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When is diacetyl desirable?

I've heard there are beer styles that purposefully create diacetyl as part of the flavor profile. What styles (or even specific brews) intentionally create diacetyl?
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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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What style of beer is Carling Black Label

It’s obviously a Lager, but that only describes the yeast. In what style of beer is Carling Black Label made. I drink just about only craft beer, but if I pushed for what I think is a great commercial ...
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Mum ale recipes/references/sources?

As some of you may be aware I have a strange obsession with old beers styles and trying to recreate historical styles. My next idea is to try and create the style Mum. "This is a style originally ...
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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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What is the difference between a lager and an IPA?

What is the difference between a lager and an IPA in the brewing process?
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New England IPA - What sets it apart from a "traditional" IPA?

Background I've heard a lot of buzz about the New England IPA lately. After reading this article, I've gathered that it features fruitiness, cloudiness, and somewhat creamy medium bitterness. The ...
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Beer made at around 13°C (55°F)

I do not have much opportunity in the way of temperature control when it comes to fermentation but I do have a hallway where if I close the door I get around 13°C ambient (measured about 40cm above ...
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Creating Brew Recipes

This is more of a general question that I'd like to throw out to homebrewers that like to 'experiment' with beer recipes. I've been through enough all-grain brews now that know my equipment fairly ...
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How to make sweet beer in india at home

Tell me recipe to make sweet beer . Beer are usually sour, hard taste . In india , how to make it at home ? please tell recipe
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Website for grain bill determination by style

I have not been able to find a website that lists percent of each malt and/or adjunct for a given style of beer. Is there such a site?
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Yeast recommendations for a Märzen without lagering

I'm looking at a few Märzen recipes, particularly an Avery Kaiser clone. However, I'm not set up to lager—I'm aware of a number of the work arounds to lagering without a refrigerator, e.g., a fan, a ...
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Is my beer dunkelweizen style?

I tried to make dunkelweizen style beer but it became maybe a with higher alcohol content. And now I think it is not the style I wanted. The ingredients: Wheat Malt pale - 1kg Munich Malt Type 1 - 0....
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What does "Pronounced legs" mean in a beer style?

Was reading the BJCP guide for Eisbock and noticed they mention something about this particular style does not have a lot of head but has a "pronounced leg", as in: Pronounced legs are often ...
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How much time to dry hop and why?

I'm thinking about brewing an IPA. My doubt is about "short dry hopping" vs "length dry hopping" I am thinking to go for 2 days minimum and 7 days maximum. I want to know your opinions and ...
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Planning brewing towards an occasion over an extended period of time with regards to storage

When brewing for an occasion in the summer, like a wedding, an anniversary party, I might want to make several different kinds of beer. Neither me nor the average Joe necessarily have the time or ...
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What exactly is the type of beer I made?

I'm a newbie just 3 weeks into brewing my first beer. Homebrewing is not very common where I live so I had to made do with what was available. I started with malt extract OG 1.075, yeast Safale Ale S-...
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Malt Beer vs. Light Beer

I remember when I was younger and "forties" (40 oz malt beer) were a big thing to drink when you're cool in the hood chilling. I've since for a good few years or so have been drinking Bud Light and ...
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What beer style would be good to enhance with Stevia rebaudiana?

As we know it, Stevia rebaudiana introduces herbal sweetness in form of calories-free, non-fermentable steviol glycosides. I'm tempted to use it with my beer, but I honestly have no idea where to ...
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What's the difference between top fermenting and bottom fermenting?

Some friends and I are attempting our first home brew. When the question came up I couldn't answer except to say that lagers are one and ales are another. I understand the some of the basic principles ...
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Are different style bottles more appropriate for different style beers?

While I feel pretty confident that the style of bottle doesn't matter too much with respect to how a given beer is conditioned, I was wondering if there were any good guidelines for choosing different ...
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hops for belgian trappist/abbey beers

I love Rochefort 10, Chimay (to a lower degree), and some other belgian beers. So I would like to try to do something similar, or just take some inspiration from them. What are the most commonly used ...
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How can beer styles be classified?

Reading (or tasting) it is easy to find dozens of different styles, going a litte more in details than lager/ale distinction, what is a simple categorization of beer styles?
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BJCP Category for a Black Witbier

After seeing that Guinness was making a black lager I decided that I wanted to try to make a darker version of a lighter colored beer. Having recent success with a Witbier I decided that it would be a ...
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Is Pelforth brune an ale or a lager?

