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Will Bottle Bombs occur in Refridgerated Environments?

I had 8 22oz bottles in room temperature for a long time (at least over 5 months). I noticed the other day that the floor was covered in dried beer, and after inspecting the container I saw that one ...
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Can I overyeast by adding one pack of Wyeast for brewing 2.5 gallons

I was wondering if I add a complete pack of Wyeast to a 2.5 gallon batch rather than a 5 gallon batch what would happen. Would I "overyeast" the beer?
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Any risks to storing glass carboys and other brew equipment in an unheated garage?

We currently have all of our brewing equipment big pile in a spare room and have finally made space for it in our garage (as well as purchased some additional equipment for brewing there). We have a ...
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Which yeast should I use to make apple cider

I am looking to make some homebrew cider. I intend to use store-bought apple juice, and mix with an appropriate amount of yeast. I am wondering what kind of yeast you would recommend? In the past, I ...
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What about grain storage?

I recently cleaned up after brewing one day and realized that I threw away a couple of four gallon water jugs. Could these be used for storing grain for long term? Would the air in the container ...
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All my all-grain batches produce a bitter/astringent, dark, almost burnt off flavor that ruins every batch, from light pilsner to dark belgians

I'm scratching my head trying to figure this one out. Here's the story: I started brewing extracts, and they all came out great. I wanted to get into all-grain so a last year I ordered myself the ...
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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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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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What is it about this receipe that makes it an IPA? Or more generally, what makes an IPA?

So I recently brewed up this recipe. When I went to the LHBS to get the grain, the guy there somehow knew, just from the grain bill, that I was making an IPA. Since finding and loving IPAs, I had ...
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Why is my IPA not hoppy enough?

I am about to start my second attempt at making an IPA. My first did not turn out anything like an IPA. It was much darker than I expected (I may have burnt it a little) and did not really have the ...
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What hops provide the guava-like taste of some IPAs?

IPAs like Bear Republic's Racer 5 and Coronado Brewing Company's Islander IPA have a distinct guava-like scent and flavor character. Is there a particular variety of hops that produces this, or is it ...
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Can big late hop addition hurt AIPA?

I made two mistakes at the beginning of the boil, and I under-bittered my beer by 20 IBU. This is AIPA, so underbittering is serious mistake. Sadly, i only realized that by putting my notes back into ...
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“FV” abbreviation in BrewDog recipe

I am attempting to follow a recipe in BrewDog's excellent DIY DOG (see Albino Squid Assassin recipe, page 217) As hop additions, as the last 2 additions it lists: * Chinook 100g FV Aroma * Citra ...
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Can I bottle ale after 2 weeks in keg?

I've primary fermented my Woodfordes Admiral Reserve for 4 days, kegged with 3oz if sugar and it's now it's been in there a week. I don't want sediment in my beer. Can I bottle it after 2 weeks in the ...
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Adding coconut after fermentation

I am attempting to brew the coconut porter as listed in this thread, which is bubbling away nicely at the moment. It notes: after fermentation, rack off into PB or somesuch.  Then toast 700g ...
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Amount of time available for racking after fermentation is complete

I have two things: five gallons of nut brown ale that is done fermenting, and the flu. I really don't feel up to racking so how many days can I safely delay it until I don't feel sick? My fermentation ...
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Unwanted yeast flavor last 2 brews (using starter)

The last 3 all grain batches I've done have been using US-05 (IPAs) or 04 (porter) with yeast starters, which I'm relatively new to. Not sure what I'm doing wrong but the IPAs taste so similar despite ...
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Infusing a beer with grapefruit

I was recently at a beer festival and one of the breweries (Fulton) had a delicious pale ale that had been infused with grapefruit. I asked the brewer how they did it and he told me that the night ...
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Hard cider funky taste

I made hard cider this way: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G25FFvCpNoQ except I also added cranberries, a couple tablespoons of sugar, and cinnamon. And yes, I used Fleischmann's rapid rise yeast. ...
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Brewing a gruit. Myrica gale alternative needed

I'm planning to brew my first gruit ale. I was planning to use myrica Gale, yarrow and rosemary. Sadly, I'm having serious difficulties with buying myrica here in Europe. Could anyone tell me a ...
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Carboy not thoroughly rinsed after cleaning with b-brite

I cleaned my wine carboy with b-brite but may not have thoroughly rinsed it. Will my wine still ferment and will it be safe to drink?
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Is secondary fermentation advisable for Belgium witbier?

I've had my beer (Belgium witbier) in primary fermentation for about a week. I'd like to rack to secondary, then keep it in secondary for 3 weeks. Advisable? I could keep it in primary for another ...
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Color change in Secondary

Brewing a Pale Ale, the golden color in the Primary went into the Secondary and in 24 hours it turned completely black. I keep the carboys covered from light and stored at 68 to 72 degrees. The ...
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How can I raise my mash pH with something other than chalk or baking soda?

I recently moved to Rhode Island and my mash efficiency has suffered. The main part of my process that has changed is the water. The pH as measured by colorpHast strips (and two other off brands) ...
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No fermentation after 3 weeks

About 3 weeks ago I brewed my very first beer, a simple lager. I checked on the beer after 1 week of fermentation and now again after a bit over 3 weeks. At both times the density of the beer didn't ...
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What happens if fermentation happens at wrong temperature?

