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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/feremnted ...

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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 seperate 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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Can I make beer from… liver?

This may sound super gross, but allow me to explain. Beer is typically made from malted barley, but other things is also used, for the most part various types of grains. What they all have in common ...
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Communauté de Brasseurs Amateurs Française (Community of French Amateur Brewers)

Bonjour, Je débute complètement dans le brassage maison et je cherche une Communauté de Brasseurs Amateurs.(I am completely new to the idea of home brewing and am looking for a Community of Amateur ...
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Can a 1-wire temperature sensor be easily turned into a PT100 or PT1000 sensor?

I have a 1-wire sensor which has the design I need and a hardware for working with PT100/PT1000 sensors. Can I turn the 1-wire sensor into a PT100/PT1000 sensor easily? Note: this question has been ...
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How can I brew lager at room temperature?

I would like to try to make lager at room temperature (around 30 C). I plan to reduce yeast and fermentation in 2 weeks in order to avoid the off favor and fusel alcohol in beer. Can I do this by ...
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Abita Andygator Clone (helles doppelbock)

I had this beer over the weekend and really enjoyed it and I would love to brew an all grain clone of it myself. Is anyone familiar with this beer? if so does anyone know of a recipe that would come ...
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Brew in a bag partial boil

I was flipping through BrewDog's recently released catalog of their recipes and there are a couple I'd like to have a go at. I was originally going to ask how to convert some of the recipes to ...
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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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First time homebrewing, odd film in jug (not on top of beer)

Here's a picture of what I'm talking about. So for reference, I got the Everyday IPA kit from Brooklyn Brew Shop for christmas, and I just got around to using it last week. This is day 4 of the ...
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Good homebrewing podcasts?

Does any one have suggestions on podcasts about homebrewing? Preferably a short excerpt about what topics they bring up. Thank you.
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Marijuana Based Beer… say what?

I have a cousin from a state where recreational use of marijuana is legal. So I've been told that he and his gnarly friends have brewed up some sort of marijuana hybrid beer somehow. My questions: ...
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Good options for cooling during fermentation?

I'm looking for simple ways to keep my beer a stable temperature, lower than room temp, during fermentation. Are there any simple ways of doing this besides buying a refrigerator for the purpose of ...
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Counterflow Chiller Setup for Optimal Efficiency and Chilling Speed

What is the best configuration where you can decrease your chilling time/increase efficiency. I know this is a bit loaded so let me clarify. I have the standard issue 20' copper 3/8'' garden hose ...
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Pomagranate mead color

I've been fermenting my pomagranate mead for about 2 weeks now and I'm planning on racking it in a week. My question is why does my mead have a brown red color? Is this a normal colour for pomagranate ...
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Has anyone had any success brewing 11.5l in a 30l container?

I am keen to start home brewing but I don't want to make 23l of beer at a time. I'd like to brew smaller batches of different beers. I have looked at the starter brewery kits available locally and ...
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Can you brew only half a can and store the rest for later?

I am keen to start Home brewing but brewing 23 litres at a time seems a bit excessive, so I'd like to halve the recipe and only use half a can of brew kit. Does anyone know if this works and how long ...
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How to make a great stout? [closed]

I'm about to start an out the box Stout tonight and would like to know if anyone has any tips to make this great tasting? This is the first time I've tried making a stout so am rather clueless at the ...
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can you suggest a recipe for these hops and fermentables?

I can only find German pilsner malt for brewing in my country. I can find fuggles, saaz, brewers gold, cascade, Syrian,target 2014,HALLERTAU HERSBRUCKER types of hops. and I can find most common ...
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Off smell in my mead

I recently started brewing mead and during my first racking I noticed a chemically smell that had a alcohol vinyl smell. I can't figure out if my mead has turned or not. I did another racking today ...
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Cooling the wort without an ice bath

I have been cooling my wort after all the boiling by simply taking it off the heat and waiting two to three hours. I have now seen a few places where they use an ice bath to cool the wort much faster....
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Anyone has experience with Brewolution Brewster device

I talk about this device: http://www.brewolution.com/index.php/en/brewster-page. It's 28 liter kettle. What is a max output volume if I do allgrain? I have 20 liter fermenters. How to chill the wort ...
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When racking my beer, it looked like someone had poured cream in

I made my first beer from a kit and followed the instructions carefully as well as reading around. Specifically, I was very careful about cleaning and sterilisation. I had a 2 FV setup and after 2 ...
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CO2 for duvel clone - Strong Golden Ale

What is the CO2 level for a Strong Golden Ale? Each calculator have a different value: 3.3 - source 2.5-3.2 - source 1.9-2.4 - source 1.9 -2.4 source It is correct if I use 160.36g of sucrose for ...
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Brewing with rice. Rice cooker vs Cereal Mash?

Instead of performing a cereal mash which can be done as so: Mill rice Mix 10-15% malted barley to provide a fluid mash Raise temp to 158F for 30 minutes Boil for 15-20 minutes Add to main mash Can ...
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Hops to put in a golden ale to give a big hit of hops

Im looking to make a golden ale from a kit but I want it to have a massive hoppy hit when you take a sip, any ideas on what type to add and dates before bottling?