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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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Mr. Beer kit expired in 1999

17 year old dried yeast? Which costs maybe $5 new? And is the most critical factor in the production of beer? (Brewers make wort, yeast make beer). Replace it.
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First time brewing with Mr. Beer

"Rafts" or anything floating at this stage sounds infected. If you had good fermentation it's unlikely it will be harmful to sample. Open one, see if you can recover the floaty. If its white / ...
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How do lager kits let you brew at room temperature?

There are kits with call themselves "lager" kits, but if you make them with the yeast provided and at the temperatures suggested, they will not produce a true lager beer. The beer they produce might ...
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How strong you can brew a beer using Brubox kit?

Beer kits generally end up somewhere near or just below the 5% ABV mark. It is easy to add sugar/glucose to the wort to make it a higher ABV. Generally using added sugars one can get to somewhere ...
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Is delayed yeast activity normal?

Yes this is a normal behavior, but not one we like in brewing. We like to see good activity in less than 12 hours. Forget the recomended times in your instructions, they are lost in lag now. Let ...
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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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Splitting a kit five ways: yeast (or other) advice?

I would just rehydrate the packet of yeast in 500mLs of water using a measuring cup. Then just pour 100mLs in each fermentor. The only thing that sounds 'crazy' about your experiment is the water ...
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The holidays are messing up the bottling schedule

I would just wait until you get back. Just because you aren't racking to secondary doesn't mean the extra couple weeks in the fermenter won't do any good. It might be quasi-marginal, but erring on ...
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First time brewing with Mr. Beer

Floating things in the bottle after that period of time doesn't sound good... Did you add some sort of solids like dry hops or spices to the fermentation? Could be yeast of course, but this usually ...
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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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Another acetaldehyde question

Several causes and solutions, in this case I would say a combination of premature flocculation, lack of oxygen pre pitch, under pitched and possibly post fermintation o2 exposure. Solution so you don'...
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What do you do about high cider FG?

I would probably let it sit another week. The FG only seems one point of from their range. Your temperature would have slowed fermentation but should not have killed it to be honest. I wouldnt bother ...
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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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How do lager kits let you brew at room temperature?

Check this out- The author brews two identical batches using a true lager yeast (Saflager 34/70) but ferments one at a "lager" temp of 50˚F/10˚C and the other up at 70˚F/21˚C. He then runs a taste ...
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Where (from Europe) to get a decent kit to start all-grain brewing?

My favourite shop in the UK for all grain kits is The Home Brew Shop. Otherwise as Barking.Pete says there is BrewUK. For brewing in France there is Pico Mousse. These guys ship across Europe from ...
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I have Youngs Elderberry kit

Yes, I believe it should say "top up to 4.54L with tap water..." I base myself on existing instructions for another Youngs kit... Youngs wine kit instruction The ideal situation is to have very ...
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How strong you can brew a beer using Brubox kit?

I agree with barking.pete They don't mention anything on their website except that you can choose from Porter, Session IPA or Weissbier. Based on my experience with Cooper's Kit, they usually are ...
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Another acetaldehyde question

If your problem really is the O2, I would get something like this: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Water-Butt-Homebrew-Fermenter-Black/dp/B00R6GJY7G/ No more removing the lid and it makes bottling so much ...
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Effects of extra sugar in kit beer

More sugar means more alcohol. One kg of DME and 1kg of sugar added to a Morgan's kit should push your ABV up into the 5.something percent range which is a bit oomphy for a Pilsener but still ...
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Clearing using finings during racking prior to bottling - will there still be enough yeast for second fermentation?

Yes and yes. Finings will generate trub, and you might want to rack the beer off it before packaging. Finings also do not remove much if any of the yeast so priming will not be a problem at all ...
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Is my old beer mix still good for brewing?

I'd consider throwing them out entirely. Grain will stale over time. Typically it should be used within a year or two, otherwise it will take on strange flavors from staling. If you're curious, you ...
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Working with Coopers Australian Pale Ale kit

Make sure the cans are fresh. Old malt extract has an oxidized off flavor that tastes like sherry. From experience I can say a 3 year old can of Coopers extract is long enough. :/
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Working with Coopers Australian Pale Ale kit

I have posted some tips here already. But to answer specifically the question: You can do a 10 min boil. Dry hop is another option. Yes, you may add dry malt extract or dextrose to increase alcohol ...
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Adding Ingredients to an IPA Kit

What yeast you use depends on the flavour profile you want out of the kit, Safale US-05 will give a clean drier flavour profile, while S-04 would give a more ester rich profile, there are so many ...
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Where (from Europe) to get a decent kit to start all-grain brewing?

There are many all grain kits available to buy in Europe. The problem is not so much the ingredients as the equipment to handle all grain. That can range from a cool-box and a kettle, a simple Brew in ...
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Adding Sugar before primary fermentation and a few associate Gravity Questions

Making beer with hopped Malt extract is slightly different to making beer using all-grain method. Some of the terms and actions used for all grain are not really applicable to kits. One can of course ...
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Scale down An extract beer kit

Well you could reduce all ingredients by 34% to scale the batch, but once you open extract it needs to be used asap. If you have the boil capacity, I would brew the whole batch, ferment what you can,...
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Can I rack to and clear my wine in a lidded plastic bucket without a stopper?

For your secondary you will need something that seals airtight or at least with an air lock, a sealed plastic bucket would be OK, I have used them before, but don't use for too long. A loose fitting ...
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Mr. Beer kit expired in 1999

That's old. Its' ingredients are toast for a drinkable beer. Yeast is dead for sure. Hops will have nothing to offer either. But the extract you can still make use of for yeast starters, just crash ...
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