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How to get a richer body when brewing

I brewed my first home written beer recipe in the end of last year, now I want to improve the beer. It was a simple single hops pale ale recipe, brewed in a 5L container, so it was a very small batch ...
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Food Grade Steel Drums

I'm thinking about buying some a HUGE Blue food grade steel drums, which is either painted or enameled.If I correctly modify them, will these be okay for FV, Mashing Tubs, Boil Kettle, Strike Boiler? ...
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Primary Fermentation Increased

So I brewed an IPA about 2 weeks ago. I used a glass carboy for fermentation and for the first 2 days it was heavy bubbles then for the next week and a half there were a few tiny bubbles. I checked ...
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How do I know what value I want for Volumes of CO2

I've bottled about 15-20 batches, but I am ready to keg for the first time. I see the table that has been rep[roduced on quite a few websites, and it has 3 examples with a range for the Volumes of CO2 ...
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Transporting unfermented wort

I want to brew with some friends in my country house but temperature this time of year there is not ideal to leave the fermentor there so i will have to transport it for about 100 km.I am not sure how ...
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How Does a Hydrometer Work?

I know how to use my hydrometer, and I know what numbers to look at and write down on my brewing sheets, but I'm not sure what those numbers actually represent, or even what units I should use to ...
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What is the property of the carbonation of champagne that makes you feel light-headed?

After drinking an equivalent amount of Champagne and regular wine - I feel significantly more light-headed after drinking the Champagne. The only difference appears to be the carbonation. What is ...
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Does a protein rest even do anything?

I have been looking at brewing several recipes that call for a multi-step mash that includes a protein rest. I saw a Mr Wizard article in BYO that sort of defends protein rests. Just like the ...
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Sweet sparkling cider without pasteurizing, sulphites or lactose

We've got an apple tree that produces more fruit than we know what to do with, so being cider lovers, we decided to get into brewing. Our first batch of cider was very dry so we've been adding sugar ...
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How do new yeast strains happen?

Rogue and Papazian have their own yeast strains (PacMan and Cry Havoc, respectively). Do you know how they got there? Lots of trial and error? Pitching multiple strains? Let's say I pitch a bunch of ...
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Colour adjustment

Is there a difference between darker malts in the color they give to the brew? Melanoiden malts are said to give a red color, chocolate malts should render the beer brown. But there is just one ...
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How do I get a turkey baster out of a carboy?

When I was pulling wort out of a carboy to take a hydrometer reading, the bottom part of the baster separated from the head and fell into the carboy. What's the best way to get it out with the fewest ...
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fermentation and dry hopping

I'm thinking about dry hopping my current batch. It's still fermenting and bubbling, and the krausen hasn't dissipated yet. Should I wait for fermentation to stop? Should I wait for the krausen to ...
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Anderson Valley Bourbon Barrel Stout Recipe

I'm newer to home brewing (about 8 batches extract, 1 partial mash) and looking to tackle this. It was absolutely amazing. Could somebody help me out with the recipe? Is this the right place to ask? ...
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Storing bottle conditioned beers and carbonation.

I store all my beer at 55 degrees. Do I need to worry about the beers that are bottle conditioned not being carbonated, or not being at the proper carbonation level? Should they already be carbonated ...
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Expert opinions on brewing beer from bread (If an expert were to use this method)

I found this link the other day on how to make beer from stale bread. It seems like it is legitimately working, but at the same time, it doesn't seem very clear on it's alcohol adjustments. My goal is ...
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Using Campden in water

I am using campden in water to remove chlorine and chloramine. I have heard that it may inhibit the yeast. Should I leave it any length of time after use in order to minimise yeast inhibition?
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Longer time on yeast for a bigger beer?

I ferment all my beers single stage in a glass carboy immersed in a water bath to maintain temperature. This is the first time I've made a bigger beer (this one started at 1.080) on this system. I ...
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I stirred the yeast and it said do not

Making a British Barley wine and the dry yeast instruction called for sprinkling the yeast on top of the starter. I was a bit over excited and stirred at some point after it reached room temp but ...
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Malt mill gap adjustment

The nature of my work is such that i have all the materials and tools to make a mill so i am not intrested on buying one.I want to know if there is a standard gap between the rollers for all type of ...
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1answer
173 views

Reading a 3 scale hydrometer

My dad bought me a hydrometer and then left the country. Now I don't know how to read all measurements. 1st scale: 1-13% (I presume this is the potential alc scale) 2nd scale: 1-26 3rd scale: 1-28 ...
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What are Esters?

I am reading a lot about yeast cell production and ester production. I think I have a good handle on the yeast cell production, but what are esters? Is that part of what the yeast consume that give ...
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1answer
135 views

Testing Bottling Carbonation

So, I bottled 6 days ago. I'm a little impatient, and want to see how my carbonation is going. What can I expect if I pop one open today? I haven't noticed any difference in the beer in the bottle, ...
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2answers
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Thick blobs of yeast cake looking stuff in my bottles (Image Added)

The last batch of beer I have made seems to have a lot more sediment in it than any of my other beers. It has been sitting for 3 weeks and some of the bottles when I pour have gloopy looking sediment ...
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178 views

Use aquarium hydrometer for brewing

I am currently looking for a better way to monitor brewing progress than to have to pop out my syphon every few days and syphon it out for a hydrometer reading. Now I am currently looking at using a ...
2
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1answer
105 views

Any People with Celiacs Tried Clarity Ferm?

