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Homebrewing beta still on point?

Seems like a lot of questions about individuals homebrewing problems and advice seeking/trouble shooting questions. Didn't seem like these were the types of questions with definitive answers per se ...
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Are questions about brewing non-alcoholic on-topic here?

I want to ask how to convert my spoiled wine to vinegar (follow-up on this question). Is this on-topic here?
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Homebrewing self-evaluation: let's get critical! [closed]

You love your site and we love your site, but there is a whole world of people out there who might not even know it exists. When they do find it, their first impression will either scare them away or ...
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Can we nuke the “grains”and “process” tags?

"Grains" seems useless, since we already have "Grain", and "Process" seems much too general to provide sane result-sets for tag searches. Instead, I think we should rely on more specific tags that ...
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Can I ask questions about brewing equipment, but not necessarily brewing?

Would I be able to ask this question on homebrew.stackexchange.com? "I have a an issue where my hydrometer is stuck in my carboy. I can't reach it with my hand to get it out. Any ideas on how to get ...
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Should I ask a question that I've seen the answer to in another question?

I needed to figure out how to purge the air from a keg, and after a bit of looking found a great description in this answer to the question "Do I need to completely fill my keg?" So now I know how to ...
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Where are all the new international readers coming from?

Just an interesting observation that most of the recent activity is from international users. Sort of cool, but I wonder how it relates to the lack of activity from users here in the US. This ...
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Do questions about spirits and other high alcohol-content brewing belong here?

I'm about to start making some higher alcohol-content spirits. Is this group specifically for beer and wine or would high-alcohol spirits (~20%) fall into this category as well?
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How to ask a troubleshooting question?

This site's structure is very good at getting specific answers to specific questions. I'm currently doing some troubleshooting at home to work out why I'm running into a particular fault and would ...
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New Beta Theme Launched

Your site looks a bit different today. Yes, we are getting rid of the 'Sketchy' look and replacing it with a more-polished and finished design for sites in beta. You can read more about the redesign ...
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Should we start a blog?

I seem to remember seeing several other sites on the SE network (including betas) having blogs that included community contributed posts about various topics relevant to the site. I think there are ...
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Is this a real question?

This question was recently flagged as "Not a real question". I'd like a bit of feedback before we move forward on it. Salty flavor in beer? Thanks
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is a question ever too simple?

Is a question ever so simple that answering isn't considered necessary because the answer is readily available, e.g. via a web search? This comment and associated question provides the background for ...
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What purpose does a [newbie] tag serve?

newbie has 16 questions at the moment, and I'm a bit concerned about it. Last year, Jeff wrote this nice blog post about Meta Tags, which are tags that describe the nature and identity of the question,...
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Questions that only generate opinions

Are we going to continue to let these types of questions float around? What to do with grains after mashing? Despite many great responses and voting activity its not a question with an answer. Does ...
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How can stack exchange make this site more effective to home brewers?

IMO... Here's the goals that a homebrewer needs out of a site: General advice & questions (equipment, techniques..etc) Asking advice on their specific brews... troubleshooting a specific problem ...
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What does “nn% accept rate” mean? When does that start showing up?

For a long time, my name didn't have an "accept rate" comment below it. Now it does. I've seen that below other people's names, but never understood what that meant. And why did my name not have it,...
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How can I mark an answer if I don't know which is correct?

I have this question How can I put minerals back into distilled or reverse osmosis water? The trouble is I don't know who is correct. I would normally go off vote count, but no one has over 1 vote. ...
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Answering your own question multiple times?

It seems weird to me that the software allows you to write multiple answers to a question, let alone your own question. Example: How do you efficiently empty beer bottles?
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How Do I Continue a Conversation if Someone Mentions Something Interesting in an Answer?

Say I'm reading questions and answers, and someone like @Graham, mentions something about how the crazy Aussies don't chill. So I want to touch base with Graham and find out about it. It would be '...
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Tag descriptions

I've begun working on filling in some of the tag descriptions. Can I get some feedback on these tags, (please feel free to improve them as you see fit) Techniques Barleywine Specifically for the ...
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Is Home Roasting / Home Brewing of Coffee within scope?

Wondering if the "Homebrewing" moniker stretches to include home brewing of coffee (and more interestingly home roasting of coffee) I see similarities in roasting malts and roasting coffee. I do ...
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Area 51 clean up campaign

I'm trying to clean up Area 51 proposals, and I came across this one: Beer Proposed Q&A site for beer writers, cicerones, professional brewers, and beer geeks Would any of their on topic ...
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How to deal with answers that should be comments when user doesn't have the appropriate rep

See this answer. Re-racking in a Buffalo Trace whiskey barrel How should we deal with it?
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Can I ask questions about organizing a brew competition?