For being a commercial beer, I find it not too bad. For the few info I collected it seems that Pelforth uses ale yeast. Is it correct? From wikipedia En 1935, Jean Deflandre, fils d'Armand, ...
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Amount of hops necessary

How to know the exact amount of hops needed by most of beer styles? Is there any table or something that guides the amounts or something?
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polluted Dark strong Ale when opened bottles

I did 18 liters of dark strong Ale beer A first fermentation was during a period of a week in a bottle glass of 20 liters. A second fermentation was inside little bottles of 355 mL each one during 3 ...
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Porter recommendations to avoid acidity

I am preparing some beer Porter style, Are there any recommendations you could share to avoid acidity on the final product, because some time ago I added oats wafers but got bad result, the filter was ...
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Are saisons a high or a low alcohol beer?

I just read the copy in this Northern Brewer saison kit which says "Saisons are brewed hoppy and fairly strong in order to keep through the summer". I had always thought that, as a farmhouse ale, ...
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Can I make urwagwa?

Urwagwa is a popular beer in Rwanda made from bananas, and I'd like to brew some myself. The recipes and methods I've read online have some very traditional methods (e.g. Bury the bananas for a while!)...
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Style Question: How does a stout become a porter?

Have never made a porter, but may have done so by accident. Was trying to make an American coffee stout, but haven't done much extract brewing in awhile, and probably didn't have enough water volume ...
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Honey Post-Fermentation

Mosher has a recipe for a honey ginger IPA in Radical Brewing, where you add 2 lbs of honey and candied ginger to a secondary. Wouldn't this cause bottle bombs or be cloyingly sweet? I have an ...
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The cheapest way to start brewing

I want to start brewing, but I also like to keep my spending in check. Are there any methods or ways to craft a quality brew while not breaking the bank? Are some hops cheaper than others? Cheaper ...
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Kolsch fermentation temps and schedule

I'm brewing a Kolsch beer for the first time with a pretty straight forward recipe using WLP029 yeast. I've only brewed basic ales so far and I'm confused about the fermentation temps and times for ...
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What kind of beer would a Yoda Beer be? [closed]

Say Yoda brews in Dagobah before Luke's arrival. For my next batch I would like to make a "Yoda Beer", what kind of beer would Yoda brew? Ale? Lager? which variety?
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What's A Good Book on the History of Brewing?

I've been brewing for a while now, and would really like a comprehensive book on the history of brewing. Something that covers the development of different styles of beer, and delves into the science ...
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Is there anything special needed to try brewing a Belgian Ale?

I am a beginner looking to get started with homebrewing. Belgian Ale is my favorite style, so I was wondering if there are any specific problems with trying to do a Belgian-style Ale as my first ...
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What BJCP category does this breakfast stout fall under?

Into what BJCP category should I enter this beer for competition? I think I have to enter it in 21A - spice, herb, or vegetable beer - due to the use of cacao nibs, coffee, and bourbon. The ...
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Is 55% ABV "beer" actually beer?

BrewDog claims to have made a 55% ABV "beer" which they call The End of History. They have other high ABV "beers:" Tactical Nuclear Penguin is 32% ABV and Sink the Bismark! is 41% ABV. From what I ...
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What class of beer is Newcastle, and what do I need to brew my own?

I like Newcastle, and now I would like to brew some. What class / style of beer is Newcastle? Where does it get its brown color? Are there any kits out there that would give pretty close results?
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What would make a good mulled ale?

I just came back from a festival that was serving mulled cider and mulled wine. I've heard of a few mulled beers, such as buttered beer, so I know people must make them. Has anyone out there tried ...
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What's your favorite type of beer to brew... and why? [closed]

Many people have drastically different taste in beers. I can only imagine that carries over to the types of beer people love to brew. What's your favorite beer to brew yourself, and why?
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Does bottle color matter for a given beer style?

With clear, green, and brown bottles abound (e.g., Corona, Heineken, and Yeungling respectively), is there a hard and fast rule for what color of bottle to use for a given beer style? Also, are brown ...
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What is the best type of beer to brew for a beginner?

What is the best type of beer to brew for a beginner?
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Are some types of beers easier to brew than others?

I'm just getting started with home brewing. Are some types of beer easier to brew than others? Would you suggest starting with a certain type for my very first brew?
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What kinds of beers are there that don't use hops?

I'm thinking about the next brew, and want to kick it up a notch. I have heard of beers that don't use hops. I don't know where to start in my research, so I apologize for the broad question, but ...
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How do you characterize "Breakfast Beer"?

What makes a good breakfast beer? Thinking of brewing something for an upcoming eggs and kegs event. Any clones of Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout out there?
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Rauchbier smoke source

What is the difference between using a nice smoked malt vs. maybe using some liquid smoke for making Rauchbier? Can you detect the difference in complexity? Is smoked fruit woods (apple, cherry) ...
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Best beer styles for warm fermentation environment?

What beer styles tend to work well with a warm (at least 70°F/21°C, possibly up to 90°F/32°C) fermentation environment? In other words, what styles will be best to mask or work with the off-flavors ...
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