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How to calculate and add the required amount of inverted sugar (liquid) during the bottleling phase?

How should I calculate te correct amount of priming sugar (inverted sugar) in liquid form, pretty much like a syrup for bottleling ? I was thinking in using a cooking syringe to add it to each bottle,...
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Apple Cider Beer the way my dad made it in the 80's?

Well, I have a question and you will be my personal hero if you can answer this for me so here goes: Back in the 80's my dad would make this awesome fermented apple cider. He would keep it on top of ...
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Keeping a constant fermentation temperature

I am building a fermenting box on the cheap, I have the STC-1000, and an insulated box. What is the best heat source, pads, belts, lamps, fish tank heaters ???? I am using 5 litre glass carboys..and ...
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Cider brewing, can I add pectolaze after fermentation started?

I'm making apple cider for the first time. I was careful about sanitizing, pasteurising, and adding campden, and I now have what seems to be nice fermentation in an airlocked demijohn. I did not have ...
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Environment-friendly sanitizers

As the title suggests, I was wondering if there was list of environment-friendly sanitizers (such as Star San, as they declare) for brewing equipment out there. In particular, I was looking for a ...
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Ginger Bug Smell?

I've made a new ginger bug from some pretty old ginger. The ginger has been sitting on my counter long enough for some of it to actually sprout new shoots, but it smells fine and doesn't show any ...
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Rack onto yeast cake then fast rack to secondary?

I'm reusing my yeast for a while, and my procedure now is to have a wort ready when I want to bottle or keg a previous batch. So I drain the finished beer out of fermentor, and then collect some yeast ...
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If/When to move to secondary fermentation

Digression from What's the point of secondary fermentation? What are the good rules of thumb for determining a. whether to use secondary fermentation at all and b. when to move from primary to ...
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Hop boiling - Ok to use sub section of wort?

When doing the post mash hop boil during a brew, is it possible to do this with a 5L sub-sample of the wort, instead of the full 23L of wort? In practise it would mean taking 5L from the post mash ...
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Late hop transplant to the ground - thoughts on trimming?

This is a Cascade hop I planted in a pot in late April or early May. I had a lot of travel and left it a little longer than I intended. I recently transplanted it to the ground with some bonemeal. ...
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Questions on keeping a yeast strain going over and over

I have a couple of yeast questions that I have not found the answer to yet. I recently washed my yeast from a batch of beer using something like this. I got 5 jars of yeast out of this, and I assume ...
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Shorter type A German slider coupler

I have a kegerator and have a German beer on draft. There are limited options in volume so it is a tight fit. The type a coupler I purchased is too tall by roughly 1/4". Is there anywhere I can ...
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Can I make beer from… liver?

This may sound super gross, but allow me to explain. Beer is typically made from malted barley, but other things is also used, for the most part various types of grains. What they all have in common ...
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Communauté de Brasseurs Amateurs Française (Community of French Amateur Brewers)

Bonjour, Je débute complètement dans le brassage maison et je cherche une Communauté de Brasseurs Amateurs.(I am completely new to the idea of home brewing and am looking for a Community of Amateur ...
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Not enough wort after boil

I did a 5 litre brew yesterday, a California Common Beer, I did it as per the recipe, with the steep time and the 60 min boil, and I ended up with 2.5 litres of wort from a starting liquid of 7.37 ...
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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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Prolonged loss of air lock

I have a Shiraz that had completed fermentation and clarification and was being stored in a carboy until I had time to bottle. Apparently, the air lock was knocked off and it was sitting open (with a ...
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Temperature controller that can be accessed by a mobile?

I ferment my beer in a fridge located in my summer house. I've been using STC-1000 but one of it's drawbacks is that there is no logging of temperature. Is there any better thermostat that can control ...
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How do I improve some sour hard cider brew?

My roommate grabbed 14 gallons of organic cider on sale. Turned out they had Potassium Sorbate in them though. A little research online indicated that it was still possible to make hard cider with it ...
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What do I risk for leaving my beer exposed to open air through the airlock hole?

I brew away from home, and last weekend I has to rush away before I was completely racking from primary to secondary. I can only go back in about 10 days. As a result, my beer is now sitting in a ...
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What do you get if you distill mead?

This is just out of curiosity... I mean if you distill beer, you get whiskey... if you distill wine, you get cognac/brandy... if you distill fermented molasses, you get rum... if you distill ...
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Recipes for Mead Jelly

I have been making mead for awhile now, and I just came across Mead Jelly in the market. The jelly was excellent on hard cheese, and I'm wondering if anyone has made it and would like to share their ...
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Bad taste after using isinglass

I had a very nice tasting grape wine which I used isinglass Finings on which has not cleared the wine and left it with a horrible taste. Does anybody know why this would occur?
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Suggestions for a thin/no head Wit?

Will maltodextrin and dry hopping post fermentation help a no head/thin beer? The beer has been on 8lbs of CO2 at 34F for over a month (should be around 2 volumes). (I'm guessing it was my ...
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Harvested yeast gone bad, or am I doing something wrong

After my last brew(beginning of may)I harvested the yeast cake(slurry) to 3 glass jars, put them in the fridge to store them for my next brew(11. June 2016). I'm about to make a starter to get the ...
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Yeast in 1.080 beer

I pitched 1 pack of Safale 05 in my 1.080 beer. That is all the recipe called for but I am afraid it may be an under-pitch. Is it advisable or possible to pitch more, its been fermenting 2 days at ...
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Stuck Kvass fermentation?

