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Questions on the act of making beer.

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Becks USA AB InBev

Can anyone tell me if the USA market Becks adheres to the current definition of the Reinheitsgebot (aka German Purity Law) and what grains are used? I ask because I swear it tastes "ricey" like all ...
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Is it possible to change the outcome of a beer in the fermentation stages?

I am brewing a batch of Amber Ale right now and I was wondering if it would be possible to put something in with the wort while it is fermenting in order to change it's flavor. Could I add in like ...
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Beer Kit - How long is it good for

I bought a kit over the summer from Northern Brewer. This kit comes with the malt extract and the grains (for color mainly). I assume the grains would be stale, so I could probably buy some new grain, ...
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How is gluten-free beer made?

I have a friend who is Celiac and can only drink gluten-free beer. How on earth is it made?
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How does boil time directly affect ABV% & IBU?

Dogfish Head makes IPAs called "60 Minute", "90 Minute", and "120 Minute". According to Wikipedia: Their names refer to the length of the boil time of the wort in which the hops are continuously ...
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How do Trappists Brew so much?

I'm pleasantly surprised to find a small selection of Trappist beers for sale at a venue in Inner City Brisbane, Australia. A quick look at the Chimay website (one of the beers available) shows a ...
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What are the drawback of not using “brewer's yeast” when brewing beer? [closed]

When walking through a brewery supply store, you will see a variety of yeasts. Likewise, you can find a variety of yeasts when walking through a grocery store. What "happens" if you use the 'wrong ...
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How much of an impact does the water have on a beer?

How much of an impact does the water (minerals/quality/distilled) have on a beer?
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What is the single most influential book every beer enthusiast should read? [closed]

If you could go back in time and tell yourself to read a specific book about beer, which book would it be?
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What type of beer require the most time to produce?

Of all types of beer, what type of beer require the most time to produce?
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What is the German Beer Purity Law?

I see some US beers advertising that they brew according to the "German Beer Purity Law." What is that, and is it still relevant today?
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What do they judge on at beer competitions?

When you see advertising for beer, some of them advertise awards that they have won at various beer festivals and/or competitions. What are the judging standards at these competitions, and what are ...
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How can I brew a black lager? [closed]

Is a black lager really a lager (in terms of yeast and brewing time)? Can I just throw in whatever would make a good stout but use lager yeast? If not, then how much play is there to the recipe? I've ...
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Aside from the number of barrels they produce, what is the main difference between a craft brewery and a microbrewery?

Microbreweries make less than 15,000 barrels per year, and craft breweries make less than 6,000,000 barrels per year. Aside from this distinction, are there any differences in the styles of ...
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How is Light Beer produced?

I was talking to an American friend the other day and he told me they had something called "light" beer. This was to be a light product just as you would find for instance for Coca-Cola or other soda ...
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What steps in the brewing process affect alcohol levels?

Why do some beers have high alcohol levels and some have low ones? Is the alcohol content something that can be changed for any specific brew, and the brewer sets it at a specific level on purpose? Or ...
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What are the major beer competitions and how do you enter? [closed]

In the advertising, you see certain beers saying that they have been awarded gold medals at various competitions, or other accolades earned. Is there a list of what are considered to be the major ...
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Why are some beers non-vegan?

Some beers (for example, Guinness) are marked as 'not suitable for vegans'. What is in the beer such that this is the case?
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What is the average brewing time for craft beer?

Given craft beers, which are typically brewed without many preservatives, what is the average duration a beer must sit inside a barrel before it is ready for serving? If different types of beer ...

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