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

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Brewing a Flanders Red Bruin/Historic C18 Porter?

I am about to brew my first test batch of a Flanders Red/Brown. I am thinking Rodenbach, but with local ingredients. So, for me Maris replaces lager malt, Admiral and Progress replace nobel hops. ...
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My first Brew gone wrong?

I attempted my first home brew from a kit last night, but underestimated how long the process would take so rushed it a little. After waking up this morning, I’ve realised I added the beer yeast into ...
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Add US 05 to my smack pack?

I have an ale that will have an OG of .073, but only 1 smack pack on hand and brewing in 12 hours. Nervous that the 1 pack may not be enough to support the OG? I always have an extra few dry packs of ...
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Suggested fermentation temperature for the beer kits

Suggested fermentation temperature on the beer kit is ambient temperature or its the temperature reading on fermentation bucket? Also i am not able to keep steady ambient temperature as our flat's ...
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I've had my home brew sitting at 19c for 4 days now but there are no bubbles

I've had by home brew sitting at 19c for 4 days now but there are no bubbles showing in the air Lock I opened the lid slightly to look inside I can see the yeast floating on top and there's a fairly ...
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Should we stir the brew?

I m a beginner in wine making, kindly suggest should we stir the brew? If yes, after how many days? Should I stir or shake the brew every day or after how many days I should open the container and ...
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Refermentation with fruits and sugar

I recently brewed a wheat beer that is now in primary fermentation. I planned on using yuzu juice after primary to give a special taste. Also, after some thought I wanted to add a little ABV (from ...
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How to use ( Super Kleer ) for the Beer !

How to use ( Super Kleer ) to clear the beer ... I purchased that but i didn't find a clear Direction to use it for the Beer ... Is it during primary or secondary ! Im planning to use it in the ...
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Fermentation stuck on 1.020

Here is the question. I brewed an IPA: 0.25 kg Dark Munich 0.25 kg Caramel 40 L 0.50 kg Wheat 5.00 kg Pilsner SG 1.065 Really wanted to try Giga Vermont yeast golden pitch (you can pitch one pack ...
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Alternative to making a yeast starter | Red IPA

I am planning on trying this recipe - http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2011/04/red-ale-for-beginning-homebrewers-hoppy-red-ale-recipe.html, and calls for the following: 1 Liter starter of either ...
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Why is ginger fed to ginger beer plant regularly, what is a good ratio of ginger to liquid?

I'm brewing ginger beer for the first time using a ginger beer plant with this recipe. In this recipe once fermentation begins you feed the plant sugar and ground ginger for 7 days. I understand why ...
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The holidays are messing up the bottling schedule

I brewed up the Grapefruit Sultan from Midwest on 12/7 and I'm facing a bottling predicament. As it stands fermentation is complete and the yeast are just cleaning up. No plans to secondary, and I'll ...
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Apparent attenuation of porters and stouts

In the last three year I have brewed several beers, both light and dark, all-grain, and I fermented some of them with the same types of yeast. I find that for my lighter beers, my calculations are ...
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Fermenter screw cap is cracked

I dry-hopped my beer and after a few days, the screw cap of the fermenter cracked. Now I can even smell my beer. (Sorry for the quality) How bad is it? I'm going to bottle today... Thanks. UPD: I ...
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Oxidation of red wine during racking and bottling

I am making a red wine from grapes, the way I did it is, I let the grapes in the wine for 15 days before taking them out in order to extract more colour and tannins and then I racked the wine off its ...
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sweet tea spontaneous fermantation

I got a half-gallon jug of sweet tea from Bonjangle's months ago. Didn't drink it, but kept it in my fridge for about 3 months. The plastic jug was bloated when I came to realize it. I knew it wasn't ...
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Is falling bad for fermentation?

The shelf in my fridge broke, dropping my fermenter something like 10-20cm, all though he is still close, can it oxidise my beer? The wort was 2 days into the fermentation process and the yeast is ...
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Ferment and naturally carbonate in a keg

want to try to ferment under the pressure for the first time.,just to clear few things, please correct me if I’m about to do something wrong. Cool down the wort in a kettle. Transfer to the keg. ...
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Dady yeast for beer?

I have made my way into homebrewing with LME, hops, adjuncts and Dady yeast. Dady yeast (Distillers Active Dry Yeast) is a distillers yeast strain which is supposed to produce a lower final gravity ...
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Table sugar + fruitjuice + yeast not fermenting

After several years of beer brewing, I started experimenting with moonshine. I figured since Im distilling I dont have to deal with all the exacting procedures of beer making and I just needed basic ...
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Is there any permanent inhibition of maltase production in yeast by glucose

Is is there any long term or "memory effect" on the expression of maltase in yeast that has been grown or mainly grown with glucose? In effect does yeast grown with glucose "forget" (or have some form ...
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Brewing with Squash Guts

So I'm very new at brewing and I'm looking to make a gift for my father. We have a small farm where we peel a lot of squash and cube it, leaving behind a lot of squash guts. I was wondering how I ...
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Air lock sunken water level

Twelve days ago I pitched my yeast in to two batches of ginger wine (different yeasts, different batches). For a few days fermentation was going well and the air lock was producing lots of bubbles and ...
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Starsan in double bubble airlock keeps getting sucked into fermenter - why and how to prevent?

I did a brew on Saturday and cooled, got in the fermenting bucket and added yeast, added starsan to the chamber in the double bubble airlock and got it under the stairs. Ever since then, the starsan ...
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Mead: is it time to bottling?

