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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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Kill yeast in keg

I've got a batch of cider that I've kegged. I did so at about 1.011 (OG was 1.052 IIRC). While the yeast activity will decline as the keg chills, I'd like to stop it completely so that I can bottle ...
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Do I need to rack to a new vessel for a secondary (fruit) fermentation

Planning on adding 5 lbs of frozen, thawed cranberries to a saison. Can I just dump them (gently) into the primary? I was planning on some sort of tertiary/bright vessel afterward for clearing it up ...
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Batch not carbonated/off flavor a week after bottling

What does a home brew taste like if it is contaminated? I just bought a home brew kit about a month ago that came with a recipe for an Irish Red Ale. My beer has been bottled now for a week and upon ...
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When to add salts to RO brewing water [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I put minerals back into distilled or reverse osmosis water? This weekend I'll be brewing a recipe from Mitch Steele's 'IPA' book. The recipe has a very exact ...
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Back Sweetening Naturally Carbonated Cider

I plan to keg my cider at 0.7 baume (approx 12g/l) residual sugar to carbonate my cider to 3 volumes of CO2. If I add pasteurized apple juice to sweeten my cider after kegging, will this ferment out? ...
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Stuck Mash — New LHBS

I recently found that there was a home brew store much closer to my house than the one that I had been visiting. The new store has a larger selection of grains, yeast, and hops; but I've been having a ...
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Is hop harvesting before first frost necessary?

Still relatively new to hop growing and this year is my first viable yield worth harvesting. My cones are seemingly ready and some cool weather is on the way. Do I need to get the cones off the vine ...
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Slow temperature rising vs equivalent fluctuations

I've read a few accounts of brewers using slow temperature increments to bring out particular flavours from the yeast that they're using. For example, stepping up 1C or so every day over a few days. ...
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LHBS Got my grain bill wrong. Suggestions?

I went to my LHBS today and there was a guy there who I've never had service with (been going to this place about 3mo now). He ended up giving me the wrong grains, and I'm wondering what I can do with ...
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Can weighting dry hop bag with metal objects impact the flavor?

Used socket wrench attachments (like these) to weigh down two dry hop bags. They are a coated steel material, so I thought they would be easy to sanitize. Then after I put them in, I found that one ...
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Benefits of 'resting' home-roasted grains

In "Radical Brewing", Mosher endorses home-roasting grains, but suggests that after roasting, you store the grains for 2 weeks or so to let some of the acrid flavors subside. Specifically, I ...
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What will too much Caramunich do to my beer

Making Jamil's saison today: 10.5# pilsner .75# wheat malt .75# munich it is supposed to have 2oz of caramunich, but instead I measured, milled, and then MIXED with the rest of the grain .75 LBS ...
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How does bottling in a half bottle effect taste

I just finished my first batch, a Brooklyn Brew 1gal kit, and was unable to split the batch evenly over 8 bottles so I ended up with 7.5. When I went to taste the beers after two weeks in the bottles ...
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Any reason not to boil for longer?

I've been looking at ways to improve my brew efficiency, and one method that I've not seen much discussion of is increasing the boil duration. Usually when I finish lautering, the wort coming out is ...
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750 ml sparking water bottle for wine?

I've brewed a half dozen batches of beer, and I am thinking of trying my hand at making some wine for the first time. Most likely a Red. We go through a lot of 750 mL glass water bottles. I would ...
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How much light is too much light?

I generally like to let my fermented beer sit in the primary fermenter for a couple of hours in the kitchen (where I bottle) to give any sediment a chance to settle to the bottom of the carboy. I ...
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Use of servomyces in a yeast starter

1 servomyces capsule is the correct dose for 5 galons of wort. If I want to add servomyces to my 1.5 litre yeast starter should i break open the capsule and use only part of it? or is it safe to add ...
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Can I “boil” off acetaldehyde?

This is something interesting I noticed over the weekend. One of my beers has that distinct green apple smell to it. (I had to keg it early because I needed the fermentor. LHBS accidentally sold me a ...
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High 'finished' gravity

I pitched about a cup of decanted starter S-04 slurry into a 1.061 OG American IPA 8 days ago at 65 degrees. The gravity has been stuck at about 1.028 since pitch day + 48 hours, when the krausen ...
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How to clean the CO2 line?

I had a tiny bit of backflow when I put the gasline back on the keg after force carbonation. It just flowed a tiny bit into the connector - nothing got inside the line itself. I read Backflow into ...
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When using a drill whip to degas, how do I ensure I will not aerate the wine/mead?

Some my wine/meads have been a bit bubbly after bottling. I'm thinking the problem is I have not be degassing. If I use a drill whip, how do I ensure I will not bruise or aerate the brew?
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Should the starter volume be included in the overall batch size?

I'm giving my first starter a go: a 2.4L starter for a 21L batch overall. Since this looks like it will account for over 11% of the total volume, should I recalc for a 23L / 19L batch? Or should I ...
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What can I substitute for Carabelge?

