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Can wet crushing impede mashing?

Last weekend I tried it. I get considerably less broken hulls, practically whole. Kernel was broken all right. So far so good. I added 0.5 liter of cold water to six kg of malt by pouring it slowly ...
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Can I lager in bottles?

I am planning to do a lager this winter, since I don't have a good way of controlling temperature, I was wondering if it is possible to bottle it with priming sugar, and then lager it? Or should I ...
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Cider - Yeast doesn't seem to kick off

I have 2 x 23L carbouy's full of freshly pressed juice, ready for fermentation. I began the process by killing off all the wild yeast strains in the apples by adding 1 1/4 teaspoons of sodium ...
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Do Some Carbon Filters Remove Chloramines, While Others Don't?

I thought that carbon filtration removed both chlorine and chloramines from water. However, the seller of a reverse osmosis system on Amazon answered a question with this: This system can remove ...
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Do Reverse Osmosis water filtration systems produce water with negligible amounts of minerals, or is an additional deionization component required?

I want to purchase some type of water filtration system to produce water that contains negligible amounts of minerals. Currently I purchase distilled water from Walmart, and I want my water filtration ...
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Why bother with airlock when I can just leave the tube going to the bleach water in place?

Making my first batch! Using a Brooklyn Brew Shop kit, and did the active part last night. I've got the jug in a cool/dark place and it it bubbling away, sending CO2 through the tube in the top of ...
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Freshly Pitched Yeast at top of Must

I'm making some homemade mead and I just pitched my yeast. My must has quite the gradient to it. The top is a light brown where the yeast is then it fades to golden toward the bottom. Should I attempt ...
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Experimenting with primary-only and primary-secondary fermentation

We have a batch of beer that has been in primary for about a week and we are getting ready to rack to a secondary fermenter. We want to experiment with the difference between doing primary only and ...
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brewing and storing small quantities in large receptacles

i have a 22.5 litre fermenting bucket and a 22.5 litre pressure barrel but accidently purchased a 9 litre Belgian beer kit.Is it still ok to ferment and store this smaller quantity in these larger ...
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pre-boil water the day before?

I live in an area with hard water and I usually treat my water with a campden tablet. It's usually fine but I'd like to try something different. Can I boil my water the night before brew day and leave ...
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Adding sultanas to homebrew

3 lbs / 1350 grams fresh elderberries 1 lb / 450 grams sultanas 3 lbs / 1350 grams sugar 8 pints / 1 gallon water 1 teaspoon citric acid 1 campden tablet Wine yeast Yeast nutrient METHOD - WHAT TO DO ...
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Back sweeten and carb cider

If I use original apple juice to back sweeten cider and I also want to add, say, 100 grams of brewing sugar to carb. One litre of juice has 50 grams of sugar, does this mean I should only add 50 grams ...
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Light Sulphur smell

Started my first batch of Cider! YEY!Got me some nice juice from the orchard nearby. It was only pasteurized when i got it, no campden tablets or sulphites to kill the wild yeast. Started fermantation ...
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Temperature for wild-yeast fermented cider

I just bought 10 gallons of freshly pressed unpasteurized apple sweet cider. I am breaking it into two batches, planning to ferment one of them with french wine yeast and the second one will be ...
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Help reducing alcohol content in cider

This might be a silly question but how do I reduce the alcohol content in my home brew cider. I have done two tests and they are coming out about 8% for the cider. I would like to bring it down to ...
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continous fermenting

I am brewing milestones black pearl and have added 500g of malt extract. the wort started at an sg of 1060. It has been quite an impressive fermentation that is still continuing after 3 weeks but the ...
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Smoked Porter, should I mash or steep my smoked grain?

I have made a smoked porter batch from a concentrate my LBS was making and selling. Before fermentation, I could easily taste the smoke flavour, but 2 weeks after bottling I could no longer. ...
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Do you need to mash out? [duplicate]

I have just finished my second all grain brew. I failed to mash out and went straight from the mash to boil. What difference will this make to my beer?
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What micron level is good for carbon filtering your water?

I went and built a version of this filtration system, but the only filter I could find at Home Depot was a 5 micron. The guy in that thread seems to be using a .5 micron. I have been using water ...
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Elderbery wine recipe

I have 15lb of frozen elderberry. I just want to make a 1 gallon of wine for now. Could I have some advice and a recipe please? I just want to use elderberrys, raisins.
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Fermentation is causing foam to come out of plastic bucket [duplicate]

I'm brewing an Imperial Stout and I noticed that after brewing, I forgot to put water in the airlock (although I had put the lid on the plastic bucket and put the airlock in place). Thankfully, it had ...
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Force-carbonation of unfiltered beer?

It seems that bottle-conditioning is very standard in home-brewing. I have found some reference to force-carbonation of beer but at a glance I assume it is really only done commercially with filtered ...
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Special considerations for primary fermentation in a carboy?

I brewed my first batch this weekend (Scottish Ale) and have been keeping an eye on it during primary, largely out of curiosity but also first-timer's paranoia. We added too much water before ...
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Storage of pH test equipment

I am looking to buy a pH meter like the one below, to more accurately balance acidity when making cider from fresh apples. More expensive testers seem to require the probes are stored in a solution ...
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Would ingredients and method work for a sweet, fizzy cider?

22 litres apple juice Around 800 grams brewing sugar 3tea bags for tanning - saw this on another post, thought I'd give it a go So I'm a couple of days into my primary and I'm going for a semi sweet ...
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Ale yeast re pitch

Okay so I racked this experiment into a 6 gallon glass, slowly brought it up to 68F and re pitched with Safale05. After 24 hours, there is very little activity. One bubble every minute. Is it ...
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Can you add Gelatin to a carbonated, kegged beer?

