Questions tagged [first-time-brewer]

Questions pertaining to the caution or concerns of someone new to home-brewing.

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Will it be too cold to brew in my garage over the winter?

I was thinking of asking for a Homebrew Starter kit for Christmas this year and would like to set it up to brew and ferment in my garage. However I am wondering, will it be too cold to brew beer or ...
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Sour beer at home?

Newbie here. I know nothing about making beer. I love sours. Can you make sours at home? Is it too complicated compared to other beer making?
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First Time Brewer: Skipping secondary fermentation, bottling and a few other questions

I'm brewing my first batch of home brew, 'Hank's Hefeweizen' from Norther Brewer (extract). The instructions say 2 weeks primary, 2 weeks secondary, and 2 weeks bottle conditioning. I did not check my ...
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Can I re-use swing top bottles?

My first ever batch is going fine and next weekend I will bottle my first beer. I can get this type of bottles for cheap (no need to buy capper, and caps). http://images.fineartamerica.com/images-...
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Bread Kvass Safety Concerns

My first brewing experience is gonna be bread Kwass (following this recipe). Now, I browsed a bit to get some info, and I only managed to get terrified. There are three concerns that I would like you ...
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Can I mix two yeasts to add different flavours when I make beer?

This is my first post so I hope I haven't asked anything silly. Can I mix a high alcohol (attenuation?) yeast (for low final sugar and specific gravity) and a yeast that produces more "fruity esters" (...
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Rinsing frozen red currants

I picked some garden grown red currants a good while ago and threw them straight in the freezer without washing them. I'm planning on making wine with them soon. Most recipes I've read recommend ...
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Using Sugar substitutes (artificial sweeteners) instead of sugar

I am new to home-brewing. I want to brew some liqueurs but since I am a diabetic, I can not use normal sugar in brewing. My option is using sugar substitutes (like artificial sweeteners) like ...
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Ale Popped the Bung

This is my first brew, so I kinda look at it as a rite of passage, but I had 5 gallons of brown ale fermenting in a 6.5g carboy. The airlock was super active for the first 16-18 hours. Soon after that ...
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Baloon air lock not inflating after second day

I'm making mead for the first time. I used bakers yeast and a baloon as an air lock . The tutorial said that the yeast will be off gasing for 3 weeks but my mead only off gased the first day. Now it's ...
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How to brew moonshine?

I would like to know the equipment and the step by step process, as I have already tried to do it, but it didn't work. I have already watched several videos, but it is not the same to talk to someone ...
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Will bread yeast restart stuck brewery in a bag

Building up to my first home brewing I purchased a muntons brewery in a bag session IPA. (On special from Aldi seemed like a steal). I followed all instructions to the letter keeping everything ...
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Stuck Mead Fermentation?

Obligatory: This is my first batch of Mead and I'm still learning the ropes. If I've made any critical mistakes, please point them out but do know: odds are, I had no idea of that particular issue. I'...
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I forgot to put water in the airlock! What do I do now?

I did my first brew (all grain), some things were complicated to achieve and finished at 4 o'clock in the morning because I decided to start at 10 pm (big mistake). At the end of it all, after I ...
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Help needed with recipe translation

I'm making the move from brewing all-grain kits to a "full fledged" recipe Weizen. However, I'm having trouble with some of the details: namely quantities and sparging. Some background: I've been ...
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Fermentation first time

I need help. First time brewing in my life and I made some mistakes as expected. This was a 1 gallon brew kit. First indication something was wrong was after pouring the wort into the 1 gallon ...
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My ginger beer is a thick sludge. Where might I have gone wrong?

I'm a novice fermenter who loves ginger beer, so I thought I'd try to make my own. I ordered some ginger beer plant from these guys and followed their guide: http://www.yemoos.com/gingerbeerguide.html ...
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Brewing Low ABV Lager

Good day! My question is simple, me and the wife love lager, I like a good 5% ABV but the wife is a light weight and likes a 3.5% ABV so the question is: How can I brew a nice lager (similar to ...
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Home brewing with different sugars

I've just been reading an FAQ on different sugars used in brewing. Most kits specify usage of 1KG of brewing sugar. The first time I made a batch of home brew I used table sugar, but this seemed to ...
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What does it mean by late boil? [duplicate]

I am looking at a Christmas ale to brew and found this recipe (I am still learning to brew, so I am using malt extracts) https://www.brewtoad.com/recipes/variant-of-great-lakes-christmas-ale-clone . I ...
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Growing edible brewers yeast?

I want to grow brewers yeast that I want to as use as supplement, get various nutrients and NAD+. Which brewers yeast strain is easiest and best to to grow for this purpose? What medium and ...
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How quickly will bread yeast take to create an ethanol concentration of…?

How quickly will bread yeast take to create and ethanol concentration of ~15%~,~10% and ~5%~ in at 30°C.I believe bread yeast is designed to rapidly fement(at first at least) but is not that ethanol ...
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Why have I got a low ABV wine problem

This was my first attempt. I followed a recipe for jam wine in CJJ Berry's book. Did exactly what he said. Temperature between 26°C-28°C on the heat strip. Used Lalvin K1-V1116. Start OG 1.090, final ...
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Lack of sweetness and carbonation

I'm a novice apple cider brewer and my first batch yielded a brew that tasted like white wine, very dry and virtually no carbonation. During fermentation, I saw bubbling for about 5 days, but I left ...
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Messed up West Coast IPA recipe, could dryhopping make it good?

