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Would coffee wine be at all similar in taste to Kahlua?

I'm interested in brewing kind of a coffee wine. Would it taste at all like Kahlua? I imagine the coffee flavor would be slightly weaker. Recipes for it I've seen have described the taste as "unique" ...
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Why toss the starter wort?

I've wondered about this for a while: most 'how to make a yeast starter' instructions I've seen suggest using only the yeast-rich sludge, and tossing most of the starter medium. This makes sense if ...
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Bottling from a jockey box?

So I've kegged my last batch, was an 'imperial IPA', and will drink it in my house with some few friends. It's a borrowed 19L cornelius keg, and I think that we cannot drain it completely. Since I've ...
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Salvaging this Sorachi Ace IPA

A few times I have made an (almost) single-hop IPA with a hop I haven't had before, to get a good idea of what it's like. Mosaic IPA was wonderful. Nelson Sauvin IPA was very good. Now, Sorachi Ace ...
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Bucket of sanitising fluid, kept for future use, is it effective, how long will it last?

Whenever I sanitise ( with VWP ) I don't just chuck it away, I put it into a fermentation bucket outside my house. I stick all my bits n bobs - stainless beer paddle, syphon and bits in there, and ...
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Can I get away with not rinsing Potassium Metabisulphite when I'm bottling?

So I was reading some posts here on the homebrew stack exchange, like I do, and I came across this question. I always use K-meta when bottling because I keep my bottles clean and all I need is to ...
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How much wort to make a 3 gallon batch [duplicate]

I have a 5 gallon recipe that I have scaled down to 3 gallons using BeerSmith. I know this may vary a bit, but how much wort should I extract to end up with a 3 gallon batch size in the end?
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HERMS waterproof hole in heat exchanger

I'm in the initial phase of my HERMS project, and I'm struggling to come up with an elegant solution to waterproofing the hole where my copper pipe will enter the hot liquor tank. Ideally I'd like ...
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How do I correct acidity/tartness in a fermented beer?

I just moved to a new state, and brewed a dark beer recipe that I'm fond of-- a weizenbock. However, I believe my water chemistry may have been different enough from my previous location to have ...
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Oatmeal Stout, steeped grains 45 min, extract recipe: Should leave in Prim longer than usual before move to Sec?

Q1: Wondering if since I steeped recipe 4 lbs of various grains to 45 min vs recipe "recommended" 20 min...should I or do I leave in primary carboy for 2 to 3 weeks vs recipe "recommended" 1 week? or ...
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How can I tell if there is anything for Amylase to work on?

Because I don't have any Amylase to platy with (yet), I'm looking for a way to check if it would have any effect that's cheaper and/or simpler than finding some place that sells the stuff. (Heck even ...
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Monster Mill v.s. Kitchen Aid Mill attachment

We've been looking into getting a grain mill for some time now. I was pretty settled on getting a monster mill or some version of it until I saw the kitchen aid milling attachment. If this would work ...
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Does my yeast possibly already have yeast nutrient?

I forgot to buy some yeast nutrient. But maybe it's already in the yeast? Vinter's Harvest : Premium Wine Yeast Ingredients: Dried Yeeast, emulsifier, magnesium, sulphate, trace vitamins.
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Adding potassium metabisulphite (i.e. sulfites) to prevent oxidation?

Winemakers often add potassium metabisulphite to the finished product for two purposes: To prevent further yeast growth (so that they do not eat the remaining sugars) and as a preservative, to prevent ...
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Did I mess up my mead?

I am attempting to make 1.5 liters of mead as a first go. I was very lazy though and used a whole packet of lalvin 71b-1122 on such a small batch. 1 week has gone by. The color looks good but ...
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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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First time brewing lager, no fermentation

I set up a new fermentation chamber and was keen to try my hand at a lager. Unfortunately now 5 days on there hasn't been any fermentation so I think I may have shocked the yeast with the cold or just ...
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Will Bacterial Iron affect my beer?

I recently moved to a house on a well and not too long after discovered our entire area has a bacterial iron problem. We have the standard water softener and it does a fairly good job of cutting down ...
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Recipe for Canadian Red Ale

I recently made a 1 gallon batch of Brooklyn Brew Shop's Canadian Red Ale. As it was absolutely incredible, I want to make it again. I have searched everywhere for a list of ingredients but have not ...
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What can I do with my spent grain after mashing?

After brewing a batch of beer, I always end up with ~14 lbs of spent grain that I usually just toss in a pile in the corner of the yard. Are there better things to do with it (i.e. cooking, baking, ...
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How do water filters effect the minerals in water?

In the particular section of the city I live in, the tap water has a poor taste. I use a Pur brand water filter which improves the taste significantly (although it is still poor relative to bottled ...
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dry hopping and pH

Does anyone have any personal experience with or good data regarding measuring the effects of one on the other? I found this paper, which strangely doesn't address it, but ...
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How can I test the PPM of different minerals in my Water?

As a follow up question to this, I'm interesting in testing every batch of tap water for the PPM of various minerals (calcium, magnesium, sodium, chloride, sulfate, etc). Are these test strips ...
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Are there ways to make your own beer on the cheap?

