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Can I switch keg from regular pump to kegerator

Would it be possible for me to use a regular store bought pump to tap a keg, then untap it and place it in a kegerator with a co2 pump without the keg going flat? Would I be able to change out the ...
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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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Irish Ale Yeast - Strain Selection, Fermentation Temps, and Re-using Yeast

I am brewing an Irish Red Ale, followed by a Dry Irish Stout, both this week, and then I need to re-use that yeast within the following two to three weeks for an ESB (1.053 OG recipe was picked by a ...
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Using Square Polypropylene container for no chill brewing

I have two, square Cambro brand containers, one 12L the other 21L. These are made from Polypropylene and have square lids. I am interested in using these for a no chilling my wort, I am wondering if ...
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Re fermentation

I have 2, 6 gallon carboys, one apple & the other peach. The apple is bubbling really good, the peach not at all from what I have seen. Can/should I add more yeast or sugar to kick start it?
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Effects on homebrew from Fluoride in tap water

I live in a city that puts fluoride in the drinking water. I am in the habit of boiling all water before storing it (and allowing it to cool) for brew day. Will fluoride effect the brew in any way? ...
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Juniper berries for brewing pale ales

I love the aroma of Juniper and want to feature it in my next pale ale. I'm currently extract/kit brewing, and I had a few questions about how to go about this: I read some tips about adding to ...
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barley content in whisky from barley grains [closed]

Of the whiskey in a barrel, what % of it is barley? From what I understand, to make wort only 20% of spent grain is left. This leads to a figure of 80% of the grain dissolved in the wort. After ...
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When to remove trub/yeast cake from a conical fermenter

So if/when I eventually switch to using a conical fermenter, I assume I wouldn't want to dump the entire trub/yeast cake at the bottom during fermentation. Do you typically wait until your "primary ...
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PVC and PTFE Plastic for Long Term Wort Contact

I use a Raspberry Pi with water proof temperature sensors fed in through the airlock to measure the temperature of the wort. They are in contact with the wort from pitch and up to bottling, 4-6 weeks. ...
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What software do most brewers use?

Just curious what most brewers are using these days as far as software goes. We are going to have to make a decision in the near future about this. BeerSmith? ProMash? BeerTools? Any others I ...
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Starting out with fruit wine?

I have never brewed, but I am playing with the thought of starting to make fruit wines. While I can get very good alcohol of other categories, fruit wines are rare, and some types are not sold here at ...
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Boil kettle from plastic fermentation bin

Can a plastic fermentation bin be modified with a heater element to make a strike-water heater or a boil-kettle?
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14 days in the primary to long? [duplicate]

Hi I am doing an ipa and was wondering if 14 days in the primary is to long before racking to a secondary for dry hopping. I see others saying 7 days in the primary then 14 days in the secondary.
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Is this a good pear for cider?

I want to make cider from pears. Right now I'm looking at buying a few kg of Abate Fetel (I think that's what they're called), because those are the cheapest pears by a factor of 3-4 right now. The ...
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Kegging: hose clamp technique?

I'm re-attaching the CO2 to the home made kegerator I've inherited and I'm wondering if there are any steps one should follow for securing the hoses. Securing the hose clamps is pretty obvious, but I ...
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Changing the Brew for Small Batches

Its easy for us homebrewers, but how difficult is it for a commercial brewer (whether it be small or large scale) to change a brewing recipe to affect the taste for small batches (10-100 bottles)? ...
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Canning unfermented wort for yeast farming?

Canning is often used to preserve foods: the microorganisms inside mason jars are killed by a boiling water bath and sealed when removed. Small amounts of unfermented wort are useful when yeast ...
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Beer gas on corny keg

I have an existing keg of beer that I would like to switch to beer gas. Is this feasible? Are there any problems with doing this?
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Can you use only malted wheat to brew?

Granted, it officially would not be beer (dunno what it would be called), but as a cereal grain that is maltable and grindable, it seems that it should also be pretty brewable. I'd be interested in ...
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how well to strain wort after boil

Just wondering how well you folks strain your wort when transferring to primary. I brewed my first batch last night and, aside from forgetting to take an OG reading, everything went well. However, ...
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Temperature rests for hefeweizen

I have an AG recipe for hefeweizen that I want to try. It is 5 gallons, 9.5 lbs of grain, and I only have a 5 gallon picnic cooler tun. It calls for 3 temp rests and a mash out step. My question ...
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Keezer ~ Collar vs Faucet top tower

I am just getting ready to setup my keezer. I like the ease of use with a collar, but my little 7 cubic foot freezer is only as tall as my junk. I am concerned that it will be uncomfortable to draw a ...
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What is the purpose in adding unmalted wheat to a beer?

In looking for a new wheat beer recipe, I came upon the following: Improvisational Wheat It mentions using 3 pounds of unmalted wheat, crushing separately, and boiling for 30 minutes. What is the ...
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Will secondary further clear my IPA?

