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    Bitter Sorghum taste

    Hello, Brew with white and dark Sorghum and some Rice syrup. Any good ingredients to offset the bitter "twangy" taste of Sorghum ? Also realized that some of my brews made with above ingredients are at app. 300 calories per 12 oz.'s, any way to lower the calories ? Thanks
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    Length of Fermentation

    Hello, Am brewing a 5 gal. batch with an OG of 1.090, pitched two 11g packages of Verdant IPA Yeast 14 days ago tomorrow and still have Krausen on top and a bubble every 7-8 seconds. Was planning on leaving in glass carboy for 21 days before bottling. Dry hop 3- days before bottling. Is...
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    Dry Hopping question

    Hello, I brew Gluten free but didn't think that made a big difference for this question. When is the best time to dry hop the beer and how long do you leave the Hops in place ? Have heard just at the end of active fermentation or roughly four days. Also the Hops should be removed after...
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    Dry Rice Sugar use

    Hello, Having trouble finding any information on how to use this product. I believe it is used to raise the OG for a higher alcohol content. If so, at what point in the boil would you add it ? Also, says 1lb. adds roughly 1% PA ... is PA percent alcohol ? Thanks for any info. Steve
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    Botttle Conditioning

    Hello, In general terms, how long does it take for a bottle of beer to reach it's maximum carbonation after bottling ? Ambient temperature app. 66-68 degrees. Also, once the bottled beer is placed in refrigeration all carbonation stops, correct ? Does refrigeration for any particular...
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    Bottling/sediment control question

    Hello, Have a beer in process that I will leave in carboy fermenting for at least two if not 3 weeks. Won't bottle until I get stable FG reading. This particular beer has alot of sediment/trubb etc. I understand how to move it carefully to a bottling bucket with an autosiphon...
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    Do I need to refigerate

    Hello, Once my bottled beer is conditioned,(2-3 weeks on avg.) and the carbonation is right,does it have to be stored in the refrigerator or can I chill it as I need it ? If I leave it out it would be in a dark room at app. 68 degrees. I usually bottle ales or IPA's. Thanks steve
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    Trub/sediment

    Already posted in the Gluten free brewing area but did not get many responses. Thought I might get a few more here. I brew Gluten free due to Celiac disease so on this batch I used 6 lbs. of white Sorghum syrup and 1 lb. of Clover Honey along with 2 different Hops. 1 hour boil and fermented for...
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    Excessive Sediment/Trub

    I brew Gluten free due to Celiac disease so on this batch I used 6 lbs. of white Sorghum syrup and 1 lb. of Clover Honey along with 2 different Hops. 1 hour boil and fermented for 19 days at app. 69 degrees in a Carboy. I did hit the FG of 1.013 as indicated in the recipie. OG was 1.059, I used...
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    Bottling sugar addition

    Hello, Want to add corn sugar to bottling bucket after wort has been sitting for a few days to let sediment settle and wort clear up a little. Is there a good way to do this so that the corn sugar is evenly distributed in the wort that does not introduce any oxygen ? Don't want to stir...
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    Pitching Yeast

    Hello, Does it matter whether the yeast is poured on top/sprinkled on top of the wort as opposed to pouring the yeast into the wort and then mixing it into the wort ? Thought I read somewhere that it shoud be left ontop of the wort. Thanks
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    How long to bottle

    Hello, Two questions, when I take my FG readings after 14 days to determine if fermentation is over .... what is the correct number of days between the readings ? Have heard 1,2 or 3 days. Also. if fermentation is done according to steady FG readings how soon do I HAVE to bottle the...
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    Mini Kegs

    Hello, Anyone use one of the mini kegs, usually aroung 128-135 oz's. Curious how well they work at carbonating and maintaining the beer ? Any recommendations on specific type/model ? How long does it usually take ? Believe they use 16-20 gm CO2 cartridges. Thanks for any info.
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    Best method/recipe to Carbonate

    Hello, Have a gluten free beer that is currently fermenting ... that is going very well. OG reading of 1.081 so it should have a fairly high ABV when done. Used Nottingham Ale Yeast, 11g. Plan on leaving it in the fermenter for at least two weeks and taking FG readings to make sure it...
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    OG Readings

    Hello, Still new at this .... I started a 5 gal. batch of beer yesterday. 6 lbs. of Rice Syrup, 3 lbs. of White Sorghum syrup, and 1.5 lbs. of Honey along with Hops, Maltodextrin, yeast nutrient, yeast and various spices for this holiday beer. My OG was 1.081 adjusted for temperature. Does the...
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    OG reading/fermentation

    Hello, Still new at this .... I started a 5 gal. batch of beer yesterday. 6 lbs. of Rice Syrup, 3 lbs. of White Sorghum syrup, and 1.5 lbs. of Honey along with Hops, Maltodextrin, yeast nutrient, yeast and various spices for this holiday beer. My OG was 1.081 adjusted for temperature...
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    Poor carbonation

    Hello, Have done three batches now with fine carbonation, not on my most recent. Did a 5 gal. batch of Amber Ale and actually had the best fermentation I have ever done. OG was 1.060/ FG was 1.014 which was confirmed with readings two days apart. Fermented for 16 days and then...
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    Siphon Trouble

    Hello, Was attempting to move 5 gal's of Wort from 6 gal. Carboy to bottling bucket today. The Carboy is app. 19.5" high at the neck. The autosiphon I have is not long enough for this Carboy, poor planning on my part. I have a racking tube which is more than long enough, however could not...
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    Base Ingredients

    Hello, New to home brewing and have to brew Gluten free beers and Ale's. My base ingredients are usually dark Sorghum, White Sorghum, Rice Syrup or Honey. I want to brew a holiday beer with differnet hops, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Orange peel etc. It seems like a lot of the recipies use a...
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    Holiday beer recipe

    Hello, considering brewing a holiday/Christmas ale. Something with flavors of cinnamon, cloves, Nutmeg .... that sort of thing. Thinking of using dark sorghum, candy syrup, maybe some honey, hops and some of the aforementioned spices. Would appreciate any recipes or suggestions on amounts of the...
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