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The liquid extracted from the mashing process during the brewing of beer or whisky. Wort contains the sugars that will be fermented by the brewing yeast to produce alcohol.

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What to do with blowout Krausen/wort

Surprised I couldn't find an answer to this so I'm posting the question. I brewed my first imperial stout. Fermentation was super happy, krausen went wild and my airlock blew out (from what I'm seeing ...
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How fast should wort be chilled?

Since I usually make small 2.5-gallon batches, I just put my brew kettle into an ice bath in my kitchen sink to chill. The notes that came with my extract kit say to cool the wort to 70 degrees "...
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Acid production in sugar wash fermentation vs wort/beer fermentations

I have been experimenting with sugar wash fermentations. I've tried sucrose (cane sugar) as well as dextrose (corn sugar) and observed stalled fermentations in both, in spite of sufficient yeast ...
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Can I move the beer to another location while its fermenting?

I have my equipment in a town that is 2 hours from where I live, this last month is being hard to travel there too often so it is making very complicate the fermenting and bottling process. So I'm ...
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How long can beer be exposed in a primary fermentation bucket?

I was recently doing a batch of beer and for some reason the temp of the beer after I put it in the primary fermentation bucket wasn't low enough to pinch the yeast right away. I left the top off of ...
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How to store wort without hops

I forgot to pick up the hops from the homebrew store I was at and have the mashed wort ready to boil but no hops. Are there certain precautions or a certain way to store the unboiled wort until I pick ...
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Hops Wort Absorption

According to BYO malt absorbs roughly 1.04L of water per kg malt. Knowing this makes calculating things like mash and sparge water quite a bit easier. Is there a rough absorption rate for hops? I've ...
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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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Total Yeast Cell Count

I will give two examples of yeast cell count. First one is 0.34 B cells/ml in 6 liters of wort starter with just a few amount of slurry cake. 2nd one is 1.46 B cells/ml in 1 liter of starter including ...
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How to store sugar wort?

Do you guys have best plan to store longer for sugar wort to propagate yeast ? I usually take wort after boiling step during brewing and stored at 5 C inside 20 liter container. Or Boil with DME for ...
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Is a counter flow chiller good for cooling wort?

I'm looking into cheaper solutions then using a plate heat exchanger. A cheaper construction available that is basically just a pipe in a pipe with separate connectors. What are the pros and cons ...
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How much will initial oxygen in wort affect final alcohol in beer?

According to White and Zainasheff: Yeast: The Practical Guide to Beer Fermentation By Chris White and Jamil Zainasheff, wort should have 10 mg/L (10 ppm) with dissolved oxygen before pitching. This ...
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GCB Materials on Cold Wort Aeration

Currently studying for the General Certificate in Brewing from the IBD. The section on wort oxygenation/aeration states that a disadvantage of in-line cold wort aeration is the need to increase ...
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Esoteric question about mashing/saccharification technique

IIRC Malted barley is barley that has been sprouted then dried to release the amylase enzymes. The amylase enzymes are required to convert the grain starch to fermentable sugars. That is the main ...
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recipe confusing -- boil only some of the wort?

I have a recipe for a 1-gallon, all-grain rye ale that calls to: 1. Mash in with 1 gallon of water (1.3qts/lb) 2. Rest 152F for 60 minutes 3. Sparge with 1.5 gal water at 167F 4. Collect 2 gal wort ...
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AG brewing newbie, can only hit 50% efficiency, what's going wrong?

I've done 2 one-gallon AG brews now, and both have hit approx. 50% efficiency. I thought I'd fixed what was obviously wrong between the two, but the second one still looks like it's going to come out ...
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How much wort should be left in the brew pot?

I just did a 3 Gallon boil with about 100g of hops. It felt like I left a lot of wort in the brew pot when transferring to the fermenter. It was a struggle to keep the flow in the siphon due to all ...
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Best time to transport wort in a car

I'm planning on brewing my first batch of beer soon, but I will have to do the cooking part at my parents house, which is an hour drive away, and then ferment the beer at my apartment. At what stage ...
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Does this look infected?

Trying out my first batch of home brew... it's a central smash IPA one gallon recipe boiled over on me, so this is a very small 3/4 gallon batch ha. I see a lot of floating green. Nothing's moving ...
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Whirlpooling vs. Flameout (Knockout)

I'm new to adding different hop additions after the boil. I'm not sure of the difference between recipes that cite add hops (whirlpool) and add hops (flameout). What's the difference? With flameout ...
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Why would I add water to a cooling wort?

I'm refering specifically to this question: Should I boil water before adding it to the cooled wort?
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Is it ok if my transferred wort has some undissolved hops in it?

Today I brewed my first 5 gallon batch. A pumpkin ale! Super stoked, but it was hard to avoid getting some of the undissolved hops in it as I transferred the force chilled wort to the primary ...
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Domed False bottom liquid during mash

I have a 20 gallon space beneath my false bottom. Is it better to include this as mash water during the infusion or not? If not, my grain\liquid ratio will be lower and therefore more watery pre-...
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Best way to rack to fermenter [duplicate]

After the wort is chilled and ready to rack to the fermenter, I run into a problem. When pouring wort into the strainer in the funnel, a ton of hop gunk gets stuck. Then I need to scrape and repeat ...
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How to troubleshoot for either bad wort or bad yeast?

Brand new to brewing, 2.5 days ago I brewed my first extract kit (Brewer's Best Amber Ale) and racked it into my fermenter. By tomorrow morning I'll be at the 3 day (72 hours) milestone, which is what ...
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How can I determine why some all-grain wort is cloudy and if I should do anything about it?