So I was making kvass, and have decided to make it a little more alcoholic. I made it using the following recipe: Slightly burn 3 pieces of toast, add to boiled water, and 1.5 handfulls of raisins. ...
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Karl Strauss Aurora Hoppyalis Clone?

Does anyone have a Karl Strauss Aurora Hoppyalis clone? This is an outstanding beer and I would love to try to make it.
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Is it possible to use beer taps to control water to a faucet?

For my basement bar, I would like to mount 2 beer taps (1 hot, 1 cold) to the wall. Water would come out a faucet just like a normal sink. You would pull the beer tap to turn on water, with temp ...
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Bottling hard ginger beer

A few months back, BYO had an article about hard sodas including hard ginger beer. It talked about the necessity of using strengthened bottles with caged tops (ie. like champagne bottles) due to level ...
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High gravity ale stalled fermentation?

I've got a hefty grain bill of 10kg, half of which is Maris Otter. The rest is rye and a few assorted crystal malts. After the mash and boil, the OG was above 1.10. I pitched a Wyeast American ale at ...
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Baker's Yeast and distillation?

I have made a wine a few days ago. I used apples and grapes but that is not what is important. For my yeast I used baker's yeast. YES!!! I do know that I should have used wine yeast to get better ...
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How to add temperature measurement and control to my Brooklyn Brew Shop beer kit?

My wife got me this beer making kit for my birthday. The first two brews failed horribly due to bad sanitation, but the third one, an American Pale Ale, turned out alright. The only thing I didn't ...
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Best way to avoid stirring up trub while bottling/kegging from the primary?

Since I started brewing I've ALWAYS transferred to a secondary after about 2 weeks. This was how I learned and what many recipes say to do so I always did it. And I felt that this was a fantastic way ...
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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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HI!! raspberries and rye beer, yeah!

Im thinking about making a rye/raspberries mixed beer in a 3:1 d water (basified with Mg(OH)2 to PH 6.5)/glucose ~0.1% some flower smoke (not sure what flower yet). what yeast should i use to get a ...
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Will Brett C contaminate my equipment?

Thinking about doing a 100% Brett C beer. If I was to do this, would the Brett flavor seep in to my equipment, forever dedicating it to Brett and sour beers? I ferment in glass carboys then use a ...
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Aggressive foam from Keg

For the record, I am using some storebought kegs, but figure you guys know more about all of this than I do. EDIT: I checked the internet and the couplers to the keg are of the sanke variety. Here's ...
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How can I determine why some all-grain wort is cloudy and if I should do anything about it?

TL;DR How can I tell what this cloudiness in my wort is? will it cause off flavors? if so, how do I get rid of it? and most importantly, if this is a problem, how can I prevent this from happening ...
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Can I rack to and clear my wine in a lidded plastic bucket without a stopper?

I'm making a Chardonnay wine kit for the first time ever, so bear with me here. The instructions say to rack the wine from the primary fermenter (which they suggested be a food safe HDPE plastic ...
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Running a PRB or Star San solution through an Evaporative Cooler

(This is only tangentially related to brewing by virtue of Starsan and PWB - feel free to close if this is inappropriate) I have an evaporative cooler, better known as a swamp cooler, that I use in ...
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1answer
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What's the minimum size for a jockey box?

I'm planning on build one cooler based dispensing system for my kegs. My previous experience was with a box with 2 aluminium coils (~15m long) and 2 faucets. It holds a 20 Kg ice pack. And the beer ...
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Why does my lactobacillus batch smell so bad?

I'm getting to be a fairly experienced brewer now but this is my first experiment with sours. I read about using lactobacillus from yoghurt so I thought I'd give it a bash. The process so far... ...
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What does Brewing Sugars add to your beer?

I was enticed to buy one kg of brewing sugars for my home brew. It was said that it would dry out the taste of the beer. I would like to know what effect adding one kg of dextrose would bring to 20 ...
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Can a 1-wire temperature sensor be easily turned into a PT100 or PT1000 sensor?

I have a 1-wire sensor which has the design I need and a hardware for working with PT100/PT1000 sensors. Can I turn the 1-wire sensor into a PT100/PT1000 sensor easily? Note: this question has been ...
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Small Space & Apartment Brewing: Equipment Storage

Given the limited space of an apartment, what tips do you have for storing your equipment? Do not consider budget to be a factor. This is the first question in a series of discussions about small-...
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rose wine vigerous bubbling after 10 days

I made a demijohn of one gallon with a kit. It has been bubbling vigorously ten days later almost like a soft drink. I tested it with a hydrometer and no strength of alcohol showing. I was wondering ...
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Using a hop back before bottling?

I'm wondering about approaches for getting maximum hop aroma, and i got looking at the hop back - in particular the hop rocket or similar. Having read about dry hopping etc, and the fact that it ...
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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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How to add fruit to beer

What is the best way to add fruit to a beer? I'm afraid boiling it will break down the fruit too much (a muslin bag could fix this I guess), but I'm not sure how to add it to the fermenter without ...

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