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Triple Fermented?? But Why?

Some beers claim to be triple fermented, meaning that after primary fermentation, more fermentables are added at the start of secondary, and then the brew is bottle-conditioned, resulting in three ...
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7answers
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Bottled Beer is Cloudy

I'm brewing my first batch of brew and I bottled almost two weeks ago. I've been super anal about keeping everything sterilized, clean, and at the correct temperature during fermentation and bottling. ...
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2answers
441 views

How much time should a warm-fermenting yeast strain sit at the high primary temperature?

I made a batch of braggot (~46% honey) a couple of weeks ago, and used the Duvel strain (a pack of Wyeast 1388 and a vial of WLP570). Pitched at 65 and ramped it up to 82 over the course of 7 days. ...
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4answers
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If a vial of yeast is at room temperature for 3 days then put back in the refrigerator, is it still viable?

I live in an apartment and didn't receive notification that my yeast had arrived for 3 days after it got to the office. Normally, I'd just toss the vial of yeast and go to my LHBS to get more, but ...
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2answers
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Liquid malt extract storage

What's the best way to store LME for extended periods of time? Can LME be kept in the freezer to limit spoilage or are there better ways keep it somewhat fresh?
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Can I naturally carbonate a sweet hard lemonade?

I'm thinking of brewing some hard lemonade, and from what I've read, I'll need to neutralize the yeast with sulfites if I want to prevent it from getting too dry. Will I need to force carbonate after ...
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Is Final Gravity a good indicator of sweetness?

This question is as simple as the title reads. In general, if I know the FG of any given beer, can that be a good indicator to me of how sweet that beer will taste? So the higher the FG, the sweeter ...
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How to smoke your malts

How would I go about smoking barley (no points awarded for answering "in a pipe")? My LHBS has a couple of smoked varieties, but not the exact type of smoke I want. I'd like a method that doesn't ...
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What factors can lead to a higher attenuation?

I recently brewed a Malt Extract beer with WLP060. The "Attenuation" range on the White Labs site says it should be in the range of 72-80%. I had an OG of 1.0575, and an FG of 1.0096. By my ...
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4answers
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How to Add Cocoa

I want to add cocoa or chocolate to a beer, but cocoa powder isn't very soluble in water. What methods/alternatives do I have? I prefer to avoid extracts, if possible. I don't think I can find nibs ...
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1answer
199 views

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
796 views

Dissolving Malt Extract for priming

I have a stout I'm going to be bottling soon and unlike past recipes I've brewed which have called for corn sugar for priming, this calls for dry malt extract and lactose. Typically I've dissolved my ...
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2answers
887 views

Crystal Malt - How does it influence head retention?

Crystal malt is said to positively influence head retention / foam stability in the final beer. Why is that?
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2answers
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What is fusel alcohol, and does it cause hangovers?

I'd recently heard of fusel alcohol in a reference that it causes headaches/hangovers. First what is fusel alcohol, and what creates it (can I avoid it)? Secondly, is fusel alcohol really the main ...
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5answers
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How do I improve my palate?

I've read descriptions of wines (and lately more beers) where the tasting notes say things like "cherries, floral", etc. I've never tasted any of this when I drink/taste the corresponding beer/wine. ...
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2answers
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How to measure wort oxygenation

As a follow-up to a couple of other questions: How to Properly Oxygenate Wort Wort aeration on a budget How do you measure oxygenation of wort? What methods are available for a beginner brewer ...
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4answers
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Can I sell my Homebrew in the UK

I often produce an excess of homebrew. Would it be legal to sell it in the UK, I would only be selling a maximum of 50 pints / year and my charge would really only cover the cost of the bottle. ...
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3answers
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Distillation legality

In California is it legal to build and operate a still for the distillation of homebrew?
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2answers
875 views

Best hot liquor pumps

My surflow Brewbuddy pump has had a good long life and is ready for its replacement. What hot liquor pumps are recommended? features required: adjustable flow rate handles boiling liquids easy to ...
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3answers
3k views

Ginger Beer recipe

Reeds Ginger Beer is one of my favorite non-alcoholic fizzy-drinks... just curious if anyone has a recipe for brewing something similar. Also, what's the brewing process like? Similar to beer, or ...
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7answers
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Is 55% ABV “beer” actually beer?

BrewDog claims to have made a 55% ABV "beer" which they call The End of History. They have other high ABV "beers:" Tactical Nuclear Penguin is 32% ABV and Sink the Bismark! is 41% ABV. From what I ...
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2answers
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When to add fresh ginger?

I am considering brewing an Amber ale with a bit of ginger in it, but I don't know whether I should treat it more like a spice and steep/boil it, or more like fruit, and rack onto the ginger for a ...
2
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2answers
620 views

Dry Irish Stout Tastes very much like grain

I brewed my first Irish Stout on Oct 22. I used the Nitro-Powered Stout recipe that Brian Smith has on his BeerSmith website. The only changes I made to the recipe is I replaced the Ultra hops with ...
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1answer
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Nitrogen Widgets in canned beer [closed]

How do those N2 widgets work in cans of beers like guineas, tetleys and Old Speckled Hen? Is the N2 in the widget and released when the can opens, or is the N2 in the beer and the widget helps mix and ...
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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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2answers
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Refractometer - what exactly can it measure?

