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Should I extend boil times if temperature drops?

I use an electric burner when I home brew. It doesn't have a ton of excess power but it can get a nice rolling boil going. Occasionally, when I add malt extract to my kettle the temperature drops ...
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Necessary to clean bottle tree?

So I recently purchased a bottle tree (not sure how I went so long without one) for drying/storing my sanitized bottles. Is it is overkill to sanitize the bottle tree in sanitizing solution as well? ...
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Brewing timer in Brewing software

There is a lot of software to manage and recipes, do conversions etc. (for example BeerSmith, BeerTools, etc.). Is there any software that also integrates a timer (that alerts you mash steps, boiling ...
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Should I leave the CO2 Cylinder connected after force carbonation?

I connected my CO2 Cylinder to my Keg and have it currently force-carbonating. However, it will only be needed next week friday. Should I leave the CO2 Cylinder connected for 8 days at 20psi, or ...
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About going BIAB

I'm thinking about making the switch to BIAB, primarily as a result of a growing family and increased time constraints. I have a few questions before I make the jump. How long is a typical BIAB brew ...
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Sickly sweet ginger beer, Acesulfame K?

I've been brewing a kit Ginger Beer the last 10 days and it's about finished I think. Starting SG was 1.041 and it's settled at 1.008. 100g of grated boiled Ginger were added, and 1kg of Muntons Beer ...
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Methods for cleaning and drying tubing

Brewing 5 gallon batches at home. During the transfer from my primary fermenter to the secondary, and when filling bottles from my bottling bucket I constantly need to use plastic tubing to transfer ...
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Recovering from low mash efficiency - under-shot pre-boil gravity

For whatever reason, Beersmith decided to have me lauter my all-grain recipe with an exorbitant amount of water. I don't have the exact recipe in front of me at the moment (can provide details later ...
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Mash-produced unfermentable sugars do add sweetness and aroma?

I read in some sources that mash conditions can influence the production of dextrins, that are not fermentable, have no taste (is that correct?) and add body to the beer. But somewhere else I read ...
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Yeast pitching and wort cooling

I'm making an American Brown Ale and added liquid yeast to the wort that may have been too hot. The yeast was in the fridge and out to cool for 45 minutes. My guess is: Wort temp: 26-27C or about 80F ...
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sanitation during mash and sparge

I've been brewing extract batches for a couple of months, and have never lost a batch to poor sanitation. I lost my first all grain batch of beer, and I think that I am sanitizing my brew kettle and ...
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First batch with Muntons Pilsner kit, will it take longer than instructed?

I'm quite new to homebrewing (in fact, I only finished batch #2 last week) but looking to test out a few new types of drink. I'm planning on starting a batch of Pilsner in a few weeks, for this I ...
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Are there Cooling “Spirals” or similar devices?

Not sure if that's on-topic, but I'm converting an old barrel into a tap system. Essentially a Keezer, except that I don't like something that still looks like an appliance - a barrel is just more ...
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How important is the 'Best Before' date on Brewing Sugar?

I have a 1kg bag of Youngs Brewing and Winemaking Sugar. It was bought early last year, and the pack has a Best Before date of 08/08/12. I was hoping to use it for bottle priming next week. Does ...
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Can I change the color to my beer to an arbitrary color?

It's a bit gimmicky, but I wonder if it's possible to make a purple beer? Food Coloring only works for "hard" food, but I've never looked into coloring beverages and I don't want to affect the taste ...
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Hydrometer correction equation

Can you identify the constants in your hydrometer correction equation? I know that 2.6X10-6 is the coefficient of thermal expansion for the hydrometer glass; what are the others (not related to ...
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1answer
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How do I know if my Kombucha Scoby is growing something funky?

The dominant color of my scoby is, for lack of a better color vocabulary, light plum. But there are some whiteish bits which concern me a bit. I would say it smells fairly fresh (and sour) and ...
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What is the 'cake'?

I've been looking into ways to restart unfinished fermentation and some sources talk about using a Cake, or yeast cake from previous brews. They also talk about pitching on the cake. I've searched to ...
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Temperature control equipment and Fresh Wort Kits

My first brewing attempt (from a can) has just finished bottle fermenting and it turned out pretty bad (mostly just tasted very weak). I'm not concerned though, I know what mistakes I made along the ...
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How long can I leave my Ginger Beer (kit) in the primary?

Another fact finding question: How long can I - theoretically - leave my Ginger Beer brew in the primary (a 5 gallon glass carboy) before bottling? The instructions suggest 8 days, hovever it's ...
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Fuggles hops for bittering

I am using Fuggles for bitter and for flavour/aroma. While I am content with flavour/aroma I find that bitterness is a bit harsh. Is it just my opinion, or Fuggle is not very suitable for bitterness? ...
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Side-effects of 'lower than recommended' fermentation temperatures?

I have a Ginger Beer kit on the go. It's sitting in the kitchen and ambient temps are ranging from 15 to 20ºC (59-68ºF). The beer was started 3.5 days ago and I was away for the weekend, I can see ...
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Forgot bottle capper - priming interrupted

I was all ready to bottle up my IPA last night (and yes, since this is StackExchange, I named the brew "IPAddress"). Everything got sanitized, bottles were de-labeled, the whole nine yards. I boil the ...
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Peracetic acid as a sanitizer?

