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Does a smaller false-bottom affect efficiency?

Last night I picked up a 10-gallon cooler mash tun. It was supposed to come with a 12" false bottom, but the LHBS was out of those. Instead they offered me a 10" false bottom, saying that it would ...
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Is it possible to bottle condition without sediment?

I've recently been reading the labels a bit more on one of my favourite beers and have discovered that the brewers bottle condition their Pale Ale. Yet it's sold with no signs of any flocculated ...
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What causes “rush” carbonation when adding sugar?

I've just been playing with some treatments for an undercarbonated batch in bottles. The beer is slightly carbonated, it bubbles up a little when poured, just builds no head & dissipates ...
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How many times can yeast be reused?

A good yeast sample can be retrieved, stored & reused regularly across brews. Is there a limit to the number of generations a sample can last? I've heard that after so many generations a strain ...
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Which pieces of brewing equipment seem like a good idea to buy, but are of limited usefulness?

My brewing buddy asked me this the other night. I've accumulated a lot of stuff over just an 18 month brew career. Not all of it useful. I know it's subjective, but I'd be very interested to hear ...
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Ever made a “hop tea” to balance an overly malty beer?

I brewed a golden ale that was severely under hopped. I called my LBHS and the told me to make a hop tea to add to the keg: 1 gallon of water 1 tbsp malt extract 2 oz fresh hops boil for 60 minutes ...
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Is beer bad for dogs?

My dog, Lilly Von Shtupp, loves to drink beer. I only give her an ounce or so once in a blue moon, but I stopped recently because I heard that dogs are sensitive/allergic to hops. Can anyone either ...
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Can I keep mead/wine in stainless steel bottles?

So what do you use for bottling? I'm really starting to look into stainless steel bottles. There are companies that make them (with customized artwork, no less) for conference shwag but you could ...
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Is it safe to use a chipped aluminum stock pot?

My 32 qt. aluminum stock pot was just delivered that I was planning to use this weekend. Taking it out of the box and inspecting it, there is a fairly sizable chip on the inside about 3/4 of the way ...
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2answers
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How do I clean a 5 gallon root beer keg?

I was given a pair of Virgils kegs with root beer still in them, and I've been wanting to use them for homebrewing. I was at a brewery tour a little while ago and I was told that it's nearly ...
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3answers
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How much does heat affect beer?

What effects could heat have on beer and how long does it take? Is it ok to ship beer without an icepack during the summer? Can it survive the heat of a parked car for a few hours? Someone out ...
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Brew closet - concerns?

Having recently purchased my new home, and quite happy to be done with apartment living, my mind naturally wanders to wanting to start up some home brew now that I have the space. I have what I think ...
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1answer
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What is the appropriate time to add fruit flavoring to a wheat ale?

I started a batch of American Wheat Ale yesterday and am planning on adding a to-be-determined fruit flavoring to it. I am debating between adding it when I rack the beer or just before bottling. ...
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Hydrometer Temperature Limit

I am about to do my first all-grain batch. After (batch) sparging is it safe to drop the hydrometer right in or do I need to let the wort cool to a specific temperature first? I realize I will have to ...
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Differences in various Maltster's 2-Row

How much flavor variation exists for 2-row malted barley from different malsters? For example, how different is 2-row malt from Rahr, Briess, Canada Malting, Malteurop other than price?
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Target boil off percentage?

I have heard a lot of home brewers talk about the vigorousness of the boil being quite important. Given that describing the vigor in words like "rolling" is ambiguous I was wondering if it makes more ...
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Homemade airlock

I recently moved to a place that doesn't allow brewing equipment to be imported (But it is legal to brew... don't ask me). I've built a lot of my stuff, but I have a question about airlocks. I've come ...
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10answers
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How to get clearer and more clarified home-brewed beers?

I'm still pretty new to home-brewing, but I've got a couple of extract kits under my belt so far and I was wondering how I could get more clarified beers. I've used both Irish moss and Whirlfloc ...
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3answers
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Is a donation jar (for homebrew supplies) legal in the United States?

If a brewer were to keep a donation jar near his kegs (i.e. tip jar), would this be strictly legal in the United States? Sales of homebrew are prohibited, and this website states that requiring a ...
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2answers
671 views

Is a taste-test at bottling time indicative of the end result?

If I were to do a taste-test of the beer at racking/bottling time, how indicative of the end result would it be?
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How to brew strong beers?

I lived in Belgium for 2 years. Once I was in a beer brewing factory, where they said that brewing good beers is a 6 months process. Is it really true? So, how to brew strong beers (~9%)? Like for ...
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2answers
416 views

What could cause an earthy flavour in beer?

I've just tried the first bottle from a batch of APA I brewed and it has a very distinct (and unpleasant) earthy / peaty flavour. Reminiscent of healthy soil. The beer also finishes with a very ...
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1answer
704 views

Wine from Tropical Fruit

I am looking for recipes/suggestions for making wine with tropical fruit. I am particularly interested in mango as I have lots of mango trees here (Nicaragua). I would also be interested in papaya, ...
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2answers
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When adding grain to mash tun for second runnings, how long should I let the new grain mash?

This probably illustrates my lack of knowledge about mashing in general, but I'm going to brew a barleywine with first runnings, and a stout with the second runnings. I'm going to be adding 1 pound ...
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2answers
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Covering your beer during conditioning…??

My first batch is conditioning at room temp right now. I used brown bottles, but threw in a few greens and two cleat just for experimentation..... I have them in a fairly dark room but also covered ...
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5answers
247 views

Recipe for Brewing?

I am just getting into brewing, I have used Fiesta Brew kits, from Canada, and produced some decent beers. I am looking to learn the complete science behind brewing and have done some research and ...
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6answers
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Planning a trip, which breweries should I go to?

