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    Wilko Premium Wheat Beer Help!!

    Hello I'm just starting my brewing hobby having brewed only 2 batches (first was an American Pale Ale kit - followed the instructions religiously, the second was a St Peters stout kit which I added 500g lactose sugar and cocoa nibs). Today, I have used a Wilko Premium Wheat Beer kit (limited...
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    Should i worry about toxic chemicals since i used unwashed grapes for making wine?

    So basically im new to brewing and yesterday i just bought grapes from the supermarket and prepared them for making wine. I followed all the steps correctly and i haven't washed my grapes and i started the fermentation. It's all well and the yeast is active properly, but I've seen a video about...
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    Strange hydrometer reading, possible infected mead?

    Hey everyone! New mead brewer here and I was hoping to share my possible mistake and hopefully learn about what is going on and save others the trouble. Take it easy on me haha Anyway, I started a 1 gallon batch of mead late last year. I got a good 1080 reading on the hydrometer before...
  4. J

    Advice needed: Brochet with cough syrup flavor

    Hello! I am relatively new to homebrewing and dabble mostly in the cider realm. I have an apple brochet that has been in secondary fermentation since March and it has retained a cough syrup flavor that I was hoping would age out. My thought was that maybe I could add sweetness to cover the...
  5. Trenloco

    First Homebrew experience, suspect infection

    Hello ! Ive been lurking the forums for a while and a week ago I decided I was ready to try my hand at BIAB, here we dont have access to extracts so my first time had to be all grain. I sanitized with bleach but Im afraid I might have screwed up, beer has developed a thick, sponge-like, bubbly...
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    Help! Banana Wine Worries!

    Hi! So this is our first ever wine (why did we try bananas first lol) okay so I have a few questions and concerns: 1. So it’s day 5 and no bubbling from the airlock, I can hear it bubbling when I have my ear next to it. It’s 18-20 Celsius in the fermenter. 2. It smells like strong rotting...
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    Brainstorming for a keezer build, looking for ideas/recommendations, etc

    So, a few months back, I was musing on how I would get a chest freezer into our basement, because I didn't want to put it in the garage - it's detached. The wife suggested putting it on our enclosed three season patio (last owner bricked it over, walled and roofed it, and put windows all around...
  8. prah

    Robust Porter... maybe?

    Hi folks, i'm a farly new all grain brewer (currently on my 5 batch), I absolutely need your advice on this one: on my last batch i was ready to brew a Stout so i bought a good amount of Maris otter as base malt and some specialties... except roasted barley (LOL) so i decided not to go for the...
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    Need to upgrade equipment. Advice?

    I know starting off, usually the cheapest option is the best way to go, as you don't want to dump money into something when you have no idea what you're doing. BUT I'm the type of person where if I decide to do something, I like being great at that thing, therefore after 1 batch of homebrew...
  10. Althozgraz

    So I have decided to build my own electric brewhouse. Advice needed

    Hello fellow Brewers. I have decided to build my own electric brewhouse. I am already well versed in all grain brewing and have alot of batches under my belt. Currently brewing on the grain father and I'm very happy with it but I'm on my second unit and I know eventually the element is going to...
  11. Kory Kullander

    New to brewing!

    Hi there, My name is Kory, and everything ive been looking up has directed me to this forum... so first off, let me thank you all for contributing as its grown my knowledge of what im doing from a 0 to a 1.2/10 already! But... im looking for a bit more of a personal touch to my super...
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    New mead brewer here - Advice needed.

    Hey guys. This is my first time brewing mead with the honey my family harvest. So, for starters I used Red Star Premier Cuveé yeast, I looked up and it will create a dry mead. if mead is in someway like wine, I prefer my mead and wine dry, not sweet, but do you have any suggestion regarding the...
  13. joeybeer

    Building a 240v 5500w Craftbeerpi Single Heating Vessel System (EBIAB?)

    Hi all, I've been thinking about this build for what seems like 10 years ! Long enough, that my dreams of PID control have been replaced by the amazing Craftbeerpi. We moved into a new house recently, and when I removed a cover plate off the wall behind my work bench, what should I find but a...
  14. Bryan312

    Mead advice!

    Hey all long time reader first time posting, I’ve been making wine and beer for about 3 years now and spirits for about 2 and I e been a chef for 13 years. I just got a hold of 10kilos of pasturized honey for free from the restaurant and thought I would try to make mead. However I’m not sure...
  15. Angus MacDonald

    Hard Pink Lemonade

    Wasn't quite sure where to stick this since it's not really a cider, beer, wine, or mead. I'm planning to make some hard pink lemonade based on a recipe I found online in a different forum from 8 years ago. Wondering if anyone had any experience/tips on making hard lemonades. I mean, it's...
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    Looking for criticism on my third all grain brew

    Hi there, I finally made the jump to all grain brewing. I’ve done one with my cousin who brews quite a bit and now 2 on my own. I made the zombie dust clone: I felt like it was almost the perfect brew, but I...
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    3 tap kegerator that is tall enough - please help!

    I'm getting myself 3 tap free standing dispenser/kegerator, and there must be something wrong with the way I approach this... After asking friends/reading online - I need help! I'd like to get kegerator that: 1) fits three pony kegs (1/6 gallon) (this - EdgeStar KC3000SSTRIP - seems to fit the...
  18. Stephen Moody

    Looking for advice

    I'm currently working on a 1 gallon cherry Mead, although I'm doubting myself on the ingredients I have used. Instead of water and cherries, I used a gallon of tart cherry juice. Any thoughts on what this could do to the final product?
  19. J

    New Brewer 1st Mead

    I started my 1st batch of mead i used about 3lbs of honey to make 1gallon and i used lalvin ec-1118 followed the directions on the back the water was at just under 109f and it didnt foam really at all and i also left it in the water a little longer then the 15mins it says and now it is about 2...
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    Brand new to kegging- need help with shopping

    Hey all, I have never kegged before but I've been brewing for almost a decade now. I just cleaned out an old fridge that I will soon be converting into a kegerator, but I need helping choosing a regulator. My long term goal is to have a three tap setup, but I only want to start with 1 tap...