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Using Plastic Water Jugs as Fermenters

I asked this on Twitter a while back, but I thought I might get some other thoughts on it. I have one of those 5g Poland Spring water jugs. If I get a bung that fits it, is there any reason I couldn't ...
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Is there such a thing as malt-free beer?

I am allergic to malt and thus need to avoid it. I currently drink hard ciders, brandy, and wine. Are there any brew kits out there that does not use any kind of malt as an ingredient? I am trying ...
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How do I know if my beer is safe to drink?

I'm just starting out with homebrewing. I've ordered a starter set and am digging into some books. My primary concern right now is safety -- I don't want to accidentally make my friends and family ...
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Over-pitched yeast- how to avoid autolysis?

I am doing my first batch with a yeast starter. I harvested yeast from a commercial Belgian trappist ale, built it up for a couple of days, cold-crashed it, decanted off the majority of the mini-wort ...
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Aerating no chill corny keg fermentors that don't seal

I'm very interested in ferment in corny-kegs after reading some questions about that here on this stackexchange. I will try it next batch, but there is a question about aeration/no chilling method: ...
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Airlock and Stopper Rocket

Brewed up a batch of wort yesterday and it all went well. Good sanitation, quick cool down, and yeast activated. Set up the carboy in a controlled temp room (74) and fermentation started within 4 ...
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What size pot for 3 gallon BIAB set up? [duplicate]

I am looking at starting a simple 3 gallon biab set up, using an electric stove top and three 1 gallon fermenters for batch splits. How can I calculate the required pot size for this configuration?
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Bottled Beer is Cloudy

I'm brewing my first batch of brew and I bottled almost two weeks ago. I've been super anal about keeping everything sterilized, clean, and at the correct temperature during fermentation and bottling. ...
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Plato degree to specific gravity conversion question

I have a question regarding the conversion from Plato degrees to specific gravity, and the widely used value of 46ppg for sugar dissolved in water. According to wikipedia, plato degrees are defined ...
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Back Sweetening Naturally Carbonated Cider

I plan to keg my cider at 0.7 baume (approx 12g/l) residual sugar to carbonate my cider to 3 volumes of CO2. If I add pasteurized apple juice to sweeten my cider after kegging, will this ferment out? ...
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Gas In dip tube is missing in my corny-keg

I bought two used cornies. They're pin locks, and neither of them came with Gas tubes. Will everything still work? Or do I need to buy replacements?
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Should I prime bottles of ginger beer as finishing gravity 1027

I had a batch of ginger beer OG 1072 FG 1027. (Crabbies by the way has a FG of 1033) I primed the bottles with a 1/3 tsp and everything was fine. The last bottles 2 months later were pretty fizzy ...
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Filtering recommendations (other than 'don't')?

For various reasons, including (a) lack of bench space, which equals ageing time; and mostly (b) an intermittent case of gout, which means that brewer's yeast is a serious no-no for me—I'm forced to ...
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How does the fermentation schedule look when adding flavor elements?

Is there a guide for when & how to add specific ingredients to the fermentation process? For example, if I want honey, lemon, ginger, banana, raspberry, etc. - when's the best time to add that ...
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Zymurgy, Oenology … but what about spirits? What's the “ten penny” word for still masters?

This is just a question about terminology. Those who are into brewing and beer making are zymurgists. Those who are aficionados of wine are oenologists. But what does one call a expert in ...
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How long do I have to finish a keg once it's been tapped?

I have a kegerator setup with CO2 and a tap. Once a keg has been put into the kegerator, how long will it stay good? What can I do to ensure that I get the longest life possible out of a keg once ...
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How do water filters effect the minerals in water?

In the particular section of the city I live in, the tap water has a poor taste. I use a Pur brand water filter (edit: activated charcol filtration) which improves the taste significantly (although it ...
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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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Which is worse: a weak boil or boiling with a lid partially on?

I finished Papazian's book The Complete Joy of Homebrewing last weekend and learned that a vigorous boil is necessary to isomerize the alpha and beta acids in hops which makes these bittering acids ...
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Did One Step kill my batch?

I have been brewing for a while, and have a routine I go through, part of which includes using very hot water (185+) to sanitize my new caps. On the advice of another brewer, I tried One step on the ...
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Off-flavour after carbonation

I tasted the beer when it came out of the fermenter and it was great. I cooled it to 4 degrees then I racked it into the keg and force carbonated - about 1 minute at 300kPa, a good few minutes of ...
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1answer
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Does cider in oak barrel need airlock during secondary fermentation, for the gas to escape?

I have 200 litres of cider which was racked yesterday into 2 x 100 litre oak barrels. Before racking, the cider was still fermenting at a rate of about one bubble (through the airlock) per two ...
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Can I cold condition outdoors?

I live in an apartment with a tiny fridge and I cannot afford to use all the space for beer bottles. The average daily high temperature in the region is 6 deg C (42F) while the lows drop down to 1C ...
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Bitter orange and scaling

I'm getting ready to make my first Saison (all grain). This will be the first beer I've made that uses any kind of spice. The recipe I'm using is for a 5g batch. I'll be making a 20g batch. The 5g ...
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1answer
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Improvements for Geordie Winter Warmer

I've just started a single can Geordie Winter Warmer kit and having read some negative reviews about this kit turning out "weak" and "watery" and like "beer flavoured soda water" I'm naturally having ...
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Why are there raisins floating in my ginger beer?

When I buy homemade ginger beer (in South Africa), there are often small black raisins floating in it, about 1cm in diameter. Why did the makers decide to put them in?
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Overload of bittering hops, any “fixes”?

