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A fermented beverage where the majority of the fermentable sugars are derived from malted grains via mashing.

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48 hours into ferment. Fermenter temperature is 73°F. Should I cool it?

First time brewing. I have a IPA in a 6.5 gallon bucket fermenter with US-05 pitched into it. I've got the fermenter in the basement and temperature probe taped to the side of the bucket. Ambient room ...
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Low attenuation beer good enough for bottling

I recently brewed a new 5 gallon batch of hefeweizen. Measured OG was 1.054, I then racked to secondary fermentation after a couple of weeks, the last week of that had had no visible yeast activity. ...
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How careless do I need to be to make poisonous, yet drinkable, beer?

During the Covid lock down in South Africa there was quite a controversial ban on the sale of alcohol for a few weeks which led to many people jumping on the home brewing bandwagon. During this time ...
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Beer fermentation runs real warm and dropped gravity real fast

I started a fermentation 24 hours ago and it has increased the temperature from 22°C to 28°C in the last 8 hours. Additionally the gravity dropped from 1.060 to 1.024 already which seems insanely fast ...
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Yeast suggestions for high temperature brewing

Summer is here and it isn’t quite the end of the world, yet. So, I’d figure I might pick up brewing again. I’m looking for yeast suggestions for a low (neutral) phenolic profile at high temperatures. ...
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What happens if i leave my homebrew to ferment for 14 days then boil and cool it to distill it?

I have made "Lemon beer" using white granulated sugar, lemons and dry bread yeast. I had it in first fermentation for about 8 days then switched the container to second fermentation for a further 8 ...
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What is the effect of storing a full keg at basement temps?

A local craft brew is having a sale on kegs which they brewed up a while back and have not been able to dispense due to the current pandemic situation. I have a 1/2 barrel in my kegerator now and ...
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Too much priming Sugar

Okay, how much danger am I in? I used a Mr Beer kit...and bottling added priming sugar. Unfortunately I got on the wrong line - having 500ML bottles, I added the priming sugar for 1 liter bottles. ...
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Is my beer infected? from an amateur. Posted a picture

I used only DME and hops to boil the wort. Added dry yeast directly. I looked up on the internet for similar pictures but couldn't find any. I know every beer ferments differently. So I thought I ...
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Lockdown Pineapple Beer : A few newbie questions and requests for any advice or comments

Newbie here ... first post. Newbie brewer ... first attempt at Pineapple Beer. I'm posting my narrative, with a few questions at the end. Feel free to tell me where I could improve or change, or ...
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Home brewing first time with bakers yeasts

Due to lockdown ,I am unable to get hold of any brewers yeast. And since this is my first attempt at brewing beer,I wanted to know if I can get anything remotely drinkable with bakers yeast. Taste is ...
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Can I bottle room temperature beer with a beer gun from a pressurized Fermentasaurus or Fermzilla?

I am currently fermenting an IPA at room temperature in a Fermentasaurus. It has built up a nice bit of pressure which is carbonating my beer, GREAT! Nature: awesome. Now I've been looking at better ...
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How long can beer be exposed in a primary fermentation bucket?

I was recently doing a batch of beer and for some reason the temp of the beer after I put it in the primary fermentation bucket wasn't low enough to pinch the yeast right away. I left the top off of ...
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Would you use Brewing Sugar long past use by date? (3.5 years!)

Having a sort out I've found a bag of brewing sugar that went out of date in August 2016! Curious, been stored in the dry, the bag s in tact and feels fine, I know very inexpensive to buy but waste ...
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I accidentally put the wrong batch in the fridge

I bottle multiple batches every other weekend. I accidentally grabbed a wrong batch that was bottled with chico only a couple days before and put it into the fridge. I had not noticed until 2 weekes ...
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Beer is lacking in flavor

I have just started to drink a batch of coopers Dark ale it has been bottled for two weeks now. the carbonation looks ok a nice hiss when the bottle is opend. lots of bubbles in the glass and and lots ...
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Cloudy Beer Please help

Newbie to the word of brewing here in need of a little help please. I have a couple of questions I can't find the answer to first off. Cloudy beer I have brewed a Coopers dark ale from a tin kit it ...
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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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How to mix beers?

I know this question doesn't really comply to standards but, I wanted to know if we can mix beers after, say cold crash. I want to create different beers using the ones I already brewed. Can I mix ...
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Contaminated batch - what went wrong?

After a number of successful brews, I think I finally have a contaminated batch. I've always been good about sanitation (or so I thought) but I've steadily progressed from paranoid germophobe to a ...
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Over-primed for bottle conditioning. How many days to blow off carbonation before allowing to resume?

Alright, so I've gone and over-primed a 5 gallon amber batch when bottling. Surprisingly, there is limited solid information available so I figured I would ask for feedback and then post the results ...
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How to make Sweet beer

Can anyone help please if I add honey at the bottling stage will this add more sweetness and what sweeteners are non fermentable?
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Dark liquid floating in secondary fermentor

I started the fermentation for a pale ale two and a half weeks ago, dry hopped it five days in and then racked it four days ago. The trub has fallen to the bottom and I just noticed a dark layer of ...
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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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Fermentation time for APA with 1.080 OG

I brewed my first batch (APA) and while boiling I lost way too much water which resulted in higher OG. Expected was 1.050 but I got 1.080. I added Safale US-05 (1 pack) and left it to ferment at 20°C (...
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Does cold crashing have a negative impact?

According to "How to Brew" by John Palmer (4th ed.), cold conditioning (a.k.a. lagering) is the act of cooling beer after fermentation has completed (including maturation) in order to clarify the beer....
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Carbonation in keg

I did my first kegged beer last week, I put the beer in and turned the co2 to about 35 and purged the tank about 5 times. I then shook the beer on the co2 for 3 minutes and then turned off the co2 ...
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Turbo Clear for beer

Attempting my very first homebrew and was wondering if anybody has used or had any thoughts on using Turbo Clear to help with clarifying your beer? Planning on bottle priming when the time comes. Any ...
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Beergun too much O² in bottles?

I've bought a beergun to fill my Beer from the fermentor into my bottles. I got the Feeling that it shoots alot of O² in my Beer. The Beer turned Out super hazy (Not Sure If its because of the gun). ...
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Brewing with Pico C results in way too much yeast flavor

When I brew according to the instructions by the picobrew in my pico C the resulting beer has way too much yeast flavor. I already had 3 batches and all of them have this problem. Edit: After getting ...
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Pitching kombucha starter instead of yeast

My friend recently gave me the idea of making a kombucha-inoculated beer. Having never done it before, the principle seems fairly straightforward to me (this is my own guesswork): Ferment kombucha as ...
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homebrew beer pasteurization?

I finnish my beer its fully carbonated and bottled on 22 oz bottles (co2 comes from priming sugar) now.. can start the pasteurization process ? or that only will work with forced carbonation beer ? ...
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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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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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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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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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Comparing Espresso Stout to a Coffee Stout

I'm curious to hear everyone's take on the differences that they perceive in an espresso stout vs a coffee stout. Is this something that you would classify as a widely different beer or very similar? ...
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How long would maple syrup beer be good for

Finally I am trying out my Maple Syrup Beer, its been sitting in the fridge in a glass keg for 2 months. First fermentation with brewing sugar and second fermentation with maple syrup. The beer ...
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Can I add priming sugar second time after beer turned out flat?

Bottled a batch of ale three weeks ago using bulk priming method. When there’s almost nothing left in a pale I’ve noticed that most of sugar didn’t dissolve staying at the bottom, which never happened ...
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Converting potato starch in to sugars for brewing

To my understanding the starches in potatoes need to be gelated before they can be converted into simple sugars. This process is done through boiling, my concern is that I will loose valuable sugars ...
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How many gravity points will explode a bottle?

If a difference of around 3 gravity points (between primed and final gravity) will carbonate a beverage (yes, depending on style), how many gravity points will make a bottle bomb? No, I'm not trying ...
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Does carbonation increase hop aroma?

I'm on my first try at a hop-forward beer. I tasted my gravity sample last night after about 7 days in primary, expecting a nose full of juicy Cascade, and just got flat bitterness. Should I ...
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What exactly is krausen (and why does this batch not have much)?

...and as a followup, how much should I care? I've always used krausen presence as a rough indicator of fermentation vigor in primary. But my current batch hardly has any, with a few days at never ...
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Is an ice bath sufficient to quickly cool a small batch of wort?

I'll be brewing a small (1.5 gal) batch of beer soon, and in my quest for laziness efficiency, I was thinking of brewing in a smaller pot, rather than in my 7-gallon monstrosity. However, my ...
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Is there a benefit to a full 60 (plus) minute boil, as opposed to shorter boil/more hops?

The idea is pretty simple: bittering due to alpha acid isomerization is a function of boil time and quantity of bittering hops. Hence, it's quoted that from an alpha acid standpoint, a 15 minute boil ...
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Airlock Blow now no bubbles

Hi i am doing my first home brew. after less than 24 hours the beer was coming through the water in the air lock. i looked online and it said to change the airlock and put it back on i did this ...
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My vodka added beer became sweet!

in my country it's illegal to buy or sell alcoholic drinks. so I started trying to make them at home. I make vodka by distillation and it tastes good as any other vodka. A few days ago I bought non ...
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Should fruit in secondary produce CO2?

I had a Belgian Dubbel in primary about two weeks, ending up with a gravity of 1.016. Then 3 days ago I racked onto 5.5 lbs of cherries, leaving the yeast cake behind. I expected the residual yeast ...
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Kegging with something other than CO2 [duplicate]

Is CO2 the only type of gas you could use to carbonate the beer in your keg. (Okay know carbonate means to use CO2). Something like say Nitrogen or Helium or whatever. If so what would that taste like ...

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