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Boosting a recipe for longer shelf life

I made a lot of beers last summer, and I realize that I made more than I could/would drink. Some (if not most) of my beers don't age well (at basement temperature of 18°C), although they were great ...
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What can I use for a small-batch fermentation vessel?

I would appreciate if it was cheap. Also, I saw somewhere you could use a UTZ container from cheese balls. Has anyone tried that?
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Malt Beer vs. Light Beer

I remember when I was younger and "forties" (40 oz malt beer) were a big thing to drink when you're cool in the hood chilling. I've since for a good few years or so have been drinking Bud Light and ...
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no fermentation

I'm attempting my first batch of hard cider. I tried re-hydrating my yeast by mixing them with Go-Ferm and warm water, but the must never started fermenting so I added more dry yeast to the batch. Did ...
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Are beer kits any good?

I started my first homebrew a few days ago. I used a John Bull India Pale Ale beer kit made by Young's (West Midlands, UK). The airlock is bubbling away merrily and I've taken the lid off the ...
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Another acetaldehyde question

Sorry to be the thousandth person to ask about acetaldehyde here; I don't think that I'm making any of the normal mistakes that cause a green apple flavour, but I have an ale brew that's hit the ...
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Fermentation temperature for an IPA

I haven't found a global agreement on these topics. Let's suppose that the yeast is American (such as Safale US-05). Then: Which is the ideal (primary) fermentation temperature for an IPA and why? ...
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Worried about oxidation

I'm brewing my second batch and had a bit of an accident yesterday. I brewed 20l two days ago and when I checked my fermenter (bucket) yesterday it had overflown. I don't know what possessed me to ...
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Brewing with Saccharomyces boulardii

I have a friend who studies some molecular aspects of probiotic yeasts, some wild ones and also the widespread in medications Saccharomyces boulardii (found in Florastor®, Floratil®, and other ...
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Is there a benefit in rising fermentation temperature for dark ales?

I am making a porter, and just started fermentation a couple of days ago. I have never manipulated temperature before, but have read that this is vital when making pilsners, so got curious. Is there ...
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Peaches in Cider

I have about 8 jars of peaches in light syrup I bought from Costco. I want to add these to a 5 gallon batch of Cider. I'm going to a peach cobbler flavored cider. I'm also planning on adding brown ...
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How to clean little bottler

I'm about to buy a secondary fermenter (generic plastic bucket and drill a hole to fit in a plastic bottle filler) for the usual reasons. I'm, however, curious how would I go about and clean the ...
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Bottle Conditioning Lager with Priming Sugar and/or Yeast

I've completed diacetyl rest and transferred to secondary 5 gallon carboy for lagering (say 3-5 weeks). After a few weeks lagering, I anticipate bottling but am curious how adding the priming sugar is ...
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Under pitched lager?

I brewed an American lager, Jamil's "what most folks call beer" on Saturday 1/9. My Gravity was on target at 1.046 and I added a smack pack of Wyeast Pilsen Lager. I added it to 68 degree wort and ...
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Trying to calculate my efficiency correctly

So I've just completed my fifth BIAB brew, and this time I decided to try and calculate the mash efficiency of my setup since I'm fairly sure it's not as high as it should be. I also think at the ...
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Marijuana Based Beer… say what?

I have a cousin from a state where recreational use of marijuana is legal. So I've been told that he and his gnarly friends have brewed up some sort of marijuana hybrid beer somehow. My questions: ...
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Making a Modified Fat Tire Clone

This may be too specific but I will ask anyway. I love Fat Tire but would like to modify a little. The holy grail of beer would be a Fat Tire but more biscuit, more toasty caramel taste and fuller ...
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Anyone has experience with Brewolution Brewster device

I talk about this device: http://www.brewolution.com/index.php/en/brewster-page. It's 28 liter kettle. What is a max output volume if I do allgrain? I have 20 liter fermenters. How to chill the wort ...
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Do I really need to sanitise my equipment for 10 minutes?

My sanitiser/cleanser (VWP) says that I need to leave it submersed for at least 5-10 minutes. Is this the case for it? I've seen in a few videos people just swirl the sanitiser around the fermenting ...
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Dumped Wort into Easy Clean Sanitizer

I had a recent mishap in one of my brews in which I poured my wort into the primary fermenter, which was holding 1.5 gallons or so of Easy Clean. At that point, I didn't feel like wasting it, so I ...
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Layer of StarSan on beer

So during a cold crash I sucked around a quart of StarSan onto my beer, there's a layer ~1/2 inch thick sitting on top of the beer. Should I try to siphon off this top layer, or wait until i get a keg ...
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Can't maintain pressure on keg

I bought a used replacement regulator on EBay. The gauge for tank pressure doesn't work, but because the one for keg pressure works I can still use it. I successfully carbonated and served from one ...
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Gooseberry Wine Help

Just harvested some green gooseberries from the allotment, and as I don't like eating them, i thought i'd make some wine. Is there any tips anyone can offer me, or any good methods to follow? This ...
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Did I add too much chalk?

I'm doing an AG porter recipe. Historically, I have been dissatisfied with my porters - they come out thin, and a bit acidic. Some research suggested that my issue may be mash pH, so I bought so pH ...
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Choosing a good refrigerator/freezer for kegerator conversion

Does anyone have experience and recommendations for a good fridge/freezer for conversion into a kegerator? I'm basically choosing between a full sized fridge, a mini-fridge and a chest freezer. I'll ...
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Which probiotics can exist in beer and at what abv's?

