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Could you use a home soda maker to add gas to beer?

I have been making my own beer now for a while. I have been struggeling with beer that goes flat after a while. I'm searching for a gas solution and was wondering if those old soda machines we used as ...
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Adding oak chips to a carboy

I use bourbon-soaked oak chips in my scotch ale. My last batch got infected, but that's another story. I want to add the chips to a carboy, as I'll be aging it for over a month. It's easier to add ...
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Is it okay to clean/sanitize brewing/bottling equipment the day before I plan to use it?

I'm curious to know if it is safe to clean and sanitize equipment the day before using it, particularly bottles and bottling gear. If I clean and sasnitize the night before using it, will it still ...
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Possible to make whiskey from turbo wash?

If I create a wash (between 20 and 22% using turbo yeast), would it be possible to use that wash to create a (weak) whiskey using oak chips or oak powder? I would possibly like to do this without a ...
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What is the difference between Munich and CaraMunich malts?

I know there are different versions of each, like Light or Dark, I II III. I'd like to have the general differences between the two, mainly! Thanks!
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Bentonite Haze in Mead

I have been doing mead for a few years on-and-off now, and have a few 25L batches that finished a 3 week primary and 3 week secondary ferment. There is still a tiny bit of bubbling inside, and I was ...
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Will Dry Hopping Add Bitterness?

The prevailing wisdom seems to be that dry hopping is for aroma only, and effects on flavor are assumed to be a matter of perception. (i.e. smell affects taste) However, while attempting to "fix" a ...
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Why does my beer keep getting better the longer I leave it to rest?

I was amazed at how much better my home brews are getting from just leaving them be? Why is that? How exactly can the flavour of beer improve by just leaving it alone in a non-reactive container? I ...
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Can I mail bottles for homebrew contests?

I was wondering if it is possible to mail bottles to bjcp/ aha homebrew contest. I live in a place where there are not any contest within 300 miles and do not want to take work off to enter them. Is ...
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Pomagranate mead color

I've been fermenting my pomagranate mead for about 2 weeks now and I'm planning on racking it in a week. My question is why does my mead have a brown red color? Is this a normal colour for pomagranate ...
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Replace corn adjunct of recipe with…?

I've got a recipe for a wild strawberry blonde (I recently asked for tips on prepping fresh strawberries). Well, I'm finally going to brew this, but...corn? The blonde recipe I'm looking at right now ...
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Storing mason jars of wort, for yeast starters, at room temperature

I hate making yeast starters. I want to make 5 gallons of wort and fill up a bunch of mason jars, and use these mason jars to make my yeast starters in the future. I also want to store the mason jars ...
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Mojito beer help

I am trying to make a beer that taste kind of like a mojito to try. I am thinking of doing 4lbs 2row and 4lb wheat with a lb of molasses to get around 5% abv. I am just wondering what hops to use and ...
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How was beer brewed in ancient times without thermometers and electricity?

I have read on Wikipedia that beer is a really ancient beverage brewed many millenia ago. However, thermometer is only several hundred centuries old, and electricity is an even newer invention. How ...
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My mead tastes sour. Did I make honey wine or is it spoiled?

My mead tastes sour like dry white wine! I made a batch of mead this January, just under 10L. It was made from honey that had fermented a bit (I got it cheap), but I boiled it with the water, so that ...
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How Should I Place a Digital Thermometer into My Fermentation Chamber and Keep it Airtight?

I have a setup with a raspberry pi and two DS18B20 digital thermometers that measure the temperature of the ambient air and the water in a swamp cooler that I place my fermentation chamber in. I was ...
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Use expired yeast or wait for new yeast to arrive?

I just brewed with what I now realise is a rather old Williams Brewing Kolsch kit. The yeast is Wyeast 2565 Kolsch and the packet has already expanded. I have no idea when it expanded, so I assume ...
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Mr. Beer kit expired in 1999

After reading some reviews online I'm most definitely sure the malt extract is no good, I was wondering if the yeast would be any good (just curious).
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Effect of adding some malt extract to an all-grain brew

I am new to all-grain brewing. What would adding a 250g of malt extract have on an all-grain brew?
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My beer is at the fermenting stage but it is not vigorously bubbling

I brewed beer for the first time two days ago using Brooklyn Brewshop kit using their Oatmeal Stout recipe. Now I am at stage 4 "Fermentation" but I don't observe a vigorous bubbling, just a bubble ...
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Fermenting/Conditioning Longer When Kegging

I'm getting ready to try kegging for the first time and I'm wondering how much conditioning time might be lost in the process (assuming the keg is refrigerated and force-carbonated immediately after ...
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Most simple type of beer to begin brewing?

What's the most simple type of beer I can begin brewing, in order to get a feel for how the process works? Thanks.
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How to check gravity cleanly

I have a 23 litre brew (about 5/6 gallons). The fermentation bucket has a tap at the bottom for bottling. The bucket is covered with a lid, and has an airlock. What's the best way to get some beer ...
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How do I take hop plants with me when I move?

