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The brewing process is a sequence of steps and techniques that transform ingredients (typically malt, yeast and water) into beer.

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RIMS declining efficiency

For many years, I was getting efficiency at about 81% after backing into the numbers with Brewers Friend doing simple non-recirculated infusions at 2qt per lb with continuous fly sparge. About a year ...
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Very fine wax in Mead

Was given a 1/2 bucket of crystalized honey and so made Mead. Used Champagne yeast, Original Gravity 1.092, Final Gravity 0.996. My sort of problem is : there seems to be a 'sediment'. AT THE TOP! ...
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Dry Hopping Cider

I’ve taken to making Cider and quite enjoy it. I now finalize my fermentation (temp controlled) at 1.015Gs before bottling or kegging. In the case of bottling I still prime with sugar and then test ...
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Staggered 2 primary fermentations. Then fermentation started in the Demi again. Is the wine ok?

So i decided to try grape wine last year since my friend had a backyard full of grapes that were going to go to waste. My process ended up a little complicated and now I wonder if it’s still ok. I ...
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Pilsner racking before bottling

I`m brewing a pilsner at slightly higher temperature levels and has been two and a half weeks. Can I rack and then bottle if my hydrometer reading are stable? Or should I rack and then store in ...
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Making a strong belgian ale

I'm pretty new to home brewing. I made a 1 gallon Belgian Ale kit which came out pretty good and then did a 5-gallon Strong Belgian Ale recipe I found on the internet which also came out pretty well. ...
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Should we stir the brew?

I m a beginner in wine making, kindly suggest should we stir the brew? If yes, after how many days? Should I stir or shake the brew every day or after how many days I should open the container and ...
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Can you centrifuge beer in your home?

I have noticed that many microbreweries centrifuge their beer in order to remove yeast and hops. These machines, e.g. from Alfa Laval, GEA and Andritz, are huge and not something you would have in ...
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Using health food malt extract

I live in a country where alcohol is banned and of course all equipments and materials related to brewing are banned as well, I tried turning non alcoholic beer into beer a couple of times but the ...
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Reusing water from boiling corn cobs?

I will be boiling corn cobs and I was thinking about reusing this water to make a brew batch. I know some commercial breweries use corn as an ingredient, but I am unsure how. I am thinking that a ...
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Will this recipe make drinkable mead?

I want to make mead, but lack any real equipment/skill. I have done "wine" and "mead" before, but only at the "hooch" level of quality and control. All I have access to is a siphon tube and ~2L ...
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Fermenting, carbonating and dispensing using the same (corny) keg?

I Brew In a Bag and do no-chill, space and time are limited. I just bought some kegging equipment and while looking at the Pico Brew project I noticed that one option in using their equipment is to ...
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Looking for process improvement suggestions

I just did my 4th brew, my OG was lower than expected, and I'm looking for help with process improvements. I'm doing an all grain process. I have an 8gal kettle, a 2gal kettle, and a 0.5gal kettle. ...
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Are there ways to make your own beer on the cheap?

I have more experience with infusions and other ferments. I'm ready to delve into beer making without buying an expensive kit. What's the best way to do this?
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Maintaining Optimal Flavor in a Brown Ale

I've brewed a lot of Brown Ales, and one thing I have noticed from batch to batch is fairly swift flavor degradation. The beer will taste excellent after two weeks of conditioning. I'll be able to ...
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What are the benefits of fermenting under pressure?

I hear that some brewers ferment under pressure. What is the rationale/benefits of doing this?
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How much beer can I do with a 5L pot

A 5 Litre (1.3 US gal) pot is the biggest pan I have at present. I would like to make some all grain batches. How much beer can I brew with such a small pan?
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What is a “blonde” beer, and how do you make it?

I recently bought a 6 pack of Shiner Blonde, and just loved the taste of it. What differentiates a blonde beer from others, other than a lighter color and flavor? Also, how do you make a blonde, and ...
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What indicates my burner is at the peak performance?

I use 18" banjo burners on propane. When I'm trying to ramp to boil I have the choice between a shorter all blue flame (which I believe is the most efficient), A wild all yellow flame that edges ...
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What should I expect from re-mashing malt extract?

I've heard Jamil Z. from the brewing network recommend re-mashing malt extract with a handful of two/six row to improve ferment-ability. Since the extract producer is attempting to please a larger ...
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Aging a beer bottled from the keg

I have a Russian Imperial Stout that I want to age for a full year. I currently have it in kegs, uncarbonated. I like to bottle from kegs that have been force carbonated due to the lack of sediment ...
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How to ferment 15-gallon batches

It's probably a simple solution, but I'm planning on making the jump to AG very shortly and, having only done 5-gallon batches in the past, am wondering what is the easiest way to ferment a full 15-...
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Rinsing specialty grain bag after steeping

Is there any reason to rinse the bag of specialty grains after steeping? I did this yesterday on a whim, thinking I would be able to extract as much of the sugars as possible. I used about 1qt. of hot'...
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HERMS or RIMS - How to choose?

