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What is the purpose of lagering?

I know all the cliche answers: "it rounds the beer out", "it cleans it up", "it takes away some of the harshness". I'm looking for a definitive answer of whats actually happening during extended ...
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4answers
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What are the practical differences between leaf hops and hop pellets?

I'm looking to start purchasing hops in bulk, and there are more options than I thought for getting leaf hops. I've heard (read in this forum) that leaf hops can be better for dry hopping, and also ...
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1answer
302 views

Steeping volume effect

For extract brew with specialty grain steeping, what is the ideal (if such exists) steeping volume of water per weight unit of specialty grain? Some sources (e.g., John Palmer, How To Brew) states ...
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2k views

What is the BU:GU ratio?

I've seen on recipe sites that it calculates an BU:GU ratio for your recipes. Could someone explain what this is?
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164 views

What bottled water?

I am going to use bottled water so I do not have to worry about the tap one beeing not too clear (Here I can find some at 0.20-0.30 $ a liter). Since bottled water has information on minerals in the ...
3
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1answer
126 views

What could cause a significant increase in proteins?

During today's brew, my wort looked like hot and sour soup, there was an incredible amount of floating proteins, like somebody dropped a small loaf of bread in there and it was breaking apart. This ...
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299 views

Electric brewing inside

It's starting to get cold out there but I still want to brew. I started looking into electric brew kettles (i am still new and only using extracts kits). Most of the stuff I read online is about ...
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2answers
2k views

Need a simple extract IPA recipe [closed]

I am looking for a simple IPA recipe that I can use with DME (and any other simple/easy ingredients). I've never done my own recipe and have no idea of the different hop characters, so I don't want ...
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Contact time required for sanitation with sodium metabisulphite?

My starter brewing kit came with 100g of Sodium Metabisulphite for sanitation. It advises to dissolve 1 tsp per pint of water. However there are no futher instructions. I don't know how long I need ...
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How much water is used for mashing

How much water for each kg of grains is typically used in mash? (I am referring to mash only, not to sparging). Is that amount the amount of the final wort I will be boiling?
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1answer
275 views

Lots of sanitizer sucked up into my mead, wondering if it's still safe to consume?

My power went out and I guess the house cooled enough during that time to suck about 1/4 gallon of sanitizer from the blowoff into my 1 gallon batch mead. It completely filled the headspace and ...
2
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1answer
803 views

How to bottle mead?

I have some mead fermenting. It is the first time doing it and I have no idea how would it be bottled. I have one sweet and one dry version Should I use beer bottles that can resist pressure? Is ...
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2answers
1k views

Possible contamination / small areas of bubble clusters on top of brew

How would you know if your brew is or isn't contaminated? I'm the first timer that dealt with the broken spigot & had to transfer at 6 days. Just hearing about contaminated home brew so many times ...
3
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1answer
564 views

Propagation of koji-kin

Kome koji is usually prepared by adding commercially-purchased koji-kin to steamed rice and allowing it to grow. Is it possible to propagate the koji-kin by adding kome koji to steamed rice, allowing ...
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5answers
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What effect does adding flaked corn to a recipe have?

I've been taught to look down on breweries that use corn in their beer, because it's a cheaper ingredient, and obviously men would never put corn in their beer. That being said, why would you put ...
0
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1answer
330 views

Can Lalvin EC-1118 be reused?

I'll make a cider with Lalvin EC-1118, but I want to know if there's a chance to harvest the yeast cake after fermentation. Normally, I don't have problems reusing ale yeast, but this champagne yeast ...
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1answer
131 views

What activity to expect when fermenting a lager?

I have a lager in primary fermentation, with the temp in the fridge around 10C. The fridge smells of fermentation and the bubbler is not level, but I have not seen a single bubble escape from the ...
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4answers
1k views

Quality difference between LME and DME

Is there any quality difference between the two? Dry malt extract is way more convenient for me, but are there any downsides? Can I use just DME (and no liquid malt extract) with no problems in some ...
6
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1answer
462 views

Can BIAB be scaled down to tiny batches?

