Questions tagged [equipment]

The various hardware items for producing beer or wine. Includes buckets, carboys, kegs, hoses, airlocks, etc.

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Bottling Advice

I am bottling my first wine soon. However, I am not sure if I should invest in a winged corker, or a floor corker. What are the pros and cons of each, and which should I invest in?
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Should I transfer strike water through a sparging device or more directly?

I use a pump to move strike water from my HLT to the mash tun. I've tried it with and without this nozzle at the end of the hose. The nozzle splatters water when my output valve is open more than ...
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Batch Management - How do you manage your batches for container volume?

So what do you feel is the best way to manage batch sizes? Personally make oversize batches and try to fit it in the largest carboy I have. For subsequent rackings, I will size the carboy down a size ...
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What is the best wine filtering system?

As a hobbyist who produces at least 5 gallons a week of wine, what filtering system do you recommend? I am also looking at transfer pumps as well. I am getting older and have torn rotator cuffs and ...
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Has your airlock ever shot out of your carboy?

I made a kettle sour and added guava in secondary. Everything was going well for a week. I went out of town for the weekend and noticed my carboy stopper and airlock about three feet away on the floor....
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Carbonation in keg

I did my first kegged beer last week, I put the beer in and turned the co2 to about 35 and purged the tank about 5 times. I then shook the beer on the co2 for 3 minutes and then turned off the co2 ...
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STC 1000 safety

sorry if this is a question that’s been answered already. I’ve just completed a brew for a Belgian saison using wyeast 3724 and I’ve suffered the all to common stall that this yeast so often ...
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Lifeless beer after new equipment

I have been brewing for 6 years and have developed some great recipes that have been well received at competitions. My equipment used to be an all-grain setup using a standard 10 gal kettle and 10 ...
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Brewing in an oversized kit - any risks?

I'm looking at buying a larger brew kit to go alongside the current 27L setup I currently have. I've been toying with the idea of upgrading to 200L and simply not brewing to capacity, maybe brew ...
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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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Please help me with the thermowell size

I started to build ebiab kettle and I got lost in NPT sizes, I have 7mm thermometer hole in my kettle and I don’t want to drill bigger, what size to choose?Planning to buy it from AliExpress or ...
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DIY 110 volt eBIAB sytem possible?

I've been doing some research into pre-built electric all-in-one brewing systems (Robobrew, Grainfather, etc) vs DIY electric systems. The prevailing sentiment is that a DIY 110v 1500 watt system is ...
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Homemade condensing pipe for kettle

For various reasons (climate being one) I'm trying to bring my brewing indoors and I cannot simply vent the steam out. A condensing pipe could allow me to remove the vast amount of steam and thus ...
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Life expectancy of swing-top bottles

I started brewing less than a year ago. In that time I've acquired about 60 swing top bottles, and filled about 200, I estimate I've filled each bottle less than 5 times. The last batches I made were ...
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Affordable cooling solutions

I have been advised that controlling fermentation temperature is the first thing I should do to try and improve the quality of my beer. I gather I can get a temperature controller (such as the one ...
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How much power do I need on gas stove to boil 30 liters of wort under 30 minutes?

I'm aware of this answer to How to brew all-grain indoors. It says It gives a good rolling boil and doesn't go all floppy when it's hot. It has a 2kW element holds 29 litres That's nice, about ...
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Alternative to stir plate for yeast starter (and erlenmeyer flask)

Looking at creating my first yeast starter for a DIPA recipe with on O.G. target of 1.085. For this O.G. Brewer's Friend is telling me I would need a 3L starter of an O.G. of 1.040 with a stir plate ...
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Star San ate my spoon - can it still be used?

In a nutshell: moved, Star San bottle broke, got on a bunch of supplies including my stainless steel spoon. Now the spoon is rough where the sanitizer spilled and slightly discolored. The spoon was ...
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Why not to calculate specific gravity through weight?

I have read that you can calculate specific gravity by dividing the weight of a known volume of liquid in the weight of a known volume of water. After reading that I thought about filing my fermenter ...
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My question is about Disconnects

Ok, I am an old dude with arthritic hands and would like to know just how hard is it normally to attach a disconnect to a post. I push as hard as I can but have to hit the top with a rubber hammer for ...
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Brewer's Friend one gallon equipment profile

I'm a newbie one-gallon brewer (done 4 batches as for now). I tried several recipe sources and now I'm trying out the Brewer's Friend. The thing is that most of the recipes are 5+ gallon batches so I'...
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Where do I drill my homebrew fermenting fridge?

I just bought a freezer for use as a fermenting unit. How do I know where to drill my holes? Any advice greatly appreciated. I cannot see any specific advice on the net.
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home malting equipment

I wonder if you guys use any home malting equipment. Or is there such equipment available for homebrewers? I'd like to use automated malting equipment up to 25kg-50kg/batch. If you know such equipment,...
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Quality of beer produced from 1 gallon equipment vs more heavy duty equipment

I'm thinking about getting into home-brew but due to space constraints likely only have room for a 1 gallon setup (and that's all the beer I need anyway). Before I go that route, though, I wonder if ...
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What size of batches can I produce with a 12L pot(biab)?

