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Homebrewing in a cooking pot?

Can you do the beer brewing in a big 20ltr cooking pot instead of the plastic drums that come with the brewing kit
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Is it necessary to pasteurize frozen juice concentrate used for brewing?

For my ciders, I've always either pasteurized the juice when I've started with fruit, or else used pasteurized bottled juice. It seems to me that frozen concentrate should be a quick & dirty (...
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Need to use TSP for a New Keg?

I just got a brand new keg. The keg isn't just new to me but totally unused. Do I need to use TSP to clean it prior to my first use? I'm worried about industrial residues that might be left on the ...
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Measuring alcohol when using ginger bug

I have recently started to get my feet wet by making some ginger beers using a ginger bug to start the fermentation. I would like to know the alcohol content of my final product, but as the ginger ...
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DIY 110 volt eBIAB sytem possible?

I've been doing some research into pre-built electric all-in-one brewing systems (Robobrew, Grainfather, etc) vs DIY electric systems. The prevailing sentiment is that a DIY 110v 1500 watt system is ...
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Loss of Head retention

i’m having a problem with head retention in my latest brew. Is there anything I can do to improve the head once the bottle is opened ?
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Do I have to use Campden tablets every time I expose my wine to external factors?

So, I'm pretty concerned about infections, seeing as my very first try ended in sauerkraut-smelling disappointment. I've got a gallon of quite sweet kiwi wine at about 16.5% ABV. The fermentation is ...
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Priming when transfering to a second carboy

What is the ration of sugar to water for conditioning. For 2 Gallons and 5 Gallons(ie: 1/4 cup sugar to water).
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Combine kits into one batch

The kit retailer supplies 2ea. 7liter bags for two kits to produce 60 bottles of wine. Can I combine the two grape juice bags into one batch to produce 30 bottles of wine? With the hopes of having ...
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Staggered 2 primary fermentations. Then fermentation started in the Demi again. Is the wine ok?

So i decided to try grape wine last year since my friend had a backyard full of grapes that were going to go to waste. My process ended up a little complicated and now I wonder if it’s still ok. I ...
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I forgot to put liquid in my airlock!

Without liquid in the 3 way airlock, is my brew now ruined?
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Is it normal to see yeast cells stacked in the Z axis when counting yeast?

I just got started with yeast cell counting and was surprised to observe yeast cells that are at different z axis depths at 400x. That is, by adjusting the focus (not the x/y stage) I can make some ...
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Does beer pulled early from a keg taste less bitter than those pulled later?

I seem to be noticing that the beers I drink early on from my kegs taste less bitter than the last few beers. My kegs do not move for 1 to 2 months while they are being emptied. Is it possible that ...
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1st homebrew, how long to be ready? Any support and better recipes

I'm trying to make my Homebrew with the following materials: 8 l non-alcoholic beer 1 tea spoon of yeast 1 kg sugar I have mixed them in carboy with airlock inside a dark room. The question is, ...
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How can you force flocculation of weizen yeast?

I'm trying to make a Kristallweizen. I'd like to get most of the flavor of the hefe weizen been with no yeast and, but don't have access to filtering right now. What would be the best method(s) to ...
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will two strains of yeast mess each other up

I put an old packet of yeast into my beer and it is barely fermenting. If I add a second type of yeast will the first one have any effect?
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After I eat some foods beer tastes weird?

I'm an obsessive home brewer. So I'm always trying to critically evaluate the flavour of beers I make with a view to constantly improving their quality. In particular I am searching for off-flavours, ...
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BJCP Category for a APA with Rye and Wheat

What would be a proper BJCP category to enter a Pale Ale with Rye and Wheat? The wheat contribution is nearly 30% but the Rye is less than 10%. It is crystal clear with a nice light rye bite. It ...
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Using candles to take out oxygen in fermentation chamber?

If I leave a few lit candles in my fermentation chamber (chest freezer,) would it eat up all the oxygen without any adverse effects? I've seen people do this on a smaller scale but it creates a vacuum....
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Why is my mead overflowing with foam?

The mead is made with steeped hibiscus leaves and hops which was added to honey and a crushed nutmeg when it cooled down some. When it was the right temperature, I added the yeast and aerated it. I ...
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Really fast attenuation with starter. Is this to be expected

A little bit of background: I finished brewing a black IPA and pitched yeast around 5:00 on Sunday. Admittedly, the wort was a little warm (75F), because it was 9 degrees outside and I was in a ...
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Primary Fermentation - Mold or Yeast by product?

Anyone seen this before? Very light bread mold look only on the surface of primary fermentation. All equipment StarSan’d before use. I’ve been home brewing for many years and never had this happen so, ...
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Bottling in steel growlers

I want to bottle and carbonate in flip-top steel growlers. How long do you think the beer stays fresh? Any other problems that might arise?
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Remaining ginger bug

This is the first time I will make a ginger bug and the process seems very simple but my question is. How long can I keep feeding my ginger bug and if I will be using that bug to make ginger beer ...
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Estimating residual sugars in a beer recipe

I'm finally taking a stab at formulating my own beer recipe. What I'd like to achieve is something dark and chewy, but not overly sweet. I've been playing around with the recipe tools on ...
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Homemade condensing pipe for kettle

For various reasons (climate being one) I'm trying to bring my brewing indoors and I cannot simply vent the steam out. A condensing pipe could allow me to remove the vast amount of steam and thus ...
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can I store my boiled hopped wort

Can I boil my hops in a gallon of wort for bittering, then store it in a Masson jar in my fridge for a week? Will this hold its properties?
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How long should I wait for priming solution to mix when added to a keg?

