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Small Space & Apartment Brewing: Diacetyl Rest

When brewing a lager in an apartment, you will most probably use a small refrigerator for the lagering process. If the refrigerator does not allow you to choose the exact temperature, but instead you ...
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What is your favorite bittering hop. [closed]

What is your favorite bittering hop. Ours is Galena
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Is pouring down on a lager yeast cake any different from pouring down on an ale yeast cake?

I've made pouring down on the yeast cake of a prior batch my standard way of making big beers. Now I'm moving into lagers and I want to know if there's any difference. Lagers have a much higher ...
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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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Does a single FermCap addition control both boilovers and blowoffs?

I love FermCap for controlling boilovers. I add a few drops (less than recommended) as the wort comes up to boiling. It allows me to do other things during the boil to shorten my brew day. Here's ...
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What is the difference between yeast nutrient and yeast accelerator?

I know what yeast nutrient is, but was browsing around the brew supply and noticed yeast accelerator. Anyone know that the REAL difference (if any) is chemically? See it mentioned through a goggle ...
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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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What is a grant?

How is it used? What does it do?
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Brewing a braggot.

How much honey do you need to put into a beer recipe before you can really call it a braggot? I am sure the taste is largely subjective. I want to brew a beer with 1/3 Honey, 1/3 2-row, 1/3 wheat. I ...
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How long do I roast chocolate nibs to use in cider?

Read several posts about chocolate stouts and it seems that using nibs as a secondary flavoring without adding to the boil is the consensus. Roasting them first has been suggested, as well as soaking ...
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Brewing at Altitude

How does high altitude affect brewing chemistry? Up here in Denver (5280') or even higher in the mountains (some towns in Colorado are 9000' and higher), water does different things. In Denver, water ...
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What is the minimum that I need to keg beer?

I currently only bottle beer, but I would like to have the flexibility of kegging beer to bring to a party from time to time. I do not want to commit to a kegerator. I will be happy to try to keep ...
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What would make my gravity increase?

I have a cider that i have been fermenting for almost two weeks. I took a reading about four days ago and it was 1.005, we decided it was about time to bottle. Then last night when we got around to ...
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1answer
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Base malt in a Southern English Brown?

I'm going to brew up a Southern English Brown, using the recipe from 'Brewing Classic Styles'. For an all-grain version, the recipe just says to use a "Pale English" malt for the base. I have access ...
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2answers
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Does no visible fermentation mean I have a bad batch?

I have a 1-gallon kit from the Brooklyn Brew Shop (don't laugh; I'm a total n00b). I have a batch of the Chestnut Brown fermenting -- but there is no visible fermentation at all. While I had the ...
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1answer
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End of Fermentation?

I emailed this to the Mr. Beer beermaster, but I figured I'd ask here as well. For my Doppelbock 7.0, this Sunday will make it 3 weeks in the keg for fermentation. The previous beer I made was a pale ...
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What does sour mash do for a sour beer?

I've only recently been introduced to the glory of sour beers, and I love them. As a club, we're going to be brewing a sour beer to be aged in oak for years to come, so I was curious to see some ...
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2answers
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Why did my Oktoberfest turn out so light?

I recently did my first batch of beer: Oktoberfest (True Brew kit). Brewed up the wort, fermented and bottled to a T. When it came time to open I was immediately encouraged by great aroma, great ...
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1answer
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My latest batch of Must had half a dozen floating spots and low sediment, what happend?

Sequence of Events: March 21st - Boiled water and honey and placed in sanitized plastic bucket with airlock (containing sanitary solution: Iodophor). Bucket placed in basement to cool overnight. ...
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1answer
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How long should a Shiraz age?

I made a Shiraz from a kit early this spring (bottled in April). I also made a Johannesburg Riesling. I know reds take longer than whites to age, but we've been enjoying the Riesling for some time now ...
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1answer
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What is torrified wheat?

What is torrified wheat and in what styles is it used? Are there any restriction or special procedures you need to follow to when using torrified wheat? Can you substitute torrified wheat with ...
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1answer
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odd film on my cider

I went to rack my cider into a secondary, pulled off the lid of my primary and saw this whitish film. I racked it and the film stuck to the sides of the primary as the cider level dropped off. ...
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1answer
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What temp for a secondary maturation?

My first Irish Red Ale is at the secondary fermentation for about a week, I want to put the secondary fermenter to maturate on a refrigerator (with digital control for temp) for one more week before ...
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Has anyone ever had problems with a 2 day diacetyl rest at room temperature?

Say 70 - 74°­F (21 - 24°C) I normally do what the books say and rest somewhere in the 60s but this means brining my fermentation freezer up to that temperature. I am mostly an Ale brewer so normally ...
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Do some beers really require special bottles due to pressure?

I recently fell in love with Green Flash's Double stout. I noticed their bottles feel significantly heavier than all my other bottles, and in looking online found this press release. I know many of ...
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1answer
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Is leaving some cider in the primary bad?

When bottling my cider (FG 1.000) I ran out of bottles and saw this as an opportunity to flavour the remaining third and try racking. I added some boiled cinnamon and clove then left it for a day ...
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How can I restore the shape of syphon tubing?

