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The technique of making beer from malted grains instead of using malt extract for the base sugars.

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If barley grains are too sprouted, how will this affect the beer?

I have 20 kilos of barley I placed on a wet large towel to germinate in order to obtain malt for beer. I let them too long and they sprouted too much[Look at the photos]. How will this long rootlets ...
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Anvil Foundry 6.5 gallon recipe thickness causing compaction and stuck mashes

I am new to all grain brewing and am using an Anvil Foundry 6.5-gal electric brewing system. I am trying to use Brewfather's award-winning Mean Brews English Mild recipe (see photos) As you can see, ...
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Looking for a 1 gallon Pineapple Pale Ale recipe

I am looking for ideas and suggestions from fellow home brewers out there for a decent, easy 1 gallon home brew recipe for a pineapple Pale ale that is not close enough to be an IPA and somewhat ...
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Starting out with brooklyn brew shop starting kit

So I recently purchased a home brew kit from Brooklynbrewshop.com and I have a question on the mashing process defined in the instructions. So it says that I am to place the malt into a pot of 170 ...
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Grain Bill for 5 Gallon (Wheat and Barley Pale Ale)

I am new to home brewing and would welcome the insights and comments of the other home brewers on this website in order to brew a 5 gallon batch of a Wheat and Barley based Pale Ale. That said, what ...
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Is my old beer mix still good for brewing?

I have a couple old 1 gallon beer brewing kits from the Brooklyn Brew Shop. I never got around to using them, life got in the way. In any event, I still have them, the yeast expired in 2013 (so I'd ...
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How should I sparge large amount of mash?

I bought a big pot to cook my mash, it's 150 liters (~40 gallons) and a 100 liters fermenter (26+ gallons). After I prepared my mash, converted my starch into sugars and then boiled it to sterilize it,...
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Lowering Est FG before Brew

I am planning out a Saison and trying to hit the traditional guideline numbers.... I need to get the East Final Gravity down below 1.008 - I am currently way too high. The changes I keep thinking to ...
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Adding "brew enhancer" (dried malt and dextrose) to increase the size of brew-in-a-bag brew

I did my first brew in a bag a couple of weeks ago (i've done kits previously), and it's turned out great - much better than I expected! The only issue with it was that it produced about 4 gallons ...
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MegaPot 1.2 All-Grain Brewing System VS Northern Brewer All Grain Cooler System

MegaPot 1.2 All-Grain Brewing System VS Northern Brewer All Grain Cooler System Does any one know which one of these systems is more reliable? I’m not looking to build my own; I just want to buy a ...
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Fermentation time

I am looking for some advice. I successfully completed a first all grain batch on the brewzilla (OG 1.048). Airlock activity ~every min at day 14 (yeast S-04 @ 18dc). Dry hopped loose (~80g total) on ...
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All Grain Brewing

I have never done an all-grain recipe, was thinking about trying one. My question is does the Mash replace the DME? Also, I would think that the rest of the process of the brewing, would be the same.
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All Grain vs Dry Malt Extract

Please, what are the major differences between brewing with all grain versus brewing with dry malt extract, besides the amount of time?
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Under OG, and only 3 days fermentation

So, I'm brewing an all-grain batch of the Rogue Chocolate Stout Clone based on this recipe (https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/homebrew-recipe/rogue-chocolate-stout-clone/). I divided the recipe ...
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Flaked Wheat vs Milled Unmalted Wheat

Flaked Wheat vs Milled Unmalted Wheat in beer brewing. Does it make any difference to the brewing process or to the final product?
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Graham cracker beer or wine

How does one go about making a beer or wine with a graham cracker taste? I was thinking cracked wheat berries and sweetened with honey, but I also heard hefty Amounts of wheat germ and wheat bran are ...
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Pale Ale All Grain, FG not achieved

I would like your input as to why my FG was far from the theoric on from brewer's friend calculator. All Grain Pale Ale: Maris Otter 4.7k Roasted Barley 94 gr Chinook 12 aau min 60 Cascasde 5 auu ...
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What caused my wort to be this cloudy, and how can I get it to clear?

I recently did two experimental all-grain gluten-free batches, and got some strange results; so much sediment that it looks like milk! Initially, looked about the same, and I thought about running ...
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Batch sparging: let the grain bed run dry or not?

I have a 3 vessel setup (hot liquor tank + mash tun + wort kettle) in a single tier setup so I need to pump liquid from one vessel to another, but I only have one pump, so I batch sparge: transfer ...
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Oversparging grainfather

Most of my beers where I live now have been astringent (5 or so). Some more some less. I found one of the culprits after lots of research: I have incredibly high alkalinity (400ppm CaCO3). So I have ...
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First Brew got a high OG and planning to put apricots in the fermenter, will the yeast be able to get the sugar before the alcohol kills it off?

I went all grain BIAB straight off, recipe was kind of my own: 10l batch 1kg marris otter malt barley 1Kg wheat 100g oats 40g hallertauer hops in total 400g enhancer packet of witbier yeast (...
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Converting recipe from pellet hops to wet hops

I have several wild hop vines growing near me, and I'd like to try a few SMaSH brews to see what the flavour is like. I have some recipes, but they all use pellet hops. What is a good conversion ...
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Necessity of hot liquor tank

In a lot of all-grain brewing systems, there's a hot liquor tank which basically just functions as a place to heat your water. As soon as the water is heated, it's drained into the mash tun which has ...
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Induction hot plates with precise temperature control (maintaintaining mash temperature)

I currently mash on a gas hob, turning the hob off when I reach my strike temperature, then insulating my pot the best I can with towels etc.. This is easy to mess up and sometimes I miss my target or ...
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What's going on with these gravities?

