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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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What infection do I have and is it salvagable?

This is my first time posting to this forum, so if I make some edict mistakes I apologize in advance. I have brewed this recipe, https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/homebrew-recipe/beer-recipe-of-...
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What could cause an earthy flavour in beer?

I've just tried the first bottle from a batch of APA I brewed and it has a very distinct (and unpleasant) earthy / peaty flavour. Reminiscent of healthy soil. The beer also finishes with a very ...
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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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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 ...
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What is the good amount of beer to brew as a beginner?

I plan to brew some type of ale as my first beer, i heard it is the easiest to start with. I was wondering what is the good small amount of beer to brew first time (or minimal amount possible) as i ...
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As a benchmark, how much grain (and water) would be used to make one litre (or 100L) of wort?

Obviously the style of beer, type of grain (barley, wheat, etc) and depth of roast would make a difference. But in general what would be the typical ranges be? So for example: For a Dark Stout: A ...
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Co2 seems to be blocked

I have a beer dispenser that takes 5L mini kegs. However when Im putting my co2 cartridge in the seat or holder and connecting it so its pierced the co2 flow seems to be blocked and not getting to the ...
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is my still bubbling beer ready?

I made my beer about 5 days ago I mean it's about 5 days that it's vigorously bubbling. I made it in the bottle under a high pressure. Please take a look at my previous question to see how I'm ...
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Bottle bombs 3 weeks after bottling

I have had 2 brews and a mate, one brew recently that have turned nuclear. And it has been on or about day 20-21 after bottling in all instances. All brews were a different style but the same ...
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Non-Alcoholic Brewing Safety Question (pH)

I'm trying to brew "non-alcoholic" (<0.5% abv) beer using the BIAB method by using a smaller amount of grain than is typical. I'm happy with the resulting beer except that I believe the ...
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Why do all my beers taste better after having aged for a couple months?

My impression is that ales are typically best drunk within a couple weeks of brew day. It's my experience that letting them age in the bottles for 2-3 months yields the best beer, both improving body, ...
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Boiling with lid on or off?

In this answer it is mentioned that boiling with the lid on or off may make a difference in final gravity. Which do you recommend and why?
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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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Any People with Celiacs Tried Clarity Ferm?

There's been a lot of discussion around Clarity Ferm, and it's ability to break down gluten in beer. The manufacturers just say it makes "gluten reduced beer", but Omission and others uses it to make ...
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Fermentation stopped too early

This is my very first brew. I put a really small amount of beer (4 litres) into the fermenter (I live in a small apartment and I found a recipe for 5 litres - I tried that) on Saturday afternoon. The ...
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CO2 regulator dials

I'm finally getting back into brewing. I'm using a keg my daughter bought me, and I have the CO2 tank. At one point, I bought this regulator. But the numbers on the dials don't seem to make any ...
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Didn’t completely add a stopper CraftABrew

I want to know if this is a blunder. I put some water but I didn’t have the lid that I’m holding on my hand. It’s been 2 weeks like this and I noticed it when I was adding cascade hops at the end of 2 ...
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Need recommendations on a Freezer to Kegarator Conversion

Built a bar with a concrete counter top. Already have the 3.5 inch hole for the beer Tap. I'm planning on converting a freezer into a Kegarator. Any suggestions on models ? Also, can we use a chest ...
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interesting formation in fermenting beer

Anyone have a clue what these formations are in my Kolsch style beer? Been in secondary for about 3 weeks due primarily to lazyness. I cleared with gelatin about two weeks ago and it's nice and clear ...
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CraftABrew tubing immersion exposed to air overnight

I’m trying craftabrew home brewing kit(West Coast IPA). There was a lot of yeast activity on Day 1 after putting it in the container. Day 2 I removed the tubing from the steel vessel, cleaned the pile ...
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How low can a beer's final gravity be?

Approximately how low can the finishing gravity of a beer be? I've been brewing from kits for about 10 years, and went all-grain last year. I wouldn't expect to see anything lower than 1.006 or so, ...
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Brewing cheap beer for use in garden not drinking?

does anyone have any recipes that produces beer really cheaply. I have several slug traps in my garden to get rid of slugs/snails and I currently buy cheap beer from the shop, but it's a pain having ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Per-bottle priming tablets?

The "Why is our beer not carbonating?" question mentions "sugar tablets". I am aware of a product called "prime tabs", but as far as I can tell that product is not longer being produced. I have used ...
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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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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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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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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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Does yeast choice matter as much in ginger beer?

I'm about to brew a ginger beer and was wondering if the choice of yeast is as important in a ginger beer, where the ginger dominates the flavour. I've got the yeast-under-the-cap packet and a US-05 ...
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How do I make my ginger beer SPICY?

I've made tons of ginger beer (often just like this http://ieatfood.net/2009/12/18/real-ginger-ale/ ), I've tried various different recipes, and they all come out quite nicely. But I want a ginger ...
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Bottling homebrew late

My guess is that my homebrew will be done fermenting while I am out of town. Is there any harmful effects if I don't bottle it until a few days after the fermentation process stops?
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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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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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How can I prime for bottle conditioning without oxidizing the beer?

I'm probably being too paranoid here, but what's the best way to make sure the priming sugar (I tend to use corn sugar boiled in a few cups of water for 5 minutes and then cooled) is thoroughly mixed ...

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