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Open-Fermented or Native Yeast Beers

I've always been very careful about control and sanitation with beer. But with my wine I do some native yeast Pinots, and some friends of mine are into the same with beers- they like funky, ...
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Should I & how do I use a mash tun brew kettle with a false bottom?

I'd like to make the move to all-grain, but it's fairly equipment-intensive. I see combination mash tuns and brew kettles. Are these a solution? Can I use the kettle for mashing, then transfer to ...
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What effect would using less LME than called for have?

I just brewed a recipe for a biggish beer that calls for 6.6 lbs of light LME and 2.75 lbs of light DME. Given that I always mess up at least one thing when I brew, I measured out 2.75 lbs of DME and ...
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Why would a recipe use both Light LME and Light DME?

I just brewed a clone of Belhaven Scottish Ale using the extract recipe from the book, Clone Brews. The recipe calls for both light LME and light DME. Why would it use both? It does specify brands ...
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Stuck or Slow Fermentation

So I have my first possible stuck fermentation. First, my recipe: http://hopville.com/recipe/166971/extra-special-strong-bitter-english-pale-ale-recipes/shoals-pale-ale-clone I pitched with two ...
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Electric Kettle with thermostat

What's your opinion on them? Have you ever used one? I was thinking of buying one (specially designed for brewing, even has a tap on). How is it different from the more traditional methods? Is it ...
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Brewing with veggies

This may be more of a wiki than a specific question, but has anyone ever tried brewing with vegetables? If so, what is your experience? I'm considering mostly root vegetables. carrots, beets, ...
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Brewing with a deadline

Occasionally I need to brew beer for an event, and I procrastinate. One time, I brewed a pretty hefty IPA, and went from boil to bottle (keg, actually) in about 10 days. It was pretty malty, ...
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How do I predict final gravity?

I've been taking the original gravity and multiplying the apparent attenuation of the yeast. For instance: 1.040 OG x 75% apparent attenuation = 1.010 expected FG But I never seem to get there. My ...
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What does knockout mean?

I've been reading the How To Brew book, which is generally good, but the author uses the term "knockout" without definition a couple of times. What does it mean?
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When should I add a vanilla bean?

My wife just kicked a bottle of vanilla extract. She bakes a lot and buys the good stuff that comes with a bean in it. I think i want to add the bean to my double-chocolate stout that's in the ...
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1answer
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Substituting brown sugar for corn sugar

An apfelwein recipe I've made in the past calls for 2 lbs of corn sugar for primary fermentation. The next go-round when I make a batch, I'm thinking of substituting some brown sugar (not a lot, ...
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How Would You Categorize This Beer?

I created a beer called Rye of the Hurricane II and would like to enter it in competitions. Problem is, I am not sure it fits in a BCJP category. Where would you enter this? It is too dark for ...
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Why does my cream ale taste like a witbier?

Imagine my surprise when I opened a bottle of my cream ale and found that it had picked up a clove-y flavor reminiscent of a wheat beer. It's not even presented as a risk in the BJCP guidelines for ...
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How do you pitch additional yeast for bottling?

This is a follow on to my other question about when you would need to pitch additional yeast for bottle conditioning. Assuming you know that you need to pitch more yeast before bottling to ensure ...
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When is it necessary to pitch fresh yeast for bottle conditioning?

I've read that you can leave an ale to secondary for months and enough yeast will remain in suspension that you won't need to pitch additional yeast when bottling. But are there times when you do ...
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What's the line between ale and lager?

There are several beers that blur the lines between ale and lager. Here's a few I'm aware of: Styles California Common is fermented at ale temperatures with a lager yeast, most often Wyeast 2112 ...
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When should you buy and plant hop rhizomes?

I want to grow a couple of hop bines this year. Most of the online brew supply places say they ship in late March / early April. I have a feeling I'll still have snow on the ground around that time. ...
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IBU rate of Sierra Nevada's “torpedo”?

I am preparing to start a season of working up a solid, reasonably priced All grain American Ale on the brink of a high gravity beer. Sierra Nevada's Torpedo balances sweet malt nicely against a hop ...
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Small Space & Apartment Brewing: Diacetyl Rest

When brewing a lager in an apartment, you will most probably use a small refrigerator for the lagering process. If the refrigerator does not allow you to choose the exact temperature, but instead you ...
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Single stage/ two stage for all grain?

I into my 3rd generation of homebrew ideology and need some input. At first, I was a dedicated workhorse of the early microbrew scene, constructing a a welded stainless 10 gallon outfit in my ...
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1answer
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What is conversion?

While answering another question, about mash temperature, the question about conversion and how long it takes came up. So what is conversion? I think we all know its the process of enzymes converting ...
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Harvesting commercial yeast

Which commercial beers (local and/or national) are bottle conditioned and still have viable yeast? Also, what do commercial brewers do that renders the yeast unusable (pasteurization, filtering, ...
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Dry Hopping and Crash Cooling

Should I crash my beer first and then dry hop, or should I dry hop for a week and then crash cool? My thoughts, I should crash cool and then dry hop. Reasons: Less likely to loose aromas at ...
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What do I do about beer coming out my airlock?

