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Marijuana Based Beer... say what?

'Is this possible that beer could be brewed up somehow with weed?' Sure, in the same way you can put any sort of anything in your beers, as long as you think it will taste good. But to answer the ...
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How to get started with brewing at home

The best way to get started is to find out if you have a friend, co-worker, or other acquaintance who brews and is willing to brew a batch or two with you. This is ideal as you don't need to buy ...
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What are the benefits of using brewing sugar over types of sugar?

Sorry to revive an old thread but my experience of 15 years is this - controls of the same kit, same temperature, same time, same everything except sucrose in one and dextrose in the other. Result - ...
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Good homebrewing podcasts?

Brewing Network should be your starting point. Download The Jamil Show, Brew Strong and Brewing With Style and listen to everything from the start. Yes, it is a LOT of podcasts, but you will learn so ...
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Espresso Shot (size)

I don't see any way you could know for certain. IMO, the best way to add flavoring to beer is by taste. Wait until the beer is fermented and pour 4 2 oz. samples. Dose each with a different, ...
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Good homebrewing podcasts?

Basic Brewing Radio Basic brewing, Interviews Gravity, Malts, Equipment, Quality, Everything http://www.basicbrewing.com/index.php?page=radio Episodes: 50+ Brew Strong Water treatment, Interviews, ...
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Can I fix a higher than anticipated OG after primary?

Adding water after primary fermentation is possible and called high gravity brewing. Yeast produce more esters at higher gravity which is a disadvantage for most beer types, but often desired e.g. for ...
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Putting Yeast in a Tea Bag

This will not work with a tea-bag or any other kind of cloth. Unless it's enclosed in a very fine membrane the yeast would easily be able to get through, then disperse and propogate in the main liquid....
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Beer Brewing: How do I dry fresh hops?

According to the American homebrewer's association, there are 3 main techniques to dry out your hops: Food dehydrator Using a food dehydrator is the easiest way to dry out your hops as it ensures ...
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Lager vs Ale a comparison

Yes, this is incorrect. You are actually conflating a couple of things, which can be all used in combination, and all of these combinations can be true. These are flavor, fermentation and time to ...
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Brewing with Saccharomyces boulardii

I have ordered some Saccharomyces boulardii and plan to do a test brew this weekend. Going to do 5l/1gallon brew with only pale malt ~1040 OG. Will add a small amount of Perle or saaz depending what ...
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How do I limit the amount of sediment in bottles?

You're going to be attempting a fine line of enough yeast to consume sugars to properly carbonate the beer versus reducing sediment in the bottle. The sediment you're seeing could be a variety of ...
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When racking my beer, it looked like someone had poured cream in

I have had something similar, I was brewing a Bohemian Pilsner Ale and the yeast formed tennis ball sized clumps on the top of the beer! I freaked out! But I recited the Papazian mantra and kegged the ...
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How much wort should be left in the brew pot?

The strategy for getting the most wort into the fermenter is to dump it all in. Everything, hops and everything. I don't scrape the stickies off the wall of the pot, but I tip the whole thing into ...
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Is there a meta version of this site?

Yes, it is here, and it seems to be used.
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Why my saké turned out sour?

Based upon your answer in the comments, I suppose that your sake has been contaminated by acetobacter. These bacteria convert ethanol into vinegar. That means you now have nice sake vinegar. As such ...
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Most simple type of beer to begin brewing?

Something like a pale ale, either American or English, is pretty straight forward in terms of ingredients and procedures. Don't start with a lager...they require extra equipment and time. Some other ...
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How to make a great stout?

You can't make something taste better if you do not know what it tastes like. Brew the beer as you have it. Taste it, determine what it needs, then re-brew the beer with new changes.
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Good options for cooling during fermentation?

There are a lot of products that are available. Most are a heatsink or piezo electric coolers, claiming to cool 30° below ambient. Really depends on your fermenter type carboy, bucket etc. It's worth ...
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Marijuana Based Beer... say what?

The major bitter compound in hops, the so-called alpha acids, aka humulone, is a terpenoid (derived from terpenes). The primary active ingredient in that "herb" you're smoking, the ...
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Good homebrewing podcasts?

Beer smith is nice, that created of the software with the same name interviews different beer experts.
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My carboy is fizzing after 2 weeks

The release of gas when you moved it is not uncommon. There is usually residual CO2 from the fermentation dissolved in the liquid and by agitating the liquid when you moved it, some of that gas is ...
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How much wort should be left in the brew pot?

Although we need more information to be more specific, the general answer to "how much wort should be left behind" is "as little as possible". One thing you can do is pour the wort through a ...
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Difference between 'brewing' beer and wine?

IMHO the most discernible difference between beer and wine is the use of grain and grapes/fruit. Beer tends to be grain based - think Reinheitsgebot. However it can be difficult to decide if cider is ...
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Brewing Low ABV Lager

Many websites can provide recipes. Take a look at some other posts like : Recipe websites catering to beginners? But since you already have a recipe, you just need to lower the ABV a little, take ...
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Baloon air lock not inflating after second day

You may not have a perfect seal, so the gas is dissipating into the atmosphere. This is not a problem. The airlock serves only as a safety mechanism - it prevents buildup of gas, while also preventing ...
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Brewing when sick person is on premises

No. There are no know pathogens that can survive in beer, wine or any booze. You are safe.
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What are the benefits of using brewing sugar over types of sugar?

I noted that there are a few commenters above who appear to be confused about the question. Most brewers will know there is sugar at the brewing stage (eg during initial fermentation), and there is - ...
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How should I upgrade equipment from a Mr. Beer kit?

John Palmer's How to Brew or Charlie Papazian's New Complete Joy of Homebrewing are good beginner books. In terms of equipment, I suggest using the inventory from the lowest-tier kit sold by Midwest ...
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