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What are the best Android Apps for homebrewing

I have noticed there are a bunch of homebrewing tools/apps available in the android store. I'm wondering what the best ones are. Some of them you have to pay for, i'm okay with paying for an app if ...
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If a recipe calls for secondary fermentation, should I do it even though there are drawbacks?

I just finished brewing my 3rd batch of beer (after taking 2 years off) and I started looking up the debate about secondary fermentation. I found this article which I think was explained very well by ...
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1 Gallon Full Mash Brew

So I have never done a full mash brew before only ever malt extract brews. But after reading this article thought I would give it a go using a 1 gallon method as oppose to a 5. However I have a few ...
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How to Calculate Priming Sugar while Bottling Lagers?

Primary Fermentation: 50*F/10*C 2 weeks Diacetyl Rest: 65*F/18.3*C 2 weeks Lager: 31*F/-0.5*C 4 weeks I am reading contradictory information regarding the amount ...
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Fitering BIAB wort

I have recently started BIAB, and my wort is very cloudy after the boil. Much "cloud material" ends up in the fermentor, since it takes really long to settle and is easily stirred. It mostly looks ...
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Adding Spraymalt

When adding spraymalt (instead of brewing sugar) to the filling bottle stage, I found the first few bottles were easy as spooning the spraymalt into them, then found the spraymalt powder was ...
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How long do sanitized bottles keep?

If you sanitize a bunch of bottles and store them upside down on a tree or in a box (still upside down); how long can you store them like that before you feel the need to resanitize them? Is there a ...
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Fast Fermentation - Should I be worried?

Just did my first batch using the fast ferment conical fermenter. Brewed an extract kit from Northern Brewer....their Smashing Pumpkin Ale. It's a 1.054 OG brew and I used a dry yeast to ferment. ...
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How do I set up a Sestos D1S temperature controller with an NTC temperature sensor probe -40-120C

I have not succed to configurated my SESTOS digital PID with an temperature sensor probe working between -40°C to + 120°C. I put CtrL to 3 ( PID ) SN to 20 ( cu50 matching my sensor ) and Op1 to 2 ( ...
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Are there any tricks for removing labels from bottles?

Some labels can be a pain to remove. I've tried soaking bottles in water with a little bit of dish soap but it doesn't really do much to break down the adhesive. What methods do you have for easily ...
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Should I use beer gas to dispense carbonated kegs?

Suppose I have a keg of carbonated beer and a kegerator. Can I hook the keg up to beer gas (nitrogen, CO2 mix)? Would this affect the beer in any way, or would I have to carbonate with the beer gas to ...
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Large bottles ddn't carbonate, but little ones did

Does anyone have an idea if larger bottles (half liter) are harder to carbonate than smaller ones (1/3 liter)? I think the problem is that I had a Belgian ale (6.5%) is a secondary and when bottling, ...
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Soda is foamy from the keg

I have a 5 gallon keg of ginger beer, and when I pour it from the faucet, it's foamy. I can also see that it's foamy inside the line. The regulator is set to 35 PSI, and it's been in the fridge for 2 ...
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Pomegranate wine colour?

The pictures of pomegranate wine I have seen on the internet seem like very dark red wine. The one I made however looked like a milkish pink. What can account for the difference? How can I control the ...
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Does Wheat decrease shelf life?

I know of two classic beers that should be consumed young and taste awful when aged - Belgian Wit and German Hefeweizen. What they obviously have in common is that both are wheat beers. Does that mean ...
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Suspected mould in elderflower country champagne

I have recently bottled a sparkling elderflower drink (sometimes referred to as Country Champagne or something similar). Together with the eldeflowers, it contains water, sugar, lemons and a little ...
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Which is a better fermentation method for high gravity beers?

I'm looking to brew a high gravity porter for christmas this year, aiming for OG 1.100. I've browsed several questions on this site relating to high gravity beers and the tendency seems to be towards ...
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Belgium clones leffe brune

has anyone made a Leffe Brune clone, please tell me what you used and how it turned out?
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Which kind of hop should be used on a First Wort Hopped (FWH) beer?

Should I use Aroma or Bittering hop on my FWH? The time between the FWH and the boiling should be taken into account or it does not matter?
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How long must water be boiled to remove temporary hardness (bicarbonates)

From Papazian's Joy of Homebrewing: In the US temporary hardness is determined by a measure of bicarbonates [2(HCO3)].The hardness that bicarbonate ions contribute is temporary because it is ...
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First time wine maker question

My hibiscus wine recipe says to ferment to dryness before racking to the secondary carboy. It's been almost a month, and the bubbling has died down. Is it time to rack?
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How does malted wheat differ from malted barley?

Aside from the fact that they're two different types of grain, how do the two malted grains differ in terms of their effects in beer such as flavor, body, head, etc. when used as base malts?
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What malt should I use to get a red beer?

So, I want to make a red beer, what is the best malt to get this color?
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how to control water temperature?

I need a method to maintain the temperature of the water specifically at 55 degree and 5 degree into two different containers to conduct a thermal cycling. I am keen to address the effect of ...
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Racetrack or standard kegs?

