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Yeasts are micro-organisms used in brewing to produce alcohol during the process of fermentation.

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Modern Wyeast vs Original vs XL

Am getting back into home brewing after a decade-plus hiatus. Call me "born again," at the risk of offending some (I hope none are). When I started in the 1990's, the cultures from Wyeast ...
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What % of potassium sorbate, and or potassium benzoate do you need to add to a liquid solution, mixed with powders to keep yeast/mold from growing?

What % of potassium sorbate, and or potassium benzoate do you need to add to a liquid solution, mixing water with fruit powders to keep yeast/mold from growing?
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Cider not fermenting I may have caused a problem

Hello I am new to home brewing and think we may have made a mistake in the process. We chopped and squezed our apples that gave us 17 litres of juice this is now in a fermenting bucket to this we ...
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Can I keep making mead from the same brew?

I have recently started making mead as a bit of a hobby to use up our honey supply. Making the mead has been quite a fun experience but I was wondering. Since your using yeast and feeding it sugars to ...
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My mead has a lower ABV than I hoped

I'm brewing a solera mead experiment at home. It's on a six month rotation, so every six months I make a new batch, let that sit for a month, and them go down the line bottling the oldest and ...
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What's the effect of brewing with Lalemand Verdant over 23 C?

Lalemand seems to be producing a lot of nice esthers at 22-23 degrees. I was wondering what this looks like at 30~32 degrees. Would the esthers become off-flavours?
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If i add more fruit, yeast and sugar can i re make wine?

I made some homemade wine and I believe I didn't add enough sugar because it reads 0 alcohol. My question is my wine has been strained and transferred into clean jars and dead yeast gone. If I take ...
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Bad Batch after a brewing break of 20 years

I just tried my first batch of Pliny the Elder after not brewing for some time,and it was a disaster. I decided to try brewing in a bag. I was a little short of beer after the fermentation. I did not ...
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Few beginner questions about temps, SG and yeast

I brewed my second ever batch of beer on the weekend (the first one tasted okay but was flat, I guess I didn't put enough sugar in when bottling). and I have a few questions. I'm using a 5L glass ...
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Under fermentation

I recently tried fermenting pure apple juice. I didn't add sugar to reach my goal for ABV. I took enough juice out to use to make a starter, but my yeast was weak. It was close to expiration, so I ...
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Does this environment need any changes (SCOBY)

Trying to grow a SCOBY following the video linked below. It’s currently day 4.5 and I maybe see something very faint but not even sure about that. I have it in a bedroom around 70, window closed, on a ...
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Storage of picked grapes

I've picked my grapes, but I don't have any yeast yet. How long can I leave them before crushing them and starting the fermentation for white wine.
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Last bottles are extremely cloudy in my first homebrew bottling

I've just bottled my first batch and all bottles seemed fine, little bit cloudy but seemed okay. Last few bottles are extremely cloudy and almost look just like yeast. Is this still safe to use or do ...
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Mold or Floating Yeast?

There is floating debris in my mead—Is this a cause for concern? Some context: I fermented honey water with Red Star Premier Blanc wine yeast, nearly 4 weeks ago. Two weeks ago, I transferred the mead ...
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Air Still and Pure Turbo Yeast

i just got my brand new Air Still Kit . the kit include Pure Turbo Yeast and from what i read the manufacture of Air Still advice to only use this Yeast when distilling with Air Still . the problem is ...
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Harvesting yeast question

I brewed a 5.2% porter using WLP007. Half a Protafloc tablet near end of boil. After bottling I swirled bucket with about 2.5.litres of cooled boiled water. This is what it looks like. I can't ...
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How to use fast pitch

I am making a recipe of cream ale beer, do I use both the fast pitch and the Wyeast when brewing the beer? Does the fast pitch replace the sugar?
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Yeast packaging formats by example

When it comes to yeast I often see three different descriptors used: active vs. dormant needs to be rehydrated vs. doesn't dry vs liquid/wet As a newbie, my immediate inclination is to associate dry ...
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Formula for calculating pitch rate

I see a whole bunch of online pitch rate calculators such as this one by Brewer's Friend, but I'm struggling to find the actual formula(e) used under the hood by them. Does anybody know of any ...
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Started first fermentation with Red Star Blanc. I was planning on adding the Cuvee yeast for second fermentation. Will this be ok for sparkling wine?

This is my first attempt at making homemade wine. I started with the Red Star Blanc in a one gallon jar. I'm almost a week into my first fermentation. For my second fermentation I plan on using the ...
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Is it possible to grow yeast from fruits?

