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The items included in the recipe to make the beer/wine

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Can theatre buttered and salted popcorn be used for brewing brewing at home?

Can theatre buttered and salted popcorn be used for brewing brewing at home? A friend of mine has access to leftover popcorn from a movie theatre and I was wondering if it could be used for brewing at ...
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Raisins for wine which yield some amount of moisture on squeezing?

I want to make raisin wine that is usable for certain Jewish religious ceremonies. For this the raisins have to yield some amount of moisture on squeezing them. Which raisins yield some amount of ...
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Rinsing frozen red currants

I picked some garden grown red currants a good while ago and threw them straight in the freezer without washing them. I'm planning on making wine with them soon. Most recipes I've read recommend ...
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Have you made grapefruit wine and what were your results?

So I made a grapefruit wine recently, using Ocean Spray 100% grapefruit juice, mostly because I am lazy and it was a test batch of about a gallon and a half. The results were interesting. It is clear ...
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What changes the alcohol content of beer?

What component increases the alcohol content in beer? I would like to know this for future brewing.
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Microbial interactions: biotransformations and food/drink science

I am looking for a good, in-depth source on biotransformations (think food science). For example, fermenting black tea and sugar with wild yeast and bacteria (kombucha): Wild yeast ferment sucrose ...
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Honey wheat recipe

I have made several honey wheat batches from honey wheat kits that turned out too dark, too heavy, too bitter. I would love to make a lighter honey wheat beer. Does it make sense to buy a lighter ...
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Salt additions to the glass

So here's my predicament: I've realized that my city water has low Chloride levels compared to the sulfates (i.e. the sulfate/chloride ratio is higher than ideal). Reading that this might be the case, ...
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How much special yeast do I need?

I have seen this particular beverage and I want to brew this at home. How much fluid yeast do I need to collect to make 1 gallon of this particular high end brew? How do test for yeast content? http:...
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Blending different apple varieties for hard cider (uk)

Has anybody experimented with blending different varieties of apple for "hard cider"? Locally I have an apple variety called "Blenheim Orange" and also an unidentified cider apple. Using just the ...
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Brewing with tamarinds

For reference: tamarind. I recently saw this fruit at the store today and thought it smelled interesting so I investigated. I've decided to brew my very first batch of beer as a tamarind saison as a ...
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Formulating a recipe with birch sap

Background Based on my searching here and elsewhere, brewing with birch sap is quite uncommon with brewers (although I did find one brewer that mentioned brewing with maple sap). So I'd like to get ...
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Has anyone used any particular ingredients to create medicinal brews?

I ask this question because while cooking rhubarb, I thought waste not, want not, and decided to chuck the left over liquid into a container and add a bit of yeast to see what I ended up with. I ...
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The different forms of corn

I make a delicious British Golden Ale with about 10% corn in the grist. Thus far I have only used flaked maize for this corn component. I guess the different forms of corn for a beer would be: ...
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Adding Ingredients to an IPA Kit

I am a home brewing newbie from the UK. I have made 2 batches so far; my first was a 1 gallon IPA kit using grains which I was relatively happy with for a first attempt; the second was a 40 pints IPA ...
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Will supermarket fruits make a good wine?

I was wondering if using fruits from a supermarket would make a good wine or not. At the moment I have been buying frozen berry packs which work great but I am looking to branch out into more ...
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Is this a good recipe for a 5 hop brew?

I'm a novice home brewer who likes West Coast IPAs and the occasional double IPA. I also started growing hops in my backyard last year and I'd like to put together a beer using all 5 hops. I'd like ...
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Brewing with Bananas

I am planning to add bananas to a beer some time soon. There is a lot of good info in "Homebrew All-Stars" (Drew Beechum and Denny Conn) from Joe Formanek about how he uses bananas in the mash. One ...
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Website for grain bill determination by style

I have not been able to find a website that lists percent of each malt and/or adjunct for a given style of beer. Is there such a site?
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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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How do you take ingredients from a brewer's website and make a recipe

A lot of commercial brewer's websites give grain bills and hop profiles for their various beers. I was wondering if there is a way to take that information, perform some calculation on it (whether ...
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Will Potassium Metabisulfite prevent store-bought Grape Juice from fermenting?

There's a store-bought grape juice that I'm interested in lacto-fermenting (i.e. no yeast, only bacteria, anaerobic ferment, etc) but I recently discovered Potassium Metabisulfite is added to "enhance ...
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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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Replace corn adjunct of recipe with...?

I've got a recipe for a wild strawberry blonde (I recently asked for tips on prepping fresh strawberries). Well, I'm finally going to brew this, but...corn? The blonde recipe I'm looking at right now ...
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Mojito beer help

I am trying to make a beer that taste kind of like a mojito to try. I am thinking of doing 4lbs 2row and 4lb wheat with a lb of molasses to get around 5% abv. I am just wondering what hops to use and ...
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Does High Sugar Concentration Inhibits Bacterial growth?

