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Performing a hop boil seperate from the wort boil.

I'm curious to try some single-hop style beers and would like to do several varieties in one brew day. My ideal situation would be to make a five gallon batch of an unhopped pale ale as the base and ...
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Reactivate Yeast?

First time home brew. I followed instructions and pitched yeast into wort (which looked like mud) airated it a bit, placed in my basement with a cover over it. There was a bit of activity in the ...
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Accidentally made blueberry wine - but is it safe?

I bought some bottled blueberries, and after eating most of them left the remainder in their liquid (a light syrup). After several months in the cupboard it's fizzy, alcoholic, and quite pleasant ...
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Starter wort volume = BEFORE or AFTER 10-15 minute boil

Being fairly new to used starters, I'm somewhat confused as to how much volume of water to boil when adding DME to create a starter. For instance, if the Kalkulator I'm using says to start with 2 L ...
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Longer boil time for high gravity?

I'm getting ready to brew an all grain 9.5% double IPA. I normally almost always boil for 60 minutes, but some research has indicated that for bigger beers like this, more water from the mash to start ...
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How representative is the taste of cider after primary fermentation?

I'm brewing a Wilko Pear cider kit. The method was to empty the can of juice into the FV and add 1.5kg of brewing sugar and enough water to bring it up to 23L. I started it off just under 3 weeks ago ...
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My cooled wort got contaminated by tap water. What are the primary consequences of re-boiling?

One of the hose clamps for the cooling spiral malfunctioned, so my cooled wort got contaminated by roughly 10 liters of tap water (in a 55 L batch). This is a lager beer which will be stored for five ...
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Brew in a bag partial boil

I was flipping through BrewDog's recently released catalog of their recipes and there are a couple I'd like to have a go at. I was originally going to ask how to convert some of the recipes to ...
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What beer would showcase Castle Malting® Château Black Of Black?

I have 1kg of Château Black Of Black malt. Bought it without really planning, because it's description was appealing. Particularly: the flavour and aroma typical of the traditional Black malt ...
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Brewing with Molasses

I am using Molasses for brewing and I have problems getting the fermentation to start. There are no brewing supplies where I live and I would like to know if anyone can tell me of a household product ...
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Proper target for dilution

I made a recipe that was supposed to have OG 1.062, FG 1.012 (ABV ~6.5%). I forgot to note the target volume in the recipe (just the pre-boil volume), and wound up with a wort with OG 1.077. I chose ...
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Does lagering reduce yeast so much that bottle carbonation is effected?

My first lager (a German Pils) turned out quite good! From the keg, it's great, but the half dozen bottles I filled are completely flat!? I used a little more priming sugar per bottle than my usual ...
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First brew question

I've moved the brew into a casket after the initial 4 days after seeing that the overall yeast had nearly stopped working. The cask is pressurized as expected from the CO2 (now @10 days). However I ...
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1answer
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Is using a large amount of low alpha hops for bittering a bad idea?

I'm going to brew a Kölsch soon with about 25 IBUs. I was planning on using Hallertau Hersbrucker for bittering. However, after I bought the hops I noticed they only have 2.3% alpha acid content. ...
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Can I use wine yeast to ferment beer?

Can I use wine yeast to ferment a beer? What sort of problems might I encounter that are unique to wine yeast trying to ferment malt sugars? What sort of flavor differences might I encounter?
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Fermenting Soda

Years ago I attempted to ferment Mountain Dew (about a decade ago so my recount of the details may be a bit off). My goal was to have a drink with similar carbonation, similar flavor, and reasonable ...
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Wild Farmhouse style Cider and BJCP Classification

Good day, community! I've got a dilemma. 3 month ago I made 3 different ciders (splitting one 3 ways) using the same blend of Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, and Red Delicious apples. It was a freshly ...
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Planning brewing towards an occasion over an extended period of time with regards to storage

When brewing for an occasion in the summer, like a wedding, an anniversary party, I might want to make several different kinds of beer. Neither me nor the average Joe necessarily have the time or ...
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How can I minimize methanol/fusel alcohols in wine?

I just started home brewing, have studied up on the issues associated with methanol/fusel alcohols, and I'm wondering if there are certain practices that can be used to minimize non-ethanol alcohols, ...
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Campden and Pectic enzyme

I read a recipe specifying that pectic is to be added 12 hours after the addition of Campden. Until now I've been mixing in all my additives at the same time, and haven't had any problems. My ...
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Good homebrewing podcasts?

Does any one have suggestions on podcasts about homebrewing? Preferably a short excerpt about what topics they bring up. Thank you.
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Sour, almost bitter mead

I made my first batch of mead a few years ago, and it tasted like nail-polish remover when I first tasted it. I put it away and forgot about it, then pulled it out about 6 months later when looking ...
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Blackberry wine yeast?

I am making a one gallon batch of blackberry wine. What type of yeast would you recommend? I would like the wine to be on the sweet side. Thanks!
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under pitched (1st) yeast-aerate into fermenter on 2nd (new) pitch or no?

I brewed an all grain stout 2 weeks ago, OG was 1.087 which was almost spot on for where I'd hoped. However, I mis-calculated the pitch rate for my starter. Racked to secondary to dry hop with mint ...
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How much table sugar to use in bottling

Hi guys I'm new to home brewing I've brewed 3 ales so far but always used coopers carbonation drops, I've looked through lots of forums and most say to buy another bucket. I do not have the room for ...
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Temperature Probe placement on brew kettle

I have the opportunity to get some hardware for my Keggle and I am looking at a weldless sight glass with a T shape that will allow me to screw on a thermo probe compression fitting. If I buy it I ...
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90-minute boil for pilsner malt?

