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Prickly Pear Beer Experiment

I have 1.5lbs of prickly pears and want to make a 2gal all grain batch from them. My question is how should I add the prickly pears? Should I smash them and only add the juice? or maybe Cut off ...
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Fermentation started, then stopped the next day. Is my yeast dead?

This is my first shot at homebrewing, using Northern Brewer's American Wheat Beer kit which is based on liquid malt extract, Willamette and Cascade hops, and a packet of dry yeast. I brewed and put ...
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Belgium clones leffe brune

has anyone made a Leffe Brune clone, please tell me what you used and how it turned out?
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Can I lager in bottles?

I am planning to do a lager this winter, since I don't have a good way of controlling temperature, I was wondering if it is possible to bottle it with priming sugar, and then lager it? Or should I ...
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corn beer steps and suggestions using a home stove

I am planning to make corn beer, what are the times you would suggest for mashing? Is there a way to make it on a home stove? Has anyone got experience with that? UPDATE A friend already does corn ...
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Will my Reverse Osmosis water lose its purity if its not used immediately?

I just installed a reverse osmosis and deionizer water filtration system, and it is extremely slow. I calculate that it will take 3-4 hours to filter out 10 gallons of water. I am planning on filling ...
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Adding flavouring to fermented cider

I have almost finished the first fermentation of my 2nd cider kit, I took a SG reading yesterday and it comes in around 7% (1.064 > 10.11). While I have no problem with it being strong, this and the ...
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Minimal neccesary time in primary/seconday for a barleywine-braggot

I am still rather beginner (so far a couple of batches), but for the last batch I have taken a brave (irresponsible) step and went for a barley wine-braggot beer. For batch of 22 l In have used +- 6 ...
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Hop material in primary

When making an IPA yesterday, I decided to throw in every last hop leaf and pellet I had laying around. It turned out to be quite a bit. Also, due to a lack of space, I decided to use my kettle as a ...
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Experimenting with primary-only and primary-secondary fermentation

We have a batch of beer that has been in primary for about a week and we are getting ready to rack to a secondary fermenter. We want to experiment with the difference between doing primary only and ...
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Fermenting mead: low vs high temperature

I'm planning to make a batch of dry show mead (white wine experience). I have Lalvin 71B-1122 Narbonne yeast, and fermentation temperature range for it is from 59-89° F (15-30°C). Lets say how ...
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Can I sell my Homebrew in the UK

I often produce an excess of homebrew. Would it be legal to sell it in the UK, I would only be selling a maximum of 50 pints / year and my charge would really only cover the cost of the bottle. ...
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Watermelon Wheat Beer - Bitter Taste

After a week of primary fermentation, I tried adding about 8 pounds of watermelon puree to my secondary fermenter and took a gravity and taste test 10 days later. The beer still tastes very ...
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Ph too low, but pitched anyway

After pressing my apples for cider, I tested the PH level and it was 2.7. Although the taste was quite sweet and not too sharp. I decided against sodium metabisulphate, from what I've read, but now ...
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How to maximize the maple syrup flavor and minimize the cost?

Is it possible to add less maple syrup later in the boil or even after the boil and get a comparable flavor to adding more earlier in the boil? It seems like we should be able to essentially "dry ...
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1answer
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Mold growing on blow-off tube water — batch ruined?

I'm brewing my first batch with a brooklyn brew show all-gain kit. I skipped the airlock and left the blow-off tube in place in a pot of bleachy water. It's been there for the past two weeks. ...
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How can I learn the distinctive taste of various hops?

There are some very helpful descriptions I've found of people describing the taste of various hops, but I've found that my personal taste can be quite different. I'd like to be able to isolate the ...
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Partially-covering kegerator

I am new to kegging and I am trying to build a kegerator. I am short on living space so I am considering a particularly low-footprint concept. My question is: what do you guys think about this concept ...
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Berry cider using only berries

I have an abundance of fresh black raspberries available and would like to try my hand at a cider using only black raspberries. I'll be starting with a one gallon batch. I am not sure how many ...
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Soapy aftertaste in wine, fermentation temperature?

I generally find my homebrew wine (just from a regular kit) has a soapy kind of aftertaste. I'm wondering if this might be down to fermentation temperature or something, I'm taking as many precautions ...
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What wattage element is needed for hot liquor tank/heat exchanger, and what about brew kettle?

I'm completely captivated by www.theelectricbrewery.com, love their directions, and have ordered the parts, so I'll have my experience soon, but what is your experience with selecting hot water heater ...
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Possible wild yeast contamination?

In May I brewed the following beer: 81% Pale 2 row malt 16% Brown malt 3% Black malt Single step mash at 73C. With 290g of hops for a total of 103 IBUs. The OG was 1.077 and it went into primary ...
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290 views

Bernzomatic oxygen bottles to oxygenate beer

I bought a cylinder of Bernzomatic Oxygen on the advice of my local homebrew store. They sold me an adapter kit (w/ air stone) and I got the cylinder from Lowes (tool section). Picture of adapter ...
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DIY Fermentation Chamber. Dual Zone Question

I am building a fermentation chamber and I was wondering if there is a way to have two zones but only use one cooler? My thinking is have two of everything except the cooler. So there would be ...
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Bottle Sizes Smaller than 12 Ounces?

