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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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can i bottle cider at 150 sg it has been still for a month

my cider started at 190 and now is 150 and has been still for about a month, can I drink and bottle it at this time?
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Why are there raisins floating in my ginger beer?

When I buy homemade ginger beer (in South Africa), there are often small black raisins floating in it, about 1cm in diameter. Why did the makers decide to put them in?
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Overload of bittering hops, any “fixes”?

I've had a 5 gallon all-grain batch of John Palmer's Elevenses in primary for just over a week. When I was brewing, I haphazardly dumped twice the prescribed amount of bittering hops (German Northern ...
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Fermenter head space and airlock hole

Hi folks I'm after a bit of advice as its my first time doing home brew I'm using Wilkos dark velvet stout. As it states on the tin to make 40 pints fill, to 23 litres. Now I have a 23 litre ...
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Can I still use malts that have melted?

I inherited a slew of brewing equipment and ingredients from a friend, but am not sure if it is usable, it's been in storage for a while. Specifically the malts have melted into chunks(a dry imported ...
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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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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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My beer has little to no hop flavour or bitterness. What is going wrong?

Extract brew. 23L boil. Summit - 60 min boil approx. 125g, Glacier - 30 min boil, approx. 75g, NZ Wakatu - 15 min boil, approx. 50g. All fresh hops, vacuum sealed. 3kg liquid malt extract added ...
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Long cold crash for an ale. Benefit or harm?

I cold crash my ales to reduce sediment and clear the beer. My understanding is that even as little as a day would do that. But my brewing partner and I have often (due to time constraints) kept them ...
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Left bottles in car overnight - am I screwed?

Last night I bottled an extract kit with a friend, divided bottles, drove home, and left them in the car overnight 6pm to 6am. It got down to 5 degrees F, but the beer did not get cold enough to ...
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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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Is it important to weigh down a hop bag for dry-hopping?

If so, what kind of weight should I use? Should it be enough to sink the bag to the bottom of the carboy?
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Bucket Heaters and Condensation safety / Lid considerations

I purchased 3 of these bucket heaters to assist my induction stove boil wort. The instructions state the following safety warnings: DO NOT COMPLETELY IMMERSE THIS PRODUCT IN WATER. The handle and ...
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2answers
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cold crash bottled ale

I have bottled my ale, it's been bottled for 2 weeks in the warm. I want to drink it in about a week but it's still very cloudy. Should I cold crash to clear it or hope that in another week it will be ...
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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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Electric brewing inside

It's starting to get cold out there but I still want to brew. I started looking into electric brew kettles (i am still new and only using extracts kits). Most of the stuff I read online is about ...
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Looking for process improvement suggestions

I just did my 4th brew, my OG was lower than expected, and I'm looking for help with process improvements. I'm doing an all grain process. I have an 8gal kettle, a 2gal kettle, and a 0.5gal kettle. ...
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Saison fermentation stuck around 1.035

We are brewing a Saison-style, all-grain beer. We had a multi-stage, multi-temperature mash process requiring us to get the mash to a set temp then hold it for a period then increase the heat and ...
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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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How much Chloride in PPM is too much for All Grain?

I passed my water through those cheap water filters and sent it to Ward Industries for a water test. It came back with 61 PPM of chloride. In the 3rd edition of the Joy of Homebrewing, Charlie ...
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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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Chocolate and Coffee Additions

I am going to be brewing the Zymurgy KBS clone, but a little nervous with some of the additions listed: 2.5 oz Belg Bittersweet Choc and 1.5 oz unsweetened cocoa nibs @ 15 mins. ***I read that ...
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Do I need an anti-microbial additive in my plum brandy mash?

Basically I pitted and smashed 10 lbs. of very ripe plums; heated the pulp, skins and juice to like 120°F and added 3 gals. of distilled water and 5 lbs. of sugar. Waited for it to cool below 90°F ...
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1answer
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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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1answer
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Are plastic mini kegs worth their while?

When using a plastic mini keg does the beer come out well and how many times can you re-use the plastic bottle's ?
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Would insulation on a kettle help a boil at all if the lid was off?

