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Which sweeteners are good

I need something to sweeten my alcoholic ginger beer. Im currently at the last fermentation stage before bottling. I was thinking of using Honey as the primer since not all of it will ferment in the ...
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Home method to measure sugar profile

Is there any sort of (financially attainable) test kit available to measure the sugar profile in wort and beer? In particular, I'd like to know the breakdown of glucose, fructose, sucrose, maltose, ...
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How can tobacco be used in beer?

I've had a couple of tasty rauchbiers lately, and got thinking about whether it would be possible to get the aroma of a cigar into a similar beer. As a user, I don't mind getting nicotine into the ...
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What Can I use to replace 0.2 pounds of Extract in a Recipe?

I have a recipe that calls for 12.2 pounds of liquid malt extract. I picked up only 12 pounds (2 X 6 pound jugs) but didn't want to waste a bunch for only 0.2 pounds. Originally I was thinking it ...
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Should I upgrade my thermometer or just re-calibrate it?

I'm asking this because I recently made the switch to all grain brewing, and I'd like to make sure I'm as accurate as possible for mash temps. I have a plain dial thermometer that I used for some ...
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Can a Johnson A419 control both a heater and cooler, or is a single-mode?

I just recieved a Johnson A419 digital temperature controller, but I think I was mistaken in my expectations. I was under the impression I could plug both a heater and cooler into the controller; ...
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Finding good hop stockists

Im having a lot of trouble buying the hops I want (specifically Horizon) How do you find good hop stockists? Im from the uk.
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How to keep your head on an oatmeal porter?

I am going have a re-brew of an oatmeal porter recipe that came out really well. The only downside (for me) was that it effectively had zero head. How can I increase head retention but still get the ...
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What woods besides oak have been used to flavor wine?

I know that French and American oaks have often been used to flavor wine. Are there any other types of wood that is suitable for this purpose?
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Rinsing specialty grain bag after steeping

Is there any reason to rinse the bag of specialty grains after steeping? I did this yesterday on a whim, thinking I would be able to extract as much of the sugars as possible. I used about 1qt. of ...
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Picking hops very late

I had a bunch of hops growing about 3 hours away from me (at parent's house, which has much more land). I went up one weekend, and they looked almost ready, then I went up a month later and they were ...
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3answers
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How much difference does malt make in extract brewing?

I am buying some malt extract for my next brew. Im tempted by cheap DME as its a third of the price of the specialist LME specified by the recipe. How much of a difference would that make to the final ...
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HERMS or RIMS - How to choose?

I'm confused. What are the major pros/cons between HERMS and RIMS brewing systems? I've read about both, but can't seem to come to a conclusion on why one would choose one over the other. Is it the ...
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Starting a wine co-op [closed]

I'd like to start a wine co-op for vineyards and winemakers in my local area. There isn't one. The idea would be: - Help each other with growing problems, tips. - Share cost/expense of equipement. ...
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Thick head on Double IPA

My double IPA when poured into a glass has a thick foamy head that remains there the entire time I drink it. Is this good or bad? The beer tastes great!
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Size of a “Gallons” in recipes

I'm from the UK and only really work in metric. Im having a bit of trouble converting this recipe into metric. In brewing does a "gallon" mean the imperial or american gallon? (23L or 18L)
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How many ounces of beer are in the typical 12oz bottle?

Assuming that a "12 oz bottle" means that the bottle filled to the brim holds 12 ounces then how many ounces do most breweries put in a bottle? Does the difference between the bottle size and actual ...
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1answer
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What are the best practices for using a wine degasser to aerate wort for beer?

I have a wine degasser, which is a bit like an egg-beater for a power drill. It aerates wort extremely well but I don't have a good rule of thumb for how to tell when enough is enough. Should I: ...
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Are there any particular steps to fixing a batch of beer with extra trub / hot-break, or should it settle (as best as possible) on its own?

I made a silly mistake using a wine degasser to aerate my wort. After cooling the wort I aerated in the brew-kettle, with trub/hot-break still present, rather than racking to a carboy before ...
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How precise must the measure of priming sugar be?

I usually bottle home brew into 750ml bottles, and less commonly into 375ml bottles. I have a two-ended sugar spoon which is for priming these, and it's obvious which spoon head goes with which bottle ...
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Is rapid wort chilling always needed?

There seems to be a fair amount you can get away without doing when using extract in brewing, since the extract has already gone through most of the process before being packaged (e.g. no need to boil ...
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2answers
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What can I do to ensure my high OG wort ferments well?

An Belgian Tripel recipe has caught my eye, but it looks like an imperial style. OG is estimated at 1.100+, and final abv is close to 11.5%. I'm planning on a Wyeast Belgian Ardennes yeast. My plan ...
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Will beer keep in a cask if used gradually?

I've read that beer should keep in a cask for months, but does that only apply if left full? How long do I have to finish once I start drinking from it?
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Is it necessary to heat honey when using it in cider?

I was going to buy some pasteurized, natural, no preservatives added cider and throw some honey in it to bump up the gravity. I plan on pitching some pretty voracious yeast, so figure any bacteria in ...
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1answer
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Using a hop spider for steeping specialty grains

I've recently built a hop spider and am having great results. Could it also serve in the same capacity to steep specialty grains. Paint strainers are a bit more expensive than muslin bags, but are ...
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3answers
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Transferring wort from brew kettle with ball valve

I am in the process of adding a ball valve to my brew kettle and am designing a diptube to transfer wort to my primary. I've always brewed in 5-gallon batches so picking up the kettle and dumping it ...
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1answer
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What are the effects of transferring a mash before lautering?

