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Higher alcohol content in a Hard apple cider

I am brewing a hard apple cider and would like to know how can I increase the ABV % in a cider ? or is it the same process in a beer ?
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How does one get a smoked flavor in their beer? [duplicate]

For those who have tried it, Im thinking like the smokey flavor in Stone's 'Matts Burning Rosids'.
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Do pin lock static relief valves need to be replaced after activation?

If the static relief valve on a pin lock keg has vented pressure (i.e at 130 psi) does the valve cease to work? Does it need to be replaced with a new static relief valve? Background: I was watching ...
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Jumbo stir plates?

Now that I've discovered (thanks to jsled and Google) what a stir plate is and why I need to make one, I'm curious to know how far they can be pushed. Being a lazy brewer with a fairly well-equipped ...
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Missed Expected OG, Sparging Issue? [duplicate]

I brewed my first all grain batch this past weekend and everything went pretty smooth except my OG was 1.050 instead of the 1.056 I was expecting. Would this be a sparging issue? I had calculated a ...
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Brewing Formulas?

What formulas and calculations exist for the home brewer?
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Trimming back hops

So, the hops I planted last year came back as expected and they look great. Usual guidance is to cut back first bines and let the second batch grow. Both plants have 4-6 healthy bines and I'm trying ...
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1answer
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Bottling from secondary (keg). Wait two weeks and prime or now?

I'm brewing my 1st kit which my gf got from a local hardware store (ironically there's a home brew store not 5 mins away sigh) but wasn't a cheap one. ...
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Proposed yeast starter

Within the next few days I'll be 'brewing' 100 litres of ale from slightly concentrated sterile wort. I've used these kits before with decent results, but this time I want to try a liquid yeast ...
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1answer
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Is this wort infected? (*Picture)

This is my 30th or so batch and I've never seen this before. The best way I can describe it is that it looks like summer in the Arctic and pieces of ice are breaking off the ice caps. Any idea as ...
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1answer
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Yeast overdose?

So I'm new to the home-brewing scene, and I was a bit too excited to get started with my apple cider. I misread the instructions, and instead of using half a teaspoon for a 2lt bottle of juice.. I ...
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What software do most brewers use?

Just curious what most brewers are using these days as far as software goes. We are going to have to make a decision in the near future about this. BeerSmith? ProMash? BeerTools? Any others I ...
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0answers
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Extract stout brew with oatmeal [duplicate]

I'm getting ready to brew a stout, and I was thinking of adding oatmeal (Quaker oats) to get that smooth extra body feel. Can oats be steeped with specialty grains alone or do I need some fermentable ...
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Beer recipe calculations?

Does anyone know of a good place to get all the various formulas used to compute final gravity, color, bitterness, etc. in your beer?
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1answer
136 views

Bottle Conditioned Infographic

I have a few brews that a friend wants to try, and in the interest of safety, it's probably best I send them home with the brews rather than letting them drive home afterwards. I'd like to send the ...
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4answers
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Oh… my back… (how do I brew with less heavy lifting?)

I've always brewed with my brewster girlfriend around to help but even then I still find that I do the majority of the lifting. Moving into this time of year I know she's going to be less available to ...
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yeast starter, always a good addition?

If a recipe does not call for a yeast starter, would it help or be harmful for me to add a yeast starter? The current brew I have going has a O.G. of 1.070.
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Air space for fermentation [duplicate]

I have been brewing ginger beer for a couple of years in a bucket with average to above average results. I however recently obtained an airlock. I modified one of my lids to accommodate the seal. My ...
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What type of Yeast can withstand high gravity beers?

I would like to make a higher gravity beer, an Amber specifically. With the yeast (Dry Yeast - Safale S-04) I currently use, I get stuck at about 5.8% ABV (SG 1.074, current gravity 1.030). Do I need ...
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1answer
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Aside from CO2 and N2, are any other gases used to “carbonate” beer?

Obviously, most beers are carbonated with carbon dioxide, while some stouts/porters are "carbonated" with nitrogen. I was curious if there has been any notable experimentation with other gasses to ...
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How to get started with brewing at home

I'm wondering if someone could give some guidance on how I could go about starting up my own home brew. I have very little experience with brewing (I've only ever drunk beer), and I'd like to know the ...
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2answers
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Yeast/Green Apple Taste

I have homebrewed with family many times and never had problems, nor did I with my first batch on my own. The last couple, however, have had a yeasty/cidery/apple odor. Very strong. I doubt it is ...
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1answer
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Inconsistencies in fermentables' ppg calculation

I've been searching around the net, asking in forums, even writing to Weyermann, trying to figure out what is the correct formula -- using a malt spec sheet -- to calculate the ppg value that I can ...
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How hard must I tighten the posts on the keg?

I purchased two used kegs from NB. I went to Home Depot with one of the kegs and bought the deep sockets to take the posts off. In the store I was unable to pull either the in or out posts out. I ...
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Warming up a demijohn / carboy

As a continuation to my previous question about a very slow fermentation of sloe wine, I think my demijohn is just too cold where it is. I haven't taken readings - I'm still fuzzy on how - but judging ...
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2answers
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How do you open a Type-S (European) Sankey keg?

I own a Type S Sankey keg. How can we open it for cleaning, sanitization, and filling? In particular, is there a tool we can purchase to make opening and re-closing safe and easy?
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At what alcohol level does alcohol start to contribute sweetness?

