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How can I get more consistent carbonation in bottles?

weigh your priming sugar, don't measure the volume boil it in just enough water to dissolve it for a few minutes pour that sugar syrup into your bottling bucket rack the beer onto the sugar mixture ...
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Are Yeast Nutrients actually necessary for brewing Beer?

BYO has a pretty good, brief article on what yeast nutrient provides for your beer, as well as whether or not it's necessary. To summarize for you, wort by itself is pretty rich in nutrient, and may ...
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Basic yeast questions

An individual yeast cell is either dead or alive. A packet of yeast will have millions to billions of cells though. Some percentage of that will be alive, and the remaining percentage will be dead. ...
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Dead yeast is good yeast?

I am calling bullshit on the first article. Does this make any sense to you? "Brewer's yeast is used to brew homemade wines and beers, while baker's yeast makes bread rise. You can't brew alcohol ...
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Would Yeast survive the temperatures of distillation and properly carbonate?

No way. You will kill everything in your beer at this temperature. The pasteurization process actually uses lower temps, probably with less exposure time, and kills them all. And its ok to use any ...
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Can I mix two yeasts to add different flavours when I make beer?

This can work very nicely from my experience, I often use S-04 and US-05. The S-04 gives esters as you suspect and the US-05 gives a higher attenuation and a thinner body. The majority of esters are ...
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Tips for brewing at high temperatures

I advise looking at HotHead from Omega Labs: http://www.omegayeast.com/portfolio/14158-2/ Flocculation: Medium-High Attenuation: 75-85% Temperature Range: 62-98° F (16-37° C) Alcohol Tolerance: 11%...
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Bottle conditioning

You will need to add priming sugar if the beer has reached its terminal gravity with the yeast being used. In this example, despite the 80% attenuation the remaining 20% is not usually fermentable ...
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Will reused yeast change beer taste?

we can get away with re-using yeast, because Mutation isn't instantaneous, it take multiple generations to change a whole batches properties. Also bigger brewers use a "mother culture" to grow more ...
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Can I dry my own yeast to make it relatively shelf stable? How?

How did Monks and farmers do it? Farmers in Norway apparently do it with even less fanfare. http://www.garshol.priv.no/blog/342.html Terje took some wort in a plastic bucket. Then he brought out ...
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Yeast Starter Benefits

The primary benefit of a starter is having the proper number of healthy yeast cells to ferment your wort. By "proper number", we mean about 0.75 million cells per milliliter per degree Plato of wort ...
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no brew shop here. use some warm beer as yeast?

Yes (sort of... You can't just warm the bottle up and chuck it in there... It's a little more complicated than that...) but you will need to buy a good quality, bottle conditioned beer (look for ...
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how do you add yeast during bottling stage and ensure it won't burst?

I can't imagine anyone suggesting bottling at a FG of 1.042 I would return them to the fermenter and allow fermintation to complete. Those are bottle bombs. Be careful. Many yeasts don't survive at ...
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What is the max time it would take yeast to "clean up"?

According to info I got from John Palmer for an upcoming article I wrote for BYO magazine, the cleanup happens concurrently with fermentation. Here's the quote..."Yeast have 3 phases in their life ...
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Are hops fermentable by beer yeast?

Interestingly, I found a presentation by Thomas H. Shellhammer, professor of fermentation science at OSU, that shows the composition of a typical hop cone: Cellulose and Lignin: 40-50% Protein: 15% ...
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My re-hydrated yeast has lost a lot of his foam, is it alive?

No, you don't have a problem. Yeast does not die that fast. You can still use the rehydrated yeast, it will get active back again when you pitch it in your wort. If you did not cover it, then just ...
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Starsan in double bubble airlock keeps getting sucked into fermenter - why and how to prevent?

This is caused by a drop in temp before co2 is being produced. Just cap the fermenter in sanitized foil until you're past the lag phase, or cooled to fermentaion temp. Though a little bit of starsan ...
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How long does it take for yeast to mutate into having other characteristics?

Yeast follow the laws of natural selection. As a cell is budding the new mass may have some minor defects / mutations. If those changes give the yeast an advantage to survive it will get passed on. ...
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Reducing the taste of yeast

There are good answers about removing yeast cells from existing homebrew. But your question asks about "yeast taste" - this is not just particulates. So I wanted to add an answer covering some of ...
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Can theatre buttered and salted popcorn be used for brewing brewing at home?

Yes, yes it can. Have done so before with Pumpkin Popcorn IPA. It was really good! Salted will pump up your chloride ion count, so be aware of that, and the buttered aspect makes no real difference ...
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Brewing with Saccharomyces boulardii

I have ordered some Saccharomyces boulardii and plan to do a test brew this weekend. Going to do 5l/1gallon brew with only pale malt ~1040 OG. Will add a small amount of Perle or saaz depending what ...
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Over-pitched yeast- how to avoid autolysis?

Autolysis in homebrew is largely a myth. The reason being that a five gallon batch in a carboy or bucket doesn't have the weight or geometry to compress the the yeast the way a 100 gallon or more ...
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Homebrewing Soda, Safety Concerns

I think what you made is safe, but there's no way to not produce alcohol with that method.
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Can I overyeast by adding one pack of Wyeast for brewing 2.5 gallons

No. In fact, depending on the gravity, a smack pack might be just the "right" amount of yeast for 2.5 gallons. The Wyeast Smack packs have a "minimum of 100 billion cells in a yeast slurry", but by ...
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Can I use local yeast to brew beer?

You can use any yeast and it will make "beer". Whether this beer is tasty is a whole different issue. If it's your only option, try it! I'll be curious to see how it turns out! You should definitely ...
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Safale S05 when is it safe to increase temperature

You want to keep the temp lower for the first 4-5 days. That's when the majority of esters are formed. After that, it's not only OK but preferable, to let the temp rise. If you need to keep it ...
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Using Extract kit yeast vs some external commercial dry yeast

Usually the quality is not greatly different but the quantity is usually too low in my experience. Over here in the UK a 25l or 5Gal kit tends to come with 6g of yeast, where as I would often pitch 11-...
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Coopers Hefe Wheat yeast failed.. Can I pitch safale-05?

Clove/banana flavours are coming not from yeast per se - they are coming from esters that yeast produce while fermenting beer. So, either you actually do have yeast activity in the fermenter, or you'...
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What is necessary to keep yeast happy and healthy?

Yes you can use yeast indefinitely. However doing so takes some work. Keeping a strain unmutated requires a lab. A specific generation is usually only good for 2-3 fermentations. This is the ...
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Culture yeast from bottles

Sure, there's no reason you can't do this. Realistically, though, since you're talking about a beer you've brewed yourself, there are other times in the process where it is much easier to collect ...
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