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I'm not sure if this is true in ginger-beer making, but in mead-making, raisins are sometimes added to supply nutrients for the yeast. The all honey and water mixture which is the mead starting point cannot host a very healthy yeast colony without the trace minerals supplied by the raisins. Maybe it is the same for ginger beer... BTW. If you can get your ...


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Dry malt extract, when not completely sealed air-tight, will start sucking moisture out of the air, and the resulting block of DME takes quite a bit of hammering pulverize. Or, you could slowly boil it and stir the crap outta it to get the chunks to dissolve. Your malt extract is probably fine, so long as you don't see any funky molds growing on it. ...


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Because somebody there likes raisins?


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Although I'm unclear on the 'melting' that happened (specialty grains are usually whole grains, but dried extract will solidify with a bit of water) the malts probably got wet and may have grown mold. Don't waste your time with them.


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Some suggestions: Pick a store that has been around in your town for a long time. Go in on a Saturday afternoon and see how busy they are. Usually only a couple of these places will have survived 10 years or more anyway, so any place that's been around that long will be just fine. Once inside, I would not worry about anything they have in their fridge. All ...


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Assuming that the secondary fermenter has been sitting still throughout the conditioning weeks, all of your augments should have settled to the bottom. Some stuff floats at the top, even when they've been wet for weeks, but most things sink. To setup for bottling, bring your bottling bucket to the secondary fermenter without moving the fermenter or ...


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Nylon bag: Put everything into a thin-mesh "hop bag" -- for example the "feet" part of pantyhose can work well (preferably obtained new). But a bag may be difficult to insert into (and remove from) a glass carboy. The PET plastic carboys, however, have bigger openings and can accommodate the bag better, depending on how many ingredients you have in the bag. ...


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You can use normal orange peel as well. Just buy an orange or two, peel them avoiding the pith and use that. I have never found it a big difference between bitter orange and "sweet" orange peel. Most of the stuff in the homebrew stores is pretty old, at least around me anyway. The orange powder may work, but without knowing whats in it or what it is I ...



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