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Steam sanitation of a stainless steel fermenter and bottles

"How safe would that beer be?" If it's steam coming from a commercial appliance (presumably a dish-washer or some other such food-grade device) it wouldn't be any less safe than eating off a dish ...
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Specific and generic questions from a first timer - size of fermenter, flavoring, gravity, sanitation

Yes, a lower original gravity will result in a lower-alcohol final product. However, if this was an extract kit and if you added the correct amount of water, the discrepancy is almost certainly a ...
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How dangerous is Tempeh starter?

Rhizopus Oligosporus is believed to be "harmless" on the basis of the fact that there has never been a recorded incident of Rhizopus Oligosporus' ability to produce a toxin when fermenting Tempeh, but ...
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Fermenter bucket still a bit rank after several cleanings

I get a similar issue with the bucket I use for bottling (I use a glass carboy for fermenting). I am still using the bucket with the usual cleaning straight after use and sanitizing prior to use with ...
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How dangerous is Tempeh starter?

Some people develop an allergy to the fungi in the tempeh and the fungus was suspected of being causative of Zygomycosis. IIRC that may now have been disproved and Rhizopus is generally considered ...
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Brewing a 25l batch in a smaller fermenter

No. When I calculate a solution of 10l at a gravity of 1.100 (which is already big), then I get an amount of 8.4 l water with 2.6 kg sugar. But that is already stretching things, because without ...
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Sterilising tips?

As Pepi noted in the comments it would take a serious infection to be noticeable in 24 hours (Just think how long it takes yeast to get going and that is supplied into fermentable at a huge number of ...
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Fermentation - Lost cause?

Sour, astringent and vinegary. Definitely sounds like bacterial contamination ("Infection"). Lactic and acetic acid also both have higher specific gravity than water or alcohol, so that's probably why ...
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Using Plastic Water Jugs as Fermenters

I don't think you can taste bpa, but certainly microwaving food and eating it from bpa plastic will raise bpa levels in your blood stream. However, it appears that ceasing the behavior also drops the ...
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Re ferment beer after transferring to keg and force carbonating it

I have largely found the "miracle" of champagne yeast to be a myth. It hasn't worked well for me. The failings of pitching dried champagne yeast is primarily due to two things. First, champagne ...
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Fermenter bucket still a bit rank after several cleanings

Its ok. If you keep making beer in it the slight smell won't make your next beer smell any more of less beery than the last one. Its plastic and it absorbs odors. Perfectly normal. There is no ...
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Can I move the beer to another location while its fermenting?

Either way should be fine. Although I'd probably pitch the yeast before moving it just to avoid having to have another thing to do after moving it. 2 hours probably isn't enough for it to start ...
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Can I bottle room temperature beer with a beer gun from a pressurized Fermentasaurus or Fermzilla?

If beer is "perfectly carbonated beer", then transferring it isn't a problem. What happen with "warm" beer is that it doesn't retain/absorb gas as a cold liquid. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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white molds to top of 3 days old pear wine bucket,

I've had a number of beers and meads that after a week, fermenting in fridge, have had the bucket covered in mold. I don't know which kind of bucket you use, I use these. Since they are very well ...
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Recycling Screw-top Bottles for Homebrew

If you have a corker, you can use a cork on wine screw-top bottles. Even if the opening is sometimes lightly smaller, the cork will go in. I tried it many times with success, I also used corks with ...
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Keep Homebrew Fresh

If its done fermenting getting it into bottles is better than a plastic bucket. All buckets absorb/transmit O2 at some rate. And depending on your lid, it might not be the plastic at all that's ...
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How to reduce beer loss when dumping yeast using conical fementers?

The only bad part about stainless fermentors, is your blind at this stage of the brew process. Ideally the fermenter will have a drain on the very bottom. Use this port to dump the trub after primary ...
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Suckback and sampling from conical fermenters

An s-type airlock allows air in, but the liquid remains in the airlock rather than getting sucked in
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Suckback and sampling from conical fermenters

There is a trick to pulling a small sample or drawing yeast. Use a 1" blow off tube of ample length to reach the bottom of a bubbler jar on the floor. The volume in the tube is enough to draw a ...
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Does yeast type affect wine taste..?

There are several issues with attempting to ferment with wild yeast. I've not tried it but here are a few things I've heard from people who have. If you get good results, it is unlikely that you can ...
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A side by side comparison of open vessel vs closed vessel natural temp rise during fermentation

The open fermenter may ferment cooler due to the insulation of a lid, just as a pan with a lid on boils faster, but I can see the difference being huge. that is all things being equal. One difference ...
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Specific and generic questions from a first timer - size of fermenter, flavoring, gravity, sanitation

1) 1.041 vs. 1.049 is not a big difference. You might notice the difference but likely won't worry if everything else is in balance. You might taste more hop, since there will be less residual sugar. ...
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Low Cost Conical Fermenter

I know your looking for larger, but thought others that find this thread might want to consider this. Large volume isn't the only reason to go to conical $100 http://beersmith.com/fastferment-an-...
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Airlock Alternatives

Just use the bottle cap with a tiny pin hole
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Airlock Alternatives

I prefer to have a crystal clear view of the activity in my fermenter, so I did away many years ago with my opaque fertiliser lids and airlocks. Instead, I use kitchen cling wrap, stretch it across ...
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Airlock Alternatives

I wanted to start making mustang (wild) grape wine in the cellar of the old house I owned during the 1980s-90s. I went to a liquor store that also sold winemaking equipment and looked at a couple of ...
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Airlock Alternatives

Ginger beer fermenting in 6-liter water bottles with simple baggie airlock.
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