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Brewing Inspiration

Where does your brewing inspiration come from for your next batch? This past weekend I was at the American Craft Beer Fest in Boston to close out Boston Beer Week. I like attending fests looking for ...
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Rauchbier smoke source

What is the difference between using a nice smoked malt vs. maybe using some liquid smoke for making Rauchbier? Can you detect the difference in complexity? Is smoked fruit woods (apple, cherry) ...
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How do I take hop plants with me when I move?

So I planted my hops three years ago and they've done well. I'm planning to move next year (within the same hardiness zone) and I want to take my hops with me. I'm sure whomever buys my house won't ...
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Specialty Beer Store

I am considering opening a specialty beer store. My city doesn't have one, the grocery stores are getting better about carrying craft beers, but I wouldn't call the selection extensive. So I thought ...
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What gap should I set my mill's rollers to?

I just received a Barley Crusher mill - is the default roller setting sufficient for most grain types, or do I need to worry about adjusting it? Do you guys change roller spacing based on what grain ...
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Ever brew Kombucha?

I know, this one is out of left field, but the concept of fermented tea is pretty interesting, and the process (obligatory Wikipedia link) doesn't seem too foreign to homebrewers (of beer). I'm not ...
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Which fermentation temperature should I favor?

I am doing a dual brew this weekend. First up will be my Engine 97 Steam Beer (aka California Common - see recipe here: http://www.lootcorp.com/recipes/engine-97-steam-beer.html - credit for original ...
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Didn't hit gravity--how to calculate how much malt extract to add to the fermenter?

Lets say you were aiming for 1.047 but only hit 1.032. In a 5 gallon batch, how much malt extract would you need to add to the fermenter to bring it up to the desired gravity?
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How long can I leave beer in the secondary fermenter?

My first home brew beer is ready to be bottled but I've been busy and haven't gotten around to it yet. The beer was in a primary fermenter for 2 weeks, then I racked it into a secondary fermenter ...
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Using a Induction cooktop

I have been brewing in my kitchen using a giant stockpot. My brother (my brewing partner) was thinking about picking up propane top and moving it outside. I think that it would be better to use an ...
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What's the difference between a corny keg and a pony keg?

I'm looking at getting a kegerator since bottling kinda sucks. I'm on Amazon and they have a fridge that can take:"1/2 barrels / Full Size Kegs (15.5gal), 1/4 barrels / Ponies (7.75gal)". I've only ...
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Recirculating wort chiller

I am building an recirc arm for my chilling set up. Should my recirc have a gentle bend in it to 90degrees or would it be OK to just use a 90degree elbow of a piece of straight pipe under the wort ...
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Can extract brewing achieve professional results?

I was recently on vacation and I toured a brewpub in the Chicago area. I was surprised to find out that they are extract brewers. Is this common practice for small brewpubs? Would this place a ...
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Keeping a bottle of no-rinse sanitiser

Some sanitisers, like star-san, chemipro oxi and betadine are no-rinse in certain dilutions. Star-san can additionaly be kept diluted in a bottle for months and used whenever one wishes. Can the same ...
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Low Cost Conical Fermenter

I was looking around for some low-cost alternatives to conical fermenters, and I came across inductor tanks. Has anyone used or heard of someone using these tanks? Is there any danger/downside to ...
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Open Fermentation Process

Can open fermentation be done simply by putting the fermenting beer in a bucket carboy and covering it with foil? The purpose of the foil would be to just keep airborne contaminants from falling into ...
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What's the ideal size for a mash tun?

This question has been bothering me for a while and I looked it up using google. The only related search result was this thread http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/how-big-your-mash-tun-needs-123585/ ...
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Best beer styles for warm fermentation environment?

What beer styles tend to work well with a warm (at least 70F, possibly up to 90) fermentation environment? In other words, what styles will be best to mask or work with the off-flavors produced?
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Club Meeting Idea's

I'm a relatively new brewer (couple of years) and I'm on the executive of our local brew club. I was wondering if anyone had some great ideas for club meeting topics. If you have already done a ...
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What is a session beer?

What is the accepted OG and ABV of a session beer? What other qualities does a session beer possess?
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What's a good session beer to serve cold?

I made an ordinary bitter a while back and it really brought to light why it's served at cellar temperature. At 55F, it was a bit malty, with nice hops. At 45F, it was like seltzer. Very drinkable, ...
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My keg is empty. Now what?

So I kicked my first Corny keg and need to get the keg and the system cleaned and ready for another batch, which might not be ready for some time. What's my process here?
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Is normal PVC tubing okay for a racking tube?

I'm having a few issues finding food-grade plastic tubing to use a racking tube. Is normal clear PVC tubing that you'd get at a hardware store okay for this? (Once it's been sterilized etc of course) ...
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What are the symptoms of poor aeration?

I made a beer over a month ago. Rather than taking 3-5 days to ferment, it took over 20. After fermentation finished, I took a gravity reading and it fell from 1.040(ish) to 1.010(ish)... Primed, ...
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Hop schedule for Single hop ale brewing

I am planning on brewing up a handful of quasi-pale ales using only a single hop varietal per batch. The goal is to get a feel for the bittering, flavor and aroma of some varieties I want to ...
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Brewing a braggot.