I bought an 1800 watt induction cooktop and 2 1000 watt bucket heaters that unfortunately were not able to boil 6.5 gallons of H2O in 90 minutes, although it appeared to get close and perhaps 0.5-1.0 ...
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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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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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Is it possible to do pressurized fermentation in a mini keg?

I have been keen on moving from bottles to use kegs in my amateur home brews. But because of lack of space and because I just like the size and mobility of the smaller kegs I'd like to try to use ...
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1answer
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Can I deal with diluted amounts of preservatives and still get good hard cider?

On a whim I decided to throw some Cider in a bucket, so I went to the store and grabbed some. I took a chance and bought 2/3 no preservatives and 1/3 preservative (4.5 Gallons total) in order to ...
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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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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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Temperature at which to carbonate brew? [duplicate]

I am very new to home brewing and have spent hours trawling the web to find answers to questions, however, this is the one question im struggling for an answer to, so any help would be much ...
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Why my beer is 'choking' when leaving the faucet?

While I don't have a jockey box, I'm borrowed another one again. And I'm having trouble to get a good pour. There are bubbles in the system that never ends, it never happened before to me. Always ...
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Why would one batch of beer, brewed the same as the second, be more bitter?

In fear of going into too much detail and yet not providing enough information to ascertain possible reasons; Does anybody have any reasonable hypothesis as why one batch of beer would be more bitter ...
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Wine Kit (extract) Secondary

I'm making a wine kit with pre-packaged must. It calls for a secondary fermentation after 5 - 7 days then stabalising about 10 days later by adding clarification agents. I prefer to let things sit. ...
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Secondary Fermenter Temperature — Colder?

My American Pale Ale has been fermenting away nicely for the past few days and I'm certain I'll be racking to secondary within a few days (after SG gets stable). I'm curious: I've been keeping my ...
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Co2 volume vs weight [duplicate]

I'm looking into getting started with kegging my brews. From what I've read, one hooks up the CO2 at a certain pressure to obtain a certain volume of carbonation. However, in filling the tanks, the ...
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No-rinse acid sanitizer - is there a risk?

My homebrewer friends recommend the StarSan acid sanitizer, hands-down. I tried it once and it foamed everywhere and left a bunch of rings in the carboy and the bottles. It made me paranoid that it ...
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The “correct” step to add cinnamon and vanilla?

I want to experiment a bit by adding spices - I'm thinking cinnamon and vanilla - to my beer, but wonder at which step is considered the best time to add it. Personal experience is very welcome. I ...
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Can I sanitize an auto-siphon with boiling water?

So. My first two batches of an IPA and a Brown Ale ended up with a Malt Vinegar taste and smell. I know there can be many factors and many types of reasons for it. I want to get my sanitizing 110% ...
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Using a pump for brewing

I'm getting a Chugger pump for Christmas. I have never used a pump in my brewing and I haven't yet bought the hardware and tubing so I have some questions. I do know that I need a ball valve on the ...
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1answer
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Neglected to Cold Crash after fermentation

The Question Will cold crashing after a beer is bottled (and waited 2 weeks for the carbonation) give you the same clarity as doing it in the fermenter prior to bottling (assuming you pour your beer ...
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Not seeing fermentation on lager's primary fermentation

We're currently trying to get a lager to go through its primary fermentation but after 2 days, we haven't seen any action or changes on the surface of the wort. The wort had a full packet of yeast ...
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Cold Crash and Finings

This year my goal is to improve the clarity of my bottle conditioned beer. I intend to do this by: At the end of the fermentation, adding finings (Isinglass) to the brew barrel, followed by; ...
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Can't get my Electric Kettle to boil?

I assembled an electric kettle with a 5500W CAMCO heating element. The element heats water significantly faster than my gas burner ever did but peaks out at 205-210 degrees. I can take 5 gallons ...
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Temperature Control Issues

I'm testing out a brand new 200L system and found a couple of potentially disastrous but potentially easy-to-fix issues: 1) While mashing the temperature indicated on the thermometer which sits near ...
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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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1answer
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Beer stirring spoon

I want to make my own brewing spoon. Can I use myrtlewood for a stirring spoon for beer? Will it change the flavor of the beer?

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