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How does cereal mashing not produce off flavors due to above 170F boil temperatures?
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This answer to a similar question might be enlightening. In the case of a decoction mash, the tannins are not very soluble due to the low pH. It's really a combination of high temperatures and high pH ...

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Adding Spraymalt
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Compute the total amount of spraymalt required to carbonate your entire batch of beer. Dissolve that amount of spraymalt in a cup or two of water to create your priming solution. Boil it briefly to ...

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Long cold crash for an ale. Benefit or harm?
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What you're doing is lagering the beer, so it would have the same benefits it has for a lager beer. Beer deteriorates much more slowly at cold temperatures. The only possible problem I know of is ...

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1 Gallon Full Mash Brew
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I have done a couple of batches of about one gallon. (I targeted twelve 12-oz. bottles, which requires a little more than a gallon into the fermenter.) Small batches are generally much simpler than ...

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Should I add water to an already fermenting batch?
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When racking from a primary fermenter to a secondary vessel, you will leave behind a non-trivial amount of "stuff" so the volume in the secondary will be less than the volume in the primary. If you ...

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cold crashing question
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I cold crash (and fine with gelatin) at 30F for two or three days before kegging. I have found that 30F for two days clears my beer better than weeks at 38F in my refrigerator. If you plan to bottle ...

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How can I filter out excess cream (trub) before bottling?
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What you describe in your comments sounds like trub (pronounced "troob"). It's mostly yeast, proteins, fats, and sometimes hop material. It's totally normal for that stuff to settle to the bottom of ...

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Flat beer with table sugar?
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It's probably just too cool. I had lots of problems with carbonation when I left my bottles in my 65-70 degree basement. In fact, I had one batch where the bottles on the concrete floor did not ...

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Beer stirring spoon
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I can't answer as to how myrtlewood would affect the beer, but I do want to mention that it's generally not a good idea to let anything made of wood touch your wort or beer after the boil because the ...

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Gas In dip tube is missing in my corny-keg
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Are you sure they're not there? I ask because I have six pin lock kegs, and two of them have tiny gas dip tubes that are maybe a quarter of an inch long. (Just long enough to hold the O-ring.) They ...

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A "Dusty" aftertaste in my beer
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I chased a similar off flavor for years before I finally concluded it was coming from the US-05 yeast I was using. I'm not sure everyone can taste it, but it was very offensive to me. Dusty was the ...

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Co2 shut-off valve
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You have a leak. As long as your connections and lines and kegs are sealed up tight, you don't have to turn off the main valve because there's nowhere for the gas to go. You can spray Star San (or ...

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Do I really need to sanitise my equipment for 10 minutes?
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Note that this product is both a cleaner and sterilizer. The contact times on the label seem to be more directed at cleaning so it's difficult to figure how much time is required for sterilization of ...

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kegging and carbonation
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It depends on how your system is configured, mainly on the length, inner diameter, and material of the liquid lines. This article explains it better than I could. Most home draft systems seem to ...

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What size brew kettle should I get?
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For a ten gallon batch, you'll probably want to have about 11 gallons of wort at the end of the boil to account for kettle losses (dead space, break material, hops). If you figure you'll boil off ...

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I forgot to put water in the airlock! What do I do now?
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RDWHAHB. Your beer is probably fine. Gases generally flow out during primary fermentation, not draw in. If you want to leave the beer in primary for a while, put some water in the airlock. If you want ...

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Racetrack or standard kegs?
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Racetrack keg lids are straight on the long sides, whereas standard keg lids are curved all the way around. Images help. This is a standard keg lid. This is a racetrack keg lid. If there are any ...

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Safest way to heat an (enclosed) fermentation chamber
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I use one of these seedling heat mats as my heat source inside a freezer. They're built to have stuff sitting on top of them, they're water resistant, and they heat gently. Seems pretty safe to me. ...

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Dry Hopping Question
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It isn't clear from your post what your fermentation schedule is, but it seems like you plan to allow primary fermentation to finish and then rack to a secondary vessel for two weeks. If that's your ...

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Plato degree to specific gravity conversion question
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I had to look up where you got the 1.046 value from. It seems it's common knowledge that "one pound of sugar dissolved in one gallon of water" yields a solution with a specific gravity of 1....

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Off-flavour after carbonation
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Carbonation can have a dramatic effect on beer flavor. I suspect your beer is overcarbonated and that's the cause of the off flavor. You can reduce the carbonation by allowing the keg to warm up to ...

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Neglected to Cold Crash after fermentation
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If you put your bottled beer in the refrigerator and let it sit, it usually will be crystal clear within a few weeks, even if it starts out with chill haze. I think the only difference between cold ...

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What is the overall volume of a Corny keg?
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I tested one of my pin lock kegs just the other day, and it came out to almost exactly five gallons. There was just a tiny bit of space left at the top after adding five gallons of water, as measured ...

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Flotec Utility Pump for Wort Chilling?
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The first pump you tried is probably just underpowered. The first one I tried was just a little more powerful than that one, and it barely gets the job done on my 20-foot, 3/8-inch copper wort chiller....

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Off Flavors in all of my Homebrewing attempts
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If you're using malt extract, this could be "extract twang." Not all extract gives this off flavor, but some does. I suspect it mostly depends on the quality and age of the extract. It seems to be ...

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Help! Started my lager at 16degs C for 3 days (instead of 14C) - ESTERS!
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I will state up front that I don't brew lagers, but I believe this information applies to both lagers and ales. Most ester (or ester precursor) production occurs during yeast reproduction. Since this ...

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Opinions on my hop schedule for double IPA?
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Looks pretty reasonable, although as Ryan noted, 2 oz. Columbus at 60 minutes will be quite bitter. Personally, I find that boiling Columbus for more than 30 minutes results in a harsh bitterness that ...

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Leaking spigot assembly
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You could try tightening it by turning the spigot itself clockwise from the outside. It'll end up cattywampus, but at least it won't be leaking. When I install things like this (bottling bucket ...

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Adjusting Low Pre-boil Volume: Sparging More Water vs. Topping Off With Water
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There is the risk of tannin extraction when the mash pH rises above 5.8. High temperatures exacerbate the problem. My guess is if you just add cool water, stir, and drain then the low temperature and ...

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Harvested yeast gone bad, or am I doing something wrong
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I'd wager your yeast is just fine after only one month under refrigeration. That's still relatively fresh. Here is an example of an experiment that involved pitching a five-month-old slurry without ...

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