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My cider has too little bite, what should I be looking to change

my cider has too little 'bite'. It taste a bit sweet, and lacks bite. It has an alcoholic content of 5% by volume which I don't really want to change much. Should I be looking at different strains of ...
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Extract brewing with Coopers LME

At present I do not really want to boil up any grains so I thought some Coopers Malt Extract which is unhopped. Is it a step up from a kit so I can add my own hops without having to boil grains? I'm ...
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5answers
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Extract brew, sanitizing hop strainer and tap? First brew day!

Last night I made my first ever extract brew. The brew day went pretty well. As I have a 32 litre brupak boiler with a hop strainer and tap I cooled the wort with cold bottled water straight in the ...
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Freezer stopped working while fermenting

So I just finished 2 - 5 gallon batches yesterday and I go to check on them today and my freezer stopped cooling. I can hear water running inside the walls but it doesn't get cool. It's about 75 F ...
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2answers
540 views

Peracetic acid as a sanitizer?

My friend got Paracetic Acid from his LHM store (they only had that and alcohol 70 there). Is it a non-rinse sanitizer? How good is it? Wikipedia says it corrodes metals, so no go for the crown ...
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How to increase quantity of Ginger Beer Plant

I'm looking to increase my quantity of GBP to share with a friend. I've brewed a few batches of ginger beer, but I always end up with the same amount or slightly less GBP than I started with. What ...
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60 views

Stalled Yeast Stirred

I stirred what I thought was a stalled yeast and I think I stirred too hard. What are the down falls of introducing oxygen after the fermentation?
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2answers
493 views

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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3answers
720 views

Going Below Optimum Yeast Temperatures (For Ale in Particular)

So I understand that going above the optimum yeast temperature specified is a bad thing and will cause major off flavors. But what happens when you go underneath it? For example, I am currently ...
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1answer
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Relation Between Bitterness And Boil Strength

Last month I made an IPA with some experimental grapefruit hops with 18% AA but the final product turned out with very low bitterness and low hopppy flavor. The first thing in my head was that it ...
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2answers
77 views

Can I damage a grain mill by milling corn or sorghum?

I recently purchased a Crankandstein 2S grain mill. It is currently being "assembled" and I am considering making some silly beers with grains around the house; like corn and sorghum. Can corn ...
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Too long in Primary Fermentation?

What's the maximum amount of time for primary fermentation, assuming the beer is going straight to bottles next? Will it over ferment and then fail to carbonate, if left too long in a carboy?
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2 yeast starts with one stir plate

I am planning on brewing 2 beers this weekend. I want to make starters for both of them but I only have 1 stir plate. I do have 2 Erlenmeyer flasks. How would be the best way to go about making both ...
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2answers
126 views

Critique my Cleaning Regime

I have one batch of home brew under my belt, and I am preparing for my 2nd and 3rd batches (going to get a second primary fermenter so I can have two batches going at once) so I have spent a few hours ...
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3answers
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Should I boil a hopped malt extract prior to fermentation?

I am an absolute beginner; I've merely helped my brother brew once. I purchased a beer brewing kit and want to get started. John Palmer's bible suggests that I should throw out the directions that ...
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1answer
96 views

Gross layer of foam at the end of fermentation and aging

I experienced few times a gross layer of foam when fermentation finishes. But the beer was fine, no symptoms of contamination neither off-flavors. I never measure the depth of foam but it can have ...
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1answer
79 views

Gluten Free Brewing with Sorghum Extract

I am working on a Gluten Free clone of Sam Summer for my wife, I took a kit from a home brew store that was close and added some lemon and lime zest, and some grains of paradise. The kit uses sorghum ...
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2answers
108 views

Make American 2-row taste like Pilsen

I was wondering if there's a way to make American 2-row resemble the graininess of pilsner. I've taken 2-row and added some biscuit malt or pale ale malt to nudge my 2-row a bit closer to Marris ...
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4answers
102 views

Remove smell from barrel

What is the best way to remove a faint disinfectant smell from my pressure barrel as its tainted the smell of my lager. I've tried white vinegar, chlorine my usual Sanitiser and just hit water but a ...
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4answers
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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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1answer
98 views

Creating the perfect ginger bug?

Can anyone suggest the best recipe for making a ginger bug? I understand that it is just ginger root and unrefined sugar, but is it better to use organic ginger (if so why?), what is the best sugar ...
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2answers
125 views

How can I mount a water heater element to a GoldenGate keg?

I have what I think is a GoldenGate style keg. It's got a bunghole, a tapped hole on top and another near the base. I want to mount a electric hot water heater element in the base hole. The base ...
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2answers
91 views

average hop yields

i'm looking to plant my own hops in my yard (yes i know i'm late. researching for next year). however, i'm trying to figure out roughly how many say cascade rhizomes i would need to make this worth my ...
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What are essential minerals to added to water which is filtered through Reverse Osmosis, when to be added whether after or before Ozonisation

sir I want information with reference to the subject cited above What are the essential minerals to be added to water after purification and Reverse osmosis When the minerals to be added -after or ...
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3answers
996 views

How much CO2 should I expect to use up when force carbonating?

I'm force carbonating my first batch of homebrew. I bought a 5-gallon Cornelius keg and switched out an empty CO2 tank with a fresh one. The tank pressure started out at 500 psi, but when I turned up ...
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0answers
98 views

Why does Olde English 800 taste so bad? [closed]

I think most people will agree that the 8-ball tastes like no other beer. Any conjectures on how exactly it is prepared to make it taste that bad? I am actually really curious on what the ingredient ...
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4answers
228 views

Excessive foam when pouring from bottle

Poured e bottles of brown ale 4weeks after bottling. Glass filled with foam with each bottle. Friend said he had the same issue with a pumpkin ale even a year after bottling. What is causing this ...
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1answer
86 views

first stage beer seems slow (stopped?)

