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Gunk in bottom of all grain boil

After finishing the boil and chilling the wort for my all grain batches I find I always have a large volume of gunk left of the bottom of the pot. I'm sure it's just spent hops and other solid bits ...
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How long can bottles be considered sanitized?

At the moment I'm sanitizing bottles by submerging them in sanitizing solutions (and letting them fill of course), and then running them through the dishwasher with no detergent/etc. The dishwasher ...
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Fermentation vessel too small for beer kit

My problem is that I have a 15L carboy a beer kit (Cooper's Irish Stout) that's supposed to be for 23L. I vaguely recall reading somewhere that I should leave about 20% headspace (so I'm only brewing ...
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Bottle conditioning beer without sugar [duplicate]

I'm just about to embark on my first brew with my dad. He mentioned that he may include half a tea spoon of sugar into each of the bottles to prevent it becoming flat. What are other suggestions to ...
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Can I use wine yeast to ferment beer?

Can I use wine yeast to ferment a beer? What sort of problems might I encounter that are unique to wine yeast trying to ferment malt sugars? What sort of flavor differences might I encounter?
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How much distillers yeast do I use in a 5 gallon batch of beer?

The recipe I'm working on calls for the use of distillers yeast half way through my primary fermentation (among other things like plenty of sugar, aeration, etc...). Problem is, it doesn't really ...
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Fat in malted and unmalted barley

Does malted barley have fat like un-malted barley? If either have fat, why doesn't this cause problems in the beer? What happens with this fat during the brew?
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Soapy off-flavour source?

I have made 3 batches of beer now which each had the same off flavour but I don't really have a clear idea of the source of the problem. It's a kind of soapy cleaning flavour but doesn't match up any ...
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It is necessary to sanitize my wine thief after primary fermentation

I have made several batches of wine from kits and a few batches of mead. One of the things that must be done after primary fermentation is to test the specific gravity. The wine kits I have used ...
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What is the IBU cutoff between a Pale Ale and an IPA?

Granted these are different techniques, there seems to be a line where Pale Ales start to become more bitter and hoppy and IPA-esque. The thing is that Pale Ales don't usually list thier IBU on the ...
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How many pounds of frozen strawberries in a Strawberry blonde?

I'm brewing a 5 gallon all-grain strawberry blonde ale. I'd like to leave it for two weeks in primary, then rack on top of frozen strawberries in secondary. Would anyone have an estimate of how many ...
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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 ...
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Best temperature to store carboy after fermentation is complete?

I've got a porter and a stout, both sitting in carboys and both have reached their desired FG reading. However, I'm not able to keg them for another 2-3 weeks because I'm still waiting on a CO2 ...
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Should yeast be washed or just stored in the beer?

The answer to this question suggests yeast shouldn't be washed, is that really the current consensus? what if I'm brewing a different style? Won't the trub affect taste? Lots of hop residue there. ...
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Nibs and vodka question

I'm hoping to get some confirmation on what is probably a stupid question. I'm getting ready to rack a chocolate coffee milk stout and am going to be using nibs for the first time. I understand ...
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1answer
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Chocolate and Coffee Additions

I am going to be brewing the Zymurgy KBS clone, but a little nervous with some of the additions listed: 2.5 oz Belg Bittersweet Choc and 1.5 oz unsweetened cocoa nibs @ 15 mins. ***I read that ...
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2answers
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Aging a beer bottled from the keg

I have a Russian Imperial Stout that I want to age for a full year. I currently have it in kegs, uncarbonated. I like to bottle from kegs that have been force carbonated due to the lack of sediment ...
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Which is the superior air-lock liquid: Vodka or Star-San?

I've had a life-long fancy for using vodka to clean sanitize and naturally use it in my air-lock. Given that it is only 40%, however, and I live in California where pure grain alcohol is illegal, ...
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1answer
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How much recycled yeast to use?

Morning all, I am just getting into re-using my yeast and have a question. I wash it as per the YouTube advice that I found (haha) and it seems to store pretty well so far. I have tried it in one ...
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Can I use Glucose in Place of Brewing Sugar?

As question states really - can I use glucose in place of brewing sugar, at any stage in the brewing process? (This is my first ever attempt at brewing so I'm a little clueless I'm afraid) I'm ...
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Uses for spent grains

What are some uses for spent grains - either a few pounds from a partial mash or the 10+ from an all-grain batch - that don't include just throwing the grains away? If your answer is to include some ...
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4answers
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Bananas in beer?

My first look into this site and a novice at brewing, at the moment I have only tinkered with replacing honey with sugars with the shop bought beer kits in the can, all the experiments have worked ...
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1answer
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I added too much dextrose to my wort

First time brewer here. Me and my girlfriend received a home brew kit for Christmas. The recipe called for 2 lbs of liquid malt extract and three lbs of dry malt extract. Along with hop pellets and a ...
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First time making beer

I'm living somewhere possessing and trading alcoholic beverages is illegal and that is why I'm making my own. I can find some russian beers here which according to what is sated on the can, they ...
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How long is too long in the secondary? [duplicate]

How long can I keep a beer in the secondary before it won't be able to be bottle conditioned? How can I tell if it has been too long and need to pitch fresh yeast to bottle condition? This question ...
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Water mineral additions, losses to mash, and evaporation in the kettle. I.e., does water lost to the mash result in a proportionate loss of ions?

