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Why is less bottling sugar required when naturally carbonating in a keg versus bottles?

When I look at various carbonation tools, I noticed that the amount of bottling sugar was MUCH reduced when naturally carbonating in a keg: It would seem to me that a certain amount of sugar would ...
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Adding sugar to a brown pumpkin ale

I'm planning on making a pumpkin ale out of a brown ale mini-mash recipe. I'd also like to get a hint of caramel in there so I was thinking about adding some sort of unrefined sugar. Does anyone ...
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did i put too much yeast in?

this is the beer i made ingredients: 17 litres spring water 1 can of coopers Australian pale ale i think it was 1.7 kg normal size 500 grams malt extract coopers brew enhancer 1 which is 250 grams ...
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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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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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Ethanol / Metanol : Prison Hooch

After speaking with a friend about home brew he told me a story about making prison hooch ( at home for a laugh ), strained through a sock etc. It's hilarious. However when I talked about my plans ...
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Safely adding enzymes (e.g. Beano) to lower final gravity

I've heard a lot of mixed stories about people adding additional enzymes (Beano, GasX, etc) to their beers to drop the final gravity down very (sometimes undesirably) low. I've also hear mixed ideas ...
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green apple esters recipes

So I was kindly given a Mr. Beer Kit recently. The gifter knew I brewed. I made it per the instructions (except I added honey in the wort to up the gravity a bit). It fermented a bit warm, and it came ...
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Mash & Sparge Calculation

I'm planning on brewing a double batch of "OktoberFAST" this weekend. I've used a few online brewing calculators and they seem to be giving me the wrong answer. I've always read that if more then 50% ...
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convert pump tap to kegorator tap

I have a "party" pump tap. I want to convert this to use on a DIY kegerator. Can this be done? After taking the tap apart it looks pretty basic: CO2 in one side, beer out the other. I am specifically ...
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'Auto-transfer' to secondary corny keg fermentors?

I've been reading some topics about corny-keg fermentors and became interested in that. So I was wondering: If I ferment in a sealed keg with the liquid side plugged into another keg, by its liquid ...
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Keg not carbonating.

5 gal keg ball lock. In a keezer at 35 deg. 30psi for three days then set it down to 13-14 psi for two days I have an 8ft line. Beer is dispensing great taste awesome but there is little to no ...
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Speed to collect wort from the mash tun for maximum efficiency

I want to optimize my efficiency, and I was wondering is the speed at which I collect my wort has an incidence on it. Right now I would say that I collect 1 liter of wort each 30-45 seconds. I get ...
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Really strong beer's gravity (1.120) won't drop below 1.042

I've brewed my second beer, it's starting gravity was 1120. It didn't seem to want to get a gravity below 1050 after 9 days, so i added champagne yeast. Two days later it dropped down to 1042. 4 days ...
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PB2 PORTER - BETTER TASTE?

I recently made a 5 gallon All Grain Porter and added 13oz of Choc. PB2 at the last 10 minutes of the boil. Though the flavors were there it was extremely light and would like to get more of a PB ...
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Hops - Do they stay in the wort for the primary fermentation or not?

I have two sets of instructions for putting the wort into the primary fermentation bucket. One says to just dump the entire contents of the wort into the bucket. The second says to stir like crazy ...
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Sparging with BIAB?

I've been doing a few BIAB brews with some success, but the only issue I have is I only have a 19L stock pot, so can only do half batches (2.5 gal). I was therefore wondering if anyone had done a ...
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Pure Carapils starter wort?

I was reading White Labs' Homebrew Starter Tips page, and the following got me thinking: Keeping the Original Gravity low is important because you want to keep the yeast in its growth phase, ...
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Am I required to refrigerate bottles after bottling?

My instructions that came with my kit said that I should let the bottles sit for 3 days, then age in the fridge for 10 days. If I don't refrigerate, will I get bottle bombs? Advice on forums and ...
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Is it okay to freeze dry yeast at around -20 °C?

After adding a sachet of 71B yeast to a 50ml starter at about 40 °C, I've noticed absolutely no activity. The yeast sunk to the bottom of the container and just stayed there. This is the first time I ...
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High Altitude Nitro

I recently relocated to Denver and found some excellent advice in this question but I was wondering since drj mentioned that since carbonation is an issue how that will affect my nitro setup and ...
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Why does WLP002 sometimes attenuate more?

So I am brewing lots of bitters using WLP002. Typically, I mash a grist with around 10-15% specialty malts at 66 C and ferment at 20 C. (I use BIAB and dunk sparging.) The typical situation is that ...
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Is leaking CO2 a health concern?

