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How do I increase the quantity of Ginger Beer Plant using ingredients I would use anyway?

Very similar to this question I would like to know how to best make my Ginger Beer Plant grow. Another but related question would be what the most important factors for growth are. Water? Temperature? ...
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Rapidly moving particles during fermentation?

I'm about 24 hours into fermenting my first IPA in a carboy using Safale-04. The fermentation is going well but I noticed small particles floating around in all directions. My best guess is that ...
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Flat, weak finish to my homebrew. Sign of it being young?

I bottled my homebrew a week ago - TrueBrew Bavarian Hefeweizen. Yesterday I popped a bottle to make sure it was carbonating, and for a sneak preview. I was pleasantly surprised with the aroma and ...
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How to make a great stout? [closed]

I'm about to start an out the box Stout tonight and would like to know if anyone has any tips to make this great tasting? This is the first time I've tried making a stout so am rather clueless at the ...
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Crabbies ginger beer clone recipe

A few years back I tried brewing my first Ginger beer hoping to get a result that would come close to the one that Crabbies makes (which I love). The result ended up very bitter and it just wasn't a ...
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Wort Contamination?

Making my first beer and during my last temp check I dropped the thermometer into my wort bucket, instinctively i immediately reached in and pulled it out. My hands were cleaned and sanitized and my ...
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shaken cider during fermentation process

my partner shook my fermenting cider while I was at work will this affect it it was about day three. smelled sweet not like vinegar when I bottled it.
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Can I use quince as a direct replacement for bitter cider apples?

A search here for "quince" returned zero results, but that doesn't mean people haven't (or aren't) fermenting quince juice. I'm fermenting a half gallon of quince as a substitute for real tannic ...
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Bourbon soaked oak cubes

I have made a ten tidy clone using the 1st runnings method. Which left me with 3 gallons after boil. I transferred from the primary to secondary and I am currently ready to add the bourbon soaked ...
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Ginger Beer Plant and lemon in one container or not?

When making Ginger Beer using Ginger Beer Plant, should I use lemon or not? Some guides just have a step where they add lemon (into the same container as the GBP). Then again there are statements like ...
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First batch, to dump or not to dump

I brewed my first batch, an English IPA (Maris Otter, East Kent Goldings, WLP023 Burton Ale Yeast) about a month ago. Bottled on the 4th November, priming with dextrose monohydrate brewing sugar. ...
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Can this juice ferment without added sugar?

If I wanted to make a hooch out of "cranberry juice cocktail", which is composed of "water, cranberry juice, high fructose corn syrup, cranberry juice concentrate, and ascorbic acid, how would I go ...
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Is it acceptable to use a UV sanitizer light on a finished product?

With all the talk about how important it is to sanitize your equipment when brewing, is it acceptable to use a UV sanitizer light on a finished product just to make sure there is no harmful bacteria ...
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Mead Problem with Yeast

So the other day I created a mead and messed up... long story short I killed all my yeast by rushing. I added the dead yeast into my mead and it all sank to the bottom. I just racked off the dead ...
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Adding coconut after fermentation

I am attempting to brew the coconut porter as listed in this thread, which is bubbling away nicely at the moment. It notes: after fermentation, rack off into PB or somesuch.  Then toast 700g ...
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Mead keeps separating… HELP!

I just created a pomagranate mead and now it is separating it's self... Ingredients: 49 oz pomagranate Puree 6 lbs Clover Honey 2 tsp Acid Blend 3 tsp Yeast Nutrient 1 tsp Pectic Enzyme 1 tsp Grape ...
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Gayelord Housen brewers yeast

What is the maximum alcohol content of gayelord housen brewers yeast? I seen it at the grocery store and wondering what i can do with it.
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How to use priming sugar

I am about to bottle my first cider, and i have a 500g bag of priming sugar, from what i have read, i can either prime each bottle, or i can pour the sugar into the brewing vessel and stir it in if i ...
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Is juiced Ginger root fermentable?

I occasionally use a juicer to make Ginger root juice (which is quite strong) but lately I've also considered lacto-fermenting this juice. Which leads me to my question:How fermentable is juiced ...
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Strong beer at 3%?

The O.G. was 13 Brix (1.053), and the F.G. was 8 Brix (1.031). According to the calculation, the beer is only approximately 3% ABV. But I tried a glass and it's gotta be closer to 5.5%. 20% of the ...
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Cider is opaque

My first cider has just gotten to 1.000 gravity on my hydrometer, and i plan on bottling it tomorrow, but i have just done a test to see how it looks, and even in a narrow container, it is pretty ...
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Issues with the colour / clarity of my brew

I made my first proper brew today and was wondering about the colour. It did not have the colour I thought it would have. I used 4 cups of pale malt, one cup of Halcyon, one cup of Maris Otter and ...
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Will it be too cold to brew in my garage over the winter?

I was thinking of asking for a Homebrew Starter kit for Christmas this year and would like to set it up to brew and ferment in my garage. However I am wondering, will it be too cold to brew beer or ...
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How do I decide between all the starter kits available in the UK?

I was thinking about getting into Homebrew as I love my beer and thought it would be fun to brew some of my own. I am from the UK and was just wondering what the best starter kit is that's available ...
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Wine time frame?

I set a 1gallon shiraz kit going this afternoon, this is my first wine. I have sealed the demijon with a bung and put an airlock in. After 4 hours, I have yet to see a single bubble come through the ...
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How many volumes CO2 will push out a champagne cork?

