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The anaerobic process by which yeast convert sugars into alcohol and carbon dioxide.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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New to cider making and have some questions

I thought I'd try ferementing a gallon of pure apple juice (in the glass jug, straight from the store). About 11 days ago, I poured out some juice, added a cup of sucrose, shook it, pitched some cider ...
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Dilemma whether it is MOLD on kombucha with green section

I am in the process of making my third batch of Kombucha and ingredients that I have used were Darjeeling Black Tea Darjeeling Green Tea SCOBY (of course) Note: i haven't flavored yet Now, the issue ...
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Is my ginger beer safe to drink?

While fermenting ginger beer I found out after 24 hrs of fermentation there's this white layer on the top of surface has grown.Is it safe to drink?
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Chlorine taste in 3 batches 🤬

I’m new here, but wondering if any of you guys & Girls help! I’ve been brewing for about a year and done over 20 brews of various different beers mainly PA’s and IPA’s using a Grainfather. For ...
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Can I move the beer to another location while its fermenting?

I have my equipment in a town that is 2 hours from where I live, this last month is being hard to travel there too often so it is making very complicate the fermenting and bottling process. So I'm ...
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Stopped fermentation wine

My fermentation seems to have stopped too early. I don’t have much experience (mostly some wine and mead making failed attempts) or proper gear like a hydrometer. Here is what I did differently from ...
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Stuck ferment - gingerbeer - or just strange yeast?

I've just (as in 2 days ago) laid down a gingerbeer (kit build - first time) - est finished ABV should be 4.0%. Recipe : 2 x Brigalow Gingerbeer Packs 3 kg Dextrose mono 43L Sterile Water 2 packets ...
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48 hours into ferment. Fermenter temperature is 73°F. Should I cool it?

First time brewing. I have a IPA in a 6.5 gallon bucket fermenter with US-05 pitched into it. I've got the fermenter in the basement and temperature probe taped to the side of the bucket. Ambient room ...
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Impact of different gravities for the same ABV

We can have the same ABV with diferents gravities. My reading for watermelon wine is: 1.064 0.997 =8.79% However I found some recipes with readings like this to the same type of wine. 1.090 1.023 =8....
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Can cider ferment in under a week?

I started a cider brew one week ago and when taking the gravity today it was 1.000, the starting gravity was 1.065 which according to the calculators online I have an abv of 8.5% (ish). Is it possible ...
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Low attenuation beer good enough for bottling

I recently brewed a new 5 gallon batch of hefeweizen. Measured OG was 1.054, I then racked to secondary fermentation after a couple of weeks, the last week of that had had no visible yeast activity. ...
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Sanitizing top-off water?

While waiting for the Foundry to get back in stock, I found a scratch-n-dent sale on a 5 gallon pot on amazon and decided to give an extract a try while waiting. Extract brewing seems to have it's own ...
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Did I kill my cider?

I've been brewing this cider for 8 days. It was going smooth and had a lot of krausen so I took out a bit two days ago, but now it has passed more than 48hh and I was expecting some more krausen or ...
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Hard Cider causing burning stomach sensation

I only recently started making hard cider at home. My problem is that it causes a uncomfortable burning sensation in my stomach after two or so drinks. I am using about 5g of yeast and 1.5kg sugar on ...
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Stopping fermentation in soft drinks

Does anyone know how they manage to stop all these (naturally) fermented drinks sold commercially from fermenting once they are bottled? I’ve seen kombucha bottles coming from another part of the ...
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Beer left fermenting 2 months

Brewed beer in 5 gallon bucket in my nyc apt then had to leave town bc of covid. Been sitting there 2 months. Will it be smelling up my apt or building? the water on airlock has surely evaporated. ...
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Foam collapsed after less than 1 day

First time brewer here. I got a Brooklyn Brew Shop kit for a NE IPA on my birthday and followed all the instructions, I thought, well. I pitched the yeast sometime in the afternoon this Sunday and ...
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Activity in fermenter has increased suddenly after 2 weeks, why?

I'm a total beginner and really appreciative of any advice here. I'm making a 1 gallon batch of IPA from a kit. I brewed 16 days ago, and in the first 48 hours of the wort being in the fermenter it ...
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Why is it so hard to find a decent fermenter?

