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Speed to collect wort from the mash tun for maximum efficiency

I want to optimize my efficiency, and I was wondering is the speed at which I collect my wort has an incidence on it. Right now I would say that I collect 1 liter of wort each 30-45 seconds. I get ...
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Really strong beer's gravity (1.120) won't drop below 1.042

I've brewed my second beer, it's starting gravity was 1120. It didn't seem to want to get a gravity below 1050 after 9 days, so i added champagne yeast. Two days later it dropped down to 1042. 4 days ...
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Hops - Do they stay in the wort for the primary fermentation or not?

I have two sets of instructions for putting the wort into the primary fermentation bucket. One says to just dump the entire contents of the wort into the bucket. The second says to stir like crazy ...
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Sparging with BIAB?

I've been doing a few BIAB brews with some success, but the only issue I have is I only have a 19L stock pot, so can only do half batches (2.5 gal). I was therefore wondering if anyone had done a ...
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Pure Carapils starter wort?

I was reading White Labs' Homebrew Starter Tips page, and the following got me thinking: Keeping the Original Gravity low is important because you want to keep the yeast in its growth phase, ...
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Am I required to refrigerate bottles after bottling?

My instructions that came with my kit said that I should let the bottles sit for 3 days, then age in the fridge for 10 days. If I don't refrigerate, will I get bottle bombs? Advice on forums and ...
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Is it okay to freeze dry yeast at around -20 °C?

After adding a sachet of 71B yeast to a 50ml starter at about 40 °C, I've noticed absolutely no activity. The yeast sunk to the bottom of the container and just stayed there. This is the first time I ...
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High Altitude Nitro

I recently relocated to Denver and found some excellent advice in this question but I was wondering since drj mentioned that since carbonation is an issue how that will affect my nitro setup and ...
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Is leaking CO2 a health concern?

I was reading this article about balancing a draft system, and came across this assertion: Do not place your kegerator in your basement. A catastrophic failure could cause the tank to drain, ...
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Did I mess up my mead?

I am attempting to make 1.5 liters of mead as a first go. I was very lazy though and used a whole packet of lalvin 71b-1122 on such a small batch. 1 week has gone by. The color looks good but ...
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Can I run a corny keg without liquid post?

So I was starting to setup a jockey box and cornelius pin-lock kegs to enjoy my last batch, when I noticed that I was without my pin lock liquid quick disconnect. Well, a friend brought one, and then ...
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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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How is ABV calculated if distilled spirits are added to beer?

How would one calculate the ABV of a beer if distilled spirits were added? For instance, when making a beer recipe that called for adding bourbon as a flavoring agent. If you started with, say, 5 US ...
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Lautering: Filter first runnings using a strainer

I am following the online course to all grain brewing on "craft beer and brewing" and in the lautering sectiong they explain to collect the first runnings and to put them back on top of the grain bed. ...
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How much damage do aphids cause to hops?

I have been growing hops by luck. Last year I gave them a 3 pole teepee to climb and they flourished and were beautiful. This year they were looking gorgeous once again, but days before I was about ...
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Component of roasted malt that lowers pH

Roasted and kilned malts are often used to lower the pH of the mash. Which chemicals are created by the roasting process that have such a low pH?
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Converting hose size from CO2 tank

So I am almost done fermenting my first batch of home brew and am about to start kegging it. The only problem is the current hose coming from the regulator is a good bit wider than the nozzle I have ...
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Monster Mill v.s. Kitchen Aid Mill attachment

We've been looking into getting a grain mill for some time now. I was pretty settled on getting a monster mill or some version of it until I saw the kitchen aid milling attachment. If this would work ...
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What do you get if you distill mead?

This is just out of curiosity... I mean if you distill beer, you get whiskey... if you distill wine, you get cognac/brandy... if you distill fermented molasses, you get rum... if you distill ...
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Identifying mystery hops

I've just discovered a reasonable crop of hops climbing a fir tree in my back garden! Any advice on how to identify the variety? I'm in London UK.
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Quick recipe for stout

I have a bit of an emergency on my hands. I am brewing beer for a wedding and my batch of stout bottle bombed on me. The whole batch is ruined and the wedding is 3 weeks away. Does anyone have a quick ...
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Why toss the starter wort?

I've wondered about this for a while: most 'how to make a yeast starter' instructions I've seen suggest using only the yeast-rich sludge, and tossing most of the starter medium. This makes sense if ...
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Belgian golden strong

I'm working in my first high gravity beer. Its been in primary for two weeks in the yeast cake. Looking for pointers on when to secondary.. How close to f.g. should I be before I transfer for the rest ...
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Can I re-use swing top bottles?

noob here :) well my first ever batch is going fine, and next weekend i will bottle my first beer, i have a question thou, i can get this type of bottles for cheap (no need to by capper, and caps). ...
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How to add DME to the wort

I typically use LME for my wort, with no prblems, but this time I am trying a slightly bigger beer and want to add DME to boost the OG. The one time I tried adding DME to my wort, I just dumped it ...
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What about corking beer?

I'd like to start corking some of my more delicate brews. Is there a reason to switch to corking? Certain styles? And, is it difficult/recommended for a small setup? Thanks.
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Should I pitch a second round of yeast?

I brewed a Dogfish Punkn clone that was rather heavy on the sediment. I pitched a pretty healthy yeast starter that was working for 30 hours before being pitched probably around 80 degrees, perhaps ...
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Hazelnut Brown Ale - What extract?

