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Want to start making beer in my household. Where to start?

I want to start making beer at home, but I have no idea where to start. I want to mention that I'm a wine making novice, having some vines around my house, but with beer I have no experience. Well, I ...
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cold brew coffee ... cold brew wort

I love coffee. I love it light(Blonde) and dark. I love it with creamer and (sugar-free) sweetener. One kind of coffee I like is "cold brewed coffee". Instead of steeping in boiling water ...
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Modern Wyeast vs Original vs XL

Am getting back into home brewing after a decade-plus hiatus. Call me "born again," at the risk of offending some (I hope none are). When I started in the 1990's, the cultures from Wyeast ...
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Anvil Foundry 6.5 gallon recipe thickness causing compaction and stuck mashes

I am new to all grain brewing and am using an Anvil Foundry 6.5-gal electric brewing system. I am trying to use Brewfather's award-winning Mean Brews English Mild recipe (see photos) As you can see, ...
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What % of potassium sorbate, and or potassium benzoate do you need to add to a liquid solution, mixed with powders to keep yeast/mold from growing?

What % of potassium sorbate, and or potassium benzoate do you need to add to a liquid solution, mixing water with fruit powders to keep yeast/mold from growing?
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Does BIAB lead to more unwanted malt residue entering the boiler and does this affect final beer quality

Does BIAB lead to more unwanted malt residue entering the boiler as there is no recirculating of wort until it runs bright, prior to boiling, as during a traditional sparge, and does this affect final ...
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Sauerkraut with trace amount of detergent

I'm new to fermentation and I'm making my first sauerkraut. I have followed the basic instructions correctly but when I crushed the cabbage in order to get the water out, my hand had a little bit of ...
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Adding sugar for secondary fermentation?

My first go at wine making. My Red wine Og was 1.06 and primary fermentation final OG is 1.00. should i add more sugar for secondary fermentation?
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Creating a customizable high pressure extensions line for cga 580

So I'm trying to set up a keg on nitro. The way my room is laid out, id like to have the n2 cylinder far away from the regulator and keg. One side of this setup requires cga580 male, the other side ...
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First time cider is very tart and acidic, any fixes?

first time cider maker. I recently pressed cooking apples and elderberries into a cider mix, fermented in a bucket for a week with an air gap bung until the bubbles stopped and transferred to bottles ...
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Wine mash smells like moonshine after 7 days of fermentation, is that normal?

I am trying to make red wine for the first time, using grapes from my garden. I rinsed the grapes, crushed them and poured them into a 15 l bucket, ending up with about 6 l of mash. I placed a lid ...
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Ginger beer fermentation produces thick, white foam, becomes viscous

I’m making a batch of ginger beer from a bug. 5l water, 400g white sugar. Within just over a day, the fermentation started foaming heavily. The foam has a consistency and taste of egg whites beaten ...
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Cider not fermenting I may have caused a problem

Hello I am new to home brewing and think we may have made a mistake in the process. We chopped and squezed our apples that gave us 17 litres of juice this is now in a fermenting bucket to this we ...
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Can I keep making mead from the same brew?

I have recently started making mead as a bit of a hobby to use up our honey supply. Making the mead has been quite a fun experience but I was wondering. Since your using yeast and feeding it sugars to ...
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Possibly off-topic: starter culture for sauerkraut?

I know I'm venturing somewhat off-topic here, but this is related to fermentation and lactic cultures, so there is at least some overlap with home brewing. I'm about to try and make Sauerkraut. I ...
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2 year experiment

I put a harvest of green crab apples and water into a brew bucket and left it for 2 years. I heard that there were natural yeasts and of course there is natural sugar so I left it alone. I realized 2 ...
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Can adding too much yeast to my sugar wash mess up fermentation?

I am starting my own vodka with a 4 gallon sugar wash. I added 10 lb of sugar and a whole pack of turbo yeast (for a 5.5 gallon wash). I read a little bit that adding too much might make the ...
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Testing before distilling

I had m’y fermentation going in 2 different 25liter pales. One stop fermenting 2 days before the other did, now I’m doing a test with the hydrometer and I’m reading 1.014 on both is taht okay to still ...
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How to make wine with green vine grapes?

We cut down 10-15 clusters of vine grapes straight from a vine in Mallorca, Spain in July. They are green, still hard and bitter and about half an inch size. What procedure should I follow to make ...
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My mead has a lower ABV than I hoped

I'm brewing a solera mead experiment at home. It's on a six month rotation, so every six months I make a new batch, let that sit for a month, and them go down the line bottling the oldest and ...
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Counter-pressure bottle filler and exposure to oxygen

I have a question about the process of using a counter-pressure bottle filler to transfer beer from my keg into bottles and how to keep the beer from being exposed to Oxygen in the process. I'm using ...
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What should I do with "exploding" bottles?

I have a case (11 bottles with caps + 1 splash on the wall) of podpiwek and I'm slightly pissed at this moment. The instructions on the box said to fill the bottles to 3/4 of the volume and no more ...
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What's the effect of brewing with Lalemand Verdant over 23 C?

Lalemand seems to be producing a lot of nice esthers at 22-23 degrees. I was wondering what this looks like at 30~32 degrees. Would the esthers become off-flavours?
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Adjustment of wort volume when the wort is still hot

When calculating the SG of a hot wort so you can decide how much to dilute your wort to achieve the desired dilution and Final gravity is it correct to make the following calculation? Measure the SG ...
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If i add more fruit, yeast and sugar can i re make wine?