Background After my beer reached FG I transferred it into a corny keg, cold crashed in my keezer at 42°F, and fined with gelatin. 48 hours after adding the gelatin I pulled about a pint of sludge ...
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How essential is a starter for brewing with Lactobacillus?

I'm going to be tackling this recipe for my first attempt at a kettle sour. In the notes, it goes over procedures to make a starter. Researching I've come across sources that say you should have a ...
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How long can I let an IPA fermented while dry hopping?

The hydrometer reading is 1.014 from 1.058. I just dry hopped. How long should I let it ferment? Can I let alone for one more week without messing it up?
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Is there anything as too much priming sugar?

I know there are priming sugar calculators out there to help decide how much sugar one should add but is there any thing as too much priming sugar and if yes what would be the side effect to expect? ...
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Why do my spice flavors disappear when my beer is chilled?

I recently brewed a second batch of Christmas ale, which was spiced with cinnamon, ginger, clove and nutmeg. I put a bottle in the fridge last night and tried it, but only a small amount of spice came ...
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How to calculate ABV when adding fermentable sugar or fruit to secondary fermentation?

Fermentable Sugar, e.g. Maple Syrup I brewed a Maple Stout before Christmas in which I racked the beer to a secondary fermentation vessel where I added 550g of Maple Syrup. I let it sit at 12ºC for 4 ...
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Life expectancy of swing-top bottles

I started brewing less than a year ago. In that time I've acquired about 60 swing top bottles, and filled about 200, I estimate I've filled each bottle less than 5 times. The last batches I made were ...
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Adding pectic enzyme to mead

I do not have any pectic enzyme and want to start a mead batch today. Can it be added later as there is no supply distributor in my town
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Honey wheat recipe

I have made several honey wheat batches from honey wheat kits that turned out too dark, too heavy, too bitter. I would love to make a lighter honey wheat beer. Does it make sense to buy a lighter ...
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Best Carbonation amount of sugar

I am korean homebrewer. I brewed Citra Pale Ale, but I am not quite satisfied. After fermentation, I added 3g or 6g of priming sugar in 500ml bottles. The 3g of sugar bottles had good flavor but less ...
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Will reused yeast change beer taste?

I noticed that some breweries and home brewers reuse yeast for next batch. But from what I read about yeast mutation and generations that every new cell generation is bit different and can affect ...
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What are the downside of a super-quick fermentation?

As it can be seen in this Q/A many beginner brewers observe a bloomed fermentation, excessive for one day, then no sign of fermentation but by measuring the gravity. I recently got this problem for a ...
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Keg connectos: what are “MFL”/Barb/SAE threading fitting sizes?

Frankly only shops I have visited fail completely in providing an indication about what exactly they are selling when it comes to keg fittings. I have read this answer to another question, which was ...
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Where does this DME/LME come from in “How to Brew”?

I have a copy of the last (4th) edition of "How to Brew" by John Palmer. According to the book, DME yields 42 PPG (Points per Pound per Gallon), while LME yields 36 PPG. This is an estimation since ...
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Ginger bug causing a gelatinous soda

I have been making ginger soda. But after fermenting, the soda was very viscous and slimy in some of the batches. It usually turns out fine but this happened multiple times inconsistently with ...
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Fermentation first time

I need help. First time brewing in my life and I made some mistakes as expected. This was a 1 gallon brew kit. First indication something was wrong was after pouring the wort into the 1 gallon ...
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Pressurized Ferment Yeast Harvest — what are these layers?

I'm poured the keg remnants from a pressurized ferment into a beaker to let it settle out but I'm puzzled by the layers I'm seeing. From a typical non-pressure ferment, you see (from the bottom up), ...
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Help me debug my Christmas Ale band-aid flavor

Recently I brewed two batches of a copycat Christmas Ale. You can ignore the recipe's water adjustments, since I didn't do them. Before fermenting, the wort smelled and tasted perfect - just the ...
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Is a Homebrew cider with a “Frito” aftertaste safe to drink?

Is it safe to drink a hard cider with a corn chip type aftertaste, my buddy made it and gave me some. When you take a sip it tastes great but then you taste a weird "Frito" taste like a corn chip. It'...
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water for brewing

I used tap water for my first batch and it came out with a little off taste and flavor that I referred to as a bandaid. I looked it up and found it could be the water I am using, are there any good ...
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Did my mead stall? What can I do?

Edits are in bold italics This is my first mead and I know I've made more than a few mistakes up to this point in the process, but I'm hoping for a Mead Doctor to roll in and tell me what I can do ...
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Salt additions to the glass

So here's my predicament: I've realized that my city water has low Chloride levels compared to the sulfates (i.e. the sulfate/chloride ratio is higher than ideal). Reading that this might be the case, ...
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no prime up in kegging

2 gall plastic barrel 2" cap with vent, you know the sort. never pressured up, and its a new barrel new cap,no leaks. I decided on fresh yeast from off my spin plate, looked fine enough, added another ...

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