I'm a new home brewer. Since Christmas I've brewed 5 beers, all of which have been drinkable. The first I didn't have a hydrometer, the second I accidentally put in twice as much carapils as I was ...
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Odd mash schedule

I found a recipe for a porter that has the following mash schedule. 4 lb (1.8 kg) Munich malt 3 lb (1.4 kg) Lager malt (US 6-row if possible) 2 lb (.9 kg) Flaked wheat (unmalted soft red wheat ...
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Can scaling down a recipes grain bill lead to increased mash efficiency in a smaller pot while maintaining the same final batch size?

I’m asking this because I’m thinking it might be possible to reduce the cost of my grain bill if the resulting mash efficiency can be increased to compensate for the fewer grains. The idea would be to ...
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Can I all grain brew 20 litre lager batch using 12 litre pot and same 4.3 kg grain bill?

To elaborate, the recipe I have was for 20 litre batch at OG 1046. I used my 12 litre (safely boilable) pot to mash the 4.3 kg grain bill specified for a 20 litre batch. My problem was that I only ...
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What are the effects of adding water after the boil?

During the boil a lot of water is evaporated off. I have a 30L boiler and generally end up with around 22L in the fermentation vessel. After racking off from the fermentation and leaving the trub ...
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Low OG, thinking it's the milling - thoughts?

I've recently made the move to a top tier system and have retired the trusty old turkey fryer with the objective of conducting some more tightly controlled brews over the next few years. I've done all ...
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120v DC Agitator 240v element

0 down vote favorite Full disclosure: Not an electrician, mostly clueless. Setting: Home Brewing Beer Short: 120v DC variable drive motor running full tilt when 240v AC 5500w element is connected to ...
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Fermentation lag-been almost 24 hours?

5.25 g all grain HIGH gravity (1.106)DIPA brewed yesterday, pitched 2 rehydrated US 05 packets about after I cooled to 60 degrees F, then aerated with pump for 30 minutes. I’ve had lags before when ...
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Help me improve my Canadian Blonde recipe

I made many great stouts in the past, but blondes seem more difficult to get right. I looked on the web for an all-grain Canadian Blonde recipe (basic blonde similar to a Budweiser). I found a few ...
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Splitting my brew day

I am finding it difficult to set aside enough time for a full brew day and have therefore wondered if it is possible for me to split up the process to two separate occasions. The plan is for the two ...
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Does diastatic power reduce with age? Old grain

Anyone have definitive info if diastatic power is reduced with grain age? If so, any data to estimate current DP? Brewing with some pretty old 2-row today. It has been stored properly for 1.5 years, ...
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Preboil volume doesn't fit my pot

I did my last batch of extract lately and aiming to make all grain from now on. Since my biggest stainless cauldron has 12 or 13 liters capacity, I realised that my 5 gallon carboy wasn't fit for my ...
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Slight difference pre and post boil gravity

Long story short. Trying to understand my new set up, I made a mistake, I didn't check the post boil volume and also didn't have good rolling boil. The wort was boiling, but not so much. Simple grain ...
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About reusing spent grain

I tried to make dog biscuits with my spent grains, but it was not a big success ;-) I read that we could make more beer reusing the grain again. I liked the idea of making a lighter version of the ...
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Where (from Europe) to get a decent kit to start all-grain brewing?

I've been searching for a kit to start all-grain brewing, but seem to find nothing from Europe. My lack of knowledge might have something to do with this.
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What does a good grain crush look like?

We have gotten lots of questions about grain crush and I would like some validation on my crush. I spray my grain with about 8 to 10 oz of water per 20 lbs and let it sit 30 minutes before crush. Then ...
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Interpreting single-infusion mash instructions with two temperatures listed

I've been brewing all-grain for a while now, but I can't figure out why the recipes I read have the following. Take this example: Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Light Body Total Grain Weight: 10.25 ...
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Would this grain bill make an Amber Ale?

I am planning a small experimental 1 gallon BIAB batch of something like an Amber Ale. According to one article I've found: Description of Typical Grain Bill Amber Ale is traditionally made with ...
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whirlpool/ hop stand duration and temps

I've been using hop stands for all of my beers, but they all have been slightly different. I was wondering what you guys would recommend in terms of when to add the hops (at what temperature) and for ...
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Cannot avoid boil-over without turning down heat

I've been all grain brewing for a couple years (23 batches), and can't figure out why my last two brews simply would not get through the hot break stage of the boil. Every time I tried to get through ...
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What happens if you mash only roasted grains?

You're not supposed to "mash" with only roasted grains according to a variety of sources (e.g., this). What comes out if you do? Is it only starches, since no enzymes were active?
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Is this chill haze?

Did a BIAB IPA last night and this is what the wort looks like. The cooling method was an ice bath that took 45 minutes. Is this chill haze? Thanks!
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Why do all-grain when you can do BIAB?

I'm an extract brewer that is going to try a BIAB 5 gallon batch. Reading about BIAB has me wondering why brewers would still do all-grain? Does sparging make that much of a difference? Also, why do ...
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Brew in a bag with a 4 gallon kettle

Went to the brew shop and the owner helped me build a recipe for a brew in a bag. He said to steep the grains in 2.5 gallons, then heat up 4.5 gallons and add it to the 2.5 gallons for the boil. I ...
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Citrus fruits in beer

For instance,how to make a grapefruit IPA.Do you use peel or zest or flavoring?When to add.Boil,flameout,fermenter,keg?Blood orange is another one i'd like to do.As far as amounts,i can probably ...
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Raising OG before pitching yeast

I am using an all-grain recipe for a Belgian ale. My OG came out to 1.052 rather than 1.081-5. What can I do to raise the OG before pitching the yeast? Will a pound or two of malt extract help?
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