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My beer has little to no hop flavour or bitterness. What is going wrong?

Extract brew. 23L boil. Summit - 60 min boil approx. 125g, Glacier - 30 min boil, approx. 75g, NZ Wakatu - 15 min boil, approx. 50g. All fresh hops, vacuum sealed. 3kg liquid malt extract added ...
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Calibrating PID. Temperature probes PT100 not linear

I am working on my HERMS setup and have a few PIDS and temp sensors to work with. The problem is that the temp sensors show about 5 degrees celsius off when I first set it up. I Raised the water in my ...
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cold crash bottled ale

I have bottled my ale, it's been bottled for 2 weeks in the warm. I want to drink it in about a week but it's still very cloudy. Should I cold crash to clear it or hope that in another week it will be ...
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Do I need an anti-microbial additive in my plum brandy mash?

Basically I pitted and smashed 10 lbs. of very ripe plums; heated the pulp, skins and juice to like 120°F and added 3 gals. of distilled water and 5 lbs. of sugar. Waited for it to cool below 90°F ...
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How much Chloride in PPM is too much for All Grain?

I passed my water through those cheap water filters and sent it to Ward Industries for a water test. It came back with 61 PPM of chloride. In the 3rd edition of the Joy of Homebrewing, Charlie ...
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Bucket Heaters and Condensation safety / Lid considerations

EDIT - After many different attempts, I've learned these bucket heaters definitely shut them self off when the water starts boiling (and turn back on when the water drops somewhat below boiling), ...
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Looking for process improvement suggestions

I just did my 4th brew, my OG was lower than expected, and I'm looking for help with process improvements. I'm doing an all grain process. I have an 8gal kettle, a 2gal kettle, and a 0.5gal kettle. ...
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Can I deal with diluted amounts of preservatives and still get good hard cider?

On a whim I decided to throw some Cider in a bucket, so I went to the store and grabbed some. I took a chance and bought 2/3 no preservatives and 1/3 preservative (4.5 Gallons total) in order to ...
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Saison fermentation stuck around 1.035

We are brewing a Saison-style, all-grain beer. We had a multi-stage, multi-temperature mash process requiring us to get the mash to a set temp then hold it for a period then increase the heat and ...
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Would insulation on a kettle help a boil at all if the lid was off?

I bought an 1800 watt induction cooktop and 2 1000 watt bucket heaters that unfortunately were not able to boil 6.5 gallons of H2O in 90 minutes, although it appeared to get close and perhaps 0.5-1.0 ...
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Temperature at which to carbonate brew? [duplicate]

I am very new to home brewing and have spent hours trawling the web to find answers to questions, however, this is the one question im struggling for an answer to, so any help would be much ...
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Co2 volume vs weight [duplicate]

I'm looking into getting started with kegging my brews. From what I've read, one hooks up the CO2 at a certain pressure to obtain a certain volume of carbonation. However, in filling the tanks, the ...
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Using a pump for brewing

I'm getting a Chugger pump for Christmas. I have never used a pump in my brewing and I haven't yet bought the hardware and tubing so I have some questions. I do know that I need a ball valve on the ...
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Neglected to Cold Crash after fermentation

The Question Will cold crashing after a beer is bottled (and waited 2 weeks for the carbonation) give you the same clarity as doing it in the fermenter prior to bottling (assuming you pour your beer ...
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Not seeing fermentation on lager's primary fermentation

We're currently trying to get a lager to go through its primary fermentation but after 2 days, we haven't seen any action or changes on the surface of the wort. The wort had a full packet of yeast ...
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Why would one batch of beer, brewed the same as the second, be more bitter?

In fear of going into too much detail and yet not providing enough information to ascertain possible reasons; Does anybody have any reasonable hypothesis as why one batch of beer would be more bitter ...
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Beer stirring spoon

I want to make my own brewing spoon. Can I use myrtlewood for a stirring spoon for beer? Will it change the flavor of the beer?
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Campden and Pectic enzyme

I read a recipe specifying that pectic is to be added 12 hours after the addition of Campden. Until now I've been mixing in all my additives at the same time, and haven't had any problems. My ...
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Ingredients in Seconday - Prevent Particles In Beer

OK, so I brewed an xmas beer about a month ago. It turned out awesome. One thing I did was add a bunch of ingredients into the secondary fermentation. The ingredients were vanilla bean, wood oak chips ...
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Wet cloth or dirty cloth smell

I have this problem with my beer and I couldn't find any answer from my friends, experts, or web pages. Following primary fermentation (1 week) I move the green beer to a food grade plastic container ...
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First time brewer needing help

This is my first time homebrewing. My first batch of witbier Has been in the secondary fermenter for 3weeks now. How do I know A) when it's done? B) if it's ok to drink I see a whitish greenish ...
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Temperature Control Issues

I'm testing out a brand new 200L system and found a couple of potentially disastrous but potentially easy-to-fix issues: 1) While mashing the temperature indicated on the thermometer which sits near ...
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Half-size keg force carbonation

Today I have 1 half sized corny keg (11,4L - ~3gal) and want to force carbonate it. Normally when force carbonating normal sized cornys of 5 gal (19L) I use ~30 psi for about 10 minutes. Don't know ...
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Can't get my Electric Kettle to boil?

I assembled an electric kettle with a 5500W CAMCO heating element. The element heats water significantly faster than my gas burner ever did but peaks out at 205-210 degrees. I can take 5 gallons ...
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Trouble with flat beer. Everything seems perfect and a few bottles always turn out great. very few! Please help

So my brother in law are in the midst of our 4th batch. Of our first batch ( a 5 gallon brew) probably 2 bottles turned out. These bottles were spectacular great carbonation, retention etc. The ...
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What happens if beer ferments below the optimum temperature?

