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Counter-pressure bottle filler and exposure to oxygen

I have a question about the process of using a counter-pressure bottle filler to transfer beer from my keg into bottles and how to keep the beer from being exposed to Oxygen in the process. I'm using ...
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Looking at brewing smoothie sours - is there a pasteurization process and are cans a must for them?

I am thinking about venturing into smoothie sours, but after doing a bit of reading it seems that keeping them shelf stable is a challenge. It also seems that canning is one of the only ways to ...
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How long does clarification take given a refrigerator temperature level cold crash?

In this question defining cold crashing, there is some discussion of ramping the temperature down slowly over a long time, but then says quicker cold crashing is possible if the beer has already ...
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Does beer pulled early from a keg taste less bitter than those pulled later?

I seem to be noticing that the beers I drink early on from my kegs taste less bitter than the last few beers. My kegs do not move for 1 to 2 months while they are being emptied. Is it possible that ...
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Should I lube the gaskets of my kegs?

I am new to kegging my beer. In a video I saw somebody putting Vaseline on all of the gaskets of his corny-kegs. I was wondering if this kills the foam of the beer. Or do I have to lube the gaskets ...
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How much yeast to add for bottle conditioning

Most of the time, adding yeast at bottling time is not necessary since enough healthy yeast remain in suspension to consume the priming sugar. But in cases where the existing yeast might not be ...
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How to remove Corona bottle printing (screen printed label)

I'm planning to use recycled Corona bottles to pack some juice I'm producing, but to put my own logo on these bottles, I want to remove the original printed brand. In my city, and even in my whole ...
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Aging beer/cider/mead in beer bottles for competition

So, I'm in a process of planning for the next year competitions. In fact, I'm little bit behind since I'm planning to do big brews (few meads and beers). I already had a similar thread about ...
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Packaging for competitions

Quick question regarding packaging for competitions... Usually samples should be submitted in 12oz bottles with caps... is it the case for Belgium styles? Some beers have to be conditioned in ...
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Packing Beer on a Plane

I'd like to fly a full case of homebrew home with me for Christmas. Is there a standard size box that can fit that much beer plus packing materials to protect it? Edit: the airline I'm flying offers ...
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O2-absorbing crowns - do they absorb other things?

I have tried long-term aged beers (year or more) side by side, one with o2-absorbing crowns, one without, and swear by the difference. While it seems you want some oxidation in a long-term-aged beer, ...
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Getting custom beer crates in the US? [closed]

I'm about to embark on my first journey to home brewed beer, but as a German, there is one critical ingredient that makes a beer a beer: A Beer Crate, or Bierkasten as we call it: However, I have not ...
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How to safely remove mold from corks?

I have a mead that has been sitting bottled in a cool underground closet for about a year, and the corks appear to have some mold growing on the outside. Apparently the closet is a bit more moist ...
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Is there a way to use my kegging system to carbonate beer for bottling without a beer gun?

The only solutions I've found are expensive, and involved a pricey piece of equipment called a beer gun. Is there a way to carbonate my beer before bottling so I can ensure a good carbonation?
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Nitrogen Widgets in canned beer [closed]

How do those N2 widgets work in cans of beers like guineas, tetleys and Old Speckled Hen? Is the N2 in the widget and released when the can opens, or is the N2 in the beer and the widget helps mix and ...
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What is cold crashing?

What is cold crashing? When is it done? How long does it take? Best temperature to make it happen?
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Cardboard alternatives to bottle cases for storage

A problem I hadn't really anticipated was how to store/transport bottled homebrew. I've been reusing old cardboard store-bought boxes, but they seem to be breaking down pretty quickly, especially ...
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Shipping beer to fellow brewers

A few college friends of mine have started brewing beer recently and we were wondering what the best way to ship our beers across the country is? Our ideas so far are: Just bottle it, wrap it, and ...
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How much yeast to add back after extended lagering?

If after an extended lagering period there is fear of not having enough healthy yeast available for carbonation, how much yeast should be added back? What is the easiest form to use, dry or liquid?
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Cask beer at home

Anyone have a good source for getting smaller versions of a firkin for home use? I am interested in casking some beer at home for parties and special occasions. Are there any good links out there for ...
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Thawing Frozen Beer

I have a couple kegs of beer that froze out in the garage this winter. What effects should I expect on flavor, head retention and body after thawing? My beer was relatively sediment free, but would ...
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Skunking beer process

How fast does beer skunk, in the bottle or out? I have heard people claim their IPA gets skunky in the glass as they drink it on the sunny patio. I have also left a sixer of beer on a shelf on my ...
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Shipping beer cheaply

What are some of the best methods you've used for shipping beer (for trade, competition, gifts, whatever)? What are some packing materials / resources that are inexpensive but reliable? How many beers ...
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