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Does current science have any idea of what components of the biology of yeast make which desired characteristics of beer

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/mar/27/designer-chromosome-brewers-yeast-eukaryotic-saccharomyces-cerevisiae If you haven't heard of this story you have GOT to read it. "Scientists ...
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Can I add adjuncts to beer kits?

I have been given one of those beer kits, namely Coopers International Series Beer Kit English Bitter. I've used these kits before and I've also made my own beer without the use of such kits. What ...
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Does any “probe” exist which can detect the gravity of wort?

I use a Raspberry Pi in combination with a temperature probe to measure the temperature of my wort. It would be nice if I had another probe that could measure the current gravity of my beer, so that ...
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Using Grolsch “Premium Lager” bottles for bottling

In my first bottling, I decided I wanted to try using half normal reused glass bottles with new bottle caps and half reused Grolsch beer bottles. Probably the worst part of the process was having to ...
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Saison fermentation. White residue and thin film. Infected?

I'm ferementing a saison with Wyeast 3724, and after the initial ferment, it died down, I then bought it into a warmer room and chucked some blankets over it (I'm also using an aquarium heater, but ...
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Need a non-alcohol brew without the sacrifices. (besides the obvious)

I brewed a pomander inspired wit beer for the holidays. It is currently in primary. Since my wife just had gall badder surgery, she is avoiding alcohol for a little while and asked if I could brew her ...
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What consequences arise from holding wort at a high temperaure after fermenation is 100% complete?

I just learned recently via this forum that temperature is most important during primary fermentation, which completes in (roughly) 7 days. I have fermwraps on my carboys. What would happen if I set ...
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What is the ideal climate for growing hops?

I would like to start growing my own hops and want to know what the ideal climate is. I've read that hops will grow in most areas of North America, but there must be places where they grow better ...
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Making Sweet Mead this weekend

guys, I'm planning to brew a sweet mead this weekend with 15-18 lbs of honey for a 5 gallon batch... Here's my goal... I want it to be strong (15% or so) and sweet. I'm pretty much prepared, but ...
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Extract Brewing - Adding Water to Carboy after Pouring Kettle into Carboy

In this question I asked if it was bad to pour the sludge from the kettle into the carboy, because the instructions from NB told me not to do it (but didn't explain why). The answers I got were that ...
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Economics behind homebrewing?

What are the economics behind home brewing? I mean compared to buying "X" commercial brand beer and setting aside the "hobby" added value that this may have? Please help! Regards! F.
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Bottling Rhythm and efficiency

I've read the answers on how to sanitize bottles while bottling [here] but my question is this... Should you cap a bottle right after filling it, or can you fill say 6 bottles, cap them, then put ...
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Could someone provide info. about brewing salts?

I have been reading a lot about home brewing. I'm planning actually to build an electronic 5 gallon brewery. Could anyone provide a short explanation when (mashing, boiling ?!), why and how much to ...
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What is the EZ Water Calculator for? [duplicate]

has anyone used the EZ Water calculator? I'm new at this and have been reading a lot but don't quite understand the purpose of such spreadsheet... Could you provide a little more info? Thanks!
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How do I make grape wine at 60%ABV, that tastes good?

Its my first time. I want to make some wine. Please tell me how I increase my wines alcohol percentage around 60%. Is it possible, Does anyone know the process? How much yeast, should I use in the ...
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Does Dry Hopping create a white film with bubbles?

Might be a weird question! I have brewed, with a friend, 6 batches of beer so far. An IPA, then a Stout, a Saison, a Doppelbock, an Baltic Porter and finally, the same IPA. All grain, always. Of all ...
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1answer
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Can Malt extract or Wort be inverted?

You can invert Sucrose sugar (UK table sugar) into Fructose and Glucose, by heating with citric acid, (FYI This is how you make belgian candy sugar guys!). I'm not too hot on my Malt, but there is a ...
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How to Properly Increase the Temperature of a Batch after Primary Fermentation

I've read tidbits how that after the first 3 days of fermentation, you would ideally raise the temperature of the carboy for the remainder of the brew. How, exactly, does one do this? Say the Wyeast ...
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Is there a need to stir the kettle at some regular interval while boiling the wort?

I extract brew. After I boil the three gallons of water, I take the kettle off the stove and pour the sugars in, and stir under I'm convinced it has all been dissolved. Placing the kettle back on the ...
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4answers
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Will rapid ambient temperature drop kill yeast or just slow them down

I have just put on my first all grain homebrew (a porter) here in Melbourne, Australia. After a day or so it was bubbling away quite nicely. A couple of days ago the weather decided to change ...
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What are the various ways to remove chlorine/chloramine from tap water?

OK, I actually know how to remove chlorine, but I'd like to have the pros and cons of each method spelled out. I will post an answer and mark it as a community wiki. Please edit it with your input.
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Is this cider production method flawed?

Okay, tomorrow is the day I am making my first batch of cider. I have 21kg of late season, fairly sharp dessert apples and will be following the following todo list. Is there anything obviously wrong ...
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Will refrigeration help carbonate my beer?

After two weeks of bottle conditioning at about 55-60°F (13-16°C), my beer is still a bit flat. I put a few in the fridge and after 2 days, they tasted just as flat. At this point, what should I do? ...
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Homebrewing and Cats

I am somewhat interested in obtaining 2 kittens. My 1 bedroom apartment already isn't the cleanest. I spray 409 and Windex on all my surfaces before I brew or bottle and call it clean. I'm not going ...
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Temperature of wort hit 50*F when yeast has a minimum temperature of 60*F

This is unrelated to the question I just posted here. (Yes I'm having a bad day regarding temperatures, both too hot and too cold!) My yeast had a temperature range of 60-72*F. It has been brewing ...
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1answer
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Temperature of Wort hit 89*F when yeast has maximum temperature of 72*

... I rigged up a raspberry pi and connected it to a thermwrap to regulate temperatures for my wort. All was working swell until I made a slight tweak in the code, and commented out the section that ...
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How does oil inhibit head formation? Do citrus oils inhibit head formation?

