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Aerating When Moving from Mash tun to Boil Pot

When transferring from the mash tun to the brew pot, I had set the mash tun about 3 feet above the brew pot and let the wort flow out and fall to the pot. This caused a large amount of bubbles that ...
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Why does my frozen wort smell like black currants?

I'm in the habit of freezing extra wort and using it for yeast starters. After I've racked the clean, cold wort from the kettle into the primary fermenter, I'm left with trub, hops, and wort in the ...
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Formula for make up water / gravity change

If I were to put 3.5 gallons of 1.060 wort into a carboy, and use 0.5 gallons of water to top off to 4 gallons: - What could I project that gravity would be? - Anyone have a good formula, even if just ...
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Why re-pitch light to dark?

It is often said that, when re-pitching yeast, you should generally go from low- to high-gravity, and dark to light beers. When I repitch, I use trub directly. I understand why using a yeast from a ...
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What happens when you push a yeast near its alcohol tolerance?

I'm brewing with Wyeast's West Yorkshire Ale yeast, which has a documented alcohol tolerance of 9%. I'd like to push that boundary by brewing an 8.5% ale and wonder what to expect. Common sense says ...
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Once a beer is carbonated in the bottle, are there any benefits to aging it?

First time brewer. I have my beer in the bottle (for about 8 days now). Things are good -- yeast is precipitating out. The instructions that came with the kit suggested to put 1 bottle's worth of ...
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Is it ever unsafe to drink an aged beer?

I am new to brewing, my first batch is in secondary now. This is more of a curiosity question. Is there a point when an aged beer becomes a health risk? If so what are the signs of spoilage?
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Batch carbonate then bottle

My problem stems from the fact that I do not have a place to store a keg to carbonate at serving temperature. I would like to either condition in the bottle or force carbonate and then bottle (then ...
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Liquid Malt Extract Variation

While picking up supplies for my 2nd brew yesterday, I noticed that I'm using the same LME for this brew (pale ale) as I did for my last (brown ale). In fact, I only saw the one barrel, so I think ...
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How to compensate for wort internal temperature when using a temp controller?

What's the best method to use a temperature controller during fermentation? If you're using a freezer (or warming apparatus) connected to the controller, how do you compensate for the fact that the ...
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Flaked Maize Mini/Partial Mash

Still back on extract brews due to time/equipment constraints, but I am making a cream ale this week. Have one lb of flaked maize for a 5 gallon batch (along with 6 lbs of DME), and I understand that ...
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How to chill wort

I have made a few batches of beer from those home brew kits sold at Brew n Grow. When I cook the beer, I only am boiling 2.5 gallons instead of the whole 5, per instructions, and then I add the other ...
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Can't get accurate temperature with johnson controls and freezer

I've just started fermenting my first lager with my recent new temperature control equipment, but am having some problems getting to the correct temperature. I have a chest freezer with a johnson ...
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Sparge volume for batch sparging a partial mash

First off: I realize there are a few somewhat related questions but I think my question will be specific enough to justify it's own question. Specifically this question, but I'm not looking for an ...
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Honey/Ginger Brew With Champagne Yeast

I got it in my head last weekend that I needed to homebrew again (it's been more than 10 years!), and so I boiled 4lbs of honey, 2lbs of ginger, 1lb of dark brown sugar and 1.5lbs of raisins (since ...
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How much hops to use when reducing a batch size?

I want to brew a 2.5 gallon batch of beer based on a West Coast IPA recipe for a standard 5 gallon batch. Is there a calculation for scaling back the amount of hops used for bittering, aroma and ...
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Partial-mash vs. Mini mash. Is there a difference?

I've heard of people doing mini mash and partial mash. I always thought they were interchangeable terms for the same activity. But the other day I stumbled across someone who said "this works well ...
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Can a water heater element be installed in a conduit punched hole?

I'm thinking I want to build myself a kettle with a heater, a valve and a cooling coil. So four holes. probably, two different sizes Perusing the electricbrewery.com site, they stress the need to use ...
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What to look for in a temperature controller

I've decided to begin assembling the components for temperature control, as I am walking around telling new homebrewers that its the best thing one can do to improve quality, yet I myself don't have ...
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US-05 Fermentation Temperatures / Top Cropping

Brewed a 1.060 OG IPA last night (extract), pitched a packet of US-05 reconstituted with 5 ounces of water. Pitched at 68 degrees, but I wanted a clean fermentation with minimal esters, so I have the ...
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Electric RIMS wattage, voltage calculations

I'm building an electric RIMS system from an old barrel-style keg. I picked up a 4500W 240V HWD element from Home Depot, and built a 1" copper tube housing around it to let wort flow by. My ...
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No Bubbles and No Foam after 3 Days

First time brewer here. I'm concerned my batch is not progressing as it should. Here's a quick run down of what I've done... I put my batch (which had a SG of 1.044) in the primary fermenter on ...
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WLP 566 Saison Long Fermentation

I brewed up a saison/BGSA 13 days ago, OG of 1.088. Don't have the grain bill/fermentables handy, but there was a good bit of sugar/highly fermentable adjuncts. Pitched a 32oz starter with this ...
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Fermentation hasn't started?

Made a kit on Saturday, 1/2 lb. Caramel 80 specialty grain, 9.15 lbs rye extract. Kit came with the Wyeast American Ale smack pack. When I got the yeast pack out of the fridge, the pack was already ...
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Nothing visible happening in fermenter after three and a half days - what should I do?

