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How to make multiple batches consistent?

What do you think would be the best way to try and make 3 5-gallon batches and have them as consistent as possible? I am brewing for a party and want all 3 kegs to be so similar that you wouldn't be ...
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Pumpkin Ale: what to expect?

Recently I bought some concentrated wort at a closeout sale. 'Brew House' kits have been fairly popular here in BC and possibly elsewhere, and they can produce a drinkable beer, but it seems they're ...
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Using my immersion chiller in ice bath instead of wort

I've been thinking about using my copper immersion chiller a little differently lately... Instead of placing it in the wort near the end of the boil and circulating cold water through it, I'm ...
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Would coffee wine be at all similar in taste to Kahlua? [on hold]

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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Bottling Blended Sours

My understanding is that it is somewhat of an inexact science/art to blend sours and especially to bottle condition them. For the latter, you would need to have a pretty extensive understanding of ...
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What is it about this receipe that makes it an IPA? Or more generally, what makes an IPA?

So I recently brewed up this recipe. When I went to the LHBS to get the grain, the guy there somehow knew, just from the grain bill, that I was making an IPA. Since finding and loving IPAs, I had ...
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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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Sour beer, lambic, et cetera

As a long-time, sometime, home brewer and beer enthusiast—though hardly a connoisseur—with an interest in different styles of beer, I was intrigued by Pietro's question re: bottling blended sours: ...
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Yeast cake and Septic tank

I just transferred my brew to the secondary fermenter (yes, it's not necessary, but I want to help clarify the brew). Where we live, we have a septic tank sewer. I was just wondering if there could be ...
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Sanitizing and septic tanks

The last time I did much home brewing I was on a municipal sewer system. A little bleach or sulphite (spent hops & grain, whatever) down the toilet couldn't affect it. Now that I live in the ...
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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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What are the consequences of a “weak” boil?

I am new to homebrewing and am getting help from an experienced brewer. So far I think everything has gone OK. I am doing all-grain brewing on a stovetop. I have done 2 brews. I am doing the mash and ...
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First brew… 1.010 gravity in 72 hours?

I'm in the middle of my first brew and I'm having some issues. Not sure if I have completely ruined this thing or what. Heres the deal... During the process, everything went pretty much as planned ...
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How do you open a Type-S (European) Sankey keg?

I own a Type S Sankey keg. How can we open it for cleaning, sanitization, and filling? In particular, is there a tool we can purchase to make opening and re-closing safe and easy?
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What kinds of beers are there that don't use hops?

I'm thinking about the next brew, and want to kick it up a notch. I have heard of beers that don't use hops. I don't know where to start in my research, so I apologize for the broad question, but ...
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amber ale/cherry

I am going to make a dry amber ale beer that is low in alcohol, but am thinking about adding a hint of cherry flavor to it. I am unsure if I should use a cherry extract or real cherries. If I use real ...
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Critique my Cleaning Regime

I have one batch of home brew under my belt, and I am preparing for my 2nd and 3rd batches (going to get a second primary fermenter so I can have two batches going at once) so I have spent a few hours ...
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How should I brew with lemongrass?

I had a taste of Howe Sound Cloudburst Lemongrass White IPA last night, and really enjoyed the lemongrass flavour and aroma. It nicely complemented the citrusy hops. How can I brew with lemongrass to ...
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How much effect does light have on fermenting beer?

If I keep my fermenting beer in my living room, should I cover it with blankets or otherwise keep it out of the light? I've seen topics on brewing referencing this, but most just settle for "why take ...
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adding hops during second fermentation

I am just a beginner, only having my first batch currently in primary fermentation. Reading the directions that came with my kit it tells me in one step to do a second fermentation for 2 to 4 weeks. ...
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What are the benefits of using brewing sugar over types of sugar?

In many kits I've used, the instructions recommend using brewing sugar. Of course it's okay to use other sources of sugar, but I was wondering whether there are any benefits of using brewing sugar ...
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Keg Management Systems

I'm looking for a way to keep track of the state of my kegs - how many times were they washed with a caustic cleaner since the last acid cleaning, how long ago was it cleaned (and pressurized), what ...
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Can beer done without hops?

Can hops be substituted by an easy available product? I am from India I was not able to find hops in local markets can anybody help me out?
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BrewJacket - How does this Work and How can I replicate it?

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/433436998/brewjacket-immersion-lager-beer-without-a-refriger I've spent the last year determining how I can combat the hot temperatures to brew beer. I resort to ...
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Storing water after chloramine removal

I have checked my local water authority and my tap water is chloraminated: The average chlorine concentration for this Public Water Supply Zone from January 2013 to December 2013 was 0.07 ...
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I added sugar and bottled the beer…aged and no carbonation

We made the beer, it fermented fine, then waited to bottle (maybe too long afterwards) added sugar and bottled. After waiting for the required time opened a bottle only to find it flat. Can we add ...
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Gluten Free Summer Ale

My wife recently found out she has a gluten sensitivity, so sadly a number of things she loved are now off-limits. As summer is upon us here in Boston, she today realized that Sam Adams Summer Ale is ...
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Relation of CO2/alcohol/yeasts in Ginger Beer

