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    Cranberry Apfelwein from Concentrate

    I decided to try a Christmasy variation on the legendary Apfelwein: Ingredients: - 17 cans frozen apple juice concentrate (341 ml per can) - 1 package fresh cranberries (340 g) - 1 kg dextrose - 2 packets Lalvin EC-1118 champagne yeast Process: - Allow apple juice concentrate to thaw at room...
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    Dual Use for Turkey Fryer?

    I have a turkey fryer which works quite well for all grain batches. As Thanksgiving is coming up, I had the bizarre idea that I would use the turkey fryer for -- get this -- frying a turkey. Does anyone know if this is this a "safe" thing to do? If I ensure that the fryer is fully cleaned...
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    Do I need to be concerned about light if using plastic primary?

    I use a white, food grade plastic bucket for my primary with either an airlock or a blowoff tube. Do I need to be concerned about light skunking my beer? (I'm pretty sure the answer is "no", just need confirmation).
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    Can spoiled beer unspoil itself?

    Last October I brewed a standard brown ale. I must have done something wrong, because when I went to drink it, it was essentially vinegar (it was undrinkable). I asked my local homebrew guy about it, and he said it was likely a bacteria infection, and that the beer likely could not be saved. I...
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    How soon can you use re-pitched yeast?

    I apologize in advance if this is a stupid question, or has been answered previously (I did a search, but couldn't find a comprehensive answer). I'm planning to re-pitch some yeast. I'm going to pour the yeast from my current batch into a sanitized jar, and use it for the next batch. I know...
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    Why is the alcohol content of root beer so low?

    I just brewed my first batch of (non-alcoholic) root beer from a commercial extract. It tastes great, and is sufficiently carbonated, but I have one question: why is the alcohol content so low? I used 2 kg of table sugar (which seems like a lot) and a full package of ale yeast. Is it the type...
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    5 gallon glass secondary + some beer loss or 10 gallon plastic & no loss?

    I'm making a 5 gallon batch of strawberry hefeweizen and I'm planning to add about 20 lbs of strawberries to the secondary. I have two different secondary vessels, and don't know which one I should use: #1. 5 gallon glass carboy with airlock: this is my usual secondary; however, due to the...
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    Dry Hopping in Secondary - Is Sanitization Required?

    I'm planning to add some hop pellets to my secondary for dry hopping. Do these pellets need to be sanitized before I add them? And if so, what's the best way to sanitize them?