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How to clean yeast

I like reusing yeast to save money, and I like having my own "house" yeast. However sooner or later my yeast eventually dies and becomes unusable. I have a feeling that each time I repitch, I'm ...
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My beers are with a slight acid taste after the few first sips. What could be wrong?

So far I have brewed 5 times. First went perfect, though it was the first time I was using my kit and the grains were already ground. Second and third batches went wrong. My concern is with the last ...
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How long can organic wine be stored without chemicals?

I'm trying to store some homemade organic red wine in bottles. For how long can it be stored without using any chemicals?
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Is it necessary to aerate wort when pitching onto an existing yeast cake?

To my knowledge, aeration provides oxygen so that the yeast can reproduce before fermentation. If you're pitching onto an existing yeast cake, there should theoretically be enough yeast already to ...
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Wrong yeast…cloudy beer?

I was planning to make an IPA and was planning to use wyeast #1056 but i think that I mixed up my yeast with another guy at the store cus after I pitched i noticed that the yeast I had added was ...
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Why measure gravities?

I've brewed a good dozen batches of beer from kits, extract, extract+grain, and now all-grain, and I've never measured gravities. Why measure gravity, besides to know what you're getting? Is there any ...
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How to Properly Oxygenate Wort

How much oxygen do I need to put into my wort? I've heard that homebrewers need to aerate with an oxygen stone and either aquarium pumps or oxygen. Is this true, or is shaking my carboy enough to ...
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1answer
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Chloramine effects in small quantities

I'm curious what effect (if any) chloramine-treated tap water has when used in small quantities, such as a yeast starter or when boiled with priming sugar to use a priming solution. My municipal water ...
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Is it okay to store a batch of mixed star-san?

I use a spray bottle with star san, so I don't use a lot of it each time I brew. Is it okay to store the rest in a bucket and then refill my spray bottle when I need some? I've read that it should ...
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Baking yeast for brewing?

Has anyone ever used the ubiquitous Flesichmann's baking yeast for brewing? Is there a fermented beverage style for which it works particularly well?
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1answer
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Mixing grains before mashing?

Is it important to mix up the different types of grains before they go into the mash tun or is it okay to just dump them in separately?
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Rice Hull pre-prep

I have heard it recommended to pre-rinse rice hulls before putting them in the mash. Mainly because they tend to be so dusty. Is that a good practice?
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Rice Hull Usage Amount

What is the general rule of thumb for how much rice hulls to use? Rice Hulls are cheap but at the same time I'd rather keep them to a minimum when I do use them. I have an Oatmeal stout recipe that ...
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1answer
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90-minute boil for pilsner malt?

On the "Belgian Blond Ale" episode of the Jamil Show (podcast) it was said that you should do a 90-minute boil because of the pilsner malt. Can someone explain this further?
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Cardboard alternatives to bottle cases for storage

A problem I hadn't really anticipated was how to store/transport bottled homebrew. I've been reusing old cardboard store-bought boxes, but they seem to be breaking down pretty quickly, especially ...
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Wort aeration on a budget

To aerate my wort I have been using a whisk, but i am worried about contamination. What are other more effective ways to aerate wort without spending too much money?
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Hop utilization

I've been thinking, especially after brewing my last IPA, about getting the most out of my hops. The higher the SG of your wort, the less you get from your hops, so the more you have to put in. I've ...
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How to brew all-grain indoors

I've been brewing with extracts and specialty grains for two years now, and I want to step up to all-grain brewing. From what I understand, it's important to get a full boil when brewing all-grain and ...
9
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4answers
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What causes beer to induce flatulence when consumed?

More importantly, how can the process or recipe be adjusted to reduce this effect? I'm not trying to be crude. Actually, I'm trying to be less crude.
7
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3answers
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Pennies in the Boil

I've heard that adding cleaned pennies to the wort can help prevent boil-overs. I guess they could provide nucleation points- I dunno. Any truth to this, or is it just an old wives' tail?
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What does gypsum do?

I'm brewing from an Austin Homebrew extract kit, and it came with some gypsum. I thought gypsum was only for modifying water chemistry, but there seems to be some other schools of thought around. ...
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5answers
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What would make a good mulled ale?

I just came back from a festival that was serving mulled cider and mulled wine. I've heard of a few mulled beers, such as buttered beer, so I know people must make them. Has anyone out there tried ...
3
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3answers
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Add finings to beer to be bottled?

I've got a chocolate stout fermenting at the moment, and I'd like to add finings to this once fermentation is complete. I haven't done this before, so wondering what the best method is? I'll be ...
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5answers
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What kind of infection is this and is the beer ruined?

Picture of Infection This is my first all-grain batch and unfortunately it has developed some kind of growth. It didn't smell like death, actually smelled pretty good, and the samples I have been ...
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Shaking vs not shaking

I'm playing with a yeast starter right now and I've noticed when I shake the mix the yeast gets more active. I'm wondering how this applies to my actual fermentation. So I was thinking I'd let my ...
3
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3answers
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How do you convert between SRM and Lovibond?

For instance, if a grain is specified at 300 SRM, what is the equation to convert that to Lovibond? What is the equation to convert it back?
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2answers
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Is there anything I need to keep in mind if I double a recipe?