In my latest batch I ended up with a stuck mash due to me mis-assembling the false bottom. To solve this, I transferred the mash to a bucket, fixed the false bottom, put the mash back in the MLT and ...
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Bottle Bomb Batch

Had my first bottle bomb last night which made a pretty good mess in the closet and now I am nervous about the rest of the bottles from that batch. Should I open all the bottles from that batch to ...
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2answers
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What exactly should I measure while brewing?

I want the answers to be geared towards meads/wines if possible. There seems to be so many things to measure. Which are the ones that really matter? I've started spending a lot of time taking all ...
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Suggestions for cheap recipes

I would like to create a recipe (or recipes) that is fairly cheap and will serve as a session beer that I can drink when I just want a beer in the evening, and I'm not particularly choosy about what ...
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2answers
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How do you blend your meads/wines?

How does one typically blend their meads & wines? Do I need to worry about layering because of different S.G. levels or ABV levels?
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My mead is too sweet and stopped bubbling. Recommendations?

I brewed a mead with OG ~1.12 and it stopped bubbling at an FG ~1.05. It is undrinkably sweet. I used champagne yeast, and was expecting a much lower FG. Should I re-inoculate the batch? ...
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1answer
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Effects on homebrew from Fluoride in tap water

I live in a city that puts fluoride in the drinking water. I am in the habit of boiling all water before storing it (and allowing it to cool) for brew day. Will fluoride effect the brew in any way? ...
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Is a late addition of sugar into wine a month after primary ended detrimental?

I'm currently brewing an apple wine. I started it at 1.080, and when that was finished I added another 1.020. Now it has been sitting on it's yeast cake for about one month, and I'm considering if I ...
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What's a good first equipment buy after a basic starter kit?

I bought the First-Time Brewer's Starter Kit from Midwest Supply and enjoyed the process quite a bit. While the kit has the essentials for extract brewing, I know there are lots of things I can get to ...
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Infomation about the Still from M.A.S.H [closed]

i was wondering if anyone knows of any recreations of Hawkeyes Still for the TV show MASH? or really even just some basic infomation about similar Still setups would be amazing. at this point its ...
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Lots of trub affecting specific gravity readings?

I'm in the process of making a pretty big pumpkin beer, and just transferred to secondary. There was an incredible amount of trub -- probably 1.5 gallons out of a 5 gallon batch. I guess it was a ...
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Best way to store empty kegs

After using, then cleaning a keg with PBW, what is the best way to store the cleaned keg? I may not use the keg for a while, and I would like to avoid mold growing in any residual water (for ...
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2answers
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What's the flavor profile of a beer that only uses bittering and dry hops?

It's of course possible, but I'd appreciate any experience anyone has with only dry-hopping for finishing hops. That would mean: add the bittering hops chill, aerate, pitch, ferment as usual ...
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1answer
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What are some good homebrewing magazines?

What is a great brewing magazine? Why do you like it? What does it do well? Why is it better than the others?
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Bittering hop contribution to flavor

How much do bittering hops contribute to flavor? Does a hop addition at the beginning of a 60m boil result in the destruction of most that hop's flavor compounds?
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HopRocket (hopback) questions: “captive” wort and effect at beginning vs. end of run

Brewed a double IPA last Sunday and used a HopRocket as a hopback for the first time (standard setup: kettle -> HopRocket -> counterflow chiller -> fermenter using gravity feed.) Overall very pleased ...
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Can Infected beer cause death or major illness?

Basic question. Can you get sick and die from drinking infected brew? I know that it must taste terrible, was just wondering. Can't seem to find any references where people have died from infected ...
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off flavors and sanitizing/scratched plastic

I've read through the various posts here and the common wisdom is that off flavors are because of poor sanitizing or using scratched plastic carboys/buckets. I'd like to read from some of the "master ...
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2answers
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Rust in a plastic fermenter?

I've got a 6 gallon plastic fermenter - one of those food-grade plastic buckets Midwest gives you in the starter kit. I guess after our last brew, my brother and I carelessly tossed the remains of our ...
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2answers
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Keeping my pale ale “pale”

I brew from extract, boiling on an electric stove (in an apartment). Every beer I've brewed has been darker than I expected, which isn't an issue most of the time as I generally prefer darker ...
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1answer
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My white wine has stopped fermenting, how can I restart it?

My white wine fermented successfully for a few days in a bucket. I've transferred it to a joram and it's stopped. Can I restart it somehow?
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Mold on wort pre-pitch

I've got a bit of mold on top of my wort. My situation is a bit different than what others seem to have encountered... I made the wort about 5 days ago and hadn't gotten around to pitching the ...
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When using campden tablets to dechlorinate water, how much sulfite makes it into the final beer?

I have a friend who is allergic to sulfites in wine, so he sticks to drinking beer. I use campden tablets to dechlorinate my water, at a rate of one tablet per 10 gallons. How much sulfite makes it ...
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Types of bottles I can use for beer

Can I use my old water bottles to bottle my beer? Like Dasani or Aquafina type water bottles.

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