How much honey do you need to put into a beer recipe before you can really call it a braggot? I am sure the taste is largely subjective. I want to brew a beer with 1/3 Honey, 1/3 2-row, 1/3 wheat. I ...
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Boiling water and plastic equipment

I've been boiling my water prior to brewing (extract), and pouring this whilst still hot into my plastic barrel figuring the boiling water will make sure anything that survived the sanitisation is ...
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Maturation - what does it mean?

Homebrew recipes often give information along the lines of "6-8 weeks maturation". What exactly does maturation mean here in terms of conditions? Is it the same as a secondary? Can the beer "mature" ...
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pH for oatmeal stout and how to get it

I am planning an oatmeal stout and read that the mash pH is really important for stouts in general. Which pH should I go for in my oatmeal stout and how can I get to it?
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Bottling kegged beer

My dilemma is this. I received a rare beer in a 1/2 barrel keg. I've been nursing on this beer from my kegerator now for 5 weeks (even had a party) and I've still got 5 gallons left. It sits at 9% so ...
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Sanitizing Second Hand Equipment (plastic fermenters etc)

Would you ever use second hand brewing equipment? What's the best way of making sure it's absolutely clean? Ordinarily, for something like this, I'd just buy new (so you know where it's been), or ...
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Tips for my first English IPA

I'm planning to make my first English IPA on this Sunday and I wanna know from more experienced homebrewers if my recipe is ok: For a 20L batch Ingredients: Amount Item ...
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What is the best book for beginning wine makers?

What is the best book for beginning wine makers? ** Please post 1 book per post, then the resulting votes will show what most people consider to be the best book.
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1answer
771 views

How much sugar should be used when priming with Brett?

I've read that Brett will consume sugars that other yeast strains cannot. Is this true? I couldn't really find too much information on it. If this is the case, should I be worried about over ...
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Home-made LME&DME-is it achievable?

Pretty often when you brew an all-grain batch you get a quantity of extra wort with no apparent use. A common practice is to keep some of that wort for a starter for the next batch. Could someone ...
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What are some good places to get a keg for a brew kettle?

I got my first keg from a beer store, whom I asked if they had any kegs I could buy outright. The keg they "sold" me was in really good condition, and only cost me $30. I'm looking to get a second ...
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The move from kit brewing to all grain brewing

I have brewed a few batches of beer using pre-measured kits. They have turned out great, and have I have enjoyed them. However, I would like to make the move towards all grain brewing. Is this a ...
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What is the best book for beginning home brewers?

What is the best book for beginning home brewers? ** Please post 1 book per post, then the resulting votes will show what most people consider to be the best book.
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How do I propagate my hops?

I have a couple plants going, but I am ready to get more of the same varieties going in the future. How do I go about getting more plants from the same plants I already have? Can I take a cutting? Can ...
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Is there a brewing software that supports late additions?

Promash doesn't support late addition of extracts (which affects hop extraction). Either that, or I can't find out how to do it. I sometimes use beercalculus.hopville.com to create two recipes, one ...
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why do you degas wine but not beer?

After reading this post, I was wondering why have I heard of people degassing wine, but never beer? Does one also need to degas mead?
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Did I Break My Airlock?

I don't really know what I did here. I cut off the bottom little cross guy on the stem of the airlock because it was getting clogged up during vigorous fermentations. Now the middle piece just kind of ...
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Is there such a thing as malt-free beer?

I am allergic to malt and thus need to avoid it. I currently drink hard ciders, brandy, and wine. Are there any brew kits out there that does not use any kind of malt as an ingredient? I am trying ...
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What temp for a secondary maturation?

My first Irish Red Ale is at the secondary fermentation for about a week, I want to put the secondary fermenter to maturate on a refrigerator (with digital control for temp) for one more week before ...
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What to do with a stuck fermentation after 2 days with my first beer kit?

I am trying my first beer kit after trying wine once before. I picked up a "Summit Avenue EPA" clone of Summit EPA from Midwest Supplies. On Monday I did the 60 minute boil, cooled everthing to ...
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What can happened in a wheat beer with a lot of foam?

Me and my friend made a hefeweizen a time ago and this beer had a strange behaviour, when we open the bottles the foam grows up fast until get out of the bottle. The beer is ok, in fact it tastes ...
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How much water does a wort chiller use?

I am thinking on buying an immersion chiller and from other threads I've thought of using the post-chiller hot water for cleanup, and I've also heard of using the water (after it starts to cool down) ...
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Is there a more durable alternative to a plastic auto-siphon?

Right now I am using the standard fermtech plastic auto siphon, but it already broke and it's a pretty flimsy and poorly designed way to siphon beer (the plastic piece in the tip broke and it can't ...
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What hop should I use to get Fuller's IPA hop taste and aroma?

I'm just a beginner brewer, I have done just 5 batches of all-grain beer, some Hefe-Weizens, APA and an Irish Red Ale. For my next all-grain beer I would like to make an IPA recipe. But the two best ...
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Time It Takes Brett C to Ferment

So I have this idea where I want to thread a citra-laden Belgian IPA with a pineapple beer fermented with Brett C and Brett C only. Does anyone have any experience using Brett C and can speak to how ...

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