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How long can I leave beer in the secondary fermenter?

My first home brew beer is ready to be bottled but I've been busy and haven't gotten around to it yet. The beer was in a primary fermenter for 2 weeks, then I racked it into a secondary fermenter ...
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Better Bottle carboy vs. generic PET carboy

From what I've seen, the 'Better Bottle' carboy is just a PET bottle with a brand name on it. I read that there are some PET carboys that have a special layer of oxygen impermeable material between ...
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How do you label your bottles?

How do you mark, label, or otherwise identify the contents of your bottles? I'm currently using masking tape and a marker, but I'm curious what most other people use.
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kegging and carbonation

I am kegging my first batch ever in the next two weeks. It's a double IPA. My questions are: What pressure is ideal for serving. do i need to turn off my tank every night? Will leaving it on cause ...
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Measure remaining sugar in kombucha brew w/ hydrometer?

I'm brewing kombucha and would like to figure out when the best time to bottle it to build up some carbonation. I'm also interested in figuring out how much sugar is remaining so I can calculate the ...
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Kegging - Is it necessary to filter yeast?

I'm planning to buy kegging equipment and keg my next batch of beer, and I ran into some yeast filters for sale that remove yeast specifically for kegging. Is this a necessary step? I know that when I ...
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Which lactic acid bacteria are Homofermentative (or Heterofermentative)

I’m in the process of creating a custom culture, made of lactic acid bacteria, for a artisan yogurt drink and am having a hard time finding information on the metabolic categories of each strain. I ...
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Watermelon beer, anyone tried brewing?

I am new to brewing and was thinking of trying to brew a fruit beer. I saw that there were watermelons for sale cheap at my local green grocers and wondered: At what stage I should add this to my ...
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What are the different beer types?

I have just started brewing my own beer and though I have made a few batches (3 to be exact), I wanted to know what categorizes a brew to be a beer (like Mead/Lager, Irish Stouts). Is it the ...
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i want a keg cooler that is cheaper than kegerator

Looking into buying a 5 gal ball lock keg, i have the Co2 tanks, a tap, and gauges/hoses. I want to save by just purchasing something to keep it all cool. Strapped on cash at the moment but want to ...
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Help! Started my lager at 16degs C for 3 days (instead of 14C) - ESTERS!

Good day! Brewing a Czech pilsner OG 1.046 (brought it down from 1.056) Yeast: Wyeast 2278 (1 litre starter) - 10-14 degs range 22L batch My temperature control on my fridge said 14degs but a ...
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Why would a recipe use both Light LME and Light DME?

I just brewed a clone of Belhaven Scottish Ale using the extract recipe from the book, Clone Brews. The recipe calls for both light LME and light DME. Why would it use both? It does specify brands ...
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What do you call additions after fermentation?

Adding hops after fermentation is referred to as dry hopping (duh). But folks also add things like cucumber and hibiscus to the beer after fermentation. What's the proper way to refer to these ...
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What software do most brewers use?

Just curious what most brewers are using these days as far as software goes. We are going to have to make a decision in the near future about this. BeerSmith? ProMash? BeerTools? Any others I ...
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Heat spreaders on electric elements

I use electric kettle and hlt, the issue I keep having is that the brews keep coming out darker than I want. This went unnoticed when brewing stouts and bitters, but I have tried a couple of very pale ...
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American Stout addition Suggestions

Brewed a really nice American Stout last night. notes of chocolately roasted coffee all throughout. the predicted abv was 6% according to kit which i followed to a T, but as i was taking my OG i ...
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How does cereal mashing not produce off flavors due to above 170F boil temperatures?

I have always read that over 170F grain mashes will get a very distinct off flavors. How is it that during a cereal mash of grains (where you typically hold a mid-range temperature for a duration and ...
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Wine Kit (extract) Secondary

I'm making a wine kit with pre-packaged must. It calls for a secondary fermentation after 5 - 7 days then stabalising about 10 days later by adding clarification agents. I prefer to let things sit. ...
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1answer
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Stuck or very slow fermentation on Märzen

I have made a batch of Marzen/Octoberfest. I brewed it 3 weeks ago. Starting gravity was 1.060, the beer was well airated. I have used WLP820 with 1.7L starter. It's fermenting in my fridge at 50F. ...
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Apple cider: Bubbling has stopped during fermentation [duplicate]

If the bubbling has stopped during fermentation does it mean that the fermentation is over? It's been 7 days, and if it needs to keep fermenting, how long is recommended?
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If oxygen is important mostly during the lag phase why not pre-oxygenate the yeast pitch prior to inoculation?

I feel that this question could potentially have more specific and direct sub questions but for now I would like to simply pose it as "why not oxygenate active yeast prior to pitching instead of ...
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Opinions on my hop schedule for double IPA?

Being only a third time brewer, and feeling ambitious and experimental i decided to step away from kit directions and experiment. anyone have experience with the following combo? any opinions on how ...
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2answers
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What's the difference between top fermenting and bottom fermenting?

