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What kind of connectors do I need for my keg, and where can I get them?

I have a European Sankey keg with a Type S tap, but my CO2 container only has connectors for a ball-lock valve. What connectors do I need to get the tap pictured attached to my CO2? It would help to ...
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Should I worry about mash PH when brewing with RO water?

I always use RO water to brew. I have never checked mash PH but have become concerned since my brews have come out darker than predicted by BrewSmith. I thought (I read in How to Brew by Palmer) ...
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314 views

Lager: No fermentation, what are my choices?

Last weekend 2 of my friends and me tried brewing a lager (doppelbock) for the first time. Brewing went well, but not the yeast! We are now 4 days later, and no sign of activity. Gravity taken: did ...
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What is yeast's fermentation (life), cycle in brewing?

Hopefully, I asked that correctly, once the yeast is pitched within a number of hours it begins to consume the fermentable sugars in the wort, create CO2, etc. once fermentation is completed, if I'm ...
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114 views

Is it safe to boil my wort outside while it is snowing?

It's snowing where I live. Are there any risks involved with boiling my wort outside, when snow can enter the boiling pot?
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120 views

Is Wyeast American Ale II a highly flocculant yeast strain?

I am enjoying being a brewer, I can make beer. So, now I am trying to refine some of the processes. I generally make IPA's and have been using Wyeast American Ale II yeast. Once fermentation is done ...
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Expected priming time after 5 months in fridge?

I had a demijohn of beer sitting 'maturing' in the fridge for 5 months, neglected mostly. Needless to say it was crystal clear, which is little pointless as I ended up bottling it because within 5 ...
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Didn't get the expected O.G

I brewed a nano batch of single grain IPA and I don't know what I have done wrong. Before I started, I calculated the O.G. and F.G. as shown in the picture bellow. After boiling the wort from 5.3 ...
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Wort Color and pH strips

Does a dark and roasty wort effect the ability to read the color change strips. I am not talking about how dark grains effect pH, I get that. I simply mean the color of stout wort vs. pilsner wort. ...
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What are the Consequences of Removing an Airlock for less than 60 seconds?

I have to remove my airlock to get a temperature probe out of the carboy. I can probably do this in 15-30 seconds. I understand that air shouldn't touch the alcohol, but will this short of a time ...
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Where to buy ingredients and tools for brewing in UK?

I'm moving soon to UK and I would like to keep on brewing my beers there, does anyone know a shop where to get the tools (fermenters, heat exchanger, and so on) and ingreds (malts, hops yeasts and so ...
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Thoughts on increasing flavor of blueberry wine

I just sampled my blueberry wine that's been aging for a couple of months now in the carboy. A generous description would be "light bodied." There's not a lot of flavor. Alcohol, yes, but just a ...
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Can enough capsaicin adversely effect yeast?

This is related to a previous question I asked when I wasn't as clinically insane as I am now. Allow me to explain: A couple of months ago, I came upon Stone brewery's Crime and Punishment beers ...
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Are there dry yeasts that rival liquids for IPA's? [closed]

My HBS just raised the prices of various liquid yeasts. Are there dry yeasts that are as good for IPA's? Recommendations please & should they be pitched dry or as a starter? Thanks.
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Saving leftover saved yeast

I saved the yeast cake off my last batch, and tomorrow I'll be brewing again. The cake filled a growler, and after a week in the fridge has settled to about 2/3 yeast, 1/3 beer. After siphoning off ...
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1answer
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Use the same sample for gravity readings

Is there any reason why you can't use the same sample for all your gravity readings rather than taking a fresh sample each time? The idea being to take an initial reading and then keep this sample ...
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Can I reuse brewing yeast as a nutritional yeast?

I have a budding vegan in the house. Even after reusing yeast for brewing I send a lot of yeast to the compost bin. Has anyone out there used the yeast as a nutritional supplement? If so, could any ...
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1answer
37 views

What problem could happen adding chocolate flavor at the beginning of secondary?

I mistakenly added 5 oz of Chocolate Extract at the beginning of secondary instead of the day before bottling. Still smells ok, when I did some quick checks, but wondering if anyone else has made ...
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3answers
228 views

Chilling wort in a fridge

I have a spare mini fridge that can hold inside my fermenter and i was thinking instead of spending water with my immersion chiller to rack my wort from my kettle and place the fermenter in to the ...
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1answer
67 views

Bentonite Haze in Mead

I have been doing mead for a few years on-and-off now, and have a few 25L batches that finished a 3 week primary and 3 week secondary ferment. There is still a tiny bit of bubbling inside, and I was ...
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207 views

Is Star San sanitizer worth the cost?

I am a college student brewing in my apartment and while I am pretty dirty on occasion, when it comes to brewing beer I try to be on top of it. While I have not had a bad batch thus far, but the home ...
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2answers
81 views

Is my beer oxidized?

I brewed a batch of bitter 5 weeks ago, simple recipe with 90 % pale malt and 10 % crystal. IBU is aout 30. I have brewed this beer before, and it was great. Everything went perfect, up until I ...
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54 views

X2 IPA force carb pressure

What is a good pressure to force carb a double IPA in a five gallon keg? Is it possible to over carb when force carbing? This is the my first time trying this method and don't want to over do it if ...
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3answers
75 views

what are my legal obligations in owning a distillery [closed]

I am interested in distilling whiskey and vodka. Im not sure of what the legal ramifications are but I want to one) do it legally and two) do it economically. Is this possible and what are the average ...
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2answers
424 views

Should I add extra hops in the boil vs dry-hopping?

