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Oh… my back… (how do I brew with less heavy lifting?)

I've always brewed with my brewster girlfriend around to help but even then I still find that I do the majority of the lifting. Moving into this time of year I know she's going to be less available to ...
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3answers
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What is the most important parameter to measure in water

I live in a region where the water is very hard, so I am considering spending a little more on bottled water to have more of a choice. Supposing that one can choose the water to use, but he doesn't ...
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8answers
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Which yeast should I use to make apple cider

I am looking to make some homebrew cider. I intend to use store-bought apple juice, and mix with an appropriate amount of yeast. I am wondering what kind of yeast you would recommend? In the past, I ...
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2answers
159 views

Storing home brew

I was wondering if I could store my finished home brew in a fermenting bucket that has a spout on the side. Of course not the same one it was fermented in but a clean one. Will it hold its ...
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2answers
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My first Porter. Should I add any calcium chloride chalk to my bottled water before mashing?

Hey brand new here on SE, but have been brewing all grain for about 5 batches now, mostly pale and amber ales. Going to brew my first Porter tonight, following Biermuncher's Black Pearl Porter recipe. ...
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728 views

What is the benefit of a 3 tier system?

I see a lot of people with the 3 tier brewing system. What is the benefit and What are the different levels for? This system is what I am referencing.
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SG and OG quite different to values indicated on can label

very quick question: making a kit brew (Coopers Real Ale), which says a typical OG is 1.046 and FG is 1.006. Unfortunately, my OG was 1.038, and my current reading (after about 17 days) is 1.013, and ...
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Most common and obvious off-flavours for homebrewers

I heard about some possible errors in the process that cause off-flavours (for example skunk due to sunlight). Excluding infection problems, and talking about most obvious errors one can do and are ...
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1answer
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How much Potassium (or sodium) metabisulfite to remove chloramine?

I have a small jar of powdered Potassium Metabisulfite and Campden tablets that are Sodium Metabisulfite. The tablets are 550mg. I have seen on this forum that these chemicals, when added to your ...
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Milton / Baby bottle sanitiser?

Can anyone comment on the suitability of Baby Bottle sanitiser for cleaning brew kit? Milton is a popular brand name of such in the UK. I'd like to put a brew on this eve or tomorrow morning and ...
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3answers
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Keg Management Systems

I'm looking for a way to keep track of the state of my kegs - how many times were they washed with a caustic cleaner since the last acid cleaning, how long ago was it cleaned (and pressurized), what ...
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1answer
326 views

Does kegging require a fridge

I was planning on building myself one of these for the summer: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/portable-igloo-cooler-kegerator-172047-post1990392/ I currently bottle all my beer and don't own any ...
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5answers
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Would placing the fermenter tank in a tub of water be a good way to handle hot environments?

Summers where I live typically have 80F nights and it can easily pick up to 95 degrees during the day. I have a plastic trash can (which I bought for this purpose) that I have filled up with water. ...
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4answers
322 views

yeast cell count importance

I have a had a question for quite some time that nobody has been able to answer. The question is more academic or theoretical than it is practical. Perhaps the community here is a tad smarter ...
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3answers
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Ash/ash tray off flavour

What does cause ash or ash tray off flavour? I made an all grain porter (using chocolate and carafa type I), there is a slight ash tray off flavour. The falvour was apparent at the beginning (just ...
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2answers
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Is it possible to successfully bottle a beer that's already been primed in a barrel?

I'd like to know what the effect of trying to bottle 35 pints of a light ale that's already been primed in a barel would be? Presumably there is still yeast floating about that would be able to ...
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1answer
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Is bitterness extraction dependent on wort volume?

Supposing I boil the same amount of hops in the same wort (same SG, for the same time, let's say one hour), separately into two pans: One with 10L wort, and x grams of hops One with 1L wort and x ...
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166 views

Alternative uses for a failed batch

the Simply Ginger Beer kit I've brewed and just part-bottled is horrible. The chemical sweetener taste is overpowering and even though I have bottled 20 500ml flip-tops (more for practice than ...
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4answers
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What are the price/features tradeoffs to consider when buying a new brew kettle?

I'm thinking of popping for this brew kettle - http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/brewing/brewing-equipment/brew-kettles/megapot-with-ball-valve-brewmometer.html It comes with a ball valve and ...
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1answer
5k views

What are the benefits of fermenting under pressure?

I hear that some brewers ferment under pressure. What is the rationale/benefits of doing this?
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2answers
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should I/how do I account for temperature differences for gravity readings?

I've taken my OG at the start, and another reading last night. Only last night did I register that my OG seemed slightly low according to what the brew can suggested as typical. My OG was 1.037 (can ...
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2answers
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Pressure during fermentation

I imagine other parameters are more important (like temperature or pitching rate). Still, I was wondering if pressure has some effect on the fermentation process (for example on flocculation, ...
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1answer
345 views

Brewing with Tonka Beans

I am planning a recipe with Tonka Beans. At what point should I add them and approx. how many? I know that vanilla is usually added after primary. Should I do the same with these or can I add them ...
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392 views

tap line resistor

I just got my coffin style keezer all set up. I did the calculations to get a "balanced" system at a normal 12 PSI of pressure. This gave me 7 feet of 1/4" hose. Apparently my math was a little wrong, ...
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1answer
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How long after bottling will the effects of oxygenation become apparent?

