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Make root beer without a refrigerator

All the recipes for root beer end with, bottle up your root beer in a plastic bottles. Put it away and monitor the bottles when they become hard they are ready, 2-3 days. Put them in your fridge to ...
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How to clear beer

I am brewing my first homebrew an American cream ale. Was just reading into secondary fermentation. In the directions and books I've read it seems to suggest doing this. But as I search online and ...
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Why is there so much foam when I open the bottle?

I have a batch of beer, fermented and then bottled. When I open the bottle, there is a lot of foam and it flows out of the bottle for a while. What could cause this? I assume it's too much CO2 and ...
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Marking your brew pot?

I have a new stainless steel brew pot and it doesn't have any quantity markings. How do you recommend marking each gallon? I tried to make an indent but it's not very noticeable, any ideas?
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Boil Time for Partial Mash with a Hopped Extract

I'm doing a partial mash, but using a pre-hopped-extract. I'm adding flavour and aroma hop additions in the 15 to 1 minute range, but no bittering hops. How long does my boil time need to be? ...
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Is tin safe on the mash?

A friend is building a manifold and the copper connections he bought have a bit of tin (Sn) on it, supposedly to make the solder easier. He is not going to solder them so the tin will remain in ...
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How early can I know if a brew is ruined?

Today I tried my very first brew using a Coopers DIY kit. I was told the Lager mix that comes with the kit probably won't taste amazing, but it should be hardy and forgiving for beginners that don't ...
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Too late to move a brew?

I brewed an IPA yesterday. All went well and it is bubbling away today. However, my friend's brewing fridge/fermenting chamber just freed up and he suggested putting my brew in there. It would ...
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Preparing water for brew day

I'd just like to get some opinions on the most efficient way to prepare the water for my brew day. I'm pretty new to brewing and still using extract with a few specialty grains. I've read it's good ...
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Additives for 5 gallon batch

These are the ingredients for the extracts I will use in a 5 gallon batch, should I still use the priming suger. Orange- oil of orange, alcohol, water. Watermelon-propylene glycol, alcohol, water, ...
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Addition of extract at bottling time

If I use 4oz of watermelon extract at bottling time,do I have to cut back on the amount priming sugar to prevent bottle bombs.
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Adding honey to a cooled wort

Can I add a 12oz or 24oz of honey to a cooled 5 gallon wort without boiling it or does it have to be boiled. Does 12oz or 24 oz sound like the right addition to the wort, I was going to add 4oz of ...
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Why is the beer head and head retention important?

Does the head improve something on the beer flavour/aroma? Back home in Brasil, the folk has it that head is useful to keep the beer cold, but in colder lands (and warmer beers) as they have in ...
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when making whiskey (or beer) what is left of the barley?

[Mod: distilling is normally off-topic here, however, this question could equally be about making beer, since the primary subject is mashing/sparging and spent grain, so I'm keeping this question open ...
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Bottling a Lager

I brewed my first lager (a doppelbock) about a month ago and I'm thinking about bottling it in about a week. I followed some advice from my LHBS on the proper schedule for a lager that I now question ...
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Extract addition

Would 4oz of watermelon extract be the right amount to add to the secondary or bottling bucket for a 5 gallon batch? I am in a wort transformation contest with a 5 gallon wheat.
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Why can't I control my regulator's output pressure?

I'm completely new to this, so I don't know if I'm doing something dumb or my regulator is broken. Here's what I'm doing: Here's what I'm doing: I connected this regulator to a 5 lb. CO2 cylinder. ...
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What are the harms of a boil over?

Besides forcing me to clean a lot more stuff than I would generally do, will a boil over harm my beer? I suppose I will loose a lot of the break material and according to brewstrong the break ...
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Is whisky distilled from beer? [closed]

Legal issues aside, how is whisky made? Do you make a beer (presumably without hops), ferment it with regular beer yeast and then distill?
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Addition of Watermelon extract to secondary

I would like to add a 4oz bottle of watermelon extract to my secondary, do I have to boil it or can I just add the extract?
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Kettle lid with hole in it

I always boil with the lid off my kettles (2 pots). But I've been thinking lately about the design of commercial kettles. It seems that to more closely match a commercial boil, I should put about a ...
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Can I bottle when still bubbling a little?

I made a beer from extract (amber dryed malt extract). Recipe says OG is 1.040 FG is 1.010. Used Safebrew S-04 (english ale yeast). The wort has been sitting in primary fermenter for 10 days now. ...
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How to Cold Crash an Imperial Stout?

During my first all-grain (an Imperial Stout recipe a friend and I invented), I managed to forget adding Irish Moss towards the end of the boil. After 3 weeks in primary, I've verified that ...
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How to calculate the minimum vessel sizes for all grain brewing

Background: Brewing in an kitchenette with limited storage space All Grain brewing, extracts are not available around here I'm looking at BIAB also, but want to have the traditional 3 vessels setup ...
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What is the pressure limit for PVC tubing on barb?

I'm building a spunding valve and can't locate an adapter from female flare to male pipe thread. Until I can, I'm planning on using reinforced PVC tubing to connect the valve/gauge assembly to the gas ...
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What size mash tun for a half batch (2-3 gallon) brew?

