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How can I raise my mash pH with something other than chalk or baking soda?

I recently moved to Rhode Island and my mash efficiency has suffered. The main part of my process that has changed is the water. The pH as measured by colorpHast strips (and two other off brands) ...
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No fermentation after 3 weeks

About 3 weeks ago I brewed my very first beer, a simple lager. I checked on the beer after 1 week of fermentation and now again after a bit over 3 weeks. At both times the density of the beer didn't ...
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What happens if fermentation happens at wrong temperature?

What will happen with my beer if fermentation takes place either at a too hot or too cold temperature? What will be the effects on the flavour?
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What is this husk-like material in allegedly de-husked Carafa 3 Special?

I'm brewing Black IPA. So I needed less bitter black malt. My choice was Carafa III Special - it is supposed to be de-husked kind. But it looks like this: Brighter shot, close-up on thing that made ...
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How to calculate and add the required amount of inverted sugar (liquid) during the bottleling phase?

How should I calculate te correct amount of prime (inverted sugar) in liquid form, pretty much like a syrup for bottleling ? I was thinking in using a cooking seringe to add it to each bottleling, ...
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Why are some of my batches too sweet in the bottle, and can I rescue them?

I've had pretty good success brewing kits generally, but towards the end of last year I went on a mission brewing a few batches in fairly rapid succession. Unfortunately for me, most of the resultant ...
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Recommended dose of Campden Tablets to remove chloramine

I'm trying to determine the proper dosage of Campden Tablets to remove chloramine from water. I keep seeing 1 tablet per 20 gallons posted all over brewing forums, but I never see a source for this ...
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What are the guidelines to store beer ingredients?

I am new to the homebrewing world. In this moment I have just brewed using prepared kits (I use Brooklyn Brew Shop kits). However, I am considering trying new recipes and therefore buying the ...
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Why are hops added at different times during boiling?

I crafted an Oatmeal Stout (using a Brooklyn Brew Shop kit) last weekend and the recipe instructions were to add 2/3 of the Golding Hops pack at the beginning of the boiling and the remaining 1/3 15 ...
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Wine Quality Sensor

I am an engineer who's built a wine quality detector. My sensor can pick up a wide variety of chemicals at levels as low as parts per million (ppm). With no background in wine production myself, I ...
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What's the best method of storing yeast for 4 to 6 months in the refrigerator?

I've done a bit of research into different options of yeast storage and so far the least time consuming and most accessible methods seem to be: Making a slant from a yeast sample taken directly from ...
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Airlock Alternatives

Imagine that brew-day rolls around and you find yourself without an airlock for your carboy or bucket. What other things can you use in it's stead? Further imagine that you do not have the ...
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How should bulk DME be stored?

Related to this question, but I'd like to get a 50 lb. bag of pilsner DME from the LHBS to use over the course of 3-6 months. Can it be stored like grain, or are there additional considerations that ...
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How to bottle Hard Cider

I made hard cider this way: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G25FFvCpNoQ except I also added cranberries, a couple tablespoons of sugar, and cinnamon. I was wondering after how long it will be done ...
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Can anyone recommend a starters kit, available in the UK?

I have inherited a garage after a recent move, and as I also have off street parking, it seems only right and natural that I start to indulge my desire to start homebrewing. My intention is to be ...
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Primary fermentation is still bubbling after 2 weeks. What are the consequences?

This is my second batch in a row where I've seen primary go for over two weeks. From my understanding, primary fermentation for an ale shouldn't take more than a couple of days (4-5 at most I believe)...
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Cooling wort - just add water?

Is there anything wrong with simply letting the water you add to top off your wort do the chilling to bring it to yeast pitching temperature?
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How do I avoid airlock foam overflow? Does it affect the fermentation process?

During my last small batch brew, American Wheat from Northern Brewer, I came home to find that the foam in the 1 gallon carboy had overflowed the three-piece air lock (which was a mess to clean out). ...
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Oxygen in beer due to airlock

I just noticed that my airlock opened up within the past day and I was wondering if it is ok to bottle still today? It has been fermenting for past 2 weeks which is supposed to be enough but I am not ...
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Steep caramel malt in all grain brew?

