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Brewing using Dried or Liquid Malt Extract rather than extracting the sugars from the malted grains, in the mash.

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Do I need to sterilize my top-off water?

I just purchased my first kit and am about to brew it (tonight!). The instructions provided indicate that after cooling the wort and tranfering it to the sanitized carboy I need to top it off with ...
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Why is my O.G. less then what I calculated?

I am trying to figure out what I did wrong, when I measured my O.G. it came out to 1.060/1.062, what i calculated is, and what the recipe states it should be in the 1.070 to 1.080 range...... recipe: ...
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water for brewing

I used tap water for my first batch and it came out with a little off taste and flavor that I referred to as a bandaid. I looked it up and found it could be the water I am using, are there any good ...
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After the Ice Bath of the Wort, should I pour the sludge from the kettle into the carboy?

I am just an extract brewer; I buy everything from NB. The instructions say: "Fill primary fermenter with 2 gallons of cold water, then pour in the cooled wort. Leave any thick sludge in the bottom ...
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Why add extract late [duplicate]

I have heard mention of late addition of extracts. I was under the impression that you need to boil the extract to kill off any possible nasties? When I brew, so far always from a prepackaged kit, ...
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Can I clean and reuse a grain bag?

Brand. Spanking. New. To brewing. Just bought an Amber Ale extract kit (don't judge!) and equipment set from Brewer's Best. I read the "Brew Day" instructions and they included a grain bag that they ...
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