I just watched a Brewing TV epsiode on brewing-in-a-bag (BIAB). They took 7lb (3.2KG) of grains, and 5 US Gallon (19 Litres) of water. After mashing they had 4 US Gallons (15 Litres) of 1.052 gravity ...
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7answers
18k views

How do you strain pellet hops out of wort or beer?

After boiling pellets how can I deal with them? Is there a simple way to get them out of the wort, or can I leave them during fermentation? In that case will I be sure they will drop on the bottom and ...
0
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1answer
95 views

What materials are good for mashing/boiling container

What material are good for mashing/boiling. I think stainless steel and copper are good, what about aluminum and enamel?
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2answers
380 views

How much beer can I do with a 5L pot

A 5 Litre (1.3 US gal) pot is the biggest pan I have at present. I would like to make some all grain batches. How much beer can I brew with such a small pan?
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2answers
701 views

How much ginger should I add to my mead?

I'm using this recipe for a start http://www.winepress.us/forums/index.php?showtopic=6114 (Joe Mattioli's Ancient Orange and Spice Mead) 1 gallon batch 3 1/2 lbs Clover or your choice honey or ...
2
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2answers
2k views

Aroma and flavor

Maybe it is just because I am not a native Wnglish speaker, but I do not exactly know the meaning of those two words. What do aroma and flavor mean, what do they refer to and what is the difference ...
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2answers
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Fermentation #2

So earlier I had mentioned the broken spigot on my primary that I managed to siphon into a glass carboy. It had been in primary for 6 days . Earlier I noticed that there was about an inch & 1/2 of ...
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2answers
118 views

How can I recover this barleywine batch?

Can we help our fellow geek solve his homebrew problem? I'm making a barley wine. My boil gravity should be 1.106. Hydrometer reads 1.042, and at 140°F (60°C) the adjusted SG comes out to more ...
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2answers
112 views

Can I use old Crush or RC bottles for bottling?

My wife found some cheap soda bottles at an antique store and I was wondering if anyone knew if I can use them for bottling my beer.
2
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1answer
149 views

Spigot broke on primary fermentation bucket

After 6 days in primary I went to move bucket and the spigot broke. Managed to keep it in place while attaching a hose and transferring the wort. There was a ring around the top of the bucket where ...
4
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1answer
193 views

Disconnecting a keg

I have a mobile bar business and wanted to add draught beers to our menu. I am a layman with regards to this but I understand how the basic system works using a CO2 (or 70/30 CO2 & Nitrogen) and ...
2
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1answer
242 views

How to make a beer which is quickly ready to drink

I guess anyone doing beer is impatient to taste his "creation", and I sometimes have less patience than average. What beer (I prefer ale) could I brew to have it ready to drink as soon as possilbe?
3
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2answers
259 views

BJCP Category for a Black Witbier

After seeing that Guinness was making a black lager I decided that I wanted to try to make a darker version of a lighter colored beer. Having recent success with a Witbier I decided that it would be a ...
4
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2answers
1k views

Can I use nylon stockings as a hop-bag in wort?

I was thinking of using some nylon stockings as a hop-bag for dry hopping in my fermentor. Are they safe to use or will they be degraded by the wort?
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2answers
1k views

Will Jalapeno or Habanero peppers adversely effect yeast

I have a recipe in front of me for a Saison of the spicy variety. It calls for the addition of one Jalapeno pepper, seeds included. First off, I do enjoy a fair amount of spice (far more than anyone ...
3
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2answers
179 views

Oxyclean safe inside the bottle

I just bought some oxyclean to remove labels from a lot of bottles. What I do to remove the labels is: put the bottles standing in the bucket, fill each bottle with water, and then fill the bucket ...
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1answer
133 views

What is the recommended procedure for bottling given this setup?

