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Grain Bill for 5 Gallon (Wheat and Barley Pale Ale)

I am new to home brewing and would welcome the insights and comments of the other home brewers on this website in order to brew a 5 gallon batch of a Wheat and Barley based Pale Ale. That said, what ...
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5 Gallon Recipe for "Stand Tall Pineapple Pale Ale" - Mill Street Brewery

Good day, I am seeking help from the seasoned brewers on this forum to find a recipe for a beer that I absolutely loved and cannot get anymore of because it was only a seasonal craft beer that Mill St....
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Red Ale didn't turn out how I thought it would

So I followed a recipe called "hoppy red ale" and I just took a sample after 14 days in the fermenter. I'm a little disappointed that it's not as red as I thought it would be. It's more of a brown / ...
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Doubling a mead recipe

If I double a mead recipe, do I need to double the yeast I put in to have the same fermentation time? I'm doubling a small batch from a half gallon to a gallon, would I need to add a second packet?
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Estimating residual sugars in a beer recipe

I'm finally taking a stab at formulating my own beer recipe. What I'd like to achieve is something dark and chewy, but not overly sweet. I've been playing around with the recipe tools on ...
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saffron in home brewing - taste, aroma and colour

I'm planning to add some in my mead because we have the best saffron in our country. anyone ever tried to add saffron in their mead, wine or beer during first or second fermentation? i know it can ...
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How is peanut butter flavor added to beer?

I've encountered several commercial beers with peanut butter flavor and I'm interested in making something similar but I'm not 100% sure how to go about it. I've seen reference to peanut butter ...
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How should I determine a ratio between malts?

I am new to the home brewing community and have a question regarding some malts I am using on my next batch. After using a few beer kits from Brewers Best, I am taking a spin at trying to gather my ...
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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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Why is ginger fed to ginger beer plant regularly, what is a good ratio of ginger to liquid?

I'm brewing ginger beer for the first time using a ginger beer plant with this recipe. In this recipe once fermentation begins you feed the plant sugar and ground ginger for 7 days. I understand why ...
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Help me improve my Canadian Blonde recipe

I made many great stouts in the past, but blondes seem more difficult to get right. I looked on the web for an all-grain Canadian Blonde recipe (basic blonde similar to a Budweiser). I found a few ...
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Low ABV stout recipe

I'm thinking about doing a series of lightweight, flavorful beers. The fact is, I'm not going to drink more than one or two beers a night: I want to be able to drive my kids to the ER if I have to. ...
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How to improve my homemade Hooch

I've been making home hooch for about a year now. I put lots of sugar, let it get almost hot, add a good amount of yeast and wait. I put it in 5 liter plastic jugs with the cover not screwed on. ...
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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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Reusing water from boiling corn cobs?

I will be boiling corn cobs and I was thinking about reusing this water to make a brew batch. I know some commercial breweries use corn as an ingredient, but I am unsure how. I am thinking that a ...
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Would this grain bill make an Amber Ale?

I am planning a small experimental 1 gallon BIAB batch of something like an Amber Ale. According to one article I've found: Description of Typical Grain Bill Amber Ale is traditionally made with ...
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Input on recipe idea (are my calculations correct)

I'm looking for some input as to whether my planned recipe looks right. I have only just finished my first ever brew and wanted to try my hand at pulling together my own recipe (but I am not skilled ...
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Creating Brew Recipes

This is more of a general question that I'd like to throw out to homebrewers that like to 'experiment' with beer recipes. I've been through enough all-grain brews now that know my equipment fairly ...
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Is taking the gravity reading of a commercial beer useful when trying to clone?

I'm going to attempt a clone of a commercial beer. I already know the hops used and base malt. Obviously I know the ABV too. My question is if I take a gravity reading of the beer from the bottle ...
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First brew - OK to substitute malt/hops, and how much water should I be boiling?

I've been reading John Palmer's How to Brew and I'm getting ready for my first brew day in a few days. I'm aiming to follow the basic 'Cincinnati Pale Ale' recipe that he provides but I'm going to ...
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Big beer extract impact?

My system can comfortably mash up to 10kg of malt. But it can easily fly sparge only 5kg. 8kg is doable, but stretching it. In my recipe I have: 5kg Pale Ale 1kg Munich I 1kg Munich II 1kg ...
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Potential Bitterness of Using 3 Pounds of Dark Grains

I've been putting together the following oatmeal stout recipe, going for a kind of jam-on-nearly-burnt-toast sort of flavor: 8lb Maris Otter 2lb Flaked Oats 1lb Caramel 120L 1lb Special B 1lb Roasted ...
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How to substitute liquid yeast in recipe

I'm starting out on homebrew beers, made some all-grain recipes already and I want to try some new recipes, but, where I live is very difficult to find liquid yeast, and almost all recipes (mainly on ...
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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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Grape-like flavors in beer

A local brewery has a Scottish ale that I love which had a really interesting, though subtle, grape flavor (somewhere between Concord grape and artificial grape). I'm fairly certain I've noticed the ...
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Advice on a recipe

I have the following grains available and was wondering what would be the general idea of doing my own recipe. 0.5kg Amber Malt 0.5kg Maris Otter 0.5kg Halcyon 1kg Pale Malt 1kg Caramel Dark 3kg Red-...
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Steep caramel malt in all grain brew?