I am using a refractometer to determine gravities. I am aware of course that values measured need to be corrected depending on OG of the fermenting batch. What I don't know is, what kind of sugars am ...
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5answers
613 views

Critical Steps to follow for any homebrew beer recipe or process

I've got my second batch of homebrew fermenting, and in just two batches I've learned a lot the hard way (messed up batch priming, possibly under-aerated the wort, etc) What steps are critical to any ...
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3answers
249 views

How to store wine in hot city?

I'm planning to store wine bottles for several years, but I live in a hot city and don't have any cellar to use. What other alternatives can I use to store the wine in a good environment?
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4answers
628 views

What's the next item, burner, big brew kettle, or AGS?

I'm currently brewing in the limbo between extract and all grain. I plan to each batch (about 2 or 3 batches a year for me) buy a significant piece of equipment to get me closer to all-grain. I ...
3
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2answers
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Mead is taking up space in my carboys. When can I bottle it?

So the mead I made six weeks ago did not taste great when I moved it into secondary. Plenty of solvent notes. I have big plans for lager season and want that secondary back. I'm planning on force ...
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2answers
17k views

What is cold crashing?

What is cold crashing? When is it done? How long does it take? Best temperature to make it happen?
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4answers
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Best way to make sparkling cider that approximates store bought ones?

I'm looking for a way to create my own sparkling apple cider that's like the kind bought from the supermarket like Martinelli's sparkling cider as a cheaper alternative. I tried mixing apple cider and ...
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8answers
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What hops provide the guava-like taste of some IPAs?

IPAs like Bear Republic's Racer 5 and Coronado Brewing Company's Islander IPA have a distinct guava-like scent and flavor character. Is there a particular variety of hops that produces this, or is it ...
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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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3answers
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Campden Tablets to Control Final Sugar Content

I've used Campden tablets per a recipe for cider to prepare the unpasteurized cider before pitching yeast, but recently came across the following in Wikipedia: Campden tablets are also used ...
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2answers
856 views

How to clean yeast

I like reusing yeast to save money, and I like having my own "house" yeast. However sooner or later my yeast eventually dies and becomes unusable. I have a feeling that each time I repitch, I'm ...
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3answers
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My beers are with a slight acid taste after the few first sips. What could be wrong?

So far I have brewed 5 times. First went perfect, though it was the first time I was using my kit and the grains were already ground. Second and third batches went wrong. My concern is with the last ...
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2answers
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How long can organic wine be stored without chemicals?

I'm trying to store some homemade organic red wine in bottles. For how long can it be stored without using any chemicals?
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Is it necessary to aerate wort when pitching onto an existing yeast cake?

To my knowledge, aeration provides oxygen so that the yeast can reproduce before fermentation. If you're pitching onto an existing yeast cake, there should theoretically be enough yeast already to ...
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3answers
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Wrong yeast…cloudy beer?

I was planning to make an IPA and was planning to use wyeast #1056 but i think that I mixed up my yeast with another guy at the store cus after I pitched i noticed that the yeast I had added was ...
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2answers
271 views

Why measure gravities?

I've brewed a good dozen batches of beer from kits, extract, extract+grain, and now all-grain, and I've never measured gravities. Why measure gravity, besides to know what you're getting? Is there any ...
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4answers
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How to Properly Oxygenate Wort

How much oxygen do I need to put into my wort? I've heard that homebrewers need to aerate with an oxygen stone and either aquarium pumps or oxygen. Is this true, or is shaking my carboy enough to ...
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2answers
916 views

Chloramine effects in small quantities

I'm curious what effect (if any) chloramine-treated tap water has when used in small quantities, such as a yeast starter or when boiled with priming sugar to use a priming solution. My municipal water ...
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2answers
2k views

Is it okay to store a batch of mixed star-san?

I use a spray bottle with star san, so I don't use a lot of it each time I brew. Is it okay to store the rest in a bucket and then refill my spray bottle when I need some? I've read that it should ...
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12answers
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Baking yeast for brewing?

Has anyone ever used the ubiquitous Flesichmann's baking yeast for brewing? Is there a fermented beverage style for which it works particularly well?
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1answer
277 views

Mixing grains before mashing?

Is it important to mix up the different types of grains before they go into the mash tun or is it okay to just dump them in separately?
3
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3answers
352 views

Rice Hull pre-prep

I have heard it recommended to pre-rinse rice hulls before putting them in the mash. Mainly because they tend to be so dusty. Is that a good practice?
2
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2answers
743 views

Rice Hull Usage Amount

What is the general rule of thumb for how much rice hulls to use? Rice Hulls are cheap but at the same time I'd rather keep them to a minimum when I do use them. I have an Oatmeal stout recipe that ...
7
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1answer
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90-minute boil for pilsner malt?

On the "Belgian Blond Ale" episode of the Jamil Show (podcast) it was said that you should do a 90-minute boil because of the pilsner malt. Can someone explain this further?
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Cardboard alternatives to bottle cases for storage

A problem I hadn't really anticipated was how to store/transport bottled homebrew. I've been reusing old cardboard store-bought boxes, but they seem to be breaking down pretty quickly, especially ...

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