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Fermenting Soda

Years ago I attempted to ferment Mountain Dew (about a decade ago so my recount of the details may be a bit off). My goal was to have a drink with similar carbonation, similar flavor, and reasonable ...
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Can I reuse brewing yeast as a nutritional yeast?

I have a budding vegan in the house. Even after reusing yeast for brewing I send a lot of yeast to the compost bin. Has anyone out there used the yeast as a nutritional supplement? If so, could any ...
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Wort Color and pH strips

Does a dark and roasty wort effect the ability to read the color change strips. I am not talking about how dark grains effect pH, I get that. I simply mean the color of stout wort vs. pilsner wort. ...
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What are the Consequences of Removing an Airlock for less than 60 seconds?

I have to remove my airlock to get a temperature probe out of the carboy. I can probably do this in 15-30 seconds. I understand that air shouldn't touch the alcohol, but will this short of a time ...
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Where to buy ingredients and tools for brewing in UK?

I'm moving soon to UK and I would like to keep on brewing my beers there, does anyone know a shop where to get the tools (fermenters, heat exchanger, and so on) and ingreds (malts, hops yeasts and so ...
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Are there dry yeasts that rival liquids for IPA's? [closed]

My HBS just raised the prices of various liquid yeasts. Are there dry yeasts that are as good for IPA's? Recommendations please & should they be pitched dry or as a starter? Thanks.
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Steel Cut v. Flaked Oats

Pound for pound, do steel cut oats deliver the same level of mouthfeel as flaked oats? I ask because I recently made some steel cut oats for breakfast and they seem to be much more gummy than normal ...
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Can enough capsaicin adversely effect yeast?

This is related to a previous question I asked when I wasn't as clinically insane as I am now. Allow me to explain: A couple of months ago, I came upon Stone brewery's Crime and Punishment beers ...
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How do I avoid airlock foam overflow? Does it effect the fermentation process?

During my last small batch brew, America Wheat from Northern Brewer, I came home to find that the foam in the 1 gallon carboy had overflowed the three piece air lock (which was a mess to clean out). I ...
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Does Irish Moss expire?

I've only bought one bag of Irish Moss in at least 2 years. It's so cheap but is there really any need to replace it?
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Use the same sample for gravity readings

Is there any reason why you can't use the same sample for all your gravity readings rather than taking a fresh sample each time? The idea being to take an initial reading and then keep this sample ...
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What problem could happen adding chocolate flavor at the beginning of secondary?

I mistakenly added 5 oz of Chocolate Extract at the beginning of secondary instead of the day before bottling. Still smells ok, when I did some quick checks, but wondering if anyone else has made ...
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Is Star San sanitizer worth the cost?

I am a college student brewing in my apartment and while I am pretty dirty on occasion, when it comes to brewing beer I try to be on top of it. While I have not had a bad batch thus far, but the home ...
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what are my legal obligations in owning a distillery [closed]

I am interested in distilling whiskey and vodka. Im not sure of what the legal ramifications are but I want to one) do it legally and two) do it economically. Is this possible and what are the average ...
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Chilling wort in a fridge

I have a spare mini fridge that can hold inside my fermenter and i was thinking instead of spending water with my immersion chiller to rack my wort from my kettle and place the fermenter in to the ...
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How does a yeast starter affect original gravity reading?

I've prepared a 1qt (~1L) yeast starter according to instructions from Wyeast.com. I didn't measure its gravity, but in theory it should be about 1.040. I am brewing a 5 gallon batch of high gravity ...
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My Bottles are Breaking :(

I have around 4 boxes of 24oz's and 4 boxes of 12oz's. I started brewing roughly 8 months ago and have purchased these bottles over the 8 months. When I open the bottles to pour a brew, I've had ...
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Should I add extra hops in the boil vs dry-hopping?

I really enjoy my IPA with Citra hops. I have done some minimal dry-hopping which gives me a great citrus flavor and aroma, in addition to adding cascade and citra to the boil. I have no aversion to ...
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Is my beer oxidized?

I brewed a batch of bitter 5 weeks ago, simple recipe with 90 % pale malt and 10 % crystal. IBU is aout 30. I have brewed this beer before, and it was great. Everything went perfect, up until I ...
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Kegging but without CO2 tank

I got an annoyance issue here. I have a Cornelius keg 19lt and 15-16 liter batch of Wit-beer almost ready to go, but poorly timed.Issue is I currently don't have the CO2 regulator or Tank. Reason for ...
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What are the Consequences of Steeping Grains, Removing Kettle, and Finish the Brew 24 hours later?

I was half way through steeping my specialty grains (from an extract kit) when I realized that my four 6.5 gallon carboys were already in use and I forgot to purchase another one. I decided to let ...
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X2 IPA force carb pressure

What is a good pressure to force carb a double IPA in a five gallon keg? Is it possible to over carb when force carbing? This is the my first time trying this method and don't want to over do it if ...
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what types of hops can be grown in india ( in rajasthan sami arid zone)

I want to grow hops in Rajasthan (India). How do I get seeds for hops in India? Are there any companies in India that can provide me with what's necessary to grow my own?
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What ingredients would be most appropriate to prototype new flavors in a Randall?

I'm wondering about using a Randall the Enamel Animal to experiment with flavor combinations before mixing up a whole batch. For example, obviously the flavor of hops comes out nicely with one of ...
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Did I just contaminate my beer?