Rephrasing my question: I see three separate ways of calculating the final ppm of various minerals in the end product. Say I begin with 9 gallons of DH20. After the mash, I lost 1.5 gallons and end ...
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3answers
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Is my Cider ready to bottle

ok my question is this i have bought a cider kit on the instructions it says to bottle after 7 days or when it reads 1010 on the hydrometer , my OG was 1072 and i have left it for seven days and it ...
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Muntons pilsner specific gravity not coming down

I'm relatively new to homebrewing and I tried a Muntons Extract Pilsner kit. I followed the instructions on the kit to a T and after 3 weeks (and having read other questions and comments on this ...
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0answers
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Brewing beer - Flat unpleasant after taste

I finished brewing my first batch ever and when we tried it today for the first time it had a flat and unpleasant after taste which I can only describe as lack of taste. Description of the brewing. ...
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4answers
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Lots of trub affecting specific gravity readings?

I'm in the process of making a pretty big pumpkin beer, and just transferred to secondary. There was an incredible amount of trub -- probably 1.5 gallons out of a 5 gallon batch. I guess it was a ...
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0answers
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wlp565 minimum time to bottle condition?

I'm fully prepped for wlp565 to stall out, but this question is about bottle conditioning with wlp565. what have been your minimum conditioning times to hit your desired CO2 level using wlp565? ...
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288 views

How to improve efficiency of water usage..?

I have just put another beer in the fermentor and I seem to use huge amounts of water during the whole brewing process. I don't have an exact estimate of my water use, but taking into account the ...
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1answer
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What can have caused my mead to have the taste of yeast?

I brew my first mead one month ago. I've put 1 dose of honey for about 3.5 of water. Ended up with a 2 liters of must in a pet bottle. I've put 10 grams of yeast (the entire sachet). Since i started, ...
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Carbonation gone wrong?

I was trying my first all grain brew yesterday when I realized that the beer was almost flat, which is weird because they spent about a week inside the bottle. It's a belgian golden ale and I've added ...
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Is the iodine test for starch conversion pointless?

Looking around the web there seems to be a lot of mention of the use of the iodine (starch) test at the end of your mash. Is it actually useful (i.e. is it reliable)? There have been times when I ...
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2answers
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White lab Saison yeasts and diacetyl, ever had a “buttery” problem?

I just pitched my first Saison, using WLP 565 24 hours ago. Bubbling nicely. I'm worried about diacetyl, am I paranoid? Aroma section of the beer judging style guide says "no diacetyl" in the aroma ...
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Should I be worried about my bottles exploding?

Alright, so this is my first batch where I came up with the recipe instead of using a recipe kit, and something seems to have gone wrong. Here are my brewing notes so you can see exactly what I did: ...
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Will my airlock problem ruin my wine?

I'm brewing a Barolo wine which is now stabilizing in a carboy with a bubble airlock fitted, the water from the airlock is being drawn into the carboy. Is this normal ? If not how can I stop this ? ...
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335 views

Am I fermenting homebrew kit at too low a temperature

Total newbie here so sorry for the very basic question. I started doing a the Coopers Lager kit last night (using the standard Coopers Homebrew start kit set up). It said in the instructions to add ...
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1answer
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What grains have been fermented? [closed]

As i'm about to bottle my first batch. After all the googling and reading I've done, what grains have been fermented into beer?
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1/2“ diameter 5/8” thick clear plastic tube

My tube was flat in some parts of it, is there a way to make it more round so the liquid smoothly flows thru? I think that was the reason I was seeing air bubbles in the tube.
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1answer
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Yeast nutrients

I've seen several beer, mead, and wine recipes that call for yeast nutrients. I'm even now following a mead recipe that calls for staggered nutrients. But my question is, what exactly are yeast ...
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How can I get beer out of a keg without CO2?

I've run out of gas; how can i get the beer out of the keg?
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3answers
88 views

Measuring SG on small (3.5l / 1g) batches

I do small batch brewing (3.5l-4l) and using hydrometer is a big pain for them, as I need to take very big amount of beer out to test it. I've learned to do OG readings with refractometer, but I get ...
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Overcarbed or gusher infection?

Is there an easy way to detect whether excessive foaming / gushing is the result of over carbonation or a gusher infection? Perhaps a telltale taste or other indicator?
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Should the Munich Water Profile be used for Bavarian Hefeweizens?

I'm having trouble searching for the correct water profile to be used for a Bavarian hefeweizen. In the book Designing Great Beers by Ray Daniels, Munich -- or more properly, Bavaria -- ... has ...
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1answer
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Airlock not bubbling

So I made my first ever homebrew ale yesterday, transferred it to my fermentation bin and pitched the yeast. After 24 hours at the recommended temperature there is a nice thick layer of krausen on ...
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1answer
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Local breweries and brewery supplies in istanbul?

is there any local brewery and supply shop in istanbul, how can i find supplies for home brewing, I want to start home brewing but I dont know how to find supplies?
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Tannins and yeast

On this page it is claimed that wine yeast needs some tannins to work, and that this can be a cause of stuck ferments in, say, flower wines. I have never heard of this, and cannot seem to find a good ...
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5answers
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trying to ID if my beer was infected!

My brown ale smelt somewhat like beer and possibly vinegar and tasted the same but with a very subtle sweetness but also very dry and puckering. I used only used dry extract and boiled the hops, no ...

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