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Top new questions this week:

When should I secondary this beer

I have an Oktoberfest beer in Primary right now based on a kit from my LHBS. It's an average ABV ~5.5 and is fermented on California Lager Yeast and I'm controlling fermentation at ~62F. Will this …

secondary-fermentation lager  
asked by uSlackr 2 votes
answered by brewchez 4 votes

force krausen to drop?

will hurt the beer if I swirl my carboy to force the krausen to drop? the krausen has been sitting there for a few weeks now and I want to keg in one week but if the krausen is still there I don't …

primary-fermentation krausen  
asked by Zeeba 1 vote
answered by brewchez 1 vote

Evaporation rate

Right now, when brewing, I have one step that is never the same : the boil. Actually, the boil phase is going alright, my problem is with the evaporation rate of my wort. I have a few questions... …

beer boil  
asked by Simon Lapointe 1 vote
answered by Denny Conn 3 votes

Can you help me read this complex Yeast recipe? (Sour Beer help)

I'm reading a recipe for a Sanctification clone, which is one of Russian Rivers Blonde Sour Ales. The recipe for the yeast read as such Brettanomyces bruxellensis culture, Wyeast 3112 or White Labs …

beer yeast brewing sour  
asked by g0dluvsugly 1 vote
answered by jsled 2 votes

Brewing with Saccharomyces boulardii

I have a friend who studies some molecular aspects of probiotic yeasts, some wild ones and also the widespread in medications Saccharomyces boulardii (found in FlorastorĀ®, FloratilĀ®, and other …

yeast brewing wild-yeast  
asked by jards 1 vote

Aging lambic beer

I'm a beginner when it comes to brewing but have two batches of lambic beer coming up. My question is if they have to be aged in a glass carboy or if they can be poured straight into a bottle along …

aging belgian lambics  
asked by C2H5OH 1 vote
answered by Scott 5 votes

Adding sugar to a brown pumpkin ale

I'm planning on making a pumpkin ale out of a brown ale mini-mash recipe. I'd also like to get a hint of caramel in there so I was thinking about adding some sort of unrefined sugar. Does anyone …

sugar brown pumpkin  
asked by donkey 1 vote
answered by brewchez 1 vote

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Adding the yeast to a beer kit by sprinkling or stirring

When making a beer kit some people say to sprinkle the yeast on top of the wort and other people say to stir in the yeast to incorporate it into the wort. I know that there is the other method of …

beer yeast kits beginner  
asked by WillNZ 7 votes
answered by Jordan Bondo 3 votes

What are some alternatives to hops?

I have a friend that is allergic to hops and can not drink our beer (or just about any others for that matter). What alternatives do I have if I want to make a beer for him? What could I substitute …

beer hops  
asked by CLJ 14 votes
answered by Morgan 15 votes
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