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Questions tagged [beer]

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

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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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how to cultivate the beer yeast?

Do i need beer yeast for cultivating my own beer yeast? because i tried to brew beer with bread yeast and the result was not satisfying. Also, in my country as an islamic country it's not easy to find ...
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Re-using Caps in new Batches

I have noticed that after I open many of my beers, my caps still look perfectly intact. I.e not fractures stresses and are relatively clean still. It seems like such a waist to just chuck it. Does ...
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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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Fermentation stops after a few hours, then resumes after half a day

Fermentation stops a few hours after pitching, and seems dormant for half a day, before resuming activity. This only happens in one out of two fermentation buckets, both pitched the same WLP400 (Wit ...
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Names for when you use hops

I have heard a lot about the different stages of hopping in the mash, but I have only heard the term dry hopping. Are there different terms given to the different stages of hopping, or are they all ...
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Brewing with tamarinds

For reference: tamarind. I recently saw this fruit at the store today and thought it smelled interesting so I investigated. I've decided to brew my very first batch of beer as a tamarind saison as a ...
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What yeast should I use to make a semi-sweet Ginger Beer with about 5% ABV

I want to make a semi-sweet (a little less sweet than Crabbies) ginger beer that is about 4.5 to 5.0% alcohol, and my plan was that in the end, I want it to be between 1.020 and 1.025 s.g.. Therefore ...
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How long to wait on Lalvin BM45 wine yeast in beer wort before giving up?

Brewed a 10 gallon batch of a saison wort at a super-dry mash temp (142-145 F). It's currently split between two conical fermenters, one of which has around 150 oz of a tart cherry puree. Rehydrated ...
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Beer has off flavor, sample taken while bottling tasted good

I brewed an IPA about 3 weeks ago. Everything went fine during fermentation and I've dropped a couple of hop pellets 4 days before bottling into the fermenter as I planned to do. When bottling ...
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What to do with my (accidently) sour saison?

I have recently made a batch of Saison that turned sour. I'm having a hard time pouring it all down the drain, I thought about using it for cooking but I don't know what sort of recipes to look for. ...
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How to fill a Corny with Commercial Beer

It may seem odd that a Homebrewer wants to do this, but my last batch didn't go to plan and then my wife decided to invite our friends round for a BBQ this coming Saturday. I'd prefer to have ...
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Newbie… Question on halving a recipe

I'm planning on brewing a dead pony club clone, however I don't want to do the full 25L I'd rather do 10L or half it. So if I just half everything on the recipe e.g instead of 2.79kg of pale malt I ...
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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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Neem leaf instead of hops substitute

Can I use neem leaf for substitute of hops? Especially it's difficult to manage hops in our region. I found a lot of health benefit in neem leaf.
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Turbo Yeast for making wheat beer

I am a newbie for homebrew wheat beer making. I used the alcotec turbo yeast 24 express(distiller yeast) for the fermentation. But After 20 hours brew is stopping fermentation. Can I keep it for the ...
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Where do I drill my homebrew fermenting fridge?

I just bought a freezer for use as a fermenting unit. How do I know where to drill my holes? Any advice greatly appreciated. I cannot see any specific advice on the net.
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George Washington's beer recipe. Did he say “yeast”?

This journal is dated 1757. Pasteur connected yeast to fermentation in 1856 (discovered what yeast does) Historically bakers would take beer "waste" to make bread rise. Also there are early ...
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Can I cold crash if I'll be bottle-conditioning?

I've seen cold crashing presented as a means of clearing beer by knocking much of the yeast out of suspension. But it seems to be a technique that's used by brewers who keg. Is there still enough ...
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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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Beer blew up into the airlock. What's next?

So it happened again. The beer blew out the airlock leaving a water and beer mix behind. The airlock still bubbles as per usual. Now I'm wondering what I should do next. Leave it as is Replace the ...
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Can I store beer in wine bottles

I have only standard wine bottles available, are they strong enough to hold bottle primed beer (max. 30 psi) without exploding?
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Brewing beer from tropical ingredients

What's the best reading material for a starter who would like to brew good tasting beer from tropical ingredients?
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How to use ( Super Kleer ) for the Beer !

How to use ( Super Kleer ) to clear the beer ... I purchased that but i didn't find a clear Direction to use it for the Beer ... Is it during primary or secondary ! Im planning to use it in the ...
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Flavor effects of adding yeast energizer or nutrient to beer?

My understanding is that generally (with the possible exception of starters) yeast nutrient and energizer are not really needed for beer, as the barley provides basically everything required. However,...
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Ginger bug problem

I have set up a 1 gallon brew using brewers yeast. I have also made my own bug starter and also purchased one. After 4 days my own starter is going well and smells very strongly of yeast. The ...
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Pectic Enzyme (powder) for Beer !

Can I use Pectic Enzyme (powder) for Beer ! ( What I understands it's for wine only )
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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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Very light golden hazy beer with citrus flavour

It is my first home brew. The batch size was 10ltr. I used 100% wheat malt of 2 kgs and used bitter orange peel of 36gm instead of Hop. The OG was1.02 and FG is 1.01 after 14 days of fermentation ...
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Dady yeast for beer?

I have made my way into homebrewing with LME, hops, adjuncts and Dady yeast. Dady yeast (Distillers Active Dry Yeast) is a distillers yeast strain which is supposed to produce a lower final gravity ...