reaching My OG (Pre-Boil Was OK)

Last week I brewed an Arrogant Bastard clone. My pre-boil gravity was off by .001 so I was pretty happy with that... But my OG (post-boil) was off by .009! I thought that because my pre-boil gravity ...
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low-tech honey mead failing to ferment

I've made a number of batches of low-tech hard cider by mixing champagne yeast with Martinelli's apple juice in the bottle, and then inserting an airlock. Fermentation is visible within hours, and one ...
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What hops are a little less bitter than Warrior?

I am using Warrior as a bittering hops in my IPA. Looking to fine tune the recipe by lessening the bitterness a touch or two. Can you provide me a few other hops in lesser degrees of bitterness? ...
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Modifying Recipes for Boil Volume

I am modifying an extract recipe for a full volume boil. I understand how to use a brew calculator to calculate modified hop additions, but since my LHBS store sells hops in 1 oz bags, I'd rather not ...
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Pediococcus Infection--Will brett get rid of the ropiness?

I'm pretty sure I have a pediococcus infection on a Kolsch that I brewed recently. Let's just say some stuff came up and my sanitation was not great. I sampled it after about 6 weeks in primary at ...
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Do I need a ball valve on my brew kettle?

I am shopping for a brew kettle so I can upgrade to full volume boils. Many pots have ball valves. I can think of two reasons to use a ball valve Drain through it to avoid picking up the kettle to ...
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Building a kegerator from a wine fridge

I am thinking of making a kegerator for 3 gallon pin lock corny kegs. Is there any issue with using a wine fridge to do this? I thought the size was right, as it can tuck away on my countertop and it ...
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1answer
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DIY BrewBug based offerings?

BrewBug, is a neat little toy that essentially has a "floating bob" that measures the temperature and specific gravity of the wort as it is fermenting, allowing for niceties like changing the ...
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Would Yeast survive the temperatures of distillation and properly carbonate?

Theoretically: If one were to distill a beer at 172.3-211.9*F with the intention of throwing away the distillate, in order to produce non-(or low-)alcoholic beer, would the remaining beer contain ...
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My Regulator will not fit my CO2 tank

I live in South Korea and had to buy a 20lbs CO2 becuase they would not service my american 5lbs tank. Unfortunately, my current CO2 regulator will not fit on the korean tank. I assume it is becuase ...
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Yeast Starter Stopper & Sanitization

I'm going to be making my first yeast starter, for a higher gravity beer. While reading starter guides, and watching videos, I've noticed that there are several different techniques and opinions for ...
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How do I extend my kegerator beer line run properly?

I have a built in kegerator in my kitchen, under the counter style. It is connected to a three tap handle tower and the lines are about 3 feet long. The noise from the compressor/fan is louder than I ...
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Which Stores carry the metal connectors for constructing a Mash Tun?

I've been to 3 Home Depots in my area searching for the metallic components to construct a mash tun out of a water cooler. I could not find stainless steel, only galvanized or black steel. They a ...
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Is a 12quart pot sufficient for a 1/2 5gal boil?

I am just getting ready to do my first batch. I have all I need except a descent pot. I found a 12quart used stainless pot on Kijiji and was hoping it would be sufficient for half-boils of 5gal ...
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Does Saki have Extract Brewing?

I haven't even done my first batch of full grain brewing for beer. I certainly don't want to learn Saki (at the moment), but I would enjoy brewing some extract version of it (for now). Are there any ...
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My pressure barrel stopped pouring even though 3/4 full

My pressure barrel stopped pouring even though it was 3/4 full, the only way to rectify was to release some gas from the top."Was I right to do this, if not what alternative do I have?
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Is there a technique which prevents the deposit of sediment at the bottom of bottles?

Every beer I've brewed and have seen done by others has had a sediment form at the bottom of the bottles. Is there some common mistake that I and others are making which is causing this to happen? ...
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1answer
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Adding gypsum after fermentation

I have found resources that both advocate and highly advise against this practice. We recently brewed a IIPA (Bear Flavored's Heady Topper clone) that has 3lbs of hops, plus hop extract in 14 ...
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My beer is clear, what did I do right?

This is a follow up to my question whether a clear beer is a requirement for quality. My current batch of IPA, has finished conditioning and is very tasty and also to my surprise quite clear. ...
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Are there any tricks for removing labels from bottles?

Some labels can be a pain to remove. I've tried soaking bottles in water with a little bit of dish soap but it doesn't really do much to break down the adhesive. What methods do you have for easily ...
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0answers
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Brew in a Bag Kettle Size [duplicate]

Would like to start Brew in a Bag to get into the all-grain world. I think my brew kettle is 7 gallons. Would that be enough to yield a 5 gallon batch?
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Too little sugar?

It's my first time making cider and I believe I didn't put enough sugar in it. I put 1 1/2 brown sugar (Even though some fell off to the side cause I didn't dissolve it, like the twit I am). I would ...
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What are the characteristics of a fusely beer? [duplicate]

I have heard that too warm a fermentation createds "fusely" beer. What are they and how can I tell if I have this problem?
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Saving a yeast starter

I made a beer 2 weeks ago and had 2 liters of yeast starter I made for it. I used about 1.5 liters and saved the rest for later in a sanitized jar in the fridge. Is the starter still fine? Is there ...
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1answer
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Airlock started bubbling after racking into secondary and dryhopping, why?

I racked my IPA into a sanitized carboy onto the hops I'm using for dry hopping, the airlock had been still for about 2 day before the racking. But now its in the secondary the airlock started up ...
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1answer
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Wine fermenting with fruit in it after a month

I have had a gallon of peach wine sitting in peach pulp for a little over a month. It is in a carboy with an airlock seal. Would it be okay to rack it and continue letting it age? Or did the continued ...
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What effect does adding flaked corn to a recipe have?

I've been taught to look down on breweries that use corn in their beer, because it's a cheaper ingredient, and obviously men would never put corn in their beer. That being said, why would you put ...
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1answer
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What effects do different types of sugar have on the flavour of ginger beer?

I've been brewing ginger beer with raw cane sugar and have always found the short window between when the mixture becomes recognizable as ginger beer and when it turns into face-melting acid is quite ...

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