Are there any situations when this would be needed, or make any sense? Steeping base malts usually makes no sense at all, and changes to taste made by steeping black malt or roasted barley instead ...
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Bad taste, no head

I just brewed my first beer. It's called Cascadian subduction, but I think it means more about the process than it does anything else. My problem is that there's no head, but there are bubbles. Also, ...
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Help keeping Black IPA from becoming Imperial Stout

I'm new to the home brew scene, and I've made a couple of extract brews from recipes in the beginners books that I own, so I've decided it's time to move on to attempting my own recipe. I want to ...
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1answer
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Would this grain bill make “true” Irish Red Ale?

I have a problem. I've read BJCP description of Irish Red Ale, and many recipes and... they don't quite match. Some recipes use crystal malt. Some does not. Most use roasted barley. Some do not. Many ...
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How to achieve an “OJ looking” Pale Ale (a la Trillium/Tired Hands)

Brewing a Juicy, All Grain Pale Ale and looking to get the look of a Trillium/Tired hands "orange Juice looking" ale, meaning the hazy, turbid, slightly murky look (see pic below) The base will be ...
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What ingredients contribute body to a cider?

I've been given a container of Suma concentrated apple juice,the concentrate used to make apple juice from concentrate, left over from a camp. I've made cider from it in the past, using just tap water ...
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2answers
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What are good cooling times for immersion wort chiller?

As far as I know, DMS is only created above 60°C, so fast cooling after boil is important. My times for 26 liters boil, with homemade immersion chiller (8mm copper pipe) are: 7 minutes to 55°C (20 ...
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1answer
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What effect does room temp have on the cider fermentation process?

I'm new to the site. Been making cider for a couple of years now and still don't feel like I have it down. My latest batch, a recipe I've made many times, is not clearing like it usually does. It got ...
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1answer
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Spongy, corally residues in fermentation bucket

Cracking open the fermentation bucket on bottling day revealed some sponge-coral look-a-likes floating around on the top of the brew. I have never seen this an any beer before, and other beers, based ...
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Chest freezer not working with Johnson analog control. Did I mess up or is the thing busted?

Just plugged a brand new chest freezer into a brand new Johnson analog set at 34 degrees (lagering). The chest freezer power lights lit up and I thought everything was fine. Checked the next day and ...
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Mead keeps separating… HELP!

I just created a pomagranate mead and now it is separating it's self... Ingredients: 49 oz pomagranate Puree 6 lbs Clover Honey 2 tsp Acid Blend 3 tsp Yeast Nutrient 1 tsp Pectic Enzyme 1 tsp Grape ...
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How to increase sweetness without adding body?

Most methods, like increasing mash temperature, adding oat flakes, or using lactose, increase body even more than sweetness. Are there any methods to increase sweetness only, without affecting body? ...
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Why does my beer smell like bananas?

The Imperial Stout I recently bottled, smells a little fruity, and has a strong tart taste up front. Is this something I should be patient with, as it may go change? And, how'd it happen?
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1answer
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Ginger Beer Plant and lemon in one container or not?

When making Ginger Beer using Ginger Beer Plant, should I use lemon or not? Some guides just have a step where they add lemon (into the same container as the GBP). Then again there are statements like ...
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Adding Apple/Caramel to Brown Ale

Fellow home brewer here with a question. My buddies and I are looking at making an Apple Caramel Brown Ale for this fall but are having trouble agreeing on a way to add the apple and caramel. We'd ...
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My beer is not carbonating in bottles

I followed the instruction, but did one week more on secondary fermentation than it is supposed to be. After I bottled it, one week passed i didn't see any bubbles in the bottle. Did the yeast run out ...
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White floaties at the top of each bottle

This is my first time brewing a batch of beer. At the top of each bottle there is a tiny amount of little while floaty things. The rest is super clear. I've tried to get a photo of the floaties, ...
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Co2 shut-off valve

My 5lb co2 tank ran out after 2 uses. The 1/6 keg didn't even get kicked. Do u i need to turn the shut off to off to stop flow of co2 so it doesn't run out? Or do I have a leak?
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1answer
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Help needed with recipe translation

I'm making the move from brewing all-grain kits to a "full fledged" recipe Weizen. However, I'm having trouble with some of the details: namely quantities and sparging. Some background: I've been ...
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Do you need to boil un-hopped extract?

I'm doing an Epic Pale Ale clone with this partial grain kit. The kit includes two un-hopped liquid malt extract cans. Sterilisation aside, I want some clarification as to whether you should boil un-...
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The “correct” step to add cinnamon and vanilla?

I want to experiment a bit by adding spices - I'm thinking cinnamon and vanilla - to my beer, but wonder at which step is considered the best time to add it. Personal experience is very welcome. I ...
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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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1answer
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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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