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Could mechanical blending denature amylase enzymes?

I am trying to break down the starches in a certain variety of oats in the most efficient way possible. I have to break the whole oats down after cooking, so they are finer particles for the amylases (...
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Non-Alcoholic Brewing Safety Question (pH)

I'm trying to brew "non-alcoholic" (<0.5% abv) beer using the BIAB method by using a smaller amount of grain than is typical. I'm happy with the resulting beer except that I believe the ...
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Remove diacetyl taste with slurry

I have a Pilsner that I am currently lagering. It has a definite diacetyl taste. I may have flushed the yeast out too early and was too warm while fermenting. Can I add the trub from another beer that ...
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Hop mix on the sides of the fermentation bucket - is this safe?

I recently opened my fermentation chamber to do a hydrometer check and noticed the hop bits are stuck to the sides of the bucket and no longer on the wort. Want to ask if this is safe? Or is it a ...
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is my still bubbling beer ready?

I made my beer about 5 days ago I mean it's about 5 days that it's vigorously bubbling. I made it in the bottle under a high pressure. Please take a look at my previous question to see how I'm ...
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Is potassium metabisulfite necessary for sanitizing the fermentation bucket?

I had multiple successful wine brewing experiences without sanitizing the bucket with potassium metabisulfite. Is it really necessary? How often should I sanitize the bucket? I know potassium ...
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Hangover after drinking Kviek brew?

I recently brewed a batch of pale ale using Kveik yeast (Omega Voss OYL-061). I fermented in primary at 29 degrees for about 14 days before kegging - it was oxygenated well and went absolutely wild in ...
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Is Fermentation without airlock possible in bottle?

I added sugar and bread yeast to a bottle(plastic bottle) of juice and it's about 3 days that it's fermentation process got started and I can see a lot of bubbles are coming up. Now the bottle is ...
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What is the good amount of beer to brew as a beginner?

I plan to brew some type of ale as my first beer, i heard it is the easiest to start with. I was wondering what is the good small amount of beer to brew first time (or minimal amount possible) as i ...
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Should I be worried

I made sugar wash and let it ferment for a week. After that I distilled it but forgot to get rid of the heads. I let it go until it was enough to fill a cup and emptied my pot (I didn’t use all my ...
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Apple cider clearing up after just a few days

I did an experiment with a couple brands of baker's yeast and I know that my conditions aren't optimal, but as I said, it's an experiment and it will probably taste horrible. But still, my ingredients ...
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Unconsumed yeast nutrients before bottling

I have a batch of a brown ale (15L) from a kit, where after some weeks, I got 1.016 and the fermentation stopped. To restart the fermentation I added two teaspoons of yeast nutrients. After one day, ...
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I didn't add yeast nutrients to my cider is this going to be a problem?

So I didn't put any yeast nutrient into my cider and I was wondering if this is going to be a problem? I put in EC-1118 yeast packet into a 5 gallon carboy of juice. I have never made cider before and ...
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Can theatre buttered and salted popcorn be used for brewing brewing at home?

Can theatre buttered and salted popcorn be used for brewing brewing at home? A friend of mine has access to leftover popcorn from a movie theatre and I was wondering if it could be used for brewing at ...
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oxydized NE IPA?

Been brewing for about a year, I've got about a dozen brews under my belt. Tried my hand at a New England IPA. All went ok up to drinking it. When i bottled it (I bottle condition), the beer was the ...
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Pouring stout without stout faucet

My stout facuet has gotten lost in the post and I have a keg of Guinness, I have mixed gas (70/30)(N/Co2) and i was wondering what would happen if i didnt use the correct nozzel, using a beer tap? I'...
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Same dry and bitter taste with two different IPA brews

So I got a Chinook IPA kit last Xmas from Northern Brewer and made my first ever home brew. I followed instructions except I think I made the mistake of steeping grains in boiling water. Everything ...
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How do counter pressure bottle fill PET bottles with a stainless carbonation cap

I'm looking at purchasing a stainless steel carbonation cap. E.g. https://www.homebrewfinds.com/2018/12/hands-on-review-ferroday-stainless-steel-carbonation-cap-for-pet-bottles-draft-line-cleaning-...
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What is the expected degradation of Sodium Metabisulfite?

I have a jar of Sodium Metabisulfite which has been opened and used from. A volume of about 4 oz. is left and looks to be in good shape. I would want to use it to sanitize some equipment. Should I ...
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Can Bottles be Pasteurized Lying on Their Sides?

I want to bottle a sweet cider with carbonation. In every process to achieve this one step is to pasteurize the bottles in a pot of hot water, kept to a specific temperature after the bottles have the ...
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Consistent clove aftertaste

I've been making homebrew for 8 years now. Recently, (over the last 8 months or so) I've noticed that in almost all of my beers, there is a distinct clove-like aftertaste. I assume that there is an ...
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Safe distilling of mead?

Does distilling mead produce methanol/how much comes off in the first run? So much conflicting info! 18l (ish) of mead started through a pot still & thumper keg until 1.8l (ish) distillate ...
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Low TR first mash

I am first time distiller, my first mash is seven days in. The mash started out foamy and bubbling now today the foam is gone and no more bubbling. I checked TR but it’s ready 0, I am wondering what ...
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Are you arware of homebrew chat site?