About a month ago, I started making a dairy-free drink with blended fruit (i.e. Strawberries, Raspberries, etc). I'd like to start lacto-fermenting these smoothies but a friend of mine insists that ...
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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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Brewing a gruit. Myrica Gale alternative needed

I'm planning to brew my first gruit ale. I was planning to use Myrica Gale, Yarrow and Rosemary. Sadly, I'm having serious difficulties with buying Myrica here in Europe. Could anyone tell me a ...
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What are the guidelines to store beer ingredients?

I am new to the homebrewing world. In this moment I have just brewed using prepared kits (I use Brooklyn Brew Shop kits). However, I am considering trying new recipes and therefore buying the ...
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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 ...
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What beer style would be good to enhance with Stevia rebaudiana?

As we know it, Stevia rebaudiana introduces herbal sweetness in form of calories-free, non-fermentable steviol glycosides. I'm tempted to use it with my beer, but I honestly have no idea where to ...
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How is the conversion of raisin to tannin and acid?

It's hard to find tannin powder as there is no wine making supplies in my country. There, I'd rather use raisin as tannin substitute in my wine making process. However, I'm not sure how the conversion ...
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My ingredient quantities seem a bit off

Planning a new extract brew. I'm normally one to wing the quantities a bit but as I'm attempting a higher-than-average ABV this time round I've put together a recipe using the Brewers' Friend recipe ...
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Creating a tincture extract question

Good afternoon, guys. I never done tincturing before, and actually just saw a recipe for Capsicumel (jalapeno mead or methodology). The recipe states adding 2 peppers into the primary when the ABV ...
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Anyone Know of Any Homebrewing Video Tutorial Blogs

Does anyone know of a good homebrewing blog that has video tutorials? I've Googled it and found a bunch of video tutorial blogs, but they're not great. Anyone know of some good ones?
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Coriander: Seed vs Ground?

I'm making a witbier this weekend that calls for 1 tsp of coriander added to the boil at 2 minutes. I'm wondering if I should purchase seeds and grind them myself, or just buy a jar of ground ...
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Bottle conditioning beer without sugar [duplicate]

I'm just about to embark on my first brew with my dad. He mentioned that he may include half a tea spoon of sugar into each of the bottles to prevent it becoming flat. What are other suggestions to ...
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How does the fermentation schedule look when adding flavor elements?

Is there a guide for when & how to add specific ingredients to the fermentation process? For example, if I want honey, lemon, ginger, banana, raspberry, etc. - when's the best time to add that ...
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Why are there raisins floating in my ginger beer?

When I buy homemade ginger beer (in South Africa), there are often small black raisins floating in it, about 1cm in diameter. Why did the makers decide to put them in?
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Can I still use malts that have melted?

I inherited a slew of brewing equipment and ingredients from a friend, but am not sure if it is usable, it's been in storage for a while. Specifically the malts have melted into chunks(a dry imported ...
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Ingredients in Seconday - Prevent Particles In Beer

OK, so I brewed an xmas beer about a month ago. It turned out awesome. One thing I did was add a bunch of ingredients into the secondary fermentation. The ingredients were vanilla bean, wood oak chips ...
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Replacing orange peel with orange powder

I am having a hard time finding bitter orange peel in my region, but I did find bitter orange powder. Can I achieve the same results with the powder instead of the peel? Should I use the same ...
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Xmas Brew Ingredients

I'm making an Xmas brew. So far so good with the primary fermentation (this is my 4th beer so no worries there). It's an ale brewed with 2.5 lbs of grains and dry malt extract (only 8 AAU hops). I've ...
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Espresso Shot (size)

I'm trying to make sense of a Stout recipe and one of the ingredient is: 1.00 Coffee Espresso Shot Now, according to Wiki, one espresso shot is 25ml. Would this be the right amount for a 23L batch ...
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Amount of lactose (or milk?) to make a real 'Cream Ale',

So I'm brewing the recipe below for my wife. (She wanted a "fruity" beer.") It was listed on beersmith.com as "Strawberry Cream Ale". I asked at the LHBS, and they confirmed what I thought, in that ...
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Malted wheat rather than torrified wheat

I've used malted wheat instead of torrified wheat by mistake in making an ale How ill this effect the final product? Cheers
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Citra hops shortage?

I'm having a devil of a time finding citra hops in quantity. Everywhere I visit seems to carry citra, but none want to sell me more than a couple of ounces and usually at inflated prices. I mean $2.99 ...
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What is the shelf life for DME?

I have a package of Briess Golden Light DME, and I noticed on the back it had a date stamp of 130923 10:57, which I assume to mean it was produced on Sept. 23, 2013. It got me wondering if DME ...
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Steel Cut v. Flaked Oats

Pound for pound, do steel cut oats deliver the same level of mouthfeel as flaked oats? I ask because I recently made some steel cut oats for breakfast and they seem to be much more gummy than normal ...
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Juniper berries for brewing pale ales

I love the aroma of Juniper and want to feature it in my next pale ale. I'm currently extract/kit brewing, and I had a few questions about how to go about this: I read some tips about adding to ...
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