I am currently brewing an Irish Red Ale. I went away for a few days, and when I got back I discovered the heater had broken at some unknown time. As a result, the ambient temperature dropped to about ...
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Specific and generic questions from a first timer - size of fermenter, flavoring, gravity, sanitation

I just brewed my first ever German Weizen (using True Brew kit) on Saturday (today is Monday) and it's sitting in a plastic 6 gallon bucket (but there's only 5 gallons of it). I have some questions ...
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Packing Beer on a Plane

I'd like to fly a full case of homebrew home with me for Christmas. Is there a standard size box that can fit that much beer plus packing materials to protect it? Edit: the airline I'm flying offers ...
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False bottom not working effectively

I've upgraded from a 20L homebrew system to a 200L system and used it for the first time the other day. I previously did boil-in-the-bag but for my new system I have a false bottom. For my first test ...
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Frying a Turkey in a Brew Kettle

Family wants me to fry a turkey in my 14 gallon brew kettle. I'm all for fried turkey but worried about lasting effects on my kettle. Anyone have experience with something like this? Also open to ...
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Can I sanitize an auto-siphon with boiling water?

So. My first two batches of an IPA and a Brown Ale ended up with a Malt Vinegar taste and smell. I know there can be many factors and many types of reasons for it. I want to get my sanitizing 110% ...
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Fermentation Done After 2 Days?

So this is a weird one. 3 weeks ago I made an Xmas beer. I brewed it, pitched the #2 yeast, and put the carboy in my cold dark room (about 70 F) to ferment. The fermentation and krausen began about ...
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keeping cropped yeast in good health

If I needed to keep the harvested yeast in the fridge for longer than I needed, could I just make a new starter and leave it to ferment out and then put it in the fridge again. Would this help to keep ...
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Super fast fermentation?

I pitched Red Star Champagne yeast for a two gallon batch of Banana wine six days ago today when I went to siphon the must into the secondary I saw fermentation had stopped. Trying to figure out what ...
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Replacing orange peel with orange powder

I am having a hard time finding bitter orange peel in my region, but I did find bitter orange powder. Can I achieve the same results with the powder instead of the peel? Should I use the same ...
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Extract Brewing - Cooling down wort by adding cold water?

I don't have a wort chiller yet. I always cool down my wort with 20 pounds of ice and bucket that I place my kettle into. Since I am extract brewing and will be adding 2.5 gallons of water anyways, I ...
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Water to dilute wort

If I use 3 gals of tap water for the wort. Can I use 2 gl of tap water to make up the 5 I need for fermenting? Lancaster home brewing say any good tasting tap water is OK, but does it need to be ...
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Is it a bad idea to agitate beer a few days after bottling?

I just bottled a porter which had been in the fermenter for almost a month. I allowed myself a taste un-carbonated, and while I don't want to count my chickens before they've hatched, I'm very excited ...
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Large bottles ddn'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 are the effects of storing unboiled All-Grain Wort at sub-lager temperatures?

Obviously it is better to immediately boil the wort when it is freshest, giving any wild yeist or bacteria as little time as possible to grow and contaminate the product. It is also a well ...
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trying to ID if my beer was infected!

My brown ale smelt somewhat like beer and possibly vinegar and tasted the same but with a very subtle sweetness but also very dry and puckering. I used only used dry extract and boiled the hops, no ...
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First Batch Bottle Exploded

I'm in the bottling phase with my first batch of beer. Came home last night and one of the bottles had exploded. The beer spent 7 days in the primary fermenter and hit the target gravity per the ...
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Transfert wort in a cube then chill it

I just started the hobby and only brewed two kits. So far I brewed in a 5L (1.3G) kettle. I did the chilling by using a cold bath in my kitchen sink. So far so good. I plan to buy a proper brew ...
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Improvements for Geordie Winter Warmer

I've just started a single can Geordie Winter Warmer kit and having read some negative reviews about this kit turning out "weak" and "watery" and like "beer flavoured soda water" I'm naturally having ...
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fermentation seems to be stuck at 1065

my cider started at 1090 and seems to have stopped at 1065.i put it in a sencondary glass carboy. Do I need more time it has been about three weeks
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Homebrew sitting on top of washing machine - agitation

My fermentation bucket is on top of my washing machine, when it spins it vibrates the brew. I've been careful to clamp it to the back of the washing machine with a bungee otherwise it might shake ...
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How low should the hole for a spigot on a kettle be drilled?

I am trying to determine how low I can drill a hole in my kettle for a spigot. I've read as few as 1.5 to as much as 3.0 inches. What's a good point that will clear the kettle trub for most if not all ...
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Bottle conditioning mistake

So after two weeks of primary and secondary fermentation, I racked my beer and put it in the fridge by mistake. It has been in there for about 5 days. It's my first brew. I took them out and put them ...
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When will fermentation end? ( wine )

I made 10 litres of red wine ( pasteurized grape juice from the supermarket ), added 2kg sugar, used yeast bought from my local homebrew shop. Fermentation started after a day, and for the first two ...
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Stuck fermentation - how long to leave it for?

Porter, sitting at a steady 22 degrees, should be 5.2% abv, fermentation stopped at 2.5% A stir took it to 3.5% over a week. Added yeast, and nutrient, no sign of further fermentation 2 days on. ...

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