Are there any situations when this would be needed, or make any sense? Steeping base malts usually makes no sense at all, and changes to taste made by steeping black malt or roasted barley instead ...
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Would this grain bill make "true" Irish Red Ale?

I have a problem. I've read BJCP description of Irish Red Ale, and many recipes and... they don't quite match. Some recipes use crystal malt. Some does not. Most use roasted barley. Some do not. Many ...
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What ingredients contribute body to a cider?

I've been given a container of Suma concentrated apple juice,the concentrate used to make apple juice from concentrate, left over from a camp. I've made cider from it in the past, using just tap water ...
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How to increase sweetness without adding body?

Most methods, like increasing mash temperature, adding oat flakes, or using lactose, increase body even more than sweetness. Are there any methods to increase sweetness only, without affecting body? ...
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What beer would showcase Castle Malting® Château Black Of Black?

I have 1kg of Château Black Of Black malt. Bought it without really planning, because it's description was appealing. Particularly: the flavour and aroma typical of the traditional Black malt ...
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Boosting a recipe for longer shelf life

I made a lot of beers last summer, and I realize that I made more than I could/would drink. Some (if not most) of my beers don't age well (at basement temperature of 18°C), although they were great ...
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Red wine recipies

I'm a new brewer and I want to brew a red wine. Anyone have a good red wine recipie that's easy to make and tastes good? I don't want to buy a kit and I want to use grapes found in the grocery store. ...
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Peaches in Cider

I have about 8 jars of peaches in light syrup I bought from Costco. I want to add these to a 5 gallon batch of Cider. I'm going to a peach cobbler flavored cider. I'm also planning on adding brown ...
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Elderbery wine recipe

I have 15lb of frozen elderberry. I just want to make a 1 gallon of wine for now. Could I have some advice and a recipe please? I just want to use elderberrys, raisins.
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First time making a recipe!

So I decided to throw some ingrediants together for my first recipe! The recipe is an extract American IPA I was wondering if some of you guys could give me advice on what to add or get rid of before ...
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What are the best Android Apps for homebrewing

I have noticed there are a bunch of homebrewing tools/apps available in the android store. I'm wondering what the best ones are. Some of them you have to pay for, i'm okay with paying for an app if it'...
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Where to put sugar during recipie editing on brewersfriend?

I'm putting recipe on brewersfriend and I want to add sugar at the end of boiling. My question is in which section should I put it? Fermentables (as late addition) or Other Ingredients (but it won't ...
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Formulating a recipe

Can anyone guess at how to build a clone recipe? Its for Duclaws Sweet Baby Jesus, a friend requested a clone. Their website only says it's a Black beer, a Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter. Their ...
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Brewing Formulas?

What formulas and calculations exist for the home brewer?
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Maintaining Optimal Flavor in a Brown Ale

I've brewed a lot of Brown Ales, and one thing I have noticed from batch to batch is fairly swift flavor degradation. The beer will taste excellent after two weeks of conditioning. I'll be able to ...
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How does a yeast starter affect original gravity reading?

I've prepared a 1qt (~1L) yeast starter according to instructions from Wyeast.com. I didn't measure its gravity, but in theory it should be about 1.040. I am brewing a 5 gallon batch of high gravity ...
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Leftover Juicing Pulp in Beer?

I'm a very new homebrewer and this may be a really wacky question, but I'm curious nonetheless. Every time I've made fresh juice using a juicer, I'm at a loss for what to do with the leftover pulp, ...
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Help keeping Black IPA from becoming Imperial Stout

I'm new to the home brew scene, and I've made a couple of extract brews from recipes in the beginners books that I own, so I've decided it's time to move on to attempting my own recipe. I want to ...
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Analytics for Beer

So, I am very new to home brewing, my first batch has been fermenting for about a week. I have been a beer enthusiast for years, so I am really enthusiastic about this new hobby of mine. By trade, I ...
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Oily Beer - Can I get the head back?

I'm refining a recipe for a chocolate wheat ale. I'm using 2 pounds of chocolate malt, which seems to be exceptionally oily, effectively killing the head. It still has carbonation, just no head. Any ...
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How much peated malt to get a hint of smoke?

I've got some peated malt that a friend gave me, and I've been looking for some way to use it. My current idea is to brew an Irish Red Ale (OG 1.055, FG 1.012, IBU 21, SRM 16) with just enough peated ...
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Formulating a session saison using extract & grains

I'm looking to put together a session saison & can't find much online to start from. I've got this so far, but would like some feedback. Malts 500g Munich I (steeped) 3kg x-light / pilsner ...
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What is the BU:GU ratio?

I've seen on recipe sites that it calculates an BU:GU ratio for your recipes. Could someone explain what this is?
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Need a simple extract IPA recipe [closed]

I am looking for a simple IPA recipe that I can use with DME (and any other simple/easy ingredients). I've never done my own recipe and have no idea of the different hop characters, so I don't want ...
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