So I planted my hops three years ago and they've done well. I'm planning to move next year (within the same hardiness zone) and I want to take my hops with me. I'm sure whomever buys my house won't ...
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Degassing and it's effects on yeast

I'm wondering if degassing and removing the suspended CO2 (a part of, and a percentage of the wine) changes the totals for ABV% as it applies to yeast tolerance. It seems that by degassing you would ...
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What happened to all my beer?

I'm a new homebrewer and I just finished racking my second batch of beer, a one-gallon Irish stout from extract. My first batch came out great, and made six delicious bottles. But, when I took the ...
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Can Horizontal Kegging be achieved?

I'm was wondering if a keg could be on a horizontal (or slight angle) position and still provide a constant flux? I'm just wondering this because I'm looking to buy a horizontal freezer (which I'm ...
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Is my beer dunkelweizen style?

I tried to make dunkelweizen style beer but it became maybe a with higher alcohol content. And now I think it is not the style I wanted. The ingredients: Wheat Malt pale - 1kg Munich Malt Type 1 - ...
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How to sanitize aluminium?

I use an aluminium counterflow wort chiller. To sanitize this I circulate the boiling wort through the chiller to clean and sanitize the inside ¿Do you recommend any acid or alkaline product for ...
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making Home brew cider

HI I am making a home brew mixed fruit cider (bulldog brews) I have followed the instructions and after a couple of days of fermenting I got a little frothing but after 7 days not much happening on ...
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Altitude and Yeast

I live at 9200 feet I am on my second batch of beer. Both batches did not really chug as I call it.First batch tastes great but no carbonation Second batch yeast rose up but went flat in 1 day just ...
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Is there a good alternative for protected Nelson Sauvin Hop?

I would like to plant Hoop similar to Nelson Sauvin in Switzerland (Europe). This NZ hop appears to be under licence, so there is no chance to buy rhizome or plants. Reference : http://www.nzhops.co....
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Calculating alcohol percentage after diluting with a sugar syrup

I am making Limoncello, I have added 8 lemon zests to 1 liter of 96% alcohol and put everything in a big glass container. After 1 month I started making the real liqueur by diluting the alcohol down ...
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How can I reduce the ABV?

I have a batch fermenting at the moment. I had expected the OG to be 1.05x but it was 1.06x. I generally have little problem with fermentation and expect the batch to come out at somewhere like 1.0....
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possible to brew beer with cilantro?

is it possible to brew beer using cilantro?
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How should I add mint to my beer?

I'm making a mint chocolate stout. I've made it before; I added 1.5 ounces of fresh spearmint to the last 10 or 15 minutes of the boil. It turned out alright, but it's not as strong as I'd like. The ...
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How to back sweeten an apple wine

I'm going to brew an apple wine and would like this batch to be sweet. What is the best method to back sweeten an apple wine?
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Hop Rhizomes in South Africa

I want to use home-grown hops in my home-brewed beer. And the best way I can think of doing that is to grow my own hops. The only problem is that I can't seem to find any suppliers of hop rhizomes in ...
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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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Can you use only malted wheat to brew?

Granted, it officially would not be beer (dunno what it would be called), but as a cereal grain that is maltable and grindable, it seems that it should also be pretty brewable. I'd be interested in ...
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Is beer more vulnerable to contamination than hard cider

I have made about 10 batches of hard cider. I have yet to have a contamination issue ruining a batch. I clean the carboy with washing up liquid and warm water. The bottles are the same. I use a juice ...
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Off Flavors in all of my Homebrewing attempts

I'm pretty new to the homebrewing world, and so far I've done three 5 gallon batches. The first was a prebuilt kit (Pale Ale), the second was a recipe I concocted (IPA), and the third was a recipe I ...
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Weird Film/Layer on cider in fermenter

My parents were making apple juice with some home grown apples and I decided to try and make cider. I added the juice to a demijohn and added some yeast and left to ferment. I put it away and ...
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Why do we boil sugar before priming

I read that when priming you need to boil sugar in water. I don't see the point since sugar is considered an anti septic. What is the purpose of boiling? Would it be because we need desolved sugar ...
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Good food-grade electric pump for transferring wort?

I need a pump to use for transferring wort from a 55 gallon drum. Do you have any recommendations?
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Gelatin before or after dry hopping

Going to dry hop on my IPA and dont know if add gelatin to primary then rack to secondary then add hops or dry hop on primary and then gelatin and then rack to secondary for aging what do you think?
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What materials are good for mashing/boiling container

What material are good for mashing/boiling. I think stainless steel and copper are good, what about aluminum and enamel?
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Distillation Yield in Litres and ABV

I am looking to distill 4 liters of 6.5% cider, would i end up with an amount of 90% plus, of what would essentially be flavored ethanol. Or would i end up with around 2 liters of around 13% apple ...
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Sulfur Smell from Fermentor

======================== 20 lbs. Forest Honey 12 lbs. Blueberries water to 6 gallons 5 grams of D-47 4 tsp. Fermaid K + DAP ======================== After the initial vigorous fermentation, I ...
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What does “Pronounced legs” mean in a beer style?

Was reading the BJCP guide for Eisbock and noticed they mention something about this particular style does not have a lot of head but has a "pronounced leg", as in: Pronounced legs are often ...

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