I have a few questions. I'm making mead for the first time. My mead is now brewing for 2 months (since 11th august), but I'm not sure if it's time to bottle it. That's because it is still sparking. I ...
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My pasteurized peach cider smells like wine

So a while back I bought some pasteurized peach cider from a shop on the side of the road. The "100% juice with added ingredients" type of stuff, ya feel me? I bought an airlock for it because The ...
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I have Youngs Elderberry kit

I am on day 3 and instructions state "top up 4.54 litres tepid water". Does this mean top up TO 4.54 litres? Should I leave space in the demijohn and how much space? It's still got 7 to 20 days to ...
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Beer having an aroma more like wine/champagne

It's my first time brewing, and I chose a DIY Cooper's kit since I don't have much room in my apartment. Everything went well while dumping the things in the fermenter, although, it seems it has a ...
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Fermenting sugary tea into an alcoholic beverage?

I was drinking some caramelized cranberry tea today (that is, cranberry-flavored tea sweetened with caramelized sugar, or maltose, or malt sugar, whatever you wanna call it). It tasted very sweet, and ...
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Adding yeast after fermentation has started

I have just started my first 2 gallon demijohns of juice. I read that campden tablets should be used first to kill off bacteria but it has started to ferment before the campden tablets went it. Is it ...
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Kombucha fermentation time(s)

I'm getting all sorts of feedback as for the fermentation times when brewing kombucha from internet blogs, friends brewing at home,... I believe different fermentation times will give the kombucha ...
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How can I save a wine with SG way too high?

I am attempting to make a blackberry wine from blackberries picked in my yard. I followed a recipe found online, adding sugar disolved in water to a bunch of mashed up berries in a mesh bag, etc. I ...
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Changing the PH of mead for fermenting necessary?

I’m currently creating a batch of mead. I’ve watched a lot of videos about the process. I’ve seen some people do it because they said you need to have it between 3.6 and 3.9 ph. And some just don’t ...
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Helping a first timer!

I'm hopefully about to make my first batch of sparkling slightly sweet cider. I have read all sorts of advice about reducing/increase tannin, stabilising and other scientific stuff. I want to keep it ...
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How do I stop my damson cordial from starting to ferment?

Anyone ever made Damson cordial ? I am very new to making cordials and as I have a high yield of damsons usually, I am just trying to see if cordial is an option rather than just wine and liqueur, ...
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fermentation process stopped quickly

As soon as adding the yeast, the fermentation process started immediately, like a bomb for about 15 hours and airlock was like an air pump during several hours. today is the third day of brewing and ...
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Gravity concerns slow fermentation

I have returned to home brewing after a long leave of absence and would be very grateful for some advice just to make sure my wort is still going in the right direction as I am getting a bit concerned....
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Fermentation has not started been 48 hours.

Put liquid yeast in wort cooled to 70 degrees. My yeast was at 78 degrees not 70 degrees no bubbles yet.
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Fruit 'wine' - acetic acid and alcohol

I did a little bit of a fermentation experiment by adding water to a large jar half full of fruit (nectarines). I did not add any sugar or yeast. The final product is very sour, which I'm assuming is ...
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When wanting to add a fruity taste

When fermenting with Mr Beer plastic Keg or upright Carboy, and I want to add a fruit flavor. Is the best way to add the flavor to add actual fruit or use the essence of the fruit that I want to use. ...
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Fermenting Cow's Milk, or making Kumis

Playing around with making my own yeast cultures, one of them has is white while fermenting. That started me thinking, "can I ferment Cow's Milk?". One google search later there is Kumis, made from ...
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Air lock blow out

This is my first time to brew. This morning when I checked the fermenter I noticed the airlock had blown off. I reinstalled it and cleaned up the mess. Will this lead to any contamination in my brew
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Making hard cider with very low alcohol

I brew kombucha and want to make cider. How could i make cider with very low alcohol level? i want it to be close to 1% if not lower. Is that possible?
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Can a bad odor from an empty fermenter be a sign of contamination?

I'm new to the hobby and recently made my first brew, I've used a simple plastic fermenter (25L) for primary, and after I finished the bottling process I washed the fermenter and waited for a couple ...
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Tips for brewing at high temperatures

I live in a tropical country and don't have an extra freezer, but I want to comeback to homebrewing. I'll dare to brew at high temperatures and would like to find ways to get a decent tasting beer. ...
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Naturally fermented ginger beer

I'm doing ginger beer sodas by using juices: ginger and lemon juices, cane sugar and natural flavours. I pasteurise the blend by cooking it to 150°F (66°C) for a good minute, then cooling it off and ...
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Is there anywhere in Aus/NZ that sells MiniBrew HDPE?

Pretty much, the title. I've done a few searches and turn up the Malt Mechanics products, but no MiniBrew. If you have Minibrew equipment and you live in Aus/NZ, where do you get your parts from?
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First brew - What is a good SG for end of first fermentation?

After my primary fermentation, ready to rack to carboi (about a week) my SG is about 1.015... is that anywhere near being good? Seems like that's what it started at. It's a red ale from an extract ...
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Build up around top inner rim of fermenting bucket?

I have a question. This particular brew is a white IPA and brew day was a week ago. I had a violent fermentation the first night after brewing to where a lot of krausen built up, expanded the bucket ...
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Long open fermentation questions

I started a Saison with the intent to sour it. I put it in primary (plastic tub) and airlocked. I had the sour yeast ready to go, waited a little long (past expiration date on package) and just ...