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1answer
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What is a grant?

How is it used? What does it do?
12
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1answer
5k views

What is a hopback?

How do you use it? What does it do? Do you pass finished wort through it hot or cold?
4
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1answer
190 views

How do I reconcile hopbursting and whirlpooling?

I've got a plate chiller and so can chill my wort quickly to preserve the hop aroma, but I also need to whirlpool to mound up hot break, which takes 10 minutes. I can use a hop-back to get hop flavor ...
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2answers
2k views

Brass vs. Stainless Steel for fittings

I see both brass and stainless fittings for sale. Which is appropriate to use when?
3
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1answer
1k views

What gravity is suitable for not using priming sugar?

Assuming full attenuation, is there a way to figure out what gravity reading would be suitable to not use priming sugar, and just allow the excess sugar to create the carbonation? A sub-question would ...
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1answer
269 views

How big do the holes need to be in a Zapap style Mash/Lauter Tun?

I'm looking to make one of the mash tuns out of a plastic bucket. I find instructions like "drill a bazillion holes into the bottom with a small drill bit". How small? Is there a size that's too ...
4
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2answers
322 views

Temperature conditions for saving cropped yeast?

What is an ideal environment for saving yeast I have harvested from my fermentation vessels? The lowest survivable temperature? Highest? I recently found the top of my fridge to be too cold when I ...
6
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2answers
570 views

Scottish Ale - is it supposed to taste like fire?

Just yesterday I opened up my first stage fermenter to transfer my Scottish ale to it's second stage. First of all...it looked like toxic waste. Second of all...I smelled it and it literally singed my ...
4
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2answers
2k views

Pro Mash Tun design

I was wondering if anyone had a link to a graphic of what the typical profesional mash tun is like. Specifically I was wondering if the majority of professional scaled mash tuns draw from underneath ...
6
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1answer
232 views

Priming still possible after bottling

I must have been really lucky with my yeasts so far but usually my beers turned out nicely carbonated without any priming. The last batch though is really flat. Is it still possible to prime in the ...
3
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1answer
176 views

Basic information on priming

I'd appreciate a little input on "Priming": How do you do it? Which sugars do you use? Do you use it for all your beers and if not for which ones?
3
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6answers
5k views

Converting your fermentation bucket into a mash tun

Most people use coolers for mash tuns, but living in an apartment myself I can tell that having the least possible equipment is a priority. I know some people use their secondary fermenters as mash ...
3
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2answers
905 views

Why does my brew look cloudy

i took a reading of my brew and the hydrometer is reading 1.010, it smells great to me but the beer looks cloudy not clear can someone help plzzzz
3
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1answer
800 views

How tight should bottles be capped?

I've bought a new bottle capper (two-handled hand held capper) and have tried it on a number of different types of (empty) beer bottles. It works okay, but I've noticed that none of the caps seem to ...
8
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2answers
1k views

Effects of different boil intensities

What are the effects of having a super rapid crazy boil vs. a very slow, slightly rolling boil, and the different stages in between? If you're boiling 6 gallons on an electric stove or trying to do ...
4
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2answers
724 views

Using flakes in a mash

Do you just mix them with the grains or cook them first to get them gelatinized? What are the pros and cons of each method? What portion of the fermentables can be in flake form?
4
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2answers
86 views

First time! Brew guy

Well i bought a kit and followed the instructions and it has bee 4 days now and i don't think i have seen my airlock move. i open the top of my bucket and there was a lot of foam (bubbles). Also look ...
2
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3answers
738 views

How do I use this Digital Temperature Controller?

For my birthday, I asked my sister for a Digital Temperature Controller. Rather than buy the one from Norther Brewer, I found what I thought was a better deal from Pex Supplies. However, it looks like ...
2
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2answers
4k views

Ale bottle conditioning temperature

For bottom-fermented beers the conditioning/storage temperature is crucial and supposed to be really low (32F / 0C). Is this the same for top-fermented beers or is conditioning / storage at higher ...
4
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2answers
565 views

Bag-in-box packaging

Is it suitable for beer "bottling" or would the pressure tear it apart? If it's suitable it could be really useful since it can contain a large quantity of liquid with low package weight.
9
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4answers
10k views

What malt should I use to get a red beer?

So, I want to make a red beer, what is the best malt to get this color?
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3answers
1k views

Over-carbonating in the bottle

I've had a few batches get a little too carbonated in the bottle. Currently, I have a delicious stout that fills two glasses on pour, and needs some time to settle down. That is, of course, if you ...
5
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2answers
529 views

Calculating Mash Water Volume When Brewing with Pumpkin

Okay, so pumpkins are not in season and I'm substituting winter squash (acorn/butternut) for my pumpkin ale recipe, but the concept remains the same as if it were pumpkin. I've never brewed with ...
6
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2answers
949 views

What's the best way to add lemonade to a wheat beer?

I have a wheat beer I'll be bottling this weekend. I want to add some lemon flavor to a portion of the bottles, creating something akin to (but hopefully better than) Leinie's Summer Shandy. Very ...
1
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2answers
784 views

Is a sweet aroma normal?

