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What does “bottom fermented” mean?

"Bottom fermentation" is one of the two main types of fermentation which take place during beer production; the other being "top fermentation". A third less common type would be spontaneous ...
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Why do people brew their own beer?

Hobby Some people do it as a pleasurable hobby. You might also ask why someone would build furniture if they could buy it, or why they play a musical instrument if they can just listen to the radio. ...
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How hard is to brew beer in a hot climate?

Generally - yes. A large part of the flavour of the beer comes from esters produced by the yeast during fermentation. There are many different varieties of yeast, and each has a differing set of ...
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What is the difference between historical beer and 'modern' beer?

Not only has variety improved, but so has the technology and agronomy of brewing. Malt variety, yield, and efficiency Crop science has increased the size of barley kernels and the amount of starches ...
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Is Budweiser really the most expensive beer to brew?

The answer may be in the question you asked: it’s brewed in enormous quantities If you look at the aggregate cost, it is indeed almost certainly the most expensive beer in the world to brew and ...
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Can wine be made from raisins?

There are two ways to make wine from raisins. Soak the raisins in water and boil and then macerate, ferment and separate the solids from the wine and age. You can make something close to wine. Most ...
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How can absinthe be colored into a different colour other than green?

Clear Absinthe Absinthe is made much in the same way that many gins are. You take neutral spirits, add botanicals (wormwood and anise), and re-distill. Anything that comes out of the still will be ...
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Why do people brew their own beer?

Hello from the homebrew community. There are many reasons to brew yourself, and the first reason is because you can. This question is the same as "why bake your own bread?", "why grow your own food?...
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What is being doubled or tripled in a doublebock/triple bock?

Typically, it seems people expect single, double and triple to mean higher alcohol content. But that is not exactly true. You have single and double bocks with the same alcohol content. Take ...
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How to recover a carboy of cider?

First, I would check to see if it's still drinkable. You might have a carboy of apple cider vinegar if you haven't put any sulfites into it or somehow prevented from oxidation. The way to test it is ...
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How hard is to brew beer in a hot climate?

Some beer styles are less sensitive to temp than others, strong ales or hefeweizens would do better than lagers for example. In my opinion, if you are serious about brewing you want consistency. To ...
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Japanese beers historic evolution

What is the evolution of brewing beer in Japan? Beer in Japan seems to have had its start in the 17th century during the Edo period when Dutch traders stationed at Dejima in Nagasaki opened a beer ...
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What makes sour beers sour?

From the Wiki page on Sour Beer: "[S]our beers are made by intentionally allowing wild yeast strains or bacteria into the brew. Traditionally, Belgian brewers allowed wild yeast to enter the brew ...
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Why did my cherry juice turn directly into vinegar while never being wine?

It's difficult to answer why fermentation did not complete without further information. It's quite possible the sugar content was too high and pH to low for whatever yeast was added to survive and ...
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How can absinthe be colored into a different colour other than green?

I am going to put my two bits into this question also. There are several existing colored absinthe on the market at the moment and a couple of ways to get various colored varieties. Artificial ...
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Why do people brew their own beer?

It's exactly as with food. By cooking* at home, my wife and I can always get the food** that we want, exactly the way we want it. There is a chance of us screwing up and ending up with bad food**, ...
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Why do people brew their own beer?

Because its a lot of fun! I always feel like a mad scientist when I'm boiling up the wort on the stove adding ingredients, especially when adding the hops. Its quite amazing to watch the yeast ...
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What is the highest alcohol content achievable through brewing?

28% ABV is the best I have managed with my yeast though it needs plenty of sugar added to whatever you are brewing apart from mead. Getting the yeast from the boot's from it's original 8% to 20% took ...
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How can a beer be flavored?

I would like to add that although I have not confirmed it I read somewhere the purity laws had less to do with "making great beer" and more to do with them being poor. They didn't want certain grains ...
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How do I add a smoked flavour to a red wine?

If you want that oaky, smokey flavor the best way to do it is with toasted oak. At a home level, most people opt for cubes or chunks of toasted oak. At a professional level, the insides of barrels are ...
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How can a beer be flavored?

I just add it at the secondary fermentation stage when I homebrew beer. I made a belgian style wheat beer and simply added some vanilla extract. edit : I just added some cloves to a dark beer brew ...
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What are the differences between mead and beer? Where can I try one in the US?

Simplified definition: If you're fermenting grains, it's beer. If you're fermenting fruits, it's wine. If you're fermenting honey, it's mead. It's not really that simple, because there are beers ...
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What is the difference between historical beer and 'modern' beer?

That's a very broad question, and hard to answer. Very early on, hops weren't well known, and beer was made without hops; this likely would have caused the beer to be sweeter than it is today. Hops ...
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Cling labels for beer bottles

I think they would not make a good candidate for beer or wine bottles if you want to subject them to moisture or cold Static Cling Labels Static Clings are usually made of a flexible vinyl or ...
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Recommendations for learning how to brew beer in London?

I'll take a stab at this... I would start with a good homebrewing book and walk through the process. The Complete Joy of Homebrewing is where I started 20 years ago and it's still a great place to ...
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How can absinthe be colored into a different colour other than green?

You CAN have a true absinthe that is well over 70 proof that has been properly steeped with herbs and then distilled. It is all about the distillation technique. If you use a double boil or oil bath ...
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Why do people brew their own beer?

You ask a great question. I think a great reason to do it is to learn. I like the answer 'Personal Taste' above. If you already know what you like you can make it. But, if you're just playing ...
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What is a comparable beer to Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier?

You can find a discussion about it here. A couple of US brewed beers that arise from it are Sierra Nevada Kellerweis and Sly Fox Royal Weiss; but if you'd prefer a more easy-going (and usually ...
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Can all sugars be used for brewing?

Some sugars won't start a fermentation with brewer's yeast at all, such a lactose. In such case, sooner or later other organisms would take over (e.g. lactobacteria). Any sugars that can be fermented,...
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The quality of beer from one gallon brewing equipment versus more robust equipment

I think it depends on a lot of factors, but you should be able to make high quality beer. You just have to pay a lot of attention to detail. Measuring ingredients becomes super important. A little ...
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