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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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: ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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?
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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 ...
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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!
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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?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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?
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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 ...
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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 - ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Leaky soda keg - has beer in it

I have a keg about 1/4 full of Black IPA (delicious) and I have been hooking up co2 when I want a pint of it, to save on co2 because there is a noticeable leak in the lid. I picked up some keg lube ...
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Can I decrease Original Gravity of the beer during fermentation process?

I am trying to brew 5 gal of Dunkelweizen. I used instructions from: Dunkelweizen I measured the OG of 1080 after cool down the wort. It should be 1050-1053. What should I do in order to decrease ...
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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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Better Bottle carboy vs. generic PET carboy

From what I've seen, the 'Better Bottle' carboy is just a PET bottle with a brand name on it. I read that there are some PET carboys that have a special layer of oxygen impermeable material between ...
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LIQUORICE Taste in my beer?

Beer in my secondary fermenter tastes a little like Liquorice. Wierd. WHY? PLS HELP
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Is it bad to let air into my primary fermenter?

My beer has been in the primary for about 5 days now. I can only assume fermentation has stopped as its reached peak krauzen and the froth seems to be subsiding. I attempted to seal up my primary as ...
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on not priming ale

After reading Graham Wheeler's Brew your own British ale, in which he says:" a well brewed beer, kept its proper time, should not need priming or fining. A good yeast will clear down unaided, and ...
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Can ring crown bottles be recapped?

Can ring crown (pull off) bottless such as these: be recapped using a table top or bench bottle capper? EDIT: Just to be clear, I mean capping the bottle with regular caps like these, not not pull ...
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Clarity for the sake of impatience

I've been in the winemaking industry for over a decade, but this is only my second homebrew, and only the first that I have fermented at home. You would think I'd be more patient working with a ...
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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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How to fix yeast smell in young wine from kit

I started my first attempt at fermenting this wine kit in mid-April. I followed the initial directions pretty meticulously which included stirring in the fermentation bucket daily (due to kit ...
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Extended boil times and their effects/results [duplicate]

What does an extended boil time do to all qualities of a beer? 90 minute boil? 120 minute boil? I've not tried any extended boil beers such as those made by dogfishhead so I have no benchmark.
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How would I handle a boil-over and loss of hops?

I recently was brewing a 1 gallon kit from Northern Brewer (The White House Honey Ale kit) and instantly after adding the first packet of hops, the entire kettle boiled over. Absolutely instantly, ...
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How to add more honey to my honey ale?

I'm trying to figure out the best way to go about adding more honey to my honey ale. I recently purchased the White House Honey Ale kit from Northern Brewer and I'm seeing several reviews saying the ...
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What are the competing formulas for determining target Residual Alkalinity from SRM?

In John Palmer's spread sheet, he calculates the low target RA as SRM * 12.2 - 122 He calculates the high target RA as (SRM-5.2)*12.2. This BYO article states that `target SRM = 0.14 * ...
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Brewing first wine from juice need some help

So i looked up a cheap way to make me self some wine, and i decided to go with cranberry juice 100% from concentrate no preservatives or anything like that in it, i started of with 1liter, i poured ...
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Hop Rhizomes in South Africa

I want to use home-grown hops in my home-brewed beer. And the best way I can think of doing that is to grow my own hops. The only problem is that I can't seem to find any suppliers of hop rhizomes in ...
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First batch, followed instructions, not sure if it's going to turn out

I am just starting out with homebrewing and I decided for my first batch to use an extract kit from http://www.ontariobeerkegs.com. For my first batch I figured I would follow the instructions to a T. ...
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Hydrometer broke, no original gravity

on brew day of my first batch, when i was ready to take OG reading, i dropped my hydrometer so no OG. Is there a way to get a rough estimate of the OG. Thanks
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Are there any tricks for removing labels from bottles?

Some labels can be a pain to remove. I've tried soaking bottles in water with a little bit of dish soap but it doesn't really do much to break down the adhesive. What methods do you have for easily ...
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green apple esters recipes

So I was kindly given a Mr. Beer Kit recently. The gifter knew I brewed. I made it per the instructions (except I added honey in the wort to up the gravity a bit). It fermented a bit warm, and it came ...
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Should I back-sweetening a very dry mead?

So, I made a batch (4.5 gallons) of show mead using 10lbs of locust honey. Starting gravity was 1.091 I used dry white wine yeast and fermentation went relevantly quick (with some help of potassium ...
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convert pump tap to kegorator tap

I have a "party" pump tap. I want to convert this to use on a DIY kegerator. Can this be done? After taking the tap apart it looks pretty basic: CO2 in one side, beer out the other. I am specifically ...
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First time brewer. I'm afraid I've ruined my beer

This is my first time breing beer, and I was doing so while distracted with kids, and unfortunately I missed the dry malt extract packet that was in my IPA kit. There were 2 cans of a liquid malt ...
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Culturing Yeast and Bacteria from Pulque

I'm interested in making pulque, and was wondering how to go about culturing the yeast and bacteria necessary for making it from an existing batch. Is this at all dangerous? I know doing this with ...
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Wine Kit (extract) Secondary

I'm making a wine kit with pre-packaged must. It calls for a secondary fermentation after 5 - 7 days then stabalising about 10 days later by adding clarification agents. I prefer to let things sit. ...
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What is the purpose of secondary fermentation and is it necessary? [duplicate]

I've just started with homebrewing, i've made my first batch of extract over the weekend. I'm just wondering what secondary fermentation does, and is it necessary. The instructions that came with the ...
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Can FG be higher than OG?

I "brewed" a beer that was described as "Chinese Rice Wine", but it is 50% grain so I will call it a beer! Recipe: 18 liter batch; 2.5 kg boiled Rice, 2 kg sugar, a cup or so of raisins and one ...
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Why is my wine cloudy now?

This bottle of Mint wine was super clear when bottled. I use Sparkolloid. Six months later it looks like a snow globe. This is happening to several of my batches but not all. Whats going on here ? ...

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