Some friends and I are attempting our first home brew. When the question came up I couldn't answer except to say that lagers are one and ales are another. I understand the some of the basic principles ...
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Making small batch of wine

I normally make 5 gallon wine kits. I purchase a 1 gallon kit and I have 6 gallon fermentor. Will this hurt the wine using the same fermentor? Do I need to get smaller fermentor for small batches?
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Dry Hopping Question

I am super new to brewing but extremely ambitious. I just have a dry hop question so I hope you see this. So I'm currently fermenting a double IPA with Columbus for bittering and Cascade for aroma. ...
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Is my frozen yeast okay?

So I harvested my yeast for the first time (WLP566 Saison II), but I left the fridge temp mega low by mistake and it froze overnight. I have immediately thawed it out, but I am wondering if it now ...
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Coud I ferment a five gallon batch on top of the yeast cake from a finished one gallon batch?

Title says it all: Could I ferment a five gallon batch on top of the yeast cake from a finished one gallon batch?
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What is a vorlauf?

The other day while reading around the mashing and sparging process I came across the word vorlauf. The meaning was unclear from the context. Is vorlauf a substance, a condition, or an activity? Is it ...
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1answer
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cold crashing question

My fridge holds a damn near constant and consistent temp at whatever i set it at. I am thinking about cold crashing my double IPA and this would be my first time trying this technique. I heard there ...
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Is beer bad for dogs?

My dog, Lilly Von Shtupp, loves to drink beer. I only give her an ounce or so once in a blue moon, but I stopped recently because I heard that dogs are sensitive/allergic to hops. Can anyone either ...
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1answer
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is 5 weeks enough for my double IPA?

I am Currently working on a double IPA with a predicted abv between 8%-9%..I am leaving it in one vessel. I was wondering if anyone thought 4 weeks in primary, then adding my dryhops and leaving for ...
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dry hopping in primary?

Okay, so I am currently working on my first batch that I Intend to Dry hop. I am getting a ton of mixed messages and want to see what the majority thinks. So I have finally come to the conclusion that ...
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1answer
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Is this a pediococcus infection?

A berliner weisse we forgot to bottle for around a month and a half. Did not introduce pediococcus or lactic acid in the fermentation. Did a sour mash before the boil so lactobacillus shouldn't have ...
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3answers
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Where should I take the temperature while cooling wort?

Extract brewing here: After the boil, I put my pot into an ice bath to cool the wort before topping off. Generally I cool the wort to 100°F before transferring to the fermenter. Today I cooled to ...
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Brewing a 1860-1890 IPA

My wonderful wife bought me a book on the history of IPAs for Christmas, which I have read a couple of times. This book has some extracts from old brew logs regarding the proportions of malts and ...
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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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Did anyone here made a walnut wine?

Well, i'm curios if anyone here also tried to brew a walnut wine. I've got a couple of bottles from my spouse's grandma, and this year i've tried to make it myself. Had a couple of questions though. ...
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Why should I make a starter? [duplicate]

Why should I make a yeast starter and not just sprinkle the yeast on top of the wort like the packet says? I am sure there must be some good reason why you would do this.
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1answer
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Acidic Elderflower Wine

I was racking a batch of elderflower wine today and had a cheeky sample on the way to the secondary. OMG it was akin to lemon juice, I think I may have added a bit too much citric acid to the mix when ...
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What is the best book for beginning wine makers?

What is the best book for beginning wine makers? ** Please post 1 book per post, then the resulting votes will show what most people consider to be the best book.
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1answer
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Must won't ferment, too sour?

I prepared a must for a mead last weekend (recipe below) and after a whole week there has been no fermentation activity. I took a pH reading and it came in at 4.4 - is it likely that the must is ...
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Fruit beer: should I allow it to ferment out completely?

I have a wheat beer in secondary that has been on 5 lbs of strawberries for 6 days. The flavor is phenomenal right now, just perfect. The strawberries continue to ferment actively, and I want to ...
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When should I rack my mead?

I am making mead for the first time using honey from my hives. It has been going for 3-4 weeks and I'm not sure if it's time to rack it. The fermenting has been slow, which I think might be due to the ...
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3answers
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Force carbonation through beverage out line

It seems as though there are two predominant methods of kegging: "saturation over time" and "high pressure and shaking". I have also seen only two references to another method: connecting the Gas In ...
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1answer
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secondary or not? [duplicate]

Another noob question. I have been going back and forth on "im going to secondary my double IPA" and "Im just gonna leave it primary til completion" I keep reading contradicting theories and It's ...
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Which is worse: a weak boil or boiling with a lid partially on?

I finished Papazian's book The Complete Joy of Homebrewing last weekend and learned that a vigorous boil is necessary to isomerize the alpha and beta acids in hops which makes these bittering acids ...
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Foam directly out of my beer line

I hadn't used this kegerator in a couple of years (the fridge has been plugged in, but I've had nothing attached). I bought a brand new 3/16" hose and connected it and now I get about 50% foam coming ...
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1answer
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How does triticale differ from rye in technique and flavour?

Radical Brewing says that triticale is a useful alternative to rye. Apparently it's a rye-wheat hybrid, and is easier to sparge than rye, while still having a good rye flavour. I'm interested in ...
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2answers
46 views

How does open fermentation yield alcoholic beer?

I don't understand how open fermentation retains any alcohol.
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Using mason jars to bottle in?

Has anyone used mason jars to bottle in? What were your results if so? They are being sealed like when you can, so I'm especially curious if they hold pressure well. (I know they are clear, and that ...

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