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  1. loudmacleod

    Milling grain for BIAB

    A little background...I just started brewing in Jan 2023. So basically a The first beer was an extract kit my wife purchased. Since then, I have been using all grain using the brew in a bag (BIAB) method because it helps keep the amount of particulates down in my wort. And I've added hop...
  2. D

    Imperial Stout low ABV outcome

    Hello all, I've had back luck with two batches of an imperial stout with everything the same. It's not bad, but the abv for the 19 lbs came out to 6.5% abv. I was shooting for 9% or so. It's strange to me, since my previous batch before was an oktoberfest-like ale shooting for 5-6%, but turned...
  3. Snickers

    Alternatives to distilling

    I recently read a thread regarding freeze distillation. It was a 2012 thread, old , yeah, but I couldn't help but find the thread very humorous. Not an attorney, but it reminded me of watching Senate hearings, they squabble over wording and definitions constantly. Anyway, the thread argued the...
  4. C

    Incendiary Brewing Shade of Lies Stout

    Has anyone had this beer? It is phenomenal. Definitely a very big beer but I want to try and make it. At the brewery it's listed as about 11.5% if memory serves. It comes in four flavors: Coffee, Coconut, Maple and a blend of all three. I prefer the Coconut version, but all are great. I am...
  5. rockittear

    Adding more honey and calculating abv

    I started my first batch of mead about a week ago and fear I lost a lot of honey in the process (didn’t scrape up as much as I could’ve). I have a possible abv of about 9% and it’s a five gallon batch. I used Lalvin EC-118, which wasn’t my first choice, but I used it for its wide temperature...
  6. S

    Estimated ABV for sugar measurement?

    Hello guys. I don't have hydrometer yet so i have no initial OG reading. I've ordered one but obviously for this brew i won't get initial reading. I'm not looking for specific number but ball park, what would be estimated alcohol content of Best choice apple juice with added 1 1/4 lbs of white...
  7. S

    Undissolved Sugar Solids at the bottom of the hard cider? Airlocks question? Newbie. Pic attached.

    Good afternoon friends. I started my first ever batch of hard apple cider. I have added 1 1/4 cup of white sugar per gallon of cider. I DID NOT DISSOLVE THE sugar in water first. It's settled at the bottom. Will the yeast still find it and eat it and dissolve on it's own to create more alcohol...
  8. object

    ABV to FG balance

    I wonder if there is any research or formula taking alcohol content into account for calculating beer balance? There is BU:GU formula, there is an adaptation based on final gravity instead of OG, but I haven't found any based (or at least appreciating) ABV. Why asking? Because my last...
  9. R


    YELLOW WATERMELONS from my local produce stand! They're supposed to be sweeter and taste more like honey. Testing alcohol potential of the juice. Highly considering making a mead with them. UPDATE: 1.030 SG from the juice itself and no additional sugars. Most likely going to do at least a 1gal...
  10. A

    I don't know what it is, but I'm not sure it's fair to call it cider

    So my boyfriend and I decided to take up cider brewing during quarantine. We followed a YouTube recipe. It was all going swimmingly. It was bubbling a lot but so what? We just tasted it yesterday ready for bottling and it tastes waaay too strong. Like, spirit strong. We added almost a kilo of...
  11. Redhouse Brewing

    ABV % Calculation

    Does anyone know how to calculate the following information: I added 150 ml of vodka tincture (orange peels soaked in vodka) to 6 gallons of beer in the fermenter. The vodka is 40% (80 proof). I just need to know how much this will increase the abv for the 6 gallons? I've read...
  12. Aróchito

    Cider's been brewing. Too late to add sugar?

    My cider's been in primary for almost 3 weeks. About to put it in secondary, but I'd like to make it a little stronger. I originially put in some sugar along with the yeast nutrient and yeast. Is it too late to boost the abv with some extra sugar? Thanks in advance.
  13. K

    Hydrometer Reading Confusion

    We have created a brew of cider. Our initial hydrometer readings goes as follows: 1.056 Gravity 7.5% ABV 13.8 Brix Our problem is we are getting two different readings off the the same internet calculator for ABV. Brix Calculator https://www.brewersfriend.com/brix-converter/ at 7.5% ABV...
  14. V

    Different ABV Values

    Hello Forum: My hydrometer calculation is giving me a different value than online ABV calculators. OG = 1.090 FG = 1.032. ABV Calculators will get me around 7.57%. When I follow the instructions from the hydrometer it has me convert the OG and FG values into potential ABV first and then...
  15. Konstantinos

    abv vs vol

    Hallo! A quick noob question: Is abv the same as vol? I brewed a 4.4 ABV irish red, what's the vol I should be targeting for priming? Thanks!!
  16. K

    We created a ridiculous spreadsheet for Wort Correction - Feel free to poke holes in it

    Hello all, My brewing friends and I created a spreadsheet originally intended to calculate ABV while accounting for a Wort Correction Factor based on Hydrometer and Refractometer readings. We've been using it successfully for a few brew sessions now, and I figured it might be a good idea to...
  17. T

    Forgot to add sugar before yeast!

    Hi there, I'm making a concord grape wine and I never took an initial reading of my ABV or SG or anything, I put the yeast in about 24hrs ago and just realized I never added sugar to adjust the potential ABV. Currently it's at 10 Brix and I'd like to get it to 21.5. Is it too late to add sugar...
  18. Westgaard

    Incorrect Gravity Readings

    Good afternoon, I just made a 1/2 gallon batch of apple wine using bottled apple juice, Red Star Premier Blanc yeast and a few raisins...and a whole mess of sugar. My OG reading was higher than I meant it to go (1.20, checked twice) and after only 11 days it has apparently stopped fermenting...
  19. P

    Est ABV maxed out at 10% (Beersmith)

    Hi All, Creating a recipe for a barleywine and never gone up to 9%abv so far and as I'm adding malt to my recipe, the abv stopped incrementing after 10%. Is there a reason for that? Cheers,
  20. H

    Maximize nutrients for fermentation efficiency?

    Hello, I have been brewing for about 7 years now and have noticed what I think every brewer realizes: yeast work better and faster when they are given the proper amounts of nutrient additions. After some trial and error, and working more on the mead and cider side (where the main sugar...