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What equipment do I need to buy to start making beer?

What is the minimum equipment to start brewing some good beer at home?
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Kegging at basement temperature

I am a novice at kegging. I don't have room for a kegerator or chest freezer so I simply keg at basement temperature. My basement is currently 69 F and I've had 5 gallons of tripel on pressure for 3 ...
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Old Brown “sour belgian”

I have an Belgian sour that has been in it's secondary for 18 months. With a terminal gravity of 1010 for over the last year, what is the best way to bottle condition this beer? New yeast? Blend?
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Sloe wine: going very slowly

Since I had enough sloes left over after doing this year's sloe gin, I have a demijohn of sloes fermenting - the first home brewing I've tried. About 2kg of sloes, boiled down with 2kg of sugar, and ...
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Wine overflowed through airlock

I've had two demijohns of blackberry wine fermeting for about 3 weeks. One of them was slightly over filled and frothed through the airlock, leaving winey yeasty liquid in the airlock. Rather than ...
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Raising alcohol content (slightly) using malt extract kits

I'm still relatively new to brewing, but have made about 10 batches using malt extract kits + 1 kg of Coopers Brew Enhancer (instead of sugar). So far all of the batches I've made have been around ...
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odd film on my cider

I went to rack my cider into a secondary, pulled off the lid of my primary and saw this whitish film. I racked it and the film stuck to the sides of the primary as the cider level dropped off. ...
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Can Star San kill yeast in the secondary carboy?

I've had a little trouble with carbonation after bottle conditioning lately. A few consecutive batches actually. I have started replacing items such as my bottling bucket, hoses and the like. I'm ...
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Adding chili peppers to beer - when?

I'm making a chili beer tonight. Is there any sort of extraction that needs to happen, or is just adding the chili (I'm gonna puree it) enough? I'm thinking of adding a habanero (or a half of one) ...
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Using math to hit exact spice level

This is a question that will combine your knowledge of food, chemistry, and beer. Spiciness is measured in Scoville Units. Basically: In Scoville's method, an alcohol extract of the capsaicin ...
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Using Burnt Caramel / Brewer's Caramel in Recipes

Has anyone worked with using either burnt caramel or brewer's caramel in their recipes? I have read a few places that Fuller's is known to use this to increase the SRM of some of their product line, ...
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On scaling a recipe's gravity…

If I have a recipe for a beer that I'd like to simply make bigger, what should be taken into account when scaling the recipe? Imagine I have an amber ale recipe that I like. It comes in with an OG ...
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Has anyone used molasses in a beer?

I am interested in throwing some in the secondary as advised in radical Brewing, but would love to here what has worked and failed from other brewers. I was thinking around two quarts. I want subtle ...
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A new beer with a hint of soy

I want to brew a beer, with an approx. alcohol content of 5% that incorporate's a hint of a soy flavor to it. Considering that what process would I need to use. Pilsner? Or another type?
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should i stir this (possibly stuck) batch or not?

First time brewing, made a lot of mistakes and now I'm concerned that my fermentation is stuck. Am I just being paranoid or impatient? Six days ago brewed this stout recipe: 6.6 lbs Briess ...
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Growlers v 12oz Bottles

As an about to brew newbie who foundly remembers his grandfathers home brew bubbling away back in th e late 50's & 60's when iy was actually (still) illegal) in 20g ceramic crock (w/nothing but ...
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What kinds of beers are there that don't use hops?

I'm thinking about the next brew, and want to kick it up a notch. I have heard of beers that don't use hops. I don't know where to start in my research, so I apologize for the broad question, but ...
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[wiki] Photo dictionary of things going wrong

Sometimes things don't go so well. Sometimes relaxing and having a homebrew doesn't quite do the trick. Sometimes it's not just going to fix itself. It would be helpful to have some images to compare ...
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Aging a naturally carbonated ale that was bottled from a keg

Okay, let's see if I can keep this question brief--I have a lot of followup questions that go with this so it may be difficult. Background: Last year I decided to start doing an annual Birthday Brew ...
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Doing my first all grain batch this weekend. What are the key issues for me to follow/watch/do?

Being brewing for years, but will be doing my first all grain batch this weekend. What is the one thing that is key for me to follow/watch/do to insure a good batch? Thanks.
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Too much Irish moss?

Following inspiration from this question, I've set myself up with equipment to brew one gallon batches. The idea is to brew small batches to get a solid recipe down, then scale up to a larger batch. ...
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Is my lager done fermenting? More yeast?

I put my lager in the primary fermenter roughly 30 days ago. The original gravity was around 1.060 and 5 days ago when I took a reading it was at about 1.013. Today it's at 1.012 - so it doesn't ...
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How to add spices after the boil

I'm planning to make a few spiced ales from my batch that's bubbling along right now, and I'm wondering what the benefits and drawbacks are to adding whole spices to the secondary as opposed to making ...
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Heinken bottles.

Has anyone used these bottles and recaped them with home brew? Not sure if they use twist off caps or the regular pry-offs.
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Does krausening make for faster conditioning?

After reading this article on krausening, I began to wonder about using it to speed up the production of big beers. The article states that introducing fresh, active yeast will "clean up" the beer. ...
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How much “speise” in a Hefeweizen?

