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

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Is there a benefit in rising fermentation temperature for dark ales?

I am making a porter, and just started fermentation a couple of days ago. I have never manipulated temperature before, but have read that this is vital when making pilsners, so got curious. Is there ...
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Will accidentally shaking the mead lower the alcohol percentage?

I shook the mead during fermentation and I'm concerned that i may have hurt the yeast, causing it to produce less alcohol. Could this happen, or am i over thinking it?
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Adding Apple/Caramel to Brown Ale

Fellow home brewer here with a question. My buddies and I are looking at making an Apple Caramel Brown Ale for this fall but are having trouble agreeing on a way to add the apple and caramel. We'd ...
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Is anyone aware of a mini refrigerator model with a flat bottom for use as fermentation chamber?

Searching like crazy to find a mini refrigerator with a flat bottom. Any model will work, as I am new to this and only brewing 1 gallon batches. Ideally it would hold a 5gal carboy so that I do not ...
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Yeast not settling or infection?

Having trouble understanding what I'm looking at here (see pic): http://imgur.com/1OH9TQj Made an Amber ale with LME and used Wyeast 1332 Northwest Ale. Racked to secondary after 2 weeks to get ...
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Is my beer carbonating while in primary fermentation?

I started my first small batch 1 gal IPA. After I pitched my yeast I had some blow off (as was expected) but it only lasted about a day, then I attached my airlock. A week into into the brew it was ...
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How much effect does light have on fermenting beer?

If I keep my fermenting beer in my living room, should I cover it with blankets or otherwise keep it out of the light? I've seen topics on brewing referencing this, but most just settle for "why take ...
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Total Cider Noob Move

Following instructions from the Portland Mercury on homebrewing cider, I pitched a whole 5 gram packet of champagne yeast by mistake in my 1 gallon brew. It says that the packet makes a 5 gallon ...
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Best size carboy for brewing beer?

I recently fermented a batch of beer (5 gallons) in a 7gal carboy, which left about 2 gallons of space above (assuming you filled it all the way to the top). I also have a 5gal carboy, but that would ...
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Conical verses flat based fermenters

Just to ask what is the general feeling of using a "Conical" fermenter rather than a normal flat based fermenting barrel.? I realize that you cannot ...
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Rubber bung keeps getting out

I'm using rubber bungs (with airlock) for my 5l glass carboys, I just got the carboys so it's my first time fermenting in them. I have a problem that rubber bung keep getting out because of the CO2 ...
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After a beer reaches its final gravity, how long does the conditioning step take?

I have been in the habit of leaving my beers in their primary fermenter for three weeks across the board, which is a significant amount of time longer than their primary fermentation usually takes. My ...
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What exactly happens during lagering?

I've just made my first lager, it is currently lagering at 1 C. What is happening to my beer at this temperature? Is the yeast still active? And most importantly: What is happening at this temperature ...
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Temperature probe placement

I just built a fermentation chamber and bought a brew belt and a cheap thermostat on ebay to try to control the fermentation temperature. My main concern is, where do I place the probe in order to ...
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does adding water to wort to top off for fermentation raise the original gravity?

My extract/partial grain kit calls for a OG of 1.057 - 1.061. After topping off in the fermentor, my OG was 1.074. Is this close enough? Did the addition of water raise the OG?
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Wine Quality Sensor

I am an engineer who's built a wine quality detector. My sensor can pick up a wide variety of chemicals at levels as low as parts per million (ppm). With no background in wine production myself, I ...
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Putting a stopper in a fermenter if you leave it for a long time

On another question about leaving brew longer in a second or primary fermenter for a long time, many state they have done this with little to no negative affects as long as you keep your breather full ...
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Problems with sealing fermentation tank

I am new to the world of the craft beer, and new to this community too! I'm developing my first liters of beer, and so far, I have obtained results that have fascinated me! I think i will never gonna ...
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Brewing aboard a boat

Are their any sailors here who also Brew beer and wine? That's not really the question though. My question is, under the conditions of a sea going vessel, is it possible to brew beer and wine and what ...
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I can't differentiate between OCD or the smell of vinegar, and need some guidance

Here's my brief story: Bought a Mr. Beer kit and didn't have a clue what I was doing, and out of impatience would squeeze the fermentor to smell the brew, resulting in an infection. I now have cheap, ...
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Do I need to sanitize my cacao nibs?

I will be adding half a pound of cacao nibs to my stout here in a few days. Since the beer will be almost fully fermented at that point is it necessary for me to sanitize the nibs before adding them? ...
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Pomagranate mead sour

I've been working on a pomagranate mead that has been fermenting for 3 weeks. I just racked it for the first time today and I tried a some, it was super sour... anyone know if this is normal and if it ...
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Should I ferment a new batch directly on the yeast cake generated by the previous batch?

I'm going to re-use the yeast cake from a low-gravity batch to ferment a high-gravity batch. Can I just put the wort directly on it? Does it then need to be agitated? Is it worth the risk of ...
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Too long in Primary Fermentation?

