Jordan
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What is the best book for beginning home brewers?
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I found How to Brew to be a very helpful book along with The Complete Joy of Homebrewing. I feel like it complimented Papazian's book well, and in some cases was a bit easier to read, or filled in any ...

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Airlock Alternatives
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I have no idea if this would work, but if you were using a carboy couldn't you just stretch a balloon over the top and put a few small holes in it with a pin? I would think the hole would seal up, but ...

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Temperature Control for Fermentation
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One of the cheapest solutions I have heard of is to immerse the carboy in a Rubbermaid water cooler filled with water. The water will act as a great insulator. To heat or cool to keep the temperature ...

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Is it safe to use swing-tops?
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I have used swing tops in the past without issue. If you are worried about the seal you can buy replacement seals, which should probably be done every once in a while. I don't think it's necessary ...

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Keeping a barrel
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Found this over at http://winebarrels.com/carenew.html I'm pretty sure I have read similar things on homebrew forums in the past. STORING AN EMPTY BARREL The very best way to maintain a wine barrel ...

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How do I propagate my hops?
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I googled around a bit and came up with this: At the end of the season healthy bottom vines can be buried for the propagation of new plants the next spring. Simply bury the vines in a shallow trench ...

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How to store beer
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I keep all of my beer stored in a Vinotemp wine cellar, that was converted to have shelves. All the beer is stored upright, and and 55 degrees. I was initially concerned with corks and wondering if I ...

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All-Grain to Extract and Steeping
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So I think the converted recipe would look like this. I ended up getting the ppg's from a bunch of different places, so I'm not positive they are right. Anyone see any problems? Amber: 1.5 * 32 * .7 /...

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Preparing Cherries for Secondary
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I recently made a Belgian strong ale with 7#s of cherries in it. I pitted all of them, and then froze them. After frozen I let them thaw. I sanitized my blender and blended them up a bit, and poured ...

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Small Space & Apartment Brewing: Equipment Storage
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I live in a loft. There is zero storage. The only real storage I have is underneath my stairs because I cut a hole in the wall. The space is the size of a large closet. I save boxes from beer to store ...

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Flavor extracts - add to secondary or add during bottling?
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I have always added to the bucket durring bottling. I have never tried in secondary. By doing it at bottling it has allowed for me to add the correct amount to get the flavor I was looking for. Adding ...

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Small Space & Apartment Brewing: The Chill
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I do partial boils so chilling isn't too tough. I put the pot in my sink with the lid on, surround it by water, and then put in a bunch of reusable ice packs. This has seemed to work great and cause ...

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What does 'Imperial' mean with regards to beer style?
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I always consider Imperial to mean "bigger" (higher abv). A more extreme version of the style with more of various ingredients. There are larger additions of specific ingredients generally based on ...

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What are your favorite additives?
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I have added coffee and was really happy with the results. My next brew is going to have vanilla soaked in bourbon added to it, so we will see how that turns out!

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What are some good places to get a keg for a brew kettle?
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I have seen quite a few on craigslist. A bunch of them I have seen have even already been converted for kettle use as well.

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Ale Fermentation Temp. Too Cold?
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During the winter our house stays very consistent around 69 - 70 degrees. It sometimes drops 2 or 3 degrees and I have not had any issues as far as I know. I've never experienced huge drops in ...

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Shipping beer cheaply
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I have not shipped beer anywhere yet, but I was planning on ordering some styrofoam shippers, and there are also pulp shippers which are a bit cheaper. It seems like a little extra overhead in cost, ...

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Where do you brew?
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I always have brewed right on my kitchen stove. My current stove is electric and takes forever to get a boil going, but it works. Currently it is my only option. There is no way I could see doing a ...

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Beer Refrigeration Suggestions (Long Term)
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I went on Craigslist and bought a Vinotemp wine cabinet. It is supposed to hold around 400 bottles of wine. I'm not positive but I think it was about $500 used. The whole setup was meant to store wine ...

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Competitions & Kegging
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For minimal carbonation loss you would use a counterpressure filler. It allows you to purge the bottle with co2 and fill it will beer. The bottle is constantly under pressure while filling. I have a ...

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Using coffee in beer
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I have added coffee to porter in the past. The most important thing was to cold brew the coffee, which helps to not release the acids you need to be worried about as well as minimizing oils. I just ...

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Should barleywine be carbonated?
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I've never had a barley wine that was not carbonated. But at the same time if you prefer it uncarbonated, don't carbonate it then. This seems more like a question to be left to personal preference.

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Under-carbonated bottled beer
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I had this same issue back a few months ago. The problem was that there were not enough yeast still alive to consume my priming sugar. I ended up dumping out every bottle very carefully into a bucket, ...

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Gosebier- a unique style
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Here is a review of that beer in a newspaper. It's on page 10. If nothing else it might help you get to the same taste and look of the beer you had tried.

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Using bacon in beer
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I don't see why you couldn't do something like a bacon/bourbon infusion filtered through a coffee filter and add it to the beer. Seems like you would need to be making a bigger darker beer to support ...

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