Ugly Dude
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Is it safe to boil my wort outside while it is snowing?
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The only thing I could see happening is the ability to give it a really cool name like Snow Balls Ale, or Blizzard Stout, or Black Ice Lager or something

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Thick blobs of yeast cake looking stuff in my bottles (Image Added)
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First off, I would expect to have sediment in the bottles if you bottle directly from the FV. Actually I am surprised that you havent had this before, probably the muslin bag was catching most of it. ...

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What are the Consequences of Removing an Airlock for less than 60 seconds?
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If fermentation has begun and you have seen bubbles through the airlock, then you have a blanket of co2 covering your beer and co2 is heavier than air. In addition, like Scott said, a few seconds is ...

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How to know if a bucket is good for fermentation
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In my opinion, buckets are close to the cheapest part of brewing and you should not take chances. a reputable home brew supply house will sell them for around $15 with a lid and spigot. i would hate ...

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Why does my beer have carbonation but no foam head?
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Jedi Jay brough up a good point about the glass, possibly being not rinsed well and having residual soap. this could also happen when cleaning bottles. I once allowed my bottles to soak in a bleach ...

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Is there any danger in fermenting outside?
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I have a nice sized patio and a very small house with no AC and very old (1947) wall heater. my place is usually very hot or very cold (for us out here in So Cal, very moderate for you northerners :) ...

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After a beer reaches its final gravity, how long does the conditioning step take?
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I buy extract kits complete with instructions. All of the kits I bought say ferment for 2 weeks then bottle. Then condition 2 weeks in the bottle. (one exception being a pumpkin spice ale that ...

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What's a good extract ale recipe that approximates the big-brewery/BMC-style beers?
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Like MDMA, I have found that Blonde ales are very palettable to the uninitiated drinker. I think the big guys use more rice and less wheat or barley in their brews. this may accont for the lighter ...

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Economics behind homebrewing?
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So far, all I buy are the prepackaged extract kits and I am very happy with them (and so are my lucky friends). not including the equipment, the boxed ingredients cost me between $25-$35 depending on ...

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Sanitizing with bleach without rinsing
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I used to use bleach when i first started and would always rinse. I would soak the bottles for a couple hours thn rinse and let dry on a tree. I never had problems but decided that starsan or iodine ...

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Small Space & Apartment Brewing: Fermentation
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My girlfriend thinks out living room looks cool with the couch semi-diagonal across the corner of the room. perfect space for 2 7-gal fermenter buckets.

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Draining Steeping Grains
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I use bags too. I have my rinse water ready to go and use the multi dip method of rinsing, like if you are dipping tea bags in a mug. Then, I use a stainless spatchula and a steamer tray from my rinse ...

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Bottling Rhythm and efficiency
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I think what you wanted to know is "Do you have to capp the bottle right away?" if you are bottling from a freshly racked bucket, it really doesnt matter of you cap and fill one at a time, or if you ...

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Would placing the fermenter tank in a tub of water be a good way to handle hot environments?
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As mentioned before, using a swamp cooler is an excellent idea. In addition, if you work long days like me, and have no AC, like me, and your ice has dificulty maintaining the cooler themps you want, ...

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How did people know whether their brews were done before the hydrometer was invented?
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My Guess is that back in the days of old, they depended more on aging than on whether or not it was fermented. their experience taught them that their brew was best enjoyed during a min/max window of "...

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Is a 12quart pot sufficient for a 1/2 5gal boil?
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I agree, boil overs suck! the extra head space you get from a large pot help reduce the likelyhood of a boil over. but a 3 gallon pot is measured to thr rim. 2.5 gallons will likely only have a ...

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What does "dregs" mean?
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it is the grains, or yeast etc that used to be floaters that settle. so, Like Denny said, it is the liquid left at the bottom of your fermenter, or bottles, or even kettle, with the sediment.

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Can beer done without hops?
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You obviously have access to the Internet. You can buy hops online (sorry that this doesnt technically answer the question, but may solve Eaga's problem).

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Losing liquid during brewing
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Are you sure you have 5 gallons when you start fermentation? I found that I was losing more than expected during boiling; I was only getting about 40-43 bottles instead of the expected 48-52. I ...

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Two tens to One twenty
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You guys did it the easy way! Wish I read this 18 months ago! I did 2 batches, one after the other because it didnt occur to me that I could wait a day. I just made 2 extract "kits". while the 1st was ...

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what are my legal obligations in owning a distillery
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Get an agent and talk to the folks at TLC

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Chilling wort in a fridge
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I have left 6 or 8 batches in the fermenter (sanitized) overnight before pitching with nary and ill affect. All I do is capture about 8oz of wort and put it in a sanitized mason jar, put the rest in ...

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Kegging but without CO2 tank
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The cheapest solution is to: Rack it into a clean plastic (food grade obviously) $15 bucket. It can sit in "secondary" for weeks. Buy anitizer and caps while you are at LHBS getting yor bucket. ...

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What's a good session beer to serve cold?
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Im a few years late to this party, but I like the answer about fruity ales. I love my blonde ale served at about 40-45. I have to make sure I have at least 1 backup keg ready if my friends are coming ...

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Honey addition to brown ale
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I tried honey once in a 5 gallon batch of blonde ale. it was recommended that I put it in 3 mins before flame out and used 1 pound. My results were less than amazing, so much less that I couldnt ...

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To Bottle or Not to Bottle?
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It's hard to wait out that first batch eh? I know, been there like most of the guy (and gals) here. Im with Another Compiler Error in waiting it out. I have found that in most cases, (I've only ...

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Knocking out the barrier between fridge and freezer?
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I have a friend that told me he did this in college. I didnt believe him when he told be. But on reflection, I think if you turned the freezer portion off, the refridgerator would keep the entire ...

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When do I need to use a brewing Kettle?
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I just learned some cool =, intresting facts. My contribution is this. all the recipes I've made have 2 sets of boiling instructions, full and partial boil. the partial boils are for 2 to 3 gallons. ...

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carboy exploded while cleaning
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I bought a glass carboy for the same reasons as you. however I quickly discovered I can buy about 6 buckets for the price of 1 carboy and they are WAY easier to clean. My glass carboy is now filled ...

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Cooling wort - just add water?
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I like all the ideas above and I and going to be trying some of them. So far, I usually put my top off water in the fridge at least over night. I top off right away and that usually gets the temp ...

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