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    Is this a Pellicle?

    Beginner here on my 3rd batch. It is a Single Hop IPA kit from Craft A Brew. My OG was 1.063 and FG=1.010. Fermented 2 weeks at 68°F in a plastic Nortbern Brewer bucket w/ airlock. I never opened lid until kegging day. A. Is this a pellicle? B. I will not be brewing any sour beers, so...
  2. J

    Second brew recommendations?

    I am a brand new brewer, having made only one 5 gal batch. My first was a clone of the Deschutes Brewery’s Fresh Squeezed IPA from an extract kit with specialty grains and four different applications of hops. Much to my surprise, it turned out great. Now I want to make my next batch to add...
  3. frankiemuniz

    First ever cider, not sure what's next?

    Hi! I recently started my first ever batch of cider- I've never brewed anything before. I'm partway through the process but I'm not sure when to proceed to the next step! Here's where I'm at so far: June 4th: In a 2 gallon bucket, mixed 1 gallon apple juice with 1/16th tsp potassium...
  4. SnyderCider

    When and how to add spices

    I've read about people putting cinnamon sticks and other spices (Apple Pie Spice was written on one of my favorite local ciders) and I'm not sure when they actually add in that element. Is it at the start of the first fermentation or is it later on? I've been on this forum for about a week and...
  5. SnyderCider

    Question about getting fresh apples & using store juice

    Two questions for a newbie! 1.) how do Cider Mills (have one near my house) make cider when apples are out of season? 2.) can I make a good cider with regular juice that is at a super market? I’d like to add some flavors too but a book I’m reading only has that option if you add other fruits...
  6. T

    Tia Maria Stout

    I'm not sure about anyone else, but I am a big fan of Tia Maria mixed with Guinness. I am thinking about brewing a kit beer that has similar notes to it. What would happen if I brewed a St Peters stout kit with a bottle (or two) of Tia Maria added to the mix? I am quite new to home-brewing and...
  7. R

    (Another) new Atlanta area homebrewer

    Hello from Smyrna, home of the Braves. I’ve been a part of the home brew community for years… making empties. Recently I took a class at Schoolhouse Brewing. It was fantastic. In class we used a grainfather system… so perhaps I’m spoiled. I don’t want to go through the progression of buying...
  8. T

    Safe blow off?

    Hi, this is my first time ever brewing anything, and I messed up the headspace and wound up having to use a blow off set up. Everything was looking ok at first, but now I've noticed a lot of liquid in the tubing, and I'm worried and wondering if I should change something in the set-up. I have a...
  9. T

    Help for new brewer please!!! (Wheat beer)

    Before I start, I am very new to this. This is my 3rd ever brew, 1st being without a kit... So I've just started my latest brew - 1.8kg of Wilko limited edition Wheat Beer extract, 1kg brewing sugar, 500g light DME, 20 litres of water. Regular temp between 19-20C. OG was 1.046 and its been...
  10. T

    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...
  11. D

    Writing a recipe for a Christmas present (I know very little)

    Hi All, In the past I've bought some starter kits for my Dad, and it's been fun brewing and tasting the end product, however I'd like to be able to brew something more similar to what he would usually drink. He usually drinks Peroni, and after talking to various brew shops, all suggestions have...
  12. hybrid__MIND

    For Sale MoreBeer Premium Home Brewing Kit (BNIB) - Houston, TX

    Brand new, In Box. Never opened. Amber ale ingredient kit with yeast included. $230 The Premium Homebrewing Starter Kit has everything you need to brew! Included in this beer brewing starter kit is a massive 8.5 gallon stainless steel brewing kettle, 7 gallon Fermonster fermenter, copper wort...
  13. A

    Electric brew-boss wiring help

    Hey guys, Im new at electric brewing and my knowledge of circuits and stuff is at a beginner level. I will hire a profesional electrician to do the wiring work but im trying to not only understand further but also save some money. Also I am setting this up in Mexico and I would like to know a...
  14. C

    Yeast Recs?

    I'm going to start my second batch of cider in a few weeks and I'm curious to try a different yeast than I did last year. Before I used a cider yeast. What is a yeast that would be good for sweetness and apple flavor? And is something that is easy to work with for beginners? I've read about...
  15. A

    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...
  16. ErinDummer

    Gravity problems

    I’m on my third extract batch and am hoping for some advice on how I might have messed up the original gravity and then also what I should be expecting for final gravity. 1. Recipe says anticipated OG is 1.060, I got 1.035 (1.034 measured but I added .001 because I was measuring at 70 deg). On...
  17. H

    Little white bits floating on my wine

    Hello, So I'm a total beginner, I made about a liter of kiwi wine in order to try out how it works. I transferred to secondary when I had too much Lee's and the fermentation was more or less done. It's been a few days, but I started noticing small white floating stuff and I was wondering if...
  18. nicetomeadyou

    General questions from a first time mead maker.

    Hello, lovely to mead everyone. I am a new mead brewer and very very exited. I mixed up my first 30l batch of mead and im going to do another 60l in about 6 months. 1. If i started with a specific gravity of 1.15/1.16 and im using 18% mead yeast, do you think the end result will be dry or semi...
  19. J

    Is this beer off?

    Hello, i recently started fermenting a brown ale and after the 8th day i took a sample using the tap on my fermenting bucket to see the specific gravity. Along with the beer a small amount of what looked like gelatinous fluff also poured into the cup, its hard to explain what this looked like...
  20. nreed

    Beer smells strange after 10 days primary

    Hi all. First post, 3rd brew currently in the primary fermenter. I started with two pretty basic recipes using a Kona Big Wave clone which turned out nice but wanted something a little bigger on flavour so decided to try a BrewDog Hop Fiction clone. I’ve just dry hopped on day 10 in the...
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