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What “problems” can I have if I bottle just one week fermented beer?

last Saturday (11/09/2010) I brewed a Blonde Ale and pitched US-05 yeast. Today there are only few bubles in airlock, so I think since Blonde Ale is a simple style I could bottle in next Sunday ...
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Should barleywine be carbonated?

I've was introduced to barleywine this past weekend, and I was interested. So I start googling, and find that Northern Brewer has a kit that comes with carbonation. The barleywine I had was ...
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Rotten eggs aroma from fermenting beer

my Vienna Lager apparently finished fermentation, I took some beer to measure the FG and I perceived a strong rotten eggs aroma coming from beer, I know it's common with some yeasts. The question I ...
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Bottling homebrew late

My guess is that my homebrew will be done fermenting while I am out of town. Is there any harmful effects if I don't bottle it until a few days after the fermentation process stops?
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What is on top of my wort? Mold? Lacto?

I just opened the top of my scotch ale bucket, and it looks like there's mold inside. The recipe is pretty standard, plus some oak chips soaked in whiskey, in a muslin bag. What is this? Edit: Some ...
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Cork in red wine starting to push itself out. Is it still safe to drink?

A friend gave us a bottle of homemade red wine a year ago. (They're Italian and they make wine every year). It's been sitting in our dining room, stored on its side. We started to notice that the ...
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Small batch size brewing trub issues

Five gallon batches generate a certain amount of trub in the fermenter. However, its a relatively small percent of the total batch. I am interested in trying some 2 gallon maybe even one gallon ...
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How much strike water can I expect to lose to grain hydration?

Let's say I have a pound of milled barley malt. Let's say American 2-Row, for the sake of specificity. And let's say I have a gallon of warm/hot water that I mix with the grain and let sit for some ...
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How to fix CO2 regulator that leaks out of the adjustment screw hole?

I've recently discovered that my CO2 regulator is leaking out of the adjustment screw hole. I took out the 4 screws, removed the bonnet (as suggested here), and replaced it. The leak now seems to be ...
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Sarsaparilla beer?

I was enjoying some craft sodas with some friends wile brewing a saison recently, and the idea of a sarsaparilla beer occurred to me as a not terrible idea. My instinct is to go with a pale ale (or ...
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Preparing Cherries for Secondary

A related question was asked about fruit in general but it didn't answer a particular question I have. I have 6 pounds of fresh cherries ready for a holiday beer. I'm planning on cleaning/sanitizing ...
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Tips for my first Lager

I'm planning to make my first batch of lager beer, and I chose the vienna lager style. But I have never made a lager before, so I want some tips! Since I have just two fermenting buckets but only one ...
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Should I use finings when brewing a White/Weiss/Wheat beer?

My latest brew is a Belgian White beer - a Hoegaarden stile beer. I don't have the equipment to rack this beer so I intend to bottle it after about 3 weeks in the brew barrel. This style of beer is ...
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Which apples make the best cider?

So I'm going to start making wine from grapes this year. To that end, I just picked up a grape crusher and a press. With those toys, I can also make cider. There's an orchard near me that grows ...
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Glucan rest necessary

I am brewing all-grain and have in the past always held a glucan rast when mashing. I am trying to speed up my brewing process and that rest of course slows me down quite a bit because of the heating ...
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Copper/Aluminum Plate for Propane Burner

I have a propane burner I recently purchased to do my boils. It works great, however I noticed some minor scorch marks in my stainless steel brew pot afterward. I read somewhere that a copper or ...
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Best Crown Capper

Just capped my first batch of beer (Wohoo!). When I invested in my equipment though, I think I was a bit too frugal with my capping tool - I have a hammer on crown capper. It seems to have done the ...
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Using avocado in beer?

I've had a weird urge to make some sort of avocado beer for quite some time. I've heard rumors of some commerical styles that have incorporated the avocado, but have not been able to unearth either a ...
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Spiced Pumpkin recipe (Any hints, tips or tricks?)

I'm going to be brewing a pumpkin spiced beer friday and will not have the time to do an all grain. So partial mash it is. Any hints, tips or tricks would be appreciated. Original Gravity: 1.070 ...
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cold conditioning saison then bottle conditioning

I brewed a high gravity (1080) saison and am planning on cold conditioning it in secondary at 32 degrees x 2 weeks, then bottle conditioning it. I am wonder will the cold conditioning make all my ...
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Infusing a beer with grapefruit

I was recently at a beer festival and one of the breweries (Fulton) had a delicious pale ale that had been infused with grapefruit. I asked the brewer how they did it and he told me that the night ...
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Re-use the mini kegs that are used in 'Krups Beer Tender' for home brewing?

For me, these 5 liter kegs seem like the perfect device for storage as well as remaining fresh when making beer. I understand there is a way to remove the top piece of the mini keg with some type ...
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4answers
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How can I clean an old carboy?

I received a 5 gallon carboy that I want to use but it has some crud in the curve of the bottle. What's the best way to clean this off?
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Can I ferment further once the beer is carbonated?

