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    Should I repitch? Pitched Yeast (Wyeast 1028) over 24 hours ago and there is no active fermentation.

    Hi All, First ever post here. I brewed a Winter Spiced Ale yesterday and used Wyeast 1028. It has been 24 hours and I have no signs of active fermentation. Should I repitch? A couple things to note: My OG was 1.080, and I pitched at about 74F, and have had it sitting at 67F since initial yeast...
  2. Fern0022

    Bulk brewing??

    I’ve been fine tuning several cider recipes in 1gal glass carboys (apple, blueberry, mango, apple pie, pineapple, peach, grape). Eventually I plan to scale the ones I like best up to 5gal buckets. My best results have all come from pitching strait apple primaries, then racking onto the...
  3. T

    Question regarding my Hefeweizen recipe. Kegged too early?

    Hi, I have a simple question regarding the method I followed to brew this hefeweizen. I brewed a simple 50/50 (pilsner malt/wheat malt) hefeweizen about a week ago, O.G. was 1.050, right where I wanted it. Fermentation took place in fridge with temperature control (thermometer on bucket) using...
  4. D

    Question about yeast activity

    Hello, good day. First timer here with brewing and in the forum. I'm making a hefeweizen beer which has been fermenting for 16 days. I'm fermenting 10 liters (2.5g) in a plastic 20l (5g) carboy. I know it's not the best, but it's what i had at hand. So far the beer looks fine and through the...
  5. M

    5 days without fermentation activity

    Hi, this is my first post and first hard apple cider attempt. 5 days ago I added my yeast to the apple cider (fresh pressed, added Camden tablet and waited 48h before adding the yeast). I left the carboy in my wine cellar at 55F and after 5 days see no activity. I assume it's the temperature...
  6. C

    Carbonation and Sweeter Cider?

    Are there any tips for beginner brewers on how to have a slightly sweeter than fully fermented cider with carbonation? I know it is said to be difficult, but I'm wondering if anyone has any tips. I would prefer to not back sweeten in the glass if at all possible. I read a bit about Camden...
  7. Fern0022

    Cider Bottle Carb Issue

    I’m having issues with my cider bottles carbing. I used fresh grolsch flip top bottles and one plastic coke bottle (w/hot glue) to gauge the average pressure. After 10 days the coke bottle had not firmed up. I popped one of the glass bottles and it’s flat. It’s darn good and strong, but I prefer...
  8. Garrett_McT

    Lager Fermentation Gravity Reading Anomaly

    HBT Community, I have experienced a weird anomaly while monitoring the temperature of my lager fermentation. White Labs German Lager Yeast WLP830. I have been monitoring the wort/fermenting beer temperature periodically, while also continuously monitoring the ambient fridge temperature through...
  9. F

    Blue in kreusen ring

    I brewed a 10 gal all grain German lager. Split it into two 7gal BrewBuckets and lagered at 53 deg until done - approx 12 days. White Labs P838. One fermentation had classic tan yeast ring, on had same but with blue in it as well. Both tasted fine before legging. Is this from some wild yeast?
  10. J

    Oxygen control in fastferment conical

    Hello, I'm about to start a 5 gal batch of medium sweet mead in an 8 gal fastferment conical. I plan on using the collection ball to do the "racking" so the mead never leaves the conical until bottling. The aerating, degassing, and staggered nutrient additions look like they will be easy...
  11. C

    Fluctuating temperature during fermentation

    Hello. Question: Does a continuous fluctuation of +- 1 or 2 degrees (Fahrenheit) have a large impact on fermentation? Background: I live in a small apartment, so I don't have the room for a chest freezer to control the temperature. When I brew, I place my fermentation vessel (glass carboy)...
  12. TangBrewDo

    Fermentation Temperature Management

    Hi folks! Noob here. My wife got me a Mr. Beer kit for Xmas (she was warned about the gateway drug she just introduced haha). The particular starter recipe I have (Bewitched Amber Ale) specifies a fermentation temperature between 68-78 Fahrenheit (ideal 70-72) and a 70-76 range for bottling...
  13. rycardo

    My first brew - Fermentation doubts

    Hello, I’m doing my first brew, is a weissbier. The fermentation started 8 days ago. I checked the gravity three days ago and today, and it didn’t change, is on 1012 (matching receipt FG). I was reading several posts and in most of them is recommended to wait, at least, two weeks before bottle...
  14. rycardo

    GrainFather G30 - Active Fermentation

    Hello Everyone, I own a GrainFather Canonical Fermenter Pro, during my fermentation process I noticed the Rubber Bung is lifting and some Co2 is going out through the space between Rubber Bung and the fermenter. Do anyone had this issue? How to fix? I’m using some weight to keep the Rubber Bung...
  15. marlinmatt

    Emerson Temp Controller

    Emerson single stage temp Controller 16E09. Control refrigerator temp independent of it's thermostat. Great for controlling ferm temps. $30 + 15 shipping if needed Thanks Matt
  16. FrogHollow

    Particulates in Fermenter

    Hello Fellow Brewers! As a starter, I'm still fairly new to the brewing ins and outs as this is something I've picked up during quarantine. My buddy and I have brewed about 70 gallons+ of beer since late July, with many successes! On our most recent batch, I've noticed some particulates in the...
  17. B

    Fermenting Under Pressure

    I first fermented under pressure by casting out as usual, oxygenating the wort, pitching yeast, capping the fermenter (I ferment in kegs), then pressurizing with CO2 and immediately questioned why I wouldn't have done so with O2. I haven't seen this discussed anywhere and most discussions and...
  18. nreed

    Help with gravity readings

    Hi all, I've just started reading my gravity a few brews in and I just want to make sure I'm reading things correctly. I use a refractometer which only shows Brix so have been using the BeerSmith conversion tool. My OG came up quite short at 10 brix - I also used a hydrometer to confim which...
  19. frenchbrewer

    Off flavor when fermenting in keg... Any idea?

    Hi!! I am experimenting with fermenting directly in keg. The 2 first fermentations where done under pressure. The first one was a stout and good. The second one was a dobble Bock and was ... weird. FG was quite higher than expected. I put it under the pressurize fermentation fault. The taste...
  20. Samson's Brew&Ski

    My fermentation tank is about to pop! w/ pics

    Good morning guys, Before bed last night I checked on my brew that I just brewed that same day, well Im glad I checked because I saw that the blue plastic cover was popping off so I decided to duck tape it down overnight. The next morning came and I checked on it and found that the blue cover...