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White Stuff — is it bad?

I just brewed a raspberry wheat w/ ~2.5 lbs of frozen (organic) raspberries added to the secondary. I waited about 23 days after adding the berries to bottle, and when I went down to the basement to ...
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Fizzy with no head?

My recent brew (#2) is well carbonated, but has little head to it when poured (and what's there dissipates quickly). Is it over carbonated? Too much priming sugar? Also, I am used to seeing a strong ...
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Why Wouldn't Chilling a Yeast Starter Cold Crash or Inactivate the Yeast? [duplicate]

We boil DME and water to make a solution with an OG of 1.040, pitch the yeast and place it on a stir plate for a couple of days to make our yeast starters. After this, it is commonly suggested to ...
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How to calibrate a refractometer

What's the best method for calibrating a refractometer? I've been using my cheapo refracto to take pre- and post-boil readings, but I also check with a hydrometer because I don't trust it yet. The ...
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How precisely can you read your refractometer

I do not have a refractometer and am considering buying one. My own concern is how precise you can get the readings. How many brix are you plus or minus when you do a reading? Is it as precise as a ...
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Faster carbonation by injecting CO2 into the Draw line

I am fairly new to kegging my homebrew. I have successfully used the "Saturation Over Time" method and was wondering if I could speed it up a bit by injecting gas through the draw line rather than the ...
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Infection (SCOBY/Acetobactor) or possible over-use of a fining agent?

Situation Never mind the two hop bags that didn't sink, those things are more buoyant than what I gave them credit for. This is the beer in a secondary vessel. I wanted to get it off the yeast ...
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Will hop plants choke grape vines

I planted my hops next to the grape vines, gives the hops a good climb. I'm afraid they might choke the grape vines I already have. Can they grow together without problems ?
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looking for a creative way to store all my tubing

Every time I brew I think to myself, "damn there has to be a better way to store all this tubing"! Currently I have a drawer (twice the size of a file cabinet) where I throw my racking canes, tubing, ...
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Fridge recommendations for fermenting

I am looking to pick up a fridge for controlling temps. Are there any particulars I should know about when buying a fridge or is any old fridge good to go? I am also thinking of buying a chest freezer ...
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What is the minimum time required to have drinkable beer?

From reading What is the secondary fermentation debate? and If/When to move to secondary fermentation it appears that beer can be considered ready to consume (assuming force carbonation or a love of ...
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How Should I Place a Digital Thermometer into My Fermentation Chamber and Keep it Airtight?

I have a setup with a raspberry pi and two DS18B20 digital thermometers that measure the temperature of the ambient air and the water in a swamp cooler that I place my fermentation chamber in. I was ...
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How to Correctly Pour a Hefeweizen

I order everything from Northern Brewer and in my experience they have always suggested secondary fermentation, except for a hefeweizen that I have ready to drink. I assumed this was because ...
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Is this white thing correct in kriek lambic?

I'm making my first lambic beer, a kriek lambic with a one month old, last week I dropped 1lb cherries. Today, I noticed this white thing in top: Should I concern about this? Or just let it go...
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Chemicals of PBW and StarSan - DIY solutions?

Ok, i've see so much people here advising the use of PBW - Powdered Brewery Washer. I've seen some videos, and it seems to be a very good thing for cleaning everything in homebrew stuff. But I live ...
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Berry cider using only berries

I have an abundance of fresh black raspberries available and would like to try my hand at a cider using only black raspberries. I'll be starting with a one gallon batch. I am not sure how many ...
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Should I have extra wort for boil when using leaf hops?

The first time that I brewed with whole flower / leaf hops, my more-experienced homebrewing friend said that I should have more wort than usual at the start of the boil, because the dried leaves will ...
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CO2 tank slowly losing gas, not sure where the problem lies

So I have a rather simple keezer setup: The left keg is currently being force carbonated at 30 PSI. The top keg is being kept shut off from receiving CO2. The left keg's CO2 line is using a ...
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What's the amount of psi a 5 gallon water bottle can hold?

What's the amount of psi a 5 gallon water bottle can hold? My 5 gallon is filled with beer and a compressor is used to maintain a pressure. I do not want my bottle explodes! I use a 5 gallon of water ...
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in depth cleaning glass bottles

I realise there is a tonne of information about cleaning on the net already, but I am just about to bottle my first batch of glass bottles and wanted to put my process out there to make sure I haven't ...
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High water pressure compressor for washing bottles

Friends often bring me empty bottles. Some of those not washed right after consumption are dirty, so I am looking for a good engineering solution to clean them. One idea is to use high pressure water ...
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Johnson A419 BLE/WiFi Modification

I'm a software engineer who just bought a Johnson A419. I have a Nest thermostat. Naturally, if I can control and monitor my house temps with my iDevices, why not my fermentation? I'd like to hack ...
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Adding a spigot to a fermentation bucket what is a good height?

I'm brewing on board a boat, so nothing here is ideal. I'm just trying to reduce some equipment and simplify the process. I want to add a spigot to the fermenter that will hold about 3.5 - 4 gallons....
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What is the effect of conversion efficiency on your brew?

I keep hearing about how we should try and keep our conversion efficiency high, but what exactly does it affect? Is a lower conversion efficiency beer bad?
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How do I measure the alcohol of a fruit beer?