I found a recipe that I would like to try, but it is for a 5 gallon batch and I want to make a 10 gallon batch. Is there anything special that I need to keep in mind or calculate when doubling a ...
5
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3answers
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Krausen During Primary

I'm wondering what other peoples' experiences are with krausen at the start of fermentation. I've had some beers that have bubbled along happily without producing huge amounts of foam, and others ...
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3answers
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Can I use my Country Living Grain Mill for homebrewing?

I already own a Country Living Grain Mill for making flour and want to start crushing my own grain for my homebrew. Will this style of mill work for homebrew or should I buy a mill specially for ...
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3answers
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High-gravity beer stored too cold to carbonate during bottle conditioning. How can I carbonate this beer?

I made a strong scotch ale. Bottled it up, 2 weeks later no carbonation. Is there a way to save this batch? OG 1.095, Used Safale US-05, 2 weeks in primary, 6 weeks in secondary, FG 1.030, I ...
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1answer
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How do I fix a stuck mash?

I got my first stuck mash today. It ended up not being a huge problem since I had 10 gallons to sparge before I hit my target volume, but it kind of threw off my temperature calculations since I ...
5
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1answer
456 views

Flaked rice vs. Uncle Ben

I happened to do my grain shopping at a LHBS that I don't usually shop at yesterday, I was going to make a bunch of a light lager. They didn't carry flaked rice though, so I had to double back to to ...
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1answer
567 views

Basic equipment needed for all grain brewing [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the minimum amount of equipment to dabble in All-Grain? I'm considering working on my first all-grain brew batch. What are the bare essentials of equipment to do ...
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1answer
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Help! My homebrew keg froze, I brought it in, and now the beer is all foam.

I had my twin corny-keg setup in the garage in a refrigerator. The fridge kept it about 34 F degrees all summer, and I had the CO2 dialed just right. Well, it dropped down to about -5 F and my beer ...
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4answers
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How is the length of each fermentation determined?

When crafting an original recipe, how do brewers determine the length of time at each stage of fermentation? Obviously, several factors weigh in, including the exact composition of the wort, the ...
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4answers
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Glass Milk bottles?

Just about to start up my next batch and noticed I hac a couple glass milk bottles from Whole Foods lying around. In what ways could they be put to-use in homebrewing? Fermenting a test? Mead? Cider? ...
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4answers
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Can I ferment mead without campden tablets?

I think that campden tablets lend an odor to my mead that requires my letting the wine breathe for a while. I get headaches from this too. Assuming I'm right about this, would pasteurization of the ...
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3answers
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What type of reference beer should I use for flavor doctoring?

I've been looking for resources on how to really taste some of the commonly referred to tastes out there. For instance, people say that phenols taste like band-aids. But I really have no clue what ...
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2answers
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5 or 6 Gallon Glass Carboy

I'm looking to pick up a glass carboy, but I'm not sure which size. I brew in 5 gallon batches (just starting out) and I'm wondering if I should go with the 5 gallon or 6 gallon carboy. Thoughts? ...
6
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2answers
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Kegging home brew

I have a Cornelius system and I'm wanting to keg my home brew. I'm curious if you need to prime the beer to help with carbonation or if you just add wort to keg and carbonate from co2? If you do ...
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Force “bubblifying” with something other than CO2

I know some people make nitro stouts, but has anybody ever heard of a "whipped cream" stout using nitrous rather than nitro? I think this could be tasty, but I'm not sure of the legality or ...
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Carbonating Kegs In Quantity

Does anyone have any suggestions for how to build a rig to carbonate multiple corny kegs at one time? I currently have a high pressure CO2 line in my beer fridge so that I can carbonate one that is ...
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Alternatives to a hydrometer?

I can't seem to keep a hydrometer for more than a few brewing sessions. They either break from dropping them, going from hot to cold, or I've had the wax holding all of the lead pellets to the bottom ...
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3answers
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What is the best way to sanitize vanilla pods?

I Am planning on adding a vanilla pod to secondary in my next brew. What is the best way to sanitize it before it goes in?
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3answers
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How to maximize the maple syrup flavor and minimize the cost?

Is it possible to add less maple syrup later in the boil or even after the boil and get a comparable flavor to adding more earlier in the boil? It seems like we should be able to essentially "dry ...
3
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3answers
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Drink made from fermented lemons?

I had a neighbor who would bring out a large, 5-6 gallon? glass jar full of lemons(not sure what else was in there) outside for a little bit a few times a week. I know he was making some kind of ...
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Do I need to completely fill my keg?

I'd like to make some smaller batches in order to test recipes, but without the hassle of bottling multiple different beers. The whole process of sanitizing and cleaning bottles takes too long if I'm ...
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1answer
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What's a good breakdown of all the sugars in regards to brewing?

I'm a little confused when it comes to sugars. It seems like there are a lot of different kinds and they come in many different forms. What affects to different sugars have on brewing? Do they ...
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1answer
310 views

Can I make low (or no) protein beer?

Beer has some protein in it from the grains used (and maybe other ingredients), does anyone know if I can make a beer with little to no protein?
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Proof dry yeast, or just pitch it?

In the past, I've used Wyeast smack packs, where the instructions tell you to make sure that the pack is viable before opening so that you can get refunded for a dud. I'm a baker, and I use dry yeast ...

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