I have a 10 gallon mash tun (chest cooler) and I've been brewing with pre-made kits. I want to start making my own recipes but I want to do half-batches (2.5 gallons) until I get the hang of things so ...
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Fermentation vessels options for 1/2 batch experiments (~2.5 gallons)?

What are some good options for primary and secondary fermentation vessels for half batch (2.5 gallons) recipes? At the moment half batches seem to be the best compromise between ease of brewing, ...
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Has anyone a recipe of Yuengling beer?

As a visitor of the US, I have learned to appreciate Yuengling beer. Did someone try to brew a clone of this beer and can publish a recipe?
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no air lock activity after 3 days

First time brewer,I brewed a ipa extract kit.There is no airlock activity after 3 days.I had an og reading of 1.060, I took another reading today of 1.020.I want to ravk into a secondary should i do ...
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Is it easy to brew a high gravity beer with the braumeister?

I'm only reading from other brewers who are brewing with the Speidel Braumeisterthat they it is very difficult, maybe even impossible, to brew beers with high alcohol levels. Is that true?
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Why (if) should I do secondary fermentation? [duplicate]

I like to kees things simple, and I do not like to clean stuff, so adding secondary fermentation is something that bores me... Should I do it instead? What are the advantages and resons of doing it?
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How to calculate ratio of crystal malts to get 75L

I have a recipe in front of me that calls for 1 pound, 2.5 ounces crushed 75L crystal malt. My store only sells in increments of 20L (so in this case, I have 60L and 80L). How would I calculate how ...
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How do I start experimenting?

Ok, I've become comfortable brewing all grains but I want to start experimenting. Where do I start? Should I start experimenting at the primary fermentation stage and brew a bunch of small different ...
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Contaminated beer

If you think your beer is contaminated after putting it into your kegs, should you chill it to stop bacteria from growing or leave it in the fermenting fridge at the same temp as before 18'C to allow ...
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How can I ferment in a corny keg under constant pressure?

I'm thinking about switching from fermenting (primary and secondary) in glass carboys to using Cornelius kegs. Specifically, I'd ferment a 5.5 gallon batch in a 10 gallon keg. My goal is to ferment ...
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Relation of CO2/alcohol/yeasts in Ginger Beer

The article making_ginger_beer mentions using bread yeast so you get more carbonation and less alcohol. Isn't carbonation a by-product of the process that makes alcohol? Wouldn't that mean more ...
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Is my beer contaminated?

I just finished fermenting a brew and I forgot to remove the blow off tube which is a tube sitting in a 500 ml bottle of water. So when I started sucking beer out of my fermenter, I sucked all the ...
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How to steep 2-row in a partial grain recipe

New to brewing, only done a few all-extract batches. For my next batch I came across an APA recipe that called for a 2:1 ratio of DME to 2-row malt. What wasn't clear to me was if I should just plan ...
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Recipe says don't add priming sugar, will it lead to flat beer?

I am total novice so please excuse me for possibly stupid question. I bought a "beer kit" (malt + hop) that had recipes for 20 and 12 liters. I decided to go for 12 liters, because I don't have a lot ...
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Steeping flaked barley

A question regarding steeping flaked barley in stouts. Zainasheff & Palmer's "Brewing Classic Styles" lists an extract-based recipe for stout. with flaked barley and roasted unmalted barley for ...
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Hydrometer exploded

I'm really worry, I made a wort some hours ago, and right now I see that my hydrometer is broken in the bottom, the last time I used it was in the hot wort previous to boiling, and it seems like some ...
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How long to keep in blowoff tube?

Today I learned what happens if there's too much yeast and a container too small (I have a 1 gallon batch). So according to instructions I sanitized a hose and connected the hole in the fermentor and ...
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Formulating a session saison using extract & grains

I'm looking to put together a session saison & can't find much online to start from. I've got this so far, but would like some feedback. Malts 500g Munich I (steeped) 3kg x-light / pilsner ...
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Is there a distinction between flavoring (e.g. 30m) and aroma (late) hop additions

Boiling hops reduces the beta acids that are associated with aroma/flavor. Is there any other advantage to a 30 minute hop addition or could you just increase your 60 minute hop addition to achieve ...
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Is Videne effective as a non-rinse santizer?

In nearly all the online videos from experienced homebrewers, they use Star San as a non-rinse sanitizer. However in the UK it is not widely available (only one site has it online and it is not ...
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Why does the temperature reading rise when stirring the boil?

During the boil and more pertinently afterwards when I'm cooling the wort I have noticed that when I stir the thermometer around the temperature will rise (sometimes up to double digits) but when I ...
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Measuring temperatures at two points: weird trend?

This seems like an ideal place to ask a question that has been keeping me confused for a little while now. But I apologize if I've posted in the wrong area. My question is that I don't seem to ...
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Homebrewing Glossary - Dictionary of Commonly-Used Terms [closed]

What are the common phrases, words, abbreviations that are used by home brewers on this site or in conversation? In the interest of keeping content on this site, rather than linking elsewhere, this ...
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Is sulfuric smell and sour taste common on wheat beers?

I brewed a 100% wheat beer, left it on primary for 15 days then secondary for 10 days more, all at room temperature (around 22 C here). When sampling it during the process it had a very strong ...
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What is the ideal boil pH?

What is the ideal boil pH? You hear a lot about mash pH, but if you've maximized your mash efficiency and conversion what is the best pH for the kettle? Pre boil? Post boil?

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