Questions tagged [techniques]

Ways of using tools and tricks to accomplish a task. May refer to any portion of work during any stage in the brewing or fermenting process.

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Sour/musty tasting mead

My son and I tried our hand at mead for the first time... I didn't notice a lot of bubbling I thought that it wasn't fermenting correctly but my son thought differently, he's 17. Lol But when we went ...
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What is a grant?

How is it used? What does it do?
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Is it important to weigh down a hop bag for dry-hopping?

If so, what kind of weight should I use? Should it be enough to sink the bag to the bottom of the carboy?
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Too long in Primary Fermentation?

What's the maximum amount of time for primary fermentation, assuming the beer is going straight to bottles next? Will it over ferment and then fail to carbonate, if left too long in a carboy?
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Fractional Distillation

Curious newbie here. Watching the "moonshiners" show the other night and the guys were doing fractional distillation by freezing their mash and removing the ice. They then simply boiled to ...
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How can I fill bottles from a keg and maintain pressure

I've been kegging for awhile now, but I still haven't managed to successfully fill bottles from my kegs without losing all pressure. I don't have a counter pressure beer filler or a Blichmann Beer ...
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Proper method for using this sort of swing-top when bottling?

First time brewer here... I have swing-tops that affix to used bottles via this sort of band: I am wondering if I am utilizing it correctly or if there is a trick or something for wrapping the band ...
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Champagne/Cider Remuage: Why not just place the bottle upside down (90 degrees)?

I'm making hard sparkling apple cider using the Champagne method (re-fermenting on the bottle for carbonation). This year I will try the full method of also removing the yeast lees from the bottle ...
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Estimating Alpha Acids of Home Grown Hops

For the homebrewer that grows and harvests his/her own hops; how best can one approximate the alpha acids in the hops they have? Is it worth it or should brewers stick to using home grown hops for ...
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What is a hopback?

How do you use it? What does it do? Do you pass finished wort through it hot or cold?
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Bentonite AND Sparkolloid [duplicate]

I know from previous questions that you can use both Bentonite followed by Sparkolloid in the same mead. Am I correct in thinking the best process would be add bentonite, give a week, RACK OFF THE ...
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Re-use the mini kegs that are used in 'Krups Beer Tender' for home brewing?

For me, these 5 liter kegs seem like the perfect device for storage as well as remaining fresh when making beer. I understand there is a way to remove the top piece of the mini keg with some type of ...
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Hydrogen peroxide to remove chlorine from brewing water

just wanted to ask if anyone using 3% hydrogen peroxide to remove chlorine from your strike/sparge water? If yes how many ml/l or gallon? Thank you.
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How can I minimize methanol/fusel alcohols in wine?

I just started home brewing, have studied up on the issues associated with methanol/fusel alcohols, and I'm wondering if there are certain practices that can be used to minimize non-ethanol alcohols, ...
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has anyone experimented with using yeast hulls to supply sterols rather than oxygenating/airating their beer/wine/mead must or wort?

So this question challenges a lot Brewers assumption that yeast needs oxygen to reproduce. It just plain doesn’t. Yeast does use oxygen, but it’s a mighty and inaccurate over simplification to say it ...
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Very fine wax in Mead

Was given a 1/2 bucket of crystalized honey and so made Mead. Used Champagne yeast, Original Gravity 1.092, Final Gravity 0.996. My sort of problem is : there seems to be a 'sediment'. AT THE TOP! ...
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What is the best wine filtering system?

As a hobbyist who produces at least 5 gallons a week of wine, what filtering system do you recommend? I am also looking at transfer pumps as well. I am getting older and have torn rotator cuffs and ...
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How to make Sweet beer

Can anyone help please if I add honey at the bottling stage will this add more sweetness and what sweeteners are non fermentable?
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Cold Crashing techniques

I have very nearly mastered the clarification process but still wish to control the timing of flocculation more consistently. At what point/stage is cold crashing most efficient?
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Is there any merit in doing gelatin fining multiple times?

I currently have a Belgian Blond in primary that I'm planning of transferring to a secondary vessel in order to dry hop. I usually do a gelatin fining when transferring my beer to the bottleing ...
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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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Pressure Fermenting an IPA, how long and at what pressure?

I'm using a FermZilla Fermenter I plan on using a pressure fermentation method. This will be the first time doing this I would to get some advice from those who have done this. length of time under ...
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Adding Additional Pumpkin To My Porter

I'm brewing a extract Pumpkin Porter kit and just transferred from primary to secondary. I tasted it and I could taste the spices but was wondering if it was too late to pumpkin it up a little. Could ...
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Why has the Specific Gravity to Potential Alcohol conversions changed?

Ok, so I have implied but not said outright that I have been making wine for almost 30 years, but what I have also implied but not outright said is that there has been a break in that amateur ...
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Graham cracker beer or wine

How does one go about making a beer or wine with a graham cracker taste? I was thinking cracked wheat berries and sweetened with honey, but I also heard hefty Amounts of wheat germ and wheat bran are ...
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Dry malting - a crazy idea?

