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Crabbies ginger beer clone recipe

A few years back I tried brewing my first Ginger beer hoping to get a result that would come close to the one that Crabbies makes (which I love). The result ended up very bitter and it just wasn't a ...
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How to make a fermented, low-alcohol ginger beer to sell in a bar?

I'm about to make my first ever fermented ginger beer. I want to use it in the cocktail recipes of my bar, but it need to be at below 0.5% abv to be legal for me to produce and sell. My problem is ...
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Tips on Using Easy Clean

I got a beer kit and it came with Easy Clean from LD Carlson. At first I was under the impression that I could use it to clean and sanitize. But now I'm not so sure. It looks like it was good for ...
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How to Get Grape Jelly Flavor in Porter?

Brewed an All Grain Peanut Butter Porter using Pb2 and I am looking to get some grape jelly flavor in there. I used east Kent Goldings at 60, and that was it with a Belgian Ale yeast. Couldn't ...
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Marijuana Based Beer… say what?

I have a cousin from a state where recreational use of marijuana is legal. So I've been told that he and his gnarly friends have brewed up some sort of marijuana hybrid beer somehow. My questions: ...
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What malt should I use to get a red beer?

So, I want to make a red beer, what is the best malt to get this color?
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Brewing with fruit

I have an IPA recipe that makes heavy use of Mosaic and El Dorado hops. I think that adding some tropical fruit to the recipe would accentuate the hops quite well. I buy frozen mango a lot and was ...
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Foam on top of fermentation keg

Hi guys it's my third brew I have done. I'm a bit worried about an infection. My brew is at day 7 and there is a lot of foam on the surface, also it doesn't smell like my first one( which was a ...
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Struggling with acetaldehyde

I recently started brewing and have completed three batches so far (Amber/Pale Ale). However, each batch seems to have that distinct green apple flavor to it. It's gone down a bit with each batch but ...
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What can I use for a small-batch fermentation vessel?

I would appreciate if it was cheap. Also, I saw somewhere you could use a UTZ container from cheese balls. Has anyone tried that?
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Poppet not sitting correctly in liquid post.

I'm having some real trouble getting the poppet to sit correctly in the liquid post of my keg. Below is an image with the poppet in: Notice that there is a sizable gap between the poppet o-ring ...
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What influences the finishing taste in your beer?

The beers that I tend to really like have that pleasant finishing taste before the after taste. What influences a beer's finish? I'd like to take some styles that I like that leave a little bit to ...
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Nothing coming out of tap (ball lock corny keg)

I recently got a 5 gallon ball lock corny keg, but am having nothing but trouble with it. I was originally getting nothing but foam coming out of it, so I upgraded the liquid line from 5 feet to 10 ...
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Trouble with flat beer. Everything seems perfect and a few bottles always turn out great. very few! Please help

So my brother in law are in the midst of our 4th batch. Of our first batch ( a 5 gallon brew) probably 2 bottles turned out. These bottles were spectacular great carbonation, retention etc. The ...
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What exactly is the type of beer I made?

I'm a newbie just 3 weeks into brewing my first beer. Homebrewing is not very common where I live so I had to made do with what was available. I started with malt extract OG 1.075, yeast Safale Ale ...
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First time homebrewing, odd film in jug (not on top of beer)

Here's a picture of what I'm talking about. So for reference, I got the Everyday IPA kit from Brooklyn Brew Shop for christmas, and I just got around to using it last week. This is day 4 of the ...
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Red wine recipies

I'm a new brewer and I want to brew a red wine. Anyone have a good red wine recipie that's easy to make and tastes good? I don't want to buy a kit and I want to use grapes found in the grocery store. ...
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no fermentation

I'm attempting my first batch of hard cider. I tried re-hydrating my yeast by mixing them with Go-Ferm and warm water, but the must never started fermenting so I added more dry yeast to the batch. Did ...
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All Liquid Malt Extract without boiling

Is there any recipe for brewing a all Liquid Malt Extract without boiling? I'd like to make hop tea with some LME, lets say about 5l(1.3 gallons) and mix it with warm water and LME. This may ...
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Effect of adding bacteria when racking to secondary

I recently brewed a Flanders red ale and it is nearing the end of primary fermentation. I'm planning to rack it to a carboy and leave it for up to about a year. While doing research on the style, I ...
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What to brew in the summer?

What kind of beer can I brew in the summer (30C by day, a few less by night), without special cooling equipment? Anything special (but not too complicated/expensive) I should do?
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What can I brew when it's hot outside? [duplicate]

My friend borrowed some of my hardware and was slow to give it back. Over two months slow. So I'm way behind my schedule and it's only about month of temperatures cool enough to get fine ale ...
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Good options for cooling during fermentation?

I'm looking for simple ways to keep my beer a stable temperature, lower than room temp, during fermentation. Are there any simple ways of doing this besides buying a refrigerator for the purpose of ...
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What's the difference between English chocolate malt and American chocolate malt?

I'm working up a recipe based on the Deschutes Black Butte Porter clone recipe from The Jamil Show podcast. Their recipe calls for both English and American chocolate malt. I'm having a hard time ...
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Will accidentally shaking the mead lower the alcohol percentage?

I shook the mead during fermentation and I'm concerned that i may have hurt the yeast, causing it to produce less alcohol. Could this happen, or am i over thinking it?
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How to best grind grain at home?

