8
votes
2answers
1k views

Beginners cider homebrewing

I've never done any homebrewing before but I'd like to start on my own cider. I was wondering what it involves, how long it takes, what sort of equipment I need - just a general introduction. Thanks
11
votes
5answers
4k views

Can I skip the mash out replacing it by sparging?

I'm a new homebrewer and have a newbie question: can I skip the mash out time just replacing it by sparging since the water temperature is the same? What kind of things can happen doing this? Thanks! ...
11
votes
2answers
846 views

Storage of hops pellets

I was wondering if anyone had suggestions on how to store one's hops pellets after having opened the sealed package (... in case one is not using the whole lot at once of course). Also, if you have ...
2
votes
2answers
2k views

What types of hops can be grown in the southeast?

Given the soil and climate of the southeast, specifically Florida, what hops would do I stand to get good results from growing?
5
votes
1answer
394 views

What is different between American Oak and French Oak?

What other "nationalities" of Oak are used in brewing?
9
votes
1answer
330 views

Adding Oak Flavor/character to beer

Short of buying an oak barrel, what forms of oak are available to the homebrewer for getting oak into yuor beer? Are they available with different levels of toast? Are some forms easier to sanitize ...
6
votes
3answers
1k views

Thawing Frozen Beer

I have a couple kegs of beer that froze out in the garage this winter. What effects should I expect on flavor, head retention and body after thawing? My beer was relatively sediment free, but would ...
3
votes
1answer
116 views

Hop Gardening Considerations

I have heard that planting hops at home you should plant the rhizome in a mound of sorts. How large around should the mound be? What type of soil amendments are best? How tall should the trelis be ...
5
votes
1answer
236 views

Estimating Alpha Acids of Home Grown Hops

For the homebrewer that grows and harvests his/her own hops; how best can one approximate the alpha acids in the hops they have? Is it worth it or should brewers stick to using home grown hops for ...
5
votes
2answers
489 views

Would/Could you add boiled, rehydrated extract after wort is cooled & topped off to boost OG?

Imagine this scenario. Not that I know anybody who's done this. Let's say it's hypothetical. You're brewing from extract. You cool your wort, transfer it to your fermenter, add your top-off water, ...
3
votes
2answers
39 views

Parts per million

How do you calculate parts per million (or billion) from grams and volume? I ask this in relation to figureing out how to translate water report information into the recommended ranges of certain ...
6
votes
2answers
487 views

What is the difference between Caramel Malts and Crystal Malts?

They are not always one in the same. I believe the process for making them are slightly different as well. I just don't know what that difference is. How do they differ? Where are they made?
3
votes
1answer
213 views

Grains for Mashing and Grains for Steeping

Does anyone have a list they care to post that lists the "must mash" and "steepable" grains? Might be nice content for the site overall.
6
votes
2answers
1k views

Kettle volume measurements

Eventually there comes a time where just boiling 6 gallons for 60 minutes and taking it on faith that you have 5 gallons left doesn't cut it anymore. What tools can I use to measure the volume in the ...
4
votes
1answer
169 views

Cereal Mashing for Adjuncts

What is the step-by-step process for cereal mashing adjuncts? Please include temps and grain to volume ratios.
3
votes
2answers
371 views

What is RDWHAHB?

What is this curious acronym?
4
votes
2answers
197 views

What would make my gravity increase?

I have a cider that i have been fermenting for almost two weeks. I took a reading about four days ago and it was 1.005, we decided it was about time to bottle. Then last night when we got around to ...
4
votes
1answer
443 views

Is the price of copper making plate chillers the better choice?

This copper-in-plastic counter-flow chiller seems to mitigate the effect that the high price of copper has on all-copper counter-flow chillers. I'm not sure the Chillzilla even has to have an ...
3
votes
2answers
155 views

Which inkjet-printable labels perform well?

I've never bothered to label my beer before, but I think I want to start. Have you ever used inkjet-printable labels on your brew before? How did they perform? Are there any brands of labels that ...
5
votes
4answers
2k views

Can a twist-off bottle be capped?

Out of curiosity (and appreciation for Boulevard's bottle's form-factor), can a twist-off bottle be reliably capped?
2
votes
2answers
182 views

Does your beer have a “house” flavor?

I identify "house" flavor as a similar flavor that carries across several different styles of beer from the same brewery. What parts of the brewing process or ingredients lend to "house" flavor the ...
33
votes
24answers
14k views

What are the easiest and hardest commercial beer bottles to re-use for homebrew? [closed]

One of the great perks of homebrewing is the ability to reuse, rather than just recycle the bottles that come into your house. You just soak off the labels and re-use! All bottles are not created ...
19
votes
7answers
8k views

Can I condition in growlers?

