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Last bottles are extremely cloudy in my first homebrew bottling

I've just bottled my first batch and all bottles seemed fine, little bit cloudy but seemed okay. Last few bottles are extremely cloudy and almost look just like yeast. Is this still safe to use or do ...
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What possible reasons cause a (pale) beer to fail to carbonate in the bottle

tl;dr: Almost half of my pale beers have trouble carbonating in the bottle, being almost uncarbonated after 2 weeks I don't think I have ever had this issue with a dark ale or porter. Details I've ...
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Huge headspace and pale ale fermentation time

I just brewed my 3rd biab batch last Saturday and pitched 3 white lab liquid yeast(i was told to do that because the yeast were expired). I was left with 15l and filtered it using a cheese cloth as I ...
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Does the presence of hops in early unfermented beer retard the fermentation process?

I've been making a heather ale (so not of the usual process of making an beer wort). I got the Boadicea hops for aroma, but because I got them the day after making the wort (poor organisation on my ...
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Increase carbonation in home brewed beer?

I am very new to home brewing. I have finished making my first batch of DME beer. Although during bottle conditioning I could see enough CO2 bubbles getting generated, upon opening the bottles after ...
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Didn't reach expected FG. Should I postpone bottling? Also: It looks weird!

I'm a newbie brewer currently trying his luck with an irish red ale kit. I've followed the instructions (which weren't complicated since it's a kit), and I've let it brew for about 6 days now (...
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Dehydrating ginger bug

I was wondering whether it would be possible to dehydrate a ginger bug or the yeast part of it. The end goal is to be able to store it in powder form for longer periods of time. I am aware it can be ...
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Alternative Yeast Options for IIPA

I was gifted a 5 gallon Imperial IPA kit which did not come with yeast. It recommends either Safale US-05 Dry Yeast or Omega Yeast OYL009. Times being what they are, Omega is sold out and shipping ...
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Combining Autumn Ale and Apfelwein

I’d like to brew a spiced Autumn Ale, but somehow also combine it with Apfelwein. Can this be done? Sort of, a bastardized version of Graf (Graaf / Graff) Recipe I have calls for adding “pure apple ...
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Lager vs Ale a comparison

Would it be incorrect to say a Lager is a lighter (in flavor) beer that takes a long time to make, while an Ale is a heavier more flavorful beer that can be made in less time than a lager? Ignoring ...
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Any hop recommendations for a single hop PA out of these options

I'm about to brew an American Pale Ale or Pale Ale. I'm only considering a single hop on this time around. Any recommendation out of these options listed below? It’s what I have left. I'd love to go a ...
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Wine or cider yeast for ale

I'm a noob brewer and being distracted added boiling water to my yeast. I added cold water immediately however I'm afraid I may have committed yeastocide. The only place I could think of around me ...
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How do old homebrews taste like?

I often come across guides on detecting off-flavors. But I never seen a guide on how to how to identify flavor caused by poorly aged beer, though I’ve come across plenty of home brews past it’s prime. ...
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Adding extra ingredients/flavouring: what stage should I add?

I am stil fairly new to homebrewing; on my third batch of real ale now, and I wanted to experiment with adding a few extra things to my brew: some elderflowers, and miscellaneous herbs. My idea was ...
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Cidery or wine flavor after bottle conditioning ale

I’ve done a few batches using Safale F2 in combination with dextrose for bottle conditioning. They all came out tasting sour after 2,5 weeks, like I image young sparkling wine would taste. Now it’s do ...
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Best yeast for bottle conditioning

I’ve used Safale F-2 and sometimes CBC-1 for bottle conditioning with good results. Doing so, flavour impact has been minimal. It also drops its dead clear once bottle fermentation is mostly done. It ...
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Making a strong belgian ale

I'm pretty new to home brewing. I made a 1 gallon Belgian Ale kit which came out pretty good and then did a 5-gallon Strong Belgian Ale recipe I found on the internet which also came out pretty well. ...
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Diluting beer after 11 hours of fermentation. What to expect?

Ended up with too high gravity wort. Since I was not prepared for this I didn't have enough sterile water to dilute the wort. I ended up pitching the yeast anyway and adding sterile water at 11 hours ...
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Cold crashing and risk of oxidation

I'm brewing a Belgian golden strong ale for the first time. According to the fermentation schedule, it should cold crash and lager at 32°F (0°C) for three weeks. Even though I've cold crashed before, ...
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Unexpected flavours after bottle conditioning

Been brewing beer for a few years. In my experience, bottle conditioning introduces unintentional flavours. It makes it very hard to make anything lighter than an IPA, IIPA and barley wine. The ...
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Brewing with chili pepper

I would like to have a hot peppered ale from extract batch. I won't be able to make an all grain, what style do you recommend? How should I add the peppers, in secondary or primary, or into the bottle?...
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Looking for yeast with dry flavour to pair with Nelson Sauvin

I'm looking to pair Nelson Sauvin hops with some yeast. The hop variety is reminiscent of white wine, grapes and gooseberry. I'd love to go with a dry flavour profile, like a Belgium strong ale yeast, ...
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Recipe simply calls for caramalt

Some friends and I wanted to try to recreate the brew dog Vagabond Pale Ale from their diy dog catalog. The grain bill looks as follows Pale Ale 3.38kg 7.43lb Caramalt 0.5kg 1.1lb Crystal 150 0.19kg ...
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Should I stir the fermentation?

After week 2 my double IPA is still fermenting and has a healthy yeast cap of about 1 inch. Should I leave it be or stir it into the beer? The gravity is 1.019, near to what I'm expecting the final ...
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Controlling fermentation temperatures

I'm conscious this is the third question I've asked before I even get started on my first brew, but hey-ho; better to learn from the experience of others and get as close to "right" first time. I am ...
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What makes a beer syrupy in texture?