I'm working on a little project of my own regarding beer balance and I've got a lot of theories. One of the questions I haven't yet answered is how alcohol impacts balance after it gets to a ...
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1answer
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Where is the oil produced from dry hopping?

This might sound like a weird question, but there I go. From what I read and learnt "dry hopping adds fragile aromatic oils". I wanted to know where do these oils settle in the carboy? On top of the ...
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Cleaning bottles - What's a good cleaning agent?

At this point I am using regular dishwashing liquid for cleaning my bottles. This is not perfect, I know and I think, I am seeing a detrimental effect on the foam, but I do not know a good ...
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1answer
177 views

Is it safe to use a water kettle heat element?

I have some amateur experience with homebrewing, which started out with very small batches and small pots. I have now a biggish aluminium pot of 30 liters (circa 8 US gallons) and the heating method I ...
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3answers
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Secondary fermentation not working, is my diagnosis correct?

Three weeks ago I racked and bottled some perry. Before bottling, I filtered it through a kitchen cloth. I added a teaspoon of sugar per bottle. With the exact same approach, I got a rather foamy ...
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1answer
105 views

Risks for health from non food grade stainless steel false bottom

My set up is for electric BIAB (brew in a bag) so I use a false bottom. The problem is that I don't know if the stainless steel I use is food grade or not. Are there any great risks for my health? ...
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Can I keep mead/wine in stainless steel bottles?

So what do you use for bottling? I'm really starting to look into stainless steel bottles. There are companies that make them (with customized artwork, no less) for conference shwag but you could ...
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1answer
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May be time for new kettle. Advantages of Stainless Steel?

I've had the same 10G aluminum BK since I started AG brewing, about 4 years and 70 batches. I recently left my copper IC in it for a few months and think I may have corroded the aluminum, so it may ...
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2answers
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Bottling Blended Sours

My understanding is that it is somewhat of an inexact science/art to blend sours and especially to bottle condition them. For the latter, you would need to have a pretty extensive understanding of ...
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Which yeast and hops should I use to learn the distinctive taste of various grains?

(This title is purposely worded after this question.) I'm about to begin all-grain brewing soon. I'm excited about all of the options, combinations, and ratios of the different grains, but it is very ...
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3answers
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Do I need to continuously measure the temperature of my mash tun?

From what I understand, the all-grain brewer warms up water to a particular temperature (usually 10-15*F over the strike temperature), adds this warm water to the grains in a mash tun, in an attempt ...
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1answer
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Why drip water through mash while sparging (fly/continuous) instead of batch sparging?

Why, during sparging, do all-grain brewers drip water over the grains instead of simply filling it up with water again and redraining that?
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How long does Star San last in a non-airtight container? [duplicate]

I have a large bucket full of a Star San solution with a towel over it and it has been sitting there for about a week now. Should I dump it? How long does Star San last when it is not air tight?
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How to make multiple batches consistent?

What do you think would be the best way to try and make 3 5-gallon batches and have them as consistent as possible? I am brewing for a party and want all 3 kegs to be so similar that you wouldn't be ...
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1answer
71 views

Pumpkin Ale: what to expect?

Recently I bought some concentrated wort at a closeout sale. 'Brew House' kits have been fairly popular here in BC and possibly elsewhere, and they can produce a drinkable beer, but it seems they're ...
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2answers
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Using my immersion chiller in ice bath instead of wort

I've been thinking about using my copper immersion chiller a little differently lately... Instead of placing it in the wort near the end of the boil and circulating cold water through it, I'm ...
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What is it about this receipe that makes it an IPA? Or more generally, what makes an IPA?

So I recently brewed up this recipe. When I went to the LHBS to get the grain, the guy there somehow knew, just from the grain bill, that I was making an IPA. Since finding and loving IPAs, I had ...
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2answers
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Sour beer, lambic, et cetera

As a long-time, sometime, home brewer and beer enthusiast—though hardly a connoisseur—with an interest in different styles of beer, I was intrigued by Pietro's question re: bottling blended sours: ...
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4answers
219 views

Yeast cake and Septic tank

I just transferred my brew to the secondary fermenter (yes, it's not necessary, but I want to help clarify the brew). Where we live, we have a septic tank sewer. I was just wondering if there could be ...
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2answers
99 views

Sanitizing and septic tanks

The last time I did much home brewing I was on a municipal sewer system. A little bleach or sulphite (spent hops & grain, whatever) down the toilet couldn't affect it. Now that I live in the ...
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4answers
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What are the consequences of a “weak” boil?

I am new to homebrewing and am getting help from an experienced brewer. So far I think everything has gone OK. I am doing all-grain brewing on a stovetop. I have done 2 brews. I am doing the mash and ...
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3answers
176 views

First brew… 1.010 gravity in 72 hours?

I'm in the middle of my first brew and I'm having some issues. Not sure if I have completely ruined this thing or what. Heres the deal... During the process, everything went pretty much as planned ...
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5answers
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What kinds of beers are there that don't use hops?

I'm thinking about the next brew, and want to kick it up a notch. I have heard of beers that don't use hops. I don't know where to start in my research, so I apologize for the broad question, but ...
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3answers
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amber ale/cherry

I am going to make a dry amber ale beer that is low in alcohol, but am thinking about adding a hint of cherry flavor to it. I am unsure if I should use a cherry extract or real cherries. If I use real ...

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