I made some homemade wine and I believe I didn't add enough sugar because it reads 0 alcohol. My question is my wine has been strained and transferred into clean jars and dead yeast gone. If I take ...
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Looking for a 1 gallon Pineapple Pale Ale recipe

I am looking for ideas and suggestions from fellow home brewers out there for a decent, easy 1 gallon home brew recipe for a pineapple Pale ale that is not close enough to be an IPA and somewhat ...
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Is it proven that PET does not leak into fermented alcohols?

Are there any studies? Did anyone check etc and document it? I want to know if PET plastic is safe given that the liquids fermenting inside it can contain various acids from fruits, sugars and other ...
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Raw vs cheap honey for a turbo cyser

I'm planning on brewing a cyser using 4L of preservative free apple juice, Lalvin EC-1118 yeast and ~500g of honey. Would you advise using a raw and unfiltered honey or just a regular off the ...
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Bad Batch after a brewing break of 20 years

I just tried my first batch of Pliny the Elder after not brewing for some time,and it was a disaster. I decided to try brewing in a bag. I was a little short of beer after the fermentation. I did not ...
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CO2 leak at keg and regulator connection

First time kegging. I've run into an issue with a CO2 leak from the connection point between the regulator bolt and the tank. No matter the level of tightening of regulator to the tank.Even tried a ...
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Few beginner questions about temps, SG and yeast

I brewed my second ever batch of beer on the weekend (the first one tasted okay but was flat, I guess I didn't put enough sugar in when bottling). and I have a few questions. I'm using a 5L glass ...
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Question of a first time Sake hombrew. 1 week in fermentation and sake tastes sour

I have started my first batch of homebrew sake about 9 days ago, following this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3ep5XGdV9I&ab_channel=TheBruSho I have basically did everything the same ...
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Calculating ABV after adding sugar solution

Will it be possible to calculate the ABV of some sloe wine that I've brewed, if I measured the gravity, needed to add a known amount of sugar solution, and then measured the gravity at the end of ...
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Hopback filter mesh size (microns)

I am building a Hopback (sort of DIY). Found this on the interwebz: Wondering if 40 micron (approx. 350 mesh) which comes with this filter is not too fine of a filter for a hopback? Or should I use ...
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Yeast appears active after 14d but, could it be done? (WLP077)

NE style pale ale, OG 11.5P (1046), hit FG around day 7, 3.1P (1012) for 75% attenuation, which is the low end of the strain. First time fermenting under pressure, kept at around 0.6bar as of day 3, ...
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Starting out with brooklyn brew shop starting kit

So I recently purchased a home brew kit from Brooklynbrewshop.com and I have a question on the mashing process defined in the instructions. So it says that I am to place the malt into a pot of 170 ...
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Looking at brewing smoothie sours - is there a pasteurization process and are cans a must for them?

I am thinking about venturing into smoothie sours, but after doing a bit of reading it seems that keeping them shelf stable is a challenge. It also seems that canning is one of the only ways to ...
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Making turbo cider with pressé

I've made a turbo cider with 3L apple juice from concentrate, 500ml of elderflower cordial and 750ml elderflower pressé. None contained preservatives. I used the cider yeast as instructed on the ...
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Will Rhizopus Oligosporus Mold Die When Frozen? [closed]

Will Rhizopus Oligosporus Mold Die When Frozen? I'm looking to start a Tempeh business. I know that Gunther Pfaff (Betsy's Tempeh) used to pasteurize their tempeh at 180ºF to kill the Rhizopus ...
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Fermenting Mangrove Jacks M54 at lower temperatures?

How does Mangrove Jacks M54 Californian Lager yeast behave in lower than recommended (18-20°C) temperatures? The fermentation temperature is around 16-20°C. I've read everywhere that fermenting at ...
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Making wine with fruits?

What differences should i expect when making wine with fresh mushed fruits and water instead of juice? I have only tried making wine with juice before. Will i need to filter it when racking?
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Organic malt sources

Aside from Northern Brewer, where on line can I find organic malt? I can usually get organic base malt at my LHBS, but sources for crystal and other malts seem to have largely dried up.
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Barb adapter with EVA Barrier Hose

I recently purchased EVA Barrier Beer Line and DuoTight disconnects. But the problem arises when I am trying to do the closed transfer from my fermenter as it's tap is not compatible with the EVA ...
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Decoction Weyermann Bohemian Pilsner vs Malte Pilsen Floor Bohemian

Im making a recipe to brew a czech lager, im planning to do a triple decction mash, but i see many opinions about them. It does not work as a decoction in Bohemian Pilsner because it is much modified. ...
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Regulating Temperature of Cider Fermentation

I started a batch of Vimto turbo cider yesterday (22/01/23). It's currently very cold in the UK and I'm concerned the low temperature will negatively impact the brew. I've got the fermentation bin on ...
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Method to measure specific gravity above refractometer range?

I purchased this refractometer for use in brewing hard cider. The recipe I'm using involves adding sugar and then boiling down the juice by about 1/3. After reducing the liquid, the specific gravity ...
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Under fermentation

I recently tried fermenting pure apple juice. I didn't add sugar to reach my goal for ABV. I took enough juice out to use to make a starter, but my yeast was weak. It was close to expiration, so I ...
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Fermenting in a keg - should I bother transferring after fermentation?

So recently I've been getting into fermenting in kegs and if I'm not going to dry hop (I would want to transfer away from the dry hopped hops to avoid grassy flavours), should I bother transferring ...
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How to remove tubes from co2 regulators

This has been a long pain to remove tubes from CO2 regulators. To install the Kegerators for event we use C02 cylinder and regulators. After event to dismantle everything we always face issues related ...
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Does this environment need any changes (SCOBY)

Trying to grow a SCOBY following the video linked below. It’s currently day 4.5 and I maybe see something very faint but not even sure about that. I have it in a bedroom around 70, window closed, on a ...
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