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Do I need two tanks in a RIMS system

I'm looking into building an automated RIMS system. I think I understand the principles pretty well, but there is one sticking point for me. Since the heating element is container in the pipe, I would ...
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Green apple taste with beer that used bucket with lid with no gasket

I kegged a black porter, from an extract kit 4 days ago, it is still carbonating. It has a green apple taste to it. I let it sit in the primary for 7 weeks, a midwest supplies 6.5 gal bucket w/ a ...
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Doing (very) small batches of beer

I was wondering if, for the sake of testing, it was a good idea to do very small batches of beer. I almost always see batches of 5, 6 gallons. I would like to make tests, and I don't want them to take ...
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How to make a great stout? [closed]

I'm about to start an out the box Stout tonight and would like to know if anyone has any tips to make this great tasting? This is the first time I've tried making a stout so am rather clueless at the ...
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Beer turning cloudy when poured into a glass

So i opened up a bottle of home brew that had been lagering for a few months. When i opened it and pour it into a glass is was perfectly clear with nice carbonation. Then within 5-10 minutes it was ...
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Yeast for dubbel

I was planning on making 35L of 1.070 ish OG dubbel on Friday. I don't have any yeast to hand and was wondering whether the smack packs of http://www.brewuk.co.uk/wyeast-activator-3787-trappist.html ...
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Pomagranate mead color

I've been fermenting my pomagranate mead for about 2 weeks now and I'm planning on racking it in a week. My question is why does my mead have a brown red color? Is this a normal colour for pomagranate ...
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Hard cider with pasteurized regular cider

I made a great cider last year and would like to do the same this year. Problem is that I'm too lazy to get all the way out to an apple orchard that sells non pasteurized cider. Can I use organic ...
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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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Secondary for ciders and wines

Latest consensus seems to indicate that racking to a secondary when making beer in small scale is not recommended anymore. Is racking to a secondary still recommended for making ciders or wines? If ...
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Has anyone had any success brewing 11.5l in a 30l container?

I am keen to start home brewing but I don't want to make 23l of beer at a time. I'd like to brew smaller batches of different beers. I have looked at the starter brewery kits available locally and ...
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What characteristics does Halcyon and Maris Otter bring to beer?

I have been brewing with these two types of malts and was just wondering what types of beer are typically made with them and what taste characteristics they have.
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Is it acceptable to use a UV sanitizer light on a finished product?

With all the talk about how important it is to sanitize your equipment when brewing, is it acceptable to use a UV sanitizer light on a finished product just to make sure there is no harmful bacteria ...
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After adding sparkolloid to homemade wine in a carboy, how do I remove the liquid without stirring up the lees?

I just created my first 5 gallon batch of white wine, and it turned out pretty good. However about a month ago I reracked it with sparkolloid powder allowing the lees to settle at the bottom, but have ...
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Can you brew only half a can and store the rest for later?

I am keen to start Home brewing but brewing 23 litres at a time seems a bit excessive, so I'd like to halve the recipe and only use half a can of brew kit. Does anyone know if this works and how long ...
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Pomegranate wine colour?

The pictures of pomegranate wine I have seen on the internet seem like very dark red wine. The one I made however looked like a milkish pink. What can account for the difference? How can I control the ...
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What types of artificial sweetener are normally used in fruit cider in the UK & US?

Since yeast will generally eat any sugar you add to your must/cider, adding sugar for sweetness in home-brewing isn't really an option unless you get more elaborate and pasteurise, etc. So artificial ...
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Bourbon soaked oak cubes

I have made a ten tidy clone using the 1st runnings method. Which left me with 3 gallons after boil. I transferred from the primary to secondary and I am currently ready to add the bourbon soaked ...
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Strong beer at 3%?

The O.G. was 13 Brix (1.053), and the F.G. was 8 Brix (1.031). According to the calculation, the beer is only approximately 3% ABV. But I tried a glass and it's gotta be closer to 5.5%. 20% of the ...
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How do I increase the quantity of Ginger Beer Plant using ingredients I would use anyway?

Very similar to this question I would like to know how to best make my Ginger Beer Plant grow. Another but related question would be what the most important factors for growth are. Water? Temperature? ...
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Flat, weak finish to my homebrew. Sign of it being young?

I bottled my homebrew a week ago - TrueBrew Bavarian Hefeweizen. Yesterday I popped a bottle to make sure it was carbonating, and for a sneak preview. I was pleasantly surprised with the aroma and ...
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Which kind of hop should be used on a First Wort Hopped (FWH) beer?

Should I use Aroma or Bittering hop on my FWH? The time between the FWH and the boiling should be taken into account or it does not matter?
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Rapidly moving particles during fermentation?

I'm about 24 hours into fermenting my first IPA in a carboy using Safale-04. The fermentation is going well but I noticed small particles floating around in all directions. My best guess is that ...
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Corny keg that won't hold pressure.

I have a corny keg that won't hold pressure unless it's kept at constant pressure at around 10 - 15 psi which apparently is enough to compress the seal against the opening of the keg enough to stop ...
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Boil options with a small pot

I'm about to make my first brew (from an extract kit), it's a 25litre batch (6.5us gal). Following John Palmer's advice I will be doing a partial boil. But the biggest pot I have available is 6litres ...
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Wort Contamination?