I read up a decent amount on conditioning in growlers before attempting it. I wanted to share my experience and see if others had had similar experiences. The thinking, of course, is to minimize ...
8
votes
2answers
793 views

What's the line between brown ale and porter?

Southern English brown ale, which I like, seems to differ from porter, which I dislike, by only a matter of degree. It just seems to be about the amount of specialty grains. Is there any other ...
8
votes
2answers
1k views

How do you avoid disturbing sediment when moving your fermenter to rack or bottle?

When it's time to rack or bottle, do you have to move your fermenter? For instance, my fermenters sit in the closet of my office room until it's time to rack or bottle, at which point I move them to ...
6
votes
4answers
1k views

Taste Test for Stale Beer

I am curious to know what stale beer really tastes like. For me I can read about what certain off flavors are supposed to taste like. However, taste and flavor can be so subjective its hard to ...
9
votes
4answers
840 views

Fruit for fruit beers

What are the best fruits for brewing fruit beers? Some fruits appear to be classics like cherries raspberries. Some fruits you rarely hear about like kiwi and papya. Which fruits have flavor ...
10
votes
2answers
2k views

Whirlfloc versus irish moss - pros and cons?

What are the pros and cons of using irish moss versus whirlfloc tablets for clarifying beer?
5
votes
2answers
2k views

Why would OG be significantly higher than predicted?

I know there are several questions on the forum about OG being lower than predicted. Please bear with me though. I'm at a loss. I just brewed a straightforward extract wheat beer recipe. The ...
10
votes
3answers
2k views

Using Multiple Strains of Yeast in the Same Batch?

I've been thinking about this recently, so I figured I'd ask it here. Is there any reason you couldn't use two strains of yeast in the same batch of beer? For a particularly high gravity amber ale, ...
3
votes
2answers
380 views

Should I include my specialty grains in a mini-mash?

I'm planning to use up all my leftovers from recent batches, augmented with minimal newly-purchased ingredients, to make an oatmeal stout. I know I need to mash the oats, so I picked up a pound of ...
2
votes
1answer
799 views

Which size auto siphon to empty a 5 or 6.5 gallon carboy?

I got an auto siphon as a gift recently. Unfortunately, it only reaches about half-way down into the carboy. All the brew supply sites and the fermtech site, itself, aren't exactly clear about the ...
5
votes
4answers
2k views

What is Extract Twang?

This term pops up from time to time and it often cited as a reason to go to all grain. But maybe its because I don't really know what it tastes like. Do you believe in extract twang? How do you get ...
32
votes
16answers
3k views

Improving Your Brewing Significantly

I made this wiki to allow folks to post what upgrades in process or equipement really take one's beer brewing to the next level. The bottle-necks to better and better brewing if you will. (This was ...
2
votes
1answer
6k views

Carboy dimensions

What are the dimensions of a 5.5 and 6 gallon standard glass carboy?
9
votes
2answers
4k views

What is a whirlpool chiller?

What is a Whirlpool Chiller and how does it work? What are the advantages or disadvantages?
9
votes
2answers
558 views

Why do extract recipes call for a late addition of the bulk of the extract?

My recipe calls for a pound of DME at the beginning of the boil and 6 pounds at 15 minutes to go. What's the point of that?
5
votes
3answers
2k views

Immersion chiller or counter-flow chiller?

Based on your actual experience with each, what are the pros and cons of the two most common types of wort chillers - immersion and counter-flow? Which do you prefer?
8
votes
2answers
830 views

Gravity Measurement Tools

What tools for measuring specific gravity are available to the homebrewer? EG: refractometer, hydrometer. What scale do they measure? EG: Brix, plato
5
votes
3answers
2k views

Flavor extracts - add to secondary or add during bottling?

What are the pros and cons of adding flavor extracts (fruit, chocolate, what have you) at bottling time versus adding them to the secondary? Does it make a difference? Is there a trade-off between ...
5
votes
2answers
217 views

Recipe Sharing Sites

In a few of the meta questions on this site, and in other discussions, the main thing lacking on BrewAdvice.com is the ability to share recipes. While questions about a specific recipe fit very well - ...
21
votes
4answers
678 views

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, ...
6
votes
2answers
2k views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
183 views

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 ...
8
votes
5answers
3k views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
4k views

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 ...
5
votes
3answers
2k views

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 ...
7
votes
2answers
919 views

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, ...
17
votes
8answers
449 views

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, ...
6
votes
3answers
3k views

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 ...

15 30 50 per page