I'm planning a Bavarian Hefeweizen and I read, to keep it real, one should use wort ("speise") to carbonate it. Has anyone got some experience as to how much speise to use or how to calculate an ...
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Capturing wild yeasts?

Has anyone done any experiments trying to capture wild yeasts around their home/property and ferment with them? Any tips, methods, ideas, etc. would be appreciated.
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Pumpkin Spiced beer

I was looking at your pumpkin beer recipe and I really want to brew that beer soon. The recipe sounds great, I just want to know the exact boil times and what exact time to add the ingredients, ...
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Is Mixing Yeast OK?

Say I wanted to make an ale which has some of the banana characteristics of a Belgian yeast, but also wanted some of the citrusy flavors of an American ale yeast. Could I achieve this by making a ...
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Making a Yeast Starter

It seems that there are varying opinions about the size your starter should be. What is the basic rule-of-thumb for 5 and 10 gallon batches? How much water should be used? How much malt/malt ...
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Brew day notes template [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the best brewing log sheet to use? One of the things I'm guilty of being terrible at is note taking. I know I should keep track of temperatures, times, tastes, ...
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What styles should encourage me to learn water chemistry

I've been brewing all-grain batches for some time. With my water source, I'm generally getting good results across multiple styles. To date, I haven't done much with water chemistry. Which styles ...
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What to expect when making mead?

I've been brewing ales for almost two years (extract plus specialty grains), and I want to try my hands at making a mead. What should I expect to be different in the brewing process? Will there be a ...
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What “problems” can I have if I bottle just one week fermented beer?

last Saturday (11/09/2010) I brewed a Blonde Ale and pitched US-05 yeast. Today there are only few bubles in airlock, so I think since Blonde Ale is a simple style I could bottle in next Sunday ...
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Should barleywine be carbonated?

I've was introduced to barleywine this past weekend, and I was interested. So I start googling, and find that Northern Brewer has a kit that comes with carbonation. The barleywine I had was ...
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Rotten eggs aroma from fermenting beer

my Vienna Lager apparently finished fermentation, I took some beer to measure the FG and I perceived a strong rotten eggs aroma coming from beer, I know it's common with some yeasts. The question I ...
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Bottling homebrew late

My guess is that my homebrew will be done fermenting while I am out of town. Is there any harmful effects if I don't bottle it until a few days after the fermentation process stops?
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What is on top of my wort? Mold? Lacto?

I just opened the top of my scotch ale bucket, and it looks like there's mold inside. The recipe is pretty standard, plus some oak chips soaked in whiskey, in a muslin bag. What is this? Edit: Some ...
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Cork in red wine starting to push itself out. Is it still safe to drink?

A friend gave us a bottle of homemade red wine a year ago. (They're Italian and they make wine every year). It's been sitting in our dining room, stored on its side. We started to notice that the ...
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Small batch size brewing trub issues

Five gallon batches generate a certain amount of trub in the fermenter. However, its a relatively small percent of the total batch. I am interested in trying some 2 gallon maybe even one gallon ...
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How much strike water can I expect to lose to grain hydration?

Let's say I have a pound of milled barley malt. Let's say American 2-Row, for the sake of specificity. And let's say I have a gallon of warm/hot water that I mix with the grain and let sit for some ...
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How to fix CO2 regulator that leaks out of the adjustment screw hole?

I've recently discovered that my CO2 regulator is leaking out of the adjustment screw hole. I took out the 4 screws, removed the bonnet (as suggested here), and replaced it. The leak now seems to be ...
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Sarsaparilla beer?

I was enjoying some craft sodas with some friends wile brewing a saison recently, and the idea of a sarsaparilla beer occurred to me as a not terrible idea. My instinct is to go with a pale ale (or ...
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Preparing Cherries for Secondary

A related question was asked about fruit in general but it didn't answer a particular question I have. I have 6 pounds of fresh cherries ready for a holiday beer. I'm planning on cleaning/sanitizing ...
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Tips for my first Lager

I'm planning to make my first batch of lager beer, and I chose the vienna lager style. But I have never made a lager before, so I want some tips! Since I have just two fermenting buckets but only one ...
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Should I use finings when brewing a White/Weiss/Wheat beer?

My latest brew is a Belgian White beer - a Hoegaarden stile beer. I don't have the equipment to rack this beer so I intend to bottle it after about 3 weeks in the brew barrel. This style of beer is ...
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Which apples make the best cider?

So I'm going to start making wine from grapes this year. To that end, I just picked up a grape crusher and a press. With those toys, I can also make cider. There's an orchard near me that grows ...
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Glucan rest necessary

I am brewing all-grain and have in the past always held a glucan rast when mashing. I am trying to speed up my brewing process and that rest of course slows me down quite a bit because of the heating ...
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Copper/Aluminum Plate for Propane Burner

I have a propane burner I recently purchased to do my boils. It works great, however I noticed some minor scorch marks in my stainless steel brew pot afterward. I read somewhere that a copper or ...
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Best Crown Capper

Just capped my first batch of beer (Wohoo!). When I invested in my equipment though, I think I was a bit too frugal with my capping tool - I have a hammer on crown capper. It seems to have done the ...

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