Making my first beer and during my last temp check I dropped the thermometer into my wort bucket, instinctively i immediately reached in and pulled it out. My hands were cleaned and sanitized and my ...
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shaken cider during fermentation process

my partner shook my fermenting cider while I was at work will this affect it it was about day three. smelled sweet not like vinegar when I bottled it.
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First batch, to dump or not to dump

I brewed my first batch, an English IPA (Maris Otter, East Kent Goldings, WLP023 Burton Ale Yeast) about a month ago. Bottled on the 4th November, priming with dextrose monohydrate brewing sugar. ...
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How to increase quantity of Ginger Beer Plant

I'm looking to increase my quantity of GBP to share with a friend. I've brewed a few batches of ginger beer, but I always end up with the same amount or slightly less GBP than I started with. What ...
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Can this juice ferment without added sugar?

If I wanted to make a hooch out of "cranberry juice cocktail", which is composed of "water, cranberry juice, high fructose corn syrup, cranberry juice concentrate, and ascorbic acid, how would I go ...
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Adding coconut after fermentation

I am attempting to brew the coconut porter as listed in this thread, which is bubbling away nicely at the moment. It notes: after fermentation, rack off into PB or somesuch.  Then toast 700g ...
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Mead keeps separating… HELP!

I just created a pomagranate mead and now it is separating it's self... Ingredients: 49 oz pomagranate Puree 6 lbs Clover Honey 2 tsp Acid Blend 3 tsp Yeast Nutrient 1 tsp Pectic Enzyme 1 tsp Grape ...
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Mead Problem with Yeast

So the other day I created a mead and messed up... long story short I killed all my yeast by rushing. I added the dead yeast into my mead and it all sank to the bottom. I just racked off the dead ...
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Recipe for Canadian Red Ale

I recently made a 1 gallon batch of Brooklyn Brew Shop's Canadian Red Ale. As it was absolutely incredible, I want to make it again. I have searched everywhere for a list of ingredients but have not ...
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Bottle labeler suggestions

my dad and uncle are homebrewers and they desperately need a labeler. They've talked about getting one before but have more important things to get first in order to perfect their beer. So for ...
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Can a twist-off bottle be capped?

Out of curiosity (and appreciation for Boulevard's bottle's form-factor), can a twist-off bottle be reliably capped?
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How to use priming sugar

I am about to bottle my first cider, and i have a 500g bag of priming sugar, from what i have read, i can either prime each bottle, or i can pour the sugar into the brewing vessel and stir it in if i ...
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Will it be too cold to brew in my garage over the winter?

I was thinking of asking for a Homebrew Starter kit for Christmas this year and would like to set it up to brew and ferment in my garage. However I am wondering, will it be too cold to brew beer or ...
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Pediococcus Infection--Will brett get rid of the ropiness?

I'm pretty sure I have a pediococcus infection on a Kolsch that I brewed recently. Let's just say some stuff came up and my sanitation was not great. I sampled it after about 6 weeks in primary at ...
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Is juiced Ginger root fermentable?

I occasionally use a juicer to make Ginger root juice (which is quite strong) but lately I've also considered lacto-fermenting this juice. Which leads me to my question:How fermentable is juiced ...
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Where tanins are good in beers?

Although tanin gives an unpleasant astringent effect in beers, in wines - also, but - it is known as antioxidant and protector against UV light. So, in beers can tanins also be welcome at least ...
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How do I decide between all the starter kits available in the UK?

I was thinking about getting into Homebrew as I love my beer and thought it would be fun to brew some of my own. I am from the UK and was just wondering what the best starter kit is that's available ...
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If/When to move to secondary fermentation

Digression from What's the point of secondary fermentation? What are the good rules of thumb for determining a. whether to use secondary fermentation at all and b. when to move from primary to ...
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convert pump tap to kegorator tap

I have a "party" pump tap. I want to convert this to use on a DIY kegerator. Can this be done? After taking the tap apart it looks pretty basic: CO2 in one side, beer out the other. I am specifically ...
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Is this a pediococcus infection?

A berliner weisse we forgot to bottle for around a month and a half. Did not introduce pediococcus or lactic acid in the fermentation. Did a sour mash before the boil so lactobacillus shouldn't have ...
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Issues with the colour / clarity of my brew

I made my first proper brew today and was wondering about the colour. It did not have the colour I thought it would have. I used 4 cups of pale malt, one cup of Halcyon, one cup of Maris Otter and ...
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Sour Ale With Pedio but Without Brett

In planning for a sour ale with peaches and apricot, we did a bit of research on the microorganisms typically used for making sours and put together a recipe for a fairly basic pale ale with ...
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Recycling Screw-top Bottles for Homebrew

With my budget being somewhat limited I can only really afford to put my wine into sanitised used bottles from store bought wine, rather than proper bottles with corks. My main concern is oxidation ...
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Keep Homebrew Fresh

Just syphoned a youngs 30 bottle kit into a plastic 5 gallon fermenter. How should I store this to stop it going bad? What's the highest temperature it can be stored at safely? and how can I ensure ...
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Off smell in my mead

I recently started brewing mead and during my first racking I noticed a chemically smell that had a alcohol vinyl smell. I can't figure out if my mead has turned or not. I did another racking today ...

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