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How to fix yeast smell in young wine from kit

I started my first attempt at fermenting this wine kit in mid-April. I followed the initial directions pretty meticulously which included stirring in the fermentation bucket daily (due to kit ...
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Extended boil times and their effects/results [duplicate]

What does an extended boil time do to all qualities of a beer? 90 minute boil? 120 minute boil? I've not tried any extended boil beers such as those made by dogfishhead so I have no benchmark.
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How would I handle a boil-over and loss of hops?

I recently was brewing a 1 gallon kit from Northern Brewer (The White House Honey Ale kit) and instantly after adding the first packet of hops, the entire kettle boiled over. Absolutely instantly, ...
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How to add more honey to my honey ale?

I'm trying to figure out the best way to go about adding more honey to my honey ale. I recently purchased the White House Honey Ale kit from Northern Brewer and I'm seeing several reviews saying the ...
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First batch, followed instructions, not sure if it's going to turn out

I am just starting out with homebrewing and I decided for my first batch to use an extract kit from http://www.ontariobeerkegs.com. For my first batch I figured I would follow the instructions to a T. ...
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Hydrometer broke, no original gravity

on brew day of my first batch, when i was ready to take OG reading, i dropped my hydrometer so no OG. Is there a way to get a rough estimate of the OG. Thanks
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Should I back-sweetening a very dry mead?

So, I made a batch (4.5 gallons) of show mead using 10lbs of locust honey. Starting gravity was 1.091 I used dry white wine yeast and fermentation went relevantly quick (with some help of potassium ...
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First time brewer. I'm afraid I've ruined my beer

This is my first time breing beer, and I was doing so while distracted with kids, and unfortunately I missed the dry malt extract packet that was in my IPA kit. There were 2 cans of a liquid malt ...
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Culturing Yeast and Bacteria from Pulque

I'm interested in making pulque, and was wondering how to go about culturing the yeast and bacteria necessary for making it from an existing batch. Is this at all dangerous? I know doing this with ...
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What is the purpose of secondary fermentation and is it necessary? [duplicate]

I've just started with homebrewing, i've made my first batch of extract over the weekend. I'm just wondering what secondary fermentation does, and is it necessary. The instructions that came with the ...
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Can FG be higher than OG?

I "brewed" a beer that was described as "Chinese Rice Wine", but it is 50% grain so I will call it a beer! Recipe: 18 liter batch; 2.5 kg boiled Rice, 2 kg sugar, a cup or so of raisins and one ...
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Can carbonate reducing solution lead to off flavours?

I live in an area with very high alkalinity ~ 320 mg / l CaCO3. I am planing on using Carbonate Reducing Solution CRS to bring the alkality down to acceptable levels for pale ales. To lower the ...
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Is it Better to leave beer in secondary longer or bottle?

first question asked in homebrew.stackexchange. I've got a pumpkin ale that I've just moved from primary to secondary (after 7 weeks). The original plan was to have it 7/7/7 (7 weeks in primary, 7 ...
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Ginger Beer Not Carbonated

I have made ginger beer from my own "ginger bug" but did not get much carbonation. I think I put it in the refrigerator too soon, so I took one bottle out, let it sit for 2 days and VIOLA, carbonation ...
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Handling dried yeast

I'm brewing a coopers ginger beer kit but over the past week the yeast didn't seem to activate particularly well. There has been no krausen and over the past couple of days there have been a few ...
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airtight bin for bulk grain

We are having a really hard time finding a truly airtight bin large enough to keep at least 50 lbs of bulk grain in. Does anyone have any suggestions? We keep our grains in the shed and want to keep ...
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Beer gets mixed up when siphoning into container just before bottling

When preparing to bottle a cerveza style beer (from a kit), I moved my beer into the primary fermenter so that I could mix in some sugary water before bottling to make my beer bubbly. The beer had ...
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Leaking spigot assembly

I just brewed my first batch with a Mr Beer 8 liter kit. However, it seems that i made a rookie mistake about assembling the spigot. It leaks as small drops. Do you think that the spigot can be ...
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Generic, fool-proof extract brewing method

Ingredients have arrived - I'm ready to go ahead with my latest brew. All those which I have done thus far haven't been perfect for a variety of reasons (admittedly probably my own fault as I've tried ...
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Bitter hay finishing taste with very slight burnt rubberyness

Me and my dad have made a beer about 3 months ago. The beer was made with: oats pale malt flaked barley tap water (United Kingdom - South West - Guildford ) cascade hops 1/2 goldings hops 1/2 and ...
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What's wrong with my gravity?

I recently brewed an Imperial Red. It clocked in at around 1.072 on original gravity reading. My malt bill looked something like this: 12 lbs 5.0 oz Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) 11 lbs Marris ...
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How to determine gender of a young hop plant?

I'm looking for some info on this for reasons of domestication of wild hops that grow around. I need to sort out male plants from the batches I pick up in the wild -- currently I'm just waiting until ...
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Using a pump for brewing

I'm getting a Chugger pump for Christmas. I have never used a pump in my brewing and I haven't yet bought the hardware and tubing so I have some questions. I do know that I need a ball valve on the ...
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Going from Mead to Beer

I have a little bit of experience in making mead, I have a batch to be bottled in a few days. Now, I wanted to try to make beer next, where should I start? What are the major differences between ...
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A question on the Brewers' Friend Calculator

Does anyone know, for when using the calculator, for extract brewing, at what time the calculator assumes you add the malt (liquid malt extract in my case)? I.e. does it assume late addition or full ...
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Has anyone brewed hop-free beer?

