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It really depends on the style, how much time you have, your setup and ultimately how clear you want your beer. For lighter colored beers I'll generally use a bag for dry hopping (make sure you sanitize it first.) Nylon straining bags, cheesecloth or even bags designed for paint sprayers work. Bigger beers I'm more likely to just add the hops directly to ...


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You don't mention specifics of sanitation in your description above, but you do mention the "warming" of some of the raw juice to desolve extra sugar. This implies that the rest of your raw juice was not warmed. Was all of the raw juice ever boiled to remove the natural yeast and other fawna from the skins? If not, your medium sherry might be the result ...


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I use bags for all whole hop additions. I use muslin bags that have a very open weave. I also account for the theoretical 10% loss when using a bag by using 10% more hops.


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I either add aroma hops without a bag like @jards or use cheese cotton cloth. The mesh of cheese cloth is very coarse (large holes) compared to the nylon bags I've seen and should let the wort and the hops get to know each other very well. Even though cheese cloth lets a few hop bits through the cleanup is much easier than leaving the hops free.


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I always do all my hop aditions without bags. Recently I've try dry hop in the serving keg with bags and liked, becouse otherwise it would clog my line, but on the boil, I don't think it is very useful, since the hop material will be easy left behind with break material on the kettle. If you don't be able to let it behind, it will be nice on the fermentor ...


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"Would it work to Tincture fruit and add to my brew secondary?" It'll work, but the real answer depends entirely on what you're hoping to accomplish. Assuming you're doing something like this, you'll most likely: -End up with a noticeably more alcoholic beer (as others have mentioned). Consider that adding 16 oz. of 40% ABV liquor to a 5 gal. batch of ...


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While I've made vodka-based tinctures of all sorts of spices and herbs for addition to beer, I think the volume needed for fruit would be problematic. While most spices are used in the 1oz/5gl ratio and you can get away with a couple-hundred mL of tincture addition, most fruit additions are closer to 1lb/1gl, where a couple-thousand ml of tincture will ...


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I have added fruit directly to my secondary, once after boiling, and once after freezing. Both times worked. From what I've read the tincture method is to disolve the flavor in spirits (similar to making sloe gin http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/sloegin_7722 ) Do you mean to add spirits to the brew? I would approach this with caution. Too much alcohol ...



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