My first batch, I followed a recipe using malt extract to create a West Cost IPA. The wording of the recipe made me invert the Hop additions... [Edit] Instead of: 2oz of Centinennial at 0mins left ...
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Brewing with tamarinds

For reference: tamarind. I recently saw this fruit at the store today and thought it smelled interesting so I investigated. I've decided to brew my very first batch of beer as a tamarind saison as a ...
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How can I brew lager at room temperature?

I would like to try to make lager at room temperature (around 30 C). I plan to reduce yeast and fermentation in 2 weeks in order to avoid the off favor and fusel alcohol in beer. Can I do this by ...
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Total Yeast Cell Count

I will give two examples of yeast cell count. First one is 0.34 B cells/ml in 6 liters of wort starter with just a few amount of slurry cake. 2nd one is 1.46 B cells/ml in 1 liter of starter including ...
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How to remove sediment?

So I did my first ever beer and it was to be a hoppy Saison (3724 combined with Amarillo, Centennial and Cascade). I had tons of stuff going wrong while boiling, even not managing to temperature crash ...
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How much sugar to real apple ratio?

So I was going to try an apple cider up to around 12%. So how much sugar will I get roughly per apple and how much additional sugar should I add. The apples are a small granny smith kind. Currently I ...
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Fermentation container leaking carbon dioxide

I've just finished preparing my first fermented drink ever (Kvass) and I used a Mason jar to store the preparation during the 2 days of the fermentation process as advised by the various guides I ...
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Can you use nutritional Brewer yeast in the beer making process?

This may be a Stupid question, and since I am new to brewing beer I might have some more of these questions coming in later. My wife for some reason bought Brewer yeast, I am curious if this can be ...
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Any food alternatives you can use to brewers yeast nutrient?

It would be a week or till I can get some brewers nutrient is there any food substitute I can use, apples, rice, sweetcorn, apple juice, tomato paste etc?
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Recipe websites catering to beginners?

I'm brand new to brewing, but I've been wanting to do it for a while. I've seen some videos. Seems that, like cooking, recipes are key at the beginning until one gains enough experience to experiment. ...
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Can I use Sodium Dichloroisocyanurate ('Sterilising Tablets') to clean vessel/equipment?

I have some old tablets what say Sodium Dichloroisocyanurate and 'Sterilising Tablets' on them and am wondering if these when diluted will be suitable to clean vessel/equipment before brewing?
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First batch result [closed]

I'm know enjoying my first batch of beer. I think, it will be some kinda use for those who are hesitating to start their brew or still researching. I did quite much research before i did brew. ...
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My first homebrew has a very low alcohol content

I just finished my first homebrew (yay!), but my hydrometer is reading a very low alcohol content. I brewed an Edme bitter (pre-made wort and I bought the malt extract) and it tastes great, but it's ...
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Good homebrewing podcasts?

Does any one have suggestions on podcasts about homebrewing? Preferably a short excerpt about what topics they bring up. Thank you.
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Re-adding yeast after a blow off

I am a first time shiner. I had a blow-off this morning, I'm making shine. I use a plastic bucket with a screw-on air tight lid and an airlock. The pressure blew the screw-on lid off. After cleaning ...
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First time extract brewing with little resources

Where I live we only get some of Coopers international extracts, but none of the brew enhancers or dry malt extracts that I've seen in most of the recipies. Will I get good results if I don't add any ...
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Airlock is not moving but gravity has dropped

Well I bought a kit and followed the instructions. It has bee 4 days now and I don't think I have seen my airlock move. I opened the top of my bucket and there was a lot of foam (bubbles). It also ...
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Can I over-filter my beer?

I'm going to dry hop my very first IPA (without a bag) and I've read that when bottling I will need to put some kind of filtering cloth on the end of the racking cane to prevent hops sediment from ...
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Swapping Omega Belgian A with Omega Abbey Ale C

I’m still early in my homebrew education, and am trying a couple new Northern Brewer kits. I recently bought a kit for a Dubbel that suggested the Omega Belgian A yeast, but I accidentally purchased ...
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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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Instead of Hop can only Ginger or Orange Peel be used for brewing Pure Wheat Beer?

I want to brew my first batch of pure wheat beer. But instead of Hop I want to use either dried orange peel or freshly grated ginger. Kindly suggest what to use and in what quantity should I use and ...
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stirring or degassing wine

If I stir my wine after the first racking, won't that stir up all that sediment? Will that give the wine a bad taste and will it reduce the ABV? I don't want to do either one. Obviously this is my ...
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Step by Step homebrewing from extract - need verification and clarification

I am sorry for the long thread, but I am digging the net for few days now and did not find such a "tutorial", so I will built my own and want to share it. I will be happy you comment/correct me, and I ...
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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 strong you can brew a beer using Brubox kit?

There is a BrüBox which allows you to brew your own craft beer at home. What's the estimated alcohol percentage you can achieve by using the provided equipment and following the instructions from the ...
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Wine time frame?

I set a 1gallon shiraz kit going this afternoon, this is my first wine. I have sealed the demijon with a bung and put an airlock in. After 4 hours, I have yet to see a single bubble come through the ...