I've had a 5 gallon all-grain batch of John Palmer's Elevenses in primary for just over a week. When I was brewing, I haphazardly dumped twice the prescribed amount of bittering hops (German Northern ...
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2answers
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Fermenter head space and airlock hole

Hi folks I'm after a bit of advice as its my first time doing home brew I'm using Wilkos dark velvet stout. As it states on the tin to make 40 pints fill, to 23 litres. Now I have a 23 litre ...
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Can I still use malts that have melted?

I inherited a slew of brewing equipment and ingredients from a friend, but am not sure if it is usable, it's been in storage for a while. Specifically the malts have melted into chunks(a dry imported ...
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3answers
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Mash & Sparge Calculation

I'm planning on brewing a double batch of "OktoberFAST" this weekend. I've used a few online brewing calculators and they seem to be giving me the wrong answer. I've always read that if more then 50% ...
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2answers
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Long cold crash for an ale. Benefit or harm?

I cold crash my ales to reduce sediment and clear the beer. My understanding is that even as little as a day would do that. But my brewing partner and I have often (due to time constraints) kept them ...
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Left bottles in car overnight - am I screwed?

Last night I bottled an extract kit with a friend, divided bottles, drove home, and left them in the car overnight 6pm to 6am. It got down to 5 degrees F, but the beer did not get cold enough to ...
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Adding potassium metabisulphite (i.e. sulfites) to prevent oxidation?

Winemakers often add potassium metabisulphite to the finished product for two purposes: To prevent further yeast growth (so that they do not eat the remaining sugars) and as a preservative, to prevent ...
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Is it important to weigh down a hop bag for dry-hopping?

If so, what kind of weight should I use? Should it be enough to sink the bag to the bottom of the carboy?
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2answers
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cold crash bottled ale

I have bottled my ale, it's been bottled for 2 weeks in the warm. I want to drink it in about a week but it's still very cloudy. Should I cold crash to clear it or hope that in another week it will be ...
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Looking for process improvement suggestions

I just did my 4th brew, my OG was lower than expected, and I'm looking for help with process improvements. I'm doing an all grain process. I have an 8gal kettle, a 2gal kettle, and a 0.5gal kettle. ...
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2answers
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Saison fermentation stuck around 1.035

We are brewing a Saison-style, all-grain beer. We had a multi-stage, multi-temperature mash process requiring us to get the mash to a set temp then hold it for a period then increase the heat and ...
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Calibrating PID. Temperature probes PT100 not linear

I am working on my HERMS setup and have a few PIDS and temp sensors to work with. The problem is that the temp sensors show about 5 degrees celsius off when I first set it up. I Raised the water in my ...
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How much Chloride in PPM is too much for All Grain?

I passed my water through those cheap water filters and sent it to Ward Industries for a water test. It came back with 61 PPM of chloride. In the 3rd edition of the Joy of Homebrewing, Charlie ...
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Do I need an anti-microbial additive in my plum brandy mash?

Basically I pitted and smashed 10 lbs. of very ripe plums; heated the pulp, skins and juice to like 120°F and added 3 gals. of distilled water and 5 lbs. of sugar. Waited for it to cool below 90°F ...
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1answer
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Would insulation on a kettle help a boil at all if the lid was off?

I bought an 1800 watt induction cooktop and 2 1000 watt bucket heaters that unfortunately were not able to boil 6.5 gallons of H2O in 90 minutes, although it appeared to get close and perhaps 0.5-1.0 ...
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2answers
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Bottling Hard Cider - can I prime with sweet cider?

I have some hard cider nearly ready to be bottled, and I am wondering if using pasteurized sweet cider as a primer would be a reasonable option. That is, I would mix in an appropriate volume of sweet ...
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1answer
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Can I deal with diluted amounts of preservatives and still get good hard cider?

On a whim I decided to throw some Cider in a bucket, so I went to the store and grabbed some. I took a chance and bought 2/3 no preservatives and 1/3 preservative (4.5 Gallons total) in order to ...
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0answers
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Temperature at which to carbonate brew? [duplicate]

I am very new to home brewing and have spent hours trawling the web to find answers to questions, however, this is the one question im struggling for an answer to, so any help would be much ...
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2answers
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Why my beer is 'choking' when leaving the faucet?

While I don't have a jockey box, I'm borrowed another one again. And I'm having trouble to get a good pour. There are bubbles in the system that never ends, it never happened before to me. Always ...
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2answers
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Why would one batch of beer, brewed the same as the second, be more bitter?

In fear of going into too much detail and yet not providing enough information to ascertain possible reasons; Does anybody have any reasonable hypothesis as why one batch of beer would be more bitter ...
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Secondary Fermenter Temperature — Colder?

My American Pale Ale has been fermenting away nicely for the past few days and I'm certain I'll be racking to secondary within a few days (after SG gets stable). I'm curious: I've been keeping my ...
0
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0answers
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Co2 volume vs weight [duplicate]

I'm looking into getting started with kegging my brews. From what I've read, one hooks up the CO2 at a certain pressure to obtain a certain volume of carbonation. However, in filling the tanks, the ...
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3answers
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The “correct” step to add cinnamon and vanilla?

I want to experiment a bit by adding spices - I'm thinking cinnamon and vanilla - to my beer, but wonder at which step is considered the best time to add it. Personal experience is very welcome. I ...
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4answers
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Can I sanitize an auto-siphon with boiling water?

So. My first two batches of an IPA and a Brown Ale ended up with a Malt Vinegar taste and smell. I know there can be many factors and many types of reasons for it. I want to get my sanitizing 110% ...

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