According to some recipes I have seen, a simple way to make a fruit beer is to make a regular "base" beer, and then rack it on top of the fruit after about a week of fermentation. In that case, how ...
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295 views

Can you brew an all-grains recipe without brewing a full volume

I've been searching online and reading up on all-grains brewing and it seems like most places have indicated that all-grains receipes requires mashing at the full batch size. Ie. If I want to make a ...
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1answer
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Can boiling the entire mash achieve results similar to decoction?

With an automated mash setup, it could be fairly easy to bring the mash to a boil and cool it. I'm wondering if this could be used to replicate the results of a decoction. If mash thickness is ...
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Hop extract substitution

I have a recipe that calls for 10ml of hop extract at 90 minutes. My local homebrew store does not sell hop extract. Since it is a bittering charge, what is the calculation used to convert 10ml of ...
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List of Errors in Fix's Principles of Brewing Science

Several sources claim that the Fix classic Principles of Brewing Science has several errors; however, there doesn't seem to be any comprehensive list of what is incorrect. Where can I find a ...
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High OG content for yeast

I had a higher than expected OG in my homebrew. It was estimated to come out to 1.060 but instead ended up at 1.076. The back of the yeast I used said that it is good in a brew of up to 1.060 OG. The ...
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Oily Beer - Can I get the head back?

I'm refining a recipe for a chocolate wheat ale. I'm using 2 pounds of chocolate malt, which seems to be exceptionally oily, effectively killing the head. It still has carbonation, just no head. Any ...
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I have a keg, now what?

A co-worker of mine had a roommate move out and leave his brewing stuff behind, including two 5 gallon kegs (pictured below). Co-worker ended up giving them to me for free. Obviously you need a CO2 ...
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Honey addition to dunkel

I have a dunkel recipe and I wanted to know if I could simply add honey to the wort making process to add flavor and raise the OG. I am not planning to take anything out as substitution. Are there any ...
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Calculating carbon dioxide production during fermentation

I know yeast ferments sugars into alcohol at a predictable rate, but is the same is true for carbon dioxide? Since I know the amount of sugars fermented though my gravity readings, shouldn't it be ...
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Going Below Optimum Yeast Temperatures (For Ale in Particular)

So I understand that going above the optimum yeast temperature specified is a bad thing and will cause major off flavors. But what happens when you go underneath it? For example, I am currently ...
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My ferment has small black specs in it, is this an infection?

This seems to be very similar to this question about hop seeds but I have not used fresh hops, I used pellet centennial hops purchased vacuum packed and frozen from homebrew shop. Ingredients (1 ...
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Flat beer. Not enough priming sugar?

I'm new to this blog and brewing. Recently i put down my first Coopers Real Ale. All went well, great flavor but flat to very slight carbonation in bottles. 1.5 tsp in 1250ml and .5 tsp in 750ml ...
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Stir fruit in cherry wheat?

My first fruit beer... I have just racked a wheat beer base onto a secondary of food blended frozen cherries. Am I ok to give this a bit of a stir now and again? Im aware introducing too much oxygen ...
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Wine Brewing on Lees (Sur lie)

I have recently learned about Light Lees Protocol and was wondering if someone would be able to relate some practical anecdotal experience. Is there a substantial difference in quality if you ...
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interesting formation in fermenting beer

Anyone have a clue what these formations are in my Kolsch style beer? Been in secondary for about 3 weeks due primarily to lazyness. I cleared with gelatin about two weeks ago and it's nice and clear ...
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Brewing with a concentrated wort

I'm living in a condo with no outdoors space and a mere 12" clearing on my stovetop. One-gallon all-grain batches are easy, but I'm trying to figure out some logistics for going larger... aside from ...
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no carbonation and a few bottle-bombs

I bottled about a month and a half ago. Every bottle I tried has had no carbonation. But I just opened up a bottle and it was over carbonated, and it almost exploded out of the bottle. I had this ...
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Why does my beer have a separate water aftertaste?

I'm new to the world of homebrewing, having completed 2 batches. Both batches have been 'recipe in a box' kind of beers from Brewer's Best. The first was an Imperial Nut Brown Ale, and the second was ...
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For a Swamp Cooler, what alternatives are there to Bleach, Vodka, and Star San?

I use a swamp cooler to keep my fermentation cool: a bucket full of water where my carboy or bucket goes in, and a t-shirt draped over the carboy/bucket with a fan pointed at it. One room has two ...
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Can forced air be used effectively to cool a second chamber from a keezer?

Would it be possible and effective, without causing undue stress to the keezer, to temperature control a second insulated chamber? I would like to be able to control fermentation temps and/or run ...
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What are the differences between mashing and steeping grains in preparation

What is the difference between mashing and steeping grains in terms of preparation style or is "mashing" and "steeping" just word semantics?
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How might trub effect taking original gravity?

For the beer that I brewed this past weekend, I finally remembered to take an Original Gravity reading. Unlike my previous last three attempts, I actually had a little more than my target 1 gallon, ...
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How big of a Noob am I? Or, What to Do when You spill a stir-bar in your 5-gallon bucket

So 24 hours ago I made my first yeast starter, ever. I built a homemade stir plate. Today I was feeling like a boss because of this and simply dumped the 2L flask into the 5gallon wort I spent all ...
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“White wheat” vs “wheat malt” vs “flaked wheat”?

I was looking for flaked wheat at my LHBS and they were out. My recipe called for roughly equal amounts of wheat malt and flaked wheat. The LHBS guy told me to use white wheat malt as a substitute. He ...
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Yeast Starter Vortex Size

I've read online that the size of the vortex in a yeast starter does not matter. Why is this true? When I was experimenting with water yesterday, I created a monster vortex (very cool) and could see ...

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