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Convert a keg to a kettle with a spigot

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Jeremy, this sort of question comes about once a year and when I answer I always “beat up” the questioner . . . so I hope you’re a good sport! Okay, just so I understand, your buddy at work found a “stray keg” that was abandoned at a party or behind some skanky bar and

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CPVC vs copper to move wort

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The most important thing to consider when evaluating materials of construction is product compatibility. CPVC or chlorinated polyvinyl chloride is a heat resistant type of PVC and is rated for continual exposure to water at 190 ºF (88 ºC). The main use for CPVC is hot water lines in new homes. The advantages of this

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IPA is too dry

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our problem in a nut shell is yeast selection. Champagne yeast is one of those yeast strains that tends to be highly attenuative and creates a very dry finished product. I am not a huge fan of extremely strong beers and typically brew with an original gravity of 18 ºPlato (1.072) or lower. I have

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Lack of head

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foam is one of those things that seems to come magically when things are going right. Just as it can come without doing anything special it can also be frustratingly absent even when trying to lure it atop of a brew. The foam formula is really simple; you need to have foam-positive proteins and carbonation

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Bugs in grains

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: I am not entirely clear on your brewing process and will get to those pesky bugs in a moment. I am going to assume that you are an extract brewer using some grains. In this case it sounds like the pound of wheat malt was used in addition to some extract. I make this

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Hop bags

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My overall philosophy with brewing is extremely simple and goes something like this: “If the method works to produce good tasting beer with the desired aroma, stability, appearance and material yields — it’s OK with me!” Let’s face it, hops and malt are messy to deal with and there are many things we do as

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Calculate brewhouse efficiency

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The easiest way to calculate brewhouse efficiency is to go metric! You need four pieces of information to perform this straightforward calculation. The data you need is: post boil wort volume in liters (there are 3.785 liters per gallon), post boil specific gravity (for example, 1.056 kg/L), post boil wort density in ºPlato (to approximate,

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Beano to lower the carbohydrates

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Mr. Wizard respons: Beano Brau . . . now that’s a real blast from the past. I remember reading this article and thought the idea seemed credible, but never gave it a try since I’m not even remotely concerned with my girlish figure! Before I delve into this question, I want to point out that

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Can you mash overnight and sparge in the morning?

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I am a great fan of methods that make things easier and this method is certainly a time-saver when it comes to scheduling those precious weekend hours. To me, saving time is the best way to improve efficiency. Very long mashes also will improve the extraction of wort-soluble solids from malt and improve your mash

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Can iodophor be used as a no-rinse sanitizer?

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Iodophor is a very effective sanitizer and, unlike bleach, can safely be used as a no-rinse sanitizer without adversely affecting the flavor of your beer. The recommended concentration of iodophor is 25 parts per million. Most iodophors are diluted so that the typical use rate is somewhere around 0.1 ounce per gallon (7.8 mL per

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Bleach to clean and sanitize

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The author of the question about root-beer tainted beer did acknowledge in his question that bleach is a “no-no.” I focused on the root-beer flavor taint and should have commented on that assertion because bleach can have its place in the brewery. Household bleach, or sodium hypochlorite, has a bad reputation primarily because of what

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Extract varieties for yeast starters

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This question asks for opinions rather than any real facts. I can do that! Strictly speaking, any wort with a gravity ranging from 1.040 to 1.052 works well in starters with respect to growing yeast. But this can raise some real flavor questions if the starter and the wort the yeast is going into are

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