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    Preservatives

    Hey All, I'm considering brewing a version of Goat Scrotum Ale with sriracha hot sauce replacing the peppers. My problem is this: I don't know if the amount of potassium sorbate in a few tablespoons of sriracha is enough to keep my yeast from doing their thing. Does anybody have any...
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    High Attenuation Problem

    I recently brewed a batch of gold strong ale using Wyeast 1762 belgian abbey II. The OG was 1.072 and it fermented out to 1.002 (expected 1.018). The beer tastes great, but my (limited) understanding is that such an extreme attenuation can only mean contamination. I did ferment a little high...
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    Infection?

    I recently brewed a chili lime saison. I used the juice and zest from 5 limes in a 5 gallon batch. When I tasted the wort prior to fermentation there was no lime flavor at all. I used Wyeast 3711: french saison and fermented hot (71F). OG was 1.043 which was dead on what my software told me...
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    Chili Lime Ale

    I'm thinking that I want my next beer to be an all grain chili lime wheat ale. I haven't noticed many recipes using lime juice in the mix so I was just wondering if a significant amount of lime juice (I'm thinking roughly 1 cup in 5 gal) will throw the ph of my brew off enough to keep the yeast...
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    All Grain and Extract Difference in Time

    My last two batches have been all grain. Before that I've done maybe 10 extract batches. Each batch has fit roughly into the same OG range (around 1.060) and each of them has been in the same room at roughly 72 F. I'm confused because my all grain batches ferment out in half the time of the...
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    Possible Stuck Fermentation

    Less than a week ago I brewed my first all grain recipe. According to my software the OG should have hit at 1.067 (Actual: 1.065) and FG was estimated at 1.017. The fermentation took off rapidly for two days followed by slowing drastically. I checked the gravity when it slowed down and again...
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    Short Boil

    So I just finished my first all grain brew. Might be the most fun I've ever had. But there's a good chance I made a mistake. I was using a recipe from a book that focuses on extract recipes with some side notes to convert them to all grain. when I boiled my wort I followed the extract recipe...
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    am I making bottle bombs?

    I have a blackberry porter sitting in secondary right now. Per the recipe, I added quite a bit of pureed fruit in the secondary along with the original beer. There is a good inch and a half of fruit sludge on the bottom of my carboy. My concern is that when I move to a bottling bucket, I'm...
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    Fruit in Secondary

    I'm trying a recipe for a blackberry porter. The recipe calls for frozen blackberries, and it says to thaw them and put them in the secondary when I transfer over. My question is do I need to pasteurize them before doing so, or should the alcohol content keep the nasties at bay? Thanks for...
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    Weak Flavor

    The first recipe I made up myself was a brown pumpkin ale. Everything is going smoothly, except when I transferred to secondary I tasted my creation and it had a really weak flavor (understatement). Can I add some pumpkin pie spice/hops to the secondary, or even just add spice to the bottles...
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    Ingredients

    I'm very new to homebrewing, but I'm already in love. I've got myself thinking 4-5 recipes in the future. My question is how far in advance can I buy ingredients and still count on their freshness? I've already been told that hops is something you should use fairly quickly after you buy it...
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    Slow Fermentation

    I started my first homebrew two and a half weeks ago. The fermentation started off very strong, it was constantly bubbling 24 hours after pitching the yeast. Now, however, seventeen days after the start it is bubbling every 3 minutes. The reason I'm concerned is because it's been at this same...
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