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Stupidly added priming sugar in initial fermentation step

I started my first brew this weekend with a kit, Stupidly, I misread the instructions and added the bag of priming sugar (which was supposed to be added immediately prior to barrelling) at the start ...
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Which malts/hops (and how much) should I keep on hand for maximum flexibility? [closed]

Which varieties (and how much) of malts and hops should I keep on hand to be able to brew the greatest variety of beers without having to go to my LHBS? For clarity, this is for brewing five gallon ...
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Erlenmeyer flask rinsed in StarSan

For the first time I'm making a starter in my Erlenmeyer flask. I soaked, emptied, and drained the flask pretty good save the foam that is normal. The funnel, bung and blowoff tube were also soaked. ...
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Rubber bung keeps getting out

I'm using rubber bungs (with airlock) for my 5l glass carboys, I just got the carboys so it's my first time fermenting in them. I have a problem that rubber bung keep getting out because of the CO2 ...
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Why is my O.G. less then what I calculated?

I am trying to figure out what I did wrong, when I measured my O.G. it came out to 1.060/1.062, what i calculated is, and what the recipe states it should be in the 1.070 to 1.080 range...... recipe: ...
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Is it Bottling Time?

My bitter has been fermenting for 9 days now and I think it's time to bottle? Temp is fine and gravity is 1.006 for 3 days running,just in the bottling mark. No activity now, just a small amount of ...
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Bottling stage PROBLEM! [duplicate]

Day 8 of fermenting my beer all is ok except for last 2 days...! The head has started producing a small foam/bubbles that I had the first couple of days. Is something wrong? Please help 😯
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Chilli Alcohol Recipe

Is it possible to ferment chilli-peppers and produce a liquor with a alcohol content and also a hotness?
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Is there such a thing as hop terroir?

I was going to try a hop tasting in an attempt to get a handle on the main varieties of hops. I already have some US Fuggles left over from the ESB that is currently fermenting. I note the same ...
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What to do with a stuck fermentation after 2 days with my first beer kit?

I am trying my first beer kit after trying wine once before. I picked up a "Summit Avenue EPA" clone of Summit EPA from Midwest Supplies. On Monday I did the 60 minute boil, cooled everthing to ...
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my temperature is too high what can i do?

i have just added all the ingredients for my first coopers lager beer kit. I am aware that my temperature is too high at 32degreesc and the kit says to be from 21-27. will this ruin it? i heard it was ...
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Water filter usage in homebrewing

I'm considering using a water filter just prior to bottling in order to filter very small particles. But would that also filter the yeast and prevent fermentation in the bottle? What micra in what ...
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Bottling vs Kegging Questions

One thing that is very confusing to me right now is the difference between bottling and kegging, more specifically the carbonation difference between them. The first doubt of kegging arises when you ...
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Which hops to choose for a hop tasting

I am going to have a hop tasting to try and get a handle on the main varieties and variation of hops. I was thinking of this approach except using the suggestion in the comments of Real Ale's Fireman ...
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1answer
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Storing beer in a 25L plastic container instead of bottles

I've been asked to brew for some mates that are heading to a sustainable, no glass, festival and need some advice. The only option I could find that was easy to transport and NOT glass was a 25L water ...
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Two yeast packs in one starter?

Assume one yeast pack in one starter results in double the cell count; i.e., 2x. Would two yeast packs in the same exact starter result in double the cell count, i.e., 4x, somewhat close to 4x, or ...
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My first beer brewing smells like Cider!

My beer has started smell like cider on second day. Temperature is fine and hydrometer readings normal.it looks ok too. Nothing suspicious other than it now has no head. Today is now the 6th day in ...
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How much does hop flavor fade during fermentation?

In the end of my first batch, i thought i had put too many hop because it was 'oily' and the flavor was incredibly strong. But now in the second fermenting day the hops seems to be very distant, ...
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Hydrometer measures and possible corrections

In my first batch I was very worried about not being able to end it by not having certaing equipment at the right time. The thing is by following strictly the instructions my hydrometer reading was ...
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Can we use monoammonium phospate (MAP) as yeast nutrient for wine making?

Wine making is not common in my country so it's difficult to buy wine ingredient especially Diammonium Phosphate (DAP) as yeast nutrient. After look in local shop, there's a shop selling Monoammonium ...
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Fermentation Times in Extract vs. AG Brewing

I've noticed that for certain recipe kits that come in both all grain or extract forms, that the directions for the length of fermentation (both primary and secondary) are generally longer for the ...
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Troubleshooting a stuck fermentation with Ringwood Ale

I'm brewing an IPA using Wyeast 1187 (Ringwood Ale) and it seems stuck. I'm brewing 19L (5G) with an OG of 1.052 and pitched two (smacked) smackpacks of 1187 straight into the primary bucket. I used ...
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How to salvage bottled beer that failed to carbonate

I brewed my first batch of kit beer that required a kind of "secondary fermentation". That is after it was done fermenting I transferred it to another carboy and added the bourbon barrel wood chips. ...
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What is a Honey Malt, and is there an alternative malt to replace it?

