8
votes
4answers
2k views

Airlock: vodka, water, or

I've just started making my first brew, and am using vodka in the airlock, but am hoping for some more detailed info about what is best practice, or if there is not really any difference between using ...
13
votes
16answers
11k views

What do you get if you distill mead?

This is just out of curiosity... I mean if you distill beer, you get whiskey... if you distill wine, you get cognac/brandy... if you distill fermented molasses, you get rum... if you distill ...
0
votes
1answer
39 views

How do I set up a Sestos D1S temperature controller with an NTC temperature sensor probe -40-120C

I have not succed to configurated my SESTOS digital PID with an temperature sensor probe working between -40°C to + 120°C. I put CtrL to 3 ( PID ) SN to 20 ( cu50 matching my sensor ) and Op1 to 2 ( ...
2
votes
1answer
88 views

Large bottles ddn't carbonate, but little ones did

Does anyone have an idea if larger bottles (half liter) are harder to carbonate than smaller ones (1/3 liter)? I think the problem is that I had a Belgian ale (6.5%) is a secondary and when bottling, ...
1
vote
1answer
40 views

is it normal for vigorous bubbling in airlock right away?

I made a 5 gallon batch of sweet mead last night and when I woke up I heard it bubbling away like crazy! Is this normal if I'm using the s style airlock? First time using this type. It's been bubbling ...
2
votes
3answers
220 views

Pomegranate wine colour?

The pictures of pomegranate wine I have seen on the internet seem like very dark red wine. The one I made however looked like a milkish pink. What can account for the difference? How can I control the ...
0
votes
1answer
40 views

Beer color - Calculating MCU

I have two questions regarding calculating the MCU for a beer receipt. MCU = (weight of grain i lbs) * (color in degrees lovibond) / (volume in gallons) For my grains, I have the color listed in ...
0
votes
2answers
32 views

Lightening of Cider

My peach-apple oxidized a bit as I was juicing and started fermentation amber-brown. Over two days of rapid fermentation with Safale US-O5 dry ale yeast, the color lightened to a pale yellow, straw ...
1
vote
1answer
49 views

stuck fermentation/lowering acidity

I am having trouble getting a batch of wine off the ground. Its a three gallon batch of Lemon wine and fermentation just wont start. My SG is 1.09, temp is stable at 75, acidity is at 3.0 using those ...
0
votes
2answers
38 views

Why is the primary stage of fermentation of wine important?

Senior chemistry student, whilst I know the main reason, I would like to know more of the chemistry behind it.
1
vote
1answer
39 views

Suspected mould in elderflower country champagne

I have recently bottled a sparkling elderflower drink (sometimes referred to as Country Champagne or something similar). Together with the eldeflowers, it contains water, sugar, lemons and a little ...
2
votes
1answer
75 views

Formulating a recipe

Can anyone guess at how to build a clone recipe? Its for Duclaws Sweet Baby Jesus, a friend requested a clone. Their website only says it's a Black beer, a Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter. Their ...
0
votes
1answer
21 views

Is there a way to tell if fruit flies have laid eggs?

I am going cross-eyed trying to tell if there are fruit fly larvae on the walls of my continuous brew kombucha. I have seen fruit flies on the outside, but I don't think they can get in through the ...
2
votes
1answer
33 views

Pitched dry yeast into 57F wort, underfilled the fermenter with water… have I ruined my batch?

So, I was brewing my Brewer's Best Kolsch LME kit, and I made four errors. First, I skipped rehydrating, yielding to the boxed instructions instead of the packet. Second, I overestimated how cold my ...
4
votes
3answers
2k views

Techniques for making Belgian Candy Sugar

I'd like to know a couple of things: Did you make dark or light? What procedure did you use/recommend? Did you try to make rocks or did you just make sheet candy and break it up? Did you use cane ...
17
votes
7answers
95k views

What are the various ways to remove chlorine/chloramine from tap water?

OK, I actually know how to remove chlorine, but I'd like to have the pros and cons of each method spelled out. I will post an answer and mark it as a community wiki. Please edit it with your input.
0
votes
1answer
28 views

How is the conversion of raisin to tannin and acid?

