Chris Cudmore
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What equipment do I need to buy to start making beer?
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Assuming you're beginning from concentrated malt or a kit, and can figure out how to boil water on your own, The bare minimum: 5 gallon plastic (food grade container) with lid. Airlock for same. ...

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How Does a Hydrometer Work?
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Good Answer by Fishtoaster. The science is ancient, discovered by Archimedes. 1: Any object, wholly or partially immersed in a fluid, is buoyed up by a force equal to the weight of the fluid ...

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How do I improve head retention?
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http://www.brewwiki.com/index.php/Head_Retention The first thing to do is to stop using soap to wash your glassware. Then you can start playing with the recipe.

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How do I prevent off-flavors in ciders
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Hygiene Hygiene Hygiene. Champagne yeast works well with apples. Pasteurize of the juice. There's a lot of nasties in natural fruit that will spoil the batch. Purists will probably tell you not to ...

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Brewing Solid Things: Can Leftover Yeast Be Used for Bread?
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I tried it once. The bread was very dense. I put me in mind of Terry Pratchett's dwarf bread. It was useless for the fine art of sammichery, but worked well for hors d'oeuvres. (Herrings, strong ...

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Are some types of beers easier to brew than others?
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I started off with a dark ale, and it turned out pretty well. It really depends on temperature more than anything else. Measure the temperature in your "Brew Closet" over a few days, and tell your ...

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Can I condition in growlers?
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Have you thought about using Magnum (1.5L) Champagne bottles? They're built for the pressure and they have a punt in the bottom which may help with the sediments as well. Drawback: Special capping ...

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