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    Brewing in the tropics...hops/herbs/malting help

    I'm currently living in Thailand hoping to brew up some beer (or more likely a gruit-like beer). I have access to raw sorghum and rice (not extract), local yeast (used for rice brandy), but no hops. I prefer not to import hops considering time restraints. Homebrewing is illegal in Thailand...
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    Wrong yeast for Hefeweizen

    So it's almost midnight and I just now realized I picked up the wrong yeast. Instead of Wyeast 3068 Weihenstephan Weizen, it seems I picked up a pack of Wyeast Pacman 1764. I don't have much to work with. On hand, I have Safale-05, Red Star Champagne Yeast, and a 3-year old expired Muntons dry...
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    Time crunch, contest entry...please advise.

    Dear all, I uncovered a homebrew contest entry just last week that will be held the first week of October. Fresh off a thrilling and quite honestly, surprising 1st place win at the county fair (it was my first contest entry), I figured it would be a fantastic opportunity to brew once again for...
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    what to do about PAPAYAS?

    So I was picking up canned blueberries for a brew and came across a bunch of canned papayas on clearance. I figured it could make for an interesting beer or mead, so I thought I'd pick them up. And now that I've got them, I'm curious- anybody got any recommendations? They are papayas, canned...
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    HELP: left extract at LHBS! Now...

    So here's the deal: I'm brewing a partial mash (of BM's SWMBO Slayer Belgian Blonde Ale, to be exact). At this point, I've done my mash, sparge, and am raising my wort to a boil. I just now realized that I left my extract back at the LHBS. It's now closed. I have only about 1/4# of the needed 4...
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    Cold conditioning temperature- a problem?

    At what temperature should one cold condition their beers after carbonation? After the beers are fully carbed, I typically (or at least try to) leave them at room temperature for a couple more weeks and then throw them in the fridge for however long I feel like leaving them. I aim for two...
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    online stores...ordering brew supplies

    I've fortunately been closeby a local HBS since I started brewing, however, for the next two months I'm over 1/2 hr away from one. I know, it's not that bad, but I drive a truck and gas is killing me. I'll soon be in a better brewing location, but I wanted some recommendations for online...
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    beer aged 5 months, but no carb

    I brewed several beers (Cheese's Vanilla Caramel Cream Ale, Fat Tire clone, and a stout) and left them in the primary for about 2 months, after which they were racked into clearing tanks for 3 more months. I have now bottled the beers and sampled them. Each of the three separate beer batches I...
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    racking mead and cider?

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    DRY vanilla extract conversion for root beer/cream soda

    I only have access to dry vanilla extract and wanted to know if anybody knew a way to convert this to a liquid measurement, or vice versa. Are they the same? I was not sure if the dry extract was more concentrated (like DME vs LME) so if someone has any knowledge of this, I'd really appreciate...
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    jimmyriggin some cider with minimal resources

    Ok, so I'm living in Egypt and have been suffering from brewing withdrawals. I've decided that I'm going to have a go at brewing some cider if possible. I've come across this juice that I particularily like that I'd like to try and make into a cider. It's cherry-apple. Anyway, I've found bread...
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    airlock needed for secondary?

    Hey- I want to know if I need to use an airlock after racking my beer to a secondary. My beer has been sitting in the primary for over 2 months now. I am out of the country and a friend is doing my racking for me. He's not very experienced, so I was thinking that it would be easier if he didnt...
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    In Cairo, with brews left behind

    Greetings from Egypt! I left you guys over a month ago to come over to Cairo. According to my friend watching my brews back at home, all is going good and will be racked soon. I brewed them and left them in his care. Let's just hope it all works out- he's new to brewing, but I'm sure it'll be...
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    racking mead and cider?

    I made cider using WL English Cider Yeast using no additional ingredients (followed Ed's Apfelwine directions using different juice and yeast hoping for something more apple-y and not as dry). I made a Blueberry Mead and Joe's Ancient Orange Mead (minus the ancient part)- using WL Sweet Mead...
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    Problem with Auto-Siphon

    I got an auto-siphon today. I've never racked to a secondary before so I thought I'd need one. However, when testing it today on a carboy full of water, I could not get it to work. It appears as if there would be an air leak somewhere, yet after my persistent checking, I found none. I separated...
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    White film on top and it doesn't look like yeast...

    Ok, this is what I brewed yesterday. It's Cheese's CCA. Last night I found my blowoff tube curled out of the sanitized water and was exposed to the air. Seriously, vinyl tubing has become a nightmare for me. It could have been exposed for a max of about 5 hours. Needless to say, this is what I...
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    Ingredient question: mixing DME, fresh fruit vs canned

    I am brewing Cheese's CCA tomorrow and I have Light DME from different brands- one Coopers, the other unmarked from my LHBS. Is it ok to mix them? Also, what's the difference between fresh fruit vs canned (using Oregon). I am making a mead using blackberries (I guess making it a melomel)...
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    Dilemma- to brew or not to brew...

    Here's the situation: I've already posted in another thread that I'll be leaving town and country and will not return for 5 months. I gathered up my recipes for bulk aging, yet the time has crept up on me and now I don't know how I'll make it. I'm leaving in less than a week (exactly 6 days from...
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    how to clean used glass carboys?

    I picked up several used 5-gal glass carboys. They were stored in the basement of the former owner for several years. They held water during that time as part of an earthquake readiness kit. There seems to be some sort of residue left on the inside and I wanted to know what you all recommend as...
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    using glass carboy for primary

    I've always used plastic fermenters and just came up on a good deal on some glass carboys, so I picked up a few. They are 5-gal carboys. My plastic ale pail was 6.5 so I there was always plenty of head room in the pail. However, how should I brew with the 5-gal carboy? How much air room should...
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