I have an imperial stout in a corny keg, and I'm just not happy with how sweet it is. It's already been carbonated. Can I let it go flat, rack it to a carboy, and throw in some high-gravity or ...
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Secondary or Bottles

I currently have a stout (my 2nd home brew) in a secondary fermentor (glass carboy). Once it reaches FG, what are the advantages/disadvantages of leaving it in the secondary to condition vs bottling ...
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Is it possible to make a lager without secondary fermentation?

I've already made some batches of all-grain ales, and now I want to try my first lager, the only problem is that I have 2 fermentation buckets but only 1 fits on my refrigerator. So my question is: is ...
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Barrel Aging- How Many Times Can I Use One?

Last month I bottled my 09 Chardonnay. I had a small (15 gallon) french oak barrel on the side that I aged some of my topping wine in, blended into the final blend. It was used for Brandy once, then ...
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Countering excessive maltodextrin

I used too much maltodextrin in a chocolate stout, and it feels almost like drinking syrup. Is there any good way to mitigate the thickness it imparts without watering down the flavor of the beer ...
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Brett: Primary or Secondary

What are the differences between fermenting a beer solely with Brettanomyces (or some blend of sour yeast) versus adding it to the secondary after primary fermentation with a non-sour yeast?
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Secondary Fermentation In Bottling Bucket

I have a Hefeweizen (Wild Flower Wheat pg 135) in the fermenter that is ready to be racked to the secondary. The recipe calls for 5 days in the secondary, however the only secondary fermenters I have ...
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Ported carboy vs. siphoning?

I'm considering purchasing a couple of these plastic ported carboys. From reading the description, it seems that I'd be able to rack directly into secondary and/or bottles without the need for ...
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Detecting differences in the type of whiskey used to soak oak

I'm about to add oak chips to my scotch ale. I was thinking about what sort of scotch to soak the chips in before hand. And then I thought, how much does it really matter? At what point can one tell ...
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How long do sanitized bottles keep?

If you sanitize a bunch of bottles and store them upside down on a tree or in a box (still upside down); how long can you store them like that before you feel the need to resanitize them? Is there a ...
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Cleaning out beer lines

How often do you need to clean out your beer lines when using a home draft system? What type of cleaner do you use? Can I leave sanitizer in the tubing when a line isn't in use?
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Checking for CO2 leaks

If you have an at home draft system, how do you check for leaks in the CO2 side of the set up? How often do you need to check for leaks?
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Using force carbing, how long does 5 lbs CO2 last you?

just joined because I'm currently force-carbing a keg downstairs, and i've already gone through about half of a 5 Lb tank. Is this normal? Thanks in advance.
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What flavors can I expect with a late/whirlpool addition of Columbus hops?

Columbus is such a high-alpha variety that I find I can only use very little of it for bittering. I have a pound of these things and I would eventually like to get through them. Has anyone used ...
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Initial fermentation temperature for saisons?

It's summer, and that means that my basement is too warm for English and American ales, but I did make a really fine French farmhouse ale (saison) at fermentation temperatures of about 75F. I've ...
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What are the effects of a watery mash?

What are the effects of having too much water in your mash? If it's too "soupy" or watery or whatnot.
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How can I make homemade ginger ale?

Looking to make something really tasty, and also non-alcoholic. Is this possible to achieve at home?
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How important is temperature when adding pectic enzyme?

I added pectic enzyme when the must of my rhubarb wine was too warm after I misread the directions in the book where I found the recipe. I didn't notice until after the next day when I had already ...
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Cleaning up the sweat & flux

What is a effective way to clean the inside of copper fittings after sweating them together? [Edit: eye candy] See here for eye-candy.
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Under-carbonated bottled beer

I just opened up a couple bottles of a brown ale I just brewed, and there is much less carbonation then I had hoped. The beer was in the primary for a week, secondary for 3 weeks, then primed and ...
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Preparing Yeast

I've been reading the How To Brew book, and it (amongst other sites) recommends rehydrating yeast before pitching it. http://www.howtobrew.com/section1/chapter6-5.html Some sites suggest adding a ...
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Drying freshly picked hops

My buddy works at a community garden, and they have a fence full of Cascade ready for the picking. He estimates a few pounds of hops are on the fence. What has to happen between him picking them off ...
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Misjudging Volumes in All-Grain

So I brewed my second all-grain batch today, and, like with my first all-grain batch, I misjudged the final volume and ended up with slightly under 4 gallons in my carboy. Does anyone have any good ...
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Fermenator Question(s)

After 20 years of fermenting in glass carboys, I recently dove in and bought a Blichmann Fermenator. I Scrubbed it according to the docs that came with it, and then gave it my usual BTF soak and air ...
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Priming and bottling for a first timer

It's been about ten days since I started fermenting my beer, and it didn't create bubbles in the air lock until day two or three. The air lock is still bubbling, should I begin priming and bottling? ...
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How do I print professional-looking labels?

I'm brewing some beer for a wedding present. Going to bottle half the batch and serve the other half at a party. I have a full-color PDF with a label design, and would like the nicest-looking labels ...
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Pin lock vs Ball lock

When it comes to corny keg disconnects, what are the pros and cons of pin lock vs ball lock posts? Seems like there are more spare parts available for the ball lock kind.

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