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Taste diacetyl in my first Pilsner :(

I have brewed a number of ales which have all turned out delicious, and recently I attempted my first Pilsner (92% Pilsner malt, 8% flaked wheat) which did not turn out how I expected. There is a ...
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Freshly pressed apple cider turned into jello overnight

I have a problem with my french style hard apple cider homebrew; it has turned into jello! Apples were collected 6-7 weeks ago since they were ripe and had started to drop from the trees, and were ...
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Bottle bombs 3 weeks after bottling

I have had 2 brews and a mate, one brew recently that have turned nuclear. And it has been on or about day 20-21 after bottling in all instances. All brews were a different style but the same ...
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When to rack my bubble-less cider and can I rack it into a bag in a box?

I recently pressed a some garden apples into two buckets of cider. The first bucket has been air sealed in a fermentation bucket with an airlock for 2 weeks. As explained in another thread I have ...
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Freeze distilling homemade wine

If I freeze distill my homemade wine would it be considered brandy or fortified wine ? I like this method better than using a still with a flame .
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Fermentation stopped too early

This is my very first brew. I put a really small amount of beer (4 litres) into the fermenter (I live in a small apartment and I found a recipe for 5 litres - I tried that) on Saturday afternoon. The ...
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Transferring carbed beer between kegs at different temps - will it retain carbonation?

Say I have a keg of beer at around room temp. (23C/73.4F). I want 2.2 volumes of CO2 carbonation so using this calculator I figure out I need to add 25.83PSI of pressure - some time later the beer is ...
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non fermentation

I tried to home brew, boiled apples and used the extracted juices, 8.8 litres placed it in a bucket with a grommit added 5grams of champaign yeast, let it sit for 4 weeks but is still very flat how do ...
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What if I forget to “feed” my wine?

I've been fermenting and "feeding" my wine for about 4 days. I am going somewhere and have to skip a day on "feeding" it. Feeding as in adding sugar and more flavoring. What ...
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How long does CO2 carbonation take for 5 gallon tank at 10psi?

I have a 5 gallon keg that I have filled with approximately 4 gallons of liquid. The keg has an inlet and outlet fitting for gas carbonation. The inlet fitting is shallow and the outlet fitting goes ...
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How can I use artificial flavors when making homemade hard seltzer?

I have some expreience in home brewing but I want to try something different this time. I want to make hard seltzer by fermantation. There are some recipes over the internet but I could not find any ...
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Can brewing while infected with covid-19 spread the disease trough the finished beer?

Last Saturday I bottled a batch while developing symptoms that by now seem like covid. Assuming the test comes back positive, should I throw the batch or is it safe for consumption? And generally, is ...
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Cider n00b questions: excessive headspace, yeast and airlock

I'm a complete homebrew n00b and I need help answering a couple of questions. I have pressed my garden apples into 2 gallons of juice. It is now is the shed in a 3 gallon bucket. My questions are.. ...
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Why would a NEIPA recipe have long boil time?

I'm browsing through Brewers Friend recipes, specifically looking at NEIPAs. With a few exceptions they are mostly 60min(+) boils even though they don't have bittering additions at the start of the ...
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I messed up and have 25kg of light LME that will need using up pretty quick once it is opened

I have only done ale/lager kits in the past, but wanted to do some experiments with extract brewing and messed up an order(!). I don't have extensive facilities or equipment, so want to work out what ...
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How do you find fresh grapes for homebrewing?

I live in Southern California. I have an easy time finding websites and sources discussing buying wine grapes by the ton. I even found 1 source that will sell a minimum of 100 pounds. However, I ...
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Can I vacuum my primary fermenter headspace for an extended period?

I have a 12 gallon stainless steel vessel with 10 gal. of pinot noir in it. I racked it once and it has been sitting for 6 months or so. I keep the 2gal of headspace full of CO2. Everything seems to ...
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Fermenting at a fraction of the fermenter size - is it OK?

I'm currently doing 1.3 gal batches in carboys and I want to scale up to full 5 gal batches - I have a 30L fermenter but don't have the equipment to brew at that batch size (yet!) - I can probably ...
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Does a beer with one malt and one hop PLUS adjuncts count as a SMASH?

Not sure if this is the right forum for this question.. A SMASH beer is Single Malt And Single Hop, and (from the recipes I've seen) just those - if you mashed with an adjunct like wheat would you ...
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CO2 regulator dials

I'm finally getting back into brewing. I'm using a keg my daughter bought me, and I have the CO2 tank. At one point, I bought this regulator. But the numbers on the dials don't seem to make any ...
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Where to buy 2 Gallon or 4 Gallon carboy?

I am looking specifically for 2 gallon or 4 gallon carboys. I have looked on eBay, Amazon, Homebrewing, and many more, but I cannot find a 2 gallon or a 4 gallon glass carboy. There might be some ...
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Raisins for wine which yield some amount of moisture on squeezing?

I want to make raisin wine that is usable for certain Jewish religious ceremonies. For this the raisins have to yield some amount of moisture on squeezing them. Which raisins yield some amount of ...
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Didn’t completely add a stopper CraftABrew

I want to know if this is a blunder. I put some water but I didn’t have the lid that I’m holding on my hand. It’s been 2 weeks like this and I noticed it when I was adding cascade hops at the end of 2 ...
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Is my final gravity to high for bottling?

