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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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Clearing using finings during racking prior to bottling - will there still be enough yeast for second fermentation?

I am taking the opportunity to use the current situation to get brewing again. I'm only using kits at the moment, but plan to move to next stages soon. I currently have a Festival kit of Old Suffolk ...
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Muttons Brewery in a bag kit - what to do with pressure release valve?

I have a "brewery in a bag kit" that has a pressure release valve but I don't understand where this goes on the bag.
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What are the benefits of using brewing sugar over types of sugar?

In many kits I've used, the instructions recommend using brewing sugar. Of course it's okay to use other sources of sugar, but I was wondering whether there are any benefits of using brewing sugar ...
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Comparing beginner homebrew kits?

Any thoughts on the Midwest Supplies Beer, Simply Beer kit vs the Basic Brewer's Best 1000 kit? They seem pretty comparable, but I'm curious if I'm overlooking something because I'm a newb. P.S. I ...
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Recently expired kit. Is the yeast still ok? [duplicate]

I have just received a kit which says that the expiration date is in April 2019 (2 months ago). I am quite confident that the extract is still okay, but I'm wondering about the yeast. Is it still ...
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Effects of extra sugar in kit beer

A friend of mine just set a Morgans Golden Saaz Pilsner with kit yeast and 1kg DME + 1kg sugar. He is fermenting at ~23°C. The kit requests for 1 kg of sugar but my firend accidentally put much more. ...
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First time brewing with Mr. Beer

First attempt at home brew. Not sure what to look for. My brewing time line so far is: 28 days in fermenter tank. Bottled at room temp for 36 days. Put in fridge yesterday, 24 hours refrigerated ...
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The holidays are messing up the bottling schedule

I brewed up the Grapefruit Sultan from Midwest on 12/7 and I'm facing a bottling predicament. As it stands fermentation is complete and the yeast are just cleaning up. No plans to secondary, and I'll ...
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Working with Coopers Australian Pale Ale kit

One of my friends bought me two cans of Coopers Australian Pale Ale. I haven't used kits before and I am having trouble figuring out what's inside. So far what I can deduce it's a combination of hop ...
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I have Youngs Elderberry kit

I am on day 3 and instructions state "top up 4.54 litres tepid water". Does this mean top up TO 4.54 litres? Should I leave space in the demijohn and how much space? It's still got 7 to 20 days to ...
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How strong you can brew a beer using Brubox kit?

There is a BrüBox which allows you to brew your own craft beer at home. What's the estimated alcohol percentage you can achieve by using the provided equipment and following the instructions from the ...
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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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Where (from Europe) to get a decent kit to start all-grain brewing?

I've been searching for a kit to start all-grain brewing, but seem to find nothing from Europe. My lack of knowledge might have something to do with this.
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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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Scale down An extract beer kit

I bought A 23 lt Muntons wheat beer kit. I plan to do primary fermentation in 19lt plastic fermenter with A 15lt volume. And after do A secondary fermentation with dry hops in A 15lt glass carboy. I ...
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Can I rack to and clear my wine in a lidded plastic bucket without a stopper?

I'm making a Chardonnay wine kit for the first time ever, so bear with me here. The instructions say to rack the wine from the primary fermenter (which they suggested be a food safe HDPE plastic ...
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Mr. Beer kit expired in 1999

After reading some reviews online I'm most definitely sure the malt extract is no good, I was wondering if the yeast would be any good (just curious).
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How do lager kits let you brew at room temperature?

I am thinking about making some Mexican-style lager using one of the following kits: Coopers Mexican Cerveza Bulldog Beer Kit - Cortez Gold Mexican Cerveza Better Brew Bandit, Tequila and lime Now I ...
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Can anyone recommend a starters kit, available in the UK?

I have inherited a garage after a recent move, and as I also have off street parking, it seems only right and natural that I start to indulge my desire to start homebrewing. My intention is to be ...
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Are beer kits any good?

I started my first homebrew a few days ago. I used a John Bull India Pale Ale beer kit made by Young's (West Midlands, UK). The airlock is bubbling away merrily and I've taken the lid off the ...
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Another acetaldehyde question

Sorry to be the thousandth person to ask about acetaldehyde here; I don't think that I'm making any of the normal mistakes that cause a green apple flavour, but I have an ale brew that's hit the ...
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Splitting a kit five ways: yeast (or other) advice?

I'm planning to split a kit five ways to do a test on different water types. The kit is a two-can 3.6Kg LME kit (St Peter's IPA made by Muntons) that's designed to make about 20 litres of beer. I ...
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Is delayed yeast activity normal?

I am working on a small batch, 1 gallon of Pale Ale. It came in a kit and the yeast was not labeled so I am not sure what kind it is. This is only the third batch I have brewed. On my first two ...
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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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Boil options with a small pot

I'm about to make my first brew (from an extract kit), it's a 25litre batch (6.5us gal). Following John Palmer's advice I will be doing a partial boil. But the biggest pot I have available is 6litres (...
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How do I decide between all the starter kits available in the UK?