What's the maximum amount of time for primary fermentation, assuming the beer is going straight to bottles next? Will it over ferment and then fail to carbonate, if left too long in a carboy?
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Acidity in wine

I'm fermenting wine from juice. I forgot to rack into the glass bottle after fermentation begun. So I achieved the whole fermentation in the plastic bucket. Then I racked into the glass bottle with ...
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All purpose yeast

Suppose you only have one yeast available to produce wine, beer, liquor from fruits or grains. say post apocalyptic future, and you manage to have fruits or grains and you want to produce alcoholic ...
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Belgian yeast used to brew a stout

I accidentally pitched wyeast 1762 instead if yeast 1056 to brew a stout. Is my beer ruined? Before I pitch the right into the mix and really make a mess of things can anyone with more knowledge guide ...
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Pomagranate mead color

I've been fermenting my pomagranate mead for about 2 weeks now and I'm planning on racking it in a week. My question is why does my mead have a brown red color? Is this a normal colour for pomagranate ...
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Rapidly moving particles during fermentation?

I'm about 24 hours into fermenting my first IPA in a carboy using Safale-04. The fermentation is going well but I noticed small particles floating around in all directions. My best guess is that ...
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shaken cider during fermentation process

my partner shook my fermenting cider while I was at work will this affect it it was about day three. smelled sweet not like vinegar when I bottled it.
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Mead keeps separating… HELP!

I just created a pomagranate mead and now it is separating it's self... Ingredients: 49 oz pomagranate Puree 6 lbs Clover Honey 2 tsp Acid Blend 3 tsp Yeast Nutrient 1 tsp Pectic Enzyme 1 tsp Grape ...
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Mead Problem with Yeast

So the other day I created a mead and messed up... long story short I killed all my yeast by rushing. I added the dead yeast into my mead and it all sank to the bottom. I just racked off the dead ...
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Is juiced Ginger root fermentable?

I occasionally use a juicer to make Ginger root juice (which is quite strong) but lately I've also considered lacto-fermenting this juice. Which leads me to my question:How fermentable is juiced ...
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If/When to move to secondary fermentation

Digression from What's the point of secondary fermentation? What are the good rules of thumb for determining a. whether to use secondary fermentation at all and b. when to move from primary to ...
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Is this a pediococcus infection?

A berliner weisse we forgot to bottle for around a month and a half. Did not introduce pediococcus or lactic acid in the fermentation. Did a sour mash before the boil so lactobacillus shouldn't have ...
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Fermentation Temperature Control Methods

What different methods do people use to maintain or control fermentation temps? This includes maintaining temps for both Ales and Lagers. For most climates, active control is necessary for doing ...
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No air lock activity [duplicate]

I am brewing a Black Rock..."Miners Stout" . and it's been nearly a week in the fermenter with none to very little movement in the airlock. ! Seems odd as to all the other stouts that I have brewed. ...
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Can I bottle a beer at 1.028 gravity?

I have a beer which may or may have finished fermentation. I read about "stuck fermentation" and am wondering if I ended up with not enough fermentable sugars. According to the calculator if i bottle ...
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Doubling my beer volume

hi guys i'm very new to this beer brewing business. ill be be having a small party this weekend, I'm short on beer, So I'd like to know how do i go about doubling my alcohol volume when diluting it ...
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Blending beer DURING fermentation, in the hopes to get beer back in balance with hops

I brewed an IPA intended to blow my hop socks off and missed my target OG by 20 points. DETAILS: Built this recipe in BeerSmith with an intended OG of 1.070 and IBU projected at 156. I pitched a 1000 ...
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Will Sparkolloid slow or stop fermentation?

Background: My wife drinks cider like a fish drinks water and buying cider at the store was leaving me pretty much broke. The LHBS turned us on to the idea of making our own a couple years ago so we ...
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Triple Fermented?? But Why?

Some beers claim to be triple fermented, meaning that after primary fermentation, more fermentables are added at the start of secondary, and then the brew is bottle-conditioned, resulting in three ...
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Fermentation started, then stopped the next day. Is my yeast dead?

This is my first shot at homebrewing, using Northern Brewer's American Wheat Beer kit which is based on liquid malt extract, Willamette and Cascade hops, and a packet of dry yeast. I brewed and put ...
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Minimal neccesary time in primary/seconday for a barleywine-braggot

I am still rather beginner (so far a couple of batches), but for the last batch I have taken a brave (irresponsible) step and went for a barley wine-braggot beer. For batch of 22 l In have used +- 6 ...
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Soapy aftertaste in wine, fermentation temperature?

I generally find my homebrew wine (just from a regular kit) has a soapy kind of aftertaste. I'm wondering if this might be down to fermentation temperature or something, I'm taking as many precautions ...
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Possible wild yeast contamination?

In May I brewed the following beer: 81% Pale 2 row malt 16% Brown malt 3% Black malt Single step mash at 73C. With 290g of hops for a total of 103 IBUs. The OG was 1.077 and it went into primary ...
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DIY Fermentation Chamber. Dual Zone Question

I am building a fermentation chamber and I was wondering if there is a way to have two zones but only use one cooler? My thinking is have two of everything except the cooler. So there would be ...
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Cider confusion

I recently made cider from my apple trees and hand pressed them and all and I am having trouble figuring everything out. So far I have made the hard cider two different ways my first time, to test ...
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Accidentally stopped fermentation: how to restart?

I have 2 separate gallons of apple cider on they go, they were started about a week apart, now like the donut I am I have stopped the wrong one by adding 5ml sodium metabisulphite it has stopped it in ...
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Calculating carbon dioxide production during fermentation

I know yeast ferments sugars into alcohol at a predictable rate, but is the same is true for carbon dioxide? Since I know the amount of sugars fermented though my gravity readings, shouldn't it be ...