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Which Stores carry the metal connectors for constructing a Mash Tun?

I've been to 3 Home Depots in my area searching for the metallic components to construct a mash tun out of a water cooler. I could not find stainless steel, only galvanized or black steel. They a ...
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Is a 12quart pot sufficient for a 1/2 5gal boil?

I am just getting ready to do my first batch. I have all I need except a descent pot. I found a 12quart used stainless pot on Kijiji and was hoping it would be sufficient for half-boils of 5gal ...
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Does Saki have Extract Brewing?

I haven't even done my first batch of full grain brewing for beer. I certainly don't want to learn Saki (at the moment), but I would enjoy brewing some extract version of it (for now). Are there any ...
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My pressure barrel stopped pouring even though 3/4 full

My pressure barrel stopped pouring even though it was 3/4 full, the only way to rectify was to release some gas from the top."Was I right to do this, if not what alternative do I have?
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Is there a technique which prevents the deposit of sediment at the bottom of bottles?

Every beer I've brewed and have seen done by others has had a sediment form at the bottom of the bottles. Is there some common mistake that I and others are making which is causing this to happen? ...
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Adding gypsum after fermentation

I have found resources that both advocate and highly advise against this practice. We recently brewed a IIPA (Bear Flavored's Heady Topper clone) that has 3lbs of hops, plus hop extract in 14 ...
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My beer is clear, what did I do right?

This is a follow up to my question whether a clear beer is a requirement for quality. My current batch of IPA, has finished conditioning and is very tasty and also to my surprise quite clear. ...
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Are there any tricks for removing labels from bottles?

Some labels can be a pain to remove. I've tried soaking bottles in water with a little bit of dish soap but it doesn't really do much to break down the adhesive. What methods do you have for easily ...
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Brew in a Bag Kettle Size [duplicate]

Would like to start Brew in a Bag to get into the all-grain world. I think my brew kettle is 7 gallons. Would that be enough to yield a 5 gallon batch?
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Too little sugar?

It's my first time making cider and I believe I didn't put enough sugar in it. I put 1 1/2 brown sugar (Even though some fell off to the side cause I didn't dissolve it, like the twit I am). I would ...
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What are the characteristics of a fusely beer? [duplicate]

I have heard that too warm a fermentation createds "fusely" beer. What are they and how can I tell if I have this problem?
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Saving a yeast starter

I made a beer 2 weeks ago and had 2 liters of yeast starter I made for it. I used about 1.5 liters and saved the rest for later in a sanitized jar in the fridge. Is the starter still fine? Is there ...
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Airlock started bubbling after racking into secondary and dryhopping, why?

I racked my IPA into a sanitized carboy onto the hops I'm using for dry hopping, the airlock had been still for about 2 day before the racking. But now its in the secondary the airlock started up ...
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1answer
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Wine fermenting with fruit in it after a month

I have had a gallon of peach wine sitting in peach pulp for a little over a month. It is in a carboy with an airlock seal. Would it be okay to rack it and continue letting it age? Or did the continued ...
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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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What effects do different types of sugar have on the flavour of ginger beer?

I've been brewing ginger beer with raw cane sugar and have always found the short window between when the mixture becomes recognizable as ginger beer and when it turns into face-melting acid is quite ...
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Push fit auto close valve connector required

This is a question about gear more than brewing, per se... I'm wondering if a particular component exists... I'm trying to find a connector suitable for my system that will allow me to disconnect my ...
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How do I know when bottle carbonation is done?

So this is my first attempt at brewing my own beer. I am using a kit from http://craftabrew.com/collections/starter-kits/products/starter-kit-bone-dry-irish-stout-2 I just bottled the brew last ...
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Cold crash / Gelatin before or after aging?

I have 5 gallons of RIS that I just kegged to bulk age until December. My plan is to age it before cold crashing / gelatin to give it the most time to really fill out in flavour. Is that the right ...
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Selecting yeasts

As I understand it, the selection of malt (and adjunct), hops and yeast all affect the flavour of a beer in important ways. However, while you can taste the malt and other grains to get a feel for ...
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Using 5L oak barrel for beer

I was recently given a 5L oak barrel from Oak Barrels Ltd. and I've never used such a thing before and have some basic questions. The barrel came with a great little instruction guide which talks ...
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Underprimed Pressure Barrel (Didn't add enough sugar at start of secondary fermentation)

Whilst following my first batch of home brew instructions, rather than using a Priming Calculator we added the amount recommended for bottling (1/2 teaspoon per pint). It's been in the pressure barrel ...
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Will a yeast that ferments at higher temps stop fusels?

I have trouble with controlling temps and do not have much room for my growing collection of fermentation bins but I'm trying the swamp cooler for my 5L DemiJohn white wine kit. I'm gonna get some new ...
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Whirlfloc versus irish moss - pros and cons?

What are the pros and cons of using irish moss versus whirlfloc tablets for clarifying beer?
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Irish Moss - powder form?