My friend got Paracetic Acid from his LHM store (they only had that and alcohol 70 there). Is it a non-rinse sanitizer? How good is it? Wikipedia says it corrodes metals, so no go for the crown caps?...
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first time using pet bottles and have 8 flat

Is there a special way of sealing PET bottles? This is the first time I have used these bottles so I just screwed the cap on by hand until I thought it was tight. I have had 8 flat bottles so far and ...
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1answer
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Low gravity reading after one week

My first home brew batch has been in the primary fermentation for one week and the gravity reading has dropped from 1055 to 1008. Is it going down too quickly? 4 kg pale ale malt 0,5 kg crystal malt ...
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Ensuring an accurate gravity reading

So I've brewed between 6-10 batches of beer at home using partial boil methods but have never managed to get accurate gravity readings. The issue I have is that my readings somehow always seem to be ...
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Is this lactobacillus?

My last batch had a thin whitish 'membrane' on top of it and some white spots, visible on the picture bellow. I think I saw something similar on a blog a while ago, attributed to a lactobacilus ...
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My brew is taking far longer than the leaflet suggests

I'm brewing two Coopers kits at the moment - a Pilsner and an India Pale Ale. Both have a generic leaflet which suggests I should leave 6 days at 21 degrees for fermentation (which seems quite short) ...
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1answer
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How can beer styles be classified?

Reading (or tasting) it is easy to find dozens of different styles, going a litte more in details than lager/ale distinction, what is a simple categorization of beer styles?
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Making a starter without DME?

Planning to start to use liquid yeasts and will need to do some starters. It is hard to get hold of DME over here (I can get some hopped LME, though). I was thinking on doing a starter from grains, ...
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1answer
565 views

Considering adding Fresh Ginger to a 'Simply Ginger Beer' kit

I'm about to start a brew using a 'Simply Ginger Beer' kit. I've heard that it's sweet, and light which is what I want, but it's not very gingery. Would it be ok to add some grated and boiled fresh ...
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Growing hops from seeds

Where I live (France) I can't easily find hops rizhomes, but I can find seeds, so my two questions are: Any shop in France/Europ from which I can buy hops rizhomes? If I grow hops from seeds how do ...
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Inconsistent flavor between my bottles

I bottled my second batch of beer, a nut brown ale recipe from northern brewer. I added coffee to the secondary, and my first bottle I had after 2 weeks bottle conditioning tasted like a nice coffee ...
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Fermentation - only very small bubbles after 36 hours

This is my first batch so I'm wondering if I am worrying over nothing or if I need to take action. I brewed an all extract IPA kit from Williams Brewing. I feel I was very careful with sanitation ...
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Suitable small bottle for liquid

I need to find a leak proof glass bottle for some liquid, which I would later put into the refrigerator. And because I tend to put it horizontally, I would prefer to use a leak proof bottle which is ...
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1answer
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Kegerator Parts for Ball-lock kegs

I know the difference between ball-lock and pin-lock kegs. My question arises in the fact my kegerator is set up for a commercial keg and I need to convert it to fit my ball-lock keg. This is the ...
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Estimating final alcohol by Original Gravity

Is it possible to estimate final alcohol value from the orginal gravity of the wort? Is apparent attenutaion involved in the estimation? I guess if I know OG and FG this is the answer. What if FG is ...
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1answer
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What is the quickest way to heat mash / sparge water?

Using a propane burner, is one of the following methods quicker / more efficient than the other? If so why? a) Heat 2.82 gallons of water from 70 degrees to boiling and then add 1.12 gallons of 70 ...
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1answer
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Contact time for sanitizing bottles with diversol

To sanitize bottles with diversol can I simply put the solution in a vinator, pump it into the bottle a couple of times and rinse? Or does it require to soak in the bottles for 20 minutes?
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Is using brass ball valves safe?

I heard the other day that using brass in your brewery set-up is a bad idea?! well I have brass ball valves from the hardware store on all my kettles? I know that typical brass has lead in it but is ...
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1answer
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Boil size, ABU's and adding LME

I see version of this question has been asked, so apologies for the repeat but its never quite answered in the way I need. I made a batch last night and noticed half way through the process that ...
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1answer
199 views

Using a March pump without a kettle valve

I'm thinking of buying a March pump, but my kettle doesn't have a hole in which I could install a valve. Now, obviously, I could drill a hole and install a valve. But before I do that, how easy is it ...
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1answer
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Does trub effect your gravity reading?

took a gravity reading today at the end of the transfer from the kettle and there was quite a bit of trub in the cylinder, like the whole flip'n tube. so would the trub hold the hydrometer up and give ...
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Mash process vs specialty grains

Everybody can buy a certain number of specilaty grains and combine them, but in a way it seems to me this way I will do something that someone else can do just replicating my grain choice. On the ...
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Peanut Butter Chocolate Stout- Cocoa or Nibs?

I'm looking to piece together a Peanut Butter Chocolate Stout recipe and I torn between using powdered cocoa late in the boil or cocoa nibs in secondary. Any suggestions? Also, with either ...
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3answers
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Hydrometer reading interference

When brewing an IPA about a week ago, my starting gravity reading came out to be 1.12 - significantly higher than the listed target of 1.07 on the recipe. I had suspicions of error at the time which I ...
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1answer
440 views

Does using a fining agent effect the flocculation of yeast?

I'm doing a series of smash beers all using the same yeast same temp same grain. I'm noticing a big variation in flocculation on the current batch (forgot the Irish moss oops) WLP001 by the way. Im ...
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How to avoid blowoff on a 1 gallon jug?

I'm experimenting with 1 gallon batches, and every single time I had a blowoff. So for the batch I brewed today I just put a bucket of sanitized water and a blowoff tube to start with since I know ...
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1answer
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Control Products 9102D Temperature Controller won't go below 50 degrees?

So I got a dual stage controller (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0057APR3I/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) to hook up to a keezer that I am making. I got it wired up today and was ...

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