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Did anyone here made a walnut wine?

Well, i'm curios if anyone here also tried to brew a walnut wine. I've got a couple of bottles from my spouse's grandma, and this year i've tried to make it myself. Had a couple of questions though. ...
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Making small batch of wine

I normally make 5 gallon wine kits. I purchase a 1 gallon kit and I have 6 gallon fermentor. Will this hurt the wine using the same fermentor? Do I need to get smaller fermentor for small batches?
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Watermelon beer, anyone tried brewing?

I am new to brewing and was thinking of trying to brew a fruit beer. I saw that there were watermelons for sale cheap at my local green grocers and wondered: At what stage I should add this to my ...
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Why should I make a starter? [duplicate]

Why should I make a yeast starter and not just sprinkle the yeast on top of the wort like the packet says? I am sure there must be some good reason why you would do this.
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Brewing a 1860-1890 IPA

My wonderful wife bought me a book on the history of IPAs for Christmas, which I have read a couple of times. This book has some extracts from old brew logs regarding the proportions of malts and ...
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Acidic Elderflower Wine

I was racking a batch of elderflower wine today and had a cheeky sample on the way to the secondary. OMG it was akin to lemon juice, I think I may have added a bit too much citric acid to the mix when ...
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Must won't ferment, too sour?

I prepared a must for a mead last weekend (recipe below) and after a whole week there has been no fermentation activity. I took a pH reading and it came in at 4.4 - is it likely that the must is ...
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Where should I take the temperature while cooling wort?

Extract brewing here: After the boil, I put my pot into an ice bath to cool the wort before topping off. Generally I cool the wort to 100°F before transferring to the fermenter. Today I cooled 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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How does open fermentation yield alcoholic beer?

I don't understand how open fermentation retains any alcohol.
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secondary or not? [duplicate]

Another noob question. I have been going back and forth on "im going to secondary my double IPA" and "Im just gonna leave it primary til completion" I keep reading contradicting theories and It's ...
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Dry Hopping Question

I am super new to brewing but extremely ambitious. I just have a dry hop question so I hope you see this. So I'm currently fermenting a double IPA with Columbus for bittering and Cascade for aroma. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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, ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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