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The process of creating a fermented beverage from base ingredients and water. Generally used to refer to process of producing malt based alcoholic beverages but also can be used to refer to the making of Tea or Coffee. In the Home brewing sense, covers the creation of all alcoholic/fermented beverages(beer, ale, mead, wine, cider, kombucha, etc...).

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Using Pine with Beer

The only other topic I found on this was here: Using pine in beer - it was asked nearly 10 years ago and didn't have the answers. Does anyone have experience with using pine in their brewing and if so,...
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Did I totally mess up making mead for my first time?

I read several recipes and talked with people at my local brew shop and thought I had a pretty good idea of how to make my first batch of mead but after I've already got it going I'm now over thinking ...
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Is removing alcohol to create low/non alcoholic wine/beer feasible for the home brewer?

Low/non alcohol beverages are probably more popular than ever before with most major brands and many craft brewers now selling products in this category. I know there are ways to make low-ABV ...
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"Ramirez & Gee" model: I'd like a better understanding about G, M, and N terms

My goal: I want to simulate beer (and perhaps other drinks in a future) fermentation processes in software. In the Ramirez & Gee fermentation models, there are three terms for sugars: G for ...
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Is it fine to add beet root for colouring in the middle of fermentation?

It's been 3 days of fermentation, I added beet root for colouring in the middle of fermentation. I used china globe grape (not that red), and after hours later the bubbles getting lesser
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What should I do after the primary fermentation of my cider?

I've just started making cider, and after 12 hours of reading I came up with a plan, but I need reassuring what should I do next: It's nearly constantly 25°C in my flat (where I brew), I used ...
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Adding "brew enhancer" (dried malt and dextrose) to increase the size of brew-in-a-bag brew

I did my first brew in a bag a couple of weeks ago (i've done kits previously), and it's turned out great - much better than I expected! The only issue with it was that it produced about 4 gallons ...
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Home brewing for the first time ever

I am home brewing for the first time ever. I had the following queries pls. Hope someone will answer: I mixed 200 grams of white sugar, 100 grams of ginger, 2 complete lemons, mint leaves and 1 ...
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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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Caramel Coffee Mead

I'm looking into brewing a mead in the near future. I have exactly 0 experience brewing anything. I'm going to buy a store-bought brewing kit in the next few weeks if everything lines up. I'm ...
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Why my saké turned out sour?

1st batch was fantastic, tasty, sweet, delicious hot and cold. I used the same process for 2nd batch: Cooked the rice 2 cup water/1 cup rice ratio, let it cool in a container 3/4 of rice and a fine ...
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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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Brewing when sick person is on premises

I brew at home, where quite a few other persons live too. One of them has catched a common cold. Is there risk of sick person contaminating batch and if such a risk exists could common cold or similar ...
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Drying Sloe Berry at home

I am trying to brew GIN at home with wild Sloe berries. How to dry sloe berries without losing it's useful fungal coating for sloe GIN?
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How does one apply nutrient to a mead brew

My wife discovered that the mead we are brewing smells a bit off, and a book we have on the topic suggest we may not have applied enough micronutrient. Any suggestions on getting more in? We have ...
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Baloon air lock not inflating after second day

I'm making mead for the first time. I used bakers yeast and a baloon as an air lock . The tutorial said that the yeast will be off gasing for 3 weeks but my mead only off gased the first day. Now it's ...
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Recently expired kit. Is the yeast still ok? [duplicate]

I have just received a kit which says that the expiration date is in April 2019 (2 months ago). I am quite confident that the extract is still okay, but I'm wondering about the yeast. Is it still ...
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In search of white foam

I'm developing a stout recipe, but the foams have turned brown and not white. What is the best way to achieve 100% white foam, for example a guinness? Maybe add the toast only for cold brew? thank ...
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Currently looking at spaces for a number of home brew kits. Looking for guidance in any way

I am currently trying to organize a space for a collective of 10 brewers to store their 2-5 gallon kits. I'm currently looking into studios, as the area that I am in does not have many options for ...
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First time brewing Ginger Beer. Is it dead?

I am attempting to brew homemade ginger beer using this recipe However, this is my second attempt at a plant/bug and it doesn't seem to be going well. Like the first time, the sediment in the plant ...
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Homebrewing in a cooking pot?

Can you do the beer brewing in a big 20ltr cooking pot instead of the plastic drums that come with the brewing kit
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What is the best way to achieve a true orange color using malt in a 5 gallon batch oh home brew

I have a HERM system and brew all grain batches. A local brewer makes a very good orange colored all Mosaic IPA. I am curious how they achieve the color.
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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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My mead wont stay carbonated!

I have a strawberry mead that I am attempting to make sparkling. I added sugar drops to each bottle (Im bottling in 12 oz bottles) and after about a week it seems very carbonated but when I pop the ...
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Brewing Low ABV Lager

Good day! My question is simple, me and the wife love lager, I like a good 5% ABV but the wife is a light weight and likes a 3.5% ABV so the question is: How can I brew a nice lager (similar to ...
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How to fix too much water in wine?