I am fairly new to beer making (5 batches) and have good success, but am trying to fine tune my process. I have an IPA which fermented well and cleared nicely in the primary with gelatin and a cool ...
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Calculating carbon dioxide production during fermentation

I know yeast ferments sugars into alcohol at a predictable rate, but is the same is true for carbon dioxide? Since I know the amount of sugars fermented though my gravity readings, shouldn't it be ...
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Can I re-aerate in the Primary?

Is there a downside to shaking the primary fermenter to re-suspend the yeast if the fermentation is going slowly?
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Define “yeast slurry”

If I'm creating a yeast starter from previously harvested yeast I'm supposed to know how many cells are in my slurry to effectively calculate how much yeast to use in my next batch. To me common ...
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Chemical characteristics of taste

I know this is probably a quirky question for this forum, but here goes. I'm getting into home brewing, and today I stumbled a cross the website for American Society for Brewing Chemists (ASBC) ...
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When do Yeast grow and multiply?

Do yeast multiply in the initial aerobic phase or do they continue to multiply all the way through the entire anaerobic phase?
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How to use “natural” Irish moss

I've just bought this stuff (pictured) - what appears to be Irish moss in its natural, dried state. Being a bit of a noob I haven't used Irish moss before, thinking (perhaps foolishly) that my beers ...
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How does a beginner manage their yeast farm?

I'm about 6 batches into my AG brewing and my fridge is slowly getting filled with jars of yeast I've been harvesting, each labelled so I can tell which batch they came from. So far I've been ...
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Turn Bottling Bin into a Mash Tun?

If I attach a removable mesh filter to hold back the grains and I properly insulate the entire bottling bin, can I dual wield it as a bottler and as a mashing tun? What benefits are there to having ...
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How to get a richer body when brewing

I brewed my first home written beer recipe in the end of last year, now I want to improve the beer. It was a simple single hops pale ale recipe, brewed in a 5L container, so it was a very small batch ...
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Food Grade Steel Drums

I'm thinking about buying some a HUGE Blue food grade steel drums, which is either painted or enameled.If I correctly modify them, will these be okay for FV, Mashing Tubs, Boil Kettle, Strike Boiler? ...
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Primary Fermentation Increased

So I brewed an IPA about 2 weeks ago. I used a glass carboy for fermentation and for the first 2 days it was heavy bubbles then for the next week and a half there were a few tiny bubbles. I checked ...
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How do I know what value I want for Volumes of CO2

I've bottled about 15-20 batches, but I am ready to keg for the first time. I see the table that has been rep[roduced on quite a few websites, and it has 3 examples with a range for the Volumes of CO2 ...
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Transporting unfermented wort

I want to brew with some friends in my country house but temperature this time of year there is not ideal to leave the fermentor there so i will have to transport it for about 100 km.I am not sure how ...
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How Does a Hydrometer Work?

I know how to use my hydrometer, and I know what numbers to look at and write down on my brewing sheets, but I'm not sure what those numbers actually represent, or even what units I should use to ...
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What is the property of the carbonation of champagne that makes you feel light-headed?

After drinking an equivalent amount of Champagne and regular wine - I feel significantly more light-headed after drinking the Champagne. The only difference appears to be the carbonation. What is ...
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Does a protein rest even do anything?

I have been looking at brewing several recipes that call for a multi-step mash that includes a protein rest. I saw a Mr Wizard article in BYO that sort of defends protein rests. Just like the ...
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Sweet sparkling cider without pasteurizing, sulphites or lactose

We've got an apple tree that produces more fruit than we know what to do with, so being cider lovers, we decided to get into brewing. Our first batch of cider was very dry so we've been adding sugar ...
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How do new yeast strains happen?

Rogue and Papazian have their own yeast strains (PacMan and Cry Havoc, respectively). Do you know how they got there? Lots of trial and error? Pitching multiple strains? Let's say I pitch a bunch of ...
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Colour adjustment

Is there a difference between darker malts in the color they give to the brew? Melanoiden malts are said to give a red color, chocolate malts should render the beer brown. But there is just one ...
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How do I get a turkey baster out of a carboy?

When I was pulling wort out of a carboy to take a hydrometer reading, the bottom part of the baster separated from the head and fell into the carboy. What's the best way to get it out with the fewest ...
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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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Anderson Valley Bourbon Barrel Stout Recipe

I'm newer to home brewing (about 8 batches extract, 1 partial mash) and looking to tackle this. It was absolutely amazing. Could somebody help me out with the recipe? Is this the right place to ask? ...
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Storing bottle conditioned beers and carbonation.

I store all my beer at 55 degrees. Do I need to worry about the beers that are bottle conditioned not being carbonated, or not being at the proper carbonation level? Should they already be carbonated ...
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Expert opinions on brewing beer from bread (If an expert were to use this method)

I found this link the other day on how to make beer from stale bread. It seems like it is legitimately working, but at the same time, it doesn't seem very clear on it's alcohol adjustments. My goal is ...
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Using Campden in water

I am using campden in water to remove chlorine and chloramine. I have heard that it may inhibit the yeast. Should I leave it any length of time after use in order to minimise yeast inhibition?

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