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Homebrewing Soda, Safety Concerns

I wanted to try making my own soda this summer, and finally got around to it 10 days ago. Here's the thing. I didn't have/use any specialized equipment. I boiled water with sugar ~15 minutes, and ...
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Kegging process and serving PSI

I'm now the proud owner of a corny keg. I just have a couple of questions about carbonating the beer and then what to do during / after serving. As far as I'm aware, to carbonate the beer I just need ...
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Bottle Conditioning with Saison Yeast - Any adjustments to priming sugar necessary?

I have 6 Saisons brewing, three using Wyeast 3711 French Saison and three using Wyeast 3724 Belgian Saison. The final gravities on these have been my lowest ever for any batch of beer. The 3711's ...
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Sweeting and Bottling a cider/Cizer

I fermented 5 gallons of cider from 1.044 to 1.0. It's very tart, so I want to add 2 lbs of honey to sweeten it up. I also want to bottle it with some carbonation. How do I prevent the honey from ...
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Preparing yeast for secondary fermentation

I have a barleywine in progress that seems to have stalled around 9% ABV with some residual sweetness I'd like to try and reduce. After 2.5 weeks in primary all activity had stopped so I racked off ...
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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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Does anyone make low-profile ball lock disconnects?

Is there such a thing as low-profile gas/liquid disconnects for ball lock corny kegs? I'm curious if there's anything commercially available that is notably shorter in height than the typical ...
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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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Hops to put in a golden ale to give a big hit of hops

Im looking to make a golden ale from a kit but I want it to have a massive hoppy hit when you take a sip, any ideas on what type to add and dates before bottling?
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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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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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What effects do different types of sugar have on the flavour of ginger beer?

I've been brewing ginger beer with raw cane sugar and have always found the short window between when the mixture becomes recognizable as ginger beer and when it turns into face-melting acid is quite ...
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Mash Boiler – What's a good boiler?

i'm new to the brewing game and am currently waiting for a few whole grain brews to come of age. One thing i'd like to do is purchase a larger mash boiler and dedicate a bit of space in the shed for ...
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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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missing blow off water

I fermented 12 gallons in a Sankey keg. Fermentation went fine as well as diacital rest for two days. After two days of cold crashing all of the sanitized solution that was in the blow off bucket is ...
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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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Additional equipment for cornelius kegging

My local supplier is selling refurbished cornelius kegs for a decent price and I would like to pick one up. I don't know the first thing about kegging though, and more importantly what additional ...
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Networked/Connected Thermometer for Measuring Water in Swamp Cooler

I was hoping to put together an information system that could measure the temperature of the water in a bucket where I place my fermenting-bucket and notify my smart phone when I need to replace the ...
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Calibrating PID. Temperature probes PT100 not linear

I am working on my HERMS setup and have a few PIDS and temp sensors to work with. The problem is that the temp sensors show about 5 degrees celsius off when I first set it up. I Raised the water in my ...
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Dynamics temperature measurement

We fight to keep the fermentation temperature controlled, usually constant, but the fermentation is an exothermic activity, so in one side we try to remove energy, and in the other (inside, mainly in ...
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Best way to estimate remaining fermentable sugars?

This question is kind of for the chemists here, but I'm open to any ideas. In this question Denny Conn, who is far more experienced than me, asserted that a beer is likely finished fermenting, ...
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Beer turning cloudy when poured into a glass

So i opened up a bottle of home brew that had been lagering for a few months. When i opened it and pour it into a glass is was perfectly clear with nice carbonation. Then within 5-10 minutes it was ...
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Hop Rhizomes in South Africa

I want to use home-grown hops in my home-brewed beer. And the best way I can think of doing that is to grow my own hops. The only problem is that I can't seem to find any suppliers of hop rhizomes in ...
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Can I dry my own yeast to make it relatively shelf stable? How?

Obviously, it can be done, as dry yeast works for fermenting beer. I go sometimes a month or two between batches, and carrying over one yeast culture across beers seems a bit of a pain. How is dried ...
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When should I add campden tablets?

So I'm still pretty new to home brewing, I recently finished my first batch of cider from a kit and the end results where ok. Nothing amazing, but it was something I made and feels extra rewarding. ...
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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 clear beer

I am brewing my first homebrew an American cream ale. Was just reading into secondary fermentation. In the directions and books I've read it seems to suggest doing this. But as I search online and ...
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Yeast Problems!