I am making an Irish Red Ale, unfortunately I forgot to take a starter gravity reading before putting the beer into primary fermentation (primary fermentation was done at 68 °F +/- a few). ...
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Wyeast smack pack activator not activating

I am trying to activate a Wyeast activator pack, but the inner nutrient pouch will not break. Thinking about using rubber mallet. Any useful ideas?
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Specific Gravity and fermentation of wine

I thought it would be fun to make grape jelly wine. My specific gravity started at 1.104. After day five fermentation appeared to stop at 1.08. I increased the temperature, added lemon juice and yeast ...
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First time brewing a Porter (BIAB) - Need help!

first time poster (long time lurker) on these forums. Hope you'll are doing well. I am 6 months into this hobby and have brewed 3 Pale Ales which have ranged from disastrous to pretty bad :P I now am ...
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Do I need heavy duty Hose Pipe for Immersion Chiller?

I am building an immersion chiller (following this tutorial). Looking at hose pipes online I was surprised to find them rated for temperature. Standard garden hose seems to be up to 40C (104F) and '...
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Why are these refractometer scales so far off?

I've been using This picture from beersmith.com of a refractometer (Looks like the same refractometer as mine) scale to go back-and-forth between my brew notes (at the computer) when doing ABV ...
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I'm cold-crashing in a corny keg, in a fridge. I want to take some away in bottles in about 48 hours. Can I carbonate it at the same time?

So, i've done a few brews before (brew in a bag) but this is my first since getting a fridge and a corny keg. My beer has finished fermenting, and I've transferred it (minus the bottom gallon or so ...
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Check beer for unfermentable sugars?

I did my first homebrew a fortnight ago, an american IPA BIAB-style on the stovetop. I ended up with a low OG (~1.045 - target was 1.075) and now after two weeks of fermentation a high FG too (~1.026)....
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Does the presence of hops in early unfermented beer retard the fermentation process?

I've been making a heather ale (so not of the usual process of making an beer wort). I got the Boadicea hops for aroma, but because I got them the day after making the wort (poor organisation on my ...
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Batch size affecting my Final Gravity?

So i recently fermented a pale ale but only was able to transfer just under 4 gallons of my planned 5.5 gallons into my fermenter due to transfer issues. My final gravity is shooting past my 1.018 ...
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Typical first-day change in specific gravity

I recently started my first BIAB all-grain brew, but unfortunately my hydrometer broke before I could get an OG reading. I was targeting around a 1.065. Just around 24 hours later I took a reading and ...
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Yeast flavor in my American IPA

So my American IPA has too much yeast flavor and I am not sure how to remedy this. I want a a crisp clean hoppy aromatic finish and the yeast and malt are all I really taste. My first thoughts were ...
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Is there a Grolsch flip-top bottle shortage?

This is a little off-topic to the process, but more about supplies for the process. I thought I could pick up some cheap, used, Grolsch bottles online, until I started looking at the prices. On Etsy ...
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How do I determine the amount of enzyme needed to liquefy a known quantity of starch substrate?

I have an enzyme preparation (powdery form) with an activity of 1045 U/g which I would like to use in mashing a 70 g of grain whose starch percentage is at 67%. How do I determine the quantity (in ...
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CraftABrew tubing immersion exposed to air overnight

I’m trying craftabrew home brewing kit(West Coast IPA). There was a lot of yeast activity on Day 1 after putting it in the container. Day 2 I removed the tubing from the steel vessel, cleaned the pile ...
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What does krausen say about the flavor of the final beer

...if anything. I'm brewing batch number 4 now. So far I've tasted three different delicious beers with three different krausen behaviors, and the fourth yet again has different krausen. I'm just ...
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When should ginger beer's second fermentation start producing pressure?

I am trying my first batch of ginger beer, using what seems to be a pretty standard "fool proof" recipe. For the bug: 2 cups filtered water; 2 tbsp chopped ginger; 2 tbs refined sugar The ...
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Why do dark styles foam more during fermentation?

I have found that my stouts produce much more foam during fermentation than other beers do. On the Mr. Beer website it says: Plenty of foam, although messy, is not a bad thing as it indicates healthy ...
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Increase carbonation in home brewed beer?

I am very new to home brewing. I have finished making my first batch of DME beer. Although during bottle conditioning I could see enough CO2 bubbles getting generated, upon opening the bottles after ...
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Acid production in sugar wash fermentation vs wort/beer fermentations

I have been experimenting with sugar wash fermentations. I've tried sucrose (cane sugar) as well as dextrose (corn sugar) and observed stalled fermentations in both, in spite of sufficient yeast ...
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Yeast for my first homebrew

I live in a country where its difficult to get yeast for home brewing, so can someone guide me to a way to ferment? I heard that if you make grape juice and leave it in the open for few days it will ...
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Need recommendations on a Freezer to Kegarator Conversion

Built a bar with a concrete counter top. Already have the 3.5 inch hole for the beer Tap. I'm planning on converting a freezer into a Kegarator. Any suggestions on models ? Also, can we use a chest ...
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Best yeast to make a sweeter mead

I've just about finished my first attempt at mead. I'm now thinking about my second batch. The yeast I have used is pretty aggressive, Bulldog mead yeast, so was wondering if anyone has some better ...
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First try BIAB Pilsner recipe

I have done some research but are easily confused by metric (approximate imperial) conversions. My constraints are really a lack of proper equipment but I have the following: 2 x 5 L (5 qt) ...
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Star-San smells like Windex

I have a spray bottle filled with a diluted Star-San solution that I used infrequently. Now I'm back to using it on a regular basis and it has a strong scent that is reminiscent of Windex. Is it still ...
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Gravity loss after settling?

Just made my second batch using an Anvil Foundry all-in-one brewing system. I used an immersion chiller to bring the wort down, but could only get it down to 82F (groundwater in Texas in August... ...
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Gravity goals for mead in primary?

I'm brewing mead for the first time, having successfully brewed beer a number of times. Right out the gate I had trouble with a strong unpleasant odor. Frantic research suggested that the yeast was ...

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