I'm bottling a mead to pass out around Christmas time. I know mead isn't traditionally carbonated, but I want that satisfying cork pop and super effervescence. I have a floor champagne corker and an ...
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Recycling Screw-top Bottles for Homebrew

With my budget being somewhat limited I can only really afford to put my wine into sanitised used bottles from store bought wine, rather than proper bottles with corks. My main concern is oxidation ...
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Calculating alcohol percentage after diluting with a sugar syrup

I am making Limoncello, I have added 8 lemon zests to 1 liter of 96% alcohol and put everything in a big glass container. After 1 month I started making the real liqueur by diluting the alcohol down ...
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Sour Ale With Pedio but Without Brett

In planning for a sour ale with peaches and apricot, we did a bit of research on the microorganisms typically used for making sours and put together a recipe for a fairly basic pale ale with ...
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Should i use the syphon or tap?

I have recently started homebrewing, and my very first batch is a batch of cider that my wife requested I add raspberry and lime flavours to. My question is, my brewing tub has a tap fitted about 1.5"...
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Making a Modified Fat Tire Clone

This may be too specific but I will ask anyway. I love Fat Tire but would like to modify a little. The holy grail of beer would be a Fat Tire but more biscuit, more toasty caramel taste and fuller ...
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Why does my beer keep getting better the longer I leave it to rest?

I was amazed at how much better my home brews are getting from just leaving them be? Why is that? How exactly can the flavour of beer improve by just leaving it alone in a non-reactive container? I ...
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Is yeast cell count a constant function of starter size?

Does the size of a starter always dictate the cell count of yeast irregardless of how much yeast you started with (ignoring other factors such as aeration, wort density etc)? For instance let's take ...
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Keep Homebrew Fresh

Just syphoned a youngs 30 bottle kit into a plastic 5 gallon fermenter. How should I store this to stop it going bad? What's the highest temperature it can be stored at safely? and how can I ensure ...
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Is Amber Malt suitable to use as a primary grain?

Wikipedia says about Amber Malt the following... Amber malt Amber malt is a more toasted form of pale malt, kilned at temperatures of 150–160 °C, and is used in brown porter; older formulations ...
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Affordable hops in Europe

Where can I find affordable hops in Europe (Belgium, France or Hungary would be best)?
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Conical verses flat based fermenters

Just to ask what is the general feeling of using a "Conical" fermenter rather than a normal flat based fermenting barrel.? I realize that you cannot ...
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What to do when american wheat ale turned out to have too high extract?

I used to have a problem - too much water due to extracting every last bit of sugar. That gave me 90% to 95% efficiency, but also it was a lot of work to boil it down to manageable and usable amounts ...
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can you suggest a recipe for these hops and fermentables?

I can only find German pilsner malt for brewing in my country. I can find fuggles, saaz, brewers gold, cascade, Syrian,target 2014,HALLERTAU HERSBRUCKER types of hops. and I can find most common ...
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No air lock activity [duplicate]

I am brewing a Black Rock..."Miners Stout" . and it's been nearly a week in the fermenter with none to very little movement in the airlock. ! Seems odd as to all the other stouts that I have brewed. ...
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Off smell in my mead

I recently started brewing mead and during my first racking I noticed a chemically smell that had a alcohol vinyl smell. I can't figure out if my mead has turned or not. I did another racking today ...
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What would cause bottle-carbonation to fail?

I made a Hydromel (beer-strength mead) around 5% using champagne yeast. After fermentation I split it into a few small batches... some I added ginger, some I added orange zest, some remained un-...
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A 15 gallon batch with two 10 gallon mash tuns

I need to split a 15 gallon batch of beer three ways. The brew is going to be an Imperial Stout, and the 5 gallon recipe calls for 20lbs of grain (60lbs for 15 gallons). Between the three brewers we ...
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Cooling the wort without an ice bath

I have been cooling my wort after all the boiling by simply taking it off the heat and waiting two to three hours. I have now seen a few places where they use an ice bath to cool the wort much faster....
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Do I really need to clarify cider?

I have 2 one gallon batches of cider that have been fermenting away nicely for a month. They are Motts 100% natural cider with no preservatives. I used Nottingham, hoping to get a little residual ...
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How Long to Dry Tubing After Sanitizing?

I use Five Star's iodophor sanitizer. The instructions say to let equipment fully dry before using. This seems almost impossible for plastic tubing. Even after a couple of hours there is still ...
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Need some carification on my ingredient choices and hop boil timing

Want to make a simple high gravity single hop ipa. Will this recipe work? 10 pounds DME Amber 1 pound Crystal 40l steeped 45 mins 1 oz Citra hops start 60 mins 1 oz Citra hops 45 mins 1 oz Citra ...
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Doubling my beer volume

hi guys i'm very new to this beer brewing business. ill be be having a small party this weekend, I'm short on beer, So I'd like to know how do i go about doubling my alcohol volume when diluting it ...
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Cider smells like nail polish remover (acetone). Tastes like juice, but also like it smells

Probably about halfway through fermenting a cysor (apple-honey). Smell is strong. Have a few carboys on the go, and only one has gone 'off' this way. Anyone know what happened or if a correction is ...
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Are my carboys going to break when my outdoor cider brew freezes?

No room to bring them inside. Thinking that leaving extra room for expansion, like 3/4 full carboys might be safe. Also considering wrapping in a tarp for insulation, and hoping the heat from ...

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