On last sunday I made an all-grain APA with an alternative equipment, trying to reduce space, so I used my fermentation bucket as a mash tun with a bazooka screen on the tap to filter the mash, but ...
1
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1answer
776 views

First All Grain Batch / LOW Efficiency

Yesterday I went down to my homebrew retailer, planning on buying a simple screen/valve assembly for a cooler. No go. He didn't have any of THOSE left, however he did have an assembly to use an ...
4
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5answers
604 views

How do I chill wort with this faucet?

Just moved into a new apartment and I'm ready to start brewing. Except I have this unique faucet... it's the type that can switch between a solid stream and a spray and also is able to extend via ...
2
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2answers
1k views

homemade wine problem

My question is in my primary fermenter. If the airlock is not bubbling does that mean its not fermenting. I have two on the go one is bubbling and the other one is. What should I do?
10
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3answers
337 views

Is aeration necessary if you overpitch?

We all know that aeration is necessary for yeast growth. Does it facilitate more than that? If you massively overpitch, on a previous yeast-cake for example, do you need the same amount of dissolved ...
12
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3answers
2k views

Should I ferment a new batch directly on the yeast cake generated by the previous batch?

I'm going to re-use the yeast cake from a low-gravity batch to ferment a high-gravity batch. Can I just put the wort directly on it? Does it then need to be agitated? Is it worth the risk of ...
5
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2answers
925 views

What is cold steeping?

What is cold steeping specialty grains all about? How do I do it? What does 'cold' really mean? How long does it take? Advantages and disadvantages?
5
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13answers
4k views

How do you prevent boil-overs?

This is a shill question for Mark Taylor. I stumbled on his great tip about keeping a spray bottle on hand to prevent boil-overs while looking for advice on yeast re-use. The spray bottle worked ...
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4answers
9k views

Do you filter water, or just use tap water?

Back when I started homebrewing, I used a Pur filter. I've since moved and my kitchen sink won't accept any sort of filter. I've brewed a few batches with just Fairfax County, VA tap water, and not ...
3
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1answer
121 views

Clipping a rhizome

I have a hop few plants that will be a year old next month. How can I tell if it's ok to clip a rhizome to give to my buddy?
4
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3answers
2k views

How do you filter at home?

I thought I'd ask this after reading Brewchez's effects of filtering question. I personally don't filter at home, for the most part. I generally make dark beer, and people who drink my beer ...
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1answer
663 views

Does filtering beer strip flavor, aroma and/or color?

In the quest for super clear beer (and increase shelf stability) some brewers like to filter their beer. What impact does it have on flavor, aroma and color? Which aspects of flavor (hops only, malt ...
7
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3answers
3k views

Why is it bad to pitch too little yeast?

What are the effects of underpitching your beer? We have an answer for over pitching, I think we need the complete set.
8
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5answers
307 views

Ancient Brewing Techniques

I'm a newbie! An art historian by day...soon to be home brewer by night and weekends. QUESTION: Do you know of a brewer (home brewer or well known craft brewer) who is knowledgeable about ancient ...
11
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1answer
4k views

Why is it bad to pitch too much yeast?

What are the effects of over-pitching? Where is the line for, say, a 1.050 beer? There is also a question for to under-pitching.
3
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1answer
922 views

stepping up a yeast starter

I followed the instructions in Palmer's "How To Brew" (along with some modifications from a Jamil interview that I heard), for getting a yeast starter going. It is now sitting on my stir-plate, with a ...
4
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3answers
542 views

What yeasts are good for summer brewing?

I decided last night that fermentation temperature control was not a priority for me (minimizing brew time and moving to kegs are ahead of it). I have a basement that stays pretty cool, and four ...
3
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2answers
657 views

Dry Hopping without a bag

I'll have about 1/2 an ounce of leftover Cascade hop pellets when I finish my boil. I was thinking that I would save them and throw them in the secondary, but I don't have a bag. Will I get much ...
7
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2answers
1k views

Dry hopping without secondary fermentation

I have so far only done bottom-fermented beers without transferring into a second vessel for secondary fermentation. If I wanted to do some dry hopping with this technique, when is the best time to ...
5
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6answers
917 views

How do you clean scorched wort off stainless steel?

Kettles, mash tuns, infants, etc
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1answer
335 views

[WIKI] Characteristics of a Good Cellaring Beer

Every once and a while I come across beers that say they can be kept up to 5 years and become more developed over that time period, while other beers that are of the same style don't indicate this at ...
3
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3answers
498 views

Online retailers for brown nipper bottles (187 mL)?

I like using nipper bottles for high-alcohol brews as well using a few in each batch I bottle so I can test carbonation levels & flavors as the batch bottle conditions. So far, I've only had ...
2
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2answers
225 views

What characteristics should a bucket have to be suitable for a mash tun?

Does it need to have anything special or any food-grade bucket would do?
5
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6answers
2k views

Can you mash bananas?

I've been thinking about making a wheat-beer with bananas and a little bit of chocolate malt. My question is can you mash bananas in the mash-tun to convert the sugars/starches and get more banana ...
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2answers
3k views

Using a keg for secondary fermentation and natural carbonation?

I would like to transfer a beer that has been fermenting for about 3 weeks directly into a Cornelius keg for secondary fermentation AND carbonation. I would like to add priming sugar and naturally ...
4
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3answers
777 views

Measuring Gravity

What is the usual procedure for measuring gravity? Is it typical to just take an original and final gravity measurement or should measurements be taken throughout? I've heard people talk about ...

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