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Are plastic fizzy-drink bottles an acceptable substitute for glass bottles?
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You can certainly use plastic bottles like this. In fact, one introductory homebrew kit, Mr. Beer, includes these types of bottles. One main advantage is that you can give the bottles a squeeze to ...

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How to add adjuncts (hops, fruit, spices, etc) to the fermenter without contaminating the beer?
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The risk of infection is much lower after primary fermentation is complete, since there is alcohol present. The alcohol will prevent or retard the growth of bacteria and rogue yeasts. So, you should ...

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What is cold crashing?
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Cold crashing is a technique to get the yeast to flocculate (settle to the bottom of the fermenter). This is generally done to get clearer beer (or wine). It should be done when fermentation is ...

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Distillation legality
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No, it is not legal anywhere in the United States to distill alcohol, unless you have a license. It is not practical for individuals to get licenses for beverage alcohol. On a side note, I hear it ...

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Can I use my Country Living Grain Mill for homebrewing?
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Are you able to adjust the mill, so that it can mill more coarsely than you would want for flour? If so, I think you should be all set. When brewing all grain, you want a pretty coarse grind; you ...

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Should I dunk my dry hops?
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I generally add the dry hops to the secondary vessel before I siphon the beer in, to try to get around this issue. I think you do want them wet, so they are really in the beer, and can leech the ...

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Ever used a hopback?
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I have used a hopback, and I now consider it an indispensable part of my rig. I use it primarily to filter out any sediment, hop solids, etc before the wort goes through my plate chiller, since it ...

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How to add fruit to beer
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I have always just added the fruit to secondary. I cleaned the fruit, but did not boil it or otherwise try to sanitize it. The alcohol content in the beer (which will be present when adding the ...

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How would you ship your brew?
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I have had good experience with wrapping each bottle individually with bubble wrap, and putting them in a box that is as small as possible (to provide a tight fit, so they don't shift much inside the ...

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How do you tell if your fermentation is stuck?
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I generally wait a few days before worrying at all. I have had slow fermentations, where I didn't see any activity in the airlock, but when I took a hydrometer reading after about 10 days, ...

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How to smoke your malts
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There was an episode of Basic Brewing Video from April 12, 2009 that covered roasting grain: James and Steve create their own specialty grains by roasting Maris Otter pale malt for different ...

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What would make a good mulled ale?
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I don't have any experience with mulled beer (but I am certainly a fan of mulled cider). However, keep in mind that heating the beer will drive off the carbonation, so I would skip carbonating it at ...

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How is the length of each fermentation determined?
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The best way to tell when fermentation is complete is to take gravity readings. You should be able to calculate what the gravity should be when fermentation is complete, based on the original gravity ...

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Is it possible to do full boils without a propane burner?
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I have gotten full boils on my (gas) kitchen stove. I do have to straddle my kettle over two burners, but the kettle is so large that it fits over two burners.

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Which commercial bottles are good for repurposing?
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I have found that Dogfish Head's labels come off very easily after soaking in warm water. They are my favorite, since I love the beer, and they are so easy to clean. Sam Adams, on the other hand, ...

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Beer recipe calculations?
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Jamil has a great pitching rate calculator on his site, which you might be interested in.

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How should bulk grain be stored?
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Be sure that however you store it, it is in a rodent-proof container. Mice will have a feast if they come across your stored grain, and they will set up shop nearby (or possibly inside your container)...

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How do i determine the quality of ingredients?
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The biggest piece of advice I can offer is to be sure the hops are green. This is a very easy test, even for a novice brewer, and brown hops are no good. If you are talking about hops used for ...

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