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Why was original gravity high by .010?

Recently brewed a dry stout extract kit. Boiled 5 gallons on propane. Steeped 2 lbs of roasted malt, crystal malt and flaked barley at 155-160 F. Extract was 6.6lbs of Coopers Light LME. As usual, ...
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Are there any benefits to isenglass, bentonite, etc. besides clarification?

If I don't care how clear my wine (from kits) comes out, am I missing out on any other benefits/side effects by not using any isenglass/bentonite/sparkolloid? I've done a few batches without any ...
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What exactly is yeast-bite?

So I cracked open a nearly year-old bottle of oatmeal porter last night and it tasted a bit "yeasty". In fact, much more yeasty than I remember from a few months ago. I was fairly careful in my ...
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Is there an optimal bottle size?

I am approaching bottling time for my "ordinary" bitter and was wondering, does bottle size (i.e. volume) have any appreciable effect on the final beer? I have been working hard collecting ...
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How Do You Sanitize Your Carboys?

When sanitizing your carboys, do you fill them all the way up (6+ gallons) with sanitizer or do you put in less and swirl it around? This may depend on what type of sanitizer is being used. I'm using ...
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Performing a hop boil seperate from the wort boil.

I'm curious to try some single-hop style beers and would like to do several varieties in one brew day. My ideal situation would be to make a five gallon batch of an unhopped pale ale as the base and ...
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Amounts of various oils in hops.

I have a beautiful chart that shows the level of various hop oils in different hops, as well as their typical alpha acid percentages. Where can I find the raw data that would go into a chart like ...
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When using whole hops, do you need a larger amount than you would hop pellets to achieve the same bitterness?

I have read that whole hops impart less bitterness than pellet hops by weight. I have used pellet hops for all of my brews thus far. I have a recipe that I am happy with, and I want to switch to ...
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What's A Good Book on the History of Brewing?

I've been brewing for a while now, and would really like a comprehensive book on the history of brewing. Something that covers the development of different styles of beer, and delves into the science ...
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Making a gose (salt in beer?) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Gosebier- a unique style I recently fell in love with the Gose style of sour wheat beers (similar to a Gueze), thanks to kegs of Bayerische Bahnhof invading my town. ...
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How to troubleshoot flat beer?

Since I started brewing in January, every single batch (6 so far) has come out flat. I've had a couple come good after a few months in the back of the garage but for the most part, it's all flat. At ...
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I think I ruined my first brew

After years of finding excuses to not home brew, I finally gave in and bought a starter kit from Brewers Best and ingredients for my first batch; Muntons Connoisseurs Export Pilsner. Anyway, it's ...
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What is a good definition of beer?

My wife asked me what the definition of beer was, and my best response was my understanding of Reinheitsgebot definition (which may or may not be correct). Beer contains: Malted Barley Hops Water ...
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Bubbling suddenly stopped - is this a problem?

This is my second home brew. I chose "Coopers Mexican Cerveza" with "Muntons Beer Enhancer". It's only day 4 out of 7 weeks but on the second day, the whole bin warmed slightly and there was a lot ...
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What would happen if I used a yeast meant for white wine to brew red wine or vice versa?

I was buying winemaking yeast and wondered - what exactly would happen if I used the stuff meant for red wines for white or the other way around? Would it be bad? Would it work at all? Would it just ...
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Is there a standard size for CO2 tank nozzles?

I'm thinking of buying this kegerator on Amazon, but was wondering if the smaller tank size will make it harder to find a place to fill it. Also, if I'd like a bigger tank at some point will the ...
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Will it harm my wine to shake the container?

This is probably a really dumb question, but is it bad to shake or swirl the container my wine is in to encourage the release of CO2? I accidentally found out that jarring the container results in ...
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Is it safe to open the lid of a fermentation container to stir the yeast and sugar?

Last night I put a batch of wine going (very simple setup - a plastic bucket with a sealed lid and a cork in the top for a plastic airlock). This morning, I can tell the sugar has settled to the ...
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What is “well attenuated maltiness”?

I am studying to become a BJCP judge. I was reading through Style 2a German Pilsner and saw something in the flavor profile that I didn't quite understand thoroughly. It says Moderate to ...
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Primary taking far longer to settle down than usual - should I worry?

I'm on my fourth batch of IPA from a "tried & true" recipe from a local brewshop. On the first three, I transferred from Primary to Secondary after the bubbles got to more than 1 minute ...
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What makes an addition good for a basic wheat beer?

My second batch of beer will be a basic wheat beer and I will rack half with peach puree and half without to see the difference. I am looking for suggestions of other additives for wheat beer. ...
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Where can I buy a keg of Strongbow Cider in Virginia (near DC)? [closed]

I am looking for a place where I can buy Strongbow Cider in Northern Virginia, preferably near Washington D.C. Does anyone know of a distributor?
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What to look for in second-hand kegs?

In order to save some cash I'm thinking of buying some 2nd hand [19L/5G] kegs. When visiting a seller, what kind of inspection should I do to ensure that the kegs will last? Are there any tell-tale ...
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What are the UK regulations for transporting compressed CO2?

I'm about to upgrade to cornelius kegs and have located a retailer that will sell the public "pub gas" in 6.35Kg cylinders. What are the UK regulations for transporting this in my car? Do I need to ...
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Can I use fructose as a priming sugar and how much should I use?