I was thinking about getting into Homebrew as I love my beer and thought it would be fun to brew some of my own. I am from the UK and was just wondering what the best starter kit is that's available ...
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The right first kit?

I've seen a lot of kits and adds online to brew your own beer, but they don't seem all that easy or great. And any suggestions on what kit(s) to start with? How much should I plan to spend to get ...
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How to fix yeast smell in young wine from kit

I started my first attempt at fermenting this wine kit in mid-April. I followed the initial directions pretty meticulously which included stirring in the fermentation bucket daily (due to kit ...
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Where is the best place to order 5 gallon extract kits?

I am a new homebrewer, I have brewed about 5 extract kits, one from austinhomebrew.com and the rest from Northernbrewer.com I will eventually order items to do my own extract recipes, but until then ...
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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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Fermentation vessel too small for beer kit

My problem is that I have a 15L carboy a beer kit (Cooper's Irish Stout) that's supposed to be for 23L. I vaguely recall reading somewhere that I should leave about 20% headspace (so I'm only brewing ...
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First brew… 1.010 gravity in 72 hours?

I'm in the middle of my first brew and I'm having some issues. Not sure if I have completely ruined this thing or what. Heres the deal... During the process, everything went pretty much as planned ...
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What is the correct gravity for white wine?

Bought a Youngs u Brew 7 Day wine kit. Similar to this: https://www.thehomebrewcompany.ie/winebuddy-sauvignon-blanc-30-bottles-p-532.html The instructions says that I should only bottle when the ...
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Improvements for Geordie Winter Warmer

I've just started a single can Geordie Winter Warmer kit and having read some negative reviews about this kit turning out "weak" and "watery" and like "beer flavoured soda water" I'm naturally having ...
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Why do kit wines age differently?

Most kit wines claim they're ready to drink in a month or two. I've found they're much better at 6 months or so. But when making wine from grapes, it seems everyone recommends aging at least a year, ...
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How should I upgrade equipment from a Mr. Beer kit?

I have used a Mr. Beer kit two times now with acceptable success. I want to move to the next level. Can someone tell me the best kit to buy and a good book for starting?
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Modifying Mountmellick's Irish Stout [closed]

I have a can of this, but want to do something different with it and have it ready for the holidays. My first thought was pumpkin, but I couldn't figure out from reading how or when to put it in; and ...
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Adding the yeast to a beer kit by sprinkling or stirring

When making a beer kit some people say to sprinkle the yeast on top of the wort and other people say to stir in the yeast to incorporate it into the wort. I know that there is the other method of ...
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Can I add adjuncts to beer kits?

I have been given one of those beer kits, namely Coopers International Series Beer Kit English Bitter. I've used these kits before and I've also made my own beer without the use of such kits. What I'...
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Do I need additional equipment for kits with hops?

I am looking for a kit for my second brew. My first was simply a can, some added DME and the yeast that came with the can, and it turned out pretty well. My one complaint was that it wasn't quite ...
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First brewing experience, First kit. need advice [closed]

Okay, so I got a homebrew starter kit for xmas about 5 years ago. it contained 23 litres of prepared wort, a primary pail, a secondary glass carboy and nearly all the tools needed. I still had to ...
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Using two kit cans should I use both yeast packets and how much sugar

I have seen some people online using two kits to make one 23L batch of beer with more flavor than a single kit. If you use one kit to make 23L you add the yeast supplied with it and 1kg of dextrose ...
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Adding hopped tea at the start of fermentation

I have a Muntons Premium Larger Kit and have purchased some hops to add some aroma. The hops I am using are called Wakatu (Hallertau Aroma) pellets. The instructions I have from the home brew store ...
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Advice for filling a carboy

I'm fairly new to brewing, I've done 3 kits so far. Last time I brewed in a 23 litre, glass carboy but I found getting the malt extract into it really difficult. The only way I managed to do it was to ...
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How can I save my beer after long delay before bottling?

I have a home ale brew in a tub from a kit, and I added 20 teaspoons of sugar to the beer as instructed (the equivalent of 1 half teaspoon per bottle) but this was about 10 days ago. I haven't bottled ...
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Coopers australian stout - Replacing white sugar, no spraymalt or brewing sugar

I have the white coopers australian stout 23L kit which recommends the additional 1kg sugar you can add but I know its not recommended. I know most people add 1kg spraymalt but I do not have it right ...
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The isinglass in my wine kit is cloudy. Has it gone bad?

I bought a Wine Experts Pinot Grigio wine kit and the packet of isinglass is cloudy and has white bits floating around in it. I suspect it is bad. Has anyone seen that before?
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Considering adding Fresh Ginger to a 'Simply Ginger Beer' kit

I'm about to start a brew using a 'Simply Ginger Beer' kit. I've heard that it's sweet, and light which is what I want, but it's not very gingery. Would it be ok to add some grated and boiled fresh ...
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How to chill wort

I have made a few batches of beer from those home brew kits sold at Brew n Grow. When I cook the beer, I only am boiling 2.5 gallons instead of the whole 5, per instructions, and then I add the other ...