What will happen with my beer if fermentation takes place either at a too hot or too cold temperature? What will be the effects on the flavour?
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What is this husk-like material in allegedly de-husked Carafa 3 Special?

I'm brewing Black IPA. So I needed less bitter black malt. My choice was Carafa III Special - it is supposed to be de-husked kind. But it looks like this: Brighter shot, close-up on thing that made ...
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How to calculate and add the required amount of inverted sugar (liquid) during the bottleling phase?

How should I calculate te correct amount of prime (inverted sugar) in liquid form, pretty much like a syrup for bottleling ? I was thinking in using a cooking seringe to add it to each bottleling, ...
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Why are some of my batches too sweet in the bottle, and can I rescue them?

I've had pretty good success brewing kits generally, but towards the end of last year I went on a mission brewing a few batches in fairly rapid succession. Unfortunately for me, most of the resultant ...
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Recommended dose of Campden Tablets to remove chloramine

I'm trying to determine the proper dosage of Campden Tablets to remove chloramine from water. I keep seeing 1 tablet per 20 gallons posted all over brewing forums, but I never see a source for this ...
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What are the guidelines to store beer ingredients?

I am new to the homebrewing world. In this moment I have just brewed using prepared kits (I use Brooklyn Brew Shop kits). However, I am considering trying new recipes and therefore buying the ...
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Why are hops added at different times during boiling?

I crafted an Oatmeal Stout (using a Brooklyn Brew Shop kit) last weekend and the recipe instructions were to add 2/3 of the Golding Hops pack at the beginning of the boiling and the remaining 1/3 15 ...
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Wine Quality Sensor

I am an engineer who's built a wine quality detector. My sensor can pick up a wide variety of chemicals at levels as low as parts per million (ppm). With no background in wine production myself, I ...
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What's the best method of storing yeast for 4 to 6 months in the refrigerator?

I've done a bit of research into different options of yeast storage and so far the least time consuming and most accessible methods seem to be: Making a slant from a yeast sample taken directly from ...
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Airlock Alternatives

Imagine that brew-day rolls around and you find yourself without an airlock for your carboy or bucket. What other things can you use in it's stead? Further imagine that you do not have the ...
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How should bulk DME be stored?

Related to this question, but I'd like to get a 50 lb. bag of pilsner DME from the LHBS to use over the course of 3-6 months. Can it be stored like grain, or are there additional considerations that ...
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Why does my lactobacillus batch smell so bad?

I'm getting to be a fairly experienced brewer now but this is my first experiment with sours. I read about using lactobacillus from yoghurt so I thought I'd give it a bash. The process so far... ...
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How to bottle Hard Cider

I made hard cider this way: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G25FFvCpNoQ except I also added cranberries, a couple tablespoons of sugar, and cinnamon. I was wondering after how long it will be done ...
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Can anyone recommend a starters kit, available in the UK?

I have inherited a garage after a recent move, and as I also have off street parking, it seems only right and natural that I start to indulge my desire to start homebrewing. My intention is to be ...
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Primary fermentation is still bubbling after 2 weeks. What are the consequences?

This is my second batch in a row where I've seen primary go for over two weeks. From my understanding, primary fermentation for an ale shouldn't take more than a couple of days (4-5 at most I ...
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Cooling wort - just add water?

Is there anything wrong with simply letting the water you add to top off your wort do the chilling to bring it to yeast pitching temperature?
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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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Oxygen in beer due to airlock

I just noticed that my airlock opened up within the past day and I was wondering if it is ok to bottle still today? It has been fermenting for past 2 weeks which is supposed to be enough but I am not ...
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Steep caramel malt in all grain brew?

Are there any situations when this would be needed, or make any sense? Steeping base malts usually makes no sense at all, and changes to taste made by steeping black malt or roasted barley instead ...
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Bad taste, no head

I just brewed my first beer. It's called Cascadian subduction, but I think it means more about the process than it does anything else. My problem is that there's no head, but there are bubbles. Also, ...
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Help keeping Black IPA from becoming Imperial Stout

I'm new to the home brew scene, and I've made a couple of extract brews from recipes in the beginners books that I own, so I've decided it's time to move on to attempting my own recipe. I want to ...
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Would this grain bill make “true” Irish Red Ale?

I have a problem. I've read BJCP description of Irish Red Ale, and many recipes and... they don't quite match. Some recipes use crystal malt. Some does not. Most use roasted barley. Some do not. Many ...
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How to achieve an “OJ looking” Pale Ale (a la Trillium/Tired Hands)

Brewing a Juicy, All Grain Pale Ale and looking to get the look of a Trillium/Tired hands "orange Juice looking" ale, meaning the hazy, turbid, slightly murky look (see pic below) The base will be ...
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What ingredients contribute body to a cider?

I've been given a container of Suma concentrated apple juice,the concentrate used to make apple juice from concentrate, left over from a camp. I've made cider from it in the past, using just tap water ...
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What are good cooling times for immersion wort chiller?

As far as I know, DMS is only created above 60°C, so fast cooling after boil is important. My times for 26 liters boil, with homemade immersion chiller (8mm copper pipe) are: 7 minutes to 55°C (20 ...

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