I am looking to brew a hazelnut brown ale. What brands of hazelnut extract are the best tasting? My lhbs does not carry one. Ideally im looking for a brand that closely resembles the real thing.
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Are plastic fizzy-drink bottles an acceptable substitute for glass bottles?

I'm thinking of cola, lemonade, etc bottles, usually 2 litres, commonly available in the UK. Are these going to be an acceptable substitute for glass bottles? Would save a few pennies on the cost of ...
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[WIKI] Bottle Sanitizing Techniques - Pros & Cons

What are the pros and cons of each bottle sanitizing method? Let's look at time, equipment, quality of sanitation, and other factors. Post one answer for each method. Edit the answers if you have ...
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Bottling from a jockey box?

So I've kegged my last batch, was an 'imperial IPA', and will drink it in my house with some few friends. It's a borrowed 19L cornelius keg, and I think that we cannot drain it completely. Since I've ...
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Bucket of sanitising fluid, kept for future use, is it effective, how long will it last?

Whenever I sanitise ( with VWP ) I don't just chuck it away, I put it into a fermentation bucket outside my house. I stick all my bits n bobs - stainless beer paddle, syphon and bits in there, and ...
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How much wort to make a 3 gallon batch [duplicate]

I have a 5 gallon recipe that I have scaled down to 3 gallons using BeerSmith. I know this may vary a bit, but how much wort should I extract to end up with a 3 gallon batch size in the end?
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HERMS waterproof hole in heat exchanger

I'm in the initial phase of my HERMS project, and I'm struggling to come up with an elegant solution to waterproofing the hole where my copper pipe will enter the hot liquor tank. Ideally I'd like ...
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How do I correct acidity/tartness in a fermented beer?

I just moved to a new state, and brewed a dark beer recipe that I'm fond of-- a weizenbock. However, I believe my water chemistry may have been different enough from my previous location to have ...
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Oatmeal Stout, steeped grains 45 min, extract recipe: Should leave in Prim longer than usual before move to Sec?

Q1: Wondering if since I steeped recipe 4 lbs of various grains to 45 min vs recipe "recommended" 20 min...should I or do I leave in primary carboy for 2 to 3 weeks vs recipe "recommended" 1 week? or ...
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How can I tell if there is anything for Amylase to work on?

Because I don't have any Amylase to platy with (yet), I'm looking for a way to check if it would have any effect that's cheaper and/or simpler than finding some place that sells the stuff. (Heck even ...
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Does my yeast possibly already have yeast nutrient?

I forgot to buy some yeast nutrient. But maybe it's already in the yeast? Vinter's Harvest : Premium Wine Yeast Ingredients: Dried Yeeast, emulsifier, magnesium, sulphate, trace vitamins.
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Will Bacterial Iron affect my beer?

I recently moved to a house on a well and not too long after discovered our entire area has a bacterial iron problem. We have the standard water softener and it does a fairly good job of cutting down ...
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0answers
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Recipe for Canadian Red Ale

I recently made a 1 gallon batch of Brooklyn Brew Shop's Canadian Red Ale. As it was absolutely incredible, I want to make it again. I have searched everywhere for a list of ingredients but have not ...
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What can I do with my spent grain after mashing?

After brewing a batch of beer, I always end up with ~14 lbs of spent grain that I usually just toss in a pile in the corner of the yard. Are there better things to do with it (i.e. cooking, baking, ...
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How can I test the PPM of different minerals in my Water?

As a follow up question to this, I'm interesting in testing every batch of tap water for the PPM of various minerals (calcium, magnesium, sodium, chloride, sulfate, etc). Are these test strips ...
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Are there ways to make your own beer on the cheap?

I have more experience with infusions and other ferments. I'm ready to delve into beer making without buying an expensive kit. What's the best way to do this?
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Trouble Reaching My OG (Pre-Boil Was OK)

Last week I brewed an Arrogant Bastard clone. My pre-boil gravity was off by .001 so I was pretty happy with that... But my OG (post-boil) was off by .009! I thought that because my pre-boil gravity ...
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low-tech honey mead failing to ferment

I've made a number of batches of low-tech hard cider by mixing champagne yeast with Martinelli's apple juice in the bottle, and then inserting an airlock. Fermentation is visible within hours, and one ...
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What hops are a little less bitter than Warrior?

I am using Warrior as a bittering hops in my IPA. Looking to fine tune the recipe by lessening the bitterness a touch or two. Can you provide me a few other hops in lesser degrees of bitterness? ...
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Modifying Recipes for Boil Volume

I am modifying an extract recipe for a full volume boil. I understand how to use a brew calculator to calculate modified hop additions, but since my LHBS store sells hops in 1 oz bags, I'd rather not ...
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1answer
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Pediococcus Infection--Will brett get rid of the ropiness?

I'm pretty sure I have a pediococcus infection on a Kolsch that I brewed recently. Let's just say some stuff came up and my sanitation was not great. I sampled it after about 6 weeks in primary at ...
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Do I need a ball valve on my brew kettle?

I am shopping for a brew kettle so I can upgrade to full volume boils. Many pots have ball valves. I can think of two reasons to use a ball valve Drain through it to avoid picking up the kettle to ...
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DIY BrewBug based offerings?

BrewBug, is a neat little toy that essentially has a "floating bob" that measures the temperature and specific gravity of the wort as it is fermenting, allowing for niceties like changing the ...

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