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How does a beginner manage their yeast farm?

I'm about 6 batches into my AG brewing and my fridge is slowly getting filled with jars of yeast I've been harvesting, each labelled so I can tell which batch they came from. So far I've been ...
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Turn Bottling Bin into a Mash Tun?

If I attach a removable mesh filter to hold back the grains and I properly insulate the entire bottling bin, can I dual wield it as a bottler and as a mashing tun? What benefits are there to having ...
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Boil kettle from plastic fermentation bin

Can a plastic fermentation bin be modified with a heater element to make a strike-water heater or a boil-kettle?
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Food Grade Steel Drums

I'm thinking about buying some a HUGE Blue food grade steel drums, which is either painted or enameled.If I correctly modify them, will these be okay for FV, Mashing Tubs, Boil Kettle, Strike Boiler? ...
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PVC and PTFE Plastic for Long Term Wort Contact

I use a Raspberry Pi with water proof temperature sensors fed in through the airlock to measure the temperature of the wort. They are in contact with the wort from pitch and up to bottling, 4-6 weeks. ...
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How to get a richer body when brewing

I brewed my first home written beer recipe in the end of last year, now I want to improve the beer. It was a simple single hops pale ale recipe, brewed in a 5L container, so it was a very small batch ...
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How do I know what value I want for Volumes of CO2

I've bottled about 15-20 batches, but I am ready to keg for the first time. I see the table that has been rep[roduced on quite a few websites, and it has 3 examples with a range for the Volumes of CO2 ...
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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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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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Transporting unfermented wort

I want to brew with some friends in my country house but temperature this time of year there is not ideal to leave the fermentor there so i will have to transport it for about 100 km.I am not sure how ...
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When do Yeast grow and multiply?

Do yeast multiply in the initial aerobic phase or do they continue to multiply all the way through the entire anaerobic phase?
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What is the property of the carbonation of champagne that makes you feel light-headed?

After drinking an equivalent amount of Champagne and regular wine - I feel significantly more light-headed after drinking the Champagne. The only difference appears to be the carbonation. What is ...
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Does a protein rest even do anything?

I have been looking at brewing several recipes that call for a multi-step mash that includes a protein rest. I saw a Mr Wizard article in BYO that sort of defends protein rests. Just like the ...
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86 views

I stirred the yeast and it said do not

Making a British Barley wine and the dry yeast instruction called for sprinkling the yeast on top of the starter. I was a bit over excited and stirred at some point after it reached room temp but ...
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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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fermentation and dry hopping

I'm thinking about dry hopping my current batch. It's still fermenting and bubbling, and the krausen hasn't dissipated yet. Should I wait for fermentation to stop? Should I wait for the krausen to ...
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Longer time on yeast for a bigger beer?

I ferment all my beers single stage in a glass carboy immersed in a water bath to maintain temperature. This is the first time I've made a bigger beer (this one started at 1.080) on this system. I ...
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How do I get a turkey baster out of a carboy?

When I was pulling wort out of a carboy to take a hydrometer reading, the bottom part of the baster separated from the head and fell into the carboy. What's the best way to get it out with the fewest ...
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What are Esters?

I am reading a lot about yeast cell production and ester production. I think I have a good handle on the yeast cell production, but what are esters? Is that part of what the yeast consume that give ...
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Malt mill gap adjustment

The nature of my work is such that i have all the materials and tools to make a mill so i am not intrested on buying one.I want to know if there is a standard gap between the rollers for all type of ...
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Using Campden in water

I am using campden in water to remove chlorine and chloramine. I have heard that it may inhibit the yeast. Should I leave it any length of time after use in order to minimise yeast inhibition?
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Testing Bottling Carbonation

So, I bottled 6 days ago. I'm a little impatient, and want to see how my carbonation is going. What can I expect if I pop one open today? I haven't noticed any difference in the beer in the bottle, ...
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Any People with Celiacs Tried Clarity Ferm?

There's been a lot of discussion around Clarity Ferm, and it's ability to break down gluten in beer. The manufacturers just say it makes "gluten reduced beer", but Omission and others uses it to make ...
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What is Disgorging or Dégorgement?

What is Disgorging and how is it performed on fizzy wine? I have heard it is a part of the process to make champagne.
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316 views

Keezer ~ Collar vs Faucet top tower

I am just getting ready to setup my keezer. I like the ease of use with a collar, but my little 7 cubic foot freezer is only as tall as my junk. I am concerned that it will be uncomfortable to draw a ...
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101 views

Using mason jars to bottle in?

Has anyone used mason jars to bottle in? What were your results if so? They are being sealed like when you can, so I'm especially curious if they hold pressure well. (I know they are clear, and that ...
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Sediment in bottled elderflower wine

Hi Last year for the first time ever, I made Elderflower wine in September for our daughters wedding March 2014. I've left it alone since bottling it, however I've noticed there is sediment at the ...
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Colour adjustment

Is there a difference between darker malts in the color they give to the brew? Melanoiden malts are said to give a red color, chocolate malts should render the beer brown. But there is just one ...
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103 views

Krausen: Blow off tube or Larger Headspace?