My first brew has been in the primary fermenter for three and a half days (brewed Saturday night, it's now Wednesday morning). It's in a plastic bucket fermenter with an airlock. There are no bubbles ...
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What Calcium ppm is required in the mash for alpha-amylase stability and mash efficiency?

I recently moved and my water here is quite soft with a very low pH. As such, I've taken to adding many of my brewing salts in the brew kettle and only using salts in the mash to balance the pH. ...
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Is there anything different I need to do to age a mead for an extreme amount of time?

I was thinking about doing a very long-term aging on a batch of mead. The original idea was that when I have children in the future, I'd brew a batch as soon as Jr. comes home, and age it until ...
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Can i use carbonation tablets in cider?

When making cider, can you carbonate it using tablets? and should this be in the demijohn or in the bottles?
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Mash tun: slotted false bottom?

Would a slotted false bottom prevent uniform compaction better than a perforated false bottom? See this model: http://www.homebrewing.org/12-Stainless-Steel-Domed-False-Bottom_p_1058.html I'm ...
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Batch carbonation vs bottle carbonation

I was reading online some suggestions to carbonate the batch of beer before bottling, and would like to get some details on quantities and method. I do love my home brewed beer, but I don't like the ...
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What are the benefits of using brewing sugar over types of sugar?

In many kits I've used, the instructions recommend using brewing sugar. Of course it's okay to use other sources of sugar, but I was wondering whether there are any benefits of using brewing sugar ...
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Extract brew, sanitizing hop strainer and tap? First brew day!

Last night I made my first ever extract brew. The brew day went pretty well. As I have a 32 litre brupak boiler with a hop strainer and tap I cooled the wort with cold bottled water straight in the ...
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Quick fermentaion, what should i do?

I made a batch of cider 6 days ago, and it started fermenting nicely, however now the bubbles in the air lock have slowed to nearly 1/min (according to my recipe means it's fermented) However this is ...
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Irish Moss - powder form?

I have a Oatmeal Stout recipe that calls for 4 tsp/ 1 gram of Irish moss powder. The LHBS had Irish moss, but I wouldn't call it a powder. They're small flat pieces maybe the size of half a grain of ...
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Can the Phosphoric acid from the hardware store be used to adjust sparge water?

I was going to get picky with my water profile on my next batch, and was going to pick an acid to lower my sparge water pH that didn't impart flavors. So I'm avoiding the powered acids that are used ...
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Secondary fermentaton objectives

I recently racked to a secondary, an amber ale of grain and extract of my own recipe after fermentation seemed complete. Am I doing my ale a favor by doing this and will it increase clarity and ...
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How to sanitize a 10" cylindrical beer filter?

Do you soak it in sanitizer? Boil it? Do nothing? I saw one on Amazon last week for like $30 and I figured what the heck, pick it up and I'll try it out, but now I'm not sure how I'd go about doing ...
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Why is my starting gravity low?

In the fall of 2011 I made the leap from extract/partial kits to all-grain kits. I'm enjoying AG, but my SG is continuously below the expected. I have brewed 5 AG kits and 4 have had a low SG. My ...
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Substituting American Two-Row for British Pale Ale Malt

I would like to brew Jamil's Dry Stout from Brewing Classic Styles, which calls for "British pale ale malt," but I happen to have about 75 lbs of 2-row malt already, and I would like to use it. Can I ...
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Yeast Starter Stopper & Sanitization

I'm going to be making my first yeast starter, for a higher gravity beer. While reading starter guides, and watching videos, I've noticed that there are several different techniques and opinions for ...
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Bottling high Alcohol beer

I have been researching this on some blogs and have seen info on this topic but not an answer to this question. I have brewed a 10.6% Belgian tripel with an FG of 1.02 about 6 weeks ago (secondaryed ...
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Temperature Swings While Bottle Conditioning/Carbonating

I brewed a GLBC Christmas Ale Clone in November, trying (futilely) to have it ready for Xmas Eve. Had it in bottles two weeks before, but to no avail. As this beer finished up around 9.3%abv, the ...
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Mash tun shape - does it matter?

Or mash tun aspect ratio, if you like. Tall and skinny, or short and wide? I know a deeper grain bed (tall and skinny) will be better for lautering purposes, but will a flatter grain bed (short and ...
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Quick disconnects - cheap alternatives?

I'm looking to get some 1/2" NPT & barbed quick-disconnect fittings for my little brewery, making it easier to break down and clean, as well as give me some flexibility in what I'm sending where. ...
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Fruit Beer Question (use of fig and style recommendation)

I am trying to brew a beer for my brother's 50th birthday in late April (who had a large part in getting me into homebrewing, though he has since hung it up). He is a huge fan of figs, so I thought I ...
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What makes a brew bucket food grade?

This question usually pops up in my head every time I step into Home Depot and see all the orange buckets around. What makes a bucket food grade?
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Does C-Brite require rinsing

I've read online that C-Brite: Does require rinsing Does not require rinsing Does not require rinsing if you let it dry Does not require rinsing but you should or your beer will have off flavors ...
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Do I truly need a wort chiller?

I am on the fence with this one. Is there any reasons other than "Shorter brew day" or "contamination worries" for using a wort chiller? I brew 2.5 gallon batches of wort in my pot, and either 1. ...
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May be too much carbonation on the way

Bottled up a fig-gose a week ago, and figured I would try one last night just for kicks. Big hiss and and about a 1 inch head. Plenty of carbonation now, but it is still 'young' carbonation (big, ...
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Reusing bottlecaps

How often do people reuse bottlecaps, if at all? Given the slight crease that's introduced when removing the cap, I'm a little nervous about reusing them -- though it seems that there shouldn't be a ...

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