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Can we setup an area for beginner questions which cuts out some of the more specific questions people have

I think that is would be a good idea to have an area where a someone new to home brewing can go and find lots of beginner type questions. This could maybe done through a tag "beginner" or maybe ...
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What do you think about launching a separate site for beer appreciation?

There's a newer proposal gaining some amount of traction on our Area 51 site: Beer - Proposed Q&A site for beer aficionados and collectors The focus is significantly different from this one, ...
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Should this question on homebrewing in a country where alcohol is prohibited be opened?

I recently closed this question about taking steps to brew beer in a country that has prohibited it. But I can imagine some potential answers that may be of genuine help, such as alcohol-free brewing,...
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Let's get critical: Sep 2013 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Homebrewing Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from Google, what ...
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Q&A session with Denny Conn

The Homebrew SE site is very fortunate to have Denny Conn as a moderator and regular contributor, answering questions and providing guidance on this site on a daily basis. With hundreds of batches of ...
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Let's get critical: Jun 2013 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Homebrewing Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from Google, what ...
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Can we join hop and hops tags

"hop" tag has only 7 questions, while "hops" has over one hundred. I do not see a point in keeping the singular form, since most of the times the plural form "hops" is used, can we delete "hop" and ...
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what to do when a question is incorrectly merged by a moderator?

What are the benefits of fermenting under pressure? The moderator incorrectly presumed that this was the same as an earlier question. Indeed, it was spurred by that question, but it has a different ...
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Is there a easy way to get commonly used symbols without leaving the site?

When writing a question or answer there are some commonly used symbols or typesetting styles that are missing. The two that come to mind are the degree symbol (°) for temperatures and refractometer ...
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Answer rate concern

I'm fairly new to this site but it seems to me there are a plethora of questions lacking an accepted answer that have one or more good answers available. Should we perhaps pull together to remedy ...
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Is setting a goal of 15 questions per day pertinent for homebrew?

I understand that the metric around questions asked per day is a good identifier of the engagement of the community (particularly new members) but 15 per day feels like an arbitrary number. Shouldn't ...
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broaden definition to include pros and micros

In discussion about merging some other Alcohol related sites it was suggested that rather that trying to merge in Home brewing (which is undoubtedly struggling to get it's questions per day up), ...
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OData source for Homebrew?

Possibly a bit of a technical question for most users, but... I was trying to connect to Homebrew using an OData client but there doesn't seem to be a source listed at http://data.stackexchange.com/ ...
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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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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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can we get LaTeX formatting for equations in questions and answers on homebrewing?

a'la math.stackexchange.com? I feel like there's enough discussion of homebrew calculations on here that it might be beneficial. Some examples: Calculating Alcohol by Volume How do you convert ...
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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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Request for tag merge: “extract-plus-grains” into “partial-mash”

These mean more or less the same thing. I know that some people may not be familiar with the canonical term for extract/grain hybrid brewing (partial mash brewing), but if we keep both it will confuse ...
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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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Request for tag merge of gravity & specific-gravity tags

Both tags have the same meaning & even similar definitions. I propose we merge into specific-gravity as someone typing gravity would still find the former through auto-suggest.
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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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Site Stats on front page lists -179% Answered questions

I noticed this this morning while browsing old questions. I think this is a little... off. Answered appears to be accurate in Area 51. After jumping around to a few other beta sites, this appears to ...
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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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upvoted answers not reflecting in rep?

I started with 101 rep, asked a question that had 3 upvotes, answered a question that got three upvotes, and I still have 116 rep now. The math does not seem to be adding up. What gives?
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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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Amazon UK in links are overwritten to US

When amazon.co.uk links are used (as in this post) they are redirected incorrectly to the US site. ie http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B005KRFNS2/ will direct you to http://www.amazon.com/dp/...
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Can old questions not be pushed to RSS readers when they're edited?

Last night drj edited the tags on many posts. This morning my RSS reader had 57 "new" items from homebrew.stackexchange.com. Only they weren't new, they simply had their tags edited. Can this site ...
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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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People don't seem to downvote much - is this due to the loss of reputation incurred?

I notice that there is not much downvoting going on, even though I see a lot of (what I perceive as) inaccurate or simply poor answers. Why are these not downvoted? Could it be that newbies don't ...
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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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Correcting a bad click when voting

I accidentally down voted something. Left a comment, then realized I downvoted. I tried to unclick it and I get a little popup box say "you voted 2 minuted ago your answer is locked in" 2 minutes ...
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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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fermentor vs. fermenter

There are only 4 tags that use the word fermenter, and none for fermentor. However, the word fermenter is being used incorrectly. Yeast is a fermenter. Carboys, conicals, and buckets are fermentors. ...
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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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