Brewed a Northern Brown extract kit on Saturday, hit the target OG. Pitched yeast a little cold (63F), but activity was in full swing by yesterday morning. Woke up this morning (Monday) to find that ...
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Caramel/Crystal malts and Steeping

Does any grain/malt that's name begins with "Caramel" or "Crystal" mean it is able to be steeped to extract the aroma, color and flavor? I am referring to grain/malts like Carapils, Caramunich, ...
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Insulating My Mash Tun

I have a pretty typical converted keg mash tun. Over the course of a sixty minute mash it loses 8-10º F. My previous mash tun, a converted cooler would only drop a few degrees and I would like to be ...
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How long will a keg keep?

We're brewing faster than we can drink. Right now I've got 3 kegs on tap, 1 (primed) keg sitting in the garage (very cold), and 9 carboys ready to be kegged. My question is this -- how long will a ...
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Getting Consistency

I have a few recipes that I want to reproduce exactly the same every time I brew them. The ingredients are always the same, but many things affect the final outcome. As an all-grain brewer, what ...
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Pellet Hops spilled out of bag in secondary. Advice?

My hop bag came undone in my secondary while dry-hopping and now I have pellet hops directly in my beer. What is the best way to filter out the hops for bottling?
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Corny keg that won't hold pressure.

I have a corny keg that won't hold pressure unless it's kept at constant pressure at around 10 - 15 psi which apparently is enough to compress the seal against the opening of the keg enough to stop ...
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Ohio Laws on starting my brewery

I want to start a small brewey in my town in Ohio. Nothing huge to start. Does anyone have any advise for me as to equipment that I have to have or can I just use homebrewing equipment to start? ...
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Cleaning difficult krausen ring off Better Bottle

My latest brew has left a ring from the krausen just past the neck of my Better Bottle. I am on my third soak with a little bleach and warm water. Usually this does the trick, but I'm almost thinking ...
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moving a better bottle carboy

So, just out of curiosity... if I wanted / needed to relocate my primary fermentation carboy to another area of the house, what would be the safest way to do this, without risk of infection? I know ...
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Using Granular Yeast in a Lager

Will dry yeast do any good when brewing a lager or is it necessary that you use a liquid one? I am talking about making some kind of starter with the yeast, not just pitching it into the fermenter. ...
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Weed Aroma/Flavor?

I have noticed in some beers, (nugget nectar, dbl. trouble, founders harvest and sublimely self-rightous ale in particular) an aroma/flavor of marijuana. I think Columbus/Tomohawk hops have somthing ...
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How long does 5lb of C02 last you?

I can never get a grip on how often I'll need to refill my C02. Sometimes it seems to last forever other times it seems very quick. In general, if you are just using C02 to pour, how many soda kegs ...
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Continental Pilsner Malt

What does the term "continental" mean when referring to malts? I have seen that term used before, mainly when sourcing pilsner malt. Is it just a different way of saying pilsner malt that has been ...
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What is attentuation?

What is attentuation? How does it effect beer flavor and quality? How is is calculated and why do I need to know it?
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WLP001 v. WLP051

WhiteLabs provides these two great American Ale yeast strains (among others). WLP051 (California Ale V yeast) and WLP001 (California Ale Yeast) What are the differences in these two strains and what ...
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Crushing malt without a mill

What's the best way to crush malt if you don't have a mill at home? How much malt would you venture to crush that way?
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Airlock Alternatives

Imagine that brew-day rolls around and you find yourself without an airlock for your carboy or bucket. What other things can you use in it's stead? Further imagine that you do not have the ...
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[Meta] Down Voting [closed]

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Massively Over-Carbonated Beer…What Do I Do?

Okay, so I made a mental error tonight when I was bottling and put 5 gallons worth of dried malt extract into 2 gallons of wort. I didn't realize the mistake until I had everything bottled. So now ...
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[WIKI] How Do You Calculate Original Gravity?

This is a community wiki post. Anybody with more than 100 reputation can edit it. You may also post your own answer. I get no reputation if you vote the question up or down, however, please vote up if ...
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Using Grolsch “Premium Lager” bottles for bottling

In my first bottling, I decided I wanted to try using half normal reused glass bottles with new bottle caps and half reused Grolsch beer bottles. Probably the worst part of the process was having to ...
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Should I purge my carboy with CO2 before racking to secondary?

I'm thinking this might help prevent oxidation.
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Should I worry about CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lamps) skunking my beer?

Particularly when racking from primary to secondary and then again into the keg.
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How do you get the bag of hops into the carboy and then remove it?

I always have a difficult time getting the hops in the carboy and then removing it when dry-hopping. What's the trick?
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Is it important to weigh down a hop bag for dry-hopping?

If so, what kind of weight should I use? Should it be enough to sink the bag to the bottom of the carboy?

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