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  1. S

    When does Mead start bubbles and airlock bubble?

    Hi Guys. When does Mead start bubbling and airlock starts to bubble? Roughly? My ciders start on day one. Mead didn't move yet on day 2 at all. I know it's more dense and honey is more antibiotic. I just want to get rough idea so it doesn't go bad due to lots of sugar and fruit in there. If...
  2. B

    Gushers/bottle bombs

    Hi everyone, I had a batch that started to look like it had a bit of pellicle on the surface. I bottled it and most were fine but I had a couple of gushers. I put that down to the pellicle. I scrapped those bottles but opened all of them to check and 95% were fine. I immediately recapped to...
  3. D

    Possible stuck fermentation?

    TLDR - Made an altbier, and my FG is too high. Is this a mash or fermenting problem, or something else? I made an altbier a few weeks back, and am now 2 weeks into fermentation. The OG was 1.050, and my FG readings (4 days apart) is at 1.019...giving attenuation at 62%, but I was expecting...
  4. S

    Great Books/Sites/Videos on Yeast Microbiology?

    I majored in Microbiology in college and, like many I'm sure, I did not use the knowledge of my degree for much of my current profession. I do, however, still find the topic very interesting! I'm looking for a few books and other media types that go into the very scientific processes involving...
  5. sensei247

    Review my wiring diagram? (BruControl fermentation automation)

    Hi All- I have finally decided to pull the trigger on automating my brewhouse. Starting with the cold side as I am a few months out from ordering my LODO Stout kettles. Cold side seems like an easier place to shake off the rust from my (light) comp sci/electrical eng university studies...
  6. Vintage NY

    Months in Primary - a is it wasted?

    Hey all.... it’s been quite a while and due to my basement becoming a hoarders dream, I haven’t been brewing for almost a year. My basement is my fermentation and conditioning area.... and it sux I’ve been so lazy to clean it out. Anyway, before my laziness, I brewed a gallon of cranberry apple...
  7. JAReeves

    New Water Filter-Vinyl Flavor

    So my latest batch of stout, a recipe I have been using for three years, tastes like band-aid and it does not seem to be going away through lagering. What changed? I have a new cooling system for my stainless fermenter and the brew was kept at 67F for a week-long ferment. I let it rise to...
  8. R

    Strange fermentation process... help!

    Hello everyone, I bought a kit for making beer some years ago and I have made beer now and then. I don’t have a hydrometer. What I always do is that I let my beer in my 1 gallon fermenter for 2 weeks, and after the 2 weeks I bottle. Now, for second time in a row something strange has happened...
  9. R

    Strange fermentation.... help

    Hello everyone, I bought a kit for making beer some years ago and I have made beer now and then. I don’t have a hydrometer. What I always do is that I let my beer in my 1 gallon fermenter for 2 weeks, and after the 2 weeks I bottle. Now, for second time in a row something strange has happened...
  10. K

    Wine kit fermentation activity

    Hey all, I'm new to the forum and wine making and hoping someone out there might be able to help me. I have started a Vintners red wine kit and added the yeast as per instructions, so far on day three I haven't heard any activity from the airlock. Keeping an eye on it i believe it might be...
  11. BryggAnton

    Are there any difference in time when to bottle or kegging

    Hi! I'm not that experienced in brewing beer. But i have a keg. I just found out it's better to let the beer ferment another week after it has stopped bubbeling, and then bottle the beer. I heard doing this will improve the taste of the beer. Also this is to prevent the bottles from popping...
  12. S

    Harvesting Wild Yeast

    Generally it’s nice to brew with predictable ingredients in controlled conditions. You purchase your ingredients, follow your process, pitch your yeast, and leave your beer in a temperature stable environment. After some time the yeast consumes all the sugars and leaves behind its own flavor...
  13. M

    Reasons Your Fermentation Didn't Start

    I think it is way more frustrating to not know what ruined your batch of beer, than actually losing the beer itself. It always makes your next batch feels like a gamble. Am I going to waste $40 and 8 hours of work again? How do I avoid making the same mistake when I don’t know what went wrong in...
  14. D

    Fermentation Flavors : How Fermentation Affects Flavor

    One thing that most brewers know is that your fermentation plays a big role in how your final beer tastes. If you didn’t know that before, now you do, you just read it. In this article, we look for flavor contributions beyond the grain bill & hop additions, and see how we can bend fermentation...
  15. J

    Brewing With The Seasons

    A few years ago in the last golden days of a late English summer I brewed up a clone of the Dark Star Brewery's lovely Festival Ale. Everything went well on the day and I collected a good amount of beautiful wort. Unfortunately, after fermentation in the midst of a searing (and unusual) heat...
  16. V

    Craft The Perfect Draft: Chest Freezer Fermentations

    I have been using my BrewsBySmith Fermentation Kit for about nine months now and it has undoubtedly become an integral part of my brewing process. I've grown so attached to the way I can set it to accurately control the temperature of my fermenting beer that I won't ferment another batch of...
  17. L

    21 Temperature Tactics You Need to Know Right Now

    Nobody disputes the importance of temperature control in brewing. Are you acing all aspects of temperature control, from the brew day to the pour? Check out these tips from some of San Diego County's top brewers to see how your best practices measure up, or to get ideas for your next homebrew...
  18. D

    A Series of Unfortunate Brewing Accidents

    A Series of Unfortunate Brewing Accidents It happens multiple times throughout a homebrewers career. You do your best to prevent mishaps large and small, but at the end of the day, human error is judge jury and executioner. Usually no one actually gets hurt in these accidents, and looking back...
  19. B

    Measuring Fermentation Temperatures

    You hear it over and over again - controlling the fermentation temperature is the key to great tasting beer. And it's true. A glorious brew day can be ruined by forgetting about your beer once it enters the fermenter. Don't neglect the cold side! On this topic I get business school flashbacks of...
  20. jayjay

    A question on fermentation temperature

    Hi I am pretty new to homebrewing so this might be quite the rookie question, but.... So far i have brewed 2 batches where i have "controlled" the fermentation temperature by regulating floor heating and reading the temperature of the room by measuring the temperature in a water bottle standing...
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