It's hard to find tannin powder as there is no wine making supplies in my country. There, I'd rather use raisin as tannin substitute in my wine making process. However, I'm not sure how the conversion ...
1
vote
1answer
38 views

make brewers yeast

I would like to know if i can make nutritional brewers yeast as a supplement at home without it being a by product of beer making? I have been using sundown brewers yeast and had amazing results in ...
0
votes
1answer
19 views

Weihenstephaner Vitus yeast

Recently I decided to harvest a Weihenstephaner heffe yeast from the bottle. However, I couldn't find it in the store, so I grabbed Weihenstephaner Vitus. Does it contain the same yeast strain as ...
0
votes
1answer
24 views

What size brew kettle should I get?

I am new to the home brewing game and am looking to get a little info before I start buying equipment. How large of a brew kettle do I need if I am brewing 10 gallon batches?
0
votes
1answer
440 views

Belgium clones leffe brune

has anyone made a Leffe Brune clone, please tell me what you used and how it turned out?
0
votes
2answers
48 views

Foam directly out of my beer line

I hadn't used this kegerator in a couple of years (the fridge has been plugged in, but I've had nothing attached). I bought a brand new 3/16" hose and connected it and now I get about 50% foam coming ...
2
votes
2answers
656 views

How long must water be boiled to remove temporary hardness (bicarbonates)

From Papazian's Joy of Homebrewing: In the US temporary hardness is determined by a measure of bicarbonates [2(HCO3)].The hardness that bicarbonate ions contribute is temporary because it is ...
1
vote
2answers
34 views

First time steeping!

I was advised by my LHBS that if I steep 500g of Carapils in 2L of water (for a 23-25L batch) at around 68degC, then use this as part of my boil, then I will have more body and head retention in my ...
1
vote
2answers
70 views

how to control water temperature?

I need a method to maintain the temperature of the water specifically at 55 degree and 5 degree into two different containers to conduct a thermal cycling. I am keen to address the effect of ...
0
votes
1answer
35 views

Dabinett Single Variety Cider - Cloudy!

We have made 300 litres of organic single variety Dabinett cider - it was crushed in November 2013. Nineteen months and four rackings later - it genuinely tastes divine and smells OK - but you can't ...
0
votes
3answers
88 views

Filtering air intake during cold crash

I'm thinking of cold crashing my current brew, but I am not comfortable with the idea of allowing sanitizer to be sucked in, and I'm not happy with foil I have heard that maybe there are micro foam ...
0
votes
2answers
40 views

missing blow off water

I fermented 12 gallons in a Sankey keg. Fermentation went fine as well as diacital rest for two days. After two days of cold crashing all of the sanitized solution that was in the blow off bucket is ...
0
votes
1answer
27 views

Can I use tartaric acid in cider(apple wine) to decrease ph

From the things I've read apples don't contain tartaric acid and some websites say to use malic acid and I've found 1 that says to use tartaric and not malic. Tartaric is more readily available to me, ...
1
vote
3answers
69 views

My elderflower syrup has (unexpectedly) started fermenting. How should I handle this to obtain something drinkable?

About 10 days ago I made some elderflower syrup. I used: 350g of elderflower 6 liters of water 8kg of sugar 160g of citric acid 12 lemons cut in pieces I left everything macerate for 2 days and ...
0
votes
2answers
65 views

My airlock keeps becoming empty on one side, is that normal?

This is my first time brewing and I only started yesterday, so I'm still very much a novice. I have a bubbler airlock on my 33 litre fermenting bucket, like the one in this image: I filled it up ...
0
votes
3answers
40 views

what is the best way to acquire hops for exporting

Here recently me and my have been discussing going into selling hops over seas where there is a demand for them. That being said would it be better to buy land and grow,or buy from local farmers? we ...
3
votes
2answers
205 views

What yeast is in White Labs WLP080 Cream Ale Blend?

Has anyone used the Cream Ale blend from WhiteLabs? I used it recently and am surprised at the lack of flocculation. The beer has been in a cold keg for a month and its still fairly cloudy. Was ...
10
votes
6answers
3k views

Can I use a dishwasher that has rinse agent to sanitize my bottles?