I purchased a pair of ball lock corny kegs at a garage sale recently, and they are in great shape, although they're missing the top cap. Is there an easy way to tell whether they are standard or ...
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How to raise pH (or lower acidity) of mead

I have a mead that I think has too high of an acid level. I am looking for ways to raise the pH or lower the acidity1. Roughly 7 months ago, I made a 5 gal batch of mead. The original fermentation ...
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filling the airlock

I'm brewing my first batch ever, and got a little worried that it wasn't bubbling after 24 hours as the instructions said it should. I've read a lot on here that says not to worry about a bubbling ...
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I have a stalled homebrew because the temp got too high, but the must is at the right place — should I bottle?

I was using a home-made heating belt (actually, a heating pad), and I forgot and left it on overnight. The next morning, the temp was 26 degrees and the fermentation had stalled. I checked the gravity ...
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What's the best technique to add rosemary to a beer?

I'd like to brew a pale ale with rosemary and am looking for the right technique. I've read various techniques from adding it late in the boil to adding it in the secondary. What technique have you ...
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Problems with Wyeast London Ale 1028?

I had a brew day yesterday and ran into something a little odd. I smacked a pack of Wyeast London Ale #1028 berfore I started my routine. After everything was said and done with the boil it had been ...
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what types of hops can be grown in india ( in rajasthan sami arid zone)

I want to grow hops in Rajasthan (India). How do I get seeds for hops in India? Are there any companies in India that can provide me with what's necessary to grow my own?
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Adding flavouring to fermented cider

I have almost finished the first fermentation of my 2nd cider kit, I took a SG reading yesterday and it comes in around 7% (1.064 > 10.11). While I have no problem with it being strong, this and the ...
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How do I use a simple solution for adding salts for water treatment?

I am thinking of dissolving a 1:1 salt to distilled water solution of a weight/volume that I can measure easier, then adding just the needed amount of the solution to my mash according to my water ...
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Minimal neccesary time in primary/seconday for a barleywine-braggot

I am still rather beginner (so far a couple of batches), but for the last batch I have taken a brave (irresponsible) step and went for a barley wine-braggot beer. For batch of 22 l In have used +- 6 ...
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Keeping the keg lines and fittings clean

I recently purchased a keg, and I've got a couple questions about keeping the lines clean. Specifically when the keg isn't finished, as the lines are simple enough to clean along with the keg when ...
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Yeast plate not showing single colonies

Why do my yeast plates end up looking like this? And not this? My yeast plate is composed of wort + agar.
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Pulque recipe re-do [closed]

I am very interested in putting together some pulque. I saw your recipe but didn't know how much yeast to add. Can you share a more detailed recipe? Have you tried it since?
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Good home brewing blogs

Any suggestions for good blogs aimed at home brewers?
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CO2 tank slowly losing gas, not sure where the problem lies

So I have a rather simple keezer setup: The left keg is currently being force carbonated at 30 PSI. The top keg is being kept shut off from receiving CO2. The left keg's CO2 line is using a ...
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What yeast is in White Labs WLP080 Cream Ale Blend?

Has anyone used the Cream Ale blend from WhiteLabs? I used it recently and am surprised at the lack of flocculation. The beer has been in a cold keg for a month and its still fairly cloudy. Was ...
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How To Successfully Untie a full bag of grain.

I buy full sacks of grain, and over the past 10 years it's always been hit and miss getting that string that ties the bag close to unwind. If you get it just right the string unwinds with a gentle ...
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Vigorous secondary fermentation after fruit addition

I've racked my beer to a secondary fermentor and added about two liters of watermelon juice. I placed the airlock on as I always do during secondary fermentation but the fruit sugar is causing a ...
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Forgot My Fermenting Brew for a Month!

I was planning to bottle my beer before leaving for a trip, but my friends being here distracted me and I totally forgot about it until today. I moved it to the bottling bucket and drew off a sample ...
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Brewing with Saccharomyces boulardii

I have a friend who studies some molecular aspects of probiotic yeasts, some wild ones and also the widespread in medications Saccharomyces boulardii (found in Florastor®, Floratil®, and other ...
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Adding Apple/Caramel to Brown Ale

Fellow home brewer here with a question. My buddies and I are looking at making an Apple Caramel Brown Ale for this fall but are having trouble agreeing on a way to add the apple and caramel. We'd ...
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Building a kegerator from a wine fridge

I am thinking of making a kegerator for 3 gallon pin lock corny kegs. Is there any issue with using a wine fridge to do this? I thought the size was right, as it can tuck away on my countertop and it ...
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Where tanins are good in beers?

Although tanin gives an unpleasant astringent effect in beers, in wines - also, but - it is known as antioxidant and protector against UV light. So, in beers can tanins also be welcome at least ...
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How long to mature and clear with Top Tap Barrel?

Once, initial and secondary fermentation are complete, how long should the barrel be left to clear and mature? I understand that with a bottom tap barrel you have to wait for the entire, barrel to ...
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How much does heat affect beer?

What effects could heat have on beer and how long does it take? Is it ok to ship beer without an icepack during the summer? Can it survive the heat of a parked car for a few hours? Someone out ...
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Best way to clean moldy fermentation bucket

I've just had a major house move. During the move, I noticed my fermentation bucket had developed mold. Quite large mounds (to me anyway) of perhaps 0.25in diameter, in the corner of the base. Clearly ...

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