Just curious which specific strains can exist in beer, and if so, what are the various alcoholic thresholds for each?
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Coriander: Seed vs Ground?

I'm making a witbier this weekend that calls for 1 tsp of coriander added to the boil at 2 minutes. I'm wondering if I should purchase seeds and grind them myself, or just buy a jar of ground ...
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Will accidentally shaking the mead lower the alcohol percentage?

I shook the mead during fermentation and I'm concerned that i may have hurt the yeast, causing it to produce less alcohol. Could this happen, or am i over thinking it?
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Will it harm my wine to shake the container?

This is probably a really dumb question, but is it bad to shake or swirl the container my wine is in to encourage the release of CO2? I accidentally found out that jarring the container results in ...
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Splitting a kit five ways: yeast (or other) advice?

I'm planning to split a kit five ways to do a test on different water types. The kit is a two-can 3.6Kg LME kit (St Peter's IPA made by Muntons) that's designed to make about 20 litres of beer. I ...
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Making an Ice Cider

Last fall I tried to make an Ice Cider. I have bought 3 gallons of pasteurized apple cider in plastic jugs. Original gravity of the cider was 1.050. I assumed, that bringin one gallon of juice to ...
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Ginger Beer Plant and lemon in one container or not?

When making Ginger Beer using Ginger Beer Plant, should I use lemon or not? Some guides just have a step where they add lemon (into the same container as the GBP). Then again there are statements like ...
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Elderbery wine recipe

I have 15lb of frozen elderberry. I just want to make a 1 gallon of wine for now. Could I have some advice and a recipe please? I just want to use elderberrys, raisins.
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Is these yeast starter calculation correct?

I’m making my first yeast starter, and want to confirm my calculations. OG = 1,059 Batch size(post boil) = 9,2 Liters Wyeast Ale yeast creating date: 07.des. 2015. (only 36-37 billions cells left..) ...
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Adding Apple/Caramel to Brown Ale

Fellow home brewer here with a question. My buddies and I are looking at making an Apple Caramel Brown Ale for this fall but are having trouble agreeing on a way to add the apple and caramel. We'd ...
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Adding sultanas to homebrew

3 lbs / 1350 grams fresh elderberries 1 lb / 450 grams sultanas 3 lbs / 1350 grams sugar 8 pints / 1 gallon water 1 teaspoon citric acid 1 campden tablet Wine yeast Yeast nutrient METHOD - WHAT TO DO ...
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Is anyone aware of a mini refrigerator model with a flat bottom for use as fermentation chamber?

Searching like crazy to find a mini refrigerator with a flat bottom. Any model will work, as I am new to this and only brewing 1 gallon batches. Ideally it would hold a 5gal carboy so that I do not ...
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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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How do I keep yeast from a strain that I've bought?

I'd like to stop buying yeast all the time, especially when I use the same strain repeatedly. This is especially a problem when it comes to seasonal strains. I'd like to brew with WLP351 Bavarian ...
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1 liter of hard Apple cider left

So after activity had died down in the airlock, I've transferred into the secondary carboy and I've got just about 1 liter left over. Any suggestions? I have a couple of plastic bottles, but I'm ...
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Specific Gravity Reading

So with your help I've made into secondary fermentation of my first hard cider batch. I just have a question about specific gravity. I started with a reading of 1.060.I measured it again from a ...
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Stuck second fermentation - suphites to blame?

I'm making a sparkling elderflower wine. It's in a 25l plastic bucket with a trap. The first fermentation went well. I racked it, added sulphites (Campden tabs), added fining, left for a couple of ...
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Brewing Solid Things: Can Leftover Yeast Be Used for Bread?

I find myself baking a couple loaves of bread just about every weekend. Has anyone tried reusing their yeast from brewing for baking bread? I've heard that using some of the spent grain in bread ...
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1answer
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Calculating boil volume in partial boil?

I'm an all-grain brewer but I haven't done an extract batch in years (or an all-grain one in over a year) and want to do an extract IPA this week. Looking at the various software and calculators, they ...
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What does it mean “Lager Malt” in this recipe (FreeBeer)

I'm trying to brew FreeBeer 1.0 https://github.com/FreeBrewers/Vores My question is: what is "Lager malt" they talking about? I think this is just a malt type (for example for Pilsner malt) but after ...
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2answers
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Yeast not settling or infection?

Having trouble understanding what I'm looking at here (see pic): http://imgur.com/1OH9TQj Made an Amber ale with LME and used Wyeast 1332 Northwest Ale. Racked to secondary after 2 weeks to get ...
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Are my carboys going to break when my outdoor cider brew freezes?

No room to bring them inside. Thinking that leaving extra room for expansion, like 3/4 full carboys might be safe. Also considering wrapping in a tarp for insulation, and hoping the heat from ...
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what types of hops can be grown in india ( in rajasthan sami arid zone)

I want to grow hops in Rajasthan (India). How do I get seeds for hops in India? Are there any companies in India that can provide me with what's necessary to grow my own?
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Adding cold water to malt extract brew

I've recently tried extract brewing after all grain brewing. Strange I know, but I wanted to eliminate the mash part of the process to see if it help get rid of a off flavour (it did but that will be ...
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Should I use Fermaid-O or Fermaid-K while fermenting mead?

I've been making a mead for last two years, and a huge supporter of staggered nutrients additions to mead where you use Go-Ferm to rehydrate the yeast, adjust pH level with potassium carbonate, and ...

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