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Which yeast should I use to make apple cider

I am looking to make some homebrew cider. I intend to use store-bought apple juice, and mix with an appropriate amount of yeast. I am wondering what kind of yeast you would recommend? In the past, I ...
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Question about the diacetyl rest process

When producing beers that must have a "clean" / "neutral" flavor like lagers, usually the fermenting temperature is low to prevent off-flavors to show. But then, is recomended to apply a diacetyl rest ...
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What is the ginger bug, actually?

Recipes for spontaneous (wild) ginger ale sometimes refer to the starter as the "ginger bug". What is the ginger bug? Is it just an ordinary lactobacillus; is it a type of yeast? Is it something that ...
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1answer
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Brewing in former lotion pot

Some relatives recently gave me a 6-gallon aluminum pot that they no longer wanted. The pot was used to make homemade lotion. I've been needing a bigger brew pot, but money has been tight. I'm excited ...
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Gayelord Housen brewers yeast

What is the maximum alcohol content of gayelord housen brewers yeast? I seen it at the grocery store and wondering what i can do with it.
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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 ...
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1answer
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Calculating alcohol percentage after diluting with a sugar syrup

I am making Limoncello, I have added 8 lemon zests to 1 liter of 96% alcohol and put everything in a big glass container. After 1 month I started making the real liqueur by diluting the alcohol down ...
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Carbonation Drops vs. Sugar?

I'm brewing my very first batch with an actual kit (I've used Mr. Beer before with decent results and wanted to do it right). I bought a recipe kit from Northern Brewer and I opted for the Cooper's ...
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Is there open source web library for Calculating ABV or other brew related tasks

Is anyone aware of a good script or library free/Open Source that can be used on a web page to calculate ABV, I'm not looking for a sites that will do the calculation for you, I want to add the ...
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2answers
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Water filter usage in homebrewing

I'm considering using a water filter just prior to bottling in order to filter very small particles. But would that also filter the yeast and prevent fermentation in the bottle? What micra in what ...
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1answer
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Recommendations for a bottle supplier

I've been struggling to find a supplier in the UK who sells amber 330ml bottles suitable for European crown caps. I'm looking for glass or plastic bottles preferably of the tall style as opposed to ...
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Recommended Damson Recipe?

has anyone got any tried and approved recipe's for a wine or infusion that uses damsons? I've just discovered a free source whilst foraging yesterday. Many thanks!
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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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1answer
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How many volumes CO2 will push out a champagne cork?

I'm bottling a mead to pass out around Christmas time. I know mead isn't traditionally carbonated, but I want that satisfying cork pop and super effervescence. I have a floor champagne corker and an ...
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3answers
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Can I find the ABV of Cider using Original and Final Gravity

If I have the original gravity and final gravity of my hard cider (as measured by my hydrometer), do I determine the ABV using the same formula I would for beer?
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3answers
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What causes head retention?

Which ingredients used in the making of beer lead to a head that is retained, as compared to other carbonated alcoholic drinks (cider, champagne) which generally have zero head? I'm interesting in ...
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1answer
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Wine time frame?

I set a 1gallon shiraz kit going this afternoon, this is my first wine. I have sealed the demijon with a bung and put an airlock in. After 4 hours, I have yet to see a single bubble come through the ...
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1answer
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Cider fermentation stopped (or very slow)

I've brewed a bunch of ciders, all starting at OG about 1.060. I've always fermented with Safale S-04. 2 packets for 5-6 gallons of cider. Usually ferments for about 7-10 days. I'm now making a ...
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1answer
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Is brewers' Lactobacillus heterofermentative or homofermentative?

I have only used 'natural' lactobacillus, that is, inoculated wort with raw grains to achieve a very tart sour. In my last experiment, I soured a mash over a few days and the gravity had dropped from ...
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1answer
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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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2answers
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Red wine recipies

I'm a new brewer and I want to brew a red wine. Anyone have a good red wine recipie that's easy to make and tastes good? I don't want to buy a kit and I want to use grapes found in the grocery store. ...
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4answers
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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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13answers
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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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3answers
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tap water with chloramine

I made a homebrew today using tap water, and to my horror I realized I forgot to add the campden tablets to neutralize the chloramine. About 5 years back I made the same stupid mistake, and ...
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2answers
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Cream Ale vs Stout

Hey I'm trying to figure out the difference between a beer like Guinness (Stout) vs Six Point Sweet Action (Cream Ale)
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1answer
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Sterilising tips?

