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Curiously high OG after first all-grain batch

I conquered my first all-grain batch this weekend, and after some early problems constructing my cooler mash tun, it went off without a hitch. It's a Northern Brewer all grain kit, and the recipe ...
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primary fermentation of wine

I am mostly a beer brewer, but recently I have begun experimenting with fruit wines. In contrast to beer, the wine recipes I am using all say to do the primary fermentation with only a towel or other ...
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Negative effects of Wyeast American Ale 1056 turning slightly slushy in fridge

I received a pack of Wyeast American Ale yesterday and popped it into the back of my fridge only to find this morning that it may have partially turned slushy from the (evidently) colder area in the ...
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What happens in the bottle?

I often drink a bottle 2 or 3 days after bottling, and then often every day or 2 after that, and it's sometimes quite amazing to see those "rough edges" getting smoothed out. Can someone explain what ...
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Spiced Pumpkin recipe (Any hints, tips or tricks?)

I'm going to be brewing a pumpkin spiced beer friday and will not have the time to do an all grain. So partial mash it is. Any hints, tips or tricks would be appreciated. Original Gravity: 1.070 ...
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Thick/Chunky Pumpkin Ale

I racked my Pumpkin Ale into a carboy last night and it seemed chunky or thick. Is this a product of using the Pumpkin in the brew? I siphoned as much as I could but I questioned how much of the ...
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Can I do a high temperature starter?

I know if you are adding the yeast directly to the wort you want to keep the temperature similar to that of your eventual fermentation temp to minimize shock to the yeast. However, I plan to make a ...
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Priming Sugar Affect on Fermentation

I screwed up took a batch that had only been fermenting for 3 days and started to bottle it before I realized it was the wrong one. [link] During this screw up I ended up added the priming sugar then ...
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Referment after Adding Priming Sugar

So I accidentally grabbed the wrong fermenting carboy today, this one started fermenting 3 days ago, but already has a gravity of 1.010 (it got a little warm up to 78F). Before we noticed it was the ...
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Gosebier- a unique style

Dose anyone have any experience brewing Gosebier? Its a german wheat style of beer that is flavored with some salt (and citrus I believe). I had one at the Golden City Brewery in Denver a couple ...
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Gelatin for clearer beer

Does gelatin work for clarifying beer? If so: How much do you use? When do you add it? How do you prepare it? (Do you boil it in water? How much water to dissolve the gelatin?)
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Barleywine fermentation is slow. How can I speed it up?

My barley wine has been brewing for two weeks it should have be 1108 after 4-6 days its currently still fermenting at 1025.Its been at a constant temp of 22 degrees. However when yeast was added it ...
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Long cooling before pitching — aerate now or later?

This is a follow-up to this question: Long cooling before pitching -- read that for background. I aerate to add oxygen to my wort by pouring back and forth between buckets. If I wait before ...
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What kind of beer would a Yoda Beer be? [closed]

Say Yoda brews in Dagobah before Luke's arrival. For my next batch I would like to make a "Yoda Beer", what kind of beer would Yoda brew? Ale? Lager? which variety?
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What are the exact dimensions/specs of the fittings on a standard stainless steel Hansen Coupler?

I have a standard stainless steel Hansen Coupler for Pin-Lock type Cornelius Kegs. I'm trying to find the exact specs on both the 1/4 MFL and the inside (female) threads, where it connects to the ...
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How to get the carbonation right in bottled beer

I am really struggling to get the carbonation of my beers right. They either seem to turn out too flat or too carbonated. I take care in calculating the correct amount of bottling sugar for the beer ...
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Banana Mead Yeast Suggestions

I'm planning to brew a banana mead, and would like to start fementation with a Belgian yeast so that it has a good strong banana nose. I will finish with a champagne yeast, so I'm not particularly ...
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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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Followed a recipe, made some changes, got same OG. Think it will taste similar?

I'm working on a recipe that called for some small amounts of LME (.75 lb Wheat LME, .5 lb Munich LME). I couldn't get such small amounts of LME at the homebrew store, so on some advice from the ...
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Legalities of Selling my homebrew?

What are the steps needed to legally sell homebrew? I have an LLC and know how to setup the business/tax/etc on that side of things. I could do it under this or form a new one. I am just not certain ...
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Filtering out the dead yeast cells and other trub during transfer from primary to secondary fermentation

Typically, when I transfer my wort from the pot to the bucket/carboy for primary fermentation, I like to use a very fine knit mesh reusable grain bag to catch all the hops, and other trub that has ...
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What is the advantage of krausening?

Krausening seems to be a fair bit of work to the homebrewer with very little return. So, what advantages does krausening bring, other than not having to add any additional sugar to the beer for ...
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How to reduce head when aerating wort with an aquarium pump

Last night I embarked on a fun adventure to create a 14-16% ABV beer (Dema Goddess Ale), and it calls for aeration via an air pump that you would typically use in an aquarium. Due to the high ...
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What does “a thorough diacetyl rest” mean when talking about ale yeast?

Most of my knowledge of diactyl rests come from Palmer's How to Brew, and it applies entirely to lagers. It mainly means bringing the temperature up slowly and letting the lager sit at a slightly ...
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How much ginger should be used at what point of the process?

