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Cold brewed coffee

Do not add the grounds. Add the liquid. And a gal. sounds like WAY too much. When I make a coffee beer, generally a cup or two of strong coffee is plenty.
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How to add fruit to beer

If you're looking to add real fruit to any brew you'll want to do so in secondary to get the most flavor. I've had really good success in taking my fruit of choice and pureeing it in a food processor ...
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How to add fruit to beer

We did some fruit pale ales last year with dehydrated fruit. We have a dehydrator and dried the fruit at 165 to kill off baddies and sealed it up till use. We did pineapple, kiwis, strawberries and ...
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Brewing with rice. Rice cooker vs Cereal Mash?

You can make a rice porridge in the rice cooker that will make the rice into a thick paste (with some very soft grains still floating around). Add extra water to the rice cooker (maybe double the ...
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Brewing a gruit. Myrica Gale alternative needed

Myricia Gale - Common names include Bog-myrtle and sweetgale. Also be aware: The plant has been listed as an abortifacient and therefore should not be consumed by women who are, or might be, pregnant. ...
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Starting gravity reading when not all fermentables are dissolved

Yes it is still useful. You at least know where you are starting, as chthon states the second part of adding 50g to 1l of 1050 solution doesn't give 1100 solution. Here is a great table that ...
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Starting gravity reading when not all fermentables are dissolved

Your first idea is correct. Your gravity reading will be incorrect if not everything is dissolved. However, the second part on adding the honey is incorrect. The gravity reading means how many times ...
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How to calculate ABV when adding fermentable sugar or fruit to secondary fermentation?

The simple answer is: for whole fruit it's difficult to estimate - how much sugar was extracted from the fruit?! The potential gravity contribution of fruit juice can be determined simply by putting ...
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Do I need to sanitize my cacao nibs?

No, just toss them in there. The beer is nearing the end of fermentation and will have a sufficiently inhospitable environment for any contaminants to flourish. The acidity, alcohol, and yeast itself ...
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What effect does adding flaked corn to a recipe have?

Classic Cream Ales which are an American contribution to the world of beer have use flacked maize or corn as a staple ingredient for three centuries. It started out as a way to brew when barley was in ...
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What effect does adding flaked corn to a recipe have?

Flaked corn does lighten the body. Body is basically thick malty sweetness, so thinning out that malty sweetness with something that ferments completely lightens the body. (I'm not sure why Tobias is ...
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Replacing orange peel with orange powder

You can use normal orange peel as well. Just buy an orange or two, peel them avoiding the pith and use that. I have never found it a big difference between bitter orange and "sweet" orange peel. ...
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How does triticale differ from rye in technique and flavour?

Quick Version I don't know about the flavour. As long as you are using it with a base malt you can use up to ~50%, you don't need to get malted triticale or pre-cook it(see below). Also, I have no ...
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Sugar lager/cider brewing

Actually, no difference at all in the kinds of sugar. The difference could be made that "brewing sugar" is added at the stage of the boil, and "priming sugar" is added at bottling time, for ...
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Replace corn adjunct of recipe with...?

Sound more like a Cream Ale recipe, Blonde Ale shouldn't have corn. It can be up to 25% wheat though, I would replace the flaked corn with flaked wheat, or just 2-row to remove it completely. I've ...
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What is the table sugar to invert syrup yield, in mass?

Ideally, you would obtain 1.05 times the weight of your sugar, because for 342 g of sucrose you would need 18 g of water. This is based upon the molar masses of both components. This would of course ...
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What is the table sugar to invert syrup yield, in mass?

This depends completely on how much water is left. The total weight will be the sum of all weights less water evaporation (boil off).
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Estimating OG when only pre-boil gravity available

Calculation of post-boil gravity, should no additions be done, is preboil_gravity*preboil_volume/postboil_volume. Water volume addition from the candi syrup is negligible, so just add that 0.013 ...
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Use of "potions" / secondary

Only if there were more fermentables added from the "potion", i.e. fruit juice or other sugars.
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Replace corn adjunct of recipe with...?

I think wheat when I think fruit beers. So I'd say 1:1 replacement with wheat. You could experiment with traditional malted, flaked or torrified wheat. In some ways, the are similar in others they ...
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Do I need to sanitize my cacao nibs?

If you wanted to be really safe you could soak it in vodka or moonshine to kill any germs. For the most part you should be fine though.
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Brewing with rice. Rice cooker vs Cereal Mash?

What you propose will work. You can also use Minute Rice, in which case you can just toss it on the mash and not have to precook the rice either way.
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What effect does adding flaked corn to a recipe have?

One reason is that there are some beer styles that rely on the corn flavor: for example, the Classic American Pilsner, aka Pre-Prohibition Pilsner, gets a lot of its flavor character from corn: BJCP ...
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Infusing a beer with grapefruit

Just saw this popup in my feed, though you used grapefruit juice, might I suggest just using grapefruit rind soaked in vodka next time. I've done this successfully, it adds great aroma and just a hint ...
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How should I add mint to my beer?

What about sanitizing it then muddling it, than add it to your bottling bucket and pour your fermented beer over it. Similar to using mint for drinks in a bar the oils will break down and stay in ...
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How to add fruit to beer

I've never had a problem with infection when adding raspberries to the secondary with my chocolate raspberry stout, but by then, the alcohol was at nearly 8%. I usually add about 3# fresh or ...
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How to add fruit to beer

I like the method described by Dogfish Heads Sam Calagione in the book Extreme Brewing Method is to do a fruit addition and rest during the wort chill Chill to 170° and hold for 20 minutes. The book ...

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