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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 blow-...
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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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How do you come up with a recipe to use for “Second Runnings”?

I recently brewed a Stone Russian Imperial Stout clone, per their official recipe in Brew Magazine. After collecting my wort, I was draining my mash tun and was saddened to see what appeared to be a ...
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Has anyone ever had problems with a 2 day diacetyl rest at room temperature?

Say 70 - 74°­F (21 - 24°C) I normally do what the books say and rest somewhere in the 60s but this means brining my fermentation freezer up to that temperature. I am mostly an Ale brewer so normally ...
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Does the length of a diacetyl rest matter?

Does a diacetyl rest for a week or more adversely affect the beer in any way? With our busy lives it's easy to forget about a batch for a few days (especially when it's in the dark recesses of a ...
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What's a balanced bittering hop for both English and American ales?

There's tons of hops out there, but I don't have the time or space to try them all, and I like to bounce between English and American ales. What's a good, balanced bittering hop that will let me keep ...
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What's the flavor profile of Bravo hops?

Have you used Bravo hops? What kind of bitterness/aroma do they confer?
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What books would help me improve at recipe creation?

I'd like to learn more about brewing, but am not concerned with the basic mechanics as I've been doing all grain for several years. What are some good books on creating your own recipes, improving/...
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What happens when beer freezes?

After a bit of trouble with a thermostat on a 2nd hand fridge, I discovered that my latest batch of bottled, ready-to-drink brew had frozen. What happens to beer when it freezes? Will the taste be ...
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Sweet sparkling cider without pasteurizing, sulphites or lactose

We've got an apple tree that produces more fruit than we know what to do with, so being cider lovers, we decided to get into brewing. Our first batch of cider was very dry so we've been adding sugar ...
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will i end up with flat beer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: recapping my bottles? Will it ruin the outcome of my beer? I was wondering if my beer will end up flat no carbonation because i ended up recapping the whole batch. I ...
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What's the difference between 2-row and 6 row base malt? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What's the difference between 2-row and 6-row malt? I've been brewing all-grain for several years, but have been using recipes and kits. I'm starting to develop my own ...
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How long will bottled beer last?

How long will bottled beer last without refrigeration?
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My latest batch of Must had half a dozen floating spots and low sediment, what happend?

Sequence of Events: March 21st - Boiled water and honey and placed in sanitized plastic bucket with airlock (containing sanitary solution: Iodophor). Bucket placed in basement to cool overnight. ...
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How can I restore the shape of syphon tubing?

I recently purchased a new auto syphon that came with a length of tubing. The way it had been packaged resulted in the tubing being folded and this is causing problems as it has a tendency to kink at ...
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How low can a beer's final gravity be?

Approximately how low can the finishing gravity of a beer be? I've been brewing from kits for about 10 years, and went all-grain last year. I wouldn't expect to see anything lower than 1.006 or so, ...
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Does irish moss affect the amount of yeast left at bottling?

I made a brown ale kit and used irish moss in it for the first time. After putting it in I realized that I had misunderstood my LHBS and added 1 tablespoon instead of one teaspoon. I left in primary ...
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Is primary fermentation finished?

I'm making a doppelbock with an ale yeast, so I'm fermenting in the mid- to upper 60s. It's 11 days in and all the krausen is gone. The top is speckled with what appears to be bright white yeast ...
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What's the ratio of square feet of planted barley — pounds of grains

If I were to grow barley, is there a known ratio for pounds of malted grain per square feet of planted crop? Edit: Someone from twitter posted this: http://www.gardensofeden.org/04%20Crop%20Yield%...
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What ale yeasts can closely approximate the clean and crisp characteristics of lagers?

I'd like to brew a black lager. I don't have a temperature control setup yet, so accepting that my fermentation will be around 68-70 F, what ale yeasts would come the closest to mimicking the clean ...
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Is oxidation beneficial to any beer style or characteristic other than sour?

Our club now has three oak barrels, and while at least one is going to be dedicated to a solera, we'd like to try a couple other brews before we resort to two more soleras. Barrels are known to let ...
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What are the best ways to regulate temperature while fermenting? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: [WIKI] Fermentation Temperature Control Methods So far I've made about 3 different batches of beer. Two came out good, one, not so good. I think it had to do with the fact ...
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Can glass carboy be used for both beer and wine making?

This last summer, my Dad showed my brother and I the process for making wine that he learned from his Dad. It was pretty simple and used a 5 or 6 gallon glass carboy. I've made a few batches of beer ...

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