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Modifying root beer recipe to alcoholic variant? [duplicate]

I recently obtained a bottle caper, some sassafrass bark chips, and some root beer extract flavoring from a coupling moving out. It also contained a recipe for rootbeer(non-alcoholic), listed below: ...
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When to remove trub/yeast cake from a conical fermenter

So if/when I eventually switch to using a conical fermenter, I assume I wouldn't want to dump the entire trub/yeast cake at the bottom during fermentation. Do you typically wait until your "primary ...
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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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Alcoholic RootBeer [duplicate]

My Goal is to make a root beer with a ABV similar to your everyday beer or maybe stronger. (4-10%) I am newer to homebrewing so most of my experience comes from using Kits. My approach was going to be ...
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What are some good starter books to learn how to brew beer?

I'm looking for well known and well respected authors. Something that has an A-Z format, if you will, and history of home brewing or something of the like. Thank you in advance!
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Is oxygenating after brew day okay?

If you don't oxygenate on brew day, is it too late or can you oxygenate late? If so, are there limits?
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Steam sanitation of a stainless steel fermenter and bottles

Premise As a chemical engineering student, I tried my best to avoid any chemical at all (When they say trust me, you should never do so). As such, I resorted to steam to sanitize my fermenter and ...
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Cleaning stainless steel

I bought an used stainless steel really large pot (>90 liters) that was used for cooking, but had some kind of water stains inside. On a (stupid) attempt to clean it, I had it sand blasted, which ...
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wine left to ferment

I have been given some more wine stuff to add to my collection. In the goodies there are 2 fermenting bottles with wine in it.(strawberry wine) they have been in the bottles just over 4 years . I was ...
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Is there any benefit (or detriment) to gelatin fining a beer twice?

I've got an IPA that just won't seem to clear. I've done the standard cold-crash/gelatin fine, but it's still a bit cloudy. Should I try for it again?
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Bottle conditioning / carbonation temperature

Yesterday i bottled my first brew. I put the bottles in a box in my room. There is a thermometer inside the box, it reads 25°C. I've read before that the it should be in 18°C - 24°C range. Will 25°C ...
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What is the approximate batch size/OG limit for US-05 11g packet? Have I used enough?

I've started a brew with an OG of 1.065 in a 23L batch. I pitched a rehydrated 11g pack of US-05 and after 5 days I took a FG reading when I observed no bubbles after some time; it came out at 1.028 - ...
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Do I need to use finings again after restarting the fermentation?

I recently made a batch of red wine but because the wine was too sweet I restarted the fermentation as I was advised. Of course I will need to de-gas the wine again, do I also need to use finings ...
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How to artifically carbonate sparkling elderflower?

I'm brewing a sparkling elderflower drink that relies on the natural yeasts present on the flowers/stalks to carbonate the drink after it has been transferred to bottles (swing-top type). There is ...
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Leaky soda keg - has beer in it

I have a keg about 1/4 full of Black IPA (delicious) and I have been hooking up co2 when I want a pint of it, to save on co2 because there is a noticeable leak in the lid. I picked up some keg lube ...
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Can I decrease Original Gravity of the beer during fermentation process?

I am trying to brew 5 gal of Dunkelweizen. I used instructions from: Dunkelweizen I measured the OG of 1080 after cool down the wort. It should be 1050-1053. What should I do in order to decrease ...
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LIQUORICE Taste in my beer?

Beer in my secondary fermenter tastes a little like Liquorice. Wierd. WHY? PLS HELP
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Is it bad to let air into my primary fermenter?

My beer has been in the primary for about 5 days now. I can only assume fermentation has stopped as its reached peak krauzen and the froth seems to be subsiding. I attempted to seal up my primary as ...
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on not priming ale

After reading Graham Wheeler's Brew your own British ale, in which he says:" a well brewed beer, kept its proper time, should not need priming or fining. A good yeast will clear down unaided, and ...
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Can ring crown bottles be recapped?

Can ring crown (pull off) bottless such as these: be recapped using a table top or bench bottle capper? EDIT: Just to be clear, I mean capping the bottle with regular caps like these, not not pull ...
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Clarity for the sake of impatience

I've been in the winemaking industry for over a decade, but this is only my second homebrew, and only the first that I have fermented at home. You would think I'd be more patient working with a ...
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How to fix yeast smell in young wine from kit

I started my first attempt at fermenting this wine kit in mid-April. I followed the initial directions pretty meticulously which included stirring in the fermentation bucket daily (due to kit ...
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Extended boil times and their effects/results [duplicate]

What does an extended boil time do to all qualities of a beer? 90 minute boil? 120 minute boil? I've not tried any extended boil beers such as those made by dogfishhead so I have no benchmark.
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How would I handle a boil-over and loss of hops?

I recently was brewing a 1 gallon kit from Northern Brewer (The White House Honey Ale kit) and instantly after adding the first packet of hops, the entire kettle boiled over. Absolutely instantly, ...
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How to add more honey to my honey ale?

I'm trying to figure out the best way to go about adding more honey to my honey ale. I recently purchased the White House Honey Ale kit from Northern Brewer and I'm seeing several reviews saying the ...
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First batch, followed instructions, not sure if it's going to turn out

I am just starting out with homebrewing and I decided for my first batch to use an extract kit from http://www.ontariobeerkegs.com. For my first batch I figured I would follow the instructions to a T. ...
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Hydrometer broke, no original gravity

on brew day of my first batch, when i was ready to take OG reading, i dropped my hydrometer so no OG. Is there a way to get a rough estimate of the OG. Thanks
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Are there any tricks for removing labels from bottles?

