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Priming solution or add sugar to individual bottles?

You do have the answer in your question. When brewing my first kit, I put the sugar in each bottle and here is my experience: Have to measure sugar for each bottle, difficult and time consuming when ...
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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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Is an ice bath sufficient to quickly cool a small batch of wort?

Because you are brewing a small batch, I think that an ice bath will be quite sufficient, however you muct add more ice at regular intervals. I also suggest adding salt to your ice so that the melting ...
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Is an ice bath sufficient to quickly cool a small batch of wort?

I have done this with a 10 liter (2.5 gal) stock pot in my kitchen sink when I started brewing, also batches from 1 to 1.5 gallon. I did two things. In the first step I cooled by letting water flow ...
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Using 5 gallon kegs for 3 gallon batches

It is absolutely fine, bit of extra head space isn't going to cause any harm, or give any magical benefits. Just means you'll have less beer.
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Swapped sparge by mash water quantities

1.5 gallon batch? You should fine. The higher grain to water ratio may result in a slightly high pH but you should still be well in the range for enzymes to do their work.
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Mashing vessel inside oven to avoid heat loss

Not, unless you set up a custom temp control for the oven. Most ovens start at 200°F which is much higher than any mash temp. Putting in a warm oven with it off could be done easily with a manual ...
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How does corn sugar affect the beer vs cane sugar?

Corn sugar is a monosaccharide where cane sugar is a disaccharide. Both are entirely fermentable but the disaccharide must be cleaved first. If your yeast are stressed they'll have a easier time with ...
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How does corn sugar affect the beer vs cane sugar?

In short corn sugar is more similar to the sugars in the wort so it's easy for the yeast to consume both. Other sugars are harder or easier for the yeast to consume and come with their own issues. ...
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Hefeweissen ingredients question

It's basically as straightforward as you think. Weissbier/weizen recipes vary, but you're looking at 40-60% wheat malt, with the balance being mostly pilsner or pale/2-row malt, maybe a touch of ...
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Using 5 gallon kegs for 3 gallon batches

It's not a problem. Runs the risk of oxygen exposure to finished beer if not filled properly, but It can be done at the cost of co2, which is very minimal. Personally, I purge starsan from the keg ...
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Help needed with recipe translation

There are a bunch of mash water:grain ratios, but generally around 1.5:1 qt./lb. (that's about 1.5 litres per 500 grams). The software BeerSmith recommends batch sparging your recipe with 4.1 and ...
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Is an ice bath sufficient to quickly cool a small batch of wort?

I do this with some of my five gallon batches. I have a rather big deep sink. I buy a couple of bags of ice and put the whole pot in there and fill with ice and water. It cools down quickly enough. ...
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Using 6kg's of grains for a 10liter batch Pale Ale brew

The first problem is that the Mangrove Jack's Empire Ale yeast has an alcohol tolerance of only 8%. Using some beer recipe software, the amount of malt you used would lead to an alcohol percentage of ...
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Using 6kg's of grains for a 10liter batch Pale Ale brew

I agree with chthon. In any case, the results will be different than the orginal recipe. One thing that is affected by doubling the malt is the hop utilization. Hop utilization varies depending on ...
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Can I all grain brew 20 litre lager batch using 12 litre pot and same 4.3 kg grain bill?

You just had very poor mash efficiency. All the causes and solutions have been covered in other Q&A here. When done correctly you should be able to easily produce 10l of 1.096 wort post boil and ...
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Hefeweissen ingredients question

Here are a few recipes that you can look at for help: http://beersmithrecipes.com/searchrecipe?uid=&term=Weizen&submit.x=13&submit.y=9&sort=Best+Match&allgrain=1&rated=4
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