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Brewing at Altitude

How does high altitude affect brewing chemistry? Up here in Denver (5280') or even higher in the mountains (some towns in Colorado are 9000' and higher), water does different things. In Denver, water ...
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Hop Analysis for Home Brewers - Interest Poll [closed]

My future stepson is growing hops this coming season here in WA state. I'm a chemist and am thinking of doing the hop analysis for him. I'd like to poll you all and see if there is much interest in ...
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Malted or Flaked Rye?

I'm wanting to make an American Rye Beer, and I'm wondering which sort of rye I should use. My LHBS carries flaked rye, and the nearby big-box brew supplier carries both flaked and malted rye. ...
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Does a single FermCap addition control both boilovers and blowoffs?

I love FermCap for controlling boilovers. I add a few drops (less than recommended) as the wort comes up to boiling. It allows me to do other things during the boil to shorten my brew day. Here's ...
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What is skunking?

Doing a bit of reading about the effect light can have during fermentation & came across the term 'skunking'. What is skunking? What happens to the beer and how do you know if you've skunked a ...
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What are the most citrusy hops?

Which hops do you guys find are the most citrusy? I'm looking to create a super-citrusy IPA, and have limited experience with most hops.
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How can I bottle using corks?

After downing a bottle of Saison Dupont last night and wishing to re-use the bottle, I wondered if any home brewers have "capped" their brews using corks? The bottle looks like it might be re-usable ...
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What is Fermcap-S and what does it do?

Lately I've been doing some very large boils -- 7 gallons in a 7.5 gallon kettle. To prevent boilovers, I've been using Fermcap-s. It's great, and I've had no boilover problems, but I have no idea how ...
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Homebrew Calendar/Planning Software/Site?

Does anyone know of a solid application for pre-planning your homebrews? I have a really tight schedule, and determining when to start a batch can be a real hairball. There are lots of variables and ...
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Final Gravity A Little Off

I am at day 12 of my first brew from a True Brew Belgian Ale. I checked the gravity at day 6 (the kit said I could be ready to bottle after 7 days even though everyone says let it go for a few ...
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What does scorched wort taste like?

I just did my first batch on a campchef propane burner http://cascadeclimbers.com/gear/hiking/product/Camp-Chef-Yukon-Stove.html Problem is that in the during the boil it never crossed my mind that ...
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Is it better to make yeast slants from a bottle after single stage fermentation or from the primary?

I am considering making some yeast slants to try to start a little bit of a yeast bank. In my research i have read about folks making a starter from the yeast in the bottom of a bottle conditioned ...
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Common practices for adding liquor to homebrew?

I'm thinking about introducing sambuca (maybe grappa) into my next homebrew. What are the common practices for adding? secondary? bottling? Recommendations for getting the "right" amount without ...
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Beer calculators and batch/boil size with late fermentable additions

It seems to me that the calculator that I have been using for my recipes (Beer Calculus) allows me to change my batch size, but does not let me adjust WHEN I add my fermentables, as to allow for ...
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Measure water before or after adding Malt Extract?

I just started doing a trial run of my first batch and I had a question. I have a kettle that holds about 6 gallons. If my batch size is to be 5 gallons and we assume 1 gallon will boil off, then ...
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Effect of boil size on IBUs

I have the following recipe on beercalculus: http://hopville.com/recipe/551364/belgian-pale-ale-recipes/wedding-belgian-ipa-2011-03-06-version beercalculus (along with most IBU calculators), ask for ...
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How can I use my oven to sanitize equipment

I want to sanitize and dry off my plate chiller using my oven. What temperature do I need to set the oven to, and how long do I need to hold that temperatures for?
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How to clean grain bags?

I did a partial mash tonight, and I want to reuse my grain bag for future uses. I tried to rinse it out, but pieces of grain are still in there. What do you guys do to clean it out fully? Throw it in ...
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Is a cider-like smell a bad sign in a culture of beer yeast?

I started culturing yeast from a La Fin Du Monde bottle about 3 days ago. I have since stepped it up to a 2L container about half full of wort. I have been very careful about sanitizing everything ...
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How should I combine grain and hot water when doughing in [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should the grain or strike water be added to the mash tun first? Should I add water first, then grain? Grain, then water? Both at the same time? I'm worried that ...
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What BJCP category does this breakfast stout fall under?

Into what BJCP category should I enter this beer for competition? I think I have to enter it in 21A - spice, herb, or vegetable beer - due to the use of cacao nibs, coffee, and bourbon. The ...
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Western Australia: 2 weeks in the Wort - is this too long in summer time?

Usually in summer in WA I can bottle my beers within one week of placing the ingredients in the wort (plastic fermenting bucket with airlock). This is due to the average temperature being 25-30 ...
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Does yeast choice matter as much in ginger beer?

I'm about to brew a ginger beer and was wondering if the choice of yeast is as important in a ginger beer, where the ginger dominates the flavour. I've got the yeast-under-the-cap packet and a US-05 ...
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Tips for making Cider from apples

I have an apple tree full of fruit this year. Having brewed my own beer for years now I gather I have all the right gear to brew cider. My question is, can I brew cider from my apples and how would I ...
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Does wood affect final gravity readings?

For beer aged either in oak barrels or on oak chips/cubes, does the contact with the oak noticeably affect final gravity, and if so, what is the direct cause?
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Belgian/Canadian Tripel Recipe Question

This will be my very first homebrew, but I have been doing a lot of reading, research and practice. My question is, does anything about this recipe I have created look off to any experience brewers? ...
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Is there a limit to how many times you re-use bottles?