I'm planning on organizing a small brewing competition sometime in the next 12 months. I'd like to leverage other people's knowledge on this. Can I ask this sort of question on the main homebrewing ...
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If a question is worth answering, why isn't it worth upvoting

I gotta ask this question to my fellow Homebrewing peeps: If you spend the time to make a good detailed answer to a question, why don't you upvote the question? If it was worth answering, isn't it ...
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Why are wiki tag descriptions cut off at the words 'used to'?

Looking at the tags page the wiki description of some tags is cut off. It seems to be anything before the words 'used to ' is chopped. Look a 'gear' and 'mash'. It seems intentional. I was just ...
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Can someone explain the deputy badge to me?

Where does "flag weight" come from and what does it mean? Some of the badge descriptors in general are sort of ambiguous in their description because the use terminology not familiar to the common ...
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Where are our mods?

Yesterday I flagged a bunch of spam by a user named alicewei. They were deleted, but that same user is right back posting spam now. Shouldn't this user have been banned already? So far I haven't ...
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How long should you wait to accept an answer?

I've asked a couple questions here and I was just wondering what kind of time frame should I be looking at before accepting an answer? Since this is a beta site I'm inclined to leave it open longer to ...
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Ignoring legality, is Homebrew Stack Exchange going to encompass distilling?

A recent question, though vague and needing some work to be a good question, touches on distilling. Legality has been discussed in this (meta) forum, but I wasn't able to find anything in the FAQ's ...
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Are beer/wine enthusiasts encouraged to ask questions that aren't necessarily about brewing?

Do we want to encourage enthusiasts of beer / wine to ask questions that aren't specifically about brewing? The FAQ says the site is for dedicated home brewers and serious enthusiasts, but not ...
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Are “Looking for clone of” questions encouraged/discouraged?

Title pretty much says it all...
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Legal questions

How should we deal with questions about legality? Can I sell my Homebrew in the UK
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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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how do I ask a community-wiki question?

I have a question that I know should be community wiki. I don't see that option, what am I missing?
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What's the criteria for accepting an answer?

On sites like StackOverflow it's pretty cut and dry, if someone's answer fixes your problem, you mark it as correct. Here, however, it's a much different story. Should you mark the correct answer if ...
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How was the reputation computed for those of us who merged from brewadvice?

Before the homebrew/brewadvice merger, I had more reputation on brewadvice than I do now after the merge. I'm not here for the points, but I am curious as to how this was handled.
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Beer recommendations?

What do you think about questions like What is the best beer to make for a spouse who prefers sauvignon blanc? ? While he's asking for advice on what to brew, it doesn't seem brewing specific- the ...
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Culture-specific squabbling

This question isn't explicit about which temperature units are being used: What type of beers stand up to temperature variation during fermentation?. I know how some people love to argue about which ...
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What is the best way to phrase questions?

This question just came up, currently phrased "Why can't I get any aroma out of my dry hops?". I wonder if it would be more effective if it were phrased in the positive, like "How can I get the most ...
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Merger with BrewAdvice

The guys at BrewAdvice.com, the stackexchange 1.0 version of us, said (way back when we were in commitment phase) that they'd be all for merging with us. They've built up a nice pile of answers, as ...
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How to deal with questions/answers about potentially illegal activities?

I hate to be the killjoy, and I'm certainly not fond of many of the laws concerning alcohol in the U.S., but we should probably discuss how we want to handle questions and answers that touch on ...
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What should our logo and site design look like?

Another Essential Question. Anyone here a graphic designer?
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What should be on our FAQ?

Another Essential Question.
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Have you used all your daily rep yet?

Please remember to vote early and vote often! On day one I used all mine. Please remember to vote up good questions and good answers!
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What’s the “elevator pitch” for our site?

What’s the “elevator pitch” for our site? See: http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/07/the-7-essential-meta-questions-of-every-beta/ #4.
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Should equipment comparison questions be off-topic?

Can an equipment comparison question have an objective answer? Can we make a blanket ruling on these or will it depend on how the questions are worded? Some examples: Should I use glass carboys or ...
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How do we promote our site?

How do we promote our site?
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Recipe Questions

In the definition stage the recipe questions were noted as off-topic. I'd like to confirm that they are still considered off topic by the community. See Can somebody give me a good recipe that they&#...