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

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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 ...
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Could this have oxidized the beer?

While getting a sample of beer for a hydrometer reading, I squeezed the turkey baster while it was in the beer, so it caused a bunch of bubbles. I did that twice. Anything to worry about?
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Are there levels of infection in a beer or is it a case that it's either “infected” or “not infected”?

I am trying to understand the nature of infections in beer. I find it difficult to imagine ( considering there are wild yeasts and moulds and micro-organisms in the air - aren't there? ) a scenario ...
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Blow off tubes are cloudy

I have 2 clear blow off tubes and both have become cloudy and a little yellow. 1. Can this be cleaned? 2. If not will it effect my beer as it's just a blow off tube. Thanks
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Is there any real need for a heating element on an STC 1000 fridge setup ( for most/many setups)?

I am building a fermentation fridge based on an STC1000. Clearly if I had a heating side to it I would no doubt be better able to control the temperature; but I am not sure whether the heating element ...
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Shall I filter the foam from wine

I am brewing apple wine. There is a layer of white foam forming at the top. Shall I remove it or it is ok to leave it like this?
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Maximum maximum Fermentation length [duplicate]

I'm going to brew a batch of beer today. I'm not sure how long I should keep the beer fermented. What is the maximum amount of time, that home brew beer can ferment without it going bad ???
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Is it ok to bottle fermenting beer when it is slightly semi sweet?

This is my first time doing any home brewing. I'm using a Mr. Beer kit my parents got me. It has been fermenting for 3 weeks. So I tasted it yesterday and it still has a slightly sweet taste, which I ...
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should i re-rack my beer?

I recently brewed a milk stout from an LME kit, which I racked into a secondary on New Year's Day. After 2 weeks of no fermentation, I checked the final gravity, and found it rested at 0.030, which ...
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Can I use BrewPi and Fermwrap without a chamber?

I've been looking into fermentation temperature control and came across BrewPi. Even though I live in Southern California, I'd like to be able to keep some brews at optimal temperature -- the house ...
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Killing off preservatives in store bought juice

I'm wondering if there's any way to kill the preservatives in store bought juice. I was thinking about boiling it at high temperature for like 5 minutes, but not sure if it'll work. If anybody has a ...
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Fermentation process?

I put together my first batch of beer, and it has been fermenting for about 11 days. For the most part I think everything is going quite well although I have been keeping the beer in a room that is ...
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Does fermentation rate depend on fermentability?

How does the fermentability of wort affect the speed of fermentation, if at all? If I have two batches of wort mashed at different temperatures (say 148 °F and 156 °F - 64/69°C) and I pitch the same ...
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Educational Things to Do For Kids while Home Brewing

I have three young kids ages 7, 5, and 3 at the time of this writing. They are home schooled, so we are in the habit of educating them in everything we do - especially the older two. Taboos aside, ...
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Repitch? 1032 down from 1045 after 72 hours

Doing my 2nd batch (after a break of 20 years :) ). Its a LME / DME porter attempt. It all went according to plan and the OG = 1045. It started fermenting more or less on time, but was sluggish from ...
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I put my bottles to ferment for carbonation in a cold place - is the yeast dead?

I have brewed a Brewferm Christmas beer. I have been brewing on and off for 20+ years but I don't try complicated things. My first mistake was not reading that this particular beer requires no extra ...
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Is my wild ferment safe?

I made elderberry syrup, and it too fermented. It has been refrigerated for five months, but may have spent the first few days at room temp. It is delicious, still sweet, no off flavors, super ...
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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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