8 votes

What are some good starter books to learn how to brew beer?

How to Brew: Everything You Need To Know To Brew Beer Right The First Time by John J. Palmer.
user avatar
  • 177
7 votes
Accepted

What are the different beer types?

There are many different styles of beer, and it is generally accepted that beer is brewed from malted grain (in almost all cases at least some portion is barley), water, hops and yeast. The different ...
user avatar
  • 782
6 votes

What are the essential data one should collect when brewing beer?

Here's a couple reading I find important that many over look. All-grain. Mash pH is very important. Doing an iodine test during the mash is a good practice to check if conversion is done. Why mash ...
user avatar
6 votes
Accepted

What are the essential data one should collect when brewing beer?

I'd collect: The recipe: grain bill, hops and their times, adjuncts and their times, amount of water. That way you can try to recreate the same beer if it was good. You can tweak any of grain bill, ...
user avatar
  • 1,216
6 votes
Accepted

How do you wash nylon grain bags for first use?

Toss them in the laundry with your whites. No farbric softner. Then air dry.
user avatar
6 votes

Making a strong belgian ale

Mistake 1, really doesn't matter all will be fine. You may end up with a little more bitterness extraction, but is has been reported that FWH can lead to a more mellow bitterness. I really would not ...
user avatar
  • 6,993
6 votes
Accepted

What exactly is krausen (and why does this batch not have much)?

During fermentation a thick layer of brown, gunky foam forms on top of the wort and sticks to the walls of the fermenter. This layer is known as the Krausen (from the German word "Kräus" which means "...
user avatar
5 votes
Accepted

First batch, followed instructions, not sure if it's going to turn out

It's not the end of the world if you don't re-hydrate the yeast. The sediment will settle out over the next couple of weeks. Don't worry, the beer will be fine.
user avatar
  • 320
5 votes

Does specific gravity keep increasing after conversion is complete?

Tbh I'm not sure what the question is. Palmer in one of Brew Strong podcasts says that approx 80% of all conversion occurs within the first 20 minutes or so. Longer mash time is required to finish ...
user avatar
  • 1,488
5 votes

First time brewing with Mr. Beer

"Rafts" or anything floating at this stage sounds infected. If you had good fermentation it's unlikely it will be harmful to sample. Open one, see if you can recover the floaty. If its white / ...
user avatar
5 votes
Accepted

Can I cold crash if I'll be bottle-conditioning?

Once you have cold crashed there will still be enough yeast to carb up your beer, given enough time. I suggest leaving your beers in primary for your usual amount of time, but racking to secondary ...
user avatar
  • 6,993
5 votes
Accepted

Priming solution or add sugar to individual bottles?

You do have the answer in your question. When brewing my first kit, I put the sugar in each bottle and here is my experience: Have to measure sugar for each bottle, difficult and time consuming when ...
user avatar
  • 4,736
4 votes

Are there ways to make your own beer on the cheap?

This is not a great hobby if your goal is to save money on beer costs. It takes a long time to recoup the cost of equipment when you save pennies per glass. And there is always more equipment to try......
user avatar
  • 2,947
4 votes
Accepted

What are some good starter books to learn how to brew beer?

Joy of Homebrewing by Charlie Papazian. This is the only intro you'll need to successfully inoculate yourself into the beer making culture. Relax, don't worry, and have a homebrew!
user avatar
  • 363
4 votes

What equipment do I need to buy to start making beer?

While these are nice lists I would like to point out that you do not need a 5 gallon bucket and carboy. I like to experiment with new recipes using a two gallon bucket and an old one gallon apple ...
user avatar
4 votes

First all-grain batch, probably a disaster.

No you are just fine. Relax, Denny Conn says "Barley wants to be turned into beer" and that is a great realization in this hobby, just make sure the yeast are fermenting...and enjoy the brew. ...
user avatar
  • 397
4 votes
Accepted

Can transporting bottles affect the outcome of the brew?

If anything it likely helped get them carbonated faster. Assuming you let the sediment that gets stirred up by moving settle before drinking, there is no harm in moving bottles.
user avatar
  • 33.3k
4 votes

How big of a batch can I brew on a 16k BTU burner?

Your best bet is doing a partial boil brew, boiling 2 gallons of concentrated wort then adding 3 gallons sanitary water to the fermentor for 5 gallon batch. Typically this is done with extracts. ...
user avatar
4 votes

Apple wine fermentation

It's a great idea. Everybody loves to overcomplicate nutrient additions. I don't. Just add them at the beginning, it works fine.
user avatar
  • 3,317
4 votes

Balloon-airlock filling up fast

It’s normal, but if you have a very good balloon on there, it might not pass air quickly enough. You can loosen it a touch to let some air out from time to time, but I highly recommend you spend $4 ...
user avatar
  • 975
3 votes
Accepted

LME Sour Recipe Suggestions

Sour brewing doesn't mean all grain brewing by any stretch. Sour beers start with wort just like anything other beer; how you get your wort doesn't matter. Of course all-grain affords you more ...
user avatar
  • 36.2k
3 votes
Accepted

New England IPA - What sets it apart from a "traditional" IPA?

As a home brewer, I consider the style an IPA but it is characterized by the following: Little or no early additions of hops to the boil, 60/30 minutes. (Mash hopping is okay). A heavy late addition ...
user avatar
  • 397
3 votes

New England IPA - What sets it apart from a "traditional" IPA?

According to an article on vinepair[1]: "New England IPAs are beers that are purposely hazy or cloudy, which can give these brews a smooth, creamy mouthfeel – a departure from the light/dry mouthfeel ...
user avatar
  • 6,993
3 votes

What are some good starter books to learn how to brew beer?

If you don't want to buy a physical book, John Palmer has a website which is full of info, including step-by-step guides for different brewing techniques, as well as a lot of technical detail: http://...
user avatar
  • 266
3 votes

Natural hard cider from Apples to Alcohol no additives. Is this possible?

The microbes that are present in the juice (from the skins of the apple and on the press itself) will eventually replicate and start to metabolize the sugars in the juice. If, by "bad", you mean "...
user avatar
  • 3,158
3 votes

What are the different beer types?

The two main categories are ales and lagers. They are distinguished by the yeast strains that are used. Ale yeast ferments from the top of the fermenter and lager yeast the bottom, they also have many ...
user avatar
  • 131
3 votes

How do you wash nylon grain bags for first use?

No soap. Don't weaken them in the sun. Just drop in PBW for at least 1/2hr. Rinse in hot water (at least as hot as the water was when you started soaking it). Drip dry
user avatar
3 votes
Accepted

Does specific gravity keep increasing after conversion is complete?

Short answer for your question is no. But I don't really understand what you were measuring during the mash steps. Mash is usually thick until you do a sparge to get the most solids out of your grain. ...
user avatar
  • 145
3 votes

Does specific gravity keep increasing after conversion is complete?

Conversion of starches to sugar is only part of the issue. The iodine test will tell you when the starches are gone, but it won't tell you which sugars are in the solution. A longer mash will allow ...
user avatar
  • 344
3 votes

Using health food malt extract

5gals/24L of beer made with 1Kg of (liquid) malt extract and 1Kg of sugar will be rather weak/thin. I would recommend at least 2Kg (or even 3Kg) of malt extract with the sugar in 5gal/24L. Depending ...
user avatar
  • 5,611

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible