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What equipment do I need to start making mead?

What equipment do I need to start making mead at home?
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What equipment do I need to starting making wine?

What equipment do I need to start making wine at home?
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3answers
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How can I make sure my bottle cap is sealed tightly?

I have concerns over why our beers are not carbonating properly. One suggestion was to check and make sure the bottles are sealed properly. What might be a good way to do this?
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Does bottle color matter for a given beer style?

With clear, green, and brown bottles abound (e.g., Corona, Heineken, and Yeungling respectively), is there a hard and fast rule for what color of bottle to use for a given beer style? Also, are brown ...
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Hard cider with pasteurized regular cider

I made a great cider last year and would like to do the same this year. Problem is that I'm too lazy to get all the way out to an apple orchard that sells non pasteurized cider. Can I use organic ...
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Why is our beer not carbonating?

We've made a few batches of beer and our recent batches have not ended up as carbonated as previous. I think the beer has been stored in a cooler place but I'm wondering if that is the only reason. ...
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How should bulk DME be stored?

Related to this question, but I'd like to get a 50 lb. bag of pilsner DME from the LHBS to use over the course of 3-6 months. Can it be stored like grain, or are there additional considerations that ...
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What is the minimum amount of equipment to dabble in All-Grain?

What is the minimum amount of equipment I need to have to brew very simple all-grain recipes? Bonus points for cheap & easy-to-find equipment. I'd like to go all-grain eventually, but for the time ...
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Adding Pectin Enzyme To Cider After Fermentation Is Complete?

I've got a cider made from fresh pressed cider that's been in the fermenter about a month. It was augmented with some Crystal 60L and a few other ingredients and is sitting on French oak cubes. While ...
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How can I avoid a lot of foam in the first pint from the keg?

Whenever I go to get a pint from the keg, the first pint is always foamy. I have to fill the glass up about 1/3 of the way and dump it out, just to the pour actual beer. I usually carbonate by ...
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3answers
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What effects will the type of water have on beer?

For instance, will hard water really change the taste that much?
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2answers
882 views

What kind of paper should I use for bottle labels?

Do I need to use heavier paper (ie, 30 lb) for labels? Would regular printer paper work just as well?
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884 views

Resources for Record Keeping?

I currently keep track of each brew in a little notebook and I have sort of a template I created myself for the brew date, date moved to secondary, bottle date, gravities, ingredients, etc. Are there ...
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Chilli Alcohol Recipe

Is it possible to ferment chilli-peppers and produce a liquor with a alcohol content and also a hotness?
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Do you keep your wine/beer making records online?

I've been looking for a suitable way of keeping my wine records online, whereby I can simply tap in recipe details as I brew, SG during the ferment etc, and it logs these all as individual with the ...
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Consequences of infection in a beer?

Everyone learns during their first brewing experience that you have to carefully sanitize anything that touches your wort after the boil to avoid infection. What happens when wort gets infected? How ...
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2answers
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How can I prime for bottle conditioning without oxidizing the beer?

I'm probably being too paranoid here, but what's the best way to make sure the priming sugar (I tend to use corn sugar boiled in a few cups of water for 5 minutes and then cooled) is thoroughly mixed ...
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How to adjust alcohol content of a beer?

I have read stories about people brewing beer with an extremely high alcohol content, and am curious about how they do it. At a basic level, I know that alcohol is a byproduct of yeast breaking down ...
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3answers
382 views

Using yeast from a local brewery

My favorite local brew-pub has a standing offer to share their yeast with homebrewers; bring in a jar & they will fill it for you. Aside from the obvious "it's free," why is their yeast ...
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2answers
467 views

AHS 1% alcohol boost?

Austin Homebrew Supllies offers an option on all it's kits: 1% Alcohol Boost: Add 1% alcohol to your beer without compromising its flavor. Brewvint Alcohol Boost is 55% maltose/45% glucose, a ...
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3answers
291 views

Where can I find extract recipes?

I'd like a few more options than the kits found at the local brew shop. Where do I look to find extract recipes that I won't need to convert?
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Is There A Way To Get Root Beer Taste/Smell Out Of Kegging Equipment?

I've since learned better, but when I first got my kegging setup, I put root beer on one of the lines. After that keg was empty, I decided to put soda water in instead. Unfortunately, the root beer ...
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Reusing twist-off bottles

I've heard it said that twist-off bottles should be avoided when reusing bottles for homebrewing. I've also heard a few people saying they've used plenty of them with no ill effects. Given that (at ...
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3answers
287 views

Can somebody give me a good recipe that they've tried for a sour beer? [closed]

I'm looking to make a sour beer for the first time. I'm open to any sort of all grain recipe, fruity, malty, whatever. All I request is that you've already made it, and really like it. I'm also ...
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9answers
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How to add coffee/chicory to beer?

We have made a few coffee beers. Once we used a cheap coffee by brewing a strong pot and adding to the boil. It turned out very acidic. The next beer we brewer we went with a little higher OG 1.070 ...
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Should I always use a starter?

I like using a starter because it seems like it cuts down on the fermentation time, but do I really need to do it for beers that are under 1.070 OG?
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8answers
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What's the point of going all-grain?

My extract beers are good, I think better than most commercial beers that I buy. Extract takes less time, less equipment and seems to produce great quality beers. Why do people do full grain?
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3answers
672 views

Can I put a secondary fermenter in room temperature without creating any off flavors?

I would like to have more brewing capacity, but I am limited by the amount of temperature controlled storage that I have. Do you only need temp control in the primary fermentation process? I'm ...
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6answers
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Any good iPhone/iPad apps for brewing?

Looking for recipe formulation, IBU/SG calculations, brewing timers, inventory control, etc. A bonus if the app renders my iPhone waterproof(wortproof).
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1answer
253 views

Anyone have experience doing a decoction with a pressure cooker?

How were the results compared to a traditional decoction? Any tricks to know about? Edit: For some context, see here.
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3answers
275 views

Has anyone had experience with first wort hopping? Did you find the results worthwhile?

Has anyone seen a marked improvement in hop flavor/quality from first wort hopping (adding hops at sparge) vs. late hopping vs. dry hopping vs. a hopback? Are there specific advantages to doing so? ...
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2answers
233 views

Do I need to add 6-Row to my extract + grains dunkelweizen for proper conversion?

Do I need to add some 6-Row or otherwise tweak this recipe? I'm going to be brewing a dunkelweizen later this month. My recipe uses 6 lbs. of wheat extract and 2.5 lbs. of caramel and chocolate wheat, ...
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3answers
626 views

Should a starter be hopped?

Should I add hops to my starter recipe? I just started using starters, and I haven't been hopping them at all. I didn't even think of adding hops until I read some of the answers on this question. ...
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3answers
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When do I add spices to spice up a holiday brew?

I just brewed my first oatmeal stout (the Brewer's Best kit), and decided I'd try to add a little "holiday" flair. At my local brewing supply store, I found a recipe for a holiday ale, so I followed ...
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563 views

What is the proper method of pitching a starter?

What's the proper method of pitching a starter? Do I just pour the whole thing in or do I need to "harvest" a certain portion of it? I just started using starters (.25-.5 Gallons water + 2-4 cups ...
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4answers
735 views

Reusing Yeast From previous Fermentation

When I finish fermentation I am left with a large amount of extra yeast in the bottom of the carboy. Can I reuse this yeast in any way? Hopefully to avoid buying yeast again every single batch?
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How can I fill bottles from a keg and maintain pressure

I've been kegging for awhile now, but I still haven't managed to successfully fill bottles from my kegs without losing all pressure. I don't have a counter pressure beer filler or a Blichmann Beer ...
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6answers
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Tap Water: Safe to use without boiling? [duplicate]

I made my first batch of beer over the weekend. I didn't have quite enough bottled water on hand to add to my wort to make 5 gallons, so I used tap water. I sanitized the hose sprayer on my sink by ...
8
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1answer
356 views

How often do people replace their plastic brewing components?

I recently threw out my racking cane, it was turning cloudy and there was a piece of trub stuck in it that I couldn't get out for the life of me. I remember the lady at a LHBS telling me you should ...
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Are bottle brushes necessary?

I've always bottled my beers (haven't invested in a kegging setup yet), and I've never once used a bottle brush. I simply soak my bottles in OxyClean to clean them, give them a shake, then rinse, ...
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1answer
187 views

How do I make a sour mash with lactic acid?

I'd like to make a sour beer, and I have a bunch of lactic acid from a previous brew (never used it). Aside from letting the mash sit overnight, how do I do this?
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3answers
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Is there a quicker way to carbonate a corny keg?

Currently, if I want my beer "today" I put the gas into the out tube at the desired target pressure. I then rest the keg on my lap and gently rock it for about 20 mins, until I don't hear any more ...
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5answers
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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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2answers
1k views

What are the advantages of Dry vs Liquid yeast?

Pretty straight-forward- what're the benefits and drawbacks of dry or liquid yeast?
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1answer
261 views

Ever used a hopback?

I'm curious to hear stories about using a hopback. There are a few incarnations out there and a few reasonable DIY hopbacks. I'm wondering if it's worth the trouble. And, if so, does anyone have ...
9
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2answers
507 views

Should I dunk my dry hops?

When dry hopping, should you try to submerge the hops after you add them to the secondary? Half the hops in my last IPA weren't wet after a week, so I'm thinking they couldn't contribute much flavor. ...
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5answers
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Help! My secondary fermenter exploded!

So, I was brewing a nice IPA the other day. I walked in to check on the carboy and the stopper had popped out and there were hops everywhere! I stopped it back up and bottled it a few days later ...
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4answers
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What is the difference between Clean, Sanitized and Sterilized?

What is the difference between Clean, Sanitized and Sterilized?
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3answers
349 views

Removing Fruit From Secondary

I recently brewed a peach hefeweizen and I added 7lb of fresh peaches to the secondary. I just chunked the peaches and popped them into the carboy. I have siphoned the beer out for bottling and now ...
7
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2answers
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What effect do different types of yeast have when creating a recipe?

What happens when you use different types of yeast? Does it change the flavor? I'm not talking about mixing different types of yeast in the same recipe.

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