The article making_ginger_beer mentions using bread yeast so you get more carbonation and less alcohol. Isn't carbonation a by-product of the process that makes alcohol? Wouldn't that mean more ...
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Is it possible to calculate ABV% without Original Gravity? [duplicate]

Seems that when I was brewing my batch I forgot to take a gravity reading. Is there any other way to calculate ABV% without this measure? Thanks in advance
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Does artificial light degrade wine?

http://www.atgstores.com/wine-racks/nexxt-design-fn01459-8-ellington-wine-rack_g1354109.html?rmk=1833&af=2264&linkloc=reCanonical I can put that in a spot with no sunlight. Will my wine ...
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Permanent marking of volume in aluminium pot

This technique http://imgur.com/a/dCvS5, shows how is easy to do permanent markings in stainless pot. But what about aluminium ? Does anyone know if it is possible (and safe) to use it in aluninium ...
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Should I shake bottles during conditioning?

I've got a batch of beer which was bottled last Saturday and a friend insisted I should shake them to assist in the conditioning. He couldn't offer any particular reason, so I was curious if/when it ...
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After a beer reaches it's final gravity, how long does the conditioning step take?

I have been in the habit of leaving my beers in their primary fermenter for three weeks across the board, which is a significant amount of time longer than their primary fermentation usually takes. My ...
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My Regulator will not fit my CO2 tank

I live in South Korea and had to buy a 20lbs CO2 becuase they would not service my american 5lbs tank. Unfortunately, my current CO2 regulator will not fit on the korean tank. I assume it is becuase ...
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how to calculate proper proportions to make drinkable wine [closed]

it's (fairly) easy to read a recipe that's already out there, or use a kit that someone else has already pre-packaged all the ingredients. but i would like to take it to the next step and be able to ...
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Does malted wheat absorb as much water as malted barley

I'm in the process of sizing down my 5 gallon brew day to a 3 gallon, no sparge, BIAB (on the stop-top). I took an American Wheat recipe for 5 gallons and scaled it by 3/5. It called for 44% 2-row ...
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Violent fermentation | One day after brewing | Liter spillage from the top

I am an amateur brewer just cooked my third batch ever three days ago. This time with a couple of friends (which also bought the ingredients from a place I haven't before), so this time I used a ...
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What hop should I use to get Fuller's IPA hop taste and aroma?

I'm just a beginner brewer, I have done just 5 batches of all-grain beer, some Hefe-Weizens, APA and an Irish Red Ale. For my next all-grain beer I would like to make an IPA recipe. But the two best ...
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Why is Homebrew Day the first Saturday in May?

The only reason I can find online seems to suggest that it is just because AHA said so. I seem to remember reading somewhere once that it was related to finally repealing parts of Prohibition that ...
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Why is counting airlock bubbles a poor method of determining whether or not fermentation has slowed down or stopped?

I am eager to figure out how to measure the specific gravity of my wort using a Raspberry Pi, Arduino, or other device, but I do not wish to spend $250 for a BeerBug. People on the internet have used ...
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Maintaining Optimal Flavor in a Brown Ale

I've brewed a lot of Brown Ales, and one thing I have noticed from batch to batch is fairly swift flavor degradation. The beer will taste excellent after two weeks of conditioning. I'll be able to ...
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Advice on my second batch

I recently completed my first batch, which was the DIPA kit from Brewer's Best. It actually turned out much better than I could have imagined, so I was very pleased. My only complaints, and these ...
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Does temperature rise time between mash steps matter?

When doing a multi-step mash, does the amount of time you take in between steps to raise the temperature make a difference? (Aside from the obvious "taking longer will make your brew day take ...
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Why is a carboy used for secondary fermentation?

It seems like you could a second bucket for the secondary fermentation. Is there any drawback to not using a carboy for this purpose?
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What type of beers stand up to temperature variation during fermentation?

I've just moved from a Condo into a house, where I am now paying for heat. In the area that my Domestic Sergeant Major has permitted me to brew in, the temperature varies from 16° to 21° C throughout ...
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When saving or recovering yeast is it always found in the cake or trub or lees, or is it sometimes found in the krausen?

I have read various things about saving yeast when racking, which is what I intend to do soon with one small batch of cider. I see some people just "take the cake" and I've read about a process ...
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What's a good extract ale recipe that approximates the big-brewery/BMC-style beers?

People are probably wondering why exactly I am looking to make a light, flavourless BMC-style beer. I personally enjoy better beers - my winters are full of stouts, porters, brown ales, great IPAs ...
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Why add extract late [duplicate]

I have heard mention of late addition of extracts. I was under the impression that you need to boil the extract to kill off any possible nasties? When I brew, so far always from a prepackaged kit, ...
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Losing liquid during brewing

I'm homebrewing using a Northern Brewer starter kit, but I seem to be losing quite a lot of beer. I'm starting with 5 gallons in my primary fermeter, but by the time I bottle I end up with roughly 3.9 ...
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Will More grain in a partial mash give more body to my IPA

I enjoy IPA's and I think I've made the best one to my taste so far. The only thing that concerns me is the amount of grain that I used in this recipe, as it was only 1/2 lb of Belgian Aromatic Malt. ...

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