I'm brewing a saison from a recipe (extract+grains) that calls for Carabelge, which my LHBS doesn't stock. The bill is 50/50 wheat & light extract (2kg each) plus 500g of Vienna and Carabelge. ...
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What are possible causes of a vegetal flavor in mead?

I recently entered my first mead into a BJCP-judged competition (mostly to get feedback), and all three judges reported a vegetal off-flavor in the mead. What could be the cause of this? The mead was ...
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How much does gravity typically drop after high krausen

I have two fermenters going with about a cup of slurry of S-04. Pitched Sunday morning at 61 degrees ambient, they were showing activity within 5 hours, vigorous activity within 12 hours. Went to ...
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Reusing vs using new yeast [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How many times can yeast be reused? I have read in a couple of places that you should only reuse yeast a couple of times - most say up to 5 times because you would get ...
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What is the largest percentage of grain bill for steeping?

I've recently moved from extract-only to extract + steeping grains. I'm making a recipe now and wondering if there is a max limit for steeping grains as part of the total grain bill? For a double ...
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How do I make my ginger beer SPICY?

I've made tons of ginger beer (often just like this http://ieatfood.net/2009/12/18/real-ginger-ale/ ), I've tried various different recipes, and they all come out quite nicely. Unfortunately. I want a ...
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What are the possible consequences of putting dry yeast straight into the wort?

I always put my dry yeast directly into the wort, even though the packaging says to rehydrate it first. I've never had (noticed?) any problems with fermentation. What could this habit cause to go ...
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Priming Sugar problem

I'm an extract brewing beginner. My first batch, an Irish Red, had decent head, decent retention, decent mouthfeel. I bottled after 2 weeks in fermentation, and bottle conditioned for the following ...
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How to control temp between two fermenters in the same chamber

I have room for 2 5-gallon fermenters (ale pails) in my fermentation chest, and would like to conduct two fermentations at once. Typically, I insulate my temp controller's probe against a fermenter, ...
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Bottling/Corking

Here is the run down: I have a 6 gallon batch of pinot grigio that I have fermenting and a 6 gallon batch of summer saison that is also nearing completion. I am looking to upgrade my bottling process ...
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How quickly do i need to drink my beer?

I've somehow managed to brew a bloody lovely bitter (for my first time) in a pressurised keg but now i've started drinking it, is there any kind of best before? Or do I literally need to drink 10 ...
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Fermenter Headspace; Suitable (and cheap!) Containers for Split Batches

After Denny's article in the spring issue of Zymurgy, I'm anxious to experiment and split batches for experimentation with yeast pitching rates, strains, fermentation temps, and adjuncts. I had ...
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Yeast Starter with Dry Yeast (S-04)

I know the common wisdom is you shouldn't do this, but I am brewing two mid-to-high gravity beers on Saturday (1.065 and 1.072), and only have one packet. I am now chilling a 2L starter that I was ...
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Could non-alkalized cocoa powder cause astringency in a chocolate stout?

I made a chocolate stout a while back that's kind of astrigent. I'm not sure I would call it sour, but it makes you pucker a bit. It had 8 oz of Trader Joe's Tumaco cocoa powder added in primary, no ...
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Lead in primary fermentation

So, my floating thermometer broke while cooling off my wort and I didn't realize it until about an hour after I had pitched the yeast and fermentation had definitely already started. At first I ...
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Wyeast Activator Swelling Expiration time

I intended on brewing tonight so I broke the activator on my Wyeast 1450 last night. Only today did I realize I'm missing a fermenting bucket to actually ferment with (d'oh, big mistake!), so I'll ...
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3 Piece Airlock without Liquid

I was talking with a fellow brewer who has been brewing for many years and found out that he does not put any liquid in his 3 piece airlocks. He claims that next to nothing can get in even without the ...
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Lowering to Lagering Temp, how will the beer taste different after lagering

First lager (Oktoberfest, Wyeast 2206), just took a sample after 3 weeks in the primary, and it tasted great (my friend said he picked up some candylike sweetness (diacetyl), but it could be because I ...
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How can I tell there is mold in my bottles?

I just got my kit and am about to brew for the first time. I was warned to not use bottles that have sat out uncleaned because there can be mold in them. How can I tell if there is mold in my ...
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Would Lalvin's 71B-1122 make a good cyser?

From Lalvin's website: ...has the ability to metabolize high amounts (20% to 40%) of malic acid. It also says that it produces "rounder, smoother..." wines. I'm thinking this would be a nice ...
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How does efficiency change when adding grains that are normally steeped to a mash?

Imagine this scenario: you have a an extract recipe that contains a pound of steeped caramel malt. According to http://www.promash.com/FAQ/faq_diff.html the average efficiency of steeped malts is ...
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Oxidation during long primary

So obviously I'm reading all o the advice floating around to skip racking to secondary. And it makes perfect sense. But if I primary a 5 gal batch in a 6.5 gal bucket, does the headspace/surface area ...
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Fruit flies in kegerator faucets

My kegerator is stored in the garage, and lately fruit flies have been flying into the open ends of the faucet to drink the beer (and subsequently die). Hence, I've been getting a fly with every ...

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