I'm confused. What are the major pros/cons between HERMS and RIMS brewing systems? I've read about both, but can't seem to come to a conclusion on why one would choose one over the other. Is it the ...
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Using a hop spider for steeping specialty grains

I've recently built a hop spider and am having great results. Could it also serve in the same capacity to steep specialty grains. Paint strainers are a bit more expensive than muslin bags, but are ...
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Transferring wort from brew kettle with ball valve

I am in the process of adding a ball valve to my brew kettle and am designing a diptube to transfer wort to my primary. I've always brewed in 5-gallon batches so picking up the kettle and dumping it ...
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Effects of pectin

I often see recipes (usually for fruit mead or beer) warning against boiling fruit for fear that it will release pectin. I know that this is important for making jam, and bad for home brewing. What I ...
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How much hop bitterness dissipates with time?

I am planning to age a big Russian Imperial Stout for about a year. I understand that during this time, the bitterness imparted by the hops will dissipate. If I want to maintain a balance, I'll ...
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How to avoid a boozy flavor in high-gravity beers

Many of the high-gravity commercial beers I taste end up coming off as boozy. What kinds of ingredients or processes will limit this flavor? I want to brew a big beer, perhaps in the 1.100 ...
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How to brew strong beers?

I lived in Belgium for 2 years. Once I was in a beer brewing factory, where they said that brewing good beers is a 6 months process. Is it really true? So, how to brew strong beers (~9%)? Like for ...
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Adding chili peppers to beer - when?

I'm making a chili beer tonight. Is there any sort of extraction that needs to happen, or is just adding the chili (I'm gonna puree it) enough? I'm thinking of adding a habanero (or a half of one) ...
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Brew day notes template [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the best brewing log sheet to use? One of the things I'm guilty of being terrible at is note taking. I know I should keep track of temperatures, times, tastes, and a ...
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How long can I leave beer in the secondary fermenter?

My first home brew beer is ready to be bottled but I've been busy and haven't gotten around to it yet. The beer was in a primary fermenter for 2 weeks, then I racked it into a secondary fermenter (...
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Home-made LME&DME-is it achievable?

Pretty often when you brew an all-grain batch you get a quantity of extra wort with no apparent use. A common practice is to keep some of that wort for a starter for the next batch. Could someone ...
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How do you clean and fill a keg manually?

What equipment is required to clean and fill a commercial keg (not one adapted for homebrewing), before paying for a full blown keg washer and filler? Is this even possible?
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How do I reconcile hopbursting and whirlpooling?

I've got a plate chiller and so can chill my wort quickly to preserve the hop aroma, but I also need to whirlpool to mound up hot break, which takes 10 minutes. I can use a hop-back to get hop flavor ...
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Effects of different boil intensities

What are the effects of having a super rapid crazy boil vs. a very slow, slightly rolling boil, and the different stages in between? If you're boiling 6 gallons on an electric stove or trying to do ...
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Ancient Brewing Techniques

I'm a newbie! An art historian by day...soon to be home brewer by night and weekends. QUESTION: Do you know of a brewer (home brewer or well known craft brewer) who is knowledgeable about ancient ...
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Can you mash bananas?

I've been thinking about making a wheat-beer with bananas and a little bit of chocolate malt. My question is can you mash bananas in the mash-tun to convert the sugars/starches and get more banana ...
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Measuring Gravity

What is the usual procedure for measuring gravity? Is it typical to just take an original and final gravity measurement or should measurements be taken throughout? I've heard people talk about ...
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Improving Your Brewing Significantly

I made this wiki to allow folks to post what upgrades in process or equipement really take one's beer brewing to the next level. The bottle-necks to better and better brewing if you will. (This was ...
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Brewing with a deadline

Occasionally I need to brew beer for an event, and I procrastinate. One time, I brewed a pretty hefty IPA, and went from boil to bottle (keg, actually) in about 10 days. It was pretty malty, ...
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What does knockout mean?

I've been reading the How To Brew book, which is generally good, but the author uses the term "knockout" without definition a couple of times. What does it mean?
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Single stage/ two stage for all grain?

I into my 3rd generation of homebrew ideology and need some input. At first, I was a dedicated workhorse of the early microbrew scene, constructing a a welded stainless 10 gallon outfit in my ...
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Small Space & Apartment Brewing: Cellaring

Given the limited space of an apartment, where do you store your homebrew before drinking? Do not consider budget to be a factor. This is the eighth question in a series of discussions about small-...
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Small Space & Apartment Brewing: Packaging

Given the limited space of an apartment, how do you bottle & keg? Do not consider budget to be a factor. This is the seventh question in a series of discussions about small-space brewing. ...
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Small Space & Apartment Brewing: Fermentation

Given the limited space of an apartment, what do you do to maintain a steady fermentation? Do not consider budget to be a factor. This is the sixth question in a series of discussions about small-...
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Small Space & Apartment Brewing: The Chill

Given the limited space of an apartment, how can you achieve a good chill? Do not consider budget to be a factor. This is the fifth question in a series of discussions about small-space brewing. ...
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Small Space & Apartment Brewing: Boiling

Given the limited space of an apartment, what tips do you have for the boil? Do not consider budget to be a factor. This is the fourth question in a series of discussions about small-space brewing. ...
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Small Space & Apartment Brewing: Steeping

Given the limited space of an apartment, what tips do you have for steeping specialty grain? Do not consider budget to be a factor. This is the third question in a series of discussions about small-...