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Can I re-use swing top bottles?

These are called swing-top bottles, and they're fine for re-use as long as they originally contained a carbonated drink like beer, and the glass has no chips or cracks. The usual advice regarding re-...
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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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Can I mix two yeasts to add different flavours when I make beer?

This can work very nicely from my experience, I often use S-04 and US-05. The S-04 gives esters as you suspect and the US-05 gives a higher attenuation and a thinner body. The majority of esters are ...
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Do I need the dregs from primary fermentation for carbonation?

No. The settled yeast (trub/dregs) from primary shouldn't be included in bottling. There's plenty of yeast in suspension to bottle condition, unless your cold weather was enough to completely crash ...
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What if I accidentally boiled for 90 minutes?

Absolutely not a problem. You will gain just a bit of extra bitterness by boiling longer, but so little that I doubt you could notice it.
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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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I forgot to put water in the airlock! What do I do now?

Seal the beer off from oxygen as soon as possible. If you decide to use the airlock, use sanitized water only. If you have access to CO2, put a layer of the gas over your beer as soon as possible (...
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Can I assume that an unopened glass jug containing the juice I want to ferment is sanitary?

Unless you were planning on heating the juice itself to a high enough temperature to kill anything in it, it's not really going to matter. Any bacteria or wild yeasts present on the inside of the ...
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How to remove sediment?

Grats on your first brew! Ultimately you need to draw beer from above the trub (sediment). If your fermentor is designed for fermenting and has a spigot, it should have an adjustable arm you can ...
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Steps to take as a first timer brewery

Get yourself a decent homebrewing book. John Palmer's book "How to Brew" is a great starting place. Watch some youtube videos on homebrewing. This one has a million views. (You guys are lucky, when ...
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Can I over-filter my beer?

If you are worried about the yeast getting through that bag, you have nothing to worry about. When we talk about sterile filtration, the generally accepted size of the filter is .45u (micron). 1000 ...
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Accidentally used 100% unsanitized gear for brew - should I toss it?

Your brew is fine. If there's a problem it will be obvious when you taste it. Relax.
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Should I add water to an already fermenting batch?

When racking from a primary fermenter to a secondary vessel, you will leave behind a non-trivial amount of "stuff" so the volume in the secondary will be less than the volume in the primary. If you ...
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What are the other good santizers when StarSan is not available?

I've brewed for years without starsan. Bleach, as mentioned in the above link, is good for fermenters and bottles. Extra contact time (a few hours if possible) doesn't hurt. Keep away from metals, ...
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What are the simple things i should be careful about (like bleach) for my first time brewing?

Fermentation temperature is often overlooked and it's really the key to making good beer. If you don't control the temp, everything else you do doesn't really matter. I prefer most beers to ferment ...
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dry hopping in primary?

It's not contradictory so much as it's all valid. :) To answer the titular question: yes, you can dry-hop in primary. Long-term aging is really the only reason to rack to secondary. Dry-hopping, ...
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dry hopping in primary?

In my opinion a "secondary" should be viewed as a tool. A potentially useful tool, but best used by someone who really has a grip of their brewing process and using it for a very specific purpose. I ...
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Contamination concerns when removing stopper?

As jsled says you have no worries. You are doing the right things, not touching it or putting it down. If just for a few seconds to check on the brew you'll be fine, also you will gain experience ...
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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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Should I boil water before adding it to the cooled wort?

I have no idea about the OP's water but here in Sussex UK I use the water straight out of the tap. I would not boil it - I would just add it to the wort in the FV, pitch the yeast and let it ferment. ...
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What are the essential data one should collect when brewing beer?

I'd collect: The recipe: grain bill, hops and their times, adjuncts and their times, amount of water. That way you can try to recreate the same beer if it was good. You can tweak any of grain bill, ...
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What are the essential data one should collect when brewing beer?

Here's a couple reading I find important that many over look. All-grain. Mash pH is very important. Doing an iodine test during the mash is a good practice to check if conversion is done. Why mash ...
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How to brew moonshine?

Moonshine is the name for illegally made spirits of non-specific ingredients. So I will answer your question as if you asked something like: "How do I make spirits". Caveat: Currently, as far as I ...
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I forgot to take my first Gravity reading

It isn't too much of a big deal. If you have the nutritional information from the honey you can calculate how much of it was pure sugar (mainly glucose in honey I believe). Then it is a simple case of ...
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What is the good amount of beer to brew as a beginner?

This is a matter of personal preference, of course, but I suggest using a standard 5-gallon recipe (19L) but then cut all the ingredients in half and brew just 2.5 gallons (9.5L). Then if you like it,...
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Can I cold condition outdoors?

Yep. Just keep it away from sun light. I do this all winter without problems.
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Yeast "cake" after bottling

Different yeast strains can look a little different in the bottle as well. One characteristic of yeast is how well it "compacts" at the bottom of the fermentor or bottle. Some strains, like English ...
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Airlock not bubbling

If you didn't pitch yeast from an actively fermenting starter, 24 hours is a perfectly reasonable lag time. But if you really are seeing a thick kräusen atop your beer, it sounds like there's just a ...
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cold crashing question

I cold crash (and fine with gelatin) at 30F for two or three days before kegging. I have found that 30F for two days clears my beer better than weeks at 38F in my refrigerator. If you plan to bottle ...
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i want a keg cooler that is cheaper than kegerator

Keep an eye on Craigslist for a used refrigerator. You can often get them free or nearly free if you pick it up. That's all you need: take the shelves out, and you can keep your keg in there with a ...
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