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What is Chill Haze and How Do I get rid of Chill Haze?

What is Chill Haze?How Do I get rid of Chill Haze?
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1answer
92 views

What are finings? How do finings work?

What are fining agents? How do fining agents work?
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121 views

To Bottle or Not to Bottle?

I'm using a Mr.Beer Home Brew Kit. First Batch, its been 14 days of fermentation, still cloudy, took a sample taste and it taste like flat beer, should I bottle or wait a few more days to see if it ...
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205 views

Why use Oxygen tanks to aerate wort, what are the benefits?

Do you notice any benefits in flavour or yeast activity over a regular air pump? By not blowing dirty air through your wort, could it keep down infections/contamination? Does pumping regular air ...
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1answer
89 views

May I Aerate AFTER Pouring Yeast into the Carboy?

I extract brew, and the kits I buy from NB tell me to add cold water to the wort to get a total of 5 gallons, and then aerate before adding the yeast. However, if I do this I will always have more ...
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91 views

Leftover Juicing Pulp in Beer?

I'm a very new homebrewer and this may be a really wacky question, but I'm curious nonetheless. Every time I've made fresh juice using a juicer, I'm at a loss for what to do with the leftover pulp, ...
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197 views

Beer fermenting too cold?

My first brew is currently fermenting on its 6th day. I just checked the temperature and it was quite a bit lower than what I initially thought. The temperature in the room is 12'C (54'F) and the brew ...
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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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156 views

How to Use a Johnson Digital Temperature Controller with a Fermwrap - General Questions

This is my first temperature controller and first use of a Fermwrap. I understand that the Johnson A419 Temperature Controller can only do hot or cold at one time. Which mode does it default to when ...
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How to Use a Johnson Temperature Controller in Combination with a Ferawrap - Probe conflict with Raspberry PI

I received the Johnson A419 Digital Temperature Controller and will be getting a Fermwrap today in the mail (and I will be brewing tonight hopefully). I noticed that the Johnson model comes with a ...
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76 views

Will a Yeast Starter Exposed to Sunlight Materially Effect the Beer?

I know not to expose a fermenting carboy to sunlight, but is it OK to expose a yeast starter? I have two of them next to a window with blinds that are ineffective at blocking sunlight. I didn't think ...
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1answer
92 views

tips to improve my Ginger Beer

Good day mates, Just had my very first batch of GB. I have basically followed the stove-top recipe at (http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Ginger-Ale). I forgot botton-upping it to mix it all before drinking ...
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CO2 All Gone - Leaked through tap?

I've had my CO2 tank hooked up to a 3-keg keezer for 6 months with no issue - and then one day I went downstairs and the CO2 is empty - but I haven't used nearly enough for it to be empty - and last ...
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Waited 6 Days after boil to pitch yeast, Wort had what looked like mold, what can be done?

Like the title says, after I chilled my wort I realized the kit I ordered did not come with yeast, an error on the packers fault. Because of my work schedule I wasn't able to pitch the yeast for about ...
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Addition of honey and vanilla to cooled wort

Can I add Honey to a cooled wort (Brown Ale) and then vanilla at bottling time? It is for a wort transformation contest and I will receive the Brown Ale after boil!
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How did people know whether their brews were done before the hydrometer was invented?

All advice I've seen given here and on other brew sites relies heavily on the use of a hydrometer, which I assume is a somewhat recent invention. However, people have been brewing and drinking for ...
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96 views

Balancing: Correct Serving Pressure Vs Beer Line Length

How long should my beer lines be in my kegerator or keezer for the perfect pint?
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1answer
320 views

What Beer Line or Hose Size Fits the Cornelius/Corny Keg Barbed Quick Disconnects?

I'm needing hoses to run to and from my barbed ball-lock quick disconnect on my cornelius keg. Which diameter should I be getting? Do I need reinforced hoses? Answer: 1/4" (6mm) Inner ...
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196 views

Where Can I Buy Commercial Beer in Swing Top Bottles in UK

Where can I buy beer that comes in swing top bottles? I don't wanna buy empty bottles if for a few more coins I can get some beer in it! :D Please list below Details like: Location Brand Size ...
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223 views

Is secondary fermentation necessary for a double IPA?

And how important is dry hopping for added flavor?
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1answer
43 views

Would radon in the water supply affect the brew?

I am looking at a place to buy and start a nano-brewery; it has a radon mitigation system. Are there any effects from radon mitigation on the water quality? How will it affect the beer taste and ...
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247 views

What does skunked beer taste like, How would you describe skunked beer?

I'm aware of what skunking is and how it occurs (Skunking Beer Process). But what does it taste/smell like? Are we talking a smell/taste like the plant or the animal? :D Also I rather not ruin a beer ...
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1answer
134 views

Maintaining a constant room temperature

There's a lot of discussion about maintaining the correct temperature of fermentation vessels, but pretty much all of the stuff I read assumes people are either in the desert or the arctic! Being in ...
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1answer
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How long can I store crushed and whole grain?

I want to buy a large pack (25kg) but i will only use 10kg to start. How long can I store the rest? How long can they be stored if crushed?
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Why are green bottle less favoured? [closed]

I'm reading a lot about people not liking green/clear bottles and going for brown bottles, which I believe is traditional and correct in regards to protection from UV/Daylight. But why is it such an ...
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1answer
159 views

Filtering Beer with Coffee Filter

I want to know if anybody has tried filtering beer with coffee filters? I'm tempted to play with this idea at a later date. I would be concerned about aerating the beer too much, so again has anyone ...
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1answer
83 views

Temperature of maturing

When we say that we leave the beer to mature, at what temperature does that happen and does it need to be carbonated? Can a beer mature in a keg?
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1answer
98 views

Stuck Fermentation on Cider?