I'm thinking about moving from extract with grains brewing to all grain brewing, instead of buying a bigger pot I'm thinking about using the same one I used for extract and downsize my butch (which ...
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Is it possible for flavors from the malts to stick with a mash bag?

Is it possible for flavors to stick with a bag used for BIAB brewing, and for it to transfer them to my next brew? If so, what can I do to avoid it
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Doing BIAB with several smaller bags instead of a big one

So I was thinking about switching from extract with grains brewing to all grain brewing using the BIAB method. I had this idea to use several of the small disposable bags I get for the grains in the ...
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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 much is this equipment worth?

Being offered the following list of items for sale: Two 5-gallon glass carboys Thirty "Grolsh" (unsure of this term) bottles Bottle brush Funnel Bottle capping tool Bottling bucket w/ spicket ...
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General questions about controllers

I do 5 gallon all grain batches using a 16 gallon Bayou BK, a 10 gallon water cooler mash tun, and a burner. Eventually I'd like to upgrade my equipment to electric with either a RIMS or HERMS setup, ...
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Can a bad odor from an empty fermenter be a sign of contamination?

I'm new to the hobby and recently made my first brew, I've used a simple plastic fermenter (25L) for primary, and after I finished the bottling process I washed the fermenter and waited for a couple ...
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Closed immersion system

I want to build a closed immersion wort chiller system. Does any one have a suggestion for the type of pump I should get? I figure since the water isn't actually going in the beer it doesn't have to ...
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Conserve water used in immersion chilling?

After reading this question about the amount of water used in immersion chilling (and various other wort chilling), I realized just how much water was being used in a standard brew. This seems quite ...
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Is there anywhere in Aus/NZ that sells MiniBrew HDPE?

Pretty much, the title. I've done a few searches and turn up the Malt Mechanics products, but no MiniBrew. If you have Minibrew equipment and you live in Aus/NZ, where do you get your parts from?
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Still setup with barbed connectors [closed]

I would to set up a boiler connected to a cornelius keg which would work as thumper than to a condenser all with barbed connectors such as is on the cornelius keg....will it work to pass thru the ...
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After remaining inactive for a long time, what gear would need to be replaced and what gear can be cleaned/reused?

It's been over 5 years since I brewed my last batch. I'll be moving in a few months into a new place and I'll be able to start brewing again, the problem is what equipment is toast from sitting idle ...
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Blow off tubes are cloudy

I have 2 clear blow off tubes and both have become cloudy and a little yellow. 1. Can this be cleaned? 2. If not will it effect my beer as it's just a blow off tube. Thanks
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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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Is 1mm thick enough for a Stainless Steel kettle?

I've been looking to upgrade from my 15L Aluminium Pot I use on the stove to a Stainless Steel kettle I can do full boils in (for 20-25 Litre batches). I'm trying to be reasonably thrifty with this ...
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What stainless steel inox 304 vs inox 316 is acceptable for brewing equipment?

I am setting together fittings and ball valves for my homebrewing equipment and corrosion protection and food safety of material is a key decision point. Yet there is a noticable price difference ...
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Upgrading Equipment

I am getting a new Equipment on the next month. As background info I was homebrewing for the last year. I was reading as much as I can and cooking beer as many time as I can, i think that I have at ...
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Noob question here about 1 gallon to 5 gallon brewing

So Im looking in to starting some one gallon recipes. 5 gallons is just way too much for me. Is it absolutely necessary to get a 1 gal jug or can I just use my 5 gal? I suspect the fermentation ...
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Replace current quick disconnect barb with 5/16" barb

I recently bought a length of hose for connecting my regulator to my quick disconnects. The hose fits snug on the regulator barb but is very loose on the quick disconnect barb. Here is the hose - 5/...
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Is it possible to use beer taps to control water to a faucet?

For my basement bar, I would like to mount 2 beer taps (1 hot, 1 cold) to the wall. Water would come out a faucet just like a normal sink. You would pull the beer tap to turn on water, with temp ...
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Aluminum mash tun?

My current brewing set up is as follows: 2 Fermenter's Favorite 10 gallon all grain coolers hot liquor tank and mash tun, 15 gallon Megapot boil kettle, Edelmetal Bru Burner, and a homemade gravity ...
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Can Horizontal Kegging be achieved?

I'm was wondering if a keg could be on a horizontal (or slight angle) position and still provide a constant flux? I'm just wondering this because I'm looking to buy a horizontal freezer (which I'm ...
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Can Lactobacillus ferment solely with table sugar?

I'd like to create an anaerobic ferment with just lactobacillus (i.e. no yeast), table sugar and water. Is this possible or would I have to add anything else to help the Lactobacillus ferment?
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Filtering my batches (no dead fishes)

I have had a couple of cloudy batches recently, both tasted as intended, so no contamination. This has caused me to consider filtration, I have a 100l kit with a pump so could use plate filters or ...
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Any risks to storing glass carboys and other brew equipment in an unheated garage?

We currently have all of our brewing equipment big pile in a spare room and have finally made space for it in our garage (as well as purchased some additional equipment for brewing there). We have a ...
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How would I go about creating a custom starter culture?

I'm interested in creating my own starter cultures. I've found a few facilities which offer to create probiotic formulations, in exact amounts, by kg and density but I would rather start with a ...