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What's causing the recent spike in the price of used Corny kegs?

Used corny kegs came from the soda industry, but stocks seem to be drying up pretty quickly. Prices have gone up from $20 per reconditioned keg about 4 years ago to around $50 today (some are asking ...
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When should I hydrate my dry yeast?

I'm brewing beer tonight (in roughly three hours) and I've decided to try rehydrating my dry yeast instead of throwing it directly into the cooled wort. If I boil a couple cups of water, how long does ...
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Bottle carbonation - too much priming sugar?

I posted a question here before about what I decided was an 'extract twang' flavor. I tried a bottle from batch #2 yesterday, and I noticed the same thing. Here's where it gets interesting. My brew ...
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Corn Sugar Off Flavors [closed]

I know there is a substantial amount of debate regarding whether to use DME or corn sugar or table sugar to bottle prime, but I wanted to ask the question if priming with simple glucose, can ...
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New batch of wort in primary for 24hrs now and no “krausen” forming. Trouble?

This is my second batch of wort. My first went so smoothly I decided to start another in the primary after racking the fisrt over to the carboy. It's been sitting in the primary now for 24hrs and ...
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How does lemon juice ferment into hard lemonade?

I'm interested in making a hard lemonade after my cider is done, but I'm having a tough time figuring out how the recipes I've found actually work, and what's the best way to ferment lemon juice. ...
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What to Do with Six Pack Boxes

I collected a lot of six pack boxes to put bottles of homebrew in. Now, I've got a better container. Since I can't recycle six pack boxes, is there anything I could do with them other than throw ...
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What is the legal status of Homebrewing where you live? [closed]

So, I am quite the nerd, and one of the things I nerd about is the law in general, and in particular the legal standing of specific things around the world, such as photography, copyright and ...
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Is it possible to cork screw-top wine bottles?

Do normal corks and normal corkers work with them? Is there a greater risk of breaking the neck of the bottle during corking?
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Corny Real Ale?

I am interested in learning some of the intricacies associated with 'real ale'. I realize that out in industry, this is done in large stainless steel (or aluminum?) barrels with special corks etc etc ...
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Will using a 2-liter soda bottle as a growler affect flavor?

Just read an article about a NYC beer hall filling 2-liter plastic soda bottles instead of glass growlers. I wouldn't expect this to make a significant difference over 24 hrs, but is there any chance ...
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Keg/CO2 question as I think about moving to kegging

This is probably a foolish one, but... So you can force carbonate with a keg (or sugar carbonate, but of course why would you), and then serve from the keg with the CO2 to help dispense. But, if ...
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Leaf Hops in Primary

I used leaf hops in my boil and did not filter them out when I transferred to primary. I thought it'd be like pellet hops, which settle down into the yeast cake. This is not the case, though. They ...
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Will Adding Chocolate Affect the Final Gravity?

I am currently about 2 weeks into the primary fermentation a black stout to which I added 8oz of unsweetened cacao powder during the boil. The gravity seems to be stuck at 1.022 rather than the ...
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New brewer, question about state of beer prior to bottling

Tomorrow is the Big Bottling Day. I snuck a peek about a week ago and took a hydro reading, and all is well I believe. I took another peek today (14 days in) just to make sure I'm not about to bottle ...
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do I need a thermowell with stainless temperature sensor?

I'm planning a fermentation monitor based on an arduino board. The temperature sensors comprise a 1/4" OD stainless tube 8" long, which will be used with buckets and carboys. There are stainless ...
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How can I raise my mash pH with something other than chalk or baking soda?

I recently moved to Rhode Island and my mash efficiency has suffered. The main part of my process that has changed is the water. The pH as measured by colorpHast strips (and two other off brands) ...
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Backflow into gas line

I just started kegging. I have a beer in a 5 gal ball lock keg. I connected the regulator, set pressure to 15 psi and connected the gas line to the keg. When I connected the liquid line (standard ...
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Double decoction mash profile for full bodied beer

I'm planning to brew a Single Malt and Single Hop (SMaSH) beer using Canada Malting's Superior Pilsner and Czech saaz hops. I'd like the resulting beer to be full bodied, like Pilsner Urquell, but I'm ...
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My cider stopped fermenting until I swished it around in the bucket a bunch, then continued. Is that normal?

My malted cider had been brewing after about a week in my plastic brewing bucket to the point where the little 'hat' thing in my airlock fell onto the 'neck' (no internal pressure). I opened it up ...
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Looking for a specific fitting

I bought a blichmann therminator, and I want to hook up stainless camlock/ groove 1/2" nipples to all 4 "openings". Problem is, the coolant line in/ out are 3/4" GHT, which, while I understand why ...
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Importance of Mash and Sparge Water Volumes using Batch Sparge

I'm new to all grain brewing and one of the things I haven't been able to find much information on is the importance of water volumes for the mash and sparge steps. There are a lot of calculators ...
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Should dry hopping be done in secondary, when to transfer, and for how long?

After surveying questions related to dry hopping and secondary here on the Exchange, I don't yet have solid answers to the following questions. Should beer be transferred to secondary for the ...
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Appropriate Stout Style for Chicory, Coffee (and more!)

In Radical Brewing, Randy Mosher has a great section on 10 ways to improve stout brewing (including home-roasting flaked oats/funky grains). I plan on employing several of these techniques, including ...
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Mash Efficiency With Top Off

I just put my second AG batch into the primary, but I ran into an issue I need some help with. When I did my first AG batch, I used water that was treated by a water softener (I know, I know...it was ...
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Is my gummy wild yeast unusual?

