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Sanitizing oak chips

Going to try using dry oak chips in my secondary fermenter. How do you recommend sanitizing the chips before adding them?
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2answers
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Recipe for Imperial Red Ale?

If I want to make a red ale in the vein of Lagunitas's Imperial Red, Dry Hopped St. Rogue Red, or Green Flash Hop Head Red. Anyone have any recipes for me? I'm not looking for a traditional Irish red. ...
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1answer
842 views

How does Irish moss work?

How does it clarify my beer?
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2answers
4k views

What is yeast nutrient?

I am trying to prepare alcoholic lemonade using: lemons, water, dextrose, lactose, and champagne yeast. I read that it is a good idea to add yeast nutrient but I have no idea what it is or where to ...
2
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6answers
2k views

Using bacon in beer

I've heard rumor of people figuring out a way to do this without getting all the grease into the beer as well. If you want to add bacon flavoring to a beer, how do you do it? I know you can use some ...
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2answers
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Techniques for making Belgian Candy Sugar

I'd like to know a couple of things: Did you make dark or light? What procedure did you use/recommend? Did you try to make rocks or did you just make sheet candy and break it up? Did you use cane ...
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4answers
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How do you sparge?

One of the biggest hurdles I came across when switching to all-grain was learning how to sparge. I honestly still don't think I do it 100% correctly. There are very detailed descriptions online, but ...
7
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8answers
1k views

Secondary size?

When moving a 5 gallon batch into secondary does it make a difference if it is into a 5 gallon carboy or a 6.5?
6
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4answers
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What makes my mash tun smell like vomit?

If I leave my mash tun unattended for a few days after brewing it smells like a dead animal covered in vomit. What is the name of the bacteria/fungus/other that excretes this smell?
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4answers
246 views

What is your favorite bittering hop. [closed]

What is your favorite bittering hop. Ours is Galena
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7answers
1k views

About going all-grain

I have made 7 or 8 extract brews over the past year and am interested in moving up to all-grain. What equipment is needed, and what steps are added to the process.
11
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6answers
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Using coffee in beer

Last weekend I brewed a super classic, nothing special stout. I plan to add coffee to it in the secondary, and didn't want any craziness from the stout itself so that I could really play with the ...
14
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4answers
882 views

First Time Homebrewer Setup

There was a request for difficult questions, but having never brewed, this is all I've got: Can you describe the most basic setup (preferably one with a reasonably low difficulty and high success ...
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4answers
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Alpha acids vs. beta acids in aging?

Can someone explain the difference in hop bitterness between alpha acids in my wort vs. beta acids bittering during aging? And is it predictable enough to plan for in recipe formulation?
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6answers
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What's the difference between primary & secondary fermentation?

Over here PJ asked "How do you differentiate primary to secondary if you keep it in the same bucket?"
22
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7answers
2k views

Temperature Control for Fermentation

I am curious how everyone controls the temperature of their primary, especially those that live in the warmer climates. In Florida, where the temperatures can soar and remain in the 90's and above ...
3
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7answers
2k views

Pairing with mussels

What's a good style or specific beer that would pair with mussels?
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7answers
615 views

What are your favorite additives?

What's your favorite thing you add to your brew? chocolate fruit spices etc. I'm mostly interested in additives combined after primary fermentation, but flavors from any stage would be ...
8
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3answers
3k views

Is a 5 gallon bucket too big for 3 gallon recipe?

I have a few Mr Beer extract kits left over from when I started this hobby. Can I ferment a 3 gallon recipe in a 5 gallon bucket? Will there be too much head space?
2
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1answer
491 views

Do you have a good Wit recipe?

I'm looking to do an all grain Witbier as one of my first AG brews. Bell's Winter White is a commercial example that I like, although I'm not necessarily looking to clone it.
7
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3answers
523 views

How do you choose a yeast?

What characteristics do you look for in a yeast to pair with your recipe? Is there a common reference?
6
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5answers
360 views

Why smell before tasting ?

I know Im going to catch some hell for asking this but here goes... Why does everyone insist on smelling a beer before tasting it ? To me, I dont want any preconceived notions about what it may or ...
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4answers
3k views

How to store beer

When you buy beer that you plan to keep for a while (a while being more than a month or so), what's the best way to store it? Specifically, what are the rules for storing it cold or warm, on it's ...
11
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6answers
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Alternatives for priming sugar

If you happen to be out of priming sugar, but really want to bottle your beer, what are the alternatives? Let's assume a 5 gallon batch that's fully fermented - call it 1.010-1.014.
7
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7answers
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Fermentation stopped but beer seems too sweet - why?

My last beer went through a normal 10-day fermentation process and afterwards there was no activity. I assumed that most of the sugars had been consumed. But after I bottled my beer and let it ...
3
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7answers
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What are your homebrew club dues?

I moved to a new area without an existing homebrew club. We've been around for about 18 months now and I'd like to start doing some official stuff. The Sudzers, my previous club charged $20 a year ...
13
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10answers
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Are there tools that can make the bottling process easier?

I found this to be the most difficult part during my first attempt at brewing. All I had was a tube and a racking cane. Is there anything else to simplify the process and prevent me from ending up ...
6
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10answers
1k views

Spigots: What's the consensus

I like to use an ale pail with a spigot for my secondary. It makes it super easy to test the gravity before actually bottling/kegging/etc. However, that sort of installation in plastic can open the ...
21
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12answers
45k views

Too long in Primary Fermentation?

What's the maximum amount of time for primary fermentation, assuming the beer is going straight to bottles next? Will it over ferment and then fail to carbonate, if left too long in a carboy?
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26answers
19k views

What software do most brewers use?

Just curious what most brewers are using these days as far as software goes. We are going to have to make a decision in the near future about this. BeerSmith? ProMash? BeerTools? Any others I ...
7
votes
6answers
758 views

What about corking beer?

I'd like to start corking some of my more delicate brews. Is there a reason to switch to corking? Certain styles? And, is it difficult/recommended for a small setup? Thanks.
6
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4answers
7k views

Why does my beer smell like bananas?

The Imperial Stout I recently bottled, smells a little fruity, and has a strong tart taste up front. Is this something I should be patient with, as it may go change? And, how'd it happen?

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