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

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Fruit flavors from White Labs California Ale yeast I

I am getting way too fruity of a flavor in my IPAs from this yeast. I am assuming this is because I am pitching at too high of a temp, but I'm not really sure. Any suggestions for how to solve this,...
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Fermentation krausen

Five days in and no krausen!! The airlock is bubbling like crazy but no krausen has formed after five days. For the first two days there was a thick foamy raft floating over my noob concoction but on ...
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Best time to transport wort in a car

I'm planning on brewing my first batch of beer soon, but I will have to do the cooking part at my parents house, which is an hour drive away, and then ferment the beer at my apartment. At what stage ...
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Should I bottle whole batch after fermentation?

I read that after fermentation finishes, there is no harm in waiting before priming. I am using kits, and wort is 4 gallons. Can I bottle 1 gallon of beer, and leave the remaining gallons in ...
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Post-fermentation Belgian Pale Ale

I'm brewing a Belgian Pale Ale on Monday (12). It's my first time and using BeerSmith has been of great help. These last few days have filled me with a whole lot of doubts though. After fermantation ...
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How to make sweet beer in india at home

Tell me recipe to make sweet beer . Beer are usually sour, hard taste . In india , how to make it at home ? please tell recipe
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Used Wrong Yeast… Final Gravity Too High

I am considering two techniques for lowering my specific gravity but am unsure if my methods will work. I am currently fermenting a bock style. It's not a true bock because I don't have the ability to ...
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Converting a fridge for fermentation

I need some advice on setting up a stand up 30" refrigerator(freezer on top). I have looked at the different Electronic Temperature Controllers, but, can't seem to decide on what is the best one. If ...
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Does this look infected?

Trying out my first batch of home brew... it's a central smash IPA one gallon recipe boiled over on me, so this is a very small 3/4 gallon batch ha. I see a lot of floating green. Nothing's moving ...
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Is it safe to allow strawberries to ferment for 60 days

I've added frozen strawberries to the primary fermenter for a Cider I'm making. I plan to ferment 30 days in primary, then transfer to a secondary for another 30 days. Question 1: Is 30 days to long ...
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First brew - OK to substitute malt/hops, and how much water should I be boiling?

I've been reading John Palmer's How to Brew and I'm getting ready for my first brew day in a few days. I'm aiming to follow the basic 'Cincinnati Pale Ale' recipe that he provides but I'm going to ...
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My carboy is fizzing after 2 weeks

I did my first brew from a 5 litres blonde beer kit. I wanted to bottle it after 2 weeks (according to the recipe ) but I got scared about over carbonation so I decided to leave it another week in the ...
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Can you ferment lucozade?

This may sound like a stupid question, but I am curious can you ferment Lucozade would work in theory if yes I will test it out. For those who don't know Lucozade is a very sugary energy drink (124 ...
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Does fermentation temperature have to be consistent as well as within the high and low markers?

I don't have a fermentation fridge so I have to put my fermenter in the best spot to get the correct temperature; and keep an eye on it and move it or heat/cool it if necessary. My last brew I used ...
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Does homebrewed beer have a “Golden Age”?

In August I brewed my very first batch ever, an Amber Ale from Brewer's Best (kit). Six weeks later, I opened up the first bottle and was astonished - it tasted pretty darned good! Over the course of ...
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How is fermentation affected by a long boil?

When making our seasonal beer we ended up getting a pre-boil gravity sample that was way higher than expected, so we added water to dilute the mash. A new sample was taken and the first one must have ...
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Maintaining Temperature in wine production

In wine production is maintaining a 20 degree C temperature a critical factor after first fermentation?
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To Keg or not to Keg

I've got a very lovely and quite potent American IPA that I've brewed several times now, from experience I know it'll get down to 1.006 in about 2 weeks if the temp is ideal. The brew has been in for ...
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Gently stir fermenter before bottling?

When you drink a spirit and mixer with a straw sometimes you get a kick of alcohol at the end, so you keep stirring it with the straw while drinking it. Will the different components of a brew (e.g. ...
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Secondary Fermentation

I've only started brewing Wine a year ago and have been keeping the subtle complexities of making a good wine as simple as possible, only to level up when I feel confident. So, consequently I've only ...
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Safe to return sampled wort to the primary after sampling?

I made my second batch of beer (ever) last Friday night, and in a few days' time I'd like to sample a bit of it so that I can check its gravity. Provided that I sanitize all of my equipment (siphon, ...
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How do you make a tasty, yet healthy, root beer?

I am looking to make a root beer which is both healthy and (to some degree) tasty. I have tried twice to make root beer using this recipe: http://wellnessmama.com/11392/homemade-root-beer/ The ...
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My fermentation top popped, is it still salvageable?

I started a Belgium style ale, about 1.064 og. After 2 days I go check on it in the fermentation fridge and see that the lid of the bucket has blown open, blown the fridge door open, and krausen was ...
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Are hops fermentable by beer yeast?

Are hops fermentable by beer yeast? Do they contribute in any way to the resulting ABV?
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What is the max time it would take yeast to “clean up”?

I have read many post fermentation opinions/practices. Some move it to secondary after a week, some wait 3 days after fermentation is done and then bottle condition; and many leave it sit on the yeast ...
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Is this final gravity too high?

