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Confectioners sugar for priming?

I have a batch of wheat beer on the go at the moment and I'm wondering which sugar to use as priming sugar? In my local shop the priming sugar they sell looks just like confectioners/powdered/icing ...
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Can I use my CO2 regulator as a inside keg pressure checker?

If I force carbonate my keg, and after that I close my CO2 cilinder valve and plug my gas line into my gas in quick disconnect. Would this make my CO2 regulator to work as a spunding valve and let me ...
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Alternative malt extract for Northwestern Gold LME

I was thinking of making this recipe but my homebrew store doesn't have any Northwestern Gold LME. Would any old light malt extract be an okay replacement? A full list of (liquid) malt extracts I can ...
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Do I need to adjust for temperature with a refractometer?

Sorry for the simplicity of the question, but I asked Google and she didn't know. Stackexchange is my next stop. I took a brix reading of my steam beer wort at 13 brix (~1.052 SG), but it was ...
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what is the F.G

The O.G. of my beer is 1.062 this is my recipe coopers stout tin 1.7kg stout enhancer 1.kg (looks like soft brown sugar and other sugars?) Glucose 500grams Honey 250 grams can anyone predict the F.G. ...
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Tips on making a no-chill IPA

Due to space and time constraints, I have been using BIAB and no-chill. I'm satisfied with the results I get with most of my brews, but never got a good IPA. In special, my brews lack the pungent ...
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Attempting a partial mash - what grain bill?

I was gonna use 1.5kg of LME and then make another 1.5kg with some MO grain. I've only got a 5L pot but I could get another to make 10L total. It sounds stupid but to get another 1.5kg would I just ...
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What is the best way to stop fermentation?

I am thinking about brewing ginger beer for a bar I work at. This means it would be in a keg on a tap. I would like to ferment the ginger beer instead of pumping in CO2 but am unsure how to go about ...
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Slow Fermentation in cider

Two weeks ago I started 2 gallons of hard cider from windfalls - washed and bruises cut out. I pasteurized my own apple juice, kept it below boil. No preservatives. Everything was santitized with ...
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How should I upgrade equipment from a Mr. Beer kit?

I have used a Mr. Beer kit two times now with acceptable success. I want to move to the next level. Can someone tell me the best kit to buy and a good book for starting?
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How do I use freeze distillation to turn cider into applejack?

In my country obtaining a bottle of applejack is about impossible, while cider slowly gains some foothold. I have managed to obtain a few liters of apple cider for reasonable price and happen to have ...
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Bottling high gravity FG barley wine

My situation is similar to, but more extreme than: Brewed an Oatmeal Stout and the gravity did not drop as much as predicted, should I re-pitch or add yeast nutrients/energizer? Didn't reach ...
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After racking my cider has turned a very dark color. What may be the problem or is there one?

I have two batches of pear cider, one I used an American yeast and one I used a champagne yeast. After racking the the airlocks were replaces and I have about 4 gallons in a 6.5 gallon glass carboy. ...
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carbonating using a soda stream

Has anybody tried carbonating a couple of bottles a little early in the priming period - you know, just because guests are coming by and that batch is a little young in the bottle? I've heard it can ...
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Can beer done without hops?

Can hops be substituted by an easy available product? I am from India I was not able to find hops in local markets can anybody help me out?
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Can I get away with not rinsing Potassium Metabisulphite when I'm bottling?

So I was reading some posts here on the homebrew stack exchange, like I do, and I came across this question. I always use K-meta when bottling because I keep my bottles clean and all I need is to ...
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Which temperature do I ferment at: the recipe's temp or the yeast's recommended temp?

So, I'm trying to brew a Mexican lager today. What I've done is taken Palmer's Cold But Not Baroque recipe and tweaked it a bit. However, instead of using Bohemian lager yeast, as the recipe calls ...
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Best yeast for Mead

I have been making mead for close to 5 years now. I do my mead a little different than most. I use Safale US-05 dry ale yeast. I let it ferment for 3 weeks then I transfer out of the fermenting ...
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International flight kill my yeast?

I live in Vietnam and there's a dearth of good beer. So I cobbled together some supplies and tried my first homebrew yesterday. I had the guidance of an expert so I feel it went really well, but my ...
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Should I boil a hopped malt extract prior to fermentation?

I am an absolute beginner; I've merely helped my brother brew once. I purchased a beer brewing kit and want to get started. John Palmer's bible suggests that I should throw out the directions that ...
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What does gypsum do?

I'm brewing from an Austin Homebrew extract kit, and it came with some gypsum. I thought gypsum was only for modifying water chemistry, but there seems to be some other schools of thought around. ...
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Using a Induction cooktop

I have been brewing in my kitchen using a giant stockpot. My brother (my brewing partner) was thinking about picking up propane top and moving it outside. I think that it would be better to use an ...
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How large of a Kettle to brew 5 gallon and 10 gallon batches? (All Grain)

If I want to brew a 5 gallon batch, how large of a kettle do I need to do so comfortably? How about 10 gallons?
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solidifying yeast in bottles

I brew using NA Bud.Primary fermentation in bin then secondary in primed bottles that beer originated from.bottling is done after about 1 week then left for three weeks to clear.only slight problem is ...
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What is the largest size batch that can be boiled with an Induction cooktop on a 120v outlet?

