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Alternatives to campden tablets

I'd heard (3rd-hand information, don't know how reliable it is) that aspirin (Bayer's original brand) can be used as a suitable substitute for campden tablets. Does anyone know how well this works? I ...
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What effect does cooling, then warming have on finished beer?

The common wisdom I have known is that cooling, warming, then cooling beer again would cause it to "skunk." I now know that skunky flavors are typically the result of exposure to light, not ...
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Are my aged hops ready?

I've got about 3oz of cascade hops that spent 2 years in the freezer before I decided around January 2011 to take them out, put them in a paper bag, and let them sit at room temperature to age so I ...
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What is considered to be a reasonable temperature rate change in a HERMS or RIMS system?

When brewers speak of their mashing techniques using mash temperature controlling technology, they sometimes make claims as to how fast they can get their mash from temperature 'A' to temperature 'B', ...
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What's the maximum mash time?

In this question, Basic Brewing Radio was quoted as saying longer mashes (up to 90 minutes) were "better". It seems as if there are practical limitations with maintaining temperature, as well as just ...
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Can the final gravity be multiplied by the ratio of beer to water?

If one ends-up with, say, half as much beer as needed to float the hydrometer, is dilution a viable way to get a measurement? For instance, if one carefully measured the volume of available beer ...
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How long do I need to maintain my fermentation temperature?

Do I need to maintain my desired temperature until bottling or take it out of the "ferm chamber" after initial fermentation is done? What about with long term brews such as sours?
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After how long of a boil will LPT1 and other head retention proteins denature?

I've read that certain proteins denatured during the wort boil is responsible for causing great, delicious foam. I don't get me no foam. I'm also doing partial boils using extract. So my question ...
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How long will carbonation “hold” in a growler?

I purchased a commercially filled growler today, and it doesn't appear to have the plastic "growler" lid that I usually get when getting one filled at a taproom or beer store. It has a thin metal ...
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How long will recipe kits with the yeast keep fresh?

I use recipe kits to brew five gallon batches of homebrew and would like to purchase a kit and keep it around during the winter to have when we are snowbound. My question is how long will they be good ...
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How should I mash my grapes?

I'm mashing a small quantity (~3 buckets) of grapes to make wine. I haven't any special equipment, and don't really want to buy any. What should I do to mash the grapes?
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Fast versus Slow Fermentation

So I pitched a cider and the yeast blitzed through the batch in 48 hours (SG=1.050, FG=1.000). I noticed that the temperature went from 72F to over 76F during the fermentation (I really don't have a ...
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Where did the hops go?

A few weeks ago, I pulled some of an IPA I was making and force carbonated it so my friend and I could try some. While it was not the bitterest I have tasted, it was definitely an IPA. I bottled the ...
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What number of IBU is standard for some commercial IPAs?

I'm in the process of formulating a recipe for my first IPA, but there is an extremely wide range of bitterness on most scales - something like 40 - 120. I have no idea if I like beer in the lower or ...
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Northern Brewer or Midwest Supplies kits?

My intent is not to start an emotional series of responses, but rather to understand the general feelings about recipe kits from Northern Brewer and Midwest. Personally, I have had good luck with ...
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Are yeast “cold packs” really worth the extra cost?

Okay, so I understand the intent of the cold pack when shipping liquid yeast during very warm climates, but I assume that the useful cooling offered is very minimal compared to the temperature ...
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Effects of pectin

I often see recipes (usually for fruit mead or beer) warning against boiling fruit for fear that it will release pectin. I know that this is important for making jam, and bad for home brewing. What I ...
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How to correct Mead with too much citrus?

I put 5 oranges into my first 5 gallon mead and after 3 weeks it tastes overpoweringly like grapefruit. I don't like grapefruit. At 10 days, I racked 2 gallons into a carboy with 2 lb of mulberry ...
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Cider apples: what's in the foam on top of my juice?

When I juice tart apples (cored and peeled, centrifugal planer type juicer), I get cloudy juice and lots of mealy foam on top. The bubbles are tough. They last for days and I can freeze the foam. ...
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Homemade Pumpkin Spice (whole spice)

I would like to use whole, lightly crushed spices for a pumpkin ale. I have (so far) had no luck finding a good recipe for the mix. While the ingredients themselves are up to personal taste ...
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What are the effects of storing hops in the freezer?

Two months ago I brewed an ale with three hops - cascade, northern brewer and saaz. I immediately put them in the freezer, but want to know how to best use them (if there has been any degredation). ...
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Modifying flavors during bottling?

Almost two weeks since brew day, hydrometer with the same reading everyday so I guess Sunday will be the bottling day. I've tried a bit of the beer after taking out some for measurement purposes. ...
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What's the best technique to add rosemary to a beer?

I'd like to brew a pale ale with rosemary and am looking for the right technique. I've read various techniques from adding it late in the boil to adding it in the secondary. What technique have you ...
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What is wet hopping and how does it differ from dry?