I have a Oatmeal Stout recipe that calls for 4 tsp/ 1 gram of Irish moss powder. The LHBS had Irish moss, but I wouldn't call it a powder. They're small flat pieces maybe the size of half a grain of ...
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What is the difference between Clean, Sanitized and Sterilized?

What is the difference between Clean, Sanitized and Sterilized?
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Raspberry Stout Infection?

I brewed a 5-gallon batch of Frankenberry Chocolate Raspberry Stout July 20 (11 days ago) using a Scottish Ale Wyeast. The yeast was pitched at 78 degrees, everything was sanitary, I immediately ...
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Why do red wines tend to be stored in green bottles and white wines not?

It seems that all red wines are stored in green or occasionally other dark coloured bottles and white wines in clear or light coloured bottles. Why is this?
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Should dry hopped beer be lightly stirred prior to bottling?

I'm making an IPA and I'm going to be dry hopping it this weekend in the secondary fermentation phase. I've been thinking about the dry hopping process alot, mainly about the diffusion of the ...
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Where are MillerCoors Light Home Draft units available?

MillerCoors used to sell Coors Light Home Draft and Miller Light Home Draft "kegs" at my local grocery store, but I have not seem them in a long time. The reason I ask is because these units are ...
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Fridge recommendations for fermenting

I am looking to pick up a fridge for controlling temps. Are there any particulars I should know about when buying a fridge or is any old fridge good to go? I am also thinking of buying a chest freezer ...
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Is there any danger in fermenting outside?

Not having any cooling mechanism for my fermenter(s), this time of year I can get more favorable temperatures outside than inside. I'm specifically talking about ciders in glass containers, but I'm ...
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Should I clean plastic fermenters wth PBW

I'm concerned about cleaning my fermenter with PBW. The crystals seem hard & sharp and take a while to dissolve. I don't want to scratch the bucket. Am I doing it wrong?
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Cold brewed coffee

I have a recipe that calls for adding a gallon of cold brewed coffee in the secondary. The comments have described how to cold brew it, but I was wondering, do I need to add the grounds plus the ...
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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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Should I sanitize my keg posts every time I attach a quick disconnect?

Whenever I need to attach a disconnect to my kegs to take a sample I first spray the disconnect and post down with star san. After I have taken a sample and removed the disconnect I spray the post ...
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Avoiding excessive soot on brew kettles

Are there any secret tricks to avoiding an exorbitant amount of soot on the brew kettle after the boil? We have been making all grain batches recently using a 20 gallon stock pot and a propane ...
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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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Using spent grains to smoke meat

I've read a couple of questions here regarding uses for spent grain, but I'm curious if anyone has ever used it in a meat smoker.
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Testing bitterness during boil

Will be modifying a recipe and while I know the alpha % of the bittering hops and this being the first time I'm altering a recipe I'm wondering during the boiling process have I added enough bittering ...
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What are the effects of slower cooling of wort?

Tonight's extract brewing had us waiting 30 minutes to get down to a reasonable temp. What did we lose in the process?
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Most simple type of beer to begin brewing?

What's the most simple type of beer I can begin brewing, in order to get a feel for how the process works? Thanks.
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Methods for extract brew with crystal malts

Basically I'm looking at doing an extract brew with carapils. Due to issues with time I was going to cold steep the grains and then boil after 24hrs. I'm wondering how much carapils I should get for a ...
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What is the use of aromatic notes of bittering hop single-purpose?

My knowledge about hops and their contributions to bittering and aroma: The hops can be grouped by four purposes, being: Bittering, Aroma and Dual, the dual can be divided yet by "bittering/aroma" ...
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Are Yeast Nutrients actually necessary for brewing Beer?

I typically bought Yeast Nutrients from Northern Brewer for my yeast starters and extracts. I went to my LHBS today to purchase some DME for an extract and asked for nutrients for the beers that I ...
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How can I permanently mark my carboys?

I have several glass carboys which I would like to permanently mark with gradations to measure liters and gallons. I've tried using permanent marker as well as heavy-duty tape, but inevitably both ...
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Bottles didn't carbonate, anything I can do?

Brewed an Oatmeal Stout and it has been in bottles for about 4 weeks now and still the bottles haven't carbonated. Tried the first bottle after 2 weeks and it was very flat. Now I just opened one ...
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Is brew with burned steeping bag safe to drink?

My pot burned a tiny portion, about an inch across, of the steeping bag for an all-grain recipe prior to the boil. Is the beer still safe to drink? What off-flavors can that produce?
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Clear beer, really required?

I have been brewing for a while, and have made IMO, very tasty, refreshing IPA's. However, using only gelatin as a fining agent (don't like possible Irish Moss issues, no access to chilling a batch ...
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How can one keg be overcarbonated on a 4-line setup when all the other beers pour just fine?

A while ago I purchased a 4-line kegerator, I have one CO2 tank that carbonates 4 kegs of beer at around 11 psi. When I bring a new uncarbonated keg online, I just add it to an empty gas line and let ...

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