TL;DR How can I tell what this cloudiness in my wort is? will it cause off flavors? if so, how do I get rid of it? and most importantly, if this is a problem, how can I prevent this from happening ...
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Does the amount of Diastatic Power of the grains influence the alcohol content of the beer?

If one grain bill has a combined amount diastatic power equal to 70 degrees Lintner and the other one 90 does this influence the amount of alcohol the end product will have? I guess the potency of ...
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Is there a maximum theoretical solubility of brewing sugars in Malt water?

I normally use 10# pounds of grain in a 7.5 gallon boil, and normally hit between 1.045 and 1.055 OG, after it evaporates down to 6+ gallons, depending on the amount of dark grains used. My stove ...
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My cooled wort got contaminated by tap water. What are the primary consequences of re-boiling?

One of the hose clamps for the cooling spiral malfunctioned, so my cooled wort got contaminated by roughly 10 liters of tap water (in a 55 L batch). This is a lager beer which will be stored for five ...
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Dumped Wort into Easy Clean Sanitizer

I had a recent mishap in one of my brews in which I poured my wort into the primary fermenter, which was holding 1.5 gallons or so of Easy Clean. At that point, I didn't feel like wasting it, so I ...
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Help - Wort dropped to 59 degrees (beer temp)

I need help knowing what to do. My breaker tripped on my fermentation chamber and my Wort dropped to 59 degrees (beer temp). This was high gravity ale using Safale us-05 (2 packs, rehydrated ...
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Brewing in former lotion pot

Some relatives recently gave me a 6-gallon aluminum pot that they no longer wanted. The pot was used to make homemade lotion. I've been needing a bigger brew pot, but money has been tight. I'm excited ...
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Wort Contamination?

Making my first beer and during my last temp check I dropped the thermometer into my wort bucket, instinctively i immediately reached in and pulled it out. My hands were cleaned and sanitized and my ...
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What if I accidentally boiled for 90 minutes?

So I was making a Two Hearted Clone (an IPA). I boiled 1 oz centennial hops for 60 min, then 1/2 ounce for 15 min, then 1 oz for 10 min, then 1oz for 5 min for a total of 90 minutes. I was supposed ...
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Sanitizing the wort pot

Should i sanitize the pot that i will be using the prepare the wort before i use it? I will be using one of Mr. Beer hopped malt extracts and this is my first brew. The manual does not say anything ...
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can I top off at 5.25 gallons instead of 5?

I have been brewing extract kits and was wondering if it'd be al right to top off at 5.25 gallons? Directions say 5 but I have never kegged a full 5 gallons, was hoping the extra quarter would get me ...
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How low an original gravity is too low?

I just brewed this extract IPA. I had 4.6 gal in the fermentor when I measured original gravity at 1.053 (@80 degrees), on the low end of the target range for 5 gallons (target 1.059, or 1.053-1.062)....
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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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I added too much dextrose to my wort

First time brewer here. Me and my girlfriend received a home brew kit for Christmas. The recipe called for 2 lbs of liquid malt extract and three lbs of dry malt extract. Along with hop pellets and a ...
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Extract Brewing - Cooling down wort by adding cold water?

I don't have a wort chiller yet. I always cool down my wort with 20 pounds of ice and bucket that I place my kettle into. Since I am extract brewing and will be adding 2.5 gallons of water anyways, I ...
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Camping stove as a wort heater

I'm looking for a way to get a good rolling boil on 5 gallons of wort, on a really tight budget What are my best options?
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Speed to collect wort from the mash tun for maximum efficiency

I want to optimize my efficiency, and I was wondering is the speed at which I collect my wort has an incidence on it. Right now I would say that I collect 1 liter of wort each 30-45 seconds. I get ...
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Hops - Do they stay in the wort for the primary fermentation or not?

I have two sets of instructions for putting the wort into the primary fermentation bucket. One says to just dump the entire contents of the wort into the bucket. The second says to stir like crazy ...
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How to add DME to the wort

I typically use LME for my wort, with no prblems, but this time I am trying a slightly bigger beer and want to add DME to boost the OG. The one time I tried adding DME to my wort, I just dumped it ...
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Gross layer of foam at the end of fermentation and aging

I experienced few times a gross layer of foam when fermentation finishes. But the beer was fine, no symptoms of contamination neither off-flavors. I never measure the depth of foam but it can have ...
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Thermal expansion of wort

Does anybody know an algorithm or a calculator to compute thermal expansion of worts? Most of the time in homebrewing materials, it is said that in volume calculations one should account for 4% ...
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Difficulty siphoning through counterflow chiller

Just bought a counterflow chiller... tested it with boiling water and it worked fine. I also siphoned sanitizer through it, no problems there. However when I tried to siphon the wort, it clogged ...
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Is this wort infected? (*Picture)

This is my 30th or so batch and I've never seen this before. The best way I can describe it is that it looks like summer in the Arctic and pieces of ice are breaking off the ice caps. Any idea as ...
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Is there a need to stir the kettle at some regular interval while boiling the wort?

I extract brew. After I boil the three gallons of water, I take the kettle off the stove and pour the sugars in, and stir under I'm convinced it has all been dissolved. Placing the kettle back on the ...
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After the Ice Bath of the Wort, should I pour the sludge from the kettle into the carboy?

I am just an extract brewer; I buy everything from NB. The instructions say: "Fill primary fermenter with 2 gallons of cold water, then pour in the cooled wort. Leave any thick sludge in the bottom ...
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