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Can I clean and reuse a grain bag?

Absolutely! I rinse after use then throw them in with my laundry whites. Couple tips. These don't have to be sterile or even sanitized. A good rinse is really the only functional need they have. ...
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Messed up West Coast IPA recipe, could dryhopping make it good?

Wait!!! Does the beer taste good? If so, just leave it, it wont be as bitter as the recipe sure, but good beer is good beer. It's probably OK. Hop additions are numbered by the amount of boil ...
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All Grain vs Dry Malt Extract

Control over color is the first thing and the biggest. Even the lightest DME will make beer darker than an all grain made with pilsner to the same gravity. Control over body. All extract, DME ...
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Ale Popped the Bung

Apart from your carpet, Everything Is Ok. It's very normal during the active fermentation stage that a large amount of vigorous yeast comes to the top of the brew. If the amount of beer enables the ...
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water for brewing

Bandaid flavors in beer can come from a couple of sources. I wouldn't blame the water first, my guess it's Brettanomyces which is a spoilage yeast. It can give a variety of flavors but one of the bad ...
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All Grain vs Dry Malt Extract

Cost - It costs much less per batch (in the long run) to make beer from grain Control - You have much more control over the brewing process. Time - I know you said you know this, but this is the main ...
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Is 4lbs of speciality grains too much for steeping for a 5gal extract recipe?

I have planned many a recipe on what I can get and the bag or half bag sizes I can get it in. It is a totally valid way to plan your brewing and grain/hop/yeast purchases. ~20% speciality malt in a ...
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First time extract brewing with little resources

From what I've seen/heard, the vast majority of quality comes from your process and the freshness of your ingredients. Get the freshest extracts, hops, and yeast you can start brewing! Over time you'...
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Controlling fermentation temperatures

I live in the south of England where it has recently been even colder than "oop North". At this time of year I go with the seasons and brew the year's supply of lager(!!!). Its perfectly lagered and ...
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Is an 8 litre boil too small for a 23 litre extract kit?

I would recommend NOT boiling the malt extract. There is absolutely no point in doing so. The extract is already sterile and at best only needs pasteurisation which can be done by dissolving the ...
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Boiling Tap Water: Covered or Uncovered?

As always, it depends. Boiling uncovered makes mineral content higher, but lets volatile components to evaporate. Boiling covered - opposite. We don't know what's in your water, so we can't reliably ...
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Input on recipe idea (are my calculations correct)

As a general suggestion on recipe formulation, this would be a good starting point: http://homebrewmanual.com/home-brewing-calculations/
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Controlling fermentation temperatures

Remember that yeast are living things and will regulate their own temperature as best they can. I've kept fermenters in rooms with an ambient temp around 18C and the yeast raised the fermenter temp to ...
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Extract American Wheat Specialty Grain recommendations?

I would suggest steeping a pound of Carapils. It will improve the grainy flavors that you just can’t get from extract alone, and since it is already converted (caramel/crystal malt), no mashing is ...
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Extract American Wheat Specialty Grain recommendations?

IMO you've got a nice beer here that will be really drinkable for the season when it's ready in a few weeks. Really, there isn't a need for specialty grains unless you want to just add them out of ...
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Beginner advice on hop weights, scheduling and "alcohol taste"

I like the enthusiasm and level of detail here, great questions. My responses: I don’t see 30-minute hop additions being used as frequently as in the past. When I see a 30-minute addition in a ...
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How should I determine a ratio between malts?

For a 24L batch of extract lager beer I often use this recipe. It can be modified as wished but it gives a guide to what can be done. The hops can be changed for any similar amount of "nobel hops" but ...
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Alternative to making a yeast starter | Red IPA

Words "1 liter starter" imply the number of active yeast cells that you're supposed to pitch. Number of yeast cells in one sachet of dry yeast will be roughly the same, especially if you re-hydrate ...
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First time extract brewing with little resources

Coopers kits can be brewed without additions. If you just want some reasonable beer then just brew the required style of kit. If you want it a bit more body and taste then brew with one and a half or ...
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Will car/motorbike fumes affect beer fermentation?

I brew and ferment in the garage, and I have no problems with exhaust or any issues with vehicles going in and out. I have done this for the past few years. the only thing i worry about is the ...
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Will car/motorbike fumes affect beer fermentation?

I don't think the fumes will hurt since the carboy will have co2 pressure but I imagine the temperature variance on a garage floor would fluctuate a lot, which can't be good.
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Gravity concerns slow fermentation

Pitching insufficient or partially inactive yeast can cause prolonged fermentation periods. If the brew is still visibly fermenting then let it ferment to completion. I usually wait for at least 10 ...
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Controlling fermentation temperatures

You can put your fermentor closer to the heat source in a room. If you have hot air heat you can put the fermenter over a floor vent and cover it with a towel or box. You can also only cover half ...
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Is an 8 litre boil too small for a 23 litre extract kit?

Most of the extract recipes I've brewed have been 'half-boil' recipes where approximately a third of the LME is added to the steeping liquid plus a few (4-5) extra litres of water for the boil. Boil ...
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Not enough yeast for a 20 Litre batch?

28°C is not too hot to add yeast; yeast is fine up to somewhere near 40°C. That being said, you do want to add the yeast as close to your fermentation temperature as possible. 7 grams of yeast is ...
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