I just tried a beer called Reverend James and it tasted really weird. Full-bodied and slightly spicy but I could detect absolutely no hop characteristics in it at all. Now, it could be that my ...
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[WIKI] Fermentation Temperature Control Methods

What different methods do people use to maintain or control fermentation temps? This includes maintaining temps for both Ales and Lagers. For most climates, active control is necessary for doing ...
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Can I still reach my desired IBU level if I split my boil?

In my recipe I have a boil size of 10L. Can this be split into 2 x 5L pots whereby half the ingredients would be used in each, but still reach the desired IBUs of a single 10L boil? Fingers crossed, ...
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Does yeast type affect wine taste..?

I'm new in wine making and I tried to make it with fresh yeast, not dried. I think I'm using a lot of it to help fermentation end faster. Will this affect the taste of wine? Will dries yeast achieve a ...
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Slight green apple taste: barrel vs bottle

A curious thing has happened, twice now, and I was wondering if anyone has either experienced something similar, or has any suggestions as to a possible why. I have done two (almost) identical full ...
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Make Sour from Previously Kegged Beer

I have been wanting to make a sour, and it turns out that I have about 5 gallons of beer in my kegs that I'd like to dispose of prior to a long vacation. I was thinking I might be able to get a sour ...
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Sanitizing the wort pot

Should i sanitize the pot that i will be using the prepare the wort before i use it? I will be using one of Mr. Beer hopped malt extracts and this is my first brew. The manual does not say anything ...
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Carboy versus 2nd Bucket

What are the benefits in using a carboy for a secondary, rather than just using another 5 gallon bucket? I'm just curious because carboys are a pain in the behind to clean properly, and other than ...
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How to add fruit to beer

What is the best way to add fruit to a beer? I'm afraid boiling it will break down the fruit too much (a muslin bag could fix this I guess), but I'm not sure how to add it to the fermenter without ...
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Sweetening a tart fruit beer?

So I'm doing a first attempt at a Blackberry Wheat beer, per a request from a co-worker. All seems to be fine and good, however before I went to bottle I tasted it and, not unexpectedly, it is a ...
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Where to buy corks without grapes on them?

I'm planning to bottle my first mead and went looking for corks online, but all the suppliers I'm used to only have corks with grapes on them. Minor cosmetic consideration, I realize, but is there ...
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Bitter still flat after 2 weeks of bottle conditioning

I made a coopers english bitter kit but let it ferment for 3 weeks in the FV and then bottled it. Its been in the bottle 2 weeks at 20 degrees C yet still feels flat. When I poured it there were a lot ...
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Adding natural flavoring in fermentation

I plan on brewing a wheat beer next and I would like to add in natural flavoring. I have never used flavorings in any previous brews and I have seen some mixed opinions about which stage of ...
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I just had my Big Mouth Bubbler carboy shatter, now I'm terrified

I've been using these big mouth bubbler's as my secondary fermentation now for a few months: I was originally using them as primary as well, but being one that makes pretty high gravity beers, I ...
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Aroma hops: to bag or not?

I've been struggling a bit to get hop aroma into an IPA, and I think maybe my hop bags aren't letting enough wort get into the hops. I've been adding 50g of Simcoe to 20L of wort 5 minutes before ...
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Heating after fermentation?

What's the general consensus on leaving a heat source turned on after fermentation has complete? I'm doing an Imperial IPA which should finish fermenting in 4-5 days going by previous experience with ...
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How would the first brew taste like ? If it goes well , and if it doesnt go well?

Out of curiosity, i just wanted to know how a home brew made of bakers yeast , good water(almost sweet) and barley malt taste like . would it be sweet or flat or fizzy or something else? At the same ...
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How many Gallons Per Minute does a Pump used for Wort Recirculation Require?

I just got my $25 solar pump working and it can only do 1.7GPM. I poured water equal in amount to that which is normally in my kettle after boiling, turned the pump on and it did not come even close ...
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How to remove/service static relief valve on a pin lock keg?

i have a pin lock keg with a leaking static relief valve. The lid looks like this: I can't figure out how to remove the innards of the relief valve to fix it. Any ideas?
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IBU calculation for blended worts / braggott

community! I recently found that my calculations of IBUs are not always accurate... Especially when I was making a Braggot. Maybe someone can help me out with the formula or something? I made a 5 ...
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Boza beverage recipes and experiences?

Anyone to share recipes and experience on brewing Boza beverage?
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Is it safe to drill into the side of a fridge?

I want to transform a compressor wine fridge into a kegerator. I wanted to know where it would be safe to drill holes, either in the side or the top? There is no freezer section, and the back of the ...
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At what point in fermentation does temperature no longer influence flavour?

I often read about ramping up the temperature to increase yeast activity and attenuation towards the end of fermentation. I used to have some really funky tasting brews before I started strict ...
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What are the simple things i should be careful about (like bleach) for my first time brewing?

I'm planning to make my first batch within the next couple of days and was checking what all thing i should not OVERDO (like bleach sanitation). Should i be careful before i cap my bottle (i don't ...
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How do I remove the medicinal taste of vanilla extract in my beer?

I bought a natural vanilla extract (vanilla beans, alcohol, and water) to add to my beer at bottling time. I mixed it along with my carbing sugar and bottled. When I tried the beer for the first ...

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