My apartment has 120V outlets and my landlord probably won't install a 240v outlet. This article on induction heating states that a 120v delivers a maximum of 2000 watts. Almost all of the ...
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Does Champagne yeast really dry out a beer?

If you pitch champagne yeast into your wort from the start will it attenuate further than done with an appropriate pitch of standard american ale yeast (say WLP001)? I think people use champagne ...
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First time brewing lager, no fermentation

I set up a new fermentation chamber and was keen to try my hand at a lager. Unfortunately now 5 days on there hasn't been any fermentation so I think I may have shocked the yeast with the cold or just ...
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Does a given pressure and temperature determine the number of volumes of CO2?

I have seen "force carbonation tables" used by folks who use keg systems. They apply the tables to getting CO2 forced into a beer, and have an ending number of CO2 volumes in mind, then set the ...
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What yeast is in White Labs WLP080 Cream Ale Blend?

Has anyone used the Cream Ale blend from WhiteLabs? I used it recently and am surprised at the lack of flocculation. The beer has been in a cold keg for a month and its still fairly cloudy. Was ...
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Making non-alcoholic sparkling cider

We are looking for the amount of potassium sorbate required for the shelf life of sparkling apple cider. We have a local brewery carbinating it for us. We are filtering it with a maple syrup plate ...
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anyone know where good tutorials are for starting to brew lager

I am currently brewing my own beer and its going good. For my next batch I want to make something like a Coors Light or even something that tastes like Fosters or Carlsberg. If anyone could help it ...
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What are some alternatives to hops?

I have a friend that is allergic to hops and can not drink our beer (or just about any others for that matter). What alternatives do I have if I want to make a beer for him? What could I substitute ...
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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: ...
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Will I damage my lager if I add lager hops too early?

Well my beer is just under temperature so I know it will take a bit longer to ferment but I added my lager hops. Do you think this may effect my lager in any way?
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Forgot to add whirfloc / irish moss to wort during boil

Brewing a fat tire clone, forgot to add whirfloc tablet / irish moss... I'm 5 days into primary fermentation. What would everyone recommend? Add something, skip it, ??? Thanks
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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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Effect of temperatures over beer oxidation

Does temperature affect the oxidation of a beer ? Is a beer at a high temperature, let's say 30C (86F), more susceptible to oxidation that one in low temperature near 0C (32F) ?
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What is the proper way to maintain temperature in a water cooler Mash tun by adding hot water?

I bought the 10 gallon water cooler from Home Depot. The hole in it is about 3/4" diamater. After discovering that Home Depot, Lowes, Ace Hardware, and etc. did not sell all the components (hose ...
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How to encourage haze?

I've got a beer that, for aesthetic reasons, I'd like to make more hazy. I've used torrified wheat in the mash, and tried adding flour to the boil. Those do make the beer hazy at first, but it tends ...
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What are the qualities to evaluate when purchasing a Burner for All-Grain brewing?

I want to purchase a burner for all grain brewing. What are the qualities that I should look into for each product to compare them against each other? I will be brewing indoors in my apartment if ...
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My first AG brew finished fermenting in a day! Is that right?

I've read elsewhere that this shouldn't be too bad so I guess I'm just after reassurance that something isn't broken... I did my first AG brew on Saturday evening (Black Sheep Ale from the Hop and ...
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Using brewing sugar (or equivalent) as the only fermentable?

What would the result be of a brew done with say, brewing sugar (or equivalent), used as the only fermentable? Quite an ambiguous question I know - obviously flavour is dependant on many factors, but ...
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Hop photoisomerization (light effect on transparent bottles)

Very little information can be found around internet about "photoisomerization" in beers. This is a chemical reaction on acids of hops if exposed to the light, such as in transparent bottles. I could ...
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Distillation legality

In California is it legal to build and operate a still for the distillation of homebrew?
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Is it possible to use manifolds to transfer gas from one keg to another?

I have a standard manifold much like this one A while back I thought of equalizing the pressure in two of my kegs by opening their check valves on the manifold. To test whether this would work I ...
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Flat beer with table sugar?

I brewed this Ale Oktoberfest beer and I thought everything went perfectly, but the bottles are flat (have tried 4 of them) Some details: 2 weeks in the primary 1 week in secondary (5 gal carboy) ...
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Turning off co2 tank necessary when regulator psi set to 0?

I am in the habit of turning off my co2 tank even when I have closed the check valve on my regulator and set the psi for the regulator to 0. Is this necessary for safety reasons? Going even further ...
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Why don't we force carbonate at a higher PSI

A lot of the force carbonation guides that I have seen say to set the psi to 20 and leave it for 4-7 days. Why don't we just set it to 40 (or higher) and wait 2-3.5 days?
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Apple cider fermentation stuck for 20+ days

I am on my second year producing apple cider at home, and was successful producing 40 liters of apple cider and perry last year, and are through primary fermenting about 40 liters this season. But my ...
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Tea-like aroma in my beer

Last week, I decided to make a simple pale ale. I wanted something fairly light, not too bitter, and with a hint of caramel. I had some CTZ and Simcoe hops in the freezer so I wanted to use those in ...

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