OK, so I was in the health food shop (again) and couldn't find any corn sugar. However, on a whim I bought some fructose. I am thinking of using it for priming the English ale I have pencilled in to ...
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Bottling in Jerry Cans

I tend to make more alcoholic ginger beer than i can bottle. Im tempted to buy a few JerryCans and use them instead of bottles. Do you think they would withstand the pressure? Has anyone else had any ...
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Three-finger head but tastes flat?

I recently brewed a Belgian Wit extract kit. Bottle conditioned with 5 oz of priming sugar. I'm pretty happy with the taste. With a medium speed pour into a Pilsner glass, the beer develops a ...
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Can you use dextrose in a yeast starter?

If you don't have ay DME on hand is it ok to use dextrose as the sugar in a yeast starter?
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How do you malt your own barley?

My local health food store sells various types of grain, including barley, which are labelled "unprocessed". So my question is - can I malt this barley and use this in my homebrew? How does one malt ...
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Choosing a yeast for ginger beer

I'm doing some experiments with ginger beer (this is a alcoholic beer, not a soda). I'm use brown sugar as the sugar source for now, but may experiment with other sugars including malt as I go along. ...
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Summer Shandy, anyone ever made it?

Anyone ever tried to make a beer like Linenkugels Summer Shandy? Its a beer brewed with lemonade... and very tasty on a hot day!! Any suggestions on how it might be made?
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What is this white stuff on the surface of my beer?

I've just gone to rack & bottle a witbier that has been in primary for about 5 weeks and noticed this white gunk floating on top of the beer. It doesn't look too healthy, what is it? Is it safe? ...
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Brewed beer turnaround time

As homebrewers why do we take longer to ferment our beer than what seems like the time-line at the commercial/pro level. Everytime I take a brewery tour or a listen to a podcast that interviews a pro ...
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Diacetyl Rest for Wyeast 2206 Bavarian Lager

The Wyeast website seems to strongly suggest a diacetyl as fermentation completes with their Bavarian Lager strain, 2206. I prefer to chill my wort to below fermentation temps prior to pitching the ...
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sediment at the bottom of brew

I have just bought a Coopers DIY beer kit and have started my first ever brew. Ive notticed at the bottom of the fermenter there is a lot of sediment is this normal or have I done something wrong? Any ...
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How long should Belgian Blonde beer be aged?

I'd like to reuse my Belgian yeast (Zymoferm Z039 Belgische Klosterbiere und Ales) and I'm looking for information on how long various Belgian beers should be matured. My cellar capacity is very ...
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How many times can I re-use oak cubes?

I'm about to add oak to my second beer, having thrown out the cubes from my first tasty experiment. This time I hope to pull them back out, store them in bourbon, and re-use them. How much of the ...
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To keep wine sweet when do I add potassium sorbate?

I made 4 gallons watermelon wine and I wanted to leave it a little sweet. So, when the brew was at 1.01 gravity I added 2 tsp of potassium sorbate. I stirred it well. Over the next few days there was ...
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Short boil and DMS

So I just had a small brewing mishap where I added too much hops. WAY too much. I somehow mistook my 2oz hop pellet bag for a 1oz bag and added 1.5ounces of chinook instead of .75 . This brought my ...
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Expect the Unexpected: How can I prepare for bottle-bombs?

Just had my first explosion last night. Very disheartening to discover a 22oz bottle spread all over the basement floor with little tiny shards of glass splattered everywhere. I remember overfilling ...
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What elements are common to Shiner Bock and Real Ale's Fireman's #4?

Shiner Bock and Fireman's #4 both have this weird aftertaste that I can't stand. Any idea what they both have in common so I can avoid it? EDIT: It's almost a slimy taste (I know slimy is not a ...
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At what point can a beer be called organic?

A lot of the homebrew I make is made with organic ingredients - organic grain and hops. However, I have never come across organic yeast (!?) or irish moss. Can I rightly call this beer organic, or ...
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Why would someone use Cascade for bittering over Amarillo?

Apparently, Cascade is commonly used for bittering, and I'm not sure I understand why someone would choose that over the very similar Amarillo, which I think is less common for bittering. Cascade has ...
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Undershooting OG in all-grain brewing

My last few all-grain batches have been under the expected OG at least as far as the recipe is concerned. The beers still taste good and all, but I'd like to get my efficiency up. For example, my ...
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Is the iodine test for starch conversion pointless?

Looking around the web there seems to be a lot of mention of the use of the iodine (starch) test at the end of your mash. Is it actually useful (i.e. is it reliable)? There have been times when I ...
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Is there anything special needed to try brewing a Belgian Ale?

I am a beginner looking to get started with homebrewing. Belgian Ale is my favorite style, so I was wondering if there are any specific problems with trying to do a Belgian-style Ale as my first ...
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What is the advantage of krausening?

Krausening seems to be a fair bit of work to the homebrewer with very little return. So, what advantages does krausening bring, other than not having to add any additional sugar to the beer for ...
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Is re-pitching essential after cold crashing?

If I'm cold crashing a batch to clear it up, is it essential to re-pitch when bottling or will there be sufficient residual yeast for carbonation?
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Undershot OG with extract brewing

Today I attempted an American IPA (Extract) full boil. I calculated the OG to be around 1085 using beersmith. The recipe included just over 11lbs of fermentables (9.15lbs LME, 1.10lb DME, 1lb corn ...
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Opinions on base malt: Prairie Malt from Biggar, Sask.

I'm wondering if any of you have any opinions on a base malt called "Prairie Malt", made by Prairie Malt Limited of Biggar, Saskatchewan (Canada). There's something in the flavor of some of my beers ...

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