Two part question: (1) How does oil inhibit formation of head in beer? Homebrewers take as gospel that oil-containing ingredients such as nuts will negatively impact head. But I can't find any ...
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1answer
104 views

Will blending a highly attenuating yeast with a highly alcohol tolerant yeast cleanly lower the final gravity in a very high gravity ale?

I've brewed some ridiculous beers in the past, my highest original gravity resulting in over a final 18% ABV using WLP099 yeast. That particular beer turned out well for how inexperienced I was when ...
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3answers
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How to prepare Hop Tea?

How does one make a "Hop Tea" for taste testing? I am trying to get a better understanding of different hop flavor profiles. I have heard of making hop teas to do taste tests but I wonder if it's ...
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I am planning to brew a GRUIT

In the life of each home-brewer there is a moment when he decides to do something crazy (like gruit). I understand, that chances of me making a drinkable gruit are pretty low... But.. you know. I ...
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2answers
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A recipe for a White IPA calls for dextrose and lactic acid. What are they used for?

For my next brew, I'm brewing this Deschutes Chainbreaker White IPA clone recipe using LME as described at the bottom of the page. I'm unfamiliar with the use of lactic acid and dextrose in brewing ...
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Increasing the 'caramel and coffee tones' of my porter

A pub and brewery in town does a delicious porter with caramel and coffee tones. What particular ingredients do I need to add to my mash to achieve this?
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How much coffee (approx) would go into a 2 Gallon brew?

Im new to homebrewing (this'll be my 3rd batch ever, but only my second with this kit) using a Mr Beer 2 gallon kit. Im making an American Porter (from extract) and want to impart some coffee flavors ...
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Bottle conditioning

More reading - this time about bottle conditioning. If my yeast attenuation level is say 80%, does that mean there would be enough sugars in the bottle for the yeast to carb the beer? Or would priming ...
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Do I need additional equipment for kits with hops?

I am looking for a kit for my second brew. My first was simply a can, some added DME and the yeast that came with the can, and it turned out pretty well. My one complaint was that it wasn't quite ...
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What is the intended IBU of Caribou Slobber?

What is the intent of the Northern Brewer Caribou Slobber recipe as far as IBU is concerned? 1.) I have asked at the store and the answer I got was 34. 2.) I have searched the Internet and answers ...
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How do you brew high alcohol beers at home?

I've heard that brewing anything over around 14% ABV is pretty much impossible…and that achieving anything over 11% in a homebrew environment is not very realistic. Is this true? If so, how do they ...
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“Focus on Flavor” Column

I am trying to locate copies of a complete set of Scott Bickham's "Focus on Flavors" column in Brewing Techniques, which seems like it was a journal or magazine in the 1990s. The question is can ...
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Rye and sulfur (burnt rubber / skunk), how to explain the connection?

I've come to beleve that brewing with Rye often leads to undesired sulfur based 'burnt rubber' off-flavours. I'm pretty sure about it but I only have the following indirect evidence: have recently ...
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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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Yeast “cake” after bottling

I recently bottled this recipe, last Sunday (2014-03-09). I popped one open today, and it is damn tasty, and even decently carbed after less than a week. However, all the bottles have about a half ...
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1answer
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How long to refrigerate yeast starter before pitching into wort?

When I brewed last night, my yeast starter had been in the refrigerator for 24 hours and it had "a lot" of yeast settled to the bottom. I am brewing tonight, and my yeast starter has only been in the ...
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Why does Irish moss go in at 15 minutes?

I've always added the Irish moss at 15 minuted left in the boil like I was told when I started. But I'm wondering now why 15 mins? what happens if its in for a couple minutes longer or what happens if ...
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What can I learn from fruit beer gravity?

I just bottled a batch of a watermelon beer where the gravities going into and out of primary matched the predictions (OG 1.050, FG 1.012). I added watermelon chunks in secondary and when it finished ...
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Over oxygenating

Was reading about oxygenating wort, and the book was saying that the best amount of oxygen ppm is 10. It did say that over oxygenating was sometimes bad, but didn't state how much it took before it ...
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After the Ice Bath of the Wort, should I pour the sludge from the kettle into the carboy?

I am just an extract brewer; I buy everything from NB. The instructions say: "Fill primary fermenter with 2 gallons of cold water, then pour in the cooled wort. Leave any thick sludge in the bottom ...
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IBU above 100… how bad is that?

First of all, I didn't really plan to make a beer with IBU above 100... I popped the hops into the calculator and it came out about 85. So, after the brewing the beer I was going over the printed out ...
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Adding yeast to secondary

Okay, I am making a strong (imperial-ish) red ale. My original gravity was 1.081. I intended to bring it to a final point at most of 1.020, or if I can even lower. I was using 2 packs of WLP004 ...
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Does skunking only occur after fermentation starts or finishes?

I've had discussions with other home brewers who claim that a bi-product (which I've admittedly since forgotten what exactly it was) of fermentation conflicts with the hops to cause skunking of beer. ...
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How to Compensate for Higher than Expected Extraction Efficiency

What is the best way to handle a higher than expected extraction efficiency without compromising the flavor of the beer? If I'm brewing a blonde ale for example, aiming for a 72% extraction ...

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