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    Ferment didn't start

    Added yeast about 36 hours ago to a steeping/extract kit, still nothing. not sure if temp is wrong or what, the room is the same temp, (around 19C) that I have made several other kits in. Perhaps the yeast was bad. We only have a wine shop in town, so my question is can I use wine yeast? If...
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    Extract kit

    Going to put on an extract kit. Just the Cooper's type can, add water, brew enhancer and yeast. No boiling with this kit. Probably do an ale or a pilsner ( although I find they all pretty much taste the same). With that being said I have an oz of citra pellet hops and an oz of cascade...
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    Cheap try at cider

    I was strolling through grocery store today and for some reason bread yeast caught my eye. I got the brain wave to add it to a 1.5 litre apple juice. Not Motts, but something similar. Label said no additives. So basically I came home, poured out a couple inches of juice, added about half a...
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    First Partial Mash

    Trying my first partial mash. It is a kit from Best Case Beer. The flavour is Bee-Man's Honey Brown Ale. Ingredients are: 200g dextrine (cara-pils) malt 200g light crystal malt 160g chocolate malt ( all crushed) 1.5 kg light liquid malt extract 1.5 kg dark liquid malt extract 500 g...
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    Increasing Alcohol

    About to put on a Mexican Cerveza kit. One can of extract, approx. 23 litres of water and one pack of brew enhancer. Just wondering how to raise alcohol a bit. Recently put a similar kit on (red ale), although unsure of final alcohol %, there wasn't much kick to it. Would mixing in more...
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    Adding lime juice to beer

    Thinking of a trying a lime beer. Still using beer kits. Went to LHBS and they did not have lime extract. Would the lime juice that comes in the plastic bottle shaped like a lime work? Thinking of splitting a 5 gallon batch so it would be 2.5 gallons. Any suggestions on how much to use...
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    Blowoff tube

    I added a blowoff tube to primary fermentor as the the first time I brewed it popped the cover. Problem is I cut the hole a hair too big. When I put the plug in there is a small air space. I siliconed the outside of lid to seal gap around plug. Question is if the krausen rises and touches...
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    Boil brewing sugar?

    Now in the process of making a Muntons Red Ale. I believe I made a mistake and wondering if it will hurt beer in the end. The brewing sugar is one recommended by local brew shop and is supposed to create more head. It's an alternative to regular sugar I believe?. Not sure. I will dig package...
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    Capping

    Planning on bottling my first batch this week. Question about capping. I'm using old twist off bottles. When I cap them, should they be as tight as store bought bottles? I did a few dry runs with table top capper, they take a slight bit of twist to get them off but nothing near what a store...
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    Fermentation

    Hi all. I recently put on a lager kit, the type with premixed wort, I just had to add water and yeast and another premixed package. I put it into a my primary fermentor which is just the white bucket with lid. One mistake I believe I made is I did not have a blowoff hose or an airlock. At...
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