What is a reasonable amount of fresh ginger to use to lightly flavor a beer? Does the quantity to use differ based on when it is added in the process (boil vs flame out vs secondary)? I realize ...
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Check if fermentation has occurred.

I brewed an ESB from extract just before the weekend and then got called away this weekend and wasn't able to make any observations for the next 3 days. I checked after 12 hours and didn't see any ...
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Fermentation Activity in the first few days

I know a variant of this question has been asked a million times, but can someone let me know if this behavior is "normal" for a brew? I'm using Northern Brewer's Caribou Slobber Brown kit. I brewed ...
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Transfer to secondary.

I am transfering my beer to a secondary fermenter (better bottle carboy). Do I need to shake or stir it to help the fermentation in the secondary!
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Best practices when adding sugars during the fermentation process

I'm looking to take on a challenge of brewing an ale that is going to range between 14%-16% ABV, and among the many different steps, the most interesting is the inclusion of Demerara sugar and cane ...
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Hydrometer reading

I am forgot to take a hydrometer reading when I put the beer into the primary fermenter. Can I take one when I transfer to the secondary and what will it tell me anyway?
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Can I use a Growler at bottling time and how long will the beer last in this.

I had a growler from a local brewery and filled it at bottling time. I made sure I sanatized the bottle and top. I did this to take a sample test before the three weeks of bottle time. Is this OK and ...
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What makes an addition good for a basic wheat beer?

My second batch of beer will be a basic wheat beer and I will rack half with peach puree and half without to see the difference. I am looking for suggestions of other additives for wheat beer. ...
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Victory v. Biscuit malt

Are there flavor differences between these two malts? How can each be described? I have used them both but often in complicated recipes, and never side by side for comparison. How is each produced?
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What class of beer is Newcastle, and what do I need to brew my own?

I like Newcastle, and now I would like to brew some. What class / style of beer is Newcastle? Where does it get its brown color? Are there any kits out there that would give pretty close results?
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Why is my OG so low?

I brewed this recipe but substituted crystal 80 for the crystal 15. I did the full mash option, and I doubled all the ingredients and did a 10 gallon batch. I got an OG of 1.045 at 75F so adjusted ...
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Can I top off my batch at bottling time with water?

I noticed my batch in the secondary looks short of 5 gallons, can I top it off with water when I bottle?
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Is this beerstone or something else? White haze in my kettle.

I recently moved. As part of the move, I changed my brewing process and went back to using my old brew pot (instead of an electric turkey fryer) and started using filtered tap water instead of ...
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Heat and yeasty flavors

I've used safbrew T-58 a couple of times over the last year and had both great batches and very yeasty-tasting batches. Could the heat be the reason for the yeasty taste? A warm day in the Israeli ...
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Munich and Vienna Malts - Dullness

I don't have a whole lot of experience (I've been brewing all-grain for less than a year) but I've found that every beer I've made with Munich or Vienna malt (usually 2 - 4 pounds in a 6-gallon batch) ...
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Do I need to sterilize my top-off water?

I just purchased my first kit and am about to brew it (tonight!). The instructions provided indicate that after cooling the wort and tranfering it to the sanitized carboy I need to top it off with ...
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Measuring the ABV of non beer/wine products

I sometimes make alcoholic ginger beer and alcoholic lemonade. How would one estimate the abv of something like that? Is it even possible?
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1answer
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Ramping temperatures during fermentation

What is the appropriate way to ramp temper when say brewing a Belgian beer? Would I expect to have off flavors from the higher temps? What's the best range for ramping? Do I actively manage the temp ...
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WYeast got warm on the way home. Can I still use it?

I bought two packs of the American Ale Propogator yesterday, but then took a bit longer than planned to get home and the packs got warm and were swelled a bit. I put them in the fridge as soon as I ...
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Can I measure specific gravity a day after sampling?

Often when I pour a sample to be measured, there is a good 1cm of head obscuring the SG value. It can stay around for quite some time. Can I leave it overnight in order to take the reading the next ...
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Can a wort be cooled too much?

When chilling the wort after a boil, if it falls below the yeast's operating temperature, should I wait until the temperature comes back up before adding the yeast? I typically chill my wort with a ...
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At what point can a beer be called organic?

A lot of the homebrew I make is made with organic ingredients - organic grain and hops. However, I have never come across organic yeast (!?) or irish moss. Can I rightly call this beer organic, or ...
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How do I do a decoction mash?

I've brewed a number of all grain beers and have been reading a bit about decoction mashing. However the explanations I've read have been a bit complicated. How do I do a decoction mash?
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How do I test my water?

Inspired by this question. How do I test my water?
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Does flaked rye need conversion?

I'm looking to make a rye pale ale. Do I need to provide enough base grains to convert the starches in flaked rye or is it capable of self conversion? If it needs conversion, would 6 lbs of 6-row work ...
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Steps in Secondary Fermentation

I just picked up my Better Bottle Carboy... and will be racking to it in a few days. I have a few questions to ask since I did not use a secondary during my first few batches: 1) Do I add yeast at ...

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