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Questions tagged [beginner]

FAQ focused at beginner home brewers

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Priming solution or add sugar to individual bottles?

From what I've read, it seems that the old technique of adding a given amount of sugar to each bottle for priming isn't recommended anymore. Instead, just about every source recommends boiling ...
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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 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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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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Making a strong belgian ale

I'm pretty new to home brewing. I made a 1 gallon Belgian Ale kit which came out pretty good and then did a 5-gallon Strong Belgian Ale recipe I found on the internet which also came out pretty well. ...
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First time brewing with Mr. Beer

First attempt at home brew. Not sure what to look for. My brewing time line so far is: 28 days in fermenter tank. Bottled at room temp for 36 days. Put in fridge yesterday, 24 hours refrigerated ...
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Is this an okay recipe?

This is my first time brewing my own beer. I plan on making a pale ale using 2x Coopers Light Malt Extract in 5 gallons of water. I've recently bought 100g of each of the following hops (and plan to ...
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Using health food malt extract

I live in a country where alcohol is banned and of course all equipments and materials related to brewing are banned as well, I tried turning non alcoholic beer into beer a couple of times but the ...
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Does specific gravity keep increasing after conversion is complete?

I was playing around with step mashing to get slightly better efficiency in my biab batch and for better control of the beer body. I am very new to home brewing and this was probably too much too soon....
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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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How do you wash nylon grain bags for first use?

Got some food grade nylon bags. They smell a little plasticy. How do i wash them and get then ready before using them for boil in a bag brewing?
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How big of a batch can I brew on a 16k BTU burner?

I'm very new to this but home brewing is something I always wanted to try but never got around to it. I have my first batch fermenting made with a PicoBrew Pico appliance which is very nice but I ...
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Home brew and beer pump

I made my own home brew last year and I am doing it again this year. However I want to know if its possible to set my home brew up to a pub beer pump. What I mean by a beer pump is the kind of thing ...
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What are the essential data one should collect when brewing beer?

guys, I just started homebrewing and I want to know what are the essential data one should collect when brewing beer other than hop schedules and gravities. What additional statistics do you suggest I ...
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First all-grain batch, probably a disaster.

I've been brewing with extract for 1 year with good results so I decided to move to all-grain brewing, with a Grainfather. Last Sunday I brewed my first beer, an APA from an AG kit, but I made two ...
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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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Can transporting bottles affect the outcome of the brew?

Background Due to the limitations of my apartment, I decided to brew at a friend's house. Once my double IPA had finished its fermentation phases, I proceeded to bottling it. Shortly afterwards, I ...
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LME Sour Recipe Suggestions

I am a new brewer and have only done LME Kits. I would like to try to make a sour but am not quite ready for an all grain brew. Are there any good recipes out there for a good Sour Ale using LME?
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Crabbies ginger beer clone recipe

A few years back I tried brewing my first Ginger beer hoping to get a result that would come close to the one that Crabbies makes (which I love). The result ended up very bitter and it just wasn't a ...
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Natural hard cider from Apples to Alcohol no additives. Is this possible?

I juiced some apples, took off all the sediments from the top, placed those in my brew bottle, and poured the fresh made apple juice in. (I made it as sloppy as I am explaining it.) I then poked a ...
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What are the different beer types?

I have just started brewing my own beer and though I have made a few batches (3 to be exact), I wanted to know what categorizes a brew to be a beer (like Mead/Lager, Irish Stouts). Is it the hops/...
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Alcoholic RootBeer [duplicate]

My Goal is to make a root beer with a ABV similar to your everyday beer or maybe stronger. (4-10%) I am newer to homebrewing so most of my experience comes from using Kits. My approach was going to be ...
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What are some good starter books to learn how to brew beer?

I'm looking for well known and well respected authors. Something that has an A-Z format, if you will, and history of home brewing or something of the like. Thank you in advance!
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First batch, followed instructions, not sure if it's going to turn out

I am just starting out with homebrewing and I decided for my first batch to use an extract kit from http://www.ontariobeerkegs.com. For my first batch I figured I would follow the instructions to a T. ...
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Are there ways to make your own beer on the cheap?

I have more experience with infusions and other ferments. I'm ready to delve into beer making without buying an expensive kit. What's the best way to do this?
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Fermentation vessel too small for beer kit

My problem is that I have a 15L carboy a beer kit (Cooper's Irish Stout) that's supposed to be for 23L. I vaguely recall reading somewhere that I should leave about 20% headspace (so I'm only brewing ...
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How to get started with brewing at home

I'm wondering if someone could give some guidance on how I could go about starting up my own home brew. I have very little experience with brewing (I've only ever drunk beer), and I'd like to know the ...
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How screwed am I (sanitation)?

I just started my first cider homebrew, and broke a cardinal rule. I made the mistake of thinking that BSG B-Brite cleanser was also a sanitizer. I made two batches from pasteurized juice without ...
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When dry hopping, do you wait for clearing before bottling?

I'm still a beginner, this forum has helped me a great deal. I made an IPA, which cleared very well in the primary. It was transferred to a secondary for dry hopping, adding a muslin bag with 1 oz ...
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Changing fermentation [duplicate]

I just made my first brew and I started the fermentation process in a plastic container. Should I transfer the brew into a glass fermenter? It's only been sitting in the plastic one for 2 days.
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How to know if a bucket is good for fermentation

I bought a bucket on craigslist that was for fermentation. When I got it, it looks like a mess and has no labels on it. I want to be 100% it is safe to use for fermentation. How can I tell? Is there a ...
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Lack of head/foam/carbonation in my beer

I've been brewing wine for a few years now but only just recently turned to beer. I've just finished (as in "consumed") my first brew and have now got my second one on the go. Both of my brews are ...
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Foam Overflow - Residue on Carboy walls

I recently brewed up a Caribou Slobber from Northern Brewing. I had a foam over, I sanitized a new stopper, air lock and resealed the carboy. Now I have no bubbles in my airlock, and all of the ...
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Pitched yeast at 40 °F (4.5°C). Too cold?

I pitched the yeast at 40°F (4.5°C). Was it way too cold and should I re-pitch?
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When do I need to use a brewing Kettle?

A lot of recipes mention using a brewing kettle to make the wort. Is this necessary, or can I just add liquid malt directly to my primary fermentor carboy? I don't have a place to boil the wort.
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Do hops reduce the carbonation in beer

Does dry hopping reduce the amount of carbonation that a beer has compared to the same beer that isn't dry hopped? I have a larger that I have made before that seems to have less carbonation that it ...
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How to store fermenter after use

I have two plastic fermenters and am wondering the best way to store them when I am not using them? Sometimes I don't get the opportunity to use them for a few months (longest was up to 1 year) so ...
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Adding the yeast to a beer kit by sprinkling or stirring

When making a beer kit some people say to sprinkle the yeast on top of the wort and other people say to stir in the yeast to incorporate it into the wort. I know that there is the other method of ...
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Is one fermenter better than another for brewing beer or cider?

I have the options of a plastic barrel fermenter that has a screw on lid or a plastic pail type fermenter with a snap on lid. I mainly brew beers and ciders but am looking at getting into wine and ...
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What is the correct way to sanatise plastic pet bottles?

I just bought a couple of boxes of plastic bottles for my first home brew. I assume that they are clean being new, but I need to sanatise them. I have a no rinse sanatise solution, should I use that? ...
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What equipment do I need to buy to start making beer?

What is the minimum equipment to start brewing some good beer at home?