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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Widmer “Brrr” clone

Has anyone found a decent clone recipe for the Widmer 'Brrr' seasonal? This is the second year I've seen it in their sample 12 packs. But in the sample pack, it only has 3 'Brrr's, I'd like to make ...
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Lager Diacetyl Rest and Lagering Without Air Escape

I've fermented a 5 gallon lager at 45 F for 2 weeks. The OG 1.050 and FG 1.012. At this point, I racked to secondary and put back in the airlock & bung. Increasing temperature to 65 F for 2 days. ...
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Is my wine safe to drink?

I began making a few gallons of mango wine a few months back, and it was fermenting very well. I got all of the fruit and debris out a week or so after I started it, but I kept it fermenting in the ...
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Hops substitutions for Amber Ale

I am looking to brew the Amber Ale listed at homebrewtalk. The Hops bill is: 1 ounce centennial (to get you to 28-29 IBUs) 60 minutes (I used an ounce of 7.7 and .25 ounce of 8.5% AAUs) 1 ounce ...
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Swapped sparge by mash water quantities

When it was (potentially) too late I've noticed that I've used the 4L of water for mashing that I should've used for sparging - which was instead 3L. Could this be a problem? The end amount is the ...
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Best replacement for WLP545

Question: what is the best alternative to use instead of White labs yeast WLP545, in order to get the most similar result? Or is there any commercial produced beer using WLP545 that you can grew a ...
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Berliner for the people

For those who have made one, please describe your most successful attempt at producing a nice tart traditional Berliner. Please include ingredients, but most importantly, process in your response. ...
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What happens to remaining sugar when wine is converted to vinegar?

Say that I have a wine that still contains a substantial amount of sugar. If I start the process of converting the wine to vinegar by exposing it to oxygen, will the sugar continue to be converted to ...
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“Krausening” to increase IBU at bottling

I have a batch fermenting that I was planning to dry-hop but decided I wanted to actually increase the bitterness. I was thinking of doing the following process based on this answer which I think ...
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How to adjust recipes for high mash / sparge efficiency?

It seems most recipes out there assume 75 - 80% efficiency*. Seems sensible for homebrewer. but I consistently get 95%. I should feel lucky, but this means that I either: have too much alcohol for ...
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A simple German Beer recipe

I'm new to brewing. I've got the gear and no idea. I'm doing alright with a hard cider at the moment thanks to the support I've received here. So I'm starting to think about my next adventure. I'd ...
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Effect of adding bacteria when racking to secondary

I recently brewed a Flanders red ale and it is nearing the end of primary fermentation. I'm planning to rack it to a carboy and leave it for up to about a year. While doing research on the style, I ...
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What is the lab wort pH of Rye Malt

I am planning a brew where Rye malt is a considerable component of the grist. I am trying to predict my mash pH by taking the weighted lab wort pH contributions of each of my malts, and accounting for ...
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Carboy size 3 or 5 gallon? please

I've got a 15 litre, 3.9 gallon batch of hard cider (I juiced the apples myself and lost the will to live after 20kg). Should I get a 3 gallon or 5 gallon carboy? I read that when moving the cider ...
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Hefeweizen final gravity too high

I started my Hefeweizen with a OG of 1.054 and used Wyeast 3068. The wort was well aerated but after 3 weeks my gravity is still 1.020 which seems a little high. The gravity reading I took a week ago ...
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Suckback and sampling from conical fermenters

How do people with conical (or other sealed) fermenters avoid sucking liquid from the airlock into the vessel when they take samples or remove trub through the bottom valve? Do they just remove a ...
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Re ferment beer after transferring to keg and force carbonating it

I brewed a 5 gallon batch of IPA beer, the OG was 1.067 and 2 weeks later it only dropped to 1036. A stuck fermentation I was told after I transferred it from my fast fermenter to two 3 gallon kegs. I ...
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Cider not fermenting

My first cider attempt. It's day three and see no activity in the airlock. So this is what I did. I juiced 20kg of apples and got just over 3 gallons of juice. I took a gravity reading of 1.050 at ...
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How much free (ie, fermentable) suger is contained in canned fruit puree and how does this affect gravity?

Going to add one can (49oz) of Vintners Harvest Peach Puree to secondary and curious if/how much this will raise gravity. The nutritional label states the can contains 190 grams of sugar, but not ...
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FG of bottled condition beer lower than FG of fermented beer

I brewed a session stout about 4 months ago, and left it in the fermentor for two weeks. The FG was 1.012 one week in, and I checked every few days until 2 weeks in, and the FG remained at 1.012. I ...
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Do I need to completely fill my barrel?

I am flavoring my first beer in a new, 5 gallon oak barrel. This batch is a full 5 gallon batch, but is it ok to put smaller sizes in it? For example, can I put 2.5 gallons in without any harmful ...
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Yeast washed, combine containers?

We washed yeast from our last beer and now it's sitting in multiple containers in the fridge. The mixture is mostly water with some yeast at the bottom. Is it acceptable practice to combine the yeast ...
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Hefeweissen ingredients question

it's my first post in here. I've just done my first batch of weissbier (or any other). It turned out quite alright so I'd like to repeat it to check I wasn't lucky. However, since it was from a kit ...
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How to tell volume of liquid in a Keggle without a sight glass?

I recently got a 15.5 keggle from AIH and I'm wondering how I could provide markings for my liquid volume other than a sight glass. I've seen some ideas about marking a mash paddle or a flat tip ...
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how do sour brewers manage their local wild yeast in the air?

Can anyone describe the general process you manage the levels of wild yeast in air? I'm thinking have a maltose solution exposed and measure the change in specific gravity of it over time while ...

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