A lot of talk is about dry-hopping in order to bring out the aroma of hops lost during the boiling process. Could a similar approach be used for malt? That is, could the addition of crushed grains to ...
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Using raw wheat in witbeers

Hi I am a brewer in the Indian Ocean Island of Madagascar working on a few recipes to hopefully start a microbrewery here. Our aim is to use as much locally grown fermentables as possible. We would ...
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Carbonation in keg

I did my first kegged beer last week, I put the beer in and turned the co2 to about 35 and purged the tank about 5 times. I then shook the beer on the co2 for 3 minutes and then turned off the co2 ...
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Will baked bottles stay sanitized if kept inverted?

This site has quite a few post on how to clean and re-use bottles. In this community wiki, we learn that by putting foil over the top of bottles and baking them for 60 minutes at 340, we will ...
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Viscosity of a Russian Imperial Stout

How can I increase the viscosity of a Russian imperial stout? I've heard of making boils longer Use oats, What do you recommend? Thank you so much! Regards, Erik Dobrychtop. Cya o/
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Bottle filling without a rapid bottler

I'm about to bottle my first Coopers home brew and I don't have a rapid bottler. Can I pour it straight from the tap or will I have problems?
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Starsan in double bubble airlock keeps getting sucked into fermenter - why and how to prevent?

I did a brew on Saturday and cooled, got in the fermenting bucket and added yeast, added starsan to the chamber in the double bubble airlock and got it under the stairs. Ever since then, the starsan ...
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What's the difference between primary & secondary fermentation?

Over here PJ asked "How do you differentiate primary to secondary if you keep it in the same bucket?"
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Why is it bad to pitch too little yeast?

What are the effects of underpitching your beer? We have an answer for over pitching, I think we need the complete set.
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Using candles to take out oxygen in fermentation chamber?

If I leave a few lit candles in my fermentation chamber (chest freezer,) would it eat up all the oxygen without any adverse effects? I've seen people do this on a smaller scale but it creates a vacuum....
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Are there any tricks for removing labels from bottles?

Some labels can be a pain to remove. I've tried soaking bottles in water with a little bit of dish soap but it doesn't really do much to break down the adhesive. What methods do you have for easily ...
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Cleaner wort out of the Kettle

What are the benefits of completely seperating hot debris, hot break and cold break from the wort? Getting these things out of the wort and putting nothing but clean and clear wort in the fermentor ...
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Ginger Beer ABV from Bakers Yeast

I’ve made ginger beer a few times. I usually make it with just fresh ginger and raw honey. Usually the I get well less than 2% ABV. This last week though I used a different honey, sourced from a farm,...
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Priming solution or add sugar to individual bottles?

From what I've read, it seems that the old technique of adding a given amount of sugar to each bottle for priming isn't recommended anymore. Instead, just about every source recommends boiling ...
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Detriment of gelatin fining on flavor or aroma

Does using gelatin effect aromatics or flavor appreciably? I was reading this post about using gelatin. I have one keg that I use as a cold conditioning vessel (sort of like secondary), and I was ...
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Can I still oxygenate 2.5 days in?

Brewed a 1.100 SG stout, fermentation has been steady but slowed noticeably about 24-36 hours in. Wondering if aerating again 2.5 days in could help, or is that too late? 5.25 gallon batch, 3 ...
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How do I culture yeast from a commercial beer? Is it legal?

If I like the flavor profile of a yeast in a commercial beer, how would I go about culturing it? I have some very basic lab equipment, but I can buy anything that's reasonably priced. Also, would it ...
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Reusing yeast at home

Reusing yeast at home is something I'm incredibly interested in, but haven't found the time to learn enough about it just yet. What are the basic steps for harvesting, cultivating, or whatever other ...
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How to properly use the same coil of an HERMS setup as chiller?

I'm assembling an HERMS equipment and noticed that very few people use the coil as chiller after the boiling is over. Besides all the sanitation of tubing, lines, pump, etc..., is there any other ...
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Names for when you use hops

I have heard a lot about the different stages of hopping in the mash, but I have only heard the term dry hopping. Are there different terms given to the different stages of hopping, or are they all ...
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How to increase thickness in beer?

I've found myself becoming quite fond of "thick" and "juicy" IPAs and DIPAs. Beers with a viscosity to them that feels somewhat syrupy and leaving a great mouthfeel when drunk. I want to brew my own ...
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Remedy for a Stuck sparge

How do you fix a stuck sparge? Are there any tricks too getting a sparge running again when it slows to a trick or even stops completely? (This is not intended to be a "how to prevent" the stuck ...
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Separating funnel

In chemistry there exists a conical base funnel for separating heavier fractions. What i would like if anyone knows of one is a large version of this 1 gallon or larger. Reason is that when siphoning ...
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How to use ( Super Kleer ) for the Beer !

How to use ( Super Kleer ) to clear the beer ... I purchased that but i didn't find a clear Direction to use it for the Beer ... Is it during primary or secondary ! Im planning to use it in the ...
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Brewing with Squash Guts

So I'm very new at brewing and I'm looking to make a gift for my father. We have a small farm where we peel a lot of squash and cube it, leaving behind a lot of squash guts. I was wondering how I ...

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