Krausen: to blow-off or not to blow-off? With a large krausen (foamy head) in a fermentation vessel (FV), often the best remedy is to use a blow-off tube into a bottle of sanitizer. Question: Would ...
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275 views

Thick blobs of yeast cake looking stuff in my bottles (Image Added)

The last batch of beer I have made seems to have a lot more sediment in it than any of my other beers. It has been sitting for 3 weeks and some of the bottles when I pour have gloopy looking sediment ...
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190 views

Cold Crashing in the bottle?

Is it possible or advantageous to cold crash after bottling? I am aftaid if I cold crash for 2-3 weeks before I bottle that all the yeast will settle out and I wont have any to provide carbonation ...
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Fermenter Sediment

I'm on my second batch, and decided to ferment in the carboy, so I could watch. It's on day 3 fermenting, I've got a nice thick krausen (needed a blowoff tube). However, I noticed it seems like it's ...
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107 views

Smaller batches Fermentation Time

I'm curious to start making my own recipes, and am thinking about trying 1 gallon batches. I would guess the conditioning time would be the same, since by then it's all in it's own bottles, so there's ...
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Is it important to reach pitch temps quickly?

I have seen lots of posts where guys say they stayed up late because their wort hadn't reached pitch temp until 4am or somethinglike that. What is the harm in just going to bed at 1 or 2, waking up ...
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Little hop aroma in first batch

So... I just enjoyed my fist bottle of my first batch of home brew, and overall it was a success. I know the saying is "pour your first batch down the drain!", but my first batch will certainly give ...
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Changing fermentation [duplicate]

I just made my first brew and I started the fermentation process in a plastic container. Should I transfer the brew into a glass fermenter? It's only been sitting in the plastic one for 2 days.
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What is Chill Haze and How Do I get rid of Chill Haze?

What is Chill Haze?How Do I get rid of Chill Haze?
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What are finings? How do finings work?

What are fining agents? How do fining agents work?
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To Bottle or Not to Bottle?

I'm using a Mr.Beer Home Brew Kit. First Batch, its been 14 days of fermentation, still cloudy, took a sample taste and it taste like flat beer, should I bottle or wait a few more days to see if it ...
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Why use Oxygen tanks to aerate wort, what are the benefits?

Do you notice any benefits in flavour or yeast activity over a regular air pump? By not blowing dirty air through your wort, could it keep down infections/contamination? Does pumping regular air ...
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1answer
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May I Aerate AFTER Pouring Yeast into the Carboy?

I extract brew, and the kits I buy from NB tell me to add cold water to the wort to get a total of 5 gallons, and then aerate before adding the yeast. However, if I do this I will always have more ...
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87 views

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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184 views

Beer fermenting too cold?

My first brew is currently fermenting on its 6th day. I just checked the temperature and it was quite a bit lower than what I initially thought. The temperature in the room is 12'C (54'F) and the brew ...
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Primary Fermentation Increased

So I brewed an IPA about 2 weeks ago. I used a glass carboy for fermentation and for the first 2 days it was heavy bubbles then for the next week and a half there were a few tiny bubbles. I checked ...
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How to Use a Johnson Digital Temperature Controller with a Fermwrap - General Questions

This is my first temperature controller and first use of a Fermwrap. I understand that the Johnson A419 Temperature Controller can only do hot or cold at one time. Which mode does it default to when ...
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How to Use a Johnson Temperature Controller in Combination with a Ferawrap - Probe conflict with Raspberry PI

I received the Johnson A419 Digital Temperature Controller and will be getting a Fermwrap today in the mail (and I will be brewing tonight hopefully). I noticed that the Johnson model comes with a ...
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Will a Yeast Starter Exposed to Sunlight Materially Effect the Beer?

I know not to expose a fermenting carboy to sunlight, but is it OK to expose a yeast starter? I have two of them next to a window with blinds that are ineffective at blocking sunlight. I didn't think ...
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87 views

tips to improve my Ginger Beer

Good day mates, Just had my very first batch of GB. I have basically followed the stove-top recipe at (http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Ginger-Ale). I forgot botton-upping it to mix it all before drinking ...
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CO2 All Gone - Leaked through tap?

I've had my CO2 tank hooked up to a 3-keg keezer for 6 months with no issue - and then one day I went downstairs and the CO2 is empty - but I haven't used nearly enough for it to be empty - and last ...
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Waited 6 Days after boil to pitch yeast, Wort had what looked like mold, what can be done?

Like the title says, after I chilled my wort I realized the kit I ordered did not come with yeast, an error on the packers fault. Because of my work schedule I wasn't able to pitch the yeast for about ...

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