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What is the purpose in adding unmalted wheat to a beer?

In looking for a new wheat beer recipe, I came upon the following: Improvisational Wheat It mentions using 3 pounds of unmalted wheat, crushing separately, and boiling for 30 minutes. What is the ...
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No bubbles in the airlock - should I still bottle the brew?

I'm attempting my first brew using a kit with all the provided ingredients (it's a lager). My brew is still in the big tub and has been there for about 2 weeks now. Initial SG was 1.040 and it's now ...
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Carbonation Drops vs. Sugar?

I'm brewing my very first batch with an actual kit (I've used Mr. Beer before with decent results and wanted to do it right). I bought a recipe kit from Northern Brewer and I opted for the Cooper's ...
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How to treat Brettanomyces for secondary fermentation?

I'm wanting to add some Brettanomyces lambicus to an old ale after it has been moved to a secondary fermentor (it should be in the 7-8% ABV range at this point, and the primary yeast will be Wyeast ...
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Why do my airlocks lose liquid?

This has happened with a few batches now. My three-piece airlocks are drained of the sani inside them repeatedly. Even after a few days, when fermentation doesn't seem as rapid (and therefore the ...
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Boiling bottle caps

I've always soaked my bottle caps in sanitizer before using, but a friend of mine suggested boiling (throw in the same pot with priming sugar) instead because the cooties can theoretically hide from ...
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What effect does the alkalinity of wort have on the fermentation cycle in beer brewing?

What effect does the alkalinity of wort have on the fermentation cycle in beer brewing?
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How to brew less than 5 gallons at a time?

I recently moved into a smaller apartment and no longer have the space for my 6.5 and 5 gallon carboys. Do people sell smaller carboys than this? I know Mr. Beer would be small enough, but I'd ...
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Why do all my beers taste better after having aged for a couple months?

My impression is that ales are typically best drunk within a couple weeks of brew day. It's my experience that letting them age in the bottles for 2-3 months yields the best beer, both improving body, ...
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What are alpha acids?

Can someone explain what exactly an alpha acid is and why should I care about the alpha acid "rating" on the hops I use.
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What is a wort chiller?

Should I use a wort chiller, and what are the advantages of doing so?
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Munich LME recipe conversion?

I would like to make the Maibock recipe from Brewing Classic Styles. It calls for Munich LME. 1) Does anybody know where I can get my hands on some 100% Munich LME? 2) If I can't get 100% Munich, ...
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How to transport homebrew

I'm in the process of brewing several carboys of beer to serve at my wedding in a few months. The catch is that the wedding is on the other side of the country. I'm planning on taking a few days to ...
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What is the average gravity difference between a Forced Fermentation and normal fermentation

I just started doing forced fermentation (FF) tests with each batch I make. I know that the final gravity of the FF beer will be lower than the final gravity of the beer fermented normally in the ...
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Maintaining Lagering Temperatures

I've got a Pilsner in primary that I'm hoping to start lagering this weekend. I don't have a refrigerator that can accommodate the carboy, so I'm thinking about keeping it in a largish lidded foam ...
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Belgian witbeer: Which fermentation temperature in comparison to a Bavarian Hefeweizen?

I have recently made a Bavarian Wheat that all my "co-drinkers" liked quite a lot. I have fermented that pretty cold (18C/64F), since I don't like these beers when they are overly estery and tasting ...
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Longevity of bottled mead

I have some mead in bottles, which have been stored in a reasonably cool, dark place for possibly as much as two years old. I had intended to leave it for about a year for bottle conditioning, but now ...
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Filter out Hops after Boil

After the boil I have been told to run the wort through a filter before adding yeast and letting it ferment. It seems like you would get more flavor leaving the hop leftovers in. What is the ...
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quick brew recipes

What quick brews are there? ~ 2 weeks from start to drink... Should be simple, boozy and tasty. any type of fruits or roots will do! so far have mainly tried a ginger beer, cider and elderflower all ...
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Hopping In Secondary

I'm brewing an IPA that calls for the addition of hops when I rack to secondary. I have pelletized hops still sealed in their plastic packaging and I'm wondering if they can be added to the secondary ...
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Does mash thickness make a difference in any calculations?

I am looking to do my first partial mash and I have been seeing instructions for using a mash thickness anywhere from 1 to 1.5 quarts of water per pound (per 450g). What does the thickness of a mash ...
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Fruit Liqueur- Chop Fruit?

I'm about to macerate some fruit to make sweet liqueur (first attempt), and am using the generic instructions from homedistiller.org: Fruit Liqueur Place cleaned fruit in a large jar. ...
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Can I use a dishwasher that has rinse agent to sanitize my bottles?

My dishwasher has a built in rinse agent dispenser that it claims must be filled for every use, besides I have no clue how to empty it once it is filled. Can I still run my bottles in the dishwasher ...
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Looking for Feedback on an Oatmeal Stout Recipe

I'm looking for some feedback. I usually do kit brews for now but I am looking to get into building my own recipes. This is my first go around on that. I want to do an oatmeal stout and I'd like to ...
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What is the Maillard reaction, and why should I care what a duck thinks?

