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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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Why are there raisins floating in my ginger beer?

Putting a few raisins in a bottle before you cap it, will let you know when its carbonated as the raisins, will float to the top after. They sink at first.
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Can theatre buttered and salted popcorn be used for brewing brewing at home?

Yes, yes it can. Have done so before with Pumpkin Popcorn IPA. It was really good! Salted will pump up your chloride ion count, so be aware of that, and the buttered aspect makes no real difference ...
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Why are there raisins floating in my ginger beer?

The skin of sultanas or raisins have natural occurring yeast needed for the fermentation process. Older recipes typically used a 'ginger bug' derived from the yeast on sultana skin in stead of ...
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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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How do you take ingredients from a brewer's website and make a recipe

It's impossible to look at a beers ingredient list and derive an exact recipe from it. You have to go through a process of trial and error, using any information you can get from the manufacturer ...
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The different forms of corn

The big issue with corn is the germ, which is relatively high in fat (at least compared to other brewing grains). Flaked maize - this will always have the germ and the husk, removed. It is basically ...
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Brewing a gruit. Myrica Gale alternative needed

Myricia Gale - Common names include Bog-myrtle and sweetgale. Also be aware: The plant has been listed as an abortifacient and therefore should not be consumed by women who are, or might be, pregnant. ...
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What are the benefits of using brewing sugar over types of sugar?

There is much more to this question than how much sugar and how much alcohol ! It is about the taste of the beer. My 15 years of brewing has strongly borne out what is stated in "The Art of Making ...
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Will Potassium Metabisulfite prevent store-bought Grape Juice from fermenting?

While I am no expert on this topic, I did a little bit of research to help you out. It is generally understood that in winemaking metabisulphite inhibits bacteria and yeast growth, so I would think ...
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Brewing with Bananas

IMHO the bananas are best added (mashed up) to the hot wort post boil. Boiling for any significant time can drive off esters that add to the flavour and aroma. Adding to the mash can also increase the ...
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Will supermarket fruits make a good wine?

The problem with much fresh "Supermarket fruit" is that it is usually picked early and is usually unripe. If one can find "ripe" or "over ripe" fruit in a supermarket then IMHO that is the fruit one ...
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Using Pine with Beer

Among the conifers, there are two that are used in brewing; Juniper and Spruce. None are used widely I think. You probably don't want to use Pine because all parts of the pine tree will add some ...
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Can I make beer from... liver?

Anything can be an "ingredient" but as a source of fermentable sugar that takes a little more thinking. As you said liver only contains about 5% glycogen (polysaccaride with a protein core and ...
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Is this a good recipe for a 5 hop brew?

It looks fine, but I'm not sure you're going to get the desired effect from the diverse hops. I expect that the Fuggle especially will be washed out by the other hop flavors. If you really want to ...
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Will supermarket fruits make a good wine?

Yes, when ripe is best. Cheers
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Adding Ingredients to an IPA Kit

In general, when it comes to modifying extract kits, you have a few options to make it better: 1. Add less water to increase flavor and alcohol content (ex: 20L instead of 23L) 2. Steep some ...
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Formulating a recipe with birch sap

I've made birch sap wine before now and there was no real discernable difference between that and sugar-water wine. I have read that to make birch syrup you need to reduce 100:1. 1.005 in sugar ...
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Salt additions to the glass

It's probably simpler to prepare a solution with CaCl2. For every gram of CaCl2, take 2 gram of distilled, demineralised or reverse osmosis water. Mix well, so you obtain a solution of 33% (W/W) CaCl2....
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Can theatre buttered and salted popcorn be used for brewing brewing at home?

It should work, depending on style. Popcorn is essentially cooked corn starch, so it comes pre-gelatinized and when mixed with sufficient diastatic malt it should saccharify. As the previous posted ...
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Using Pine with Beer

You might want to check out "Unlocking Kveik's Mysteries" by Lars Marius. It's a documentary of sorts on the history and origins of Kveik yeast along with the traditional use of Juniper in ...
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What are the benefits of using brewing sugar over types of sugar?

I am not sure how much this will help, but in my limited experience with sugars, plain table sugar (sucrose) just made my fermenting time a bit longer as compared to corn sugar (dextrose). As far as ...
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Any People with Celiacs Tried Clarity Ferm?

A little late to the party but thought I would add my experience with Clarity Ferm. My wife is Celiac, and very sensitive, small cross contamination results in a serious reaction. I started using CF ...
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Chile Pepper Ale

So far I've made two brown-chili batches and here's what I did. I actually made a chili concentrate by having hot chili flakes boil in raw alcohol (100% ethanol) for about 30-45 minutes, because ...
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What is Extract Twang?

I saw a new answer on here- what the hell- I'll post. In my experience- what you're describing is typically a byproduct of old (oxidized) liquid malt extract. It gets a really cloying flavor due to ...
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Will Potassium Metabisulfite prevent store-bought Grape Juice from fermenting?

Yes. Potassium Metabisulfite works by depleting oxygen to inhibit aerobic growth. It doesn't "kill" yeast or bacteria in the short term. Potassium Metabisulfite can be defeated by adding a lot of ...
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Replace corn adjunct of recipe with...?

Sound more like a Cream Ale recipe, Blonde Ale shouldn't have corn. It can be up to 25% wheat though, I would replace the flaked corn with flaked wheat, or just 2-row to remove it completely. I've ...
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Mojito beer help

I would use cider yeast (like WLP775 or WYeast 4766). I think strong hop flavors would be out of place, so I would go for aged hops (like people do for p-lambic), and something low-alpha with citrus ...
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Mojito beer help

I'm assuming you mean the mojito cocktail, made with mint and lime. A North Carolina brewery called NoDa Brewing does a mojito-inspired beer called the NoDajito. You might want to look into that for ...
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Mojito beer help

Hmmn that’s an interesting one I would probably drop the molasses and swap to agave syrup and use Citra hops 3-5 grams and then do a dry hop with a bunch of mint. Also since a mojito has a very clean ...
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