Some labels can be a pain to remove. I've tried soaking bottles in water with a little bit of dish soap but it doesn't really do much to break down the adhesive. What methods do you have for easily ...
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Should I back-sweetening a very dry mead?

So, I made a batch (4.5 gallons) of show mead using 10lbs of locust honey. Starting gravity was 1.091 I used dry white wine yeast and fermentation went relevantly quick (with some help of potassium ...
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First time brewer. I'm afraid I've ruined my beer

This is my first time breing beer, and I was doing so while distracted with kids, and unfortunately I missed the dry malt extract packet that was in my IPA kit. There were 2 cans of a liquid malt ...
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Culturing Yeast and Bacteria from Pulque

I'm interested in making pulque, and was wondering how to go about culturing the yeast and bacteria necessary for making it from an existing batch. Is this at all dangerous? I know doing this with ...
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What is the purpose of secondary fermentation and is it necessary? [duplicate]

I've just started with homebrewing, i've made my first batch of extract over the weekend. I'm just wondering what secondary fermentation does, and is it necessary. The instructions that came with the ...
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Can FG be higher than OG?

I "brewed" a beer that was described as "Chinese Rice Wine", but it is 50% grain so I will call it a beer! Recipe: 18 liter batch; 2.5 kg boiled Rice, 2 kg sugar, a cup or so of raisins and one ...
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Can carbonate reducing solution lead to off flavours?

I live in an area with very high alkalinity ~ 320 mg / l CaCO3. I am planing on using Carbonate Reducing Solution CRS to bring the alkality down to acceptable levels for pale ales. To lower the ...
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Is it Better to leave beer in secondary longer or bottle?

first question asked in homebrew.stackexchange. I've got a pumpkin ale that I've just moved from primary to secondary (after 7 weeks). The original plan was to have it 7/7/7 (7 weeks in primary, 7 ...
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Ginger Beer Not Carbonated

I have made ginger beer from my own "ginger bug" but did not get much carbonation. I think I put it in the refrigerator too soon, so I took one bottle out, let it sit for 2 days and VIOLA, carbonation ...
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Handling dried yeast

I'm brewing a coopers ginger beer kit but over the past week the yeast didn't seem to activate particularly well. There has been no krausen and over the past couple of days there have been a few ...
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airtight bin for bulk grain

We are having a really hard time finding a truly airtight bin large enough to keep at least 50 lbs of bulk grain in. Does anyone have any suggestions? We keep our grains in the shed and want to keep ...
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Beer gets mixed up when siphoning into container just before bottling

When preparing to bottle a cerveza style beer (from a kit), I moved my beer into the primary fermenter so that I could mix in some sugary water before bottling to make my beer bubbly. The beer had ...
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Leaking spigot assembly

I just brewed my first batch with a Mr Beer 8 liter kit. However, it seems that i made a rookie mistake about assembling the spigot. It leaks as small drops. Do you think that the spigot can be ...
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Generic, fool-proof extract brewing method

Ingredients have arrived - I'm ready to go ahead with my latest brew. All those which I have done thus far haven't been perfect for a variety of reasons (admittedly probably my own fault as I've tried ...
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Bitter hay finishing taste with very slight burnt rubberyness

Me and my dad have made a beer about 3 months ago. The beer was made with: oats pale malt flaked barley tap water (United Kingdom - South West - Guildford ) cascade hops 1/2 goldings hops 1/2 and ...
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What's wrong with my gravity?

I recently brewed an Imperial Red. It clocked in at around 1.072 on original gravity reading. My malt bill looked something like this: 12 lbs 5.0 oz Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) 11 lbs Marris ...
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How to determine gender of a young hop plant?

I'm looking for some info on this for reasons of domestication of wild hops that grow around. I need to sort out male plants from the batches I pick up in the wild -- currently I'm just waiting until ...
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Using a pump for brewing

I'm getting a Chugger pump for Christmas. I have never used a pump in my brewing and I haven't yet bought the hardware and tubing so I have some questions. I do know that I need a ball valve on the ...
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Going from Mead to Beer

I have a little bit of experience in making mead, I have a batch to be bottled in a few days. Now, I wanted to try to make beer next, where should I start? What are the major differences between ...
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A question on the Brewers' Friend Calculator

Does anyone know, for when using the calculator, for extract brewing, at what time the calculator assumes you add the malt (liquid malt extract in my case)? I.e. does it assume late addition or full ...
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Has anyone brewed hop-free beer?

I just tried a beer called Reverend James and it tasted really weird. Full-bodied and slightly spicy but I could detect absolutely no hop characteristics in it at all. Now, it could be that my ...
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[WIKI] Fermentation Temperature Control Methods

What different methods do people use to maintain or control fermentation temps? This includes maintaining temps for both Ales and Lagers. For most climates, active control is necessary for doing ...
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Can I still reach my desired IBU level if I split my boil?

In my recipe I have a boil size of 10L. Can this be split into 2 x 5L pots whereby half the ingredients would be used in each, but still reach the desired IBUs of a single 10L boil? Fingers crossed, ...

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