I have recently brewed a nice rye ale. It turned out very nicely, however, compared to all the other beers I've brewed, it has a really syrupy texture and thickness to it. It quite dry but it isn't ...
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Pumpkin Ale Slow Fermentation

I tried out my first five gallon batch (prior to this I had a 1 gallon system) with a pumpkin ale. I followed this recipe: SMASHING PUMPKIN ALE except that at the last 15 minutes of the boil I added a ...
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Problems with sealing fermentation tank

I am new to the world of the craft beer, and new to this community too! I'm developing my first liters of beer, and so far, I have obtained results that have fascinated me! I think i will never gonna ...
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Cream Ale vs Stout

Hey I'm trying to figure out the difference between a beer like Guinness (Stout) vs Six Point Sweet Action (Cream Ale)
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Adding graham cracker flavor to a pumpkin ale

Has anyone had any luck/experience using graham crackers in a pumpkin ale recipe? I've seen some people using graham cracker "extract" with some luck, however, I'm referring to using actual graham ...
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CO2 for duvel clone - Strong Golden Ale

What is the CO2 level for a Strong Golden Ale? Each calculator have a different value: 3.3 - source 2.5-3.2 - source 1.9-2.4 - source 1.9 -2.4 source It is correct if I use 160.36g of sucrose for ...
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Necessity of Fermentation Temp Control while Brewing in Rural Paraguay?

I'll be brewing for my second time in Paraguay and have a quick question in regards to the summer conditions down here. How important is it to maintain the fermentation yeast temperature range after ...
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How to add more honey to my honey ale?

I'm trying to figure out the best way to go about adding more honey to my honey ale. I recently purchased the White House Honey Ale kit from Northern Brewer and I'm seeing several reviews saying the ...
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Is it Better to leave beer in secondary longer or bottle?

first question asked in homebrew.stackexchange. I've got a pumpkin ale that I've just moved from primary to secondary (after 7 weeks). The original plan was to have it 7/7/7 (7 weeks in primary, 7 ...
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Slight green apple taste: barrel vs bottle

A curious thing has happened, twice now, and I was wondering if anyone has either experienced something similar, or has any suggestions as to a possible why. I have done two (almost) identical full ...
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Bourbon soaked wood chips in secondary

Making a wee heavy and adding medium toasted oak chips that have been soaked in bourbon. The chips are tied up in a cheese cloth bag. My question is, should I let the chips dry thoroughly before ...
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Foul tasting ale

I recently took up home brewing as a hobby and brewed my first (small) batch of ale. It was a simple recipe- boil a litre of water with a LOT of sugar and some lemon juice let it cool pitch in the ...
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How to sweeten up my pumpkin ale?

I just tasted my pumpkin ale after fermentation was complete and it's not as sweet as I was hoping. The spice and pumpkin flavors are great, but I'd like it to have a slightly sweeter finish. I ...
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Carbonation gone wrong?

I was trying my first all grain brew yesterday when I realized that the beer was almost flat, which is weird because they spent about a week inside the bottle. It's a belgian golden ale and I've added ...
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websites that describe yeast flavors?

changing the yeast is the easiest way to experiment with a recipe. I have my first brew about a week away from bottling. so what's next? there are a ton of websites out there, and I could use a good ...
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did I rack to secondary fermentation too early?

my first home brew, be gentle. golden malt, Rye malt ale started at 1.052, and I just racked it @ 1.022 and dry hopped it per the recipe. did I rack to secondary fermentation too early?
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Long cold crash for an ale. Benefit or harm?

I cold crash my ales to reduce sediment and clear the beer. My understanding is that even as little as a day would do that. But my brewing partner and I have often (due to time constraints) kept them ...
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No pressure in secondary

I have a problem with an ale kit I've brewed and kegged. I have done primary with a s04 yeast and its been in secondary for about 5 days and I've checked it this morning and its not built up pressure. ...
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Ale is cloudy and really fizzy

I tried my very first home brew kit recently. I don't recall the specific brand, but it was a 'Newkie Brown' kit that came in a tin and was like black treacle to start with (e.g. a syrup not a powder ...
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Flat beer with table sugar?

I brewed this Ale Oktoberfest beer and I thought everything went perfectly, but the bottles are flat (have tried 4 of them) Some details: 2 weeks in the primary 1 week in secondary (5 gal carboy) FG ...
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Amount of lactose (or milk?) to make a real 'Cream Ale',

So I'm brewing the recipe below for my wife. (She wanted a "fruity" beer.") It was listed on beersmith.com as "Strawberry Cream Ale". I asked at the LHBS, and they confirmed what I thought, in that ...
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Do I have to bottle/keg an ale?

I've got an ale (23L) that's been brewing for six days now, my recipe says I should bottle or keg it after eight. I don't have any bottles or a keg, but I do have another bucket (25L, made for brewing ...
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Gluten Free Summer Ale

My wife recently found out she has a gluten sensitivity, so sadly a number of things she loved are now off-limits. As summer is upon us here in Boston, she today realized that Sam Adams Summer Ale is ...
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How to get a richer body when brewing

I brewed my first home written beer recipe in the end of last year, now I want to improve the beer. It was a simple single hops pale ale recipe, brewed in a 5L container, so it was a very small batch ...
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Adding boiling water to raise temperature during fermentation

Beer was getting cold so in a desperate attempt to raise the temperature I put near boiling water into the container. So 450ml into 23litres of beer. The beer had only been brewing for 4 days. Will ...
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