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The isinglass in my wine kit is cloudy. Has it gone bad?

I bought a Wine Experts Pinot Grigio wine kit and the packet of isinglass is cloudy and has white bits floating around in it. I suspect it is bad. Has anyone seen that before?
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Any difference between lagering dubbel at 36F versus 45-50F?

I have a Belgian Dubbel bottle conditioning, the recipe for which came from Brewing Classic Styles. For this recipe, Jamil says to carbonate the beer, then lager for one month at 45-50F. I have the ...
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DIY Racking cane / Auto-siphon

I can't seem to find a local supplier that stocks a racking cane or siphon in my area so I'd like to have a go at making my own. I could find an online supplier but most US stores won't ship to AU ...
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Temperature correction for specific gravity

If I want to convert my specific gravity reading from one temperature to an equivalent specific gravity at 60F how do I do it? Can you give me a correction factor for this case?
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When is pectic enzyme effective?

I made cranberry wine about 10 weeks ago and did not use pectic enzyme. Is it to late to add it or must it be put in at the start?
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Is it possible to make a beer worthy of a competition with malt extract?

I was wondering if it's possible to make a beer worthy of entering a competition that stands a chance of doing well. I'm still pretty new to brewing but wanted to know if I need to make the jump to ...
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Will simple Sugar make my “pseudo-lager” finish drier?

This weekend's brew is going to be a Pilsner. I don't have the set-up to lager at the moment, so I aim to ferment with US-05 at around 16C (60F or so). I did this a while ago and came out with a ...
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What is the impact of a second d-rest after 3 weeks of lagering?

We have brewed a number of ales, but recently tried our hand at a pilsner. After 8 days of fermenting at around 52 degrees F, we brought the pilsner up for a 2-day diacetyl rest at around 68 degrees. ...
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How can I get beer out of a keg without CO2?

I've run out of gas; how can i get the beer out of the keg?
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Avoiding trub in bottles post primary fermentation

I've got a batch that's been in primary for about a week & I've hit my desired FG. While taking the gravity measurement, there's a lot of trub from hop pellets floating around (despite using a ...
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Should we primary ferment in carboys prior to transfer into an oak barrel for a solera?

We are about to undergo a 55 gallon brew as a club, to be added to an oak barrel to be a solera. Is autolysis enough of a concern to primary ferment in glass and rack into the barrel? As a ...
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Degrees Plato vs Specific Gravity

What is the difference between these measurements and is one better than the other for any particular use? Which measurement scale do you use, why?
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What to do when gravity comes out too low?

We brewed a maibock (from an extract kit) and when we checked our OG it was significantly lower than it should have been. I mean like, really, really low. We decided to attribute this to the wort not ...
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Does skunking alter the preservative capabilities of hops?

We all know letting beer sit in the light for some time without any shield is a bad idea due to the flavor and aroma that are produced, but are there any other effects? Is a skunked beer more ...
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Any suggestions / stories on heather ale brewing?

I'm interested in hearing about people's experience brewing a heather ale.. from what I understand this was the predominant flavoring of beers before hops and it just seems like an interesting part of ...
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How to garde a Biere De Garde?

Biere De Garde recipes seem to generally recommend a period of 4 to 6 weeks of cold storage, essentially lagering. My brewing experience consists solely of fermenting ales, so this is somewhat ...
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How exactly do you “cap on foam”?

This appears to be a term many are familiar with, but how exactly do you cause the beer to foam prior to capping? I use a spring-loaded filler rod, which always results in about an inch of head ...
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Does keeping a beer cold significantly preserve fresh hop aroma?

I'm double dry hopping my Rye India Pale Ale, doing half with simply double the dry hops, and half one addition, remove, adding the other half to see if anyone within drinking distance can distinguish ...
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Indoor-alternatives to kitchen stove

I am a kitchen-brewer doing 5 gls all-grain batches and am frustrated because the kitchen stove is lacking the last bit of power to yield a nice rolling boil. Are there any indoor-alternatives to the ...
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bottle filling without a rapid bottler

I'm about to bottle my first coopers home brew and i dont have a rapid bottler. Can I pour it straight from the tap or will I have problems?
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Determining the right gravity after mash in all grain brewing

Say I am brewing a beer that is supposed to have an OG of 1.050. I'm doing all-grain brewing and at the end of my mash & sparge, if I took the gravity at that point, what should I expect? I ...
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Do commercial breweries stir in their fermenters to expose more yeast to the wort?

I noticed that ale yeasts, so called top-fermenting yeast, floats to the top. Does this mean that the yeast only works on the wort near the top of the fermenter? Assuming that no oxygen or bacteria ...
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Is DMS content relevant when using extract?

Most extract kits suggest simply dropping the extract in the bucket with some boiling water. Do extract brewers need to be concerned about DMS levels or is that taken care of in the starch conversion ...
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What exactly does all-malt mean?

My understanding is that all-malt simply means no adjuncts (sugar, corn, rice, ect) in your beer. They also say that all-malt beers are prone to DMS. They also say that dark german beers are ...
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Can I store my fermentation containers filled with sanitizer liquid

Is there a maximum time I can keep the sanitizer liquid inside the fermentation containers? Would it be OK if I fill them with it and store them for a while, like a couple of weeks? If not, would it ...
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Can sanitizier liquid be reused?