I am making wine per this recipe http://www.farminmypocket.co.uk/home-brewing/recipes-home-brewing/elderberry-wine-recipe I quadrupled the quantities to give me 18L. At the point where I am supposed ...
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Lager vs Ale a comparison

Would it be incorrect to say a Lager is a lighter (in flavor) beer that takes a long time to make, while an Ale is a heavier more flavorful beer that can be made in less time than a lager? Ignoring ...
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Gelatine as a beer finings (clarifier)? [duplicate]

I’ve never used a clarifier when I brew. However a friend used one of those Mangrove Jack kit packs for his first time. I noticed it comes with a packet of beer clarifier. On inspection I noted this ...
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Does Iodophor change the flavor profile of beer?

I am using Iodophor as my no rise sterilizer. Is this a safe sterilizer and because it doesn’t breakdown like other no rinse sterilizer won’t it affect the flavor profile of the beer?
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Beer Brewing: How do I dry fresh hops?

I have fresh hops and I wish to dry them for storage in vacuum packed bags. Which methods can I use for drying them, and what are the differences in quality?
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How do I create, dry or roast my own barley malt for beer? [duplicate]

I live close to a farm and I have access to fresh barley. How would I go forward to create barley malt, so I can brew for example a Pale Ale beer?
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Starters for 1500 litre brewing with 100 g of Dry Yeast

What is the possible way to brew batch like 1500 liter with 100 g of yeast ? And how many starter steps need to go and how long will it take to get target pitch rate ? Thanks all !! P.S I'm new ...
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What is the best plastic to use to store alcohol?

What is the best grade of plastic for brewing and storing alcohol (up to about 15%)? Basically as the title suggests, I’m in a rural part of Tanzania with no access to glass but I do have access to ...
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Any food alternatives you can use to brewers yeast nutrient?

It would be a week or till I can get some brewers nutrient is there any food substitute I can use, apples, rice, sweetcorn, apple juice, tomato paste etc?
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Mead made with bananas as a nutrient

I'm looking at what yeast need to live and nanners seem to have a fair bit of that. I have seen a lot of information on adding them for flavor. If nothing else I will be trying this soon and will ...
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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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Is there a meta version of this site?

On other stack exchange forums, there are meta forums to hash out goals, methods and moderator guidelines. Does HBSE have the same?
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Splitting my brew day

I am finding it difficult to set aside enough time for a full brew day and have therefore wondered if it is possible for me to split up the process to two separate occasions. The plan is for the two ...
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Difference between 'brewing' beer and wine?

I haven't been able to sort out the exact differences, it seems to me both of them are blended with yeast in a 'must' for x number of days then bottled for secondary fermentation/carbonation. What am ...
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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 types of beer allow you to skip the boil phase all together?

I'm currently fermenting a Berliner Weisse and was both surprised and pleased at the recipe when I read it required NO BOILING at all! It was so easy simply mashing and then draining directly into ...
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Adding Sugar before primary fermentation and a few associate Gravity Questions

I mentioned in a previous question that I am about to have a go at my first home brew. This was prompted when the brother-in-law's girlfriend gave me a beer kit for Christmas (Tom Caxton Real Ale). ...
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AG brewing newbie, can only hit 50% efficiency, what's going wrong?

I've done 2 one-gallon AG brews now, and both have hit approx. 50% efficiency. I thought I'd fixed what was obviously wrong between the two, but the second one still looks like it's going to come out ...
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How much wort should be left in the brew pot?

I just did a 3 Gallon boil with about 100g of hops. It felt like I left a lot of wort in the brew pot when transferring to the fermenter. It was a struggle to keep the flow in the siphon due to all ...
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Can I fix a higher than anticipated OG after primary?

I just brewed a witbier that was way below the estimated preboil gravity of 1.49. I only got 1.34 in case you're wondering. I've never had that bad of an efficiency before. The grains came ...
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My carboy is fizzing after 2 weeks

I did my first brew from a 5 litres blonde beer kit. I wanted to bottle it after 2 weeks (according to the recipe ) but I got scared about over carbonation so I decided to leave it another week in the ...
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Which reasonably priced UK bottled waters are lightly, or very lightly, mineralised?

I can't drink the water straight from my kitchen tap because it reeks of chlorine. Left standing it's palatable but, starting brewing again after 30 years or so, it's still not something I'd want to ...
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Home made Cider Over Carbonated what should i do with the other Bottles?

I have been brewing some home made cider and decided last weekend to crack it open! (has been in bottles for about 6 months) when a friend opened the bottle it basically exploded and send the swing ...
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Camping and Brewing

So I have a big bumper pull camper that I travel around the country with. I was thinking about a camping trip with some buddies and was considering the implications of perhaps starting a brew while ...
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Making my first batch, but don't have bottles

I'm making my first batch of beer to try out brewing. The kit I have produces 20 pints but unfortunately I don't have bottles to put the beer into afterwards. Is there any other way of storing the ...
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