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  1. PlantPatrol

    Pineapple Wine/Tepache potential recipe?

    Hey all, this is my first post, i’ve been brewing about a year so have lurked here for a good bit already though! This is a recipe I figured out from reading about other people’s pineapple experience, I intend to start soon but wanted to get opinions on it beforehand in case any of y’all have...
  2. HonestlyJely

    Bentonite before or after Fermentation?

    Hi! So I'm coming up with my first mead recipe / process and am thinking I might use Bentonite AND Sparklloid to help me mead clear quickly. According to many winemakers online they like to add Bentonite to their must so that it circulates during primary fermentation. (They do caution to not...
  3. D

    Looking for brewing tutor in Long Island, NY

    Hi, I'm just starting out with homebrewing. I've assembled an all-grain system consisting of an electric 65L HLT, a 65L Robobrew with pump, and a 1/2bbl SS Brewtech Unitank with heating and chilling and a glycol chiller. I would like to watch an expert brew session in person as YouTube videos...
  4. seanberger

    Houston, I might have a problem?

    Hello All, I started my first batch of kombucha on the 23rd, and I am thinking something went haywire. I submerged all of my equipment into boiling water, along with using said boiling water as the main component of water for my batch (after it cooled down of course!). Used my starter tea...
  5. D

    Three Areas of Consideration When Expanding Your Home Brewery.

    Are you totally obsessed with brewing? Are you ready to expand your homebrew operation past the beginner stages? In that case, you’ll want to seriously consider three areas of your procedure: milling, fermenting and bottling. Expanding Your Home Brewery: Milling A grain mill is one piece of...
  6. K

    6 Beginner Beer Recipes and Styles

    We find ourselves in a golden era of beer. There are more breweries open in the United States than ever before, with more and more opening every day. Countless styles and amazing quality are at our fingertips, and tips of our tongues, in nearly every city in the country. As homebrewers, this...
  7. D

    Some Notes For The Motivated Beginner Brewer

    So you want to make some beer, huh? You might be about to, or may have already, taken the plunge and purchased some basic equipment and perhaps a beer ingredient kit. Good for you! Welcome to the world of home brewing, and to what may very well, become an all-consuming hobby. Talk to most home...
  8. J

    Belgian Dubbel Style: suggestions!

    Hello everyone! I have a couple of questions about my first brew! A couple of years ago I bought a Festival Belgian Dubbel kit (complete with plastic fermentation vessel, bottles, sanitizer, etc) and 2 weeks ago I started the primary fermentation. Now I`m looking for some suggestions before...
  9. Tomdeanmiller

    Expired yeast?

    Hey guys I just started my first ever home brew using a Coopers lager kit, and the kit was one year expired, (I know shame on me) I followed the coopers YouTube video for starting the brew, my OG was 1.040, sitting at 21 degrees. Now a week in to fermentation my SG is now down to 1.012.. if I am...
  10. E

    Scoby comes out of the liquid

    Hello, I just brewed my first batch with a starter kit. First 2 days, scoby was floating , starting from the 3rd day, it came out of the liquid partially. I am afraid that it will dry and die. What should I do? Is this normal?
  11. T

    Looking to brew a Pilsner... do I need to cold crash?

    Hi all, I am attempting to rekindle my home brewing hobby after a year long hiatus due to work and life in general! If I'm pulling away any positives from the current state of affairs in the world, its that it will give me more time to home-brew! I have only done about 4 brews now, so I am...
  12. A

    Beginning meadist.... possibly confused

    Hello! I'm making my first mead and just need to know if someone can tell me if I'm on the right track. I got very limited help from the person at the homebrew store. In a 6.5 gallon glass carboy, I mixed: 3.5 gallons of boiled water (tap) 18 lbs of honey I was told to take a gravity reading...
  13. K

    First brew underway

    Hello all, New to this hobby and I believe it suits me well. I am diagnosed with schizophrenia and can’t function socially, for this hobby, all I need is myself. I’d love to work for a few years and develop skills further to potentially opening a local brewery but unless I had help I wouldn’t...
  14. N

    Overboiling and hop leavings

    Greetings! I just finished my second batch of beer. And it would seem I am repeating the mistakes I made the first time. I should add that I am doing one gallon recipes only for now. That is what my equipment will handle (possibly two gallons if I push it) and my stove can heat. And I want...
  15. kmcdougallwyo

    First Batch Tips

    Hello everyone! I am doing my first batch this Saturday and I feel ready. I have read and re-read my directions. I have reached out to buddies who are home brewers and received some advice. I just want to use this forum to field advice or tips. I have just one question for now: How much wiggle...
  16. K

    Some questions f1

    This is my first brew(s) so i have many questions. I started 4 one quart jars on the first of december, a 1 gallon bin started on the first, and a three gallon bin started on the 11th. I’m doing this for an individual project outside of school and only need the scoby. I’m pretty open minded...
  17. B

    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...
  18. 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...
  19. D

    Is homebrewing worth it in 2019?
  20. T

    Struggling newbie! Help!

    Ok so im just getting starting with basic home brewing. I bought a Mangroves Jacks craft beer kit. First brew was a golden larger and turned out terrible. Insanely fizzy where it would just turn completely to foam and taste metallic?? I figured i had bottled it too early so it was still...