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Tequila Barrel Fermenting or Aging

I recently purchased a used tequila barrel from a local brewery. They used it in the brewing process of one of their beers and they were done them so they sold them to the public. I started wondering ...
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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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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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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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Winemaking Clubs in Greater DC area

Is anyone aware of wine making clubs in the greater Washington, DC area? I'd prefer Maryland, but beggars can't be choosers. I've checked Winemaker Magazine's list of clubs, but no luck.
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can I force carbonate a half-full keg of homemade cola?

I make some small batches of home-made cola, tonic water, and ginger ale - usually making a batch of syrup, then mixing up a corny keg full and force-carbonating it over a few days. Normally I bottle ...
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How many times can you re-use a hop bag?

Is there a limit on how many times you can re-use a hop bag? I use the bag to make a hop tea to drop into the fermenter to flavor my beer. I clean the bag by boiling it in water for 5 minutes before ...
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How long do crushed grains last? [duplicate]

In a relatively short time period I will finally embark on all-grain brewing. I would rather purchase grains online as it is cheaper than the LHBS, but the LHBS won't let me use their crushing ...
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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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How can one keg be overcarbonated on a 4-line setup when all the other beers pour just fine?

A while ago I purchased a 4-line kegerator, I have one CO2 tank that carbonates 4 kegs of beer at around 11 psi. When I bring a new uncarbonated keg online, I just add it to an empty gas line and let ...
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Thermal expansion of wort

Does anybody know an algorithm or a calculator to compute thermal expansion of worts? Most of the time in homebrewing materials, it is said that in volume calculations one should account for 4% ...
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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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Cold crashing bottled ale after fermentation

There are a few topics about this here but nothing that gives info on my particular situation... I've fermented in primary for 1 1/2 weeks then transferred to secondary. Left the ale in there for ...
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Difficulty siphoning through counterflow chiller

Just bought a counterflow chiller... tested it with boiling water and it worked fine. I also siphoned sanitizer through it, no problems there. However when I tried to siphon the wort, it clogged ...
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How to clean an old oak barrel

I have a very old oak barrel that was given to me that used to have rum in it. It has been empty for about 10 years but I would like to clean it to store cider. What is the best way to clean it so ...
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Will this fermenter explode?

Brewed a Munich Helles yesterday and fermented it with an ale yeast. OG was 1.040 and it's in my fermentation fridge at 68f. Today when I checked it the lid was domed but the airlock wasn't ...
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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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Citra hops shortage?

I'm having a devil of a time finding citra hops in quantity. Everywhere I visit seems to carry citra, but none want to sell me more than a couple of ounces and usually at inflated prices. I mean $2.99 ...
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What effect does conversion have on mash temp

We're mashing our second batch (after a year of extract) and seems like we cannot keep the mash temp low enough. We struck at 165F in an attempt to hit 152 for mash (grain was at 65F). We saw a ...
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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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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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Halving my yeast for two batches

I am about to start a batch again, as I have now run out of beer. I am brewing in smaller batches (8 litres). I plan on splitting the wort and putting then into two separate fermenters. Since a ...
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Do I have to bottle/keg an ale?

I've got an ale (23L) that's been brewing for six days now, my recipe says I should bottle or keg it after eight. I don't have any bottles or a keg, but I do have another bucket (25L, made for brewing ...
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O2-absorbing crowns - do they absorb other things?

I have tried long-term aged beers (year or more) side by side, one with o2-absorbing crowns, one without, and swear by the difference. While it seems you want some oxidation in a long-term-aged beer, ...
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“Whirlpool” Adjuncts

We brewed bear-flavored's Heady Topper clone last weekend, and the beer has just over 1# of hops in it (5 gallon) All of the hops are added at flameout and whirlpool (it actually doesn't even call for ...
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Half my batch (while carbonating) got put in the fridge by mistake

They were put in the fridge at day 11 or 12. I'm afraid to take them out (to resume carbonation) because of skunking. Is this valid? I've read the other questions about carbonation/temperature, etc, ...
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Low Pre boil gravity

I have brewed the same recipe 4 times. All 4 brews had 1.028-1.030 pre-boil gravity but today when I finished my mash I had 1.025. Any reasons that happen? And what impact will it have on my beer?
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Buying Yeast Online and Temperature during Transit

I buy everything from Northern Brewer and it takes UPS 5 days to ship to me (If I'm not home early enough from work on Friday, I have to wait the weekend too). Next week is going to have three days ...
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How to adjust my wine?

I'm looking for some general advice/recommended reading, etc. I've made a few wine kits and they've all come out OK. I feel I have the general process down and I'm ready to start with perhaps ...
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Bubbles restart after 1 month?

i've done 4 batches one month ago, one per day, day after day. My batches now are of 60L, and I use 2 30L fermenters for each batch. 2 of the 4 batches are the "same recipe", so I have 4 fermenters ...
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Immersion/Whirpool chiller design for good trub cone formation

Considering the best trub cone formation in the wort (settling in the center), what aspects shall we have in mind when designing a serpentine (coil) to chill wort (immersed in it) with whirlpool ...
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How does one get a smoked flavor in their beer? [duplicate]

For those who have tried it, Im thinking like the smokey flavor in Stone's 'Matts Burning Rosids'.
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Missed Expected OG, Sparging Issue? [duplicate]

I brewed my first all grain batch this past weekend and everything went pretty smooth except my OG was 1.050 instead of the 1.056 I was expecting. Would this be a sparging issue? I had calculated a ...
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Higher alcohol content in a Hard apple cider

I am brewing a hard apple cider and would like to know how can I increase the ABV % in a cider ? or is it the same process in a beer ?
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Jumbo stir plates?

Now that I've discovered (thanks to jsled and Google) what a stir plate is and why I need to make one, I'm curious to know how far they can be pushed. Being a lazy brewer with a fairly well-equipped ...
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Substituting 2-row with DME - Extract Torpedo Clone recipe

I really want to make an extract SN Torpedo Clone. During my hunt for recipes, this one in my opinion sounds great and I would really like to try it. Recipe OP here O.G. 1.076 (actual) F.G. 1.016 ...
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Bottling from secondary (keg). Wait two weeks and prime or now?

I'm brewing my 1st kit which my gf got from a local hardware store (ironically there's a home brew store not 5 mins away sigh) but wasn't a cheap one. ...
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Proposed yeast starter

Within the next few days I'll be 'brewing' 100 litres of ale from slightly concentrated sterile wort. I've used these kits before with decent results, but this time I want to try a liquid yeast ...

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