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Best way to avoid stirring up trub while bottling/kegging from the primary?

Just becasue you don't use secondary doesn't mean you can't rack to a bottling bucket and bottle from that. That's what I do. So, to answer the question directly, the best way to bottle from a ...
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Is my beer infected? from an amateur. Posted a picture

This looks like Pediococcus contamination: see here Is this lactobacillus? More information about spoilage here: https://www.craftbrewingbusiness.com/news/four-bacteria-that-will-ruin-your-beer/ ...
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Best way to avoid stirring up trub while bottling/kegging from the primary?

Cold crash to help sediment and compact yeast. Safely tip the carboy 10-15° so you can maximize beer extraction at the end of racking (I use a couple of paperbacks). Do any movement or tipping of your ...
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Best way to avoid stirring up trub while bottling/kegging from the primary?

I like the stainless steel racking cane with the orange seal. (Steril Siphon Starter) https://www.morebeer.com/products/sterile-siphon-starter-3-5-6-65-gallon-carboy-smooth-necks.html?site_id=9 What'...
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Cider not fermenting

Dead Yeast check expectation date. When you did your "30 min starter" was there foaming? If not it's likely the yeast was dead. "80°C" will kill yeast. If you added your yeast to 176°F cider, it's ...
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Hops - Do they stay in the wort for the primary fermentation or not?

It's best to remove the hops, but it's not a deal breaker if you don't. It will just make it harder to siphon the beer later. There are 2 other options to consider...you can put the hops in a nylon ...
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What's the point of secondary fermentation?

I think Secondary fermentation is a term that came over from wine making. Secondary fermentation in the wine world is where you have the malolactic fermentation happen. This is a bacteria not yeast ...
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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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Stalled fermentation

At those temps yes it seems normal to me for it to go that fast. (I assume this is an extract batch and you were using ale yeast.) That high temp could have stressed the yeast out and they are too ...
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Best way to avoid stirring up trub while bottling/kegging from the primary?

I use Cold Crashing with my 30L fermenter and it has significantly increased my yield whilst reducing sediment in the bottom of each bottle. If you're using a bucket or similar fermenter with a tap ...
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Half the amount of dry spray malt added to a kit

I would boil the spray-malt in some water. This will both dissolve and sanitise the malt. As soon as it is at roughly the same temperature as the ferment, add it in and stir well, but minimising ...
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Is my beer infected? from an amateur. Posted a picture

Obligatory Disclaimer I'm not at all experienced with brewing ... but I have some pretty good experience with spawning and cultivating mushrooms. That sure looks like a fungal growth to me. Classic ...
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