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Temperature Dropped - Is Beer Ruined?

We did our first all-grain last night. Despite the amount of research I did ahead of time, I missed one tip that probably would have helped --preheating the mash tun. The recipe called for a mash ...
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Why is it ok to squeeze a BIAB, but not a grain bag for steeping?

Higher temperature? I have squeezed the bag during BIAB pretty aggressively and haven't extracted any tannins (that I can perceive).
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Adding coffee without secondary

There are several questions about adding coffee, but the best results always seem to result from adding the coffee at secondary fermentation. I simply don't have a second vessel so this is not an ...
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Will this Pilsner technique work?

I want to brew the Brewers Best Continental Pilsner with the given equipment and parameters that I have, which is not much. My basement is averaging 40-45°F (4-7°C) degrees which I think should be ok ...
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Boneheaded Noob Move - Not enough priming sugar

I bottled and capped my second batch of beer in 12 oz glass bottles and realized afterward I'd added far too little priming sugar. Recipe called for 3/4 teaspoon per bottle, and I only used heaping ...
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Could I add flavored Cappuccino syrup?

I have a raspberry flavor syrup, the ones used in cappuccinos, and I was wondering if I could add a little in the last minutes boiling. Anyone have experience with this sort of syrups? They have a god ...
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Primary fermentation is still bubbling after 2 weeks. What are the consequences?

This is my second batch in a row where I've seen primary go for over two weeks. From my understanding, primary fermentation for an ale shouldn't take more than a couple of days (4-5 at most I ...
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Will bitterness from a flameout coffee addition fade with age?

I recently brewed an Imperial Stout with some coffee additions. While I didn't boil the coffee for long (warm steeped 3oz beans and pitched grounds and two cups of brew at flameout), it did lend some ...
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Yeast harvesting

I have just read an article about harvesting yeast (http://www.homebrewtalk.com/entries/yeast-harvesting-novel-approach.html). The author talks about making a starter and taking a part of the starter ...
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Building Custom Sized Carboys

I have a chest freezer that I want to use to control fermentation temperature, that I'm hoping to use to with two five gallon beer batches. Unfortunately, the bottom of the freezer has two levels, ...
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Can I find the ABV of Cider using Original and Final Gravity

If I have the original gravity and final gravity of my hard cider (as measured by my hydrometer), do I determine the ABV using the same formula I would for beer?
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Can I safely remove mold from plastic bottle type fermenter without bad consequences?

I have this 25l plastic fermenter which is the type not shaped like a big open bucket but with a hole at the top with a screw on lid. I left it full of water not thinking anything bad could happen to ...
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vanilla beans in a porter

Just brewed up a porter and going to be transfering into secondary tonight, I also want to put vanilla beans into the secondary. The question I have is how to make sure that the beans are sanitized ...
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Tips on Using Easy Clean

I got a beer kit and it came with Easy Clean from LD Carlson. At first I was under the impression that I could use it to clean and sanitize. But now I'm not so sure. It looks like it was good for ...
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corn beer steps and suggestions using a home stove

I am planning to make corn beer, what are the times you would suggest for mashing? Is there a way to make it on a home stove? Has anyone got experience with that? UPDATE A friend already does corn ...
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polluted Dark strong Ale when opened bottles

I did 18 liters of dark strong Ale beer A first fermentation was during a period of a week in a bottle glass of 20 liters. A second fermentation was inside little bottles of 355 mL each one during 3 ...
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What should I do about this weird bubble in the sediment?

I brewed a batch of cider mead. Once fermentation was done, I put it in the fridge to let the sediment settle, and to let it clarify. After a few days, these weird bubbles formed in the sediment, ...
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Creating a priming solution

I normally have more beer coming out of the fermenter than fits in my kegs, so I wish to bottle the excess. Since I will be force carbonating the contents of the keg, I do not wish to prime the whole ...
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Porter recommendations to avoid acidity

I am preparing some beer Porter style, Are there any recommendations you could share to avoid acidity on the final product, because some time ago I added oats wafers but got bad result, the filter was ...
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What factors go into calculating perceived sweetness/bitterness?

Some sites calculate bitterness vs sweetness on a scale of sorts, where one side is "malty sweet", and the other side is "hoppy bitter" (ex. hopville). My question is, to do a very basic calculation ...
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Can I derive Final Gravity from Original Gravity and ABV?

I think the answer is yes. Since we use OG and FG to determine ABV ... I would assume we could do the same with ABV and OG to determine FG, right?
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Can a Bottling Bucket explode?

For some random reasons, I had to siphon my beer from a carboy to my bottling bucket, which doesn't have airlock or something in the lid. The fermentation was already done, so what I understand I ...
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Maple wood aging as opposed to maple syrup

All the reading I am doing suggests that adding maple syrup at just about any point to a beer is really just a waste of maple syrup, except potentially at priming. When brewing a 'pumpkin' beer, ...
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Licorice flavor Beer

I'm thinking about making beer with Licorice flavor as I like the taste of Licorice. I'm thinking some dark beer would be a good candidate a Stout maybe or some ale. I'm thinking some black Licorice ...
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Grow my own hops, what kind

I'm thinking about growing my own hops. From what I gather I can just plant the vines in the back yard somewhere and they grow much like grapes. I heard it takes 2-3 years for them to grow in and ...
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Prevent Rust on Bottle Caps

When I bottle my beer I clean all the caps I have so I don't run out during the process. I always have extras so I put them into a pastic baggie after they dry so I can use them when I have enough. ...
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The runaway and the non starter!

