The anaerobic process by which yeast convert sugars into alcohol and carbon dioxide.

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The runaway and the non starter!

So we got a can of Coopers German wheat beer kit, and decided to do 2x10 lites batches, trying slightly different recipes with each one. We boiled up orange zest and corriander seeds and added the ...
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When is fermentation done

So, I'm totally new to homebrewing. About to start my first brew, and it's a complete kit with instructions. Supposedly, it can't go wrong. BUT, it says that fermentation is over in 16 days. I assume ...
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Initial Fermentation Temp?

A couple of days ago I brewed some Big Ben Pale Ale from Midwest Supplies. After the boil I poured the wort in to the fermenter atop some cold water already in the fermenter. I checked the temp ...
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Measuring specific gravity without sampling

Is there any way, I can measure SG with a sensor of some kind? I guess I'm not REALLY after SG, but rather a way to determine that fermantation is done, without sampling. I would very much like hook ...
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Should I be disappointed?

Just started, so my question is very basic. I got Coopers Lager Kit, did everything by instructions, temperature has been stable at 22-24C but gravity doesn't go down. OG was 1.039, dropped to 1.020 ...
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High 'finished' gravity

I pitched about a cup of decanted starter S-04 slurry into a 1.061 OG American IPA 8 days ago at 65 degrees. The gravity has been stuck at about 1.028 since pitch day + 48 hours, when the krausen ...
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How much does gravity typically drop after high krausen

I have two fermenters going with about a cup of slurry of S-04. Pitched Sunday morning at 61 degrees ambient, they were showing activity within 5 hours, vigorous activity within 12 hours. Went to ...
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Fermenter Headspace; Suitable (and cheap!) Containers for Split Batches

After Denny's article in the spring issue of Zymurgy, I'm anxious to experiment and split batches for experimentation with yeast pitching rates, strains, fermentation temps, and adjuncts. I had ...
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Lead in primary fermentation

So, my floating thermometer broke while cooling off my wort and I didn't realize it until about an hour after I had pitched the yeast and fermentation had definitely already started. At first I ...
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What are the quickest styles from grain to glass

I know typically, hefeweizens and wits are best drunk while 'young', but what are the styles that are most conducive to a quick turnaround? I also know alcohol content is a factor. Have people had ...
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How to proceed when step-feeding a mead

I am in the process of planning my next mead batch, and I wondered if it would be a good idea to step-feed this one since I am planning a high ABV (18%). How would I do this best? My recipe looks ...
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How to keep sugar from fermentation and carbonization?

We want to made sweet low ABV cider. How to do that? I understand that yeasts are dying somewhere between 10 and 15% ABV but we want our cider to be between 2 and 5% ABV. We can interrupt ...
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Possible failed ferment: re-boil or campden + re-pitch?

On Saturday I brewed my 89th batch, an all-grain Irish Red Ale, SG 1.049. Pitched Wyeast 1084 from an "Activator" smack pack dated May 2012 that I'd struck around eight hours earlier, then aerated ...
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Is my batch contaminated / infected?

Me again with another question. So there's not been much activity from my brew lately (no bubbling, only 3rd day in the fermenter). I opened up to take the gravity and temperature (1022, 21C), so it ...
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Brewing 10 litres in a 25 litre fermentation vessel?

I'm a novice and have just started home brewing from a complete starters kit. The kit came with 2x25 litre fermentation vessels and a kit that makes 20 litres. I've been looking at some beer kits ...
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Why is a quiet environment recommended?

I'm brewing beer from a recipe kit, and the instructions say to put the fermenting bucket into a dark, quiet and warm place. I do understand dark (because of UV) and warm (optimal temperature for the ...
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Malt extract fermentability

Does anyone know of resources that specify the fermentability of malt extracts like muntons and coopers? Has anyone done a forced fermentation on these extracts who has results they are willing to ...
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When to conduct diacetyl rest?

I have my first lager fermenting at 50 degrees (pitched Saturday 8/18 at 11pm, tonight will be pitch + 5 days). Airlock activity started Monday AM, been going consistently since. The problem I am ...
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When To Dry Hop?

I'm working with a recipe for a black ale (Cascadian Dark Ale) and it's telling me to dry hop 0.25 oz Warrior hops and 0.5 oz Cascade hops right after transferring to the carboy. I had read that the ...
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Is there any danger in fermenting outside?

Not having any cooling mechanism for my fermenter(s), this time of year I can get more favorable temperatures outside than inside. I'm specifically talking about ciders in glass containers, but I'm ...
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Why did fermentation take so long to start?

I boiled and pitched a low-gravity (~1.033) Scottish Ale this past Sunday. The wort was cooled via immersion to under 75° F and then aerated via a whisk-on-drill contraption before pitching the ...
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When is the most critical time to control fermentation temperature?

I know there is a similar question out there, but I am trying to ask for my own particular set u. If memory serves, I believe that is is in the first 48-72 hours of pitching yeast. This is when ...
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Can Olive Oil REPLACE oxygenating wort

Apparently, New Belgium is doing this. Also, for a typical five gallon homebrew batch, it is said that if you DIPPED A PIN in olive oil, shook it off, it would still contain hundreds of times the ...
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What causes fermentation to slow down under normal conditions?

I've got a honey wheat ale in the fermentor, 8 days on it. Wyeast 1010, 1.5L starter. OG 1.054. Temp controlled chest freezer at 65F. Fermentation appeared to start well, the blowoff hose was ...
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Saison stuck at 1.030

I would like to get some ideas on my next course of action for a "stuck brew". I am brewing a Saison (first one). My fermentation room is up around 82F so a Saison seemed like the perfect fit. The ...
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Wheat Ale “stuck” at 1.025?