On the "Belgian Blond Ale" episode of the Jamil Show (podcast) it was said that you should do a 90-minute boil because of the pilsner malt. Can someone explain this further?
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How difficult are the plate-based wort chiilers to clean? Do they require filtration before the wort goes through them?

I'm considering getting one of those "Therminator" style wort chillers as an upgrade to the coil. I plan on gravity feeding the wort through and pumping back into the kettle until my wort is nice and ...
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Should a yeast starter be kept in the dark?

I started using a yeast starter for the last two beers. So far I haven't shielded it from the light. Should I? The first is currently aging - the second was pitched yesterday. I'm thinking light is ...
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1answer
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Crabbies ginger beer clone recipe

A few years back I tried brewing my first Ginger beer hoping to get a result that would come close to the one that Crabbies makes (which I love). The result ended up very bitter and it just wasn't a ...
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How to make a fermented, low-alcohol ginger beer to sell in a bar?

I'm about to make my first ever fermented ginger beer. I want to use it in the cocktail recipes of my bar, but it need to be at below 0.5% abv to be legal for me to produce and sell. My problem is ...
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Tips on Using Easy Clean

I got a beer kit and it came with Easy Clean from LD Carlson. At first I was under the impression that I could use it to clean and sanitize. But now I'm not so sure. It looks like it was good for ...
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1answer
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How to Get Grape Jelly Flavor in Porter?

Brewed an All Grain Peanut Butter Porter using Pb2 and I am looking to get some grape jelly flavor in there. I used east Kent Goldings at 60, and that was it with a Belgian Ale yeast. Couldn't ...
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Marijuana Based Beer… say what?

I have a cousin from a state where recreational use of marijuana is legal. So I've been told that he and his gnarly friends have brewed up some sort of marijuana hybrid beer somehow. My questions: ...
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What malt should I use to get a red beer?

So, I want to make a red beer, what is the best malt to get this color?
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Brewing with fruit

I have an IPA recipe that makes heavy use of Mosaic and El Dorado hops. I think that adding some tropical fruit to the recipe would accentuate the hops quite well. I buy frozen mango a lot and was ...
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Foam on top of fermentation keg

Hi guys it's my third brew I have done. I'm a bit worried about an infection. My brew is at day 7 and there is a lot of foam on the surface, also it doesn't smell like my first one( which was a ...
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Struggling with acetaldehyde

I recently started brewing and have completed three batches so far (Amber/Pale Ale). However, each batch seems to have that distinct green apple flavor to it. It's gone down a bit with each batch but ...
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What can I use for a small-batch fermentation vessel?

I would appreciate if it was cheap. Also, I saw somewhere you could use a UTZ container from cheese balls. Has anyone tried that?
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Poppet not sitting correctly in liquid post.

I'm having some real trouble getting the poppet to sit correctly in the liquid post of my keg. Below is an image with the poppet in: Notice that there is a sizable gap between the poppet o-ring ...
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What influences the finishing taste in your beer?

The beers that I tend to really like have that pleasant finishing taste before the after taste. What influences a beer's finish? I'd like to take some styles that I like that leave a little bit to ...
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Nothing coming out of tap (ball lock corny keg)

I recently got a 5 gallon ball lock corny keg, but am having nothing but trouble with it. I was originally getting nothing but foam coming out of it, so I upgraded the liquid line from 5 feet to 10 ...
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Trouble with flat beer. Everything seems perfect and a few bottles always turn out great. very few! Please help

So my brother in law are in the midst of our 4th batch. Of our first batch ( a 5 gallon brew) probably 2 bottles turned out. These bottles were spectacular great carbonation, retention etc. The ...
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What exactly is the type of beer I made?

I'm a newbie just 3 weeks into brewing my first beer. Homebrewing is not very common where I live so I had to made do with what was available. I started with malt extract OG 1.075, yeast Safale Ale ...
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First time homebrewing, odd film in jug (not on top of beer)

Here's a picture of what I'm talking about. So for reference, I got the Everyday IPA kit from Brooklyn Brew Shop for christmas, and I just got around to using it last week. This is day 4 of the ...
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Red wine recipies

I'm a new brewer and I want to brew a red wine. Anyone have a good red wine recipie that's easy to make and tastes good? I don't want to buy a kit and I want to use grapes found in the grocery store. ...
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no fermentation

I'm attempting my first batch of hard cider. I tried re-hydrating my yeast by mixing them with Go-Ferm and warm water, but the must never started fermenting so I added more dry yeast to the batch. Did ...
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All Liquid Malt Extract without boiling

Is there any recipe for brewing a all Liquid Malt Extract without boiling? I'd like to make hop tea with some LME, lets say about 5l(1.3 gallons) and mix it with warm water and LME. This may ...
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Effect of adding bacteria when racking to secondary

I recently brewed a Flanders red ale and it is nearing the end of primary fermentation. I'm planning to rack it to a carboy and leave it for up to about a year. While doing research on the style, I ...
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What to brew in the summer?

What kind of beer can I brew in the summer (30C by day, a few less by night), without special cooling equipment? Anything special (but not too complicated/expensive) I should do?

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