I buy most of my grain un-ground in bulk, because I don’t have a car my local HBS is way across town. Before brewing, I’ve been grinding grain using a food processor (with blades) until each kernel ...
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Malt Beer vs. Light Beer

I remember when I was younger and "forties" (40 oz malt beer) were a big thing to drink when you're cool in the hood chilling. I've since for a good few years or so have been drinking Bud Light and ...
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Boosting a recipe for longer shelf life

I made a lot of beers last summer, and I realize that I made more than I could/would drink. Some (if not most) of my beers don't age well (at basement temperature of 18°C), although they were great ...
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Are beer kits any good?

I started my first homebrew a few days ago. I used a John Bull India Pale Ale beer kit made by Young's (West Midlands, UK). The airlock is bubbling away merrily and I've taken the lid off the ...
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Another acetaldehyde question

Sorry to be the thousandth person to ask about acetaldehyde here; I don't think that I'm making any of the normal mistakes that cause a green apple flavour, but I have an ale brew that's hit the ...
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5answers
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Fermentation temperature for an IPA

I haven't found a global agreement on these topics. Let's suppose that the yeast is American (such as Safale US-05). Then: Which is the ideal (primary) fermentation temperature for an IPA and why? ...
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Worried about oxidation

I'm brewing my second batch and had a bit of an accident yesterday. I brewed 20l two days ago and when I checked my fermenter (bucket) yesterday it had overflown. I don't know what possessed me to ...
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Is there a benefit in rising fermentation temperature for dark ales?

I am making a porter, and just started fermentation a couple of days ago. I have never manipulated temperature before, but have read that this is vital when making pilsners, so got curious. Is there ...
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Peaches in Cider

I have about 8 jars of peaches in light syrup I bought from Costco. I want to add these to a 5 gallon batch of Cider. I'm going to a peach cobbler flavored cider. I'm also planning on adding brown ...
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How to clean little bottler

I'm about to buy a secondary fermenter (generic plastic bucket and drill a hole to fit in a plastic bottle filler) for the usual reasons. I'm, however, curious how would I go about and clean the ...
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Bottle Conditioning Lager with Priming Sugar and/or Yeast

I've completed diacetyl rest and transferred to secondary 5 gallon carboy for lagering (say 3-5 weeks). After a few weeks lagering, I anticipate bottling but am curious how adding the priming sugar is ...
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Under pitched lager?

I brewed an American lager, Jamil's "what most folks call beer" on Saturday 1/9. My Gravity was on target at 1.046 and I added a smack pack of Wyeast Pilsen Lager. I added it to 68 degree wort and ...
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Trying to calculate my efficiency correctly

So I've just completed my fifth BIAB brew, and this time I decided to try and calculate the mash efficiency of my setup since I'm fairly sure it's not as high as it should be. I also think at the ...
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Making a Modified Fat Tire Clone

This may be too specific but I will ask anyway. I love Fat Tire but would like to modify a little. The holy grail of beer would be a Fat Tire but more biscuit, more toasty caramel taste and fuller ...
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Anyone has experience with Brewolution Brewster device

I talk about this device: http://www.brewolution.com/index.php/en/brewster-page. It's 28 liter kettle. What is a max output volume if I do allgrain? I have 20 liter fermenters. How to chill the wort ...
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Do I really need to sanitise my equipment for 10 minutes?

My sanitiser/cleanser (VWP) says that I need to leave it submersed for at least 5-10 minutes. Is this the case for it? I've seen in a few videos people just swirl the sanitiser around the fermenting ...
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Dumped Wort into Easy Clean Sanitizer

I had a recent mishap in one of my brews in which I poured my wort into the primary fermenter, which was holding 1.5 gallons or so of Easy Clean. At that point, I didn't feel like wasting it, so I ...
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Layer of StarSan on beer

So during a cold crash I sucked around a quart of StarSan onto my beer, there's a layer ~1/2 inch thick sitting on top of the beer. Should I try to siphon off this top layer, or wait until i get a keg ...
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Can't maintain pressure on keg

I bought a used replacement regulator on EBay. The gauge for tank pressure doesn't work, but because the one for keg pressure works I can still use it. I successfully carbonated and served from one ...
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Gooseberry Wine Help

Just harvested some green gooseberries from the allotment, and as I don't like eating them, i thought i'd make some wine. Is there any tips anyone can offer me, or any good methods to follow? This ...
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Did I add too much chalk?

I'm doing an AG porter recipe. Historically, I have been dissatisfied with my porters - they come out thin, and a bit acidic. Some research suggested that my issue may be mash pH, so I bought so pH ...
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Choosing a good refrigerator/freezer for kegerator conversion

Does anyone have experience and recommendations for a good fridge/freezer for conversion into a kegerator? I'm basically choosing between a full sized fridge, a mini-fridge and a chest freezer. I'll ...
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Which probiotics can exist in beer and at what abv's?

Just curious which specific strains can exist in beer, and if so, what are the various alcoholic thresholds for each?
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Coriander: Seed vs Ground?

I'm making a witbier this weekend that calls for 1 tsp of coriander added to the boil at 2 minutes. I'm wondering if I should purchase seeds and grind them myself, or just buy a jar of ground ...
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Will it harm my wine to shake the container?

This is probably a really dumb question, but is it bad to shake or swirl the container my wine is in to encourage the release of CO2? I accidentally found out that jarring the container results in ...

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