I am trying to brew a stronger wheat ale, and after 9 days in primary, I seem to be stuck at 1.025. My OG was 1.070 and I pitched a smack pack of Wyeast Bavarian Wheat at about 70F. I had a very ...
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Yeast Character Resource

I'm interested in locating a resource where differente yeast strains are discussed and profiled, such that for a given yeast strain I can see what different brewers' experiences have been with respect ...
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How to tell if (and recover from) a diacetyl rest was done too early?

I've got a lager (Wyeast 2206) that I've just taken out of primary fermentation (at ~8C, for 10 days) for a diacetyl rest (at ~20C). I picked the time to do it based on "How To Brew" suggesting I ...
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Accidental steam beer, temp control and diacetyl

I brewed a 16-gallon batch of my Lawnmower Lager, popped it into my Brewhemoth and inoculated it with 3 packets of Saflager S-23. My chilling solution isn't working as well as I'd hoped, and it's ...
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Possible to intensify/increase the amount of yeast flavor?

I will soon be making a hefe and will be using wyeast's 3068. In recent hefes I have made, I have always desired much more intensity in the flavors provided by the yeast strain. The only method i am ...
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Something in the fermentation chamber made my nose hurt

So last night I checked on my porter, 48 hours on fermentation with Wyeast 1968, bubbling away happily. My ferm chamber is a small chest freezer. Got a blowoff tube running from the top of the bucket ...
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What is the oily film on the top of my kit beer

I made a creme ale 10 days ago and I racked to the secondary after 4 days fermenting( don't ask ) . I tasted it yesterday and it taste very bitter with little to no flavor. When I transferred it to ...
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How long can I let my fermentation go in the original bucket?

I'm brewing a Belgian Tripel. I don't typically use a secondary fermentation. The Tripel however, is my biggest beer so far, and requires much more time. Should I transfer to a secondary? All I have ...
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Over attenuated all grain beers

I'm having a problem with all my beers regardless of style getting over attenuated. I've been raising my mash temps up to 4° above each beers style (up to 158° or so) to compensate with no luck. I've ...
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Why does the temperature of bottle conditioning determine the amount of priming sugar?

When using CO2 calculators or the nomograph on Palmer's site we see that depending on the temperature of your beer, you use a different amount of priming sugar in order to get the same effective ...
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Measuring yeast activity by collecting CO2

I've been thinking about ways to measure the progress of the primary fermentation, looking for an alternative to taking samples and measuring the gravity. I was wondering if anyone has tried to ...
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Ideal fermentation temperature

I'm just finishing up a DIY fermentation chamber made from a chest freezer, reptile tank heater, and a temperature controller. Now I just need to figure out what temperature to set! Most yeast ...
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I moved a Kolsch to secondary after 4 days. Should I repitch yeast?

This is my first batch ever, a Kolsch from a kit. It fermented like crazy the first 2 days, but after 4 had stopped bubbling, so I moved it to a secondary container. As I was transferring, I noticed a ...
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How can I restart fermentation on a stuck strong dark belgian ale?

What can we do to restart fermentation that got stuck over the winter? Our club brewed about 7 gallons of this recipe in November. Primary went well, but then the weather got cold and the yeast went ...
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How does electrical conductivity of a fermenting liquid change over time?

Has anyone ever measured how the conductivity of fermenting liquids changes over time? I have a hypothesis that it does change over time, and that as the fermentation rates and stages change, so ...
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Why isn't my gravity increasing? Has fermentation stopped?

About ten days ago I transferred my homebrew (I'm new at this so for now I'm buying the kits) from the primary to the secondary. when I transferred it the gravity was reading 1.025 and it was bubbling ...
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Ideas for rescuing an under-pitched and under-hopped batch

A few batches ago, I had a "learning experience". I now have some pretty good ideas of where I went wrong (mainly, not having any idea how to design a recipe), but I'm wondering what I can do with a ...
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Berliner Weisse questions

I have a Berliner Weisse (1.035 O.G.) that has been fermenting on WLP630 (berliner weisse lacto blend) for about 5 days now. This is my first attempt at both a sour style beer and a starting gravity ...
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Flanders Red from Brewing Classic Styles

I am interested in brewing the Flanders red that is found in Brewing Classic Styles. Jamil mentions using the Wyeast 3763 or WLP655 and leaving it sit for a year until the pellicle forms then falls ...
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Premature Kegging - leave batch in keg or rack to carboy?

I kegged a batch of hefeweizen on Sunday morning and force carbonated. My all-grain recipe was a combination of several that I found online, but largely an original creation. The plan was to leave the ...
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Is this a stuck fermentation or did I screw up the mash?

So, a little under a week ago, I brewed a goodly sized stout (1.069 OG) and when I mashed it I ended up missing my mash temp by about 4 degrees. (I was aiming for 158 and ended up with about 162-163.) ...
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Slight fizz in beer after 6 days in the fermenter - game over?

I put a batch on last Sunday, started off with a crazy high reading on the hydrometer (around 1080 when I was expecting 1040ish according to the kit) - though I suspect that was because I drew a ...
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Yeast for very high gravity (1.138) stout

I'm planning to brew a very high gravity stout. I'm expecting an OG between about 1.118 and 1.138 depending on how much my efficiency suffers. I've done this before with decent results, but I think I ...
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Why are there flakes in my beer after 5 days?

I am currently brewing my first batch of beer and I have been checking on the temperature every day. Up until now the top of the beer looked normal and was fermenting as I expect. Today however, I ...
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Raising fermentation temperature

I recently upgraded my system to include temperature control, and I had fermenting a brown ale at 67 degrees for about 6 days. Took a gravity reading last night, and it was at 1.014 (down from ...