As an experiment, I brewed a gallon-sized batch last weekend using some wild yeast I had captured. Fermentation looks to have proceeded pretty normally, except that the yeast has a somewhat strange ...
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Can wine age too long?

So I started a batch of wine at the end of the summer, and I happen to have a bad habit of not following through on projects. Basically, I fermented it, moved it to the 2ndary after about a week, then ...
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Do I need a yeast starter for a 1.040 gravity wort?

I'm brewing on Sunday (today is Friday), and I neglected to get my yeast (WY1056) until just this afternoon. I could make a starter, but I don't know if it would reach "high krausen" in time for ...
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Can a Beer Ferment Too Quickly?

My beer seems to be fermenting more quickly than predicted by the kit. The last beer I made was ready (with the correct final gravity) in just under a week rather than the 2 weeks predicted by the ...
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Day Three, still no apparent fermentation

During my most recent brew session I may have been a little too relaxed, and had a few too many homebrews during the process. I feel like I did everything right and kept everything sanitary, but ...
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Fermentation Process

Good Evening Folks, Well...my first batch seemed to go pretty well. Within 24 hours it was bubbling pretty good. Now 72 hours later, the bubbling has become very slow I'm talking one bubble every ...
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All-late addition hop APA

Has anyone tried this or anything like it from HBC? http://www.homebrewchef.com/AmarilloPale.html The claim is that since the AA's are so high, adding late will balance the beer and impart an ...
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1answer
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adding 1 g to 5 g recipe - keep OG the same

So i've got a 5 gallon partial mash kit(OG 1.065), and I am looking to add around a gallon to increase my yield for the session. What formula could I use to know how much extra dme to use to keep ...
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Can ale yeast be used weeks after it's opened (Safale S-04)?

Second-time brewer (to be). When I did my first kit brew, I didn't want to mess anything up, and the instructions I was following told me to avoid the yeast sachet taped to the top of the LME can and ...
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How do I know when a starter has hit 'high krausen', when using a stir plate

I've been advised to pitch an alcohol tolerant yeast "at high krausen" into a barley wine where the fermentation has slowed (OG 1.101, now 1.035). But if I've got it on a stir plate, how do I know ...
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“Self-Processing” Hops

I believe that hop pellets and plugs are essentially just hops that are grinded and pressure molded. Given the amount of nuisance that whole hops have given me (clogged siphon hoses, yeast ...
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Is there a good way to estimate/calculate volume lost in fermentation(s)?

Last night I bottled a batch and realized that I lost a significant volume from the boil size. In the primary, I filled my 6 gallon carboy, and after the trub lost in primary and secondary, I bottled ...
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Diacetyl Rest on Cream Ale

Have a cream ale (OG ~1.059) that has been fermenting at the low end of US-05's range (57-59 degrees) for just about two weeks. Didn't test gravity, but still saw a decent krausen ring and airlock ...
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Adding Vanilla Extract?

I have a black stout fermenting right now. I added about 8oz of cacao powder in the boil and I'd like to add some vanilla extract, to taste. Can this be done before bottling? Should this have been ...
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Strawberry Blond

This is my second attempt at home brewing, my first came out very well. I added a couple of pounds of strawberries to my primary. After one month a racked to my secondary. I was not expecting to ...
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Dry hopped pellets in a keg without bag

First off, I'm new to kegging. I made a mistake and added my dry hop pellets straight into the keg (I should have used a bag or something, I know) So, I believe the problem is that the pellets have ...
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1answer
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Wort transformation [closed]

Just entered a contest at a local pub. We are given 5 gallons of finished wort and then we have to finish the brew and bring it back to be judged after fermentation and bottling . We have to pitch the ...
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oxygen and yeast pitching rates

Many online references, such as BYO, mention that oxygen is needed by yeast to reproduce, and that a wort with low dissolved oxygen levels will have longer lag times and less attenuation. This might ...
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1answer
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Aging Breakfast Stout Clone

So I've had my breakfast stout in the primary for 16 days and I'm going to transfer it to my secondary tomorrow. The gravity is stable and its ready to move. I'm cold pressing some kona coffee tonight ...
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When should I rack my mead?

I am making mead for the first time using honey from my hives. It has been going for 3-4 weeks and I'm not sure if it's time to rack it. The fermenting has been slow, which I think might be due to the ...
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1answer
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What cleaners can I use for Kegs?

I'm new to kegging, but I was made aware that I shouldn't use sodium metabisulfite when cleaning a keg. So what cleaners can I use? More specifically, can I use OxyClean or Diversol?
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Whirfloc shelf life and use

Making a batch and for the first time the recipe calls for a whirfloc tablet. From what I understand the tablet assists with settling the haze produced by proteins. I've read a half tablet to 5 gals. ...
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contamination? what's this?

I brewed a hoppy red ale on Tuesday and pitched some washed wyeast 1084 into it that evening. I had an og of 1.070 and went ahead and put a blowoff tube on the fermenting bucket in case I had a huge ...
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tap water with chloramine

I made a homebrew today using tap water, and to my horror I realized I forgot to add the campden tablets to neutralize the chloramine. About 5 years back I made the same stupid mistake, and ...
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Weighing Liquid Malt Extract

In Brewing Classic Styles by Jamil Zainasheff, many of the recipes call for LME. Often, the amount is 0.5 lbs or similar, particularly of things like Munich extract. I typically brew all-grain, but ...

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