I think it is well understood in the brewing community that oxygen absorbing caps exist and are readily available. I don't keep any on-hand since my brews tend to be consumed rather quickly and are ...
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1answer
394 views

Convert US to metric gravity points

How can I convert US gravity points? If, for example, a pound per gallon of sugar gives 46 gravity points (1.046 OG), how can I calcualate the corresponding value when 1kg of sugar is added to 10l of ...
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2answers
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Wyeast 2124 Bohemian Lager for Bock - too late for diacetyl rest?

I really wasn't ready to do a lager, but I wanted to do a Bock, so I requested California Lager yeast. My supplier failed to make the substitution and sent me home with Wyeast 2124 Bohemian Lager. I ...
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2answers
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Why is my attenuation so low?

Here's the recipe: > Recipe Specifications > -------------------------- > Boil Size: 7.37 gal Post Boil Volume: 6.38 gal Batch Size (fermenter): 5.50 gal Bottling Volume: 5.50 gal > ...
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Airlock: vodka, water, or

I've just started making my first brew, and am using vodka in the airlock, but am hoping for some more detailed info about what is best practice, or if there is not really any difference between using ...
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1answer
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airlock ran dry, should I be concerned?

I'm very new to this all, and just bought a noob-starter-kit. I'm using a can for my first brew (to learn the basics) So I just started the brew (Coopers Real Ale) a few days ago. I'm keeping the ...
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2answers
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Am I bottling too quick?

Leaving aside the risk the fermentation is not completed and possible bottle bombing. I have made some amber or brown ales, about 1.040 1.050 OG. After a week I bottle it and start drinking after ...
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1answer
466 views

Missed my target gravity and volume by a mile

So, I know there were lots of things I could have done to repair the situation had I been prepared (lesson learned, I'll be having DME on hand from here on out), but I'm a little more interested in ...
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2answers
889 views

Best way to clean an airlock

I recently did two ale brews in two separate fermenters and in both cases my airlocks got sediment in them, which then dried in. I can't find a way to clean out these airlocks, as I can't get around ...
3
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1answer
300 views

No chill cubes storage

How long can I store the wort in the no chill cube? Does it need to be used as soon as its cooled down or relatively quickly?
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1answer
185 views

No chill cubes - which material?

What material do the cubes need to be made of? is there a worry about the plastic of the cubes leeching into the hot wort after X number of uses?
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2answers
858 views

No chill brewing

What are the benefits of no chill brewing? Are there downsides to the method? I am Specifically thinking of the no chill cubes.
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1answer
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How can I fix low starting gravity?

I made my third all-grain batch last weekend. I have had issues getting decent efficiency so I added a couple extra pounds of ESB malted barley (11lbs, instead of 9, and about 3lbs of specialty ...
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1answer
455 views

Bottle drying after sanitisation?

When sanitising and using a bottle tree, should I wait for bottles to dry completely or can I use them just rinsed? The Youngs sanitiser I'm using says items should be used within 1 hour of being ...
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1answer
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How long does bottle priming take? (Ginger Beer)

I've test bottled one 500ml bottle of Ginger Beer with one Coopers priming drop. How long does priming take? If I opened it in a day would it have some pressure/fizz/gas or does it need a week or so? ...
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Priming sugar/drop mixing worry, in a test bottling

I'm preparing to bottle a 30 pint batch of Ginger Beer. It started at 1.041 and has finished at a steady 1.008 after 2 weeks or so. I siphoned one bottle's worth earlier into a 500ml flip-top, and ...
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2answers
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How foolish is it to try to make up for my tripel's shortish secondary by bottle conditioning it longer?

I'm attempting to brew a wide variety of beers (both 2.5 & 5 gallon batches depending on style) in a shortish time span in order to serve at a family reunion in the summer, and now it looks like I ...
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1answer
117 views

How likely to get off flavors from American Ale transferring to secondary?

I transferred my American Ale from primary to secondary after 10/11 days. I guess fermentation is pretty much complete. I might be going away for 3 weeks and so I didnt want the beer sitting in the ...
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4answers
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How to make malt vinegar

How should I proceed to make a good malt vinegar. In particular I would like some recipe to know what grains (or extract) I need to use, to have a really good vinegar, not just something that is sour, ...
3
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2answers
360 views

Use pop-corn as an adjunct

I love pop-corn (who doesn't I guess), so I think it might be used in beer during mash. Has anyone used them? How did it work? How should I do it? Should I expect something interesting from it?
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3answers
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Why shouldn't we just use scales?

New on homebrew.SE, great forum here. Just a quick question - why shouldn't we just use weight scales to determine the OG and FG? My Hydrometer has broken and I can't be stuffed really buying a new ...
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2answers
805 views

Pros and cons of a conical fermentor

What are the pros and cons of a conical fermentor compared to buckets or carboys?
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2answers
114 views

make a new sanitary connection in stainless conical

I'm dropping my 5 year old plastic buckets and moving fermentation over to a stainless conical. One thing I'll miss is being able to visually monitor the brew as it progresses. How can I mount a web ...
6
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1answer
403 views

What equipment is needed for a faucet? What's a shank?

I've bought a kegging system which came with a "Camping Style" faucet, essentially just some tubing with a ball lock disconnect on one end and a tiny plastic faucet on the other end. I'm looking for ...
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1answer
322 views

Should I extend boil times if temperature drops?

I use an electric burner when I home brew. It doesn't have a ton of excess power but it can get a nice rolling boil going. Occasionally, when I add malt extract to my kettle the temperature drops ...
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2answers
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Necessary to clean bottle tree?

So I recently purchased a bottle tree (not sure how I went so long without one) for drying/storing my sanitized bottles. Is it is overkill to sanitize the bottle tree in sanitizing solution as well? ...

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