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    Navigating the global grain squeeze

    My LHBS closed down in February. :( I've been exploring the world of online grain suppliers and see that I'll be paying much more than I once was, especially for German and other European malts. I think we all know about the global grain shortage on top of the general price increases for...
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    Old book -- 2 lbs of grain for 5 gallons of beer?

    Hello, I found a fun book in my library, titled "Wines and Beers of Old New England" by Sanborn C. Brown. Very fun. Published 1978, so it's not exactly ancient. On page 57, the author has just explained how malt was made historically, and in a section called "Modern Equivalents," he...
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    The website is working great! /s

    A little rant if you please... But is this the site's idea of a mobile experience? Once I figured out how to log in past the ad that can't be closed, some of the more obnoxious ads did go away. But damn if that particular species of clickbait, bottom rung trash ads don't make the site look...
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    Make a beer with cider yeast?

    Have you ever used cider yeast for beer? If so, how did it go? Pardon the silly question, I only have cider yeast on hand at the moment, and a friend is in town who wants to learn a bit about brewing. We are sort of improvising on a pale wheat ale. There's a winter storm here as well...
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    Great lakes Crushworthy clone

    I just tried this citrus wheat ale, it's quite delicious! It tastes like a blank palette: no fermentation aroma, no aftertaste, no hop floral notes. Very easy to drink. 4% abv. I love the style. I found the brewers discussing the beer here: ====== ====== Notes for my future attempts: Low...
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    Storing bottles with sanitizer inside?

    Is it ok to clean a bottle with a cap (swing tops or plastic bottles), then spray a few blasts of Starsan, cap them, and store till next brew day? My thinking is that this is ok with a bottle of sanitizer, so why not with a beer bottle with a few ml of sanitizer too? Or do I need to dry all...
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    Oily/waxy film from orange peels?

    Hello, Has anyone found that adding orange peel zest to the boil results in an oily film on the top of the fermenter? I'm curious if this is normal or if I did it wrong. I washed 1 Walmart navel orange with soap in hot water briefly. Then grated just the orange colored outer peel. 5 min boil...
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    hose connection diameters: better a bit too big or too small?

    I am trying to make a fluid transfer tool using a plastic Y connector and some lengths of hose. My hose is 8mm ID. I see connectors listed with 7.2mm or 8.8mm ID. My fear is that going from 8mm to 8.8mm tube, even for a couple inches, might create a frothy chamber that oxidizes or agitates...
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    Hibiscus Green Tea Cider - Cheap easy fancy

    This is my go to recipe. Great for cheap and lazy brewers like me. I am posting the recipe after 15+ brews across several variations. If you want to try something easy and a bit different, this one is dead simple. I add Hibiscus for some floral notes and perceived sweetness/tartness, and...
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    Gravity rise after racking/agitating

    Just a curious question here. Made a hoppy brown ale with extract and a little steeping grains, using some random "US Ale" yeast (I think it's comparable to US-05). OG 12.8 Bx/ 1.052. Took some gravity readings and got a steady 5.5 brix for three days. Decided to bottle at day 16. That day...
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    Help calculating IBU's for partial boil

    Hi, I think I may have made my amber ale much more bitter than I intended. Can anyone shed light on what I am going to get? My plan was to steep some grains and add LME to make a quick brew day instead of doing a mash. My steeping grains were a very small addition of pale malt and carapils...
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    Any low tolerance yeasts? 5-10% alcohol

    I am interested in creating a sweet wine or hooch by pushing yeast past its alcohol tolerance so that some sugars are left unfermented. I do not want to make something that is 15-20% alcohol if I can help it. Are there any yeast strains that crap out around 5-10%? Ideally something fairly...
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    How accurate are cheap pH meters?

    Hi, I got some pH strips to test that my Star San solution stays under 3. I find the strips a little difficult to read (is that orangish color 3 or 4?) I won't be buying a very expensive meter but I might buy a cheaper one. I am curious if anyone has experience with these $10 Amazon "pen"...
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    Simple Wild Grape Wine

    Hi everybody, I wanted to post this as it's a little different. If you are a curious person, this is a very low-effort, low-risk experiment that could fit on your kitchen countertop. The recipe is dead simple, and I found it to be the tastiest thing I had ever made. And the season is coming...
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    Low carbonation in ciders? - with data to share

    Sorry for another post about this, but I wanted to collect and share some of my records to help paint a picture... Basically my ciders are typically rather low carbonation, especially compared to my beers. They are more like a lightly sparkling wine. This isn't so bad but I'm just so curious...
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    Beyond the crisp, clean, clear lager

    This past year I tried a few lagers and liked them quite a bit. I was afraid lager required a special setup, but it's been OK in a lazy, ambient temperature situation like mine (50-65 F). I thought the yeast was a delicate little flower but it is tougher than it's reputation implies! I...
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    Do thin runnings affect flavor?

    I have an app with beer recipes called DIY dog. Under the recipe for "77 lager" they include a brewing tip: "Watch out for collecting too much wort. Collecting too much liquid from run off (under 1008) may impart massive and undesired 'grainy' flavours into the beer." I've never encountered...
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    How to maximize head/foam?

    Hello, I was wondering if anyone had tips for maximizing head and foam. This is especially hard for me in extract recipes. I've been doing some research before posting. Looks like adding wheat helps (does this include wheat extract?) and "cara" type steeping grains. I'm seeing mixed...
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    Yeast blobs developing in cider

    Hello, I make a lot of quick cider using store bought juice. I noticed a batch developing yeast-like blobs with the following characteristics: -White clods, not a layer of sediment - blobs separate when agitate and float to the top in a way that I haven't seen normal yeast do. Normal yeast...
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    No boil for faster brew - how to add hops?

    Hello, I am interested in as short brew times as I can. This is my number one goal in reality, whether I admit it to myself or not, because experience shows I won't brew often if it takes hours and leaves me exhausted. For me, this means no hour long full size boils. And another thing is my...
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