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What is the difference between a lager and an IPA?

The main difference is the yeast, Ale is brewed with a top fermenting yeast s.cerevisiae[1] whereas Lager is brewed with a bottom fermenting yeast s.pastorianus[2]. From this comes the fermentation ...
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What does "Pronounced legs" mean in a beer style?

As I understand it, this term comes from the wine world, where it refers to the patterns the glycerine makes on the inside of the glass. Glycerine (glyceryl alcohol or glycerol) is decidedly thicker ...
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How to mix beers?

Yes you can. In fact I did it a few times myself, blending too dark beers for my taste with some lighter beers to create the perfect depth. But, if the mixed beers use different yeast strains, it is ...
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What is the difference between a lager and an IPA?

In addition to Mr_Roads answer. Lager yeast is unique from ale yeast in that it can breakdown and use melibiose, which is a sugar not fermentable by ale yeasts. This is one reason lagers are ...
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Website for grain bill determination by style

I'm not sure you're going to find anything besides recipes that are especially prescriptive about what goes in to the beer. Check out BeerSmith, BrewToad, and other sites to find some recipes. They ...
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Are different style bottles more appropriate for different style beers?

The only consideration that comes into bottle choice really is serving size and glass strength due to carbonation levels. (Some highly carbonated styles see thicker glass for safety reasons.) Then ...
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What exactly is the type of beer I made?

Congratulations on your first brew! I would suggest putting the ingedient details into some brew software many are free in the form of phone apps or web based. Give it a Google. The limited ...
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Malt Beer vs. Light Beer

For starters they are different styles of beers. Light lagers have a much lighter mouthfeel almost watery. Cheap commercial versions supplement the mash with corn or rice to keep the ABV high but ...
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What is the difference between a lager and an IPA?

Simply put, there are two overarching umbrellas in beer... ales and lagers. An IPA is an ale. GENERALLY speaking all beers fit under one of these two umbrellas. Once under one of these umbrellas the ...
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What's the difference between top fermenting and bottom fermenting?

These yeast started out with a similar roots s.cerevisiae and diverged some time around the 15th Century, when it is thought to have hybridized with a new world yeast(Saccharomyces eubayanus). It is ...
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What's the difference between top fermenting and bottom fermenting?

They are two different species: Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Saccharomyces pastorianus. They both do the same thing--convert sugar into alcohol--but they thrive in different conditions. The main ...
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Very light golden hazy beer with citrus flavour

As farmersteve said that bottle isn't going to work for carbonating. You need a bottle that will be air tight, and to add a priming sugar. Cloudy is to be expected from 100% wheat. About the citrus ...
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New England IPA - What sets it apart from a "traditional" IPA?

As a home brewer, I consider the style an IPA but it is characterized by the following: Little or no early additions of hops to the boil, 60/30 minutes. (Mash hopping is okay). A heavy late addition ...
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New England IPA - What sets it apart from a "traditional" IPA?

According to an article on vinepair[1]: "New England IPAs are beers that are purposely hazy or cloudy, which can give these brews a smooth, creamy mouthfeel – a departure from the light/dry mouthfeel ...
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How much time to dry hop and why?

I'm with everyone else. 5-7 days. To get that super hoppy aroma though, I've only been able to get that by using a hop back with first-wort and dry-hopping (clone W. Coast ipa, greenflash). For less ...
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How much time to dry hop and why?

Trial and error. There is no definite answer. I haven't achieved yet great aroma, so far dry hopped in primary in last couple days. I would add 5 oz per 10gl. Read an article saying its better to ...
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Planning brewing towards an occasion over an extended period of time with regards to storage

Most all lagers if you can lager for months you can have some great beer. Fruit Cream Ales are nice for summer, can be done as ales or lagers, often mixed fermentation with both ale and Lager yeasts....
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Yeast recommendations for a Märzen without lagering

I would use a Cream Ale yeast, it's actually a blend of lager and ale yeast but ferments well at 65°-70°. Historically cream ales were made to compete with crisp American lagers. Many use California ...
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Is my beer dunkelweizen style?

Here is the 2015 BJCP description which a dunkleweisse is judged against. Impression A moderately dark German wheat beer with a distinctive banana-and-clove yeast character, supported by a toasted ...
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Best beer styles for warm fermentation environment?

If you can lay your hands on a Kveik strain, you can make a Norwegian farmhouse ale. Kveik yeast ferments in temperatures up to even 40°C with comparatively little off aromas. A Saison strain will ...
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Best beer styles for warm fermentation environment?

You can brew a saission as suggested by other users, but with HotHead from Omega labs you can brew clean flavoured sytles up to far higher temps: I advise looking at HotHead from Omega Labs: http://...
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What is the best type of beer to brew for a beginner?

Wheat beers (hefeweizen/wit) are considered to be particularly good for beginners for the following reasons: They're expected to have fairly high ester and phenol profiles, which can mask other ...
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What beer style would be good to enhance with Stevia rebaudiana?

an american milk stout maybe a sour beer. Brett beers, but brett, may eat some of the sweetner or convert them into unknowns....with weird flavors....(recently i found out brett ferments lactose ...
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Beer made at around 13°C (55°F)

Simply put you have a perfect situation for lager brewing and lager yeast strains. Its easy to warm up a fermentor to reduce sulfur or diacetyl should the ferment not get strong enough to either off ...
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Beer made at around 13°C (55°F)

Most beers/yeasts will ferment at 13C - it is just that they will do it much more slowly and the more aromatic compounds like "fruity esters" may not be produced in such concentrations at lower temps. ...
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Creating Brew Recipes

The most effective way to experiment with various ingredients is to make up a larger amount of base wort, split it into sufficient parts to use with various ingredients and ferment. When all is ...
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Creating Brew Recipes

I'd suggest reading "Experimental Homebrew" by Denny Conn and Drew Beechum. It's all there. Another good source might be Brulosophy blog. There's nothing bad/boring at trying to create a "clone" btw. ...
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How to make sweet beer in india at home

I hate to say that, but buy a brew kit online. That way you will not need to worry about what's available, you will get what you need in one neat package. Pay for fastest shipping possible to get it ...
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What style of beer is Carling Black Label

This beer goes WAY back and has distant roots in Sweden. There are probably differences depending on where you source it from. Carling in the USA is actually owned by Molsen Coors. The beer can be ...
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When is diacetyl desirable?

English Ales, Czech lagers, and Chardonnay wines; to name a few.
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