Stackexchange has chat rooms for the different sites, there have been a number of HB.SE chat rooms over the years. I have just created a new one if anyone has anything they would like to discuss ...
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Mead fermentation

How fast can the fermentation take? Can it be completed in 3 or 4 days? I took my sg reading and it was 1.1. I added D47 yeast along with nutrients and enzymes. Didn't seem to start so I took a small ...
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Last stage before bottling. Film appeared around top edge on glass and a few bubbles on surface

My batch of wine has been stabilized, degassed, and clarified. It is in the last stage before bottling and a film has appeared on the top at the edge on the glass. Also, there are a few bubbles on the ...
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Having fresh grape juice in winter

I would like to learn how I can make fresh grape juice in autumn and have it in winter. I don't want it to turn into wine, because I will have my kids drink it. And, I want to prepare big amounts, say ...
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Reduce excess wine sugar

I created 3 liters of pomegranate wine. I think I put excess sugar. Have taken the wine after 24 days. The wine came out pretty well, but its little sugary, is there a way to decrease the sugar ...
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Champagne/Cider Remuage: Why not just place the bottle upside down (90 degrees)?

I'm making hard sparkling apple cider using the Champagne method (re-fermenting on the bottle for carbonation). This year I will try the full method of also removing the yeast lees from the bottle ...
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Distilling rum - measurements for the head and heart

I recently attended a rum making class with the intention of taking what I had learned and applying it to my own process... unfortunately (or fortunately 😂) we were plied with so much rum that I can’...
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Hydrometer reading - should I discard or reintroduce the sample?

I'm new to brewing beer and want to keep a close eye on SG, but I'm mindful of the potential cost when taking several hydrometer readings. Assuming all my equipment is sterilised, is it OK to return ...
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Alcotec VS Still Spirits

I've just recently started up home brewing and wanted to know what is better to use in terms of yeast? my local supplier has Alcotec, does this suffice?
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Kveik yeast instead of US-05?

I found some good SMaSh IPA recipes, mainly using Safale US-05. Unfortunately I live in a small apartment house and the room temperature is approximately 22-23 °C degree (~71-73 °F), so the ...
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Light green mold on the top

I am just starting my ginger bug. On day three and it has started growing light green mold on some of the ginger pieces at the top. I have it in a 1 L jar with an airlock. This exact thing happened ...
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Problem with cider not fermenting

When making cider... We had pressed apples and put juice in a container with a lid (airtight) (forgot about bubbler). Added the yeast after 1 day. Changed the lid on day 2 to one with a bubbler. On ...
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Is my home made cider safe?

I pressed apple cider last year and added nothing.... I just left it in 15 liter jugs covered with cheese cloth and paper towel... it smells like alcoholic cider, tastes pretty good, and is dark rich ...
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Growing hops in Uttarakhand [duplicate]

Is it possible to cultivate Hops in Dehradun District of Uttarakhand, if affirmative, from where I can procure Rhizomes/seeds in India?
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new CO2 leak at regulator connection

I had to exchange my first CO2 tank and when I went to connect the regulator to the new tank I am able to screw it on but there is still a leak from the connection not matter the tightness. Is this ...
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Still struggling to read my Hydrometer

I’m struggling (again) to make sense of my Hydrometer. I am brewing an American IPA from a kit. I started on Sunday and before pitching the yeast I took a reading (photo 1), I had 24 hours crazy ...
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Why is a yeast starter necessary? How is it different than standard fermentation?

How is a starter different than what's going on in my 5gal fermentation vessel? From what I understand, a starter is you just making a mini beer, allowing yeast cells to multiply... But, why doesn't ...
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Why do my fresh fruit wine's finish with no body or flavor

I've asked this question before and tried the only suggestion I received. My last batch of strawberry/peach was only marginally better by freezing the fruit prior to brewing. I do better using ...
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Chitosan produced from crustaceae vs fungi - one better than the other?

Chitosan (typically combined with kieselsol aka silicasol aka colloidal silica - think "Turbo Clear" and similar home distilling products) is an effective fining agent for sugar washes, ...
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Are campden tablets necessary?

I use distilled water in wine making. Is campden necessary when I use distilled water?
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When do you refrigerate your ginger beer?

The standard instructions are: Make your bug; brew your sweet ginger 'tea'; cool; add bug to your tea, and bottle for second fermentation; let ferment, at room temperature, to your desired level, ...
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Volume of brewer's yeast for a 1-gal. batch? Lumpy brewer's yeast?

Two really stupid noob questions: I purchased a one-gallon summer wheat beer kit on ebay. It lacks the yeast packet. From what I read, I need 0.2 ounces of brewer's yeast. And I don't have a scale ...
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Taste diacetyl in my first Pilsner :(

I have brewed a number of ales which have all turned out delicious, and recently I attempted my first Pilsner (92% Pilsner malt, 8% flaked wheat) which did not turn out how I expected. There is a ...
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Freshly pressed apple cider turned into jello overnight

I have a problem with my french style hard apple cider homebrew; it has turned into jello! Apples were collected 6-7 weeks ago since they were ripe and had started to drop from the trees, and were ...
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Bottle bombs 3 weeks after bottling

I have had 2 brews and a mate, one brew recently that have turned nuclear. And it has been on or about day 20-21 after bottling in all instances. All brews were a different style but the same ...
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When to rack my bubble-less cider and can I rack it into a bag in a box?

I recently pressed a some garden apples into two buckets of cider. The first bucket has been air sealed in a fermentation bucket with an airlock for 2 weeks. As explained in another thread I have ...
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Freeze distilling homemade wine

If I freeze distill my homemade wine would it be considered brandy or fortified wine ? I like this method better than using a still with a flame .

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