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Conditioning and storing beer at temperatures around -5°C

It's fairly safe to say that bottle conditioning at -5°c will not yield good results. Even high ABV beers stored below freezing will form ice crystals and force a separation of the water and ethanol. ...
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Can beer become oxidized in the bottle?

Yes- it can. Chasing down oxidation after you've covered the basics is hard. Oxidation is typically perceived as starting once the beer is fermented... but that's not entirely true. However the ...
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Small Space & Apartment Brewing: Equipment Storage

This is a super old thread but I had to deal with this recently and I was very happy with my results. Living in a walk-up second story apartment in Chicago, space being limited I purchased one of ...
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What is the proper way to store SCOBY?

My ginger beer SCOBY has grown in a jar for over 9 years. If kept hydrated and fed (with ginger and sugar and occasional fresh lemon juice) it seems to keep well enough. If I do not produce/bottle ...
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Storing leftover hops using water displacement method

Actually using plastic bags period is bad, because they are permeable (small molecules can pass through) So even submerging the bag to vacate air really won't do much good. You're better off ...
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Storing leftover hops using water displacement method

Yeah sure, I don't see why not. The hops are probably not sinking as easy as the steak, but it will still work if you be careful enough. But also I'm thinking that you won't notice a difference ...
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Does humidity matter for ageing wine in screw top bottles

No it does not. When it comes to screw caps, the things important to keep away from aging wine in a screwcap bottle are light, heat and motion. If oxygen can't penetrate the cap, how could humidity? ...
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Storage Temperature

Beer should be stored cool. Around 7°C (45°F), never colder than 3°C (37°F) [#1]. Charles Bamforth says that every extra 10°C (50°F) of temperature doubles the rate of beer aging. So when your beer ...
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I got a strong, chemical-vinegary smell when I opened the plastic fermentation bucket I use to store all my brewing stuff. Is it still safe to use?

After some research I think I discovered a potential source of the problem. Potassium metabisulfite decomposes into, amongst other compounds, sulphur dioxide - a gas which is irritating and toxic at ...
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Store 500g dry yeast package after opened

I had a half kilo pack of US-05 in the freezer for about 2 years, and it was always fine. Just seal it up as best as you can between uses.
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How can I contain unexpected bottle bombs

No matter how careful you are, you can pick up a wild yeast infection and wind up w/ gushers and bottle bombs. They do explode w/ some force--enough to cause minor injuries for sure--but a regular ...
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Pausing a ginger beer plant

I've found that my ginger bug is heartier than I gave it credit for. I was making a batch of Ginger Beer just about every 7-10 days after I first cultured the bug, and was feeding it after every batch....
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Any risks to storing glass carboys and other brew equipment in an unheated garage?

You shouldn't have issue with natural tempurature swings on empty glass carboys. I store clean sanitized and dry with foil and rubber band on top. In the high desert which can reach 100+ day time and ...
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How can I contain unexpected bottle bombs

Avoid it as previous answers have stated. Outside of that, if you are worried about it I would just condition in rubbermaid containers, mainly to contain the mess. That said, I've never had a bomb, ...
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Longevity of bottled mead

Mead generally ages very well and some of the best glasses I've had are from bottles that somebody forgot about. (The only reason I've never had a mead that's more than ten years old is that it's ...
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What is the proper way to store SCOBY?

This site recommends you keep culturing for less than 6 weeks. For longer, they recommend two options. "Feeding" the scoby every 4-6 weeks, where "feeding" consists of draining off the existing ...
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I don't have a cellar. How should I store my beer?

I would store it in bottles where ever is convenient and not pay too much attention to temp fluctuations during conditioning. I have many hundreds of bottles of beer conditioning on a regular basis - ...
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I don't have a cellar. How should I store my beer?

The colder place the better. Higher temperature will age your beer prematurely, shortening its lifespan. Depending on the style of beer it might be fine to age it a little, but a few styles a ...
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Store 500g dry yeast package after opened

You should be good with an airtight container in a fridge. I had dried bread yeast for a couple of years in an airtight container in the fridge, and it was usable until it was exhausted. You should ...
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Does bottle priming temp matter after 4 days?

That shouldn't cause a problem. Reducing the temperature is ideal because it will cause more CO2 to go into solution.
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Ginger Beer - How long can it be stored, can it be frozen and what do you do with the yeast?

I'm assuming you made a pseudo soft-drink Ginger Beer, where it's mostly a sweet beverage, and yeast is primarily used to bring carbonation (and only incidental alcohol). The problem you will have is ...
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Argon in head space and storage temp

If you have Argon, you can used it, however I do not think it is necessary, unless you have a lot of free space, like a half full carboy. Good, sanitation is much more important than air exposure. ...
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Is top-fermenting yeast more prone to building undesired byproducts during bottle fermentation than bottom-fermenting yeast?

If you have sour overtones, then you likely have either an acetobacter, pedio, lacto or a wild yeast contamination. And, having been at a warmer temperature for longer will have allowed this ...
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I don't have a cellar. How should I store my beer?

The initial aging process will depend on the type of yeast used on the brewing. If your beer is unfiltered and the yeast is still present in the bottles, the yeast will still be active and ...
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Does bottle priming temp matter after 4 days?

As long as the yeast did their part during the first 4 days you should be fine. I usually let bottles sit a week before letting them chill. Before I was real comfortable with the timing of it I'd ...
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What's the minimum amount of ageing for an acceptable whiskey or brandy?

It may all depend on the volume of spirits you are trying to age. There is a difference is ageing and when the spirits are bottled. How long does it take to age your own whiskey? This is a ...
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What's the minimum amount of ageing for an acceptable whiskey or brandy?

I never made whiskey nor brandy, but what I have seen is people forcing aging using charred wood chips and cooling/heating cycles. This way the whiskey will penetrante the wood chips when it's heated ...
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How can I contain unexpected bottle bombs

The best way to avoid a "bottle bomb" is to ferment the brew to completion and then add a known amount of priming sugar before bottling. In such a way the amount of carbonation can be relatively well ...
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Prolonged loss of air lock

It's very unlikely that you've got contamination. Wine traditionally has been brewed in open vats for hundreds of years. The risk of contamination is much less than it would be if you brewing beer. ...
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What are the guidelines to store beer ingredients?

Homebrew Finds has a comprehensive roundup of the different storage options for grain and hops. I use 5 gallon buckets + Gamma Lids for bulk grain, and I have a vacuum sealer for smaller quantities ...
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