Brew n00b here. I've been reading the Palmer book and looking around for gear. I've got a kegerator so not planning on bottling. That kind of makes half the stuff in the "homebrew starter" kits not ...
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Using 6kg's of grains for a 10liter batch Pale Ale brew

I accidentally used 6kg's of grains (Simpson's Ale base malt & Caraaroma) for a 10 liter brew, 10grams of Mangrove Jacks Empire Ale Yeast and 75grams of Hops (Columbus,Centennial and Yellow ...
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I added activated yeast to the lemon + sugar water, the yeast didn't refroth

I've made Sima a few times following this recipe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b21PQg4KOYg My previous attempt the fermentation did not occur from leaving the yeast in the lemon sugar water. I ...
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Half the amount of dry spray malt added to a kit

I have just realised that I have only added half of the required amount of spray malt to my beer kit on day 7 of fermentation. Can I just stir in another bag of spray malt after racking it off the ...
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Is my beer infected? from an amateur. Posted a picture

I used only DME and hops to boil the wort. Added dry yeast directly. I looked up on the internet for similar pictures but couldn't find any. I know every beer ferments differently. So I thought I ...
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c02 production during secondary fermentation

I just moved my wine from the primary fermentation bucket to a carboy with an auto siphon. I had some trouble with the auto siphon. It worked fine when I tested it out with water. But when I used it ...
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How to find out if there is vinegar in a beer brew

I am brewing ginger beer for the first time ever. In fact this is the first time I am brewing ever. I used 200 grams of sugar, 100 grams of yeast, a few mint leaves, and a whole lemon (sliced) in 1.5 ...
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increase pressure in fermentasaurus

I'm making my first pressurized brew using a fermentasaurus . All has been well for the first couple of days, but unfortunately one of my children had a "what does this do?" moment and opened up the ...
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Three days into fermenting beer and getting really sharp, bitter flavors, will that mellow out?

I'm 3 days into fermenting my IPA in a Fermentasaurus under pressure (if it makes a difference) and I've just taken a hydrometer reading, all better than expected. The beer looks beautiful and hazy, ...
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FG is 10 points under expected. Contamination?

I brewed an Imperial Stout and was aiming 1.099, but got 1.090 OG (By adding 1 pound of DME) After 13 days, my FG was 1.022 which was exactly my target. 5 months later, I took a reading and got 1.012....
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Home brewing for the first time ever

I am home brewing for the first time ever. I had the following queries pls. Hope someone will answer: I mixed 200 grams of white sugar, 100 grams of ginger, 2 complete lemons, mint leaves and 1 ...
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Reusing yeast yes/no and how much?

Just a quick question on reusing yeast. I am about to bottle a 40 pints of St-Peters cream stout this weekend I was going to save the yeast and use it again. I'm going to do a small 1 gallon batch of ...
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Why is my ginger beer not sweet yet?

So I didn't follow a recipe as such for my Ginger beer but here is what I did: Champagne Yeast, grated ginger, honey and water fed every day for about 1 week (created GBP) Topped up to 2L with water ...
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Strands Like Hair in Fermenting Beer

I am brewing a schwarzbier using US-05 because I don't have a setup to brew a real lager. The OG was 1.047 and I have a current gravity reading of 1.012 after 5 days of decent fermentation at an ...
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How SCOBY is grown?

I can not seem to find an answer to the question how kombucha is made from scratch without already posessing SCOBY or kombucha. For example a sourdough starter is grown only from flour and water, ...
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Should I add yeast when bottling an IPA after sitting in secondary for 1.5 months

I'm VERY new to homebrewing. This is my first 5gal batch. I moved from primary to secondary after 1-2 weeks. I then (due to life, work, forgetting to order bottles) have left the beer in the secondary ...
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Krausen gone after 24h. Is it normal?

I brewed a new batch. I am using extract and a yeast that I have never used before: SafAle BE-256. I got a nice healthy Krausen by the morning after brew day, with massive CO2 activity, but by the ...
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How to know if kombucha is alcoholic?

So I am into making kombucha at home: I made a SCOBY, grew it, and I have successful kombuchas. My normal recipe makes a "ginger kombucha", pretty much kombucha with sugar and ginger. It disappears ...
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Fermentation time

I am looking for some advice. I successfully completed a first all grain batch on the brewzilla (OG 1.048). Airlock activity ~every min at day 14 (yeast S-04 @ 18dc). Dry hopped loose (~80g total) on ...
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Should I agitate my beer [rock the carboy] while it's fermenting?

Just wondering if I should agitate the carboy during fermentation/towards the end when it starts to slow?
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Apple cider cloudy

I made my primary fermentation since 25 days ago SG was 1.100 ( bubbling was stopped since 2nd week), today I’m going to move the cider to secondary the Gravity is about 0.980 but the cider is still ...
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All Grain Brewing

I have never done an all-grain recipe, was thinking about trying one. My question is does the Mash replace the DME? Also, I would think that the rest of the process of the brewing, would be the same.
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When using an electric brew kettle

Is it good practice to let your Wort cool overnight, then pitch your yeast in the morning. I have heard, there are 2 schools of thought that might affect the taste of the beer. Also, could ...
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Bottle a beer that was stuck at fermentation?

6 Months ago I attempted a KBS Clone. Beer uses chocolate, coffee, bourbon soaked oak. I got 1.090 OG and got stuck at 1.032, but it tastes really good (Can chocolate make it appear higher?) It's ...

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