Brewing a porter, pitched my yeast and started with a 1.056. My air conditioner broke for 1 day and the beer got to about 80 degrees after about 1 1/2 weeks of fermentation. Beer has been sitting at ...
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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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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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Carbonating a keg outside of a fridge until it is ready

My refrigerator is full but I am kegging two Saisons today. I plan on letting them sit in room temperature for 2 weeks and then moving them into the refrigerator when they are fully carbonated. ...
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Should I worry about this smell?

I have stout fermenting and it has been in my carboy for a little over a week. Yesterday i opened the carboy to make a small intial addition of coffee beans and cacao nibs. Well when i opened it and ...
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Sarsaparilla beer?

I was enjoying some craft sodas with some friends wile brewing a saison recently, and the idea of a sarsaparilla beer occurred to me as a not terrible idea. My instinct is to go with a pale ale (or ...
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Worried about extent of inflation of Wyeast 4766 package

My friend and I were trying to ferment some raspberries using the WYEAST 4766 Cider yeast. Now it's 1 day after we activated the package and it is still only partially inflated. Should we buy a new ...
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Dr Rudi (super alpha) hops NZ, experiences?

Last night a friend at our brewing space passed me a new bag of Dr. Rudi Hops and said "we just got this in would you like to try it in your brew this evening?" I of course said yes. Only now do I ...
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What is the best type of ale/lager that you can add fruit to?

I am planning to make a fruit batch for my wife and I have read on when to add the fruit and how, but is there a recipe that you should stay away from? This my be subjective to a point, but I don't ...
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plastic storage for bottles

I just found out that roaches harbor in cardboard boxes. Not to mention that cardboard breaks down easily when filled with damp, freshly sanitized bottles. Does anyone have suggestions for plastic ...
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Beer Smith 2 Equipment settings.

Just got Beer Smith 2 and I was wondering if anyone has done equipment profiles and could give me some pointers on where to start. Prost
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Should My Boil Volume Include The Volume of Dry Malt Extract?

I was just experimenting with the 'Brew It!' tool on Brewers' Friend and the instructions say that for a 12 litre boil, I should add 8.8 litres to the kettle along with 5kg of dry malt extract which ...
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Can I assume that an unopened glass jug containing the juice I want to ferment is sanitary?

I am making cider for the first time. I purchased a gallon of organic apple juice with no other ingredients besides the apples. I sort of saw it as a two-for-one, I got the apple juice I needed as ...
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Contamination concerns when removing stopper?

this might seem dumb to most, but it's only my third batch and I just need some reassurance. So i occasionally pop out the rubber stopper on my carboy to smell the brew and see if anything funky comes ...
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What's the best way to ship bottles of beer 3000km in hot weather?

I'm worried not so much about breakage/leakage as you can just take precautions with extra padding and good packaging, but more about oxidation with the bottles being shaken up during hot weather. ...
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Shelf life of liquid malt extract?

My husband has what appears to be about 46 oz. of what I am guessing is liquid malt extract in a cabinet above our built in microwave. I know we brought it from our old house when we moved to our ...
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How long can I leave beer in the secondary fermenter?

My first home brew beer is ready to be bottled but I've been busy and haven't gotten around to it yet. The beer was in a primary fermenter for 2 weeks, then I racked it into a secondary fermenter ...
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Soapy aftertaste in wine, fermentation temperature?

I generally find my homebrew wine (just from a regular kit) has a soapy kind of aftertaste. I'm wondering if this might be down to fermentation temperature or something, I'm taking as many precautions ...
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Better Bottle carboy vs. generic PET carboy

From what I've seen, the 'Better Bottle' carboy is just a PET bottle with a brand name on it. I read that there are some PET carboys that have a special layer of oxygen impermeable material between ...
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How do you label your bottles?

How do you mark, label, or otherwise identify the contents of your bottles? I'm currently using masking tape and a marker, but I'm curious what most other people use.
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kegging and carbonation

I am kegging my first batch ever in the next two weeks. It's a double IPA. My questions are: What pressure is ideal for serving. do i need to turn off my tank every night? Will leaving it on cause ...
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Measure remaining sugar in kombucha brew w/ hydrometer?

I'm brewing kombucha and would like to figure out when the best time to bottle it to build up some carbonation. I'm also interested in figuring out how much sugar is remaining so I can calculate the ...

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