A recipe I'd like to try has a small proportion of Honey Malt as part of its grain bill. I've looked around supply sites and haven't found one that supplies this malt. I'm in New Zealand, so this ...
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Closed environment vs open environment in brewing

One thing that is very confusing for me right now is the dynamics of when to isolate the contents and when to aerate it. Like as soon as you finish boiling it's recommended to put a lot of oxygen by ...
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Packaging for competitions

Quick question regarding packaging for competitions... Usually samples should be submitted in 12oz bottles with caps... is it the case for Belgium styles? Some beers have to be conditioned in ...
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bottle conditioning ale below room temperature

After bottling my batch of Porter, I forgot it need to be conditioned at room temperature. I left it in my garage for almost a week at 45-50°. When I realized what I had done, I moved it inside the ...
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Should I decant my lager starter

I made a starter for this lager we're brewing. As usual, I started it three days early, fermented at 70F and put it in the fridge after the krausen died down. I'm sitting here on brew day thinking ...
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Belgium Tripel with Sorachi Ace Hops

Good evening, home-brewing community! I'm seeking a quick advise. I'm brewing (or attempting at least) a Belgium Tripel. I'm pretty solved on grains. Still trying to figure out the hops. So, I plan ...
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Does a different cell count invalidate a tasting expeeriment between two batches, or is it immaterial?

Now that I'm all grain I've done many experiments regarding differences in grains, trying to make 2 batches identical in every way except for one variable with the grain. However I just learned via ...
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Just brewed a “White Stout” - Looking for feedback on additives

I recently tried a "White Stout" at Track 7 brewery in Sacramento, CA. It completely hit me off guard when I saw the color of it and tasted coffee and chocolate. Trying to replicate, my brother and a ...
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Will bitterness from a flameout coffee addition fade with age?

I recently brewed an Imperial Stout with some coffee additions. While I didn't boil the coffee for long (warm steeped 3oz beans and pitched grounds and two cups of brew at flameout), it did lend some ...
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Adding boiling wort on previous batches yeast sediments

I've been using kegs as fermentors and 'no chill' vessels. With pressurized fermentation I'm getting so much less sediment and krausen, and actually I purge the yeast before and after transfer, so ...
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When to add fruits or berries into mead?

I'm getting a bit confused with adding fruits or berries into mead... Some recipes suggest adding it into the secondary (like purés). On other side there are multiple videos of people fermenting ...
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Effect on a low gravity boil size on IBUs in the final batch

This question is a follow-up to the original one regarding the effect on boil size on IBUs. (Effect of boil size on IBUs) I understand that the boil gravity tends to lessen the utilisation of hops and ...
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Water level low on airlock. Is it contaminated?

About 48 hours into my ferment I noticed a significant amount of liquid (about an inch) is missing from my airlock. Reading up on the subject ive realized that water was probably sucked into my brew ...
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Quick recipe for stout

I have a bit of an emergency on my hands. I am brewing beer for a wedding and my batch of stout bottle bombed on me. The whole batch is ruined and the wedding is 3 weeks away. Does anyone have a quick ...
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Home brewing in kegs

As there is no secondary fermentation when brewing in kegs as you use CO2 gas, how do you calculate the added amount of sugar in the brewing process to achieve the same end result. Sue
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What to expect when making mead?

I've been brewing ales for almost two years (extract plus specialty grains), and I want to try my hands at making a mead. What should I expect to be different in the brewing process? Will there be a ...
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Where to buy corks without grapes on them?

I'm planning to bottle my first mead and went looking for corks online, but all the suppliers I'm used to only have corks with grapes on them. Minor cosmetic consideration, I realize, but is there ...
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Can I make a 10g batch with a 16g kettle?

I'm planning an upgrade to my 5 gallon setup to do 10 gallon batches. In BeerSmith, I've created an equipment profile to estimate my pre-boil volume. Assuming 1 gallon evaporation per hour (I know ...
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1answer
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Why does overly acidic wort result in thin mouthfeel?

Various sources (such as this and this) discuss how excessively low wort pH (for example, from dark specialty grains) can result in a thin beer, even when extract brewing. I've been unable to find ...
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14 hours after pitching, little to no activity. Is it ruined?

This is my first homebrew, so I'm totally in the dark as to what to expect. However, I was told by my LHS that I should see a lot of fermentation activity after around 4-12 hours. The brew itself is ...
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1answer
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Why do people purge kegs before force carbonating?

What is the point in "burping" a keg right before force carbonating it? When the co2 hits the keg during carbonation it is going to provide a protective blanket to any air above it. I am confused ...
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Was my mash pH okay? Should I be adjusting it?

I am still new to brewing: First attempt with Christmas gifts used a refill kit that turned out to be partial - resulted in stout that tasted fine but is very weak. Second attempt is due to be bottled ...
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How did I manage to make apple sherry?

I have loads of apples in the garden and every year I make experimental 1-gallon batches of cider and apple wine (cider plus extra sugar). This year I tried to make a cider that wasn't ultra-dry, by ...
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Putting Yeast in a Tea Bag

When making apple cider, beer or white wine, in order to more easily clear up the liquid, can we put our yeast in a tea bag or a piece of cloth so that the alcohol would be produced inside of it and ...
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Effects of air lock water back-flow

I have just brewed for the first time. After bottling,I noticed the air lock, which I hadn't removed, was missing its water. I'm assuming the week-old air lock water was sucked back into the brew as I ...
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Water For Robust Porter

I've been chatting with my local city water tech. Based on what she sent me, the numbers work out as... pH- 7.5 Ca- 20.1 Mg- 12.6 K- 1 Chloride- 5.4 SO4- 11.5 Hardness (CaCO3)- 103 ...
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On using a stainless steel tea bag to hold the hops while boiling

We are going to brew a Maibock next weekend and would like to substitute the whirlpool with a a metallic tea bag that holds the hops (pellets) while boiling. We tried a smaller metallic tea bag with ...

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