Morgan
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What are some alternatives to hops?
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I'd recommend the book Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers. Don't let the name put you off, it's packed with lots of useful historical information on brewing before the advent of hop usage. The ...

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What can I do with my spent grain after mashing?
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Personally I compost it most of the time. I have used it to make bread, and pizza crust. Typically i just grab maybe 2 cups of it while it's still wet and fresh from the mash, then add the typical ...

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What should be done differently for high-gravity beers?
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First, make an appropriately sized starter! Pitching a regular old vial into something like a 1.090 beer is a good way to overstress the yeast and get lots of undesirable esters, and have a beer that ...

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Hops: Buy vs. Grow
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There is satisfaction, and frustration, in growing hops. I personally have 6 hop varieties growing. Problems: variable yields. Your local weather will have a huge effect on what variety you can ...

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Will scaling a recipe from 5 gallons to 1 gallon introduce significant differences?
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Most things will scale just fine linearly, the exception being hop utilization. Wort gravity has an effect on utilization; the higher the gravity the lower the utilization. This is why extract ...

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IPA recipe left very sweet, little bitterness or aroma
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First, for an IPA, that recipe looks a little low on the late hop additions for flavor and aroma for modern US-style IPA. Did you add the 1 oz of cascade as a dry hop called for in the recipe? Their ...

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What are some popular methods for measuring boil and HLT volume?
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For most things I just use my trusty stick, otherwise known as a thin dowel from the hardware store. Pour one gallon into your pot, stand stick in pot, note water line, and mark with a sharpie or ...

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What effects will the type of water have on beer?
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Yes, definitely. A good resource on water chemistry is sections 15.0 to 15.4 of Palmer's How to Brew: http://www.howtobrew.com/section3/chapter15.html Generally speaking: High bicarbonate (CO3) ...

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Reusing Yeast From previous Fermentation
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You can reuse it, yes. As PMV said, it's usually ideal for a larger batch. The downside of this is that often this yeast cake will have lots of hops and other trub intermixed within, which can be ...

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Tap Water: Safe to use without boiling?
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There are two issues that need to be addressed before it's safe to use tap water. First, your water is likely chlorinated. Aside from possibly affecting the yeast, this almost always results in a ...

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What wattage element is needed for hot liquor tank/heat exchanger, and what about brew kettle?
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The formula to determine wattage is as follows: Gallons * Temp Rise (F) ------------------------------------ * 1000 = Watts Required 372 * heat up time (hours) So, for a homebrew example of 7 ...

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How would I make Alcoholic Rootbeer?
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You'll have trouble with the sugars fermenting. One option, which may or may not work, is to make the 'beer' to your target alcohol percentage, then filter it really good to pull out as much yeast as ...

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How are 10-gallon batches commonly fermented?
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It's pretty common to split. There are upsides: it allows you to experiment with different yeast temperatures, pitching rates, and dry hop additions. If you want to go with one big fermenter, then ...

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Do I need to add 6-Row to my extract + grains dunkelweizen for proper conversion?
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If the reason for doing so is enzymatic conversion, then no. Malt extract, wheat or otherwise, has already been mashed, and thus already had it's starches converted to sugars, and will ferment just ...

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How do I test my water?
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A city water report is the first place to look, but given where your city gets it's water, the values can fluctuate pretty significantly. For example, my city gets water from a few sources; sometimes ...

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Anyone have experience doing a decoction with a pressure cooker?
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No, but I'm fascinated. The writeup you linked to seems pretty comprehensive. It does seem like a really nice way to get the benefits of a decoction while saving yourself the labor involved in a ...

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What is the proper method of pitching a starter?
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Whether to just pitch the whole thing, or chilling (to drop the yeast if necessary) and decanting the liquid depends on your beer and batch size. For example, to make a Russian imperial stout, I ...

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