I brewed a Chocolate Oatmeal Milk Stout with an OG of 1.062. After 2.5 weeks of what seemed like active fermentation, it's only at 1.030. It's been at that for a week. It tastes like a it will be a ...
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Whirlpooling vs. Flameout (Knockout)

I'm new to adding different hop additions after the boil. I'm not sure of the difference between recipes that cite add hops (whirlpool) and add hops (flameout). What's the difference? With flameout ...
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Bubbling has stopped after 1.5 days. Is my fermentation okay?

I'm doing my first brew from a kit. I added the yeast to the wort (according to the instructions I have). In the first day or so, nothing happened. In the second and third days, the airlock was ...
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How much potassium sorbate is needed to prevent yeast from multiplying?

I would like to ferment 2 and 4 Liters of papaya and watermelon (respectively) but am looking for how much potassium sorbate is needed, for each volume, to prevent yeast from multiplying. An equation,...
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Laboratory Scale beer Production for Microbiology and sensory evaluation

What is the easiest and best way make opaque beer in the lab? The beer has to be made in such a way that it will be able to be tasted. Besides using hops what other alternatives could I use for me ...
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What's the average loss of gravity after two days of fermenting?

I was just curious because I took what was supposed to be my OG two days after because my hydrometer came late. The reading seemed very low, 1.030, and I was hoping I lost at least .010 from the ...
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Brewing process for sweet apple cider

I've recently been experimenting with different cider recipes and all of the results have been quite dry with minimal sugars left after primary fermentation. I personally like dry ciders so it's not ...
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Fermentable sugars in Vanilla

I am a big fan of Dogfish Head's use of natural sugars in fermentation. I recall an apricot IPA that really blew my mind. The fruit came through in a unique way that wasn't too sweet. I was ...
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Can I add yeast energizer and sugar to my secondary fermentation?

My OG might be a little lower than expected. I'm not sure if my reading was accurate since I took it a day after fermentation began via the spigot at the bottom of my bucket. Reading was 1.030. In a ...
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My OG is 1.030 and I'm only at 4 gallons?

I topped off at 4 gallons rather than 5. Am I wrong for thinking this is low despite not adding more water? I'm now a day after fermentation began. I plan to do a secondary fermentation. How much ...
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Pumpkin Ale Slow Fermentation

I tried out my first five gallon batch (prior to this I had a 1 gallon system) with a pumpkin ale. I followed this recipe: SMASHING PUMPKIN ALE except that at the last 15 minutes of the boil I added a ...
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What went wrong with my root beer?

I just tried my first batch of root beer. I used a recipe from Wellness Mama. I don't drink but I think it tasted alcoholic and gingery at best. I let the ginger bug ferment for 2 weeks (I waited an ...
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Will Potassium Metabisulfite prevent store-bought Grape Juice from fermenting?

There's a store-bought grape juice that I'm interested in lacto-fermenting (i.e. no yeast, only bacteria, anaerobic ferment, etc) but I recently discovered Potassium Metabisulfite is added to "enhance ...
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Can Elderflower cordial ever become alcoholic?

My partner made Elderflower cordial with elderflower, sugar, lemon, a very small amount of cider vinegar and water about 3 months back. Last night I drank about 3/4 pint of it instead of booze as I am ...
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How to prevent sulfur odors when brewing ginger ale / ginger beer?

I made my first batch of ginger beer and it was delicious—but with prominent sewer gas undertones. This was a simple recipe and a quick ferment: ginger, water, sugar, lemon juice, and yeast fermented ...
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Noob question here about 1 gallon to 5 gallon brewing

So Im looking in to starting some one gallon recipes. 5 gallons is just way too much for me. Is it absolutely necessary to get a 1 gal jug or can I just use my 5 gal? I suspect the fermentation ...
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Is this a stuck fermentation?

Here's what the fermentation has been so far. Day 1: Not much Day 2: 3 bubbles in the airlock every 2 seconds. Good krausen formed. Day 3: 1 bubble per second Day 4: 1 bubble per 2 seconds Should ...
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Best way to rack to fermenter [duplicate]

After the wort is chilled and ready to rack to the fermenter, I run into a problem. When pouring wort into the strainer in the funnel, a ton of hop gunk gets stuck. Then I need to scrape and repeat ...
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Is this chill haze?

Did a BIAB IPA last night and this is what the wort looks like. The cooling method was an ice bath that took 45 minutes. Is this chill haze? Thanks!
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Fermentation Just finished up, does this look right?

This is probably my 10th batch and I've never had an issue with drinkability or infections, so i just want to make sure this is normal. I assume it's just Co2 bubbles, but i am not 100% sure. What ...
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Making my first batch, but don't have bottles

I'm making my first batch of beer to try out brewing. The kit I have produces 20 pints but unfortunately I don't have bottles to put the beer into afterwards. Is there any other way of storing the ...
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How to troubleshoot for either bad wort or bad yeast?

Brand new to brewing, 2.5 days ago I brewed my first extract kit (Brewer's Best Amber Ale) and racked it into my fermenter. By tomorrow morning I'll be at the 3 day (72 hours) milestone, which is what ...
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Overflow into sanitized water.

Hello fellow home brewers, I recently brewed my first Belgian stout and used a liquid yeast for the first time as well. I got my stout into the primary early on Sunday morning, I used a tube going ...
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First time Controlled Temp Fermentation, May have put yeast to sleep

Just made a falconer's flight/citra IPA. Well, for the first time, I have a free cooler to do a controlled temp fermentation. I had the cooler set to 50 degrees to help cool the wort before pitching. ...
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What is this part of the fermentation called?

I'm seeing this thing happen soon after I add my yeast and was wondering what it was called and the science behind it.