I brewed my very first batch almost 4 weeks ago. I currently have my beer in a secondary fermenter (glass carboy) and plan on bottling in a couple days. I dry hopped it late last week. Today I got ...
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Good home brewing blogs

Any suggestions for good blogs aimed at home brewers?
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What is the scientific explanation behind open fermentation leading to increased esters and yeast flavor & aroma?

As a recent experiment, I wanted to try something that was unconventional for most homebrewers, and is widely considered to be clown-crap crazy. I wanted to ferment a beer topless, without a lid. I ...
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Why exactly does cold crashing work?

I'm trying to understand the mechanism behind cold crashing. When cold crashing, you cool the fermented brew, yeast and suspended solids settle. With my first cider, a very turbid bottle visible ...
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Yeast starter timing question

Can anyone give me a time recommendation on how long I should allow a yeast starter sit on the stir plate for before pitching? I usually make it the night before (about 18 hours prior to pitching) ...
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2answers
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Honey addition to brown ale

When is the best time to add honey to a 5 gallon wort of Brown Ale, and what is the best amount? I don't know weather it would be best at the beginning or closer to bottling time!
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Leftover Juicing Pulp in Beer?

I'm a very new homebrewer and this may be a really wacky question, but I'm curious nonetheless. Every time I've made fresh juice using a juicer, I'm at a loss for what to do with the leftover pulp, ...
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Doubling Extract Recipe

At this stage of my brewing experience I brew boxed recipes from my local HB store. My sister is getting married and I wanted to brew for the reception. I plan to brew 2 double batches from recipes I ...
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1answer
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Why is potassium metabisulphite preferred to sodium by some sources?

I have read a number of sources that recommend the use of potassium metabisulphite or potassium-based campden tablets in preference to their sodium-based equivalents (e.g. Jack Keller states that he ...
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Draining Steeping Grains

What is the correct way to finish using steeping grains. The recipe I was following called for rinsing the grains with a few quarts of water. I had them all in two cloth sacks and poured the water ...
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Wit Beer I'm guessing I don't wanna store it to clear?

Often the advice with beer is to store it somewhere cool for a while before bottling for various reasons such as taste and clearing and removing chill haze.I'm currently brewing a Wit Beer from ...
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What's a good session beer to serve cold?

I made an ordinary bitter a while back and it really brought to light why it's served at cellar temperature. At 55F, it was a bit malty, with nice hops. At 45F, it was like seltzer. Very drinkable, ...
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Saving yeast in growler

I read on HBT that someone would save his yeast cake into three plastic bottles, and then use each bottle in a new batch. I didn't have three plastic bottles, used to hold pressure from the yeast as ...
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Addition of spring water at bottling

If I am short of 5 gallons at bottling or when I transfer to secondary can I add spring or purified water at this time?
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How low can a beer's final gravity be?

Approximately how low can the finishing gravity of a beer be? I've been brewing from kits for about 10 years, and went all-grain last year. I wouldn't expect to see anything lower than 1.006 or so, ...
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Safe to bottle IPA with higher FG than expected?

The expected FG from my receipt was supposed to be 1014, but it has been stable at 1020 for about 3 weeks now. The wort has been on the fermentation tank for about 4 weeks, it reached 1020 after 1 ...
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Do I have an infection?

Beer Kit: Brewferm TarwebierThis was my first time using StarSan as it's hard to get in my neck of woods. Is this some ugly Krausen or an infection, if so what type? Is there any recovery from this, ...
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When dry hopping, do you wait for clearing before bottling?

I'm still a beginner, this forum has helped me a great deal. I made an IPA, which cleared very well in the primary. It was transferred to a secondary for dry hopping, adding a muslin bag with 1 oz ...
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Is it necessary to top off wine in a carboy?

Inspired by Ron's post here, I'm wondering how necessary it is to top off a carboy of wine that is aging. I have 5 containers of mead/wine right now and they all have headspace. Not a ton but they ...
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Create your own Mr Beer cider refill?

Ok, so I bought a Mr. Beer beginner cider kit, at the time, I thought it would be an easy way to get into the hobby of homebrewing. However, the homebrew store that I got the Mr. Beer kit from ...
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Do both male and female hops need to be grown side by side?

I am interested in growing my own hops for decoration and brewing - mostly brewing ;-). Do I need to purchase both male and female plants to get flowers? My spouse who is a gardener pointed out this ...
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1answer
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When and how should I add Maltodextrin

I am brewing an imperial stout this weekend and I am planning to use 8oz of maltodextrin for 5 gallon batch. A friend of mine had a kit last time which had a maltodextrin in it but with no ...
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Why Reuse Yeast?

Sorry for seeming clueless, but I am clueless. I've only brewed about 15 batches, or less, of extract beers. Thus far, I've always bought prepackaged recipe "kits" similar to a Betty Croker cake mix. ...
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Why is my wort dark?

I recently brewed a beer with 70% pilsner malt, 28% light munich malt, and 2% chocolate malt. I used RO water, a 1 hour rest at 156 deg, and fly sparged. I had no means to check PH. Beersmith ...
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How do I save yeast to be reused?

I'm fairly new to beer (6 batches), I was using gelatin to clear my primary, but it has been noted that I then loose the ability to reuse the yeast. I have been using American Ale II liquid yeast and ...
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How much oak cubes should I use for 5 gallon batch?

I am planning to brew 3 batches of Imperial Stout at the same time with the same recipe. The difference is that I will age two batches with different oak cubes (one will be soaked in bourbon, one ...

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