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

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What material is the shroud of keglands counter flow chiller made of?

The specification only says "pliable polymer", but exactly what is it made of? To be more specific I would like to know what temperature it can handle? Is it food grade? If it's food grade, ...
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Fermentation growing too fast for bin

I started fermenting my first batch of turbo cider yesterday (10/07/2022). I'm using this this 5L fermentation bucket but the foam has already creeping up to the lid. It's very hot in England right ...
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How to remove/service static relief valve on a pin lock keg?

i have a pin lock keg with a leaking static relief valve. The lid looks like this: I can't figure out how to remove the innards of the relief valve to fix it. Any ideas?
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Co2 regulator pressure vs flow

I'm researching on buying a pressure regulator to put on a co2 bottle. Now I'm finding "flow regulators" (I guess for aquarium) that give the output in litre/min. I am now wondering if it is ...
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Best method for mango pulp-juice separation?

I am not sure whether this would be the best place to ask or some other group, but let’s try: Making mango wine I am currently blending fresh fruit and sieving the pulp with a thin filter (kitchen ...
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airtight bin for bulk grain

We are having a really hard time finding a truly airtight bin large enough to keep at least 50 lbs of bulk grain in. Does anyone have any suggestions? We keep our grains in the shed and want to keep ...
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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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How do you clean and fill a keg manually?

What equipment is required to clean and fill a commercial keg (not one adapted for homebrewing), before paying for a full blown keg washer and filler? Is this even possible?
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What is a grant?

How is it used? What does it do?
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Airlock Alternatives

Imagine that brew-day rolls around and you find yourself without an airlock for your carboy or bucket. What other things can you use in it's stead? Further imagine that you do not have the ...
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What material should I make my brew paddle with?

I've been using the cheap plastic spoon that you'll typically find at your local homebrew store. It's pretty terrible when it comes to agitating my mash tun. Heat + Resistance = Bent plastic spoon. I'...
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Is there a Grolsch flip-top bottle shortage?

This is a little off-topic to the process, but more about supplies for the process. I thought I could pick up some cheap, used, Grolsch bottles online, until I started looking at the prices. On Etsy ...
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Temperature Control for Fermentation

I am curious how everyone controls the temperature of their primary, especially those that live in the warmer climates. In Florida, where the temperatures can soar and remain in the 90's and above ...
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Brew In A Bag one-gallon batch?

I'd like to try homebrewing, and I've read a great deal about the process, but I will have more time than money (I'm about to graduate from college). It seems like most people buy a lot of equipment ...
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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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What is a hopback?

How do you use it? What does it do? Do you pass finished wort through it hot or cold?
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What's a good first equipment buy after a basic starter kit?

I bought the First-Time Brewer's Starter Kit from Midwest Supply and enjoyed the process quite a bit. While the kit has the essentials for extract brewing, I know there are lots of things I can get to ...
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Any supplies I should I have some "extra" of?

As a new home brewer, I've been reading up on posts regarding things that can go wrong during a brew and how to fix them. For example, if I have understood correctly, stuck fermentation may require ...
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Wall sockets for Cornelius kegs line cleaning

I'm looking for a line cleaning socket for a Cornelius keg fitting. I've worked in the pub trade (UK) for more years than I care to remember so know how bars are set up and I am familiar with line ...
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48 quart rectangular cooler as an HLT?

I'm gathering equipment on the cheap to start all grain brewing and looking at options for an HLT. A rectangular 48 quart cooler is about half the price as the customary 10 gallon Igloo everyone uses ...
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Regulator not fitting CO2 tank

I recently started gathering equipment for home water carbonation and collected my CO2 tank today to find the regulator I purchased does not fit it. I am based in Ireland, here is the regulator I ...
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Anyone familiar with flat soft drink production? Lemonade to be precise!

This is a long shot but I know how crafty beer brewers are! Currently making THC infused lemonades ( Legal State ) however the facility I now work for wants to scale up to produce approx 1875-4000 ...
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Re-use the mini kegs that are used in 'Krups Beer Tender' for home brewing?

For me, these 5 liter kegs seem like the perfect device for storage as well as remaining fresh when making beer. I understand there is a way to remove the top piece of the mini keg with some type of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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What equipment do I need to buy to start making beer?

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

I am an engineer who's built a wine quality detector. My sensor can pick up a wide variety of chemicals at levels as low as parts per million (ppm). With no background in wine production myself, I ...
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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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How do I use this Digital Temperature Controller?

For my birthday, I asked my sister for a Digital Temperature Controller. Rather than buy the one from Norther Brewer, I found what I thought was a better deal from Pex Supplies. However, it looks like ...
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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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Bottle filling without a rapid bottler

I'm about to bottle my first Coopers home brew and I don't have a rapid bottler. Can I pour it straight from the tap or will I have problems?
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Wort Chiller Cool Down Times?

What tools or tricks is everyone using to cool their wort down after the boil? How long does it take you to get down below 70 degrees? I am using an older copper wort chiller (hooks up to a garden ...
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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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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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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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Is it safe to use swing-tops?

I just started brewing my first batch (yay!) and want to set up for bottling while I wait. My question is simple: Can I start using Swing-Tops like Grolsch to bottle my beer? I've heard varying ...
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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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What are the exact dimensions/specs of the fittings on a standard stainless steel Hansen Coupler?

I have a standard stainless steel Hansen Coupler for Pin-Lock type Cornelius Kegs. I'm trying to find the exact specs on both the 1/4 MFL and the inside (female) threads, where it connects to the ...
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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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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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Is my copper wort chiller still good?

I haven't had the chance to brew in about two years and I've been storing my copper wort chiller in a storage locker for most of that time. Upon moving and retrieving it yesterday, it's got some ...

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