My dishwasher has a built in rinse agent dispenser that it claims must be filled for every use, besides I have no clue how to empty it once it is filled. Can I still run my bottles in the dishwasher ...
5
votes
6answers
148 views

What if I accidentally boiled for 90 minutes?

So I was making a Two Hearted Clone (an IPA). I boiled 1 oz centennial hops for 60 min, then 1/2 ounce for 15 min, then 1 oz for 10 min, then 1oz for 5 min for a total of 90 minutes. I was supposed ...
1
vote
0answers
25 views

Modifying root beer recipe to alcoholic variant? [duplicate]

I recently obtained a bottle caper, some sassafrass bark chips, and some root beer extract flavoring from a coupling moving out. It also contained a recipe for rootbeer(non-alcoholic), listed below: ...
1
vote
4answers
3k views

When to remove trub/yeast cake from a conical fermenter

So if/when I eventually switch to using a conical fermenter, I assume I wouldn't want to dump the entire trub/yeast cake at the bottom during fermentation. Do you typically wait until your "primary ...
2
votes
1answer
318 views

Building a kegerator from a wine fridge

I am thinking of making a kegerator for 3 gallon pin lock corny kegs. Is there any issue with using a wine fridge to do this? I thought the size was right, as it can tuck away on my countertop and it ...
3
votes
4answers
2k views

Cooling wort - just add water?

Is there anything wrong with simply letting the water you add to top off your wort do the chilling to bring it to yeast pitching temperature?
1
vote
1answer
36 views

Alcoholic RootBeer [duplicate]

My Goal is to make a root beer with a ABV similar to your everyday beer or maybe stronger. (4-10%) I am newer to homebrewing so most of my experience comes from using Kits. My approach was going to be ...
2
votes
4answers
66 views

What are some good starter books to learn how to brew beer?

I'm looking for well known and well respected authors. Something that has an A-Z format, if you will, and history of home brewing or something of the like. Thank you in advance!
0
votes
3answers
120 views

Is oxygenating after brew day okay?

If you don't oxygenate on brew day, is it too late or can you oxygenate late? If so, are there limits?
3
votes
1answer
81 views

Steam sanitation of a stainless steel fermenter and bottles

Premise As a chemical engineering student, I tried my best to avoid any chemical at all (When they say trust me, you should never do so). As such, I resorted to steam to sanitize my fermenter and ...
3
votes
6answers
241 views

Cleaning stainless steel

I bought an used stainless steel really large pot (>90 liters) that was used for cooking, but had some kind of water stains inside. On a (stupid) attempt to clean it, I had it sand blasted, which ...
0
votes
1answer
22 views

wine left to ferment

I have been given some more wine stuff to add to my collection. In the goodies there are 2 fermenting bottles with wine in it.(strawberry wine) they have been in the bottles just over 4 years . I was ...
2
votes
3answers
80 views

Is there any benefit (or detriment) to gelatin fining a beer twice?

I've got an IPA that just won't seem to clear. I've done the standard cold-crash/gelatin fine, but it's still a bit cloudy. Should I try for it again?
0
votes
1answer
38 views

Bottle conditioning / carbonation temperature

Yesterday i bottled my first brew. I put the bottles in a box in my room. There is a thermometer inside the box, it reads 25°C. I've read before that the it should be in 18°C - 24°C range. Will 25°C ...
0
votes
1answer
27 views

What is the approximate batch size/OG limit for US-05 11g packet? Have I used enough?

I've started a brew with an OG of 1.065 in a 23L batch. I pitched a rehydrated 11g pack of US-05 and after 5 days I took a FG reading when I observed no bubbles after some time; it came out at 1.028 - ...
0
votes
1answer
37 views

Do I need to use finings again after restarting the fermentation?

I recently made a batch of red wine but because the wine was too sweet I restarted the fermentation as I was advised. Of course I will need to de-gas the wine again, do I also need to use finings ...
0
votes
2answers
27 views

How to artifically carbonate sparkling elderflower?

I'm brewing a sparkling elderflower drink that relies on the natural yeasts present on the flowers/stalks to carbonate the drink after it has been transferred to bottles (swing-top type). There is ...

15 30 50 per page