I previously posted about a cider that kept bubbling. Since then, the cider stopped bubbling. I checked the current gravity, and wonder if I have a stuck fermentation because the specific gravity has ...
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1answer
70 views

Difference in FG from recipe

I just finished my second Brew in a Bag (BIAB) and although everything went well, I had a difference in my anticipated FG. The recipe and Brewmate was giving me a finaly gravity of 1.014 but it ...
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When is the right time for kegging?

Hi I am about to keg for 1st time and my question is this do we force carbonate right after fermentation is over?For example a lager beer style will go for laggering before or after force ...
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Use of maltodextrin to increase head retention & body, how much & when added for 5 gallon batch?

My HBS recommends maltodextrin to increase body & head retention, when and how much should be added to 5 gallon batch?
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Can I increase secondary fermentation temperature after a week?

My ale batch (US-05) was fermented at 68ºF for 11 days, when I removed the sediment and moved it to a Secondary Fermentation with a much lower temperature (41ºF) for a week now. Since yeast has to be ...
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2answers
63 views

Adding cherry extract at bottling time?

I have made Cherry ale around Christmas for several years. This year I forgot to add the cherry extract at the 2nd fermentation, so I added it when I added the sugar prior to bottling. Will this ...
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1answer
63 views

final gravity margin of error

So this is my first batch ever. My starting gravity was 1.058 7 days ago. My gravity yesterday was 1.007. Both within range for the recipe kit. I measured again today and got 1.011 in a beer thief. ...
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1answer
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How much specialty grain should you use in each steeping bag?

I'm doing my very first steeping brew (2nd brew ever), and I've got about 3 lbs of specialty grains total that go into my recipe. I've lightly crushed the grains, and I'm ready to put them in the ...
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145 views

Using Sugar substitutes (artificial sweeteners) instead of sugar

I am new to home-brewing. I want to brew some liqueurs but since I am a diabetic, I can not use normal sugar in brewing. My option is using sugar substitutes (like artificial sweeteners) like ...
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1answer
94 views

Liquid yeast, do need to make a starter?

I'm making mini batches with IPAs(4-5 liters/ca 1,5 gallon), and with my three first brews I've used dry yeast. On my next mini batch I'll use liquid yeast(WLP005), do I need to make a starter or is ...
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7answers
180 views

Bottling Rhythm and efficiency

I've read the answers on how to sanitize bottles while bottling [here] but my question is this... Should you cap a bottle right after filling it, or can you fill say 6 bottles, cap them, then put ...
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4answers
151 views

Yeast cake and Septic tank

I just transferred my brew to the secondary fermenter (yes, it's not necessary, but I want to help clarify the brew). Where we live, we have a septic tank sewer. I was just wondering if there could be ...
2
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1answer
84 views

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 ...
2
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1answer
235 views

Help keeping Black IPA from becoming Imperial Stout

I'm new to the home brew scene, and I've made a couple of extract brews from recipes in the beginners books that I own, so I've decided it's time to move on to attempting my own recipe. I want to ...
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2answers
169 views

How to raise pH (or lower acidity) of mead

I have a mead that I think has too high of an acid level. I am looking for ways to raise the pH or lower the acidity1. Roughly 7 months ago, I made a 5 gal batch of mead. The original fermentation ...
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1answer
93 views

Newbie brewer: beer sample tastes strange

my first batch was a little tricky, lots of mistakes made. Ive got some questions. Its a Pale Ale (US-05) (6.5 pounds of Pilsen malt - 1.5 pound of Carared - 1 pound of Oat Malt - 0.8 pounds of ...
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1answer
46 views

Home-made coffee liqueur

Previously, I made cherry liqueur. Beyond that, I do not have much experiance about homebrewing. Now I want to make coffee liqueur, but I have no idea how to do? I need help with the ingredients and ...
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2answers
640 views

filling the airlock

I'm brewing my first batch ever, and got a little worried that it wasn't bubbling after 24 hours as the instructions said it should. I've read a lot on here that says not to worry about a bubbling ...
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4answers
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Stirring Spoon Hop Stained

So... I will just start with sharing that "Hop Stained" has a nice ring to it for an IPA name, but I digress to my question. During my first batch, I am becoming paranoid I did not pay enough ...
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2answers
118 views

How long can I expect cider to keep fermenting?

My cider has been fermenting for five weeks. I still notice streams of tiny bubbles when I hold a flashlight to the glass fermenter. I threw the cider together on a whim before work one day in ...
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3answers
127 views

Is this a sign of improper carbonation or improper bottling?

This is a story of two very different pours from the same batch. TL;DR: the first bottle was foamy and very carbonated, the second was normal, but the first bottle went flat and was cloudy, while the ...
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3answers
919 views

Why does my beer have carbonation but no foam head?

I recently made a Belgium Ale, which was slow to start fermenting, but once it got going it finished fine. It cleared in a secondary and was bottled using 5oz of corn sugar for the 5 gallon batch. ...
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3answers
278 views

How is the Heineken Draughtkeg made?

I am sorry for the noob question, I'm not a beer professional, but just curious about some things :) So I've seen this thing: http://heinekendraughtkeg.com/ and it looks like barrel with a CO2 tube ...

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