I'm a beginner. This is my second batch (and the first made from my own recipe idea). The equipment I have is the standard starter kit, made up of two large plastic buckets with spigots near the ...
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2answers
538 views

How to affect the color of head

Is there a particular way to manipulate a grain bill to change the color of the head of a beer? Ie if you want an off-white head in an RIS as opposed to a brown head?
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1answer
828 views

First Brew: Yellow Mold - Transfer to Carboy - Slowing of Fermentation

I brewed a batch of Pale (first solo brew) and after pitching yeast (6 hours), noticed yellow clusters of what I think was mold. I thought I had an infection, so I siphoned off, and collected ...
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1answer
141 views

How should I store oak cubes to be used later?

I ordered more oak cubes than I currently need from an online store, since my local store stopped carrying them. Are there any special considerations for storing these, and is there a shelf life?
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1answer
182 views

Irish Red Recipe [closed]

My friend and I are brewing 3 batches of beer for St. Patrick's Day this year. We are going to make a green pale ale, a milk stout, and we want to make an Irish Red. The unfortunate part is the only ...
4
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1answer
124 views

House's furnace died while fermenting, what should I do?

I'm doing my first homebrew (using this kit), and started fermentation 6 days ago. I've kept it in my basement, which is usually around 66F. The kit's instructions just tell me to let it ferment in a ...
1
vote
1answer
1k views

Cider molding and wont go away but not getting worse?

I have three ciders going, two "spiced" ciders and one regular/standard whatever the straight apple squeezed cider ("Ryan's" brand if anyone is familiar) is called. This is my first attempt at cider, ...
2
votes
1answer
638 views

keeping the wort pump primed seems to have a learning curve

So, I bought myself a pump and a chillizilla-type chiller and a chugger pump for christmas...thanks for the christmas bonus, Boss...also, silicone tubing and stainless fittings and such to make it ...
2
votes
2answers
6k views

Carbonating using table sugar

I have an IPA that is ready to bottle. I don't have any carbonation drops, so I'm considering using table sugar. Apparently 250grams for the 60 bottles of beer in the tub is about right (equivalent ...
2
votes
3answers
7k views

Is there a way to protect beer from freezing in a garage with no electricity

I would like to run a few brews back-to-back to build up a stock of beer. However, I would not be able to store all of the bottles in my house and would be forced to place them in the garage. My ...
3
votes
3answers
8k views

Cider fermentation stopped after only 4 days. What to do?

I bought a "Magnum Apple Cider Kit" 1.7Kg kit. Added 1 Kg of corn sugar + 300 gr brown sugar and oak chips. For the first 3 days it has been fermenting like crazy. Today (4th day) the fermentation ...
0
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3answers
856 views

Would it be possible to connect a keg (or series of kegs) to a soda fountain?

Before I go converting my old refrigerator into a kegerator, I was wondering if there was a way to possible connect my keg(s) to a soda fountain? It may grate against the traditionalist tap handles, ...
5
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2answers
523 views

White mold on my corney kegs?

Iv'e got a basic beer serving fridge out in the garage, just a few taps on the front and some bottles on the door. I'm developing a problem with what looks kinda like mold, I notice it mostly on the ...
5
votes
2answers
545 views

Increasing the 'caramel and coffee tones' of my porter

A pub and brewery in town does a delicious porter with caramel and coffee tones. What particular ingredients do I need to add to my mash to achieve this?
5
votes
4answers
244 views

how much air would I need to move to be able to brew in my basement?

I currently brew in my garage but everything that I need is in the basement, so I was wondering if it would be reasonable to think about power venting the fumes, and therefore to CO outside to make it ...
3
votes
3answers
342 views

How to clean my my stove top?

Just finished cooking up my first batch of home brew, and during the boil I boiled over just a little bit. Now there's this dark black burned stuff all over my stove that does not want to come off. ...

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