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

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First time brewing lager, no fermentation

I set up a new fermentation chamber and was keen to try my hand at a lager. Unfortunately now 5 days on there hasn't been any fermentation so I think I may have shocked the yeast with the cold or just ...
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low-tech honey mead failing to ferment

I've made a number of batches of low-tech hard cider by mixing champagne yeast with Martinelli's apple juice in the bottle, and then inserting an airlock. Fermentation is visible within hours, and one ...
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DIY BrewBug based offerings?

BrewBug, is a neat little toy that essentially has a "floating bob" that measures the temperature and specific gravity of the wort as it is fermenting, allowing for niceties like changing the ...
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When brewing water Kefir my wire bail stopper blew off

I am trying to salvage my one fermenting bottle and wondered if anyone knows how to get the dern top/bail stopper back on the bottle. When I went to open my water kefir it shot liquid everywhere and ...
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Safely adding enzymes (e.g. Beano) to lower final gravity

I've heard a lot of mixed stories about people adding additional enzymes (Beano, GasX, etc) to their beers to drop the final gravity down very (sometimes undesirably) low. I've also hear mixed ideas ...
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Too little sugar?

It's my first time making cider and I believe I didn't put enough sugar in it. I put 1 1/2 brown sugar (Even though some fell off to the side cause I didn't dissolve it, like the twit I am). I would ...
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What are the characteristics of a fusely beer? [duplicate]

I have heard that too warm a fermentation createds "fusely" beer. What are they and how can I tell if I have this problem?
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Airlock started bubbling after racking into secondary and dryhopping, why?

I racked my IPA into a sanitized carboy onto the hops I'm using for dry hopping, the airlock had been still for about 2 day before the racking. But now its in the secondary the airlock started up ...
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Temperature control during 1st phase fermentation

I am having some issues keeping the temperature controlled. I live in SE QLD and the daily ambient temperature has been 23 degrees C down to 11C. I've been advised not to let the wort drop below 18C ...
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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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How does lemon juice ferment into hard lemonade?

I'm interested in making a hard lemonade after my cider is done, but I'm having a tough time figuring out how the recipes I've found actually work, and what's the best way to ferment lemon juice. ...
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DIY Thermoelectric Cooler (TEC / Peltier) Fermentation Chamber

From a thermodynamics perspective, I realize that a TEC-based fermentation chamber is not the most efficient type of cooler due to very inefficient heat transfer, but, alas, I want to build one as I ...
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Is it possible to over-ferment?

My first batch started fermenting 8 days ago. The beer is still fresh and very cloudy, but I'm wondering if its possible to over-ferment a beer? If I let it sit for another 2 weeks (or however ...
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Effects of pectin

I often see recipes (usually for fruit mead or beer) warning against boiling fruit for fear that it will release pectin. I know that this is important for making jam, and bad for home brewing. What I ...
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Freezer stopped working while fermenting

So I just finished 2 - 5 gallon batches yesterday and I go to check on them today and my freezer stopped cooling. I can hear water running inside the walls but it doesn't get cool. It's about 75 F ...
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Stalled Yeast Stirred

I stirred what I thought was a stalled yeast and I think I stirred too hard. What are the down falls of introducing oxygen after the fermentation?
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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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Gross layer of foam at the end of fermentation and aging

I experienced few times a gross layer of foam when fermentation finishes. But the beer was fine, no symptoms of contamination neither off-flavors. I never measure the depth of foam but it can have ...
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Gluten Free Brewing with Sorghum Extract

I am working on a Gluten Free clone of Sam Summer for my wife, I took a kit from a home brew store that was close and added some lemon and lime zest, and some grains of paradise. The kit uses sorghum ...
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How do I avoid airlock foam overflow? Does it affect the fermentation process?

During my last small batch brew, American Wheat from Northern Brewer, I came home to find that the foam in the 1 gallon carboy had overflowed the three-piece air lock (which was a mess to clean out). ...
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Creating the perfect ginger bug?

Can anyone suggest the best recipe for making a ginger bug? I understand that it is just ginger root and unrefined sugar, but is it better to use organic ginger (if so why?), what is the best sugar ...
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Accurate Temp with Johnson A419 & Freezer

I recently purchased a 5 sq ft chest freezer and A419 Johnson temp control for fermenting my beer. I hooked everything up with a Setpoint temp of 63 degrees and a Differential of 1 degree to test it ...
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Will this fermenter explode?

Brewed a Munich Helles yesterday and fermented it with an ale yeast. OG was 1.040 and it's in my fermentation fridge at 68f. Today when I checked it the lid was domed but the airlock wasn't ...
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Bottling from secondary (keg). Wait two weeks and prime or now?

I'm brewing my 1st kit which my gf got from a local hardware store (ironically there's a home brew store not 5 mins away sigh) but wasn't a cheap one. ...
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Yeast overdose?

