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Questions on the act of making 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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How to determine where your beer was really bottled?

I have long entertained gossip from self-proclaimed "beer connoisseurs" that the Guiness I am drinking is not really brewed in Ireland, nor the Beck's from Germany. I would imagine that where you ...
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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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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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Found brewing grains in a bunch of paper bags - can I use them?

Found a bunch of specialty grains I'd intented for a beer but lost to time. They've been in brown paper bags for well over a year. Is it worth using them at all for a small batch or has time/air ...
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Can wine be made from raisins?

What wine is made from raisins not grapes? What would be different in nutrients in wine made raisins vs grapes? How would the process differ?
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The quality of beer from one gallon brewing equipment versus more robust equipment

I'm becoming more interested in brewing my own beer and due to space considerations am thinking a 1-gallon size may be my ideal choice of setup. The question is: In what ways does brewing with 1 ...
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How do I add a smoked flavour to a red wine?

I often make wine from kits. I'm a bit bored with the flavour and would love it to taste smoky and oaky. How do I add a smoked flavour to a red wine?
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Can all sugars be used for brewing?

While we generally focus on glucose, sucrose, and fructose for brewing, there are a lot of sugars out there. Can all of these be used in the brewing process, particularly for beer? What are the ...
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Cling labels for beer bottles

Thinking of brewing my own beer and am interested in making some reusable labels using cling stickers - the kind you see for auto window stickers. Has anyone used cling labels and do they stay ...
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Sanitation Options (Hard Liquor) [closed]

The first time I made a batch of beer, the guy said that you could use wine sanitize to clean the bottles (you can't - beer sanitizer kills more stuff than wine sanitizer). My resulting beer was soapy-...
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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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Are there any historical cases where actual POWs made some form of alcohol while being held in a POW camp?

Are there any historical cases where actual POWs made some form of alcohol while being held prisoner by belligerent forces in a POW camp? While watching the classic movie The Great Escape (1963), I ...
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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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How can one pasteurize beer at home? [closed]

Pasteurizing is a common task at industrial brewers. But in a home brewing context following questions arises: Is it feasible to pasteurize in the kitchen? Which equipment is necessary to do it? What ...
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Brewing: Which temperature should I ferment ale beer at?

I want to brew beer and I wonder which temperature I should ferment it at? I want to brew ales like IPA and Pale Ale. What difference does different fermentation temperatures have on the beer? Are ...
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How do I limit the amount of sediment in bottles?

I recently made my second batch of beer. It's a pumpkin ale. I am finding that the bottles contain a large amount of sediment, almost like slush at the bottom the bottle. The beer is delicious, but ...