Has anyone ever seen 8oz bottles anywhere? I was asked if I could bottle a batch of homebrew in smaller bottles so it could be given out as gifts to more people. I can't seem to find anything ...
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How do you label your bottles?

How do you mark, label, or otherwise identify the contents of your bottles? I'm currently using masking tape and a marker, but I'm curious what most other people use.
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1answer
103 views

How to increase gravity / decrease amount of water in my wort, and extract the same amount of sugars?

I have this problem: I'm regularly achieving 90% efficiency with my mash and sparge, and I like this effect. But I usually end up with about 30 ~ 35 liters when I aim for 20 ~ 22 liters. Boil to ...
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Cider confusion

I recently made cider from my apple trees and hand pressed them and all and I am having trouble figuring everything out. So far I have made the hard cider two different ways my first time, to test ...
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What kinds of bottles can be capped?

I want to start collecting bottles to use when I brew. Recycled bottles come in many types. I would naturally steer away from the twist off bottles, bottles that seem thinner or more fragile, or ...
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1answer
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Accidentally stopped fermentation: how to restart?

I have 2 separate gallons of apple cider on they go, they were started about a week apart, now like the donut I am I have stopped the wrong one by adding 5ml sodium metabisulphite it has stopped it in ...
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Adding graham cracker flavor to a pumpkin ale

Has anyone had any luck/experience using graham crackers in a pumpkin ale recipe? I've seen some people using graham cracker "extract" with some luck, however, I'm referring to using actual graham ...
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1answer
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How long should I expect to wait before seeing activity in my yeast starter?

I usually see activity in my yeast starters in the first twelve hours after pitching the yeast. This time, however, I haven't seen anything for 48 hours. No bubbling, no signs of floating yeast and it ...
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Where to find clear glass beer bottles?

Can't seem to find any 12 oz clear glass beer bottles (without caps) online anywhere. Other ideas?
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Can wet crushing impede mashing?

Last weekend I tried it. I get considerably less broken hulls, practically whole. Kernel was broken all right. So far so good. I added 0.5 liter of cold water to six kg of malt by pouring it slowly ...
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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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pressing cider from whole apples

Every guide and youtube video out there suggests that one should grind apples before pressing them. Even in industrial settings the apples are ground first and then pressed. Why not just press whole ...
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Use of maltodextrin to increase head retention & body, how much & when added for 5 gallon batch?

My HBS recommends maltodextrin to increase body & head retention, when and how much should be added to 5 gallon batch?
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Large bottles didn't carbonate, but little ones did

Does anyone have an idea if larger bottles (half liter) are harder to carbonate than smaller ones (1/3 liter)? I think the problem is that I had a Belgian ale (6.5%) is a secondary and when bottling, ...
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What beer style would be good to enhance with Stevia rebaudiana?

As we know it, Stevia rebaudiana introduces herbal sweetness in form of calories-free, non-fermentable steviol glycosides. I'm tempted to use it with my beer, but I honestly have no idea where to ...
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Calculating carbon dioxide production during fermentation

I know yeast ferments sugars into alcohol at a predictable rate, but is the same is true for carbon dioxide? Since I know the amount of sugars fermented though my gravity readings, shouldn't it be ...
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1answer
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Sitting to long after fermentation [duplicate]

I had brewed one gallon and I let it ferment and then let it sit... I think it has been two months or so after the recommended fermentation of this particular brew. I know it won't continue to ferment ...
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1answer
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can I use granulated sugar in place of brewing sugar? [duplicate]

I've got my first home brew kit for blackberry wine, can I use normal household granulated sugar instead of brewing sugar?
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Cider - Yeast doesn't seem to kick off

I have 2 x 23L carbouy's full of freshly pressed juice, ready for fermentation. I began the process by killing off all the wild yeast strains in the apples by adding 1 1/4 teaspoons of sodium ...
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What are my options for brewing software?

I'm looking for brewing software that helps with record-keeping, calculations, inventory, and/or recipes. Across any platform (Windows/Mac OS X/Linux), what brewing software is available, and what ...
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2answers
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Do Some Carbon Filters Remove Chloramines, While Others Don't?

I thought that carbon filtration removed both chlorine and chloramines from water. However, the seller of a reverse osmosis system on Amazon answered a question with this: This system can remove ...
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why do you degas wine but not beer?

After reading this post, I was wondering why have I heard of people degassing wine, but never beer? Does one also need to degas mead?
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What's the best method to catch a strain of wild yeast for homebrewing?

I'm interested in learning about brewing using wild yeast, but I wonder what is the best method to catch a strain that would produce good results in homebrewing. And of course how to ensure that it ...
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2answers
68 views

brewing and storing small quantities in large receptacles

i have a 22.5 litre fermenting bucket and a 22.5 litre pressure barrel but accidently purchased a 9 litre Belgian beer kit.Is it still ok to ferment and store this smaller quantity in these larger ...
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What effect will doubling the yeast concentration have?

If I want to have a beer ferment in less time would doubling the amount of yeast I pitch help? Will there be any consequences of doing so? Does it matter if I make a starter for them both?
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Is my copper wort chiller still good?

I haven't had the chance to brew in about two years and I've been storing my copper wort chiller in a storage locker for most of that time. Upon moving and retrieving it yesterday, it's got some ...

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