Sorry if this is considered off-topic, but I'm planning a trip from Philly to Outer Banx in NC next week. I'm starting to look at my route now, and was curious if any of you out there had any brewery ...
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4answers
705 views

Glass Carboy Drying Tips

Does anyone know of any tips to help a 5 gallon glass carboy dry faster? I have it in a bay window in the sun, upside down in a carboy drying rack. It is mostly dry in 24 hours but there is still ...
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4answers
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Using trub directly vs. yeast rinsing.

Sometimes referred to as "yeast washing," the process of yeast rinsing separates the yeast from the hops and break material in the trub. Most brewers who reuse yeast — and store it for long ...
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2answers
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Advice on Fruit Extract for Wheat beers?

Thinking about picking up one of those little bottles of fruit flavorings to add to a batch of wiezenbier... looking for suggestions on 1. If they are any good and if they are easy to use 2/ ...
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3answers
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Beginner Conditioning Question

Probably a stupid question, but..... After I bottle and cap the beer do I store the beer in the fridge? Dark but No Fridge? I think I have done a decent job so far, and would hate to FUBAR everything ...
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first time racking and bottling…

Just wondering if you guys have any suggestions, tips or ideas? According to the directions in the kit I got you basically mix in the bottling sugars, bottle, cap and wait a few weeks. Basically I am ...
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1answer
686 views

How much Malto Dextrine or Cara Pils is needed to mimic higher mash temps?

So from what I've read, a lot of professional brewers mash all their beers at the same temps (usually around 150F), and use ingredients to adjust the "body" or "sweetness" of the final beers. At their ...
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1answer
722 views

Cold Conditioning in carboy vs keg

I have a wheat and a golden ale, both in 5 gal carboys, that have been in secondary fermentation for 2 weeks. I was planning on letting them settle for another week and then transferring them to kegs ...
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Is an immersion chiller really necessary?

I have been reading here about immersion, counterflow and plate chillers and they don't seem to chill the wort much faster than my current method; ice. Many people have stated that their chillers ...
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3answers
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What is a “biscuit”?

When reading about malt and beer flavors, I often come across words like "biscuity" and "biscuitlike". Where I live (Western Canada) "biscuit" is a somewhat ambiguous term, and is not used much. ...
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4answers
754 views

Will rapid ambient temperature drop kill yeast or just slow them down

I have just put on my first all grain homebrew (a porter) here in Melbourne, Australia. After a day or so it was bubbling away quite nicely. A couple of days ago the weather decided to change ...
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2answers
543 views

Is it okay to store cold beer at room temps after conditioning?

I brewed a nice batch of Black Cherry Ale, which has been bottle conditioning at 35F for about 5 weeks. I will need space in the fridge for a keg of Summer Ale in about two weeks. My basement temps ...
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3answers
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wild yeast taking over?

I brewed a belgian triple last week. I had a starter going using white labs trapist yeast but it didn't take off, must have been a bad vial. In the meantime the batch was sitting in the carboy ...
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3answers
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What about an Unfiltered IPA makes it unfiltered?

I recently tried an unfiltered IPA that was fantastic! I'm a newbie homebrewer and would like to take a shot at one. What makes an IPA unfiltered? Can I take any IPA recipe and modify it to be ...
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3answers
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What causes the lack of head formation/retention in my Belgian beers?

I just finished brewing a series of 5 Belgian beers, and at least 3 of them have exhibited problems with head formation and retention. I haven't tried the last 2 beers yet, so I can't say if those ...
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2answers
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Does preboiling oak cubes kill the brettanomyces

I have a Flanders Brown ready to be kegged for aging, and I'm going at add some oak cubes for the flavor and oxygen and bugs. I've heard it's a good idea to boil the cubes first, but I feel like that ...
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2answers
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Bottling and Caps are loose

my first attempt at brewing is going well. Everything was going well, I went to check the amount of sediment in the bottles beer. With a gentle turn, the beer was leaking out the top. I noticed this ...
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8answers
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What's the best way to rack beer off of fruit?

I recently brewed a 5.5 gallon batch of witbier. After primary, I bottled 3 gallons of it and racked the other 2.5 gallons into a 3 gallon carboy atop 24 ounces of raspberries. After the secondary ...
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3answers
590 views

What is the distinctive flavor in Warsteiner Premium Verum?

To me, there's a really distinctive flavor in Warsteiner Premium Verum. I get a ton of it in Warsteiner, a fair bit in Beck's, and a bit in Pilsner Urquell. I'm quite sure the thing I'm tasting is ...
2
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4answers
672 views

Longest time in carboy?

I've been extraordinarily lazy lately and have kept 2 of my beers sitting around for some time. What is the longest you've kept your beer on primary and still had good results? I'm hearing arguments ...
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1answer
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What flavor does rye impart to beer?

Can someone describe the flavor that beer made partly with rye adds to beer?
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1answer
306 views

Recommendations for scaling up operations

Right now I brew once month. This gets me to 60-72 gallons of delicious wine or beer per year. But the limit for home brewers in the US is 200 gallons per year per household. To reach that with 5 ...
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1answer
612 views

The isinglass in my wine kit is cloudy. Has it gone bad?

I bought a Wine Experts Pinot Grigio wine kit and the packet of isinglass is cloudy and has white bits floating around in it. I suspect it is bad. Has anyone seen that before?
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Any difference between lagering dubbel at 36F versus 45-50F?

I have a Belgian Dubbel bottle conditioning, the recipe for which came from Brewing Classic Styles. For this recipe, Jamil says to carbonate the beer, then lager for one month at 45-50F. I have the ...

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