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Half-size keg force carbonation

Today I have 1 half sized corny keg (11,4L - ~3gal) and want to force carbonate it. Normally when force carbonating normal sized cornys of 5 gal (19L) I use ~30 psi for about 10 minutes. Don't know ...
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Can't get my Electric Kettle to boil?

I assembled an electric kettle with a 5500W CAMCO heating element. The element heats water significantly faster than my gas burner ever did but peaks out at 205-210 degrees. I can take 5 gallons ...
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Trouble with flat beer. Everything seems perfect and a few bottles always turn out great. very few! Please help

So my brother in law are in the midst of our 4th batch. Of our first batch ( a 5 gallon brew) probably 2 bottles turned out. These bottles were spectacular great carbonation, retention etc. The ...
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What happens if beer ferments below the optimum temperature?

I am currently brewing an Irish Red Ale. I went away for a few days, and when I got back I discovered the heater had broken at some unknown time. As a result, the ambient temperature dropped to about ...
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Specific and generic questions from a first timer - size of fermenter, flavoring, gravity, sanitation

I just brewed my first ever German Weizen (using True Brew kit) on Saturday (today is Monday) and it's sitting in a plastic 6 gallon bucket (but there's only 5 gallons of it). I have some questions ...
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Packing Beer on a Plane

I'd like to fly a full case of homebrew home with me for Christmas. Is there a standard size box that can fit that much beer plus packing materials to protect it? Edit: the airline I'm flying offers ...
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False bottom not working effectively

I've upgraded from a 20L homebrew system to a 200L system and used it for the first time the other day. I previously did boil-in-the-bag but for my new system I have a false bottom. For my first test ...
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Frying a Turkey in a Brew Kettle

Family wants me to fry a turkey in my 14 gallon brew kettle. I'm all for fried turkey but worried about lasting effects on my kettle. Anyone have experience with something like this? Also open to ...
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Can I sanitize an auto-siphon with boiling water?

So. My first two batches of an IPA and a Brown Ale ended up with a Malt Vinegar taste and smell. I know there can be many factors and many types of reasons for it. I want to get my sanitizing 110% ...
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Fermentation Done After 2 Days?

So this is a weird one. 3 weeks ago I made an Xmas beer. I brewed it, pitched the #2 yeast, and put the carboy in my cold dark room (about 70 F) to ferment. The fermentation and krausen began about ...
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keeping cropped yeast in good health

If I needed to keep the harvested yeast in the fridge for longer than I needed, could I just make a new starter and leave it to ferment out and then put it in the fridge again. Would this help to keep ...
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Super fast fermentation?

I pitched Red Star Champagne yeast for a two gallon batch of Banana wine six days ago today when I went to siphon the must into the secondary I saw fermentation had stopped. Trying to figure out what ...
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Replacing orange peel with orange powder

I am having a hard time finding bitter orange peel in my region, but I did find bitter orange powder. Can I achieve the same results with the powder instead of the peel? Should I use the same ...
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Extract Brewing - Cooling down wort by adding cold water?

I don't have a wort chiller yet. I always cool down my wort with 20 pounds of ice and bucket that I place my kettle into. Since I am extract brewing and will be adding 2.5 gallons of water anyways, I ...
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Water to dilute wort

If I use 3 gals of tap water for the wort. Can I use 2 gl of tap water to make up the 5 I need for fermenting? Lancaster home brewing say any good tasting tap water is OK, but does it need to be ...
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Is it a bad idea to agitate beer a few days after bottling?

I just bottled a porter which had been in the fermenter for almost a month. I allowed myself a taste un-carbonated, and while I don't want to count my chickens before they've hatched, I'm very excited ...
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Large bottles ddn't carbonate, but little ones did

Does anyone have an idea if larger bottles (half liter) are harder to carbonate than smaller ones (1/3 liter)? I think the problem is that I had a Belgian ale (6.5%) is a secondary and when bottling, ...
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What are the effects of storing unboiled All-Grain Wort at sub-lager temperatures?

Obviously it is better to immediately boil the wort when it is freshest, giving any wild yeist or bacteria as little time as possible to grow and contaminate the product. It is also a well ...
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trying to ID if my beer was infected!

My brown ale smelt somewhat like beer and possibly vinegar and tasted the same but with a very subtle sweetness but also very dry and puckering. I used only used dry extract and boiled the hops, no ...
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First Batch Bottle Exploded

I'm in the bottling phase with my first batch of beer. Came home last night and one of the bottles had exploded. The beer spent 7 days in the primary fermenter and hit the target gravity per the ...
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Transfert wort in a cube then chill it

I just started the hobby and only brewed two kits. So far I brewed in a 5L (1.3G) kettle. I did the chilling by using a cold bath in my kitchen sink. So far so good. I plan to buy a proper brew ...
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Improvements for Geordie Winter Warmer

I've just started a single can Geordie Winter Warmer kit and having read some negative reviews about this kit turning out "weak" and "watery" and like "beer flavoured soda water" I'm naturally having ...
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fermentation seems to be stuck at 1065

my cider started at 1090 and seems to have stopped at 1065.i put it in a sencondary glass carboy. Do I need more time it has been about three weeks
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Homebrew sitting on top of washing machine - agitation

My fermentation bucket is on top of my washing machine, when it spins it vibrates the brew. I've been careful to clamp it to the back of the washing machine with a bungee otherwise it might shake ...
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How low should the hole for a spigot on a kettle be drilled?

I am trying to determine how low I can drill a hole in my kettle for a spigot. I've read as few as 1.5 to as much as 3.0 inches. What's a good point that will clear the kettle trub for most if not all ...
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Bottle conditioning mistake

So after two weeks of primary and secondary fermentation, I racked my beer and put it in the fridge by mistake. It has been in there for about 5 days. It's my first brew. I took them out and put them ...
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When will fermentation end? ( wine )

I made 10 litres of red wine ( pasteurized grape juice from the supermarket ), added 2kg sugar, used yeast bought from my local homebrew shop. Fermentation started after a day, and for the first two ...
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Stuck fermentation - how long to leave it for?

Porter, sitting at a steady 22 degrees, should be 5.2% abv, fermentation stopped at 2.5% A stir took it to 3.5% over a week. Added yeast, and nutrient, no sign of further fermentation 2 days on. ...
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How much grain will fit in a 16 liter kettle?

I'm considering to buy a 16 liter kettle to hold the grain inside my 32 liter kettle, but don't seem to find any reliable calculations on how much grain the 16 liter kettle will fit while mashing. ...
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How to fit kegging into a small house

We have a very tiny house. I brew in the garage and bottle there. I want to keg so bad but I am having trouble finding room for some kegs (in something to keep them cold). Anyone have some genius idea ...
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Fermenter overflow into blowoff tube

I just started my first batch of homebrew using a kit from Brooklyn Brew Shop, and 15 hours in, I seem to have a problem: The fermentation seems to be very vigorous and I have this foam/gunk/residue ...
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Mold in S-Shaped Airlock

I'm new to homebrewing, and I've recently encountered a problem with an s-shaped airlock. I clean it out with water after use, but it takes forever to dry on its own. This time, it's started growing ...
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Chocolate and Coffee Additions

I am going to be brewing the Zymurgy KBS clone, but a little nervous with some of the additions listed: 2.5 oz Belg Bittersweet Choc and 1.5 oz unsweetened cocoa nibs @ 15 mins. ***I read that ...
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What sugar for a sparkling iced tea?

I want to produce an extreme low alcohol (<0.5%) sparkling iced tea, but carbonated with yeast / bottle conditioning. I obviously can't make the tea sweet before carbonation for fear of over ...
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Xmas Brew Ingredients

I'm making an Xmas brew. So far so good with the primary fermentation (this is my 4th beer so no worries there). It's an ale brewed with 2.5 lbs of grains and dry malt extract (only 8 AAU hops). I've ...
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Why my beer is 'choking' when leaving the faucet?

While I don't have a jockey box, I'm borrowed another one again. And I'm having trouble to get a good pour. There are bubbles in the system that never ends, it never happened before to me. Always ...
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Sour Mash - Pressurized Keg to hold mash?

I'm trying my hand at a sour mash, and was thinking about using a keg to hold the warm mash for a few days so I can purge the 02 and very lightly pressure to avoid contamination. I was thinking about ...
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Restarting fermentation after it has stopped?

I have a batch of apple cider that started at 1.050, and has fermented to 1.000. Would adding sugar to increase ABV ruin my batch? I want to add roughly 1Kg/ 10L of cider. Adding half now and the ...
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What makes a beer tap/faucet different from the water ones?

I'm planning on build a cooler-based jockey box to drink my kegged beers. And was thinking what's the different things in a beer tap/faucet? I'm having trouble to find one with reasonable price in my ...
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First homebrew batch very sweet

I recently made my first home brew batch using an off the shelf starter kit (English brown ale). The beer is much sweeter than I was expecting and the alcohol content is ~3-3.5% (should be 4.5%). Am ...
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Yeast Starter Benefits

What exactly are the benefits and just how significant are they of making a yeast starter as opposed to throwing in the yeast as per most beer kit instructions?
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What's the minimum size for a jockey box?

I'm planning on build one cooler based dispensing system for my kegs. My previous experience was with a box with 2 aluminium coils (~15m long) and 2 faucets. It holds a 20 Kg ice pack. And the beer ...
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Is it possible to do pressurized fermentation in a mini keg?

I have been keen on moving from bottles to use kegs in my amateur home brews. But because of lack of space and because I just like the size and mobility of the smaller kegs I'd like to try to use ...
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Cider fermentation stuck/stopped

I attempted to make apple cider, buying Kirkland apple juice (6 Gallons) and 500g dextrose. All i did was pour in the juice and pitched the yeast (s04) ontop of the juice at about 20deg Celsius, O.G ...
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What makes a Stout

I've brewed up what the recipe calls a Stout, and from the samples I've taken, its quite good I think. There is a local competition coming up, and I was thinking about entering it, but I'm not sure ...
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WLP036 (Düsseldorf Alt) and cool temperatures

I am fermenting an alt in my cellar using WLP036 (Düsseldorf Alt). Pitched a 2 litre starter into 21 litre 1.051 wort. Fermentation was extremely vigorous at 16 C ambient temperature for 36 hours, ...
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Can I use my CO2 regulator as a inside keg pressure checker?

If I force carbonate my keg, and after that I close my CO2 cilinder valve and plug my gas line into my gas in quick disconnect. Would this make my CO2 regulator to work as a spunding valve and let me ...
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Is this pressure release valve missing a pull ring?

This photo shows the lid off a keg I purchased. I think it's a manual release valve, but all the manual one I've seen online have pull rings. As requested, here is a photo of the back. Will this work ...
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Alternative malt extract for Northwestern Gold LME

I was thinking of making this recipe but my homebrew store doesn't have any Northwestern Gold LME. Would any old light malt extract be an okay replacement? A full list of (liquid) malt extracts I can ...
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Are there any downsides to leaving beer on fruit in the primary?

I'm planning to brew the Winter Wassail from The Homebrewer's Garden. The recipe calls for adding 4 pounds of mashed cranberries and 2 pounds of ground apples at flameout, steeping them for 15-20 ...

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