There's been a lot of discussion around Clarity Ferm, and it's ability to break down gluten in beer. The manufacturers just say it makes "gluten reduced beer", but Omission and others uses it to make ...
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1answer
39 views

What is Disgorging or Dégorgement?

What is Disgorging and how is it performed on fizzy wine? I have heard it is a part of the process to make champagne.
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Sediment in bottled elderflower wine

Hi Last year for the first time ever, I made Elderflower wine in September for our daughters wedding March 2014. I've left it alone since bottling it, however I've noticed there is sediment at the ...
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Using mason jars to bottle in?

Has anyone used mason jars to bottle in? What were your results if so? They are being sealed like when you can, so I'm especially curious if they hold pressure well. (I know they are clear, and that ...
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CO2 All Gone - Leaked through tap?

I've had my CO2 tank hooked up to a 3-keg keezer for 6 months with no issue - and then one day I went downstairs and the CO2 is empty - but I haven't used nearly enough for it to be empty - and last ...
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1answer
108 views

Krausen: Blow off tube or Larger Headspace?

Krausen: to blow-off or not to blow-off? With a large krausen (foamy head) in a fermentation vessel (FV), often the best remedy is to use a blow-off tube into a bottle of sanitizer. Question: Would ...
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208 views

Cold Crashing in the bottle?

Is it possible or advantageous to cold crash after bottling? I am aftaid if I cold crash for 2-3 weeks before I bottle that all the yeast will settle out and I wont have any to provide carbonation ...
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Fermenter Sediment

I'm on my second batch, and decided to ferment in the carboy, so I could watch. It's on day 3 fermenting, I've got a nice thick krausen (needed a blowoff tube). However, I noticed it seems like it's ...
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121 views

To Bottle or Not to Bottle?

I'm using a Mr.Beer Home Brew Kit. First Batch, its been 14 days of fermentation, still cloudy, took a sample taste and it taste like flat beer, should I bottle or wait a few more days to see if it ...
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112 views

Smaller batches Fermentation Time

I'm curious to start making my own recipes, and am thinking about trying 1 gallon batches. I would guess the conditioning time would be the same, since by then it's all in it's own bottles, so there's ...
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69 views

Is it important to reach pitch temps quickly?

I have seen lots of posts where guys say they stayed up late because their wort hadn't reached pitch temp until 4am or somethinglike that. What is the harm in just going to bed at 1 or 2, waking up ...
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250 views

What is Chill Haze and How Do I get rid of Chill Haze?

What is Chill Haze?How Do I get rid of Chill Haze?
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Waited 6 Days after boil to pitch yeast, Wort had what looked like mold, what can be done?

Like the title says, after I chilled my wort I realized the kit I ordered did not come with yeast, an error on the packers fault. Because of my work schedule I wasn't able to pitch the yeast for about ...
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1answer
92 views

What are finings? How do finings work?

What are fining agents? How do fining agents work?
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Why use Oxygen tanks to aerate wort, what are the benefits?

Do you notice any benefits in flavour or yeast activity over a regular air pump? By not blowing dirty air through your wort, could it keep down infections/contamination? Does pumping regular air ...
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How do I carbonate without yeast or a keg?

I am brewing a batch of Hard Lemonade. The gravity started at 1.090 in mid September 2011. I pitched Lalvin EC-1118 as the yeast. It is now down to 1.029 and tastes good and is sweet. If I bottle and ...
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3answers
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Little hop aroma in first batch

So... I just enjoyed my fist bottle of my first batch of home brew, and overall it was a success. I know the saying is "pour your first batch down the drain!", but my first batch will certainly give ...
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1answer
92 views

tips to improve my Ginger Beer

Good day mates, Just had my very first batch of GB. I have basically followed the stove-top recipe at (http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Ginger-Ale). I forgot botton-upping it to mix it all before drinking ...
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661 views

What hops provide the guava-like taste of some IPAs?

IPAs like Bear Republic's Racer 5 and Coronado Brewing Company's Islander IPA have a distinct guava-like scent and flavor character. Is there a particular variety of hops that produces this, or is it ...
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1answer
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Changing fermentation [duplicate]

I just made my first brew and I started the fermentation process in a plastic container. Should I transfer the brew into a glass fermenter? It's only been sitting in the plastic one for 2 days.
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Would placing the fermenter tank in a tub of water be a good way to handle hot environments?

Summers where I live typically have 80F nights and it can easily pick up to 95 degrees during the day. I have a plastic trash can (which I bought for this purpose) that I have filled up with water. ...
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1answer
157 views

How to Use a Johnson Digital Temperature Controller with a Fermwrap - General Questions

This is my first temperature controller and first use of a Fermwrap. I understand that the Johnson A419 Temperature Controller can only do hot or cold at one time. Which mode does it default to when ...
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1answer
90 views

May I Aerate AFTER Pouring Yeast into the Carboy?

I extract brew, and the kits I buy from NB tell me to add cold water to the wort to get a total of 5 gallons, and then aerate before adding the yeast. However, if I do this I will always have more ...
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274 views

High water pressure compressor for washing bottles

Friends often bring me empty bottles. Some of those not washed right after consumption are dirty, so I am looking for a good engineering solution to clean them. One idea is to use high pressure water ...
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Beer fermenting too cold?

My first brew is currently fermenting on its 6th day. I just checked the temperature and it was quite a bit lower than what I initially thought. The temperature in the room is 12'C (54'F) and the brew ...

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