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very simply - you have killed the yeast by adding it to the sugar solution while it is to hot, in my experience. dissolve in to the least amount hot water then add cold, if dissolving in a demi-john add an inch of cold first then half a kettle of hot water then sugar - then top up with hot till dissolved "DON`T COVER THE TOP" handle of a wooden spoon or ...


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I all, thanks again for your help! I bottled the beer a week or so ago and primed it before hand with a little priming sugar and water. I had about half a bottle with the dregs of the demijohn that was reasonable clear so kept that as a test bottle whilst the other bottle conditioned. I opened the test bottle on Saturday and apart from being a bit cloudy it ...


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My advice is to team up with a friend/parent who loves beer and decide to go for an easy recipe (beer kit). Take baby steps and have fun. My first two batches were extracts, but then we decided to step up and go whole grain (Brew in a bag) and a whole new world opened.


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As mentioned, How to Brew by John Palmer is a great book that teaches you the basics, but also allows you to dig into some of the details & more technical aspects of brewing. But don't just read. Listen to The Jamil Show, Brew Strong, Basic Brewing Radio podcasts. They provide a wealth of information.


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To expand on my comment above: For most homebrewers, unless you're willing to drop some serious money on lab equipment, your measurements will be mostly limited to weights, volumes and specific gravity (and pressure, if kegging). Most of the numbers you'll be dealing with outside these things will involve calculations based on a best-fit equations for most ...


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I recommend reading just enough to learn to brew your first few batches instead of trying to take in all the information at once. And as questions come up while brewing, write them down and devote a great deal of time to researching and answering those questions. As you progress into brewing the application of that knowledge will lead to more questions as ...


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John Palmer's book "How to Brew" is an excellent place to start and earlier versions are on line for free. It covers all the bases of brewing with quite a bit of technical information. I use this book as a reference tool all the time. If you want to get into the nuts and bolts of the individual components of brewing try the Brewing Element Series from ...


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there are many good books out there. but it comes down to your intelligence level. my buddy is an idiot. and couldn't understand "The Joy of home brewing" by charlie papazian. so i picked up the nearest thing to a coloring book for him. home brewing for dummies. another great set of books is "yeast", "malt", "hops", "water" but you biggest resource is ...


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i think what you made was a yeast cake. even though you strained it there is still the little guys floating around in it. when you put it in the fridge its called cold crashing and will make most of the trub and yeast floating around drop out. is it salvageable.... well it depends on how much sludge. personally if its that much i would dump it. my ...



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