What is the Maillard Reaction? What does it do for my beer? What can I do to encourage or discourage it?
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1answer
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When should you measure and adjust mash pH?

I am getting ready for my first all-grain batch. I got a copy of my township's water report and sat down to use it in conjunction with the graphs in How to Brew to determine what colors of beer I can ...
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Melanoidins in beer

Where do melanoidins come from in beer? What characteristics do they bring to beer?
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Is a long boil with extract necessary?

I'm making a late hopped extract beer later tonight. (Jamil's Evil Twin as posted http://www.mrmalty.com/late_hopping.htm) He suggests at 90 minute boil with the first hop addition coming 20 minutes ...
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Beer Lost Through Blow Off Tube

I set up my Blow tube as I have done other times before, (the same as pictured in this post What is a proper blow-off tube setup?) This time though when I checked it after after about 24 hours the ...
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What are great grain mills that have variable coarseness such that it can be used for both brewing and making bread flour?

I'm searching for a grain mill with specific qualities. Ideally I'd like it to: mill grain for home brewing mill grain to the consistency of flour for making bread be able to be operated manually ...
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Yeast and Hop Longevity

I picked up the ingredients for an IPA when I was getting the ingredients for a Milk Stout a while ago. The plan was to have everything at the ready so I could make the IPA shortly after the stout. ...
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Concerns/Considerations for making mead with raw honey?

I may be able to source enough raw honey to make a batch of mead from it. Are there any special concerns that I need to be aware of? If I don't boil it, should I use camden tablets to control any wild ...
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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
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What is the best way to seal a kegerator?

I am trying to prevent condensation in my kegerator, and it seems that sealing it as good as possible is a great idea. I have a chest freezer with a wooden collar where the faucets are installed and ...
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How to brew a Low-Carb Beer?

What would you do differently if trying to brew a low-carb beer? Could it be done with an extract brew?
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How long is too long to condition a beer in secondary without having to pitch bottling yeast?

How long is too long to condition a beer in secondary without having to pitch bottling yeast? What factors do I need to consider when deciding whether or not to pitch yeast at bottling?
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Using different types of honey

I was curious how different types of honey affect brewing. Some aspects I'm interested in are: The floral-blend of honey -- blended vs unblended (e.g. 100% clover honey) processing -- raw (honey + ...
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List of current mini fridge makes/models that will fit 5-gallon kegs?

Any fellow homebrewers out there have a suggestion on a current make/model minifridge (not full-sized fridge or chest freezer) that will fit 5-gallon corny kegs? I've seen many suggestions of ...
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How do I prevent condensation in my kegerator?

I have converted a chest freezer into a kegerator by building a wooden collar around the top and re-mounting the freezer lid on that. I installed four faucets in the front and have a hole in the back ...
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Should I shake bottles during conditioning?

I've got a batch of beer which was bottled last Saturday and a friend insisted I should shake them to assist in the conditioning. He couldn't offer any particular reason, so I was curious if/when it ...
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Temperature swing of 10+ degrees during fermentation

I'm fermenting a porter, and pitched the yeast at about 75 on Sunday night (4 days ago). Lively fermentation started the next day, and though the wort had cooled to about 68 the first night, the ...
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Beer not carbonating

I'm having issues with my Belgian Tripel not carbonating. There is a small amount of sediment in the bottles, and I get a hiss when they're opened, but that's about it. It's gotten cold in Virginia ...
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Hop extracts…

Do you use them? How do you use them? How can I get some?
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I need some clarification on the use of Lactose

I am going to try to brew a Russian Imperial Stout with the intent to have something more along the lines of a High Gravity/Desserty type beer similar to Bells Batch 9000. I am using a kit recipe and ...
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Is the Blichmann burner worth the money?

Do you think it is worth the $135 for a Blichmann burner? http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewing/brewing-equipment/burners/blichmann-floor-burner.html I found a turkey fryer at Home Depot for less ...
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Reusable Beer Label

So my Dad is an avid brewer, and has always re-used old beer bottles that we drank our way through to bottle his home-brew in. However, for Christmas I made a label on photoshop with our families ...
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What options exist for temperature control for electric HLT

Are there any low cost (less than $150) solutions to add temperature control to an electric HLT? My setup is a keg with a 5500W water heater element. I love how quickly it brings 15 gallons to ...
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Profesionally Printed Labels?

A friend has offered to design labels for a few of my favourite beers. I just got the first one, and I love it. The only problem is some of the design elements don't show up very well when printed on ...
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Calculating Alcohol by Volume

I've got a formula for calculating ABV (alcohol by volume) from several different sources on the Internet: ((76.08*(OG-FG)/(1.775-OG))*(FG/0.794)) It works just great, but it's not the easiest one ...
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Long boils are ruining enamel on stove, is there any way to prevent this?

I have tried putting aluminium foil about 3 inches out from around burner, but that seemed to exacerbate the problem. I think it helped the insulate the area under the foil. It seems like I am ...

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