Can the sanitizer liquid used to sterilize your equipment be used for several containers in a row? I got told that I can add my equipment to my larger fermentation vessels to sanitize all at once. ...
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Williams Warn Personal Brewery

I just saw this on Wired.com and wondered what the rest of you thought of it. http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2011/04/the-personal-brewery-is-an-all-in-one-beer-factory/ Some interesting things - ...
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Hops in the compost?

Are there any gardeners out there who use their spent hops in their compost? I know hops are antibacterial, which goes against the goal of getting a good population of composting bacteria, but I don't ...
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Reusing yeast slurry after cold-crashing.

I let a lager sit for 10 weeks in a secondary until it was very clear (the cold helped with clarity), and then used the yeast slurry at the bottom as a starter for another batch. I usually make a ...
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Yeasty Tasting Pale Ale

This is already after the fact, since the batch has been consumed but... My pale ale that I made had quite a 'yeasty' taste. It still wasn't bad, though I would have preferred it to be a bit milder. ...
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For steepers, what's the easiest way to crush specialty grains?

For an all-grain or partial-mash brew, I'll go to the homebrew store and have them mill my grains for me. But extract w/grains brews are all about how short I can make them (because I'll do them on a ...
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Which malts have the highest SMM (precurser of DMS) content?

I've been scouring the internet, trying to find some kind of list of the SMM content in various malts so I know when it would be wise to do a 90 minute boil. I can't find anything, just the definition ...
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What are good ways to reduce oxygen after racking a beer?

I haven't had any problems with homebrews going stale, but I'm curious about what people do to minimize introducing oxygen in later steps of the brewing process. If you have a closed brewing system, ...
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What is the purpose of dry hopping in intervals (multiple additions)?

What would be the purpose in adding dry hops, then removing them prior to adding a second, even third addition, rather than simply putting all the dry hops in at the same time? If the answer has to ...
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How to efficiently use active carbon?

I have recently become interested in building my own home-brew water filtration unit; during my online research on the subject, I came across active carbon (aka activated charcoal). It seems like it ...
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How full can I fill my bottles?

My first few batches of beer have come out quite undercarbonated. I believe because I've been quite cautious about how far I fill my bottles up. This comment backs up my theory. How can I determine ...
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Lacto contamination in plastic fermenter = new fermenter?

Just bottled my first contaminated beer, got lazy and didn't freeze/boil the watermelon I added to a wheat beer and got lacto(?) contamination and an amazing sour watermelon beer as a result! But, ...
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dry-hopping what hops to use?

I am currently brewing a english pale ale and about to transfer from primary to secondary fermentor. I want to dry hop but dont know what people think would be the best hops to use. Any ideas or ...
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What causes cloudiness in beer?

I've brewed up a few batches of extract beer so far & all have come up crystal clear. I've just sampled my first batch of beer (ginger ale) that's come up quite cloudy. What causes cloudiness? ...
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What supplies to bring to a beer festival?

At the risk of being flagged off-topic, as this is a bit tangential to actual brewing and fermentation... It's Spring, and the beer festival season isn't exactly in "full-swing" yet, but I don't know ...
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No carbonation in the bottles?

Had to recap my bottles to fill the level up so I didn't have any explode on me. Now they have been sitting for 2 1/2 weeks. Opened one up and there is no carbonation.. is there a way to recarbonate ...
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Does no visible fermentation mean I have a bad batch?

I have a 1-gallon kit from the Brooklyn Brew Shop (don't laugh; I'm a total n00b). I have a batch of the Chestnut Brown fermenting -- but there is no visible fermentation at all. While I had the ...
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End of Fermentation?

I emailed this to the Mr. Beer beermaster, but I figured I'd ask here as well. For my Doppelbock 7.0, this Sunday will make it 3 weeks in the keg for fermentation. The previous beer I made was a pale ...
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Options for heating a stainless conical fermenter

I have two 15g stainless conicals in a fridge and I am building an advanced controller to heat and cool the whole mess. Some details on my blog for those who are curious. Currently I use a Fermwrap ...
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Why did my Oktoberfest turn out so light?

I recently did my first batch of beer: Oktoberfest (True Brew kit). Brewed up the wort, fermented and bottled to a T. When it came time to open I was immediately encouraged by great aroma, great ...
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Complete Ingredient List/Database?

I'm looking for an extensive database of grains, hops, yeasts, and other additives. Preferably with information like potential, SRM, alpha, flocculation, etc. I've found BeerSmith's lists, but the ...
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What does sour mash do for a sour beer?

I've only recently been introduced to the glory of sour beers, and I love them. As a club, we're going to be brewing a sour beer to be aged in oak for years to come, so I was curious to see some ...
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Do some beers really require special bottles due to pressure?

I recently fell in love with Green Flash's Double stout. I noticed their bottles feel significantly heavier than all my other bottles, and in looking online found this press release. I know many of ...
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Needs to be mashed

I recently had a debate with a brewing buddy of mine about malts that "need to be mashed". For instance victory malt is listed in Palmers "How to Brew" as being in the needs to be mashed column. I ...
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Is leaving some cider in the primary bad?

When bottling my cider (FG 1.000) I ran out of bottles and saw this as an opportunity to flavour the remaining third and try racking. I added some boiled cinnamon and clove then left it for a day ...

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