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How do we get this Imperial Wit to finish?

We brewed an imperial wit that wound up 1.070 OG. I used a 1.5L starter with Wyeast 3944, but I likely still underpitched. After a week fermenting at 68F/20C, gravity is still 1.035 and it's pretty ...
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Are Wine Bottle Bombs Possible?

tl;dr - Can wine bottles explode? I've read that when making wine, if fermentation isn't finished, it moght result in a sparkling wine. In the worst case, the cork might get pushed out, due to extra ...
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Why less priming sugar in a mini keg?

I am used to bottling my beer and do bottle conditioning. However, I just bought a few 5l mini kegs for the next batch which is currently fermenting. From what I have read from different sources, you ...
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does the fermenting process always produce enough gas to bubble the airlock?

does the fermenting process always produce enough gas to bubble the airlock? this batch has not bubbled (over 24 hrs)and the last batch I brewed did not bubble much at all but turned out alright.
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When brewing water Kefir my wire bail stopper blew off

I am trying to salvage my one fermenting bottle and wondered if anyone knows how to get the dern top/bail stopper back on the bottle. When I went to open my water kefir it shot liquid everywhere and ...
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What yeast for carbonating a lager?

We brewed a Dark Lager using Wyeast 2007. It fermented for two weeks and has been lagering for 3. When we bottle, we think we'll need to repitch to ensure the bottles carbonate. Thoughts on what ...
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Which is better: old yeast from the primary fermentation or reused yeast from primary fermentation?

It's known that reuse yeast from early stages is better. But during the fermentation the reused yeast multiplies itself, producing newer cells. Said that, I'd like to know if it's better to use yeast ...
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How do I translate my water supply's “Total Hardness” to Mg and Ca or “Effective Hardness”?

My water supply comes through San Diego's Miramar treatment plant, and here's the data sheet. Here's the relevant part: Units Avg Range Total Hardness ppm 214 ...
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how long can I stay in an open primary fermentation?

I would like to go from the primary fermentation to the bottles with an open fermentation. Can I top off with water to get the full 5 gallons? Also would you primary an open fermentation for more ...
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How frequently can lead-free brass be cleaned with CIP chemicals (e.g. PBW) before it begins to corrode?

I'm using lead-free brass barb fittings until my budget gives me the thumbs-up on stainless. The only relevant information I could find is this BYO metallurgy article, which says: The reason that ...
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Aging beer/cider/mead in beer bottles for competition

So, I'm in a process of planning for the next year competitions. In fact, I'm little bit behind since I'm planning to do big brews (few meads and beers). I already had a similar thread about ...
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How much Gelatin in grams to add post-fermentation?

I see recommendations to add anywhere from "1/2 teaspoon" to "1 table spoon" worth of gelatin as a fining agent. I'm surprised to see this, given that brewers on the internet tend to demand that hops, ...
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Boil options with a small pot

I'm about to make my first brew (from a kit), it's a 25litre batch (6.5us gal). Following John Palmer's advice I will be doing a partial boil. But the biggest pot I have available is 6litres (8qt). ...
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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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Why would someone use Cascade for bittering over Amarillo?

Apparently, Cascade is commonly used for bittering, and I'm not sure I understand why someone would choose that over the very similar Amarillo, which I think is less common for bittering. Cascade has ...
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Stalled Fermentation? Or too much body from high temp mash?

So I brewed a straight forward English style IPA with the following: O.G. 1.060 F.G. 1.015 (estimated from Beersmith) Current F.G. 1.020 10g Gypsum 11 lbs Maris Otter 1.5 lbs Crystal 30 1 oz ...
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Is there a formula to determine at which temperature a given volume of beer at a given ABV will freeze?

I was hoping that someone had worked out a formula to determine at which temperature a given volume of beer, at a given ABV, for a given length of time, will freeze? I'm doing my first 6 lagers and ...
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green sludge floating

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B3nIWsUoDjs2RVlsZ3FnaWdYRjQ/edit?usp=docslist_api I am brewing a double IPA. The beer is in the secondary and has been there for 10 days. I recorded 7.8% alc when I ...
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How does lemon juice ferment into hard lemonade?

I'm interested in making a hard lemonade after my cider is done, but I'm having a tough time figuring out how the recipes I've found actually work, and what's the best way to ferment lemon juice. ...
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Will refrigeration help carbonate my beer?

After two weeks of bottle conditioning at about 55-60°F (13-16°C), my beer is still a bit flat. I put a few in the fridge and after 2 days, they tasted just as flat. At this point, what should I do? ...
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What are the benefits of using brewing sugar over types of sugar?

In many kits I've used, the instructions recommend using brewing sugar. Of course it's okay to use other sources of sugar, but I was wondering whether there are any benefits of using brewing sugar ...
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What can I do with beer ruined by Chlorophenols

I made some beer and it is not nice. Ruined by Chlorophenols. So... is there anything I can do with it to make it usable in some form? I know it will not be drinkable but heck if I could clean the ...
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How to Dry Hop when Forgoing Secondary Fermentation?

I've decided to stop doing secondary-fermentations on the recommendation of users on this stackexchange. A Dead Ringer IPA from Northern Brewer suggests 1-2 weeks primary, and 2-4 weeks secondary, ...
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Is Final Gravity a good indicator of sweetness?