I recently purchased a new auto syphon that came with a length of tubing. The way it had been packaged resulted in the tubing being folded and this is causing problems as it has a tendency to kink at ...
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Does the length of a diacetyl rest matter?

Does a diacetyl rest for a week or more adversely affect the beer in any way? With our busy lives it's easy to forget about a batch for a few days (especially when it's in the dark recesses of a ...
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2answers
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How do you come up with a recipe to use for “Second Runnings”?

I recently brewed a Stone Russian Imperial Stout clone, per their official recipe in Brew Magazine. After collecting my wort, I was draining my mash tun and was saddened to see what appeared to be a ...
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Western Australia: 2 weeks in the Wort - is this too long in summer time?

Usually in summer in WA I can bottle my beers within one week of placing the ingredients in the wort (plastic fermenting bucket with airlock). This is due to the average temperature being 25-30 ...
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will i end up with flat beer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: recapping my bottles? Will it ruin the outcome of my beer? I was wondering if my beer will end up flat no carbonation because i ended up recapping the whole batch. I ...
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1answer
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What's the difference between 2-row and 6 row base malt? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What's the difference between 2-row and 6-row malt? I've been brewing all-grain for several years, but have been using recipes and kits. I'm starting to develop my ...
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Will force-carbonated beer remain carbonated if poured into a bottle and capped?

If I pour kegged beer into bottles and immediately cap them to take with me for the evening, will it remain well-carbonated?
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Does bourbon flavor decrease with time in the bottle?

My first attempt with both oak and bourbon is currently sitting in my carboys, and will for another month and a half, when I'll at least get to taste a little as I bottle. Then the plan is to let it ...
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Is oxidation beneficial to any beer style or characteristic other than sour?

Our club now has three oak barrels, and while at least one is going to be dedicated to a solera, we'd like to try a couple other brews before we resort to two more soleras. Barrels are known to let ...
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What are the best ways to regulate temperature while fermenting? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: [WIKI] Fermentation Temperature Control Methods So far I've made about 3 different batches of beer. Two came out good, one, not so good. I think it had to do with the ...
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Can glass carboy be used for both beer and wine making?

This last summer, my Dad showed my brother and I the process for making wine that he learned from his Dad. It was pretty simple and used a 5 or 6 gallon glass carboy. I've made a few batches of beer ...
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How can you use an oaken barrel for secondary fermentation?

I may be able to get my hands on a oaken barrel that I'd love to age a Scottish ale in. What can I do to sanitize it adequately and minimize oxygen exposure?
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Can a good beer be ready in one week? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Brewing with a deadline I've got a thing coming up and was wondering if I could brew a beer in time for it. It would have to be ready in 11 days. I have a ...
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2answers
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Riwaka Hops: Where to get 'em

Anyone know where to obtain some Riwaka hops in bulk? I'm itching to try them, but internet searches are coming up dry for me.
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Calculating Amout and Temperature of Water For Mashing

how do you calculate the correct amount and temperature of water and to offset the amount and temperature of the grains? Perhaps there is a formula or rule of thumb that I am missing.
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Adding oak chips to a carboy

I use bourbon-soaked oak chips in my scotch ale. My last batch got infected, but that's another story. I want to add the chips to a carboy, as I'll be aging it for over a month. It's easier to add ...
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Homebrew Calendar/Planning Software/Site?

Does anyone know of a solid application for pre-planning your homebrews? I have a really tight schedule, and determining when to start a batch can be a real hairball. There are lots of variables and ...
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Bottle Marking Pen?

I recently had the idea that, instead of taping my bottles, and marking with a sharpie, it would be very handy to use something like a 'grease pencil' to mark up the bottle with the relevant info. ...
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are sub-litre starters viable?

So I was having a discussion about starters with someone, after reading NB's Yeast Pitching Rates document. In which, I read that, with a stir plate, and considering a two stage propogation, I could ...
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Brewing with very bad old-smelling potatoes?

Very bad potatoes seems to have some sort of acid and other poisonous items formed. A suggestion in Cooking.SO, here, proposes distilling vodka with old potatoes, having a link that overlooks the ...
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Do homebrewing shops get brewery's permission before designing/marketing a clone beer kit?

In some industries, I can see the practice of providing tools and instructions on how to create a knockoff product being frowned upon though beer culture beats to a different drum. That and ...
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What is the proper way to use Melanoidin Malt in a recipe

I know Melanoidin Malt can be used as a substitute for decoction mashing, provides the richness expected in certain styles, and may improve red or brown color. So at what percentages does the malt ...
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hop back and hot side aeration

I was thinking of putting a hop back in line with my whirlpool chilling process. (Pumping hot wort out of the kettle through a hop back and back into the kettle with an immersion chiller running in ...
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What is the shelf life of canned LME?

I have a buddy that has a Mr. Beer kit he said he is never going to use (It is about 3 years old). I mostly want it for the P.E.T. bottles but was wondering: Depending on what ingredients are in the ...

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