I have more experience with infusions and other ferments. I'm ready to delve into beer making without buying an expensive kit. What's the best way to do this?
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Trouble Reaching My OG (Pre-Boil Was OK)

Last week I brewed an Arrogant Bastard clone. My pre-boil gravity was off by .001 so I was pretty happy with that... But my OG (post-boil) was off by .009! I thought that because my pre-boil gravity ...
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Fermentation vessel too small for beer kit

My problem is that I have a 15L carboy a beer kit (Cooper's Irish Stout) that's supposed to be for 23L. I vaguely recall reading somewhere that I should leave about 20% headspace (so I'm only brewing ...
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Fat in malted and unmalted barley

Does malted barley have fat like un-malted barley? If either have fat, why doesn't this cause problems in the beer? What happens with this fat during the brew?
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low-tech honey mead failing to ferment

I've made a number of batches of low-tech hard cider by mixing champagne yeast with Martinelli's apple juice in the bottle, and then inserting an airlock. Fermentation is visible within hours, and one ...
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What hops are a little less bitter than Warrior?

I am using Warrior as a bittering hops in my IPA. Looking to fine tune the recipe by lessening the bitterness a touch or two. Can you provide me a few other hops in lesser degrees of bitterness? ...
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Modifying Recipes for Boil Volume

I am modifying an extract recipe for a full volume boil. I understand how to use a brew calculator to calculate modified hop additions, but since my LHBS store sells hops in 1 oz bags, I'd rather not ...
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Pediococcus Infection--Will brett get rid of the ropiness?

I'm pretty sure I have a pediococcus infection on a Kolsch that I brewed recently. Let's just say some stuff came up and my sanitation was not great. I sampled it after about 6 weeks in primary at ...
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Do I need a ball valve on my brew kettle?

I am shopping for a brew kettle so I can upgrade to full volume boils. Many pots have ball valves. I can think of two reasons to use a ball valve Drain through it to avoid picking up the kettle to ...
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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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DIY BrewBug based offerings?

BrewBug, is a neat little toy that essentially has a "floating bob" that measures the temperature and specific gravity of the wort as it is fermenting, allowing for niceties like changing the ...
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How add authentic coconut flavor to a fermeted beer?

I have about 5 gallons of regular nut brown ale (in the fermeter now) that I plan to bring to a festival. Since it is going to be served at a festival and folks will only be drinking 2 ounces at a ...
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Would Yeast survive the temperatures of distillation and properly carbonate?

Theoretically: If one were to distill a beer at 172.3-211.9*F with the intention of throwing away the distillate, in order to produce non-(or low-)alcoholic beer, would the remaining beer contain ...
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Can you load less than 1.3 gallons into the Tap-A-Draft system?

I'm just starting out home brewing and I am planning on sticking with 1 gallon brews for a while. I want to purchase a Tap-a-Draft system but continue with 1 gallon batches for a while. Can you load ...
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My Regulator will not fit my CO2 tank

I live in South Korea and had to buy a 20lbs CO2 becuase they would not service my american 5lbs tank. Unfortunately, my current CO2 regulator will not fit on the korean tank. I assume it is becuase ...
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Mixing dme and lme

I have a few questions about dme. I want to make a light wheat beer but the wheat lme at my shop is dark. So I have 3.3 lbs of a light beer lme and 1 lb of Bavarian wheat dme. I was planning on making ...
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Why do kit wines age differently?

Most kit wines claim they're ready to drink in a month or two. I've found they're much better at 6 months or so. But when making wine from grapes, it seems everyone recommends aging at least a year, ...
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Winemaking Clubs in Greater DC area

Is anyone aware of wine making clubs in the greater Washington, DC area? I'd prefer Maryland, but beggars can't be choosers. I've checked Winemaker Magazine's list of clubs, but no luck.
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Yeast Starter Stopper & Sanitization

I'm going to be making my first yeast starter, for a higher gravity beer. While reading starter guides, and watching videos, I've noticed that there are several different techniques and opinions for ...
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How do I extend my kegerator beer line run properly?

I have a built in kegerator in my kitchen, under the counter style. It is connected to a three tap handle tower and the lines are about 3 feet long. The noise from the compressor/fan is louder than I ...
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Which Stores carry the metal connectors for constructing a Mash Tun?

I've been to 3 Home Depots in my area searching for the metallic components to construct a mash tun out of a water cooler. I could not find stainless steel, only galvanized or black steel. They a ...
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When brewing water Kefir my wire bail stopper blew off

I am trying to salvage my one fermenting bottle and wondered if anyone knows how to get the dern top/bail stopper back on the bottle. When I went to open my water kefir it shot liquid everywhere and ...
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Is a 12quart pot sufficient for a 1/2 5gal boil?

I am just getting ready to do my first batch. I have all I need except a descent pot. I found a 12quart used stainless pot on Kijiji and was hoping it would be sufficient for half-boils of 5gal ...
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Does Saki have Extract Brewing?

I haven't even done my first batch of full grain brewing for beer. I certainly don't want to learn Saki (at the moment), but I would enjoy brewing some extract version of it (for now). Are there any ...
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My pressure barrel stopped pouring even though 3/4 full

My pressure barrel stopped pouring even though it was 3/4 full, the only way to rectify was to release some gas from the top."Was I right to do this, if not what alternative do I have?
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Is there a technique which prevents the deposit of sediment at the bottom of bottles?

Every beer I've brewed and have seen done by others has had a sediment form at the bottom of the bottles. Is there some common mistake that I and others are making which is causing this to happen? ...
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Adding gypsum after fermentation

I have found resources that both advocate and highly advise against this practice. We recently brewed a IIPA (Bear Flavored's Heady Topper clone) that has 3lbs of hops, plus hop extract in 14 ...

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