I really enjoy my IPA with Citra hops. I have done some minimal dry-hopping which gives me a great citrus flavor and aroma, in addition to adding cascade and citra to the boil. I have no aversion to ...
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1answer
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Steel Cut v. Flaked Oats

Pound for pound, do steel cut oats deliver the same level of mouthfeel as flaked oats? I ask because I recently made some steel cut oats for breakfast and they seem to be much more gummy than normal ...
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What are the Consequences of Steeping Grains, Removing Kettle, and Finish the Brew 24 hours later?

I was half way through steeping my specialty grains (from an extract kit) when I realized that my four 6.5 gallon carboys were already in use and I forgot to purchase another one. I decided to let ...
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61 views

What characteristics would agave nectar add to a wort?

I was thinking about adding agave nectar to my wort as an adjunct sugar, with the intent to add some tequila-like flavor. Does anyone have any experience with brewing with agave nectar and the flavors ...
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234 views

what types of hops can be grown in india ( in rajasthan sami arid zone)

I want to grow hops in Rajasthan (India). How do I get seeds for hops in India? Are there any companies in India that can provide me with what's necessary to grow my own?
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120 views

My Bottles are Breaking :(

I have around 4 boxes of 24oz's and 4 boxes of 12oz's. I started brewing roughly 8 months ago and have purchased these bottles over the 8 months. When I open the bottles to pour a brew, I've had ...
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4answers
168 views

Kegging but without CO2 tank

I got an annoyance issue here. I have a Cornelius keg 19lt and 15-16 liter batch of Wit-beer almost ready to go, but poorly timed.Issue is I currently don't have the CO2 regulator or Tank. Reason for ...
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289 views

What is the scientific explanation behind open fermentation leading to increased esters and yeast flavor & aroma?

As a recent experiment, I wanted to try something that was unconventional for most homebrewers, and is widely considered to be clown-crap crazy. I wanted to ferment a beer topless, without a lid. I ...
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1answer
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Why is potassium metabisulphite preferred to sodium by some sources?

I have read a number of sources that recommend the use of potassium metabisulphite or potassium-based campden tablets in preference to their sodium-based equivalents (e.g. Jack Keller states that he ...
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Did I just contaminate my beer?

I brewed my very first batch almost 4 weeks ago. I currently have my beer in a secondary fermenter (glass carboy) and plan on bottling in a couple days. I dry hopped it late last week. Today I got ...
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Yeast starter timing question

Can anyone give me a time recommendation on how long I should allow a yeast starter sit on the stir plate for before pitching? I usually make it the night before (about 18 hours prior to pitching) ...
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1answer
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Doubling Extract Recipe

At this stage of my brewing experience I brew boxed recipes from my local HB store. My sister is getting married and I wanted to brew for the reception. I plan to brew 2 double batches from recipes I ...
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4answers
290 views

Why exactly does cold crashing work?

I'm trying to understand the mechanism behind cold crashing. When cold crashing, you cool the fermented brew, yeast and suspended solids settle. With my first cider, a very turbid bottle visible ...
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Saving yeast in growler

I read on HBT that someone would save his yeast cake into three plastic bottles, and then use each bottle in a new batch. I didn't have three plastic bottles, used to hold pressure from the yeast as ...
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2answers
121 views

Safe to bottle IPA with higher FG than expected?

The expected FG from my receipt was supposed to be 1014, but it has been stable at 1020 for about 3 weeks now. The wort has been on the fermentation tank for about 4 weeks, it reached 1020 after 1 ...
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1answer
48 views

Addition of spring water at bottling

If I am short of 5 gallons at bottling or when I transfer to secondary can I add spring or purified water at this time?
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Wit Beer I'm guessing I don't wanna store it to clear?

Often the advice with beer is to store it somewhere cool for a while before bottling for various reasons such as taste and clearing and removing chill haze.I'm currently brewing a Wit Beer from ...
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2answers
111 views

Honey addition to brown ale

When is the best time to add honey to a 5 gallon wort of Brown Ale, and what is the best amount? I don't know weather it would be best at the beginning or closer to bottling time!
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1answer
88 views

Do both male and female hops need to be grown side by side?

I am interested in growing my own hops for decoration and brewing - mostly brewing ;-). Do I need to purchase both male and female plants to get flowers? My spouse who is a gardener pointed out this ...
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1answer
593 views

When and how should I add Maltodextrin

I am brewing an imperial stout this weekend and I am planning to use 8oz of maltodextrin for 5 gallon batch. A friend of mine had a kit last time which had a maltodextrin in it but with no ...
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132 views

Stuck fermentation - Should I be concerned?

On Jan 19, I brewed what will end up being a 5 gal. batch of Nut Brown Ale. I had decent mash efficiency and ended up at 1.046 @ 68 deg. after the boil and subsequent cool. I then split the total of ...
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1answer
55 views

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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3answers
107 views

When dry hopping, do you wait for clearing before bottling?

I'm still a beginner, this forum has helped me a great deal. I made an IPA, which cleared very well in the primary. It was transferred to a secondary for dry hopping, adding a muslin bag with 1 oz ...
2
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2answers
105 views

Reducing Bitterness level in Imperial Stout

I am about to brew an imperial stout, and I was wondering, about bitterness level in it. I want to create a smooth sweetish imperial stout (maybe somewhat on the same level with a milk stout), but ...
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2answers
309 views

How much oak cubes should I use for 5 gallon batch?

I am planning to brew 3 batches of Imperial Stout at the same time with the same recipe. The difference is that I will age two batches with different oak cubes (one will be soaked in bourbon, one ...
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2answers
115 views

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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