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Foam Overflow - Residue on Carboy walls

I recently brewed up a Caribou Slobber from Northern Brewing. I had a foam over, I sanitized a new stopper, air lock and resealed the carboy. Now I have no bubbles in my airlock, and all of the ...
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Pitched yeast at 40 deg F. Too cold?

I pitched the yeast at 40°F. Was it way too cold and should I re-pitch?
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As a benchmark, how much how much grain (and water) would be used to make one litre of wort?

Obviously the style of beer, type of grain (barley, wheat etc) and depth of roast would make a difference. But in general what would be the typical ranges be? So for example: For a Dark Stout: A ...
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Eggwhite as finings?

A friend has suggested eggwhite as a fining for a beer brew. Is he pulling my leg? I'd like to know if anyone else has tried it before I find out either way!
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Secondary additions to a Barleywine

I'm brewing a Barleywine soon and wanted to add something to the secondary to make it interesting. I was thinking of doing some bourbon soaked oak cubes, but was also thinking some fruit would be ...
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Noob here… My second brew - am I brewing an ale or a lager, and did I stuff it up?

So I went to my local homebrew store to purchase a an "Aussie honey lager" extract kit but they were out of stock. The friendly man behind the counter helped me to re-create this kit by checking their ...
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Apple pulp. Can I leave it 24 hours?

I am making a cider, and trying to break down the labour required to get things moving. I only have evenings to work. Can I pulp the apples and juice them the following day? I am in the southern UK, ...
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What are good food grade safe/temperature tolerant finishes for wooden mash paddles?

What is considered to be a safe, temperature tolerant finish to apply to a useable wooden mash paddle? The intention is to extend the life of the mash paddle while still actively using it, so the ...
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When do I need to use a brewing Kettle?

A lot of recipes mention using a brewing kettle to make the wort. Is this necessary, or can I just add liquid malt directly to my primary fermentor carboy? I don't have a place to boil the wort.
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Do I need to double the yeast when splitting the batch into two fermenters?

I am brewing 5 gallon batches. I end up with 5.5 gallons after the boil so I split the batch evenly into two(2) Corney kegs fitted with an air lock on each gas in. I ferment in the two kegs and then ...
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Brew in a Bag (BIAB) Recipe Selection

Looking at the various recipe types they seem to break down into three categories: Extract Kit Partial Mash All Grain It seems like Partial Mash and All Grain recipes could both be done using the ...
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Do hops reduce the carbonation in beer

Does dry hopping reduce the amount of carbonation that a beer has compared to the same beer that isn't dry hopped? I have a larger that I have made before that seems to have less carbonation that it ...
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How do you brew high alcohol beers at home?

I've heard that brewing anything over around 14% ABV is pretty much impossible…and that achieving anything over 11% in a homebrew environment is not very realistic. Is this true? If so, how do they ...
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Are exposed threads in a boil kettle a problem?

I'm currently putting together a new boil kettle, and am planning to use 1/2" NPT threaded fittings attached to a welded coupler. I've seen a lot of designs which have exposed threads and teflon tape ...
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Is 2005 bottle wheat beer ok to drink?

Found a box of home brewed beer in an old cellar marked 2005. Bottles look ok and caps are good. Would it be safe to drink?
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Can I buy White Labs “Platinum Strains” yeasts in their seasonal availability window every year?

I am looking at the White Labs WLP076 (Old Sonoma Ale), and see that it is available May-June. My LHBS, which also happens to be a natl. mail order shop, does not have it available. I see some online ...
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What can I do with the pressed grapes (mash) after getting the juice out?

What can I do with the pressed grapes after getting the juice for making wine? It smells so good. It seems a shame to just throw it all away.
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Knocking out the barrier between fridge and freezer?

I have a fridge freezer combo that I am going to convert to a serving fridge. I have done this with an old fridge before but decided to upgrade when I moved because it was really old and crapping out. ...
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Beer tastes really sugary

I recently found this beer recipe on Brew Awesome! (love this site). Belgian Strong Dark Ale I bottled the beer and let it sit for about a month. When I finally cracked one open to try it was ...
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Why is it common practice to rack off primary for secondary re-fermentation?

Why is it recommended to perform a secondary fermentation (an actual "sugars were added to cause a second fermentation" secondary fermentation) in a secondary vessel, as opposed to fermenting the beer ...
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What does “steeping hops” mean?

In an IPA recipe I came across, a final small addition of hops is supposed to be "steeped". What does this mean? Is it just a different way of saying "add at knockout"? The recipe is here ("The ...
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Pitching Whole Starter vs Cold Crashing Effects on Taste

Earlier, I made a thread trying to find a reason for a yeast/green apple flavor in my beer.. After a lot of thought and poking around, I have an idea of why this is, but I wanted your opinions on ...
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Freezing apples to extract juice

I have read that, to extract juice from an apple, in place of a juicer you can freeze whole apples, mash them and allow the pectic enzymes to "do it's work" Can any offer advice on this method? Is is ...
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Converting hose size from CO2 tank

So I am almost done fermenting my first batch of home brew and am about to start kegging it. The only problem is the current hose coming from the regulator is a good bit wider than the nozzle I have ...
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Can a refractometer be used for testing final gravity?

Can you use a refractometer to test final gravity?
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What does a good crush look like, and does it matter if grains are overcrushed if batch sparging?