My first brew! I forgot to add yeast and put it in a day later. #embarrassing I took a SG reading after 5 days: 1.018 I took another reading today, 7 days in, and it's only dropped to 1.016. The ...
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4answers
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Espresso Shot (size)

I'm trying to make sense of a Stout recipe and one of the ingredient is: 1.00 Coffee Espresso Shot Now, according to Wiki, one espresso shot is 25ml. Would this be the right amount for a 23L ...
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2answers
142 views

Amount of lactose (or milk?) to make a real 'Cream Ale',

So I'm brewing the recipe below for my wife. (She wanted a "fruity" beer.") It was listed on beersmith.com as "Strawberry Cream Ale". I asked at the LHBS, and they confirmed what I thought, in that ...
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2answers
41 views

Conditioning kegged carbonated beer

Is there any difference in conditioning beer in a force carbonated keg vs a secondary? This is under the assumption that both the keg and secondary hold ales and are sitting at about room ...
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784 views

Fruit for fruit beers

What are the best fruits for brewing fruit beers? Some fruits appear to be classics like cherries raspberries. Some fruits you rarely hear about like kiwi and papya. Which fruits have flavor ...
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1answer
409 views

Converting Hops in All-Grain to Extract Recipe

I have this All-Grain recipe that I'm converting to Extract. Do you basically just increase the hops until the IBUs match the original measurement? I've gotten the OG fairly close and the SRM is a ...
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2answers
54 views

Calculating hop replacement weights for different boil times

A question about utilisation calculations and hop replacements... Here's the scenario... I've got a basic grain bill and I want to vary the hops each time I create the beer. Obviously, different hops ...
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1answer
93 views

Could honey be the reason for a rather bitter beer

I made a honey ale recently which resulted in a beer with a rather bitter/sour(?) taste instead of the honey finish I was hoping for. Since I added the honey just before the yeast I was wondering if ...
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What is the highest temp. to age a Russian imperial stout?

I'm planning on brewing a RIS maybe the next month and I was thinking of leave it in the secondary for a couple of weeks and then pass it to a keg and leave it at room temp for a few months. The ...
4
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1answer
198 views

How do I fix Acetaldehyde in a finished beer?

So I'm experiencing an Acetaldehyde problem. Some of my beers start off seeminging fine, but develop the classic "green apple" flavor of Acetaldehyde in the keg. My most recent one is a Munich Helles ...
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1answer
78 views

Is it better to age a wine in bottles rather than bulk aging?

My partner and I are brewing a 6-gallon wine batch, and we disagree over when to bottle it. It's been in the carboy for approximately 8 months, and I've read here and on other sites that bulk aging ...
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1answer
43 views

Determining the amount of herbs to use

I am planning on brewing a herb beer; Rooibos Honey Ale. Question one is: How can I estimate (ball park) the amount of herbs to use prior to brewing the beer? Should I make a tea and then calculate ...
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1answer
71 views

Gassing a lager keg

I have 2 bars, both with lager kegs. One is gassed with co2 and the other is with mixed 60/40. Can I use a half used keg from one bar in the other, ie mixing the gasses in the keg or do I need to de ...
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3answers
142 views

How screwed am I (sanitation)?

I just started my first cider homebrew, and broke a cardinal rule. I made the mistake of thinking that BSG B-Brite cleanser was also a sanitizer. I made two batches from pasteurized juice without ...
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2answers
66 views

Malted wheat rather than torrified wheat

I've used malted wheat instead of torrified wheat by mistake in making an ale How ill this effect the final product? Cheers
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4answers
165 views

To Squeeze or Not To Squeeze the speciality grain mesh bag?

I order extracts from NB and most of them come with a disposable mesh bag with specialty grains, the instructions specifying to take the grains out after the temperature reaches 170*F. After pulling ...
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1answer
46 views

Does Protafloc expire?

I'm using Protafloc Copper Finings for clearing the brew from proteins by adding it to the boil 15 minutes before the end of it. The product's made from red seaweed (Eucheuma Cottonii): ...
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8answers
2k views

Is there such a thing as malt-free beer?

I am allergic to malt and thus need to avoid it. I currently drink hard ciders, brandy, and wine. Are there any brew kits out there that does not use any kind of malt as an ingredient? I am trying ...
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2answers
132 views

Can I Bottle Ginger Beer after the bubbles have stopped?

I'm a ginger beer neophyte, but I love the stuff and can't find it in my area. I decided to brew and have two, three gallon glass carboys working(?) In one I used an extract, champagne yeast, sugar ...
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1answer
58 views

Carbonation and altitude

Can altitude have an effect on carbonation? I was at the in laws last week and discovered all of the homebrews I brought (about 6) were foaming over when opened. However, all those from the same ...
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2answers
82 views

Overflowing Airlock and Contamination

I use a Raspberry Pi with water-proof temperature probes to monitor the temperature of my fermenting wort, and I feed the probe through the airlock to make direct contact with the wort. Two out of my ...
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3answers
134 views

A Bit Of Grainy/Sweet Flavor In My Imperial IPA

I brewed a Dog Fish Head 90 min a month ago and it turned out pretty good for my first all grain. The only thing I noticed was a slight/mild grain flavor, especially when it gets warmer, and it takes ...
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2answers
92 views

Accurate Temp with Johnson A419 & Freezer

I recently purchased a 5 sq ft chest freezer and A419 Johnson temp control for fermenting my beer. I hooked everything up with a Setpoint temp of 63 degrees and a Differential of 1 degree to test it ...

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