This question is as simple as the title reads. In general, if I know the FG of any given beer, can that be a good indicator to me of how sweet that beer will taste? So the higher the FG, the sweeter ...
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How do you strain pellet hops out of wort or beer?

After boiling pellets how can I deal with them? Is there a simple way to get them out of the wort, or can I leave them during fermentation? In that case will I be sure they will drop on the bottom and ...
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Gravity Measurement Tools

What tools for measuring specific gravity are available to the homebrewer? EG: refractometer, hydrometer. What scale do they measure? EG: Brix, plato Since there hasn't been much activity on the ...
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Is the air glug in a conical not causing oxidation?

This is likely a silly question to a lot of you but I'm trying to weigh the pros and cons, no matter how minor, of a conical before I make the jump. I'm maybe too paranoid about oxidation, but one of ...
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How low an original gravity is too low?

I just brewed this extract IPA. I had 4.6 gal in the fermentor when I measured original gravity at 1.053 (@80 degrees), on the low end of the target range for 5 gallons (target 1.059, or ...
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ceteris paribus, does mashing at a higher temperature lead to a higher final gravity?

I'm doing 6 lagers according to the Brulosophy Quick Lager method, where the temperature is raised to 65*F/18.3*C for the remainder of fermentation after attenuation has hit 50%. 2 of them have been ...
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Detriment of gelatin fining on flavor or aroma

Does using gelatin effect aromatics or flavor appreciably? I was reading this post about using gelatin. I have one keg that I use as a cold conditioning vessel (sort of like secondary), and I was ...
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Return samples from a fermtech wine/beer thief to a carboy

I just purchased this wine/beer thief so that I can take more regular samples over the course of fermentation. I plan to float my hydrometer directly in the tube of the thief, which requires me to ...
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Beer Carbonation [duplicate]

I'm having a little problem with carbonation. The problem comes in the moment I have to check If the carbonation is ok. I open some bottles and they have good carbonation, but some others don't have ...
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How long should a carbonated bottle be refrigerated prior to drinking?

After I bottle my beers, I leave them on a shelving system to carbonate. Instead of throwing them all into the fridge, I just leave them on the shelves and move them individually into the fridge the ...
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Wine fermentation without yeast?

Apologies if this is a duplicate - wasn't able to find anything similar. Making a 3gal batch of strawberry wine. Poured sugar-water over fruit and set aside to cool. Been having problems with bugs ...
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Low Cost Conical Fermenter

I was looking around for some low-cost alternatives to conical fermenters, and I came across inductor tanks. Has anyone used or heard of someone using these tanks? Is there any danger/downside to ...
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When brewing from extract recipes should one assume dry or liquid extract if unspecified?

When brewing from extract recipes (e.g. Day After 1040A Wheat) should one assume dry malt extract (DME) or liquid malt extract (LME) if unspecified?
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Second Fermentation In Water Bath

The room I use for fermenting is rather cold currently at around 8 degrees C, I had the idea to use a aquarium heater in a box of water to keep the temp around my bottles around 18 degrees, my ...
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Did I kill my Ginger Bug?

I was just wondering if anyone could tell me whether or not I should keep feeding my ginger bug or start over. It was bubbling nicely the first three days, but now it seems to have gone flat. It still ...
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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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Can Infected beer cause death or major illness?

Basic question. Can you get sick and die from drinking infected brew? I know that it must taste terrible, was just wondering. Can't seem to find any references where people have died from infected ...
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Is there a way to estimate the actual temperature where the yeast ferments without having a sensor inside the carboy? [duplicate]

I was reading an article on fermentation temperature control where it says, However, since yeast growth and fermentations are exothermic and therefore generate heat, figure that the temperature ...
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Priming sugar in kegs [duplicate]

Do you need to add priming sugar when moving beer to a keg? Will the CO2 from the system be enough to carbonate it?
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How do I use freeze distillation to turn cider into applejack?

In my country obtaining a bottle of applejack is about impossible, while cider slowly gains some foothold. I have managed to obtain a few liters of apple cider for reasonable price and happen to have ...
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Over Carbonated

I just tried my first batch of home brew, and some of the bottles were over carbonated. What caused it and what can I do about it in the future?
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Using plastic drums for long term sour aging?

I have 15 gallon plastic drums, like what LME comes in. I would really like to use them to age my sours in but I'm concerned with O2 permeability. Has anyone tried this or have any good resources on ...
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Will my session beer be OK for 5-6 weeks in primary?

I am looking to finish off my leftover ingredients and can just about make a pale ale with OG ~1.04 or so. I'd like to get it started tomorrow, but I probably won't be able to rack it until the first ...
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All-Grain to Extract and Steeping

I'm wondering how this can be converted to an extract recipe. Initially it was thought we could just do 14lbs (US 2 row) * .75 = 10.5lbs of extract, but then the question was asked if the rest of the ...
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Didn't hit gravity--how to calculate how much malt extract to add to the fermenter?

Lets say you were aiming for 1.047 but only hit 1.032. In a 5 gallon batch, how much malt extract would you need to add to the fermenter to bring it up to the desired gravity?
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What dimensions should a brew bag be for 5 gallon batches?

I began brewing BIAB with a starter kit for 1 gallon batches. I would like to move up to 5 gallon batches, but my original brew bag would be too small for the quantity of grains required. I know ...

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