I was reading this article about balancing a draft system, and came across this assertion: Do not place your kegerator in your basement. A catastrophic failure could cause the tank to drain, ...
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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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Can I run a corny keg without liquid post?

So I was starting to setup a jockey box and cornelius pin-lock kegs to enjoy my last batch, when I noticed that I was without my pin lock liquid quick disconnect. Well, a friend brought one, and then ...
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I just had my Big Mouth Bubbler carboy shatter, now I'm terrified

I've been using these big mouth bubbler's as my secondary fermentation now for a few months: I was originally using them as primary as well, but being one that makes pretty high gravity beers, I ...
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How is ABV calculated if distilled spirits are added to beer?

How would one calculate the ABV of a beer if distilled spirits were added? For instance, when making a beer recipe that called for adding bourbon as a flavoring agent. If you started with, say, 5 US ...
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Lautering: Filter first runnings using a strainer

I am following the online course to all grain brewing on "craft beer and brewing" and in the lautering sectiong they explain to collect the first runnings and to put them back on top of the grain bed. ...
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How much damage do aphids cause to hops?

I have been growing hops by luck. Last year I gave them a 3 pole teepee to climb and they flourished and were beautiful. This year they were looking gorgeous once again, but days before I was about ...
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Component of roasted malt that lowers pH

Roasted and kilned malts are often used to lower the pH of the mash. Which chemicals are created by the roasting process that have such a low pH?
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Converting hose size from CO2 tank

So I am almost done fermenting my first batch of home brew and am about to start kegging it. The only problem is the current hose coming from the regulator is a good bit wider than the nozzle I have ...
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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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Temperature control during 1st phase fermentation

I am having some issues keeping the temperature controlled. I live in SE QLD and the daily ambient temperature has been 23 degrees C down to 11C. I've been advised not to let the wort drop below 18C ...
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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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Identifying mystery hops

I've just discovered a reasonable crop of hops climbing a fir tree in my back garden! Any advice on how to identify the variety? I'm in London UK.
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Quick recipe for stout

I have a bit of an emergency on my hands. I am brewing beer for a wedding and my batch of stout bottle bombed on me. The whole batch is ruined and the wedding is 3 weeks away. Does anyone have a quick ...
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Bottling Hard Cider - can I prime with sweet cider?

I have some hard cider nearly ready to be bottled, and I am wondering if using pasteurized sweet cider as a primer would be a reasonable option. That is, I would mix in an appropriate volume of sweet ...
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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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Belgian golden strong

I'm working in my first high gravity beer. Its been in primary for two weeks in the yeast cake. Looking for pointers on when to secondary.. How close to f.g. should I be before I transfer for the rest ...
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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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Can I re-use swing top bottles?

noob here :) well my first ever batch is going fine, and next weekend i will bottle my first beer, i have a question thou, i can get this type of bottles for cheap (no need to by capper, and caps). ...
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How to add DME to the wort

I typically use LME for my wort, with no prblems, but this time I am trying a slightly bigger beer and want to add DME to boost the OG. The one time I tried adding DME to my wort, I just dumped it ...
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What is the proper way to maintain temperature in a water cooler Mash tun by adding hot water?

I bought the 10 gallon water cooler from Home Depot. The hole in it is about 3/4" diamater. After discovering that Home Depot, Lowes, Ace Hardware, and etc. did not sell all the components (hose ...
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What about corking beer?

I'd like to start corking some of my more delicate brews. Is there a reason to switch to corking? Certain styles? And, is it difficult/recommended for a small setup? Thanks.
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Should I pitch a second round of yeast?

I brewed a Dogfish Punkn clone that was rather heavy on the sediment. I pitched a pretty healthy yeast starter that was working for 30 hours before being pitched probably around 80 degrees, perhaps ...
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Hazelnut Brown Ale - What extract?

I am looking to brew a hazelnut brown ale. What brands of hazelnut extract are the best tasting? My lhbs does not carry one. Ideally im looking for a brand that closely resembles the real thing.
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Are plastic fizzy-drink bottles an acceptable substitute for glass bottles?

I'm thinking of cola, lemonade, etc bottles, usually 2 litres, commonly available in the UK. Are these going to be an acceptable substitute for glass bottles? Would save a few pennies on the cost of ...
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[WIKI] Bottle Sanitizing Techniques - Pros & Cons

What are the pros and cons of each bottle sanitizing method? Let's look at time, equipment, quality of sanitation, and other factors. Post one answer for each method. Edit the answers if you have ...
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Filtering recommendations (other than 'don't')?

For various reasons, including (a) lack of bench space, which equals ageing time; and mostly (b) an intermittent case of gout, which means that brewer's yeast is a serious no-no for me—I'm forced to ...
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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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