So we got a can of Coopers German wheat beer kit, and decided to do 2x10 lites batches, trying slightly different recipes with each one. We boiled up orange zest and corriander seeds and added the ...
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Experimenting, Priming Sugars

I've got a 3 gallon batch of bourbon dubbel fermenting, recipe calls for priming with maple syrup, I'm thinking of siphoning off .5 gal to prime with honey and .5 gal to prime with black treacle. ...
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Can beta amylase eat sugars after alpha amylase?

A bit of background -- I brewed a pumpkin ale recently. The mash temp was maintained fairly high (well above 150F) for at least a full hour. The sparge was a disastrous 3-4 hour experience (despite ...
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How worried should I be about a plastic-wrapped kettle that had to air chill for two days?

I was in the middle of a 7-gallon brew, when my landlord informed me that the grain that I had put down my garbage disposal had clogged the main drain for the house. My sink is too small for an ice ...
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Different ways to use mushrooms in brewing

We were asked to do a mushroom themed brewing demonstration for a local festival/market. Yes, I said mushroom. At first I wondered if this really is such a good idea, but because I like crazy brews ...
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Make a kit brew better?

I was given a coopers real ale kit of two cans and have never actually brewwed a full kit before. I was wondering if and how i might make this turn out a bit better, maybe by adding hops to a partial ...
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When is fermentation done

So, I'm totally new to homebrewing. About to start my first brew, and it's a complete kit with instructions. Supposedly, it can't go wrong. BUT, it says that fermentation is over in 16 days. I assume ...
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What is the ginger bug, actually?

Recipes for spontaneous (wild) ginger ale sometimes refer to the starter as the "ginger bug". What is the ginger bug? Is it just an ordinary lactobacillus; is it a type of yeast? Is it something that ...
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Initial Fermentation Temp?

A couple of days ago I brewed some Big Ben Pale Ale from Midwest Supplies. After the boil I poured the wort in to the fermenter atop some cold water already in the fermenter. I checked the temp ...
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US-05 Fermentation Temps

On the package of the US-05 it says it's temperature range is 58-75F. However, all the reading on forums I am finding people tend to the lower end of the spectrum, even calling upper-60's to be too ...
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First Brew Questions: Muntons Gold IPA

I finally am making use of a kit my friend sent me. I just brewed Muntons Gold IPA and it's been fermenting about 3 days now. The bubbling seemed to start within 24 hours or so. It was frisky at ...
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What does it mean when a recipe calls for a boil addition of coffee in pounds, but also mentions brewing the coffee?

Context: I know that there are a bunch of different, hotly debated opinions on how/when to add coffee to beers. I'm much too new to be a loyalist, but I am confused: I'm brewing a Russian Imperial ...
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Columbus Alpha Acid?

I just received a package with some supplies that I ordered, including Columbus hops. I was expecting to have Columbus with something around 12% AA, but the hops bags is labeled with only 6%, this is ...
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Storing full kegs at room temperature

So I have a related question here, but my questions are the following: I only have one (and only have room for one) dedicated chest freezer/fridge for brewing. I have one beer (Marzen) kegged and ...
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What are the primary causes of Acetaldehyde?

I'm a bit confused about this. In my own experience, I'm no longer experiencing acetaldehyde flavours in my beer after improving my aeration methods and at the same time starting to use yeast ...
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Measuring specific gravity without sampling

Is there any way, I can measure SG with a sensor of some kind? I guess I'm not REALLY after SG, but rather a way to determine that fermantation is done, without sampling. I would very much like hook ...
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Partial Mash Extract twang

The off flavor i am tasting is sweet, and actually tastes malty/caramel. It's supposed to be an IPA but this sweet flavor is disconnected form the hops. Will leaving it in the bottle longer help ...
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Temp swings and forced carbonation

Like some, my chest freezer is my fermentation chamber, lagering chamber, and in cases where I keg, my serving chamber. I have a keg of Oktoberfest in it now lagering and carbing up at 12psi and 35 ...
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Should I be disappointed?

Just started, so my question is very basic. I got Coopers Lager Kit, did everything by instructions, temperature has been stable at 22-24C but gravity doesn't go down. OG was 1.039, dropped to 1.020 ...
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Can I use liquid nitrogen to cool my wort?

Basically what the title says. I'd like to switch to all grain at some point but the volume of water required to cool a decent sized wort down scares me. Assuming I have access to liquid nitrogen, ...
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Cleaning Fermenter [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Cleaning difficult krausen ring off Better Bottle I just finished my first batch of beer from a Brooklyn Brew Kit, and noticed a film in my fermenter. This film is ...
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How do you harvest yeast from a commercial beer?

I've done yeast starters and I've re-used yeast beds but I have never previously harvested or captured yeast from a commercial beer. I tried it last night, inventing my process as I went but I'm ...
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Interruption of Lagering

Does an interruption in lagering, or swing in temperature effect a beer? My issue is, I only have one fridge available for lagering, which doubles as my fermentation fridge. Asked differently, if I ...
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A way get scum out when making mead without boiling?

Is there a way to get the scum out of the must when making mead without boiling? I used to vigorously boil the must and it would produce a lot of scum which was easily removed. I've since read that ...

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