I fermented and kegged a beer but noticed that the beer was not pouring very clear. It dawned on me that no clarifying agents were used in the boil. I want to use gelatin to clear the beer, but the ...
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Do you have to keg your brew in order to add CO2?

Can I add Co2 to a fermentation tank or to a brightening tank and than bottle it or attach a line to the tap or do I have to put it in a keg?
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I misread a cider making kit, doubled the sugar

I missed read a cider making kit and put 3.5 kilos of sugar in it instead of 1.7? Could I turn this in to wine by adding a wine yest instead of cider yeast? Or any other advice please apart from read ...
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Lager still smelling like apples after 2 weeks fermenting

Currently got a lager kit brewing but not sure if it is ready to bottle. The kit I have says to leave it for 10 days but I didn't seem ready then and had quite a strong apple smell to it although ...
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2nd batch cider started, unsure of future process

So I've just put my second batch into primary. My first batch was the magnum apple cider which was quite bland and not strong at all. Wasn't sure to what I was doing but have done a lot of ready since ...
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Carbonating in the ferment container

Apple Cider Base 6g 1 packet of Red Star Champaine yeast SG 1.073 with a final ABV of around 8.5% - 9.0% Fermenting in a FastFerment 7.9 Gallon I want to end up with an off dry cider that does not ...
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Specific Gravity: Refractometer and Hydrometer Disagree

I have tried to use a refractometer when brewing. I can never get an accurate pre-boil specific gravity reading that consistently aligns with my post boil, cooled wort hydrometer reading. I spoke ...
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My propane burner is hard to ignite, and when it does, the flames are small

I have a Bayou Classic KAB4 propane burner, which I've had intermittent success using to bring my wort to a boil. When I hook it up to a full tank it seems to work fine, but when I use a tank that is ...
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Fermentation temperature control [duplicate]

I have an old refrigerator that I use as a fermentation chamber for my beer. It can hold two fermentation buckets. It is connected to a STC-1000 temperature controller so it keeps the temperature ...
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Ale yeast at cold temps?

I made a modified Oktoberfest 11 days ago. I used an ale yeast to cut down on the time. I let it ferment at 68 degrees Fahrenheit for 4 days, then decided to put it in the fridge at 50 degrees. I ...
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Should I use force carbonation, and how do I go about doing it?

I am relatively new to home brewing, and so far I have bottle carbonated all of my batches. However, I have been reading some about force carbonating and I would much rather do that if possible (for ...
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I am brewing alcoholic ginger beer. How much sugar to prime it?

I am looking for this ginger beer to be sweet, spicy and very fizzy. Something which should violate your tongue's human rights. I have never produced a fizzy brew before so know nothing about ...
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Fermenting bin lid bulging

First time brewing a batch of ale and slightly concerned by a potential explosion! Just walked past the fermenting bin and saw the lid is bulging out slightly, at a guess I'd say the gas isn't ...
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How can i stop losing so much water during brew

I am brewing with a 25l HLT, 30l Mash tun and 52l boiler. I am boiling 20l to 25l water in the HLT and losing some water during the Mash and Sparge. By the end of the sparge I am getting about 15l ...
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Will a pure co2 'welding' gas bottle be ok to use for my corny kegs?

I'm finding it hard to find affordable gas bottles in the UK. I've found a supplier that offer as they call it 'beverage' gas which consists of either 30/70 50/50 or 60/40 split of co2 and nitrogen ...
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Potential yeast problem?

So this is my first brew, everything was going great within 3 or so hours foams began to appear, krausen formed, and there were bubbles constantly coming out of the airlock. This morning I woke up and ...
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What sugar to use when transferring to bottle or barrel

Doing a homebrew for the first time, bought a kit to do it with; figured it be a good student method of saving money :). Anyway, its currently in the fermenting bin, and when it comes to transferring ...
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How to tell when hops are dry enough to seal and freeze

I have a hops vine and want to harvest and dry for my son. I understand I should harvest when they have a slight crunch but before they turn brown. I am using a dehydrator with 75-degree F setting. ...
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Beer too sweet and already force carbed…can I restart fermentation to dry it out?

As the title suggests, I'm looking for options to dry out a beer (stout) that's already been force carbed in a keg. Can I simply bring it back up to temp in hopes that fermentation will restart? It's ...
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Temperature when hydrating dry yeast

Some Lalvin yeast I bought is not doing anything in my wort. When I told people on an online forum I'd hydrated it with 40 degrees C water, they told me this was far too hot. But this is exactly what ...
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Can I add black currant flavour to cider kit?

I have just brought a cider making kit for beginners as I want to get back into home brewing. My question is can I add additional flavouring to the cider, when to add it and if possible any great ...
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Fixing keg lid leaks

I have a few kegs with loose lids. That is, the lever doesn't offer a lot of resistance when you close the lid. I think the kegs are leaking CO2 from the lid. I have heard that putting pennies under ...
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Max temperature for lager carbonation

Although I'm an experienced homebrewer, I've only ever done ales because I've never had a fridge. I recently bought a BrewJacket and was able to brew my first lager. I'm now at the bottling phase ...
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How to choose a fridge to convert to a kegerator

I'm going to be building a kegerator pretty soon and I'm pretty sure that I am going to buy a new fridge. Now, I have 1 corny keg but in the future, I would like 4 kegs hooked up, my wife also would ...

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