Specifically what types of beer would you use wet hopping for and how does it affect the flavor/process differently than dry hopping a beer?
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Autosiphon not sealing

While racking beer to kegs today, my autosiphon started leaking air. Bubbles started at the bottom, and went throughout the tube. I assume that this is due to a poor seal between the pump portion ...
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Coriander steep technique

If I crack or grind coriander for a steep at the end of a boil, will it settle out or should I pour through a strainer when transferring to to primary? Should I add before or after flameout?
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Splitting whole hops in half

When using whole, wet hops (or maybe even dried for that matter), is there any disadvantage to splitting the cones in half? Is there any data available to support splitting them in the first place, ...
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Increasing Malt Aroma

How does one get more malt aroma out of a recipe? If I want more roasty aroma I know I can add more roasted malt. But eventually, there is appoint where I can't have too much or the recipe itself ...
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IPA: When to Bottle

My IPA was in the primary for 10 days and gravity readings where steady before racking to the secondary. It’s been in the secondary for 13 days now and emits one bubble every 75 seconds on average. ...
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Are residual starches bad for the beer?

I was reading another question here and it appears that the consensus is that the iodine test isn't all that useful if your recipe is good. But, while reading through everything, I had a thought: if ...
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Is it normal for one side of a two-piece (s-shaped) airlock to be empty during fermentation?

I have always used either a blowoff tube or a three-piece airlock (one with the small, floating cap on the exhaust tube) for fermentation. Today's batch is my first using the two-piece (S-shaped) ...
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Dry malting - a crazy idea?

A lot of talk is about dry-hopping in order to bring out the aroma of hops lost during the boiling process. Could a similar approach be used for malt? That is, could the addition of crushed grains to ...
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Cherry Chocolate Hard Apple Cider

It's cider brewing time of the year and I'm thinking of doing a cherry chocolate cider. My question is whether I should boil the cherries and chocolate nibs in a portions of the cider prior to ...
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How to estimate yeast starter viability when using stir plate?

I have just started a transition to making yeast starters and also using a homemade stir plate and am curious how to estimate the viability of the yeast when using this method. Normally, there are ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of transferring to a secondary vs. a long primary?

The conventional wisdom in homebrewing has been challenged in recent years. This wisdom held that a beer should be transferred from the primary fermentation vessel to a secondary one after 7-10 days. ...
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What can be used to keep aphids off of hops without ruining the taste of beer?

I planted my first rhizome this year to try my hand at hop growing. To my surprise the plant flourished and was ready to yield at least a half pound of hops. To my great sadness I awoke this morning ...
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Hop burst technique & bitterness calculation

A friend asked me the other day what the "hop burst" technique was and how to calculate the amount of hops required in a recipe. I made some vague statements about late addition of hops and left it at ...
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Water PH level and the effect on original gravity

What effect, if any, does the pH level of my water have on OG?
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what could be going on? 1065 to 1010 in 3 days and a half

This is just my first batch so I'm a complete newbie. I'm brewing a dry euro brown ale (grain + multiextract) and the temperature is between 57-67 f, but my bucket doesn't have a thermometer but I ...
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Recommendations for Simple, Hoppy IPA

I'm a very new brewer, just cracked my first beer of my first batch tonight, which was a Coopers IPA. The beer was quite a bit better than I had expected for a first-time, but did not taste much like ...
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does starsan kill yeast

Is Starsan effective against yeast? After resuming homebrewing again after a 2 year break, I started having pellicle appearing on my starters (after fermentation had completed), which has now spread ...
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Fruit Beer: When to rack to secondary?

Right now, I'm working on a peach wheat beer. I pitched about 5 days ago now, and the airlock stopped bubbling yesterday. I'm going to do a gravity reading later on today to see if it's finished. My ...
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Avoiding excessive soot on brew kettles

Are there any secret tricks to avoiding an exorbitant amount of soot on the brew kettle after the boil? We have been making all grain batches recently using a 20 gallon stock pot and a propane ...
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Possibly infected mead: is it worth keeping?

I tried making cherry mead again (the first time I tried this it got infected). I tried again yesterday, and it looks like I've got another infection of some sort. This time I thought that everything ...
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Oatmeal stout: Steeping or mash?

Ladies and Gentlemen of Homebrewing, I was cruising my Google+ account, and I am stalking (I mean following/stalking) Wil Wheaton, and I noticed he is a homebrewer! Tonight he posted a question. I ...
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How to dry harvested fresh hops?

This question is a direct consequence of the When to harvest wild hops? one. I have heard about various techniques to do it: sun-drying, warm rooms plus paper bags to capture their humidity, ovens ...
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Carastan substitute?

I recently brewed a recipe that called for Carastan malt. My LHBS didn't carry it, so I just used 40 L Crystal. In the finished beer, I'm missing the toffee and toastiness found in the original. Does ...
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How do I get larger bubbles in my finished beer?

I keg and force carbonate, and my beer has really fine bubbles. Is there something that I can do (turn up the pressure, maybe) that will give me larger, coarser bubbles in the finished beer? Thanks!
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Liquid Yeast for 1 Gallon Batches

I'm relatively new to home brewing and am enjoying brewing 1 gallon batches. I have been using dry yeast and can get about 4 batches from a single packet. I would, however, like to be able to use the ...
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Berliner Weisse not souring

About 6 weeks ago, I made a simple Berliner Weisse. When I put it into primary, I pitched both yeast and the lactobacillus. It's been sitting in the primary ever since. Yesterday, I took a taste ...

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