I had my first bottle bomb ever yesterday, after 3 years of brewing. I've had some bottles break during opening, some while bottling, and it's usually not a big deal, though sad. Having one shoot ...
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How should I prep bottle conditioned beer for a competition?

I'm going to start entering my beers in competitions. I'm really interested in getting good feedback from BJCP judges. To improve my showing, is there anything I should do with my bottle conditioned ...
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First Fermentation And Worried Something Is Wrong

I am doing my first fermentation using a Belgian Ale kit. I started this Monday evening and have it in a location that is running between 64 and 66*f consistent. On the first night, the cap of the ...
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my airlock is not bubbling after 4 days on the secondary fermenter in a carboy.

Im brewing a belgian wit and have not seen any action after putting it in the secondary fermented in the airlock. The hydrometor showed after the first fermentation a 1.12. Should I leave it alone or ...
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Is there a noticable difference between adding extract to all grain and “pure all grain” on high gravity beers?

This may be similar to some of the questions extract brewers ask, but what I want to do is brew my normal 10 gallons, but I want to do an imperial. I use a 10 gallon mash tun, limiting me to 26 ...
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Good slant vials?

I've been looking into making yeast slants, thinking it could be fun. I've been looking for some test tubes online, and have a few questions. Is it tough to use test tubes with stoppers rather ...
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Can I add more yeast during primary fermentation?

I've got a brew that's been on primary fermentation for 10 days and still haven't seen any activity in the airlock (again). Gravity has dropped from 1.040 to 1.014, but I'd still like to raise the ...
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Red Ale - Already in primary fermenter, what can I add to it during the secondary?

I decided to brew for my third time now. I have a red ale in the primary fermenter... but I am itching to do something a little more "advanced", since the last two came out good. I'm ready for a new ...
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How many of you have brewed a 'Triple IPA' and how do you define it?

I am doing one for a competition -I hopped it like a double or Imperial IPA in the boil, but I am hopping it with three dry hop additions added in separate increments.
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Mash / Hops Timing Confusion

I am getting started with my first brewing experience, I have some doubt in my mind, and I was hoping someone could clear this up for me once and for all. I have seen a lot of beer recipes that leave ...
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What equipment do I need to start brewing into 5L kegs?

I have just bought a 5L kegerator system for my office & would like to start bringing my homebrew in. What do I need to get started? Can I re-use purchased 5L kegs or are there any retailers ...
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Confused about using a carboy

I am BRAND NEW to home-brewing having just got a kit yesterday. The nice gent at the supply store gave us so much information that my head was swimming when we left. After reading web sites and "How ...
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What factors affect carbonation bubble size?

I haven't paid much attention to carbonation up until recently, because my method hasn't changed in the three years I've brewed, and it's perfectly acceptable to me. My friend says that every ...
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Is there a way to get an average alcohol reading if I forgot to take a before reading???

Im a first time brewer and everything was going good until i realized i did not take a before reading..... Is there still a way to get an average alcohol reading??? THANKS
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Should the grain or strike water be added to the mash tun first?

I've always added my grain to my MLT cooler first, then dumped the strike water on top (I don't have a sparge arm). I calculate my strike temps based on the grain temp and initial cooler temp, so I ...
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Quantifying the level of hoppiness in a beer

Does anyone know of some sort of measurement for the hoppiness of a beer? Late hop additions don't add much to the bitterness (IBUs) but they can add tons of hop flavor. Is there some way to ...
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Bad smell in pump tubing

I recently upgraded from relying on gravity to a pump to transfer wort. After the first use (an IPA), the thermoplastic tubing that I used has a distinctive smell that I attribute to the hot hop ...
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Airlock gasket on primary fermenter fell in when reinserting airlock

I was checking the gravity on my fermenting beer and took the top off my bucket to do so. When reattaching the airlock, the black rubber gasket on the bucket fell in. I tried to fish it out with a ...
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How to use a Hambleton Bard s30 cylinder?

I've recently purchased a second hand (hence no instructions) pressure barrel keg that has an s30 adaptor that fits a Hambleton Bard cylinder (which I have also bought). How do I actually use this ...
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How can I learn the distinctive taste of various hops?

There are some very helpful descriptions I've found of people describing the taste of various hops, but I've found that my personal taste can be quite different. I'd like to be able to isolate the ...
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What causes wort darkening in the kettle?

What reaction is happening in the wort to cause darkening? Maltose for example doesn't caramelize until 365F. Maillard reactions are another source of non-enzymatic browning, but they require low ...
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What to do about over carbonated bottled brew?

Pumpkin Ale First patch bottled in Nov... perfect. But over time the head is growing. Bottled second patch, same recipe, bottled two weeks ago. Opened the first bottle and lost half to the sink. ...
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Is there a difference between soaking oak in bourbon and just adding the bourbon straight into secondary?

As I was thinking about how I want to make my bourbon oak stout, I was thinking of how to soak the oak in bourbon. I wanted to get the bourbon into the wood, for the purpose of putting it into my ...
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Is it best to add LME late in the boil?

I just listened to the brew strong episode from nov 29 2010. In it the hosts talk about not boiling LME but instead just adding it straight to the fermentor, or really late in the boil. I have been ...

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