So I'm new to the home-brewing scene, and I was a bit too excited to get started with my apple cider. I misread the instructions, and instead of using half a teaspoon for a 2lt bottle of juice.. I ...
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Air space for fermentation [duplicate]

I have been brewing ginger beer for a couple of years in a bucket with average to above average results. I however recently obtained an airlock. I modified one of my lids to accommodate the seal. My ...
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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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I added sugar and bottled the beer…aged and no carbonation [closed]

We made the beer, it fermented fine, then waited to bottle (maybe too long afterwards) added sugar and bottled. After waiting for the required time opened a bottle only to find it flat. Can we add ...
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Relation of CO2/alcohol/yeasts in Ginger Beer

The article making_ginger_beer mentions using bread yeast so you get more carbonation and less alcohol. Isn't carbonation a by-product of the process that makes alcohol? Wouldn't that mean more ...
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After a beer reaches it's 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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Violent fermentation | One day after brewing | Liter spillage from the top

I am an amateur brewer just cooked my third batch ever three days ago. This time with a couple of friends (which also bought the ingredients from a place I haven't before), so this time I used a ...
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What type of beers stand up to temperature variation during fermentation?

I've just moved from a Condo into a house, where I am now paying for heat. In the area that my Domestic Sergeant Major has permitted me to brew in, the temperature varies from 16° to 21° C throughout ...
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Losing liquid during brewing

I'm homebrewing using a Northern Brewer starter kit, but I seem to be losing quite a lot of beer. I'm starting with 5 gallons in my primary fermeter, but by the time I bottle I end up with roughly 3.9 ...
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Saison fermentation. White residue and thin film. Infected?

I'm ferementing a saison with Wyeast 3724, and after the initial ferment, it died down, I then bought it into a warmer room and chucked some blankets over it (I'm also using an aquarium heater, but ...
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How to Properly Increase the Temperature of a Batch after Primary Fermentation

I've read tidbits how that after the first 3 days of fermentation, you would ideally raise the temperature of the carboy for the remainder of the brew. How, exactly, does one do this? Say the Wyeast ...
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Will rapid ambient temperature drop kill yeast or just slow them down

I have just put on my first all grain homebrew (a porter) here in Melbourne, Australia. After a day or so it was bubbling away quite nicely. A couple of days ago the weather decided to change ...
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Will blending a highly attenuating yeast with a highly alcohol tolerant yeast cleanly lower the final gravity in a very high gravity ale?

I've brewed some ridiculous beers in the past, my highest original gravity resulting in over a final 18% ABV using WLP099 yeast. That particular beer turned out well for how inexperienced I was when ...
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Can I use wine yeast to ferment beer?

Can I use wine yeast to ferment a beer? What sort of problems might I encounter that are unique to wine yeast trying to ferment malt sugars? What sort of flavor differences might I encounter?
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Adding yeast to secondary

Okay, I am making a strong (imperial-ish) red ale. My original gravity was 1.081. I intended to bring it to a final point at most of 1.020, or if I can even lower. I was using 2 packs of WLP004 ...
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What does the brew master mean by chilling around 30° F?

I'm going to make Frambozen / Raspberry Brown Ale I was reading these instructions from the New Belgium Brewing brew master. He wrote Ferment down to 1.014 FG, holding temperatures barely ...
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Capping fermentor for carbonation

I'm just doing some reading, and it mentioned capping the fermenter to carbonate the beer by trapping the remaining co2. Has anyone given it a go? What were the results?
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Small Space & Apartment Brewing: Fermentation

Given the limited space of an apartment, what do you do to maintain a steady fermentation? Do not consider budget to be a factor. This is the sixth question in a series of discussions about ...
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Should I use lemonade or soda pop when making a summer shandy? [duplicate]

So I am making a wheat beer and am adding lemons and oranges into the second stage of fermenting. I have heard through the beer vine that shandy's are lemonade and beer. Can I just add the lemonade or ...
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Why does my fermented beet kvass taste bad?

I took 4 medium beets, chopped them up in a medium dice, put the beets in a 1-gallon Pickl-It jar. I added 1 ½ tablespoon unrefined sea salt, added filtered water to ½ inch below lid, and closed with ...
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How do i clear the batch after fermentation?

I have tried to use many things to clear wine or fermented beverage. Things like cloth, paper towels and coffee filters, non of these work well, but what is the most effective way to clear out the ...
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Has anyone done root beer? [duplicate]

I have made as many as nine wines and I started with beer kits. Now I make three types of beer of my own. I would like to try a root beer. Does anyone have a good recipe?
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Do I need a second vessel for conditioning/seconary fermentation of an ale? [duplicate]

I'm looking to brew my 1st batch, and trying to determine if I need to buy a carboy. From what I've read it looks like having using a second vessel for the conditioning phase increases the risk of ...
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So I want to make a summer shandy, can I just put fruit in the second fermentation stage instead of juice?

So I was told I can add lemonade or orange juice to my wheat beer to make a summer shandy, can I just put fruit in the second fermentation stage instead?
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Lager: No fermentation, what are my choices?

Last weekend 2 of my friends and me tried brewing a lager (doppelbock) for the first time. Brewing went well, but not the yeast! We are now 4 days later, and no sign of activity. Gravity taken: did ...
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Slow Fermentation startup?

I just brewed my first hef, using a honey wheat kit. I am used to brewing with dry yeast, but this was vial of WLP320. I bought it Sunday Morning, and used it the same day so I didnt refridgerate when ...