More of an open-ended question really, I've been using Vin Classe Sterilising powder and find it hard to tell if my 25 litre fermenters are properly sterile, I've had a few issues with wine going off ...
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2answers
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Substituting Dark LME with Amber LME in a Stout

I'm following this stout recipe for the second time (it's a good one). I had planned to double the recipe to make ~ 40ltrs instead of 20ltrs. The recipe calls for: (2.7KG) 6 lb. Dark Liquid Malt ...
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4answers
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Need advice on flavoring/sweetening my homebrew cider

I've just finished my primary fermentation and have produced a cider that is coming in at 5.2%. I am about to bottle my cider and add some priming sugar to give it a bit of a fizz. I would like to try ...
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1answer
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Can I use quince as a direct replacement for bitter cider apples?

A search here for "quince" returned zero results, but that doesn't mean people haven't (or aren't) fermenting quince juice. I'm fermenting a half gallon of quince as a substitute for real tannic ...
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2answers
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Specific gravity after adding cold-pressed coffee?

Like an amateur, I forgot to measure my cold-pressed coffee's gravity before combining in secondary. Anybody have an estimate of the gravity of a 24-hour cold-pressed steep? I started with 36 ounces ...
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1answer
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Counterflow Chiller Setup for Optimal Efficiency and Chilling Speed

What is the best configuration where you can decrease your chilling time/increase efficiency. I know this is a bit loaded so let me clarify. I have the standard issue 20' copper 3/8'' garden hose ...
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10answers
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Is it important to weigh down a hop bag for dry-hopping?

If so, what kind of weight should I use? Should it be enough to sink the bag to the bottom of the carboy?
4
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1answer
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Would an all grain brewer ever want to steep grains?

I have heard that some all grain brewers prefer to steep roasted barely during prior to the boil, because it would otherwise lower the pH of the mash. In addition to this, what purpose would an all ...
3
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1answer
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no sediment in my cider home brew kit

I've recently purchased and set up a cider homebrew kit, but after 9 days I've had absolutely no sediment at all. Have I done something wrong? I've followed the instructions to the word.
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1answer
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Ethanol / Methanol : Prison Hooch

After speaking with a friend about home brew he told me a story about making prison hooch ( at home for a laugh ), strained through a sock etc. It's hilarious. However when I talked about my plans ...
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1answer
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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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2answers
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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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Which strains of yeasts are the cleanest for warm/hot fermentation?

I am from Puerto Rico and the temperature here is like summer all year round(between 75 to 95*F) , and I really want to know the cleanest strains of yeasts for this kind of temperature. (clean ...
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2answers
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What to do when gravity comes out too low?

We brewed a maibock (from an extract kit) and when we checked our OG it was significantly lower than it should have been. I mean like, really, really low. We decided to attribute this to the wort not ...
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2answers
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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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2answers
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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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1answer
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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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5answers
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Mashing at too High of a Temperature

I did my first all grain batch last night and went way over the desired 150s range on the temperature of my mash. It ended up being around 170f. What effects will there be from mashing at 170 (or ...
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3answers
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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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3answers
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I have let American IPA brew ferment not quite to the min recommended time, but the final gravity is good. Can i bottle?

only bubbling in airlock every 1.5 ish mins. FG is good. But I am under the minimum range of 7-10 days. I have only gone about 5 days. Am I good to bottle??
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1answer
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Do I need two tanks in a RIMS system

I'm looking into building an automated RIMS system. I think I understand the principles pretty well, but there is one sticking point for me. Since the heating element is container in the pipe, I would ...
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1answer
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Green apple taste with beer that used bucket with lid with no gasket

I kegged a black porter, from an extract kit 4 days ago, it is still carbonating. It has a green apple taste to it. I let it sit in the primary for 7 weeks, a midwest supplies 6.5 gal bucket w/ a ...
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1answer
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Doing (very) small batches of beer

I was wondering if, for the sake of testing, it was a good idea to do very small batches of beer. I almost always see batches of 5, 6 gallons. I would like to make tests, and I don't want them to take ...
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How to make a great stout? [closed]

I'm about to start an out the box Stout tonight and would like to know if anyone has any tips to make this great tasting? This is the first time I've tried making a stout so am rather clueless at the ...
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3answers
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Beer turning cloudy when poured into a glass

So i opened up a bottle of home brew that had been lagering for a few months. When i opened it and pour it into a glass is was perfectly clear with nice carbonation. Then within 5-10 minutes it was ...

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