Tim
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How do I culture yeast from a commercial beer? Is it legal?
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First, this is legal. You're fine on that point. Second, as mentioned before, not all beers have live yeast in them from which you might get a culture. Third, some breweries bottle with a yeast ...

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How do I improve my palate?
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I've found nothing works better than a Dr. Beer (doctored beer) type seminar, where you have several participants (hopefully some more experienced) tasting a fairly neutral beer with specific flavors ...

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Are some types of beers easier to brew than others?
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I would suggest a porter as your first beer (assuming it is a style that you like). There are a few reasons for this suggestion. Porter is an ale and ales are going to be easier than lagers due to ...

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What can I do with my spent grain after mashing?
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Spent grain is great for composting. You probably do not have enough to warrant making some kind of arrangement with a farm to use the spent grain as feed, but that is what many commercial breweries ...

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What's the point of going all-grain?
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I've had some tremendous partial mash beers. If you have good quality extract and supplement with some specialty grains, I think you can get very high quality results. I think the biggest downside is ...

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What is the minimum amount of equipment to dabble in All-Grain?
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The minimum amount of equipment to dabble in all grain is one item: A friend who does all grain. Seriously, there are a lot of ways of doing all grain and the equipment you will want to end up ...

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How do I make a Yeast Starter?
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One thing that I think makes using starters a lot easier is preparing a bunch of starter wort at one time, keeping quarts in canning jars and then when you are ready to make your starter, all it ...

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How long should a barleywine be aged before bottling?
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There are advantages/disadvantages to each. Aging in bulk will minimize the oxidation that will occur (all other things being equal) as it has less surface area. Some level of oxidation can be ...

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Should a starter be hopped?
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There is no reason to hop a starter. The quantity compared to the full batch shouldn't have a dramatic effect on the flavor profile and the antiseptic qualities of hops should not be necessary if you ...

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Book for beginners
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A great book for recipe design: Designing Great Beers by Ray Daniels

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Is it necessary to aerate wort when pitching onto an existing yeast cake?
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You should not need to aerate. The purpose of the aerobic stage of the yeast lifecycle is reproduction and if you are pitching on a an existing yeast cake, there should be no need to build up your ...

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What type of reference beer should I use for flavor doctoring?
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Coors. The most neutral of the big industrial lagers.

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Hops: Buy vs. Grow
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If you enjoy gardening and have a good climate for hops, it is definitely worth it. There is something extra special about having a homebrew made with homehops. That said, you will probably not have ...

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How are 10-gallon batches commonly fermented?
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A couple of options for fermenting in a single vessel that might not require an additional investment. It is fairly common to ferment in modified kegs, so if you have a keg around, you have the option ...

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Using yeast from a local brewery
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I think the earlier two answers are great, but one thing which is missing is that it is also potentially important is how well the brewery maintains their yeast and their overall quality control. ...

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