3
votes
1answer
746 views

Sanitizing Second Hand Equipment (plastic fermenters etc)

Would you ever use second hand brewing equipment? What's the best way of making sure it's absolutely clean? Ordinarily, for something like this, I'd just buy new (so you know where it's been), or ...
5
votes
6answers
1k views

Tips for my first English IPA

I'm planning to make my first English IPA on this Sunday and I wanna know from more experienced homebrewers if my recipe is ok: For a 20L batch Ingredients: Amount Item ...
7
votes
3answers
850 views

What is the best book for beginning wine makers?

What is the best book for beginning wine makers? ** Please post 1 book per post, then the resulting votes will show what most people consider to be the best book.
2
votes
1answer
753 views

How much sugar should be used when priming with Brett?

I've read that Brett will consume sugars that other yeast strains cannot. Is this true? I couldn't really find too much information on it. If this is the case, should I be worried about over ...
3
votes
2answers
103 views

Home-made LME&DME-is it achievable?

Pretty often when you brew an all-grain batch you get a quantity of extra wort with no apparent use. A common practice is to keep some of that wort for a starter for the next batch. Could someone ...
4
votes
3answers
289 views

What are some good places to get a keg for a brew kettle?

I got my first keg from a beer store, whom I asked if they had any kegs I could buy outright. The keg they "sold" me was in really good condition, and only cost me $30. I'm looking to get a second ...
3
votes
5answers
1k views

The move from kit brewing to all grain brewing

I have brewed a few batches of beer using pre-measured kits. They have turned out great, and have I have enjoyed them. However, I would like to make the move towards all grain brewing. Is this a ...
12
votes
12answers
3k views

What is the best book for beginning home brewers?

What is the best book for beginning home brewers? ** Please post 1 book per post, then the resulting votes will show what most people consider to be the best book.
5
votes
2answers
688 views

How do I propagate my hops?

I have a couple plants going, but I am ready to get more of the same varieties going in the future. How do I go about getting more plants from the same plants I already have? Can I take a cutting? Can ...
4
votes
3answers
131 views

Is there a brewing software that supports late additions?

Promash doesn't support late addition of extracts (which affects hop extraction). Either that, or I can't find out how to do it. I sometimes use beercalculus.hopville.com to create two recipes, one ...
9
votes
3answers
2k views

why do you degas wine but not beer?

After reading this post, I was wondering why have I heard of people degassing wine, but never beer? Does one also need to degas mead?
4
votes
2answers
367 views

Did I Break My Airlock?

I don't really know what I did here. I cut off the bottom little cross guy on the stem of the airlock because it was getting clogged up during vigorous fermentations. Now the middle piece just kind of ...
6
votes
9answers
3k views

Is there such a thing as malt-free beer?

I am allergic to malt and thus need to avoid it. I currently drink hard ciders, brandy, and wine. Are there any brew kits out there that does not use any kind of malt as an ingredient? I am trying ...
2
votes
1answer
441 views

What temp for a secondary maturation?

My first Irish Red Ale is at the secondary fermentation for about a week, I want to put the secondary fermenter to maturate on a refrigerator (with digital control for temp) for one more week before ...
3
votes
5answers
12k views

What to do with a stuck fermentation after 2 days with my first beer kit?

I am trying my first beer kit after trying wine once before. I picked up a "Summit Avenue EPA" clone of Summit EPA from Midwest Supplies. On Monday I did the 60 minute boil, cooled everthing to ...
2
votes
2answers
315 views

What can happened in a wheat beer with a lot of foam?

Me and my friend made a hefeweizen a time ago and this beer had a strange behaviour, when we open the bottles the foam grows up fast until get out of the bottle. The beer is ok, in fact it tastes ...
15
votes
6answers
4k views

How much water does a wort chiller use?

I am thinking on buying an immersion chiller and from other threads I've thought of using the post-chiller hot water for cleanup, and I've also heard of using the water (after it starts to cool down) ...
8
votes
3answers
2k views

Is there a more durable alternative to a plastic auto-siphon?

Right now I am using the standard fermtech plastic auto siphon, but it already broke and it's a pretty flimsy and poorly designed way to siphon beer (the plastic piece in the tip broke and it can't ...
3
votes
3answers
939 views

What hop should I use to get Fuller's IPA hop taste and aroma?

I'm just a beginner brewer, I have done just 5 batches of all-grain beer, some Hefe-Weizens, APA and an Irish Red Ale. For my next all-grain beer I would like to make an IPA recipe. But the two best ...
5
votes
1answer
2k views

Time It Takes Brett C to Ferment

So I have this idea where I want to thread a citra-laden Belgian IPA with a pineapple beer fermented with Brett C and Brett C only. Does anyone have any experience using Brett C and can speak to how ...
6
votes
3answers
2k views

How do I batch sparge?

Currently I'm an extract plus specialty grain brewer. I want to be an all-grain brewer. That said, I'm trying to figure out the whole sparging thing. I know I need more grain to get the same ...
3
votes
3answers
325 views

Question about Alt/ Kolsch hopping and yeast

I really enjoy German Alts as a favorite purchase brew, and as I live in Florida with the lowest ambient temp 72 deg F under Air cond., I can't possibly lager without inconvenence. I have a question ...
4
votes
2answers
334 views

Determining the potential gravity of non-grain additions

How do you determine the potential gravity of certain ingredients? I'm sure there are charts and the like online, but, let's say you want to use a new fruit in a beer.. What are the steps to ...
5
votes
2answers
2k views

Beer tastes like sanitizer

I've used a no-rinse iodophor sanitizer both times I've brewed. Both times the beer seems to taste a bit like sanitizer. Is it possible I am using too much sanitizer? The last beer I brewed was an ...
6
votes
3answers
651 views

Cherry Stout advice

I am about to get together the ingredients for making a cherry stout. I am going to add the cherries at flameout, but I have no clue how much to add. I want there to be a solid cherry taste in the ...
5
votes
2answers
201 views

Dispensing beers at two different pressures?