In my country the yeast for brewing is not available, so people use baking yeast instead of it. It works but obviously it's not ideal. I've seen a video that the person was making natural yeast from ...
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Propagating a Beer yeast culture towards other applications

How much of an impact do yeasts strains have on their [beer] products? Is this a significant game changer? I want to craft delicious fermented foods. Beer, bread and pizza are a few of my motives. I ...
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Non Turbo, High Proof Yeast

Currently I am using EC-1118 yeast for making my wines. In the past I have also used DADY Red Star and it worked, but took forever to clear up and become even remotely drinkable. Plus my last 2 ...
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How to carbonate and bottle non-alcoholic soda

For the last year, I've been making a lot of syrups. Usually I keep the syrups in the fridge and add carbonated water to it whenever I want to drink it. But now I'd like to make a bigger batch and ...
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How to reuse/wash brettanomyces yeast

I made some apple cider with WLP648 brettanomyces. I'd like to try this yeast in some other experiments. Can I reuse brett like any other yeast? Can I pitch the lees/dregs into a new batch or can I ...
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Weird growth 24h after adding sugar for carbonation, is this normal?

I've finished coldcrashing this cream ale I've been brewing, I took some samples and they tasted great, so I've moved it to an airtight container and added sugar for carbonation. I checked it the next ...
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Weird taste and smell after heating

So I'm making high ABV alcohol with just plain sugarwash, high alcohol yeast and freeze distilling. I added chitosan and kieselsol(turbo cleaner) to clear it before freeze distilling but my yeast was ...
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Cold Crashing beer - how much time?

I've made beer from a kit a number of times before, nothing special, and I've let the beer crash from between 1 to 3 months (temperatures between 13º and 16º), but I'm now wondering: Is there a ...
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Lack of fermentation after racking to secondary

After 3 weeks in fermenter, doppel bock went from O.G. 1.067 to 1.013, still bubbling occasionally, but not changing. However, after racking to secondary I see no fermentation or bubbling and wonder ...
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How to preserve an open box of dried yeast?

I want to ferment barley to make whisky (it is perfectly legal in my country, I'm not breaking any law!), the steps before distillation are almost the same than brewing beer (no hops in my case). I ...
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Which are the good yeasts and beer styles for fermenting at higher temperatures?

I don't have space for a freezer, and I live in a tropical country. Which kind of yeast is appropriate for fermenting at higher temperatures? And which styles are best for these yeasts?
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is my still bubbling beer ready?

I made my beer about 5 days ago I mean it's about 5 days that it's vigorously bubbling. I made it in the bottle under a high pressure. Please take a look at my previous question to see how I'm ...
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Unconsumed yeast nutrients before bottling

I have a batch of a brown ale (15L) from a kit, where after some weeks, I got 1.016 and the fermentation stopped. To restart the fermentation I added two teaspoons of yeast nutrients. After one day, ...
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Can theatre buttered and salted popcorn be used for brewing brewing at home?

Can theatre buttered and salted popcorn be used for brewing brewing at home? A friend of mine has access to leftover popcorn from a movie theatre and I was wondering if it could be used for brewing at ...
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Kveik yeast instead of US-05?

I found some good SMaSh IPA recipes, mainly using Safale US-05. Unfortunately I live in a small apartment house and the room temperature is approximately 22-23 °C degree (~71-73 °F), so the ...
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Volume of brewer's yeast for a 1-gal. batch? Lumpy brewer's yeast?

Two really stupid noob questions: I purchased a one-gallon summer wheat beer kit on ebay. It lacks the yeast packet. From what I read, I need 0.2 ounces of brewer's yeast. And I don't have a scale ...
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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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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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Wyeast smack pack activator not activating

I am trying to activate a Wyeast activator pack, but the inner nutrient pouch will not break. Thinking about using rubber mallet. Any useful ideas?
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Yeast flavor in my American IPA

So my American IPA has too much yeast flavor and I am not sure how to remedy this. I want a a crisp clean hoppy aromatic finish and the yeast and malt are all I really taste. My first thoughts were ...
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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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Why do dark styles foam more during fermentation?

I have found that my stouts produce much more foam during fermentation than other beers do. On the Mr. Beer website it says: Plenty of foam, although messy, is not a bad thing as it indicates healthy ...
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Yeast for my first homebrew

I live in a country where its difficult to get yeast for home brewing, so can someone guide me to a way to ferment? I heard that if you make grape juice and leave it in the open for few days it will ...
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Best yeast to make a sweeter mead

I've just about finished my first attempt at mead. I'm now thinking about my second batch. The yeast I have used is pretty aggressive, Bulldog mead yeast, so was wondering if anyone has some better ...
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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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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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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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Fermenter foaming over

I’m doing a porter, went through all steps and got to pitching the yeast in the bucket. After only a few hours my fermenter seriously bubbled over. Thoughts?
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For how long should you rehydrate/proof yeast before pitching?

I have just started brewing again after a very long break. I've tried a few brews from kits, and for my latest brew I decided to create my own wort from LME/DME and hops (pellets). I basically ...
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Didn't reach expected FG. Should I postpone bottling? Also: It looks weird!

I'm a newbie brewer currently trying his luck with an irish red ale kit. I've followed the instructions (which weren't complicated since it's a kit), and I've let it brew for about 6 days now (...
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