I am looking for some advice on what a good crush looks like, and whether it matters on my system. The opinions and pics online are all over the place on this. Background: I am buying small-batch ...
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1answer
363 views

Using two kit cans should I use both yeast packets and how much sugar

I have seen some people online using two kits to make one 23L batch of beer with more flavor than a single kit. If you use one kit to make 23L you add the yeast supplied with it and 1kg of dextrose ...
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Questions about adding vanilla

I'm on my third brew. Midwest brewing irish red in bottles Midwest brewing brown nut ale in secondary Just bought Brewers Best milk stout. I pretty much wanted to be a little creative without ...
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Cleaning the fermenter spigot before bottling

I have a cider in the fermenter that has been there for almost two months. I am ready to bottle it now but during the half way point I took a sample out of the spigot to check the FG reading. My ...
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107 views

Clean kegged, put back together wrong

I recently brewed my second batch of 2x 5 gallon beers. The first time, kegs were recently reconditioned and so I did a quick clean and filled them up. This time, being some time later, I went ahead ...
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135 views

Why does stirring the wort lead to swirls and bubbling?

I'm a beginner brewer, but I've noticed that on every batch I've done so far, when the wort is boiling, and I stir the wort, it ends up behaving this way. Can anyone explain why this happens?
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lots of moisture on the lid of the fermenter

I have had a lot of condensation or moisture on the lid of the fermenter when I open it during/at the end of primary fermentation. Is this normal? I am very thorough with my cleaning and sterilizing ...
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How to store fermenter after use

I have two plastic fermenters and am wondering the best way to store them when I am not using them? Sometimes I don't get the opportunity to use them for a few months (longest was up to 1 year) so ...
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Unsticking a secondary fermentation

Brewing a Russian Imperial (E+G version of Austin Homebrew Supply's Jester King "Black Metal" clone) stout that seems to have stalled after transferring to secondary. I've corrected the most usual ...
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Yeast starter with YM-Medium under aerob conditions?

As far as I know the most common yeast starters are malt extracts which are sealed with an airlock. But the few times I worked with yeasts in the lab we used YM-Medium (Yeast extract-Malt extract) to ...
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Lagering (Secondary to Bottling to Lagering)

So I recently bottled a pilsner recipe after a drop from 1.061 to 1.011 specific gravity (over 6% ABV potential), and my recipe instructions called for 7-10 days at room temperature (since they've ...
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Beeswax for bottle waxing

Has anyone tried making their own bottling wax using part beeswax? What percentage of beeswax did you use and how well did it work (coming on and coming off)?
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What are the characteristics of baker yeast?

I am looking to brew some ginger beer and other simple stuff. I wonder what are the characteristics of baker yeast? Will they do for a cyder beer ? What are the disadvantages? In Europe we have ...
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141 views

Yeast comparison source

Is there a good source that compares the commercially available yeast strains from the most common sources like White Labs and Wyeast? I am thinking of something with homebrewing experience built ...
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Adding color/flavor during and after fermentation?

After a week of fermentation I'm realizing I missed my mark on color and flavor: What I've got: A great brown porter What I want: A more robust porter I'm wondering if I steep some Midnight Wheat ...
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How low to install a ball valve on a boil kettle?

I'm putting together my first all grain system. I'm converting a 44qt SS stockpot to be used as a boil kettle using a weldless bulkhead and SS ball valve. I automatically assumed that I needed to ...
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What's the link between turbid brew and a heady taste?

I know a few local beers, like Ayinger Kellerbier, that are not filtered and are turbid when looking through. Those are quite taste, but go the head quickly (meaning light headache, not basic ...
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Yeast Starter OG - Factoring in the WYeast Liquid

Is there any estimate to the "OG of the WYeast Liquid"? When I make a yeast starter with an OG of 1.040, dumping in the WYeast liquid will bring it down, assuming that the liquid has an OG of less ...
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Scaling recipe ingredients to smaller batches? How do AAUs scale?

I plan on brewing 1 gallon batches. The problem is that most recipes are for 5 gallon batches. The scaling seems obvious: divide the amount of each ingredient by 5. With this in mind, a few ...
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Doing (very) small batches of beer

I was wondering if, for the sake of testing, it was a good idea to do very small batches of beer. I almost always see batches of 5, 6 gallons. I would like to make tests, and I don't want them to take ...
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Adding the yeast to a beer kit by sprinkling or stirring

When making a beer kit some people say to sprinkle the yeast on top of the wort and other people say to stir in the yeast to incorporate it into the wort. I know that there is the other method of ...
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Inward pressure when fermenting cider

I am making a cider using 1.5L apple juice, 1 cup sugar and Saflager s-23 Dry larger yeast. I was using a balloon with a pin hole as the "air lock" on this as all my air locks were being used. It ...
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Yeast/Green Apple Taste

I have homebrewed with family many times and never had problems, nor did I with my first batch on my own. The last couple, however, have had a yeasty/cidery/apple odor. Very strong. I doubt it is ...
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Why does my beer taste a little like wine?

I'm a beginner homebrewer. I've brewed 3 beers, one from a Muntons and two from Brewferm brewkits. They were quite good, me and my friends liked them, but each one's taste reminded me a little bit of ...
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ReaLemon's preservatives

I'm trying a simple recipe for ginger beer (Method 1 here). Would using ReaLemon be ok instead of an actual lemon? I understand that preservatives in an apple juice can harm the yeast when making ...

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