I'm working on getting a dual-tap kegerator. Is it worth it to pay the extra to dispense two beers at two different pressures? I can see dispensing a low-carbonation ESB and a high-carbonation ...
6
votes
2answers
220 views

Homebrewing: Decoction Mashing

Many beers, especially German, are produced with a method called decoction mash. In that, the rising of mash temperature is achieved each time by talking a portion of the MASH, boiling it, and adding ...
5
votes
3answers
1k views

Wyeast 1187 Ringwood Failure

I'll start by saying that I've never used liquid yeast before, so it could all be my fault... Anyway, I ordered some Wyeast 1187 Ringwood to use for a Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA clone that I did on ...
9
votes
1answer
2k views

Lagering in corny kegs?

Can I lager in a spare Corny keg in the back of my kegerator? Can I then serve directly from that keg?
10
votes
8answers
9k views

What is the best brewing log sheet to use?

I'm looking for a log sheet to use to start tracking all the beer and wine I brew to (hopefully) improve the results over time. What's your favorite and what could be improved in it?
7
votes
4answers
13k views

How can I tell when wine has finished degassing?

I bottled my first home made wine last week. It's an apple wine that didn't turn out so well. The good news is that I think I know most of the reasons it isn't very good and I'm going to try again ...
5
votes
2answers
2k views

Detriment of gelatin fining on flavor or aroma

Does using gelatin effect aromatics or flavor appreciably? I was reading this post about using gelatin. I have one keg that I use as a cold conditioning vessel (sort of like secondary), and I was ...
4
votes
1answer
284 views

Use of a mash screen

I have recently had some problems with my false bottom and want to experiment with a mash screen. This might be a bit of a stupid question but I have never used one before: Can you do the mashing with ...
1
vote
2answers
146 views

Yeast Contact Time Experiment Results

Anyone know the outcome of the Basic Brewing Radio yeast contact time experiment, where they asked people to let their beers sit on the yeast for four weeks? I can't seem to get the podcast out of ...
3
votes
2answers
405 views

How does the carbonation method affect shelf life?

I've been reading some forums on probrewer.com, and there seems to be a consensus that bottle conditioned beer lasts longer than force carbonated beer. Why would that be?
8
votes
2answers
394 views

Starter and smack-packs

Is making a starter a good idea when using a larger activator pack from Wyeast? Should you smack the packet and add it to the starter, or add it after it swells?
4
votes
1answer
225 views

How much yeast to add back after extended lagering?

If after an extended lagering period there is fear of not having enough healthy yeast available for carbonation, how much yeast should be added back? What is the easiest form to use, dry or liquid?
7
votes
2answers
401 views

Extract late with a full boil?

If you can do a full wort boil with extracts is it still beneficial to be adding extract late to avoid color changes and the like? What would happen to hop utilization with extract late in a full ...
5
votes
3answers
1k views

[Wiki] What extra equipment do I need to make wine?

Considering I have all the necessary - and some unnecessary - equipment for making beer at home, what additional equipment do I need to make wine at home? If it's easier to just make a full list, ...
7
votes
3answers
1k views

How do you degas an empty Sanke Keg?

When folks legally acquire Sanke kegs for conversion to kettles, mash tuns or HLTs, the first step is often to relieve the pressure inside the keg before dismantling the spear and valve. How best is ...
7
votes
3answers
501 views

Cask beer at home

Anyone have a good source for getting smaller versions of a firkin for home use? I am interested in casking some beer at home for parties and special occasions. Are there any good links out there for ...
6
votes
3answers
7k views

How do you clean and fill a keg manually?

What equipment is required to clean and fill a commercial keg (not one adapted for homebrewing), before paying for a full blown keg washer and filler? Is this even possible?
3
votes
3answers
187 views

Buying equipment in bulk

If one wanted to buy homebrew equipment in bulk, is there a way to go straight to the distributor? Bypass the LHBS / Northern Brewer / etc., and buy straight from the supplier? IF so, does anyone know ...
3
votes
2answers
990 views

Fermenting 1/2bbl and 1bbl batches

As I start planning my pico brewery, I've been thinking about fermenters. I'd love some thoughts on ways to ferment 1/2 and 1bbl (15.5 - 31 gallon) batches. Options for when price is and is not a ...
9
votes
3answers
11k views

Choosing a good refrigerator/freezer for kegerator conversion

Does anyone have experience and recommendations for a good fridge/freezer for conversion into a kegerator? I'm basically choosing between a full sized fridge, a mini-fridge and a chest freezer. I'll ...
5
votes
2answers
340 views

How do I do a sour mash?

I might want to do a sour mash, if it's easy. How's it done?
4
votes
1answer
379 views

possible to brew beer with cilantro?

is it possible to brew beer using cilantro?
6
votes
4answers
1k views

Re-racking in a Buffalo Trace whiskey barrel

The story is; We have 5-6 home brewer's who will be doing 6 batches of 5 gallon beer. We will be bringing the fermentators/carboys over to my house and re-racking all 30 gallons into a Buffalo Trace ...
1
vote
2answers
566 views

What's the minimum mash time?

Listening to an episode of Basic Brewing last night, I heard a guest say that most of the conversion in the mash happens in the first half, and that the mash can thus be cut down as short at 45 ...
6
votes
2answers
468 views

What's the shelf life on crushed specialty grains?

What's the shelf life on crushed specialty grains?

15 30 50 per page