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Is yeast cell count a constant function of starter size?

Does the size of a starter always dictate the cell count of yeast irregardless of how much yeast you started with (ignoring other factors such as aeration, wort density etc)? For instance let's take ...
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Keep Homebrew Fresh

Just syphoned a youngs 30 bottle kit into a plastic 5 gallon fermenter. How should I store this to stop it going bad? What's the highest temperature it can be stored at safely? and how can I ensure ...
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Is Amber Malt suitable to use as a primary grain?

Wikipedia says about Amber Malt the following... Amber malt Amber malt is a more toasted form of pale malt, kilned at temperatures of 150–160 °C, and is used in brown porter; older formulations ...
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Affordable hops in Europe

Where can I find affordable hops in Europe (Belgium, France or Hungary would be best)?
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Conical verses flat based fermenters

Just to ask what is the general feeling of using a "Conical" fermenter rather than a normal flat based fermenting barrel.? I realize that you cannot ...
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What to do when american wheat ale turned out to have too high extract?

I used to have a problem - too much water due to extracting every last bit of sugar. That gave me 90% to 95% efficiency, but also it was a lot of work to boil it down to manageable and usable amounts ...
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can you suggest a recipe for these hops and fermentables?

I can only find German pilsner malt for brewing in my country. I can find fuggles, saaz, brewers gold, cascade, Syrian,target 2014,HALLERTAU HERSBRUCKER types of hops. and I can find most common ...
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No air lock activity [duplicate]

I am brewing a Black Rock..."Miners Stout" . and it's been nearly a week in the fermenter with none to very little movement in the airlock. ! Seems odd as to all the other stouts that I have brewed. ...
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Off smell in my mead

I recently started brewing mead and during my first racking I noticed a chemically smell that had a alcohol vinyl smell. I can't figure out if my mead has turned or not. I did another racking today ...
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What would cause bottle-carbonation to fail?

I made a Hydromel (beer-strength mead) around 5% using champagne yeast. After fermentation I split it into a few small batches... some I added ginger, some I added orange zest, some remained ...
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A 15 gallon batch with two 10 gallon mash tuns

I need to split a 15 gallon batch of beer three ways. The brew is going to be an Imperial Stout, and the 5 gallon recipe calls for 20lbs of grain (60lbs for 15 gallons). Between the three brewers we ...
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Cooling the wort without an ice bath

I have been cooling my wort after all the boiling by simply taking it off the heat and waiting two to three hours. I have now seen a few places where they use an ice bath to cool the wort much ...
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Do I really need to clarify cider?

I have 2 one gallon batches of cider that have been fermenting away nicely for a month. They are Motts 100% natural cider with no preservatives. I used Nottingham, hoping to get a little residual ...
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How Long to Dry Tubing After Sanitizing?

I use Five Star's iodophor sanitizer. The instructions say to let equipment fully dry before using. This seems almost impossible for plastic tubing. Even after a couple of hours there is still ...
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Need some carification on my ingredient choices and hop boil timing

Want to make a simple high gravity single hop ipa. Will this recipe work? 10 pounds DME Amber 1 pound Crystal 40l steeped 45 mins 1 oz Citra hops start 60 mins 1 oz Citra hops 45 mins 1 oz Citra ...
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Doubling my beer volume

hi guys i'm very new to this beer brewing business. ill be be having a small party this weekend, I'm short on beer, So I'd like to know how do i go about doubling my alcohol volume when diluting it ...
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Cider smells like nail polish remover (acetone). Tastes like juice, but also like it smells

Probably about halfway through fermenting a cysor (apple-honey). Smell is strong. Have a few carboys on the go, and only one has gone 'off' this way. Anyone know what happened or if a correction is ...
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Are my carboys going to break when my outdoor cider brew freezes?

No room to bring them inside. Thinking that leaving extra room for expansion, like 3/4 full carboys might be safe. Also considering wrapping in a tarp for insulation, and hoping the heat from ...
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Has anyone ever tried soaking grains in bourbon instead of water before smoking malt? Any advice is appreciated too

I'm going to brew an applewood smoked Märzen and upon doing some research I found some brewers have sprayed their malt with bourbon instead of water during the smoking process to keep the grain moist, ...
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Alcohol tolerance of wild yeasts

Here's a question... I have made a cider with wild yeast (whatever was on those apples), and after fermenting it out, I used the same yeast to ferment a session mead (OG~1.060, FG~1.004, ABV~7.3%). It ...
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Should I use Fermaid-O or Fermaid-K while fermenting mead?

I've been making a mead for last two years, and a huge supporter of staggered nutrients additions to mead where you use Go-Ferm to rehydrate the yeast, adjust pH level with potassium carbonate, and ...
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Can I bottle a beer at 1.028 gravity?

I have a beer which may or may have finished fermentation. I read about "stuck fermentation" and am wondering if I ended up with not enough fermentable sugars. According to the calculator if i bottle ...
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What hop will give me grapefruit-like aroma?

I'll be making American Wheat beer this weekend. Simple malt bill - half wheat, half barley. I'm planning to use Chinook for bitterness. What would go well with it's resin and "coniferous forest" ...
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Will Sparkolloid slow or stop fermentation?

Background: My wife drinks cider like a fish drinks water and buying cider at the store was leaving me pretty much broke. The LHBS turned us on to the idea of making our own a couple years ago so we ...
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Is it safe to use a quick disconnect on a regulator?

I would like to replace the barb fitting on the low-pressure side of my dual-guage regulator with a female quick-dissconnect. I would attach the male part of the disconnect to the gas line. I'm not ...
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Should I remove settled solids prior to primary fermentation of cider?

I poured the raw apple cider into a carboy and added crushed camden tablets to eliminate or knock down the native bacteria a couple days ago. Now as I am about to some S-04 yeast, I wonder if I should ...
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Peaches in Cider

I have about 8 jars of peaches in light syrup I bought from Costco. I want to add these to a 5 gallon batch of Cider. I'm going to a peach cobbler flavored cider. I'm also planning on adding brown ...
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What can I expect when I put 32 oz confectioners sugar in my 5 gal brew?

I made wort for my 5 gal brew by dissolving 32 oz of confectioners sugar and 55 oz of dry malt extract. What effects of large amount of sugar can I expect?
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How bad can this be?

So i got everything in my fermenting vessel last night and i got up this morning to find that the siphon lock was pushed in. I tried to slowly pull it back up through it's opening but the siphon ...
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Does a Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) reading of 0 imply that my water has 0 ppm for the various minerals?

I installed a nice water filtration system with cataylic carbon, reverse osmosis, and deionization. I bought a $15 TDS reader from amazon. My unfiltered tap water has TDS of 398 ppm, and my filtered ...
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Will my Reverse Osmosis water lose its purity if its not used immediately?

I just installed a reverse osmosis and deionizer water filtration system, and it is extremely slow. I calculate that it will take 3-4 hours to filter out 10 gallons of water. I am planning on filling ...
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Fermenting mead: low vs high temperature

I'm planning to make a batch of dry show mead (white wine experience). I have Lalvin 71B-1122 Narbonne yeast, and fermentation temperature range for it is from 59-89° F (15-30°C). Lets say how ...
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Hop material in primary

When making an IPA yesterday, I decided to throw in every last hop leaf and pellet I had laying around. It turned out to be quite a bit. Also, due to a lack of space, I decided to use my kettle as a ...
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Total Cider Noob Move

Following instructions from the Portland Mercury on homebrewing cider, I pitched a whole 5 gram packet of champagne yeast by mistake in my 1 gallon brew. It says that the packet makes a 5 gallon ...
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Would boiled vinegar contain any acetobacter?

I love the taste of Balsamic vinegar, and I think having just a hint of it would be fantastic in a stout's flavor profile. My concern is what would happen to a beer after this is added. Would it start ...
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Ph too low, but pitched anyway

After pressing my apples for cider, I tested the PH level and it was 2.7. Although the taste was quite sweet and not too sharp. I decided against sodium metabisulphate, from what I've read, but now ...
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Watermelon Wheat Beer - Bitter Taste

After a week of primary fermentation, I tried adding about 8 pounds of watermelon puree to my secondary fermenter and took a gravity and taste test 10 days later. The beer still tastes very ...
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Mold growing on blow-off tube water — batch ruined?

I'm brewing my first batch with a brooklyn brew show all-gain kit. I skipped the airlock and left the blow-off tube in place in a pot of bleachy water. It's been there for the past two weeks. ...
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Do you use rice hulls with your Blichmann False Bottom?

I used to use a simple drink cooler and screen for a mash tun, but was given a chugger pump, 10 gallon Blichmann G2, and false bottom which I now use in a RIMS setup. The first time I brewed a wheat ...
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Adding juice to top off carboy - cider making

I have a couple of batches of hard cider going. This is my first time making hard cider. I tested the gravity yesterday after about 3 weeks of fermenting and it's hit "dryness" at 1.01. There is a ...
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Bottle labeler suggestions

my dad and uncle are homebrewers and they desperately need a labeler. They've talked about getting one before but have more important things to get first in order to perfect their beer. So for ...
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Anyone has experience with Brewolution Brewster device

I talk about this device: http://www.brewolution.com/index.php/en/brewster-page. It's 28 liter kettle. What is a max output volume if I do allgrain? I have 20 liter fermenters. How to chill the wort ...
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What types of artificial sweetener are normally used in fruit cider in the UK & US?

Since yeast will generally eat any sugar you add to your must/cider, adding sugar for sweetness in home-brewing isn't really an option unless you get more elaborate and pasteurise, etc. So artificial ...
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Does oxydation contribute to the acidicity of raw pressed apple juice?

When mashing apples with a rotary masher, the mash and juice gets quite oxydated. Does this contribute to the acidicity of the raw apple juice?
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Possible wild yeast contamination?

In May I brewed the following beer: 81% Pale 2 row malt 16% Brown malt 3% Black malt Single step mash at 73C. With 290g of hops for a total of 103 IBUs. The OG was 1.077 and it went into primary ...
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Cider confusion

I recently made cider from my apple trees and hand pressed them and all and I am having trouble figuring everything out. So far I have made the hard cider two different ways my first time, to test ...
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Layer of StarSan on beer

So during a cold crash I sucked around a quart of StarSan onto my beer, there's a layer ~1/2 inch thick sitting on top of the beer. Should I try to siphon off this top layer, or wait until i get a keg ...
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How to increase gravity / decrease amount of water in my wort, and extract the same amount of sugars?

I have this problem: I'm regularly achieving 90% efficiency with my mash and sparge, and I like this effect. But I usually end up with about 30 ~ 35 liters when I aim for 20 ~ 22 liters. Boil to ...
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How long should I expect to wait before seeing activity in my yeast starter?

I usually see activity in my yeast starters in the first twelve hours after pitching the yeast. This time, however, I haven't seen anything for 48 hours. No bubbling, no signs of floating yeast and it ...
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What kinds of bottles can be capped?